Working as a cleaner in 1957 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jerman's White House career experienced remarkable takeoff when John F. Kennedy became president. According to Jerman's granddaughter Shanta Taylor Gay, his promotion was advocated by then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
A former White House butler, believed to be one of the longest-serving employees of the White House, has succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 91.
Jerman retired in 1997 but returned to work at the White House in 2003. He left the White House in 2012 as maître d' under then-President Barack Obama.
The Indian Express is now on Telegram. She recalled that when she worked as an intern he would get her a meal if she had not eaten and that he even called her during a particularly rough snowstorm to make sure she was okay. "And that's what we'll continue to carry on, his legacy", Garrett said.
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman succumbed to COVID-19, prompting glowing tributes from former first families.
"His service to others - his willingness to go above and beyond for the country he loved and all those whose lives he touched - is a legacy worthy of his generous spirit", Obama 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".
He was working for Mr Obama, "a dignified president who was also African American", she said, adding: "That must have felt like a victory".
"Well, my grandfather would actually sit with him in his bedroom until he fell asleep", Garrett told Fox 5 DC.
"He always taught us that there will always be obstacles in your life".
FOX 5 DC was first to report Jerman's death.