JEFFERY, JR., ARTHUR |
BLANCHARD, beloved husband of Mary F. Bratton-Jeffery and father of Anne Marie Bratton-Jeffery, passed away Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, at his home in Oviedo, FL, following a three year battle with cancer. Arthur, the son of
Colonel Arthur Blanchard Jeffery, SR., and Rose Marie Givens
Jeffery, was born 14 February, 1948, at the US Army Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Arthur was a career Army Officer. He completed the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in October 1970; the Radiological Defense Officer Course in March, 1971; the Field Artillery Target Acquisition Course in April 1973; the Sergeant Officer Course in July 1974; the Advance Field Artillery Officer Course in May 1976; the Pershing Officer Course in August 1982; the Armed Forces Staff College in June 1986; the Nuclear Weapons Officer Course in July 1986; and the Battle Staff Course in July 1987. Arthur's military service included command and staff tours at Army posts in the United States, Korea, and West Germany as well as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Murray State University, Murray, KY. Major Jeffery was most proud of his tours as Commander, Delta Battery, a Pershing II nuclear missile operating unit, and Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff for the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery (Pershing), 56th Field Artillery Brigade in Schwabisch Gmeund, West Germany at the height of the nuclear weapons talks between the US and Allied Nations. He concluded his 20 year military career as the Operations Research Analyst with the Program Integration Office-Reconnaissance Surveillance Intelligence and Target Acquisition at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), US Army Combined Arms Combat Developments Activity (CACDA) Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Arthur's military commendations and awards include the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon Numeral 2, the Meritorious Service Medal-1 Oak Leaf Cluster (1OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal-(3OLC) and the Army Superior Unit Award. In preparation for his military retirement, Arthur earned a Masters in Systems Management with the University of Southern California and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. While in the Service he completed a Bachelors in Sociology from Cameron University. From 1991 until 2005, Arthur was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, He taught quality management, operations/production management, business research techniques and advanced business statistics. While on staff, he completed his doctorate in Instructional Design and Development. Arthur was a gifted writer and speaker. He authored a number of book chapters, articles in refereed publications and professional journals both in the business/management realm and that of instructional design. He and his wife, Frankie, made numerous presentations together at conferences and training engagements. In 2005, the couple moved to Oviedo, FL, when Arthur accepted the position of Program Manager, Veterans Benefits Administration, for Camber Corporation. As the Program Manager and later Deputy Director, Arthur led a team of professionals who increased local company revenues by more than 50%, captured additional major contracts, and established quality processes to earn the ISO 9000-2008 certification.
Arthur was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, an avid Kansas Jayhawk fan, a life member of the Association of the US Army, the Order of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of Field Artillery and the University of Kansas and University of South Alabama Alumni Associations. Arthur is survived by his wife, Frankie, his daughter, Anne and granddaughter, Ayden. He has a sister, Diane Robinson, of Robinhurst Farm in Lexington, KY; sisters-in-law, Peggy Jeffery of Spanish Fort, AL, Martha Nelligan of Louisville, KY and Ronda Bratton of Murfreesboro, TN; his nephews, William A. Jeffery III of Mobile, AL and Dr. James A. Jeffery of Huntsville, AL, Jeffery L. Robinson of Niceville, FL and Dr. Jessica R.
Byelund of Mt. Vernon, WA, as well as numerous grandnieces and nephew. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents and brothers William Arthur Jeffery II of Spanish Fort, AL and Francis Eugene
Jeffery of Williamsburg, VA. The family is deeply grateful for the care and support of the staff from Hospice of the Comforter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation or to the
. Arthur's final interment will be at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC in the fall. A celebration of Arthur's life will be held Saturday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, FL.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 6, 2013