September 18, 2023, 78, La Grange –
June 15, 1945 – September 18, 2023
Judy Jernigan Fields passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 18, 2023. Judy was born June 15, 1945, to the late Claude Jernigan and Ottie Fields Jernigan in Lenoir County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Fields.
Judy was born and raised in Lenoir County and this was always her home. She found her spot on Railroad Street and had the most beautiful yard, only matched by her immaculate home she wanted to keep as close to the time period as possible. Her home was built in 1852, but it was loved on by Judy and so cared for, no one would even know its age. She took great pride in keeping everything just so and did not compromise.
Judy was known in the community as the face of Wachovia for many years. She retired as the branch manager of the La Grange branch. After retirement, she found a love for traveling that carried her to sights she had only dreamed of. She went along with her loving companion, D.L. The two had many treasured experiences over the last 20 years. This included enjoying dancing and listening to country music.
While Judy enjoyed the comforts of her home, she looked forward to spending as much time as possible with her daughter and best friend, Tracy. The two of them formed a bond that carried far beyond mother and daughter. From the beach and beyond, Judy would go with Tracy, looking for the most beautiful antique. If she could find the right lamp, her day was made.
Judy was an animal lover and was known to rescue any cat that she encountered. But her love for animals went far beyond this. She rescued a squirrel that became a pet and adored Tracy’s dog, Gus. Judy’s heart was huge. She supported her community and was a member of the La Grange Garden Club. She was a wonderful mother, friend, and partner in this life.
A Service of Love and Remembrance will be held in the chapel of Rouse Funeral Home on Friday, September 22, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will take place an hour prior to the service, 2:00 p.m. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Judy’s home.
Judy is survived by her daughter, Tracy Delgado, and husband, Tony; her granddaughter, Brooklyn Delgado; her faithful companion and partner in this life for the past 20 years, D.L. White; sister, Faydene Boyette; and a niece and nephews, Lee Padrick, Sharon McCarthy, and Walter Boyette. In addition to her parents and husband, Judy was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Barwick, sister; Frances Padrick; and brother, Claude Jernigan, Jr.
Online condolences can be made at www.rousefh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange, NC.