Walter Jeffers, 89, of Spring City, passed away March 6, 2019, at Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

Born in Norma, he was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Linda Lloyd Jeffers;  brothers: Paul, Floyd, Virgil, Earl, and Clovis Jeffers; sister, Maggie Jeffers Newport; and son-in-law, John W. Toliver Jr.

He was a 1948 graduate of Norma High School; and enlisted in the U. S. Army where he served four years, including one year in the Korean War.  He received a BS Degree and MS Degree from Tennessee Technological University, and was a teacher.  In 1990, he retired from the Rhea County School System and was elected to serve on the Rhea County School Board.  He was active in the community, serving on the Spring City Library Board, Rhea County Library Board as chairman, and the United Way.  He was a member of First Baptist Church for more than 50 years, served as a Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years, and also served as a deacon, treasurer, trustee and representative to the Tennessee Valley Baptist Association and wherever he was needed.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce M. Jeffers of Spring City; daughters, Walta J. Toliver of Dayton, and Marla (Charles) Smith of Franklin;  grandsons, John W. Toliver, III of Clarksville, and James Walter Toliver of Harker Heights, Texas; great-grandchildren: John W. Toliver, IV, RuthAnne and Jeremiah Toliver, both of Clarksville, and Addelynne Toliver of Harker Heights, Tex.; brother; Claud Jeffers of Norma; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside service was conducted March 10, at Spring City Cemetery with Rev Brian Price officiating.

Arrangements by Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City.