Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former White House butler who worked under 11 US Presidents, has died because of coronavirus. He was 91 years old.
his family said.
Jerman was 91, his granddaughter Shanta Taylor Gay said in a Facebook post.
“My grandfather is a family-loving, genuine man,” Jamila Garrett, another granddaughter, told Fox 5 in DC. “He was always about service, service to others. It doesn’t matter who you were or what you did or what you needed.”
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, one among the longest-serving White House employees, died last week from coronavirus, his granddaughter told Washington, D.C. station WTTG in an interview Tuesday. Jerman was 91.
He had a presidential name and hung out with many of them — 11 presidents, to be exact. Jerman started performing at the White House as a cleaner in 1957, rising to doorman and butler before retiring in 2012, his granddaughter, Jamila Garrett, told the station.
Jerman worked for each president from Eisenhower to Obama. An iconic photo shows him within the elevator with Mr. and Mrs. Obama as they rode to the family quarters of the White House at the top of the day.