Bryan Christopher Jernigan was born in Irving, Texas on June 25, 1971. He and his twin brother, Bruce, were lovingly adopted and welcomed into the family of Dr. Samuel C. and Mrs. Carolyn Jernigan of Irving and were the youngest of seven children. Bryan loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, motorcycle riding and being at the beach, especially with his brothers. He was the family “handy man” and could fix just about anything. With a big, heartwarming smile, Bryan had a great sense of humor, was very tender-hearted, loved children and relished spending time with his five nieces, four nephews and three great nieces.
Bryan had a zest for spontaneity. On April 6, 2021 he succumbed to injuries received in a motorcycle accident on March 28, 2021 in which he was not wearing a helmet. The family sincerely hopes the circumstances of Bryan’s death have a positive impact on his fellow bikers by reminding and encouraging them to always wear protective clothing and a helmet when riding.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Carolyn Jernigan, and his brother, David Carlyle Jernigan. Left behind are five siblings, Kathryn Jernigan Adams of Austin, TX; James R. Jernigan of Cleburne, TX; Julia Jernigan Gibson of Dallas, TX; Sharon Jernigan Salinas of Dallas, TX; and Bruce A. Jernigan of Irving, TX, who will forever miss their brother. His son, Garrett David Arras of Flower Mound, TX also survives his father.
The family asks that donations to the Salvation Army be made in Bryan’s name in lieu of flowers. This organization was chosen because of the many ways it assists individuals struggling with their lives. Donations may be made at the following link: https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/give/164006/#!/donation/checkout Please highlight and right click on the link. It will take you to the Salvation Army to make the donation.
Please click the box labeled “dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone.” Boxes will pop up for Bryan’s name to be entered.
The Jernigan family extends its deepest, heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the trauma team at UT Health Tyler for the excellent care provided to Bryan, and for their compassion, patience, guidance and understanding for his family members at such a grief-stricken time in their lives.
A memorial service for Bryan will be held in the near future. The date and time will be published on this website when set.