Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who worked at the White House for five decades under 11 US presidents, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, several media outlets reported.
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, 91, was one of the White House's longest-serving employees, working in various positions, including cleaner, doorman and butler from 1957 to 2012. "He was the first person we saw at the White House when we left the Residence in the morning, and the last person we saw when we returned at night".
George W Bush and first girl Laura Bush stated Jerman was a stunning man.
"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". 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. Very giving, never fussed or complained.
Ohio State University's Koritha Mitchell, author of From Slave Cabins to the White House, said that Mr Jerman was seen as an important figure in the history of African Americans in U.S. political life.
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman was a former White House butler.
Paying tribute after his death, she said her family was "lucky to have known him". And last weekend he succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 91.
Jamila added that Jerman built relationships in the White House that were helpful to him throughout his career.
Mr Jerman was promoted from cleaner to butler during the presidency of John Kennedy when first lady Jackie Kennedy noticed his professionalism.
Prior to his retirement, former US President Obama had honoured Jerman with a plaque and a coin to represent every president he had served in his over-50 year career in the White House. "Our warmest condolences to his loved ones", she wrote.