Celebrating the life of Clarence W. Jefferson
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Clarence W. Jefferson, Sr., a man of many talents and boundless love, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that deeply touched the lives of those around him. Born on January 1, 1940, to the late Daniel and Inez (Jennings) Jefferson, Clarence’s journey took him from his humble beginnings to become a beloved figure in his community.
After moving to Baltimore, MD, the Jefferson family settled on a farm in Crewe, VA, where Clarence cultivated a wealth of practical skills that would serve him throughout his life. From tending to farm chores to mastering carpentry,, plumbing, and electrical work, he became a true “Jack of all trades.” his resourcefulness and versatility were unmatched.
After graduating from Luther H. Foster High School in 1960, Clarence set his sights on a new chapter in New Rochelle, NY. He joined Pam Clock Co. before answering the call of duty and proudly served in the Army from 1963 to 1965. Stationed in Bamberg, Germany, Clarence’s role as an Armorer showcased his dedication and unwavering pride in his service.
On December 26, 1964, Clarence embarked on a lifelong journey of love when he married his longtime sweetheart, Judith Weekes. Together, they were blessed with two children, Tracey and Clarence Jr. Building their home in St. Albans, Queens, Clarence worked as a Bus Operator for the MTA, dedicating 20 years to serving his community.
In his Fonda Ave. neighborhood, Clarence was affectionately known as Mr. J. Throughout his 51 years as a resident, he became a pillar of support, a compassionate neighbor, and a mentor to countless young individuals. His willingness to share his wisdom, skills, and lend a helping hand defined his character. Whether it was repairing something or showcasing his culinary expertise on the barbecue, his willingness to assist others knew no bounds. His smoked brisket was particularly renowned and savored by all who had the privilege of tasting it.
As the eldest of eight children, Clarence cherished his family above all else. Known as “Slim” to his loved ones, he was fiercely protective of his younger sisters and shared an unbreakable bond with his brothers. The joy he found in his nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren knows no bounds.
Clarence is predeceased by his brothers, Michale (Hazel) and William (Dorothy) as well as his siter Laura. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Judith, his children Tracey (Tyrone) and Clarence Je. (Monique), his siters Carolyn (Charles), Inez (Leroy), Hermania, and his brother Herman. He will also be deeply missed by his grandchildren Deja, DeAnthony (Princess), Justice (Mercedes), and great-grandchildren Storm, Sonai, and Samiya.
Clarence’s legacy as a paragon of true manhood will forever be cherished. His unwavering commitment to protection, providence, morality, and unconditional love touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. With his gentle giant persona, he leaves a void that words cannot adequately express.
May his soul find eternal peace and his memory continue to inspire us all.
Viewing Friday, July 7, 2023 from 1 to 7PM.
Funeral Service Saturday, July 8, 2023 at1:00PM at Union Baptist Church, Crewe. Interment Jefferson Family Cemetery, Crewe.
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