Richard Dennis Jernigan, 81, of Lavonia, passed away Saturday morning, February 6, 2021 at the Landmark Hospital, Athens.

Born July 31, 1939, in Alexandria, Virginia, he was the son of the late W. H. and Sarah Mary Kaiser Jernigan.  He was the husband of the late Sarah Herring Jernigan, and stepfather of the late Raymond Whiting.  He was a electrical engineer with NASA during the Gemini and Apollo projects.  When he moved to the Fairview Community he worked for the Franklin County Detention Center.  He served in the U S Army. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 114, and was a Shriner. He was a member of Lavonia VFW Post 5897, and was a a member of the Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors include children Shannon & Rick Moss, Caandler, NC; Kathy and Bryan Ansley, and Wayne & Vivian Whiting; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Saturday February 13, 2021, at 3pm at Franklin Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 1pm until 2:30pm prior to the service at the Ginn Funeral Home.  Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.  The family request that masks be used and proper social distancing practices.