Monday, April 21, 2014

Kate Kinard Jernigan

Mrs. Kate Kinard Jernigan, 97, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Winston County Nursing Home in Louisville. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 22nd, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 PM until service time at Porter Funeral Home. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Jernigan was born December 1, 1916, in Noxubee County, MS. She was a Mashulaville native and graduated from Noxubee County Agricultural High School and East Mississippi Community College. She graduated from Miss. Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and received her BSN from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, TX. Kate practiced nursing for 35 years, working in all phases of nursing. A great deal of her time was spent teaching in nursing schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, and the island of Guam. She was a member of the Mississippi Nurses Assn, American Nurses Assn, the National League of Nurses, and was selected by the National Assn of Nurses as one of ten typical nurses in American in 1946. She served on nursing committees on local, state, and national levels, and was inducted into the Mississippi Nursing Hall of Fame. She was nursing education director for Hinds General Hospital in Jackson, MS, in the latter years of her career. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Louisville, where she was active in the Discipleship Sunday School Class and many other activities of the church. She and her husband, John, were active members of the Louisville Lions Club.

Kate was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, John W. Jernigan; her parents, David Haywood and Eunice Hamberlin Kinard; brothers, Frank and John Henry; and a sister, Mae Roberts.

She is survived by three sisters-in-law, Syble Kinard, Dean Jernigan, and Kathleen Jernigan; a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Jim Mosley, Steve Jernigan, Curtis Frensley, Jr, Walter Jernigan, Zach Kitchens, Moe Yarbrough, Paul Simmons, and Buster Moody. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Discipleship Sunday School Class and the Louisville Lions Club.

Memorials be made to First United Methodist Church or the Louisville Lions Club.