On Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, God called for you at 5:23 a.m., and you answered. Clarence E. Jefferson departed this life and entered eternal rest at his sister's, Linda Skipper's residence.

He was born July 23, 1948, in Stony Creek, Va., to the late Jessie and Carrie Lee Jefferson. From this union four children were born, with Clarence being the first child. He accepted the Lord as his personal savior and became a member of the Galilee Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memories: two sons, Curtis Jefferson (Jackie) of Prince George, Va., and Zachary Armstrong of Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Tonya Coley, Ebony Armstrong and Kamecia Horn, all of Richmond, Va.; one brother, Jessie Jefferson Jr., Stony Creek, Va.; two sisters, Joyce Edmond (Raymond) of Petersburg, Va., and the Rev. Linda Skipper of Stony Creek, Va., whom he resided with until his demise; six aunts, Mamie Rouse, Minnie Embry, Fannie Walker, Eva Meade, Caroline Key, Dorothy Ruffin; four uncles, George Jefferson, Lawrence Walker, Willie Walker, Wilbert Walker; two great-aunts, Hattie Stith and Sallie Cain; six granddaughters, Mona Coley, Marjanae Coley, Ariyanna Hurdle, Catoria Jefferson, Jasmine Jefferson, Kierra Jefferson; two grandsons, Marquis Neverson and Joshua Hurdle; one great-grandson, Tyrese Coley; three nephews, Larry Bonner, Joel Bonner and Todd Skipper; two nieces, Sharon Skipper and a devoted niece, Carrie Skipper; a host of cousins, along with a special cousin, Rufus Walton; a host of friends, a very devoted and loving friend to the family, Joyce Ann Bonner, and a longtime friend, Maike Neville. Special thanks to Hospice of Virginia, who cared for Clarence and gave support to the family.

The service for Mr. Jefferson will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, from Saint John Baptist Church, Stony Creek, Va.; the Rev. Herbert Holly Jr. eulogizing, interment to follow in the Tucker Family Cemetery, Southhampton County, Va. Body will be placed in church one prior to service. These services have been ebtrusted to the Jones-Peace Funeral Service, 13013 Park Ave., Stony Creek, Va.

Published in The Progress-Index from Jan. 20 to Jan. 25, 2013