A memorial service for John S. Jefferies, 66, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Norwood Heights Baptist Church in Palestine. Brother Matt Timmons and Brother Jonathan Jones will be officiating the memorial. Burial of his ashes will be at the Northwestern Louisiana Veterans Cemetery at a later date with just family.
John was born on Jan.12, 1947 in Harrow, Middlesex, England to Donald and Violet Rose Pooley Jefferies. He passed away on Oct. 15, 2013 from pancreatic cancer at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Mr. Jefferies is survived by his wife and best friend of 42 years, April Studwell Jefferies. John also is survived by daughter, Melanie Jefferies Ray and husband Dan E. Ray Jr. of DeBerry; daughter, Kirsty Jefferies Foss and husband GJ Foss of Palestine; and daughter, Stephanie Jefferies of Palestine. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Airman 1st Class Christopher M.A. Ray USAF, John B.E. Ray and Rebecca L. Ray of DeBerry, Biannca A. Mason, Aubrey M. Mason and Cecelia R. Foss of Palestine, Brittany R. Scruggs and Morgan L. Scruggs of Palestine.
Mr. Jefferies was preceded in death by his father, Donald Jefferies, in 2000; and father-in-law, Earnest E. Studwell, in 1999.
John S. Jefferies proudly served our country in the United States Army from June 1967 to June 1969 in Vietnam as an illustrator and a machine gunner on the helicopters. He was awarded a Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal during his service. Mr. Jefferies and his wife April moved to Palestine in 1986 where John worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division as a food service manager until his retirement in 2009.
John was a Christian, a devoted and loving husband, Daddy, Papa, son and brother. He instilled his sense of hard work and putting family first into his daughters and grandchildren. He was an avid watcher of NASCAR, and loved classic cars. He fought a very brave fight and was an inspiration to all his family and friends over the last year. He will be sorely missed by many friends and all his family who loved and adored him.
Other survivors include his mother, Violet Rose Jefferies; brother and sister-in-law, Donald W. and Pat Jefferies, all of Mrytle Beach, S.C.; his mother-in-law, Shirley Studwell; and sister-in-law, Leslie Studwell of Asheville, N.C.; nieces, Charlene Jefferies Kahn and Victoria France; and nephew, Brian Jefferies.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research or to Norwood Heights Baptist Church of Palestine.