James J. Jefferies of Lake Forest, CA went home to be with the Lord on September 26th. Jim was born on September 29, 1924 in Newport, PA. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He was a veteran of WWII and Korea. He also served his country as an FBI agent from 1950-55. He was a respected businessman, owning and operating a furniture business in Orange County for most of his professional career.
Jim was an active and committed lay leader in the church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder and various other roles. He authored two books during his retirement years and was a member of Gideons International.
Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gerry. He is also survived by 2 children, Don Jefferies of Aliso Viejo and Mary Ellen Brown of Sonora, CA, 5 grandsons, a brother Robert Jefferies of Tucson, AZ, a sister Joyce Hefflefinger of Decatur, IL. A sister, Vivian Henly, of Lancaster County, PA, preceded him in death.
Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a man of honor and integrity and was loved by those who knew him. We will miss him.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at Mission Hills Church, 24162 Alicia Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA, on Saturday, October 2nd at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gideons International.