GRIMESLAND â€" John W. Jefferson, 83, of Smithtown Road in Grimesland passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
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There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. on Monday in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Service, officiated by Kent Gurganus and Jason Kirkman. Special music will be provided by David Smith and Jamie Pierce. Burial will follow at Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Gary Hollis, Earl Chandler, Randy Smith, Jeff Hardy, Kenny Jones, Jimmy Stokes, and Phil Woolard will serve as pallbearers. Bonner Hollis and M.L. Red Dunbar will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at Hillside Funeral Service, 4500 Hwy 264 E, in Washington, N.C. and other times at the home.
Mr. Jefferson was born on Nov. 8, 1930, in Beaufort County, son of the late Titus and Lillie Mae Smith Jefferson. He served in the Army during the Korean War. John was a supervisor for Singer Furniture Company and retired after 40 years of service. He continued to stay busy as a â€œhandymanâ€. On June 10, 1955, he married the former Elsie Dunbar. John lived in Pitt County his entire life and was a member of Haw Branch Church of Christ where he served as a deacon.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Jefferson is survived by his sons, Timothy Allen â€œTimmyâ€ Jefferson of the home, and Jerry Lee Jefferson and wife Patsy of Greenville; his sister, Shirley Smith and husband Randy of Black Jack; and his grandchildren, Amy Lynn Jefferson and Jeremy Lee Jefferson and wife Brittany.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Reba J. Dunbar; and his brother, David Jefferson.
Memorials may be made in Johnâ€™s memory to the Haw Branch Church of Christ Building Fund, 1501 Haw Branch Rd., Chocowinity, NC 27817. You may share a memory with the family by visiting www.hillsidefuneralservice.com. Hillside Funeral Service and Cremations has been entrusted with serving the Jefferson family.
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 5, 2014