John W. Jefferson

Published 12:06 am Sunday, January 5, 2014



John W. Jefferson

Nov. 8, 1930 – Jan. 3, 2014


John W. Jefferson, age 83, a resident of Smithtown Road, Grimesland, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 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 today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hillside Funeral Service, 4500 Highway 264 East, Washington, and other times at the home.

Mr. Jefferson was born 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 Co. where he retired after 40 years of service. He continued to stay busy as a “handyman.” 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 and served as a deacon.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Jefferson is survived by his sons, Timothy Allen (Timmy) 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 John’s memory to the Haw Branch Church of Christ Building Fund, 1501 Haw Branch Rd., Chocowinity, NC 27817.

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Hillside Funeral Service & Cremations, 4500 Highway 264 East, Washington, has been given the honor of being entrusted with serving the Jefferson family.