Randy L. Jeffers, 69


Rev. Randy Lee Jeffers, 69, of Hampton, Georgia, formerly of Oneida, passed away August 30, 2014, at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Born in Oneida, April 20, 1945, he was preceded in death by his parents, James Hoyal and Jean DeBord Jeffers; and in-laws: Cecil and Lila Irene Terry Blankenship, and Freda and J.W. Blankenship Smith.

He was a member of Woolsey Baptist Church, a veteran of the USAF retiring after 20 years, having served during the Vietnam War, and served as a member of the Honor Guards.

He was known world-wide for his amazing carvings of staffs, canes, and woodwork;  served his Lord and Savior by pastoring two churches, and serving as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He traveled on several mission trips to Uganda where he served on the board of directors for the Uganda Royal School and Orphanage, and the Josh McDowell Ministries to Russia and Ukraine, and joining the Bill Glass Prison Ministry.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Etta Marie Blankenship Jeffers; sons: Tyler Lee Jeffers of Oneida, and Travis Randy Jeffers of Hampton, Ga.; grandchildren: Braeden Michael Jeffers, Connor Thomas Jeffers, and Addison Leigh Jeffers, all of Oneida; brother, Roger H. Jeffers of Oneida; sisters: Terrie J. Cross and Cathy J. Burke, both of Oneida, and Doris J. (John) Clayton of Gatlinburg; in-laws: Milton (Linda) Blankenship of Whitley City, Ky., and Terry Willard (Nancy) Blankenship of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas; a host of nieces and nephews, and many other relatives.

Memorial service was conducted September 5, at Woolsey Baptist Church with Pastor Chuck Chambers officiating. Interment was conducted at East Tennessee State Veteran Cemetery, Knoxville, with full military honors. Memorial service will be held at New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in Oneida, at a later date. You may sign the online guestbook at www.westmurleyfh.net.

Obituary provided courtesy of West-Murley and Jones & Son Funeral Homes.

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