Charles A. "Charlie" Jernigan

November 21, 1923November 6, 2012

Charles A. “Charlie” Jernigan, 88, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed away on November 6, 2012. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Grover and Amelia (Jones) Jernigan, Charlie arrived on November 21, 1923.

Charlie married Helen Ballew on November 15, 1953. They lived in Fort Smith for over 40 years before moving to Arizona in 2000. Charlie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in For Smith, where he was an Elder, a Deacon, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. After moving to Mesa, he and Helen became members of Church of the Master Presbyterian Church in Mesa, Arizona. Charlie was a member of the Fort Smith Rotary Club for over 20 years, serving one year as President. For over 50 years, Charlie was an Insurance Agent for Penn Mutual Life Insurance and also sold Mutual Funds. He was an avid tennis player for 70 years.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Jernigan; daughters, Becky Beck (Al), Jennifer Jernigan, Janet Jernigan, and Helen Bleach (Michael). He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Jernigan.

Charlie will forever be remembered as a loving husband and father.

A Visitation for Charlie will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 5-7 pm at Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, Arizona 85206, (480) 830-4422. Graveside services will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 at Rose Lawn Cemetery, 5403 North O Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904. Local arrangements entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home, 201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901, (479)782-8203. Other arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, Arizona 85206. Please leave a tribute to Charlie on the family's website at or


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Charles Jernigan

August 20, 2013

Googled myself and saw this... my condolences. This is not a joke, just a stranger who sympathizes with your pain.

November 9, 2012

Our sympathies to you all as we recall the many wonderful years spent with you at First Pres in Fort Smith. The Koenig family always thought the best of your family. Love in Christ, Gretchen (Koenig) and Louis Jacks

Tom & Lorna Pryor

November 9, 2012

Charlie was one of the most delightful persons I have ever known, and I felt an emotional jolt on reading the obit in the Fort Smith paper. From the time I first met Charlie and extending through many years playing tennis and otherwise socializing with him, I always had a deep affection for Charlie. We tangled verbally and emotionally - if not physically - with one another three or four times per week for three or four decades on the tennis court, but those were fun times, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the relationship and the experience. Indeed, we were very much like brothers, and I am sure Charlie felt much the same way toward me. Although I know the two of you had compelling reasons for doing so, I was sorry that you (Helen) and he departed Fort Smith. By that time, however, the ardor of both of us for tennis had substantially waned, and we were seeing much less of one another. Yet the memories remain, and they are heart warming ones. Lorna and I both loved Charlie, and it leaves a lump in our throats to realize that he is no longer "in the game." We hope that you are well, and we extend to you, Becky, Jennifer, Janet and Helen our love and best wishes.

Tom and Lorna Pryor

November 9, 2012

Aunt Helen, Becky, Jennifer, Janet & Helen: Please know that our prayers are with you as we also mourn the loss of our beloved Uncle "Cholly". Would love to have been there with you in Fort Smith, but it just wasn't possible at this time. Love to all of you... Jeff & Nancy Jernigan, Patrick, Jeremy and Jenna. Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Susan DuBois

November 8, 2012

Jennifer and Janet,

Prayers are with you and your family as you endure this time of your life. I have lost both parents, my father 17 yrs ago and this past summer my mom. Placing him and you all in the Lord's loving arms.


Brenda Combs

November 6, 2012

My condolences to you and your family. Many hugs to you my friend (Helen Bleach). Love you always.

Brenda Combs and Mycole