Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler who served through 11 presidencies, dies of COVID-19

Via:  Split Personality  •  one week ago  •  17 comments

By:   Aris Folley (TheHill)

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler who served through 11 presidencies, dies of COVID-19
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who served as a White House butler for more than five decades, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 91, local media report.

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Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who served as a White House butler for more than five decades, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 91, local media report.

Granddaughter Jamila Garrett said in an interview with FOX 5 DC that that Jerman first began working at the White House as a cleaner under the Eisenhower administration in 1957.

She said it wasn't until former President John F. Kennedy came into office in the 1960s that her grandfather was promoted to butler after building a rapport with the first couple.

"Jackie O actually promoted him to a butler because of the relationship. She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened," Garrett said.

In her interview with the news station, Garrett took the chance to thank former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler who served through 11 presidencies, dies of COVID-19Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New DealObama to skip portrait unveiling at White House: NBC NewsMORE, whose husband was the last president under whom Jerman served, for including a photo of her grandfather in her recent memoir "Becoming."

"I want to say thank you so much, so much to Michelle Obama for including him in her book," she said. "You know, just considering that we aren't able to grieve normally, physically together, that is one way that we are able to still feel connected to his success and connected to so much that he promoted around authenticity and building relationships."


Garrett described Jerman as a "family-loving, genuine man" and said "he was always about service, service to others, and it didn't matter who you were or what you did or what you needed, whatever that he could provide you with."

Garrett said she wants the world to remember her grandfather as a man who was "really authentic."

"That is what he taught our family, that's what drives throughout our family and that's what we will continue throughout his legacy," she said.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush told NBC News on Wednesday that Wilson "was a lovely man."

"He was the first person we saw in the morning when we left the residence and the last person we saw each night when we returned," the former first couple said.

—Updated Thursday at 11:36 a.m.

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Split Personality
1  seeder  Split Personality    one week ago

Political comments are unnecessary and unwelcome, thanks.

Split Personality
2  seeder  Split Personality    one week ago

2 days ago, Annie Glenn, wife of John Glenn, also passed from Covid19

She was 100.



2.1  Kavika   replied to  Split Personality @2    one week ago

Another person that lived to help others. 

RIP Annie Glenn

Split Personality
2.2  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @2    one week ago
At age 53 in 1973, she enrolled in an intensive program at the Communications Research Institute at Hollins College, now Hollins University, in Roanoke, Va., that gave her the skills to control her stutter and to speak in public.

By the time 77-year-old John Glenn returned to space in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, she showed she had become comfortable in her public role when she acknowledged she had reservations about her husband’s newest flight.

“John had announced one year before that he was going to retire as a senator, so I was looking forward to having him as my own because I had given him to our government for 55 years,” she told a NASA interviewer.

Her career in advocacy included service on the boards of child abuse and speech and hearing organizations. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.'s Annie Glenn Award was created to honor people who overcome a communication disorder.

3  Kavika     one week ago

Served through 11 presidencies. That is amazing and sadly his family couldn't be with him at the end. 

RIP Mr. Jerman, a life well lived.

Raven Wing
4  Raven Wing    one week ago

So sad to see such a wonderful, giving and loving person walk on from such a vicious killer. His years of dedicated service to the many leaders of our country and their family is very inspiring. I hope that he will be honored for his devotion to his job.

Split Personality
4.1  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  Raven Wing @4    one week ago

After initially retiring from the White House in 1997, Jerman later returned in 2003. His final retirement came in 2012, when President Barack Obama honored Jerman’s 50 years of service with a plaque and a coin representing each president he served.

Jerman’s granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay, told  CNN  that after suffering a stroke in 2011, the Obamas assisted in making sure Jerman was taken care of while hospitalized, and even sent flowers.


Raven Wing
4.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Split Personality @4.1    one week ago

Thank you for the information on the background of Mr. Jerman. It was truly wonderful that President Obama honored him for his 50 years of service upon his retirement in 2012. The Obamas were so very kind in helping Mr. Jerman during his hospitalization after his stroke and after his 50 years of devotion to our many Presidents over that time.

Thank you for the link. It is very inspiring reading.

Buzz of the Orient
5  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

Wasn't his life the inspiration for this movie?

From IMDb:

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.


Split Personality
5.1  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    one week ago

A different Butler apparently.

L ee Daniels’ The Butler , which opens Friday, is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, a butler at the White House for 34 years and through eight administrations. So loosely based, in fact, that it’s hard to determine which parts of the story are based on Allen’s real life — and which parts are added for dramatic effect.

Throughout his tenure at the White House, Allen quietly witnessed presidents make a series of monumental decisions impacting his civil rights as a black American.

Daniels’ film replaces the real Eugene Allen with the fictional Cecil Gaines, using the unique perspective of a White House butler as a jumping-off point to explore questions of race in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The result is a largely fictional film, rather than a biopic.

Buzz of the Orient
5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @5.1    one week ago

Seems that there were a number of similar butlers in the White House. 

Split Personality
5.1.2  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.1    one week ago

So it turns out there are a number of butlers and it varies from President to President, how many, how many full time and part time.  32 years seems to be the norm.

The person in charge of the butlers and all household staff is the Head Usher.

Here's another 32 year veteran of the WH Butlers, Lynwood Westray.


Buzz of the Orient
5.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @5.1.2    one week ago

A great story.  I never would have believed Prince Philip would have done that - it caused me to gain some respect for him that I never had - I never liked him. 

5.1.4  CB   replied to  Split Personality @5.1.2    one week ago

What an awesome 'feel good' story about Prince Philip and the 'servant' sharing a moment in time. And the invitation for a visitation to the 'princely' world of a royal: "Amazing."

6  CB     one week ago

I am so proud of his full life and career. He did good!

Trout Giggles
7  Trout Giggles    one week ago

RIP, Mr Wilson

Perrie Halpern R.A.
8  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one week ago

What an amazing life! The things he must have seen and heard and kept to himself. A true professional and confidant. Rest in peace. 


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