WASHINGTON — The coronavirus has claimed the life of a former White House butler who served 11 presidents.
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, 91, who started as a cleaner in the Eisenhower administration, died May 16.
His granddaughter Shanta Taylor Gay said he always believed he lived a blessed life.
Jerman served more than 50 years in the White House, starting in 1957 under then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cleaner. But it was First Lady Jackie Kennedy who later promoted him to a butler.
A photo of Jerman with former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is featured in Mrs. Obama’s memoir “Becoming.”
When Jerman suffered a stroke in 2011, the Obamas sent flowers and made sure he was taken care of in the hospital.