On Feb. 22, 2014, Oscar Harris, Dunn mayor and former state senator, presented Eugene Jernigan with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state, their communities, their career, and the organizations they serve. The presentation was made at Lee’s Chapel Church during Jernigan’s 90th birthday celebration. Jernigan lives in the Plain View community with his wife of over 66 years, Llewellyn Tart Jernigan.