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Joseph A. Jefferson, Sr.

March 24, 1954 February 25, 2013
Joseph A. Jefferson,  Sr.
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Deacon Joseph A. Jefferson, Sr. is first a man of God, a devoted husband, loving father and the world's best grandfather. A native of Nottoway County, Joseph was born to the union of Pauline Williams Jefferson and the late Joe Lee Jefferson. 
After his training in the Nottoway County Public School System he entered active Military duty on October 10, 1972.
Joseph married his High School sweetheart Gale Branch on October 22, 1976. To this union two children were born Janeska and Joseph Jr. (Kaden).
He entered the army reserves in August 1975 and served his country proudly until his retirement from the United States Army in October 1992. Mr. Jefferson served 20 years in active duty and retired at the age of 38 at the Rank of Sgt. 1st Class. After entering the Army reserves, Joseph continued to follow his passion of helping others and went on to work at McGuire's V.A. Hospital from August 1975 to April 1980.  April of 1980 Joseph transferred to the Department of Defense at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, VA to be closer home to his family. While at Fort Pickett Joseph was a man of many hats, some of them included Motor Vehicle Operator, Material Handler, Fuel Distribution System Specialist, and Warehouseman. From his monumental stories of his work history, his time as Union President/representative at Fort Pickett would have to be one of his proudest work accomplishments. He was the youngest Union President to serve at Pickett. Mr. Jefferson's career paths then led him to Fort Lee Kennel Hospital March of 2000 as a Motor Vehicle Operator. This is where he was affectionately known as "Mr. J" by all the Doctors, Army Commanders and Staff until he retired after 33 years 7 months and 24 days at the age of 54 on April 1, 2008.
During Mr. Jefferson's journey of working and serving the public he earned an Associate Degree in Business from St. Leo's College.  He has attended many trainings such as The Army for Professional Development, Accounting for Property Part I and II, US Army Quartermaster School, and Logistics Management College just to name a few
Throughout his careers he has been awarded the following commendations: National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Medal (M16), Commanders Award Ft. Lee for Civilian Service, and a letter from  President George and Laura Bush for 33 years of Loyal service.
His warm personality and caring spirit has led God to use him as a vessel to reach many during their time of need.  Joseph continued to serve God and serve his community as a leader when he became a Deacon in 2008.
Joseph is survived by his wife Gale of more than 30 years; his two children Janeska and Joseph Jr.; a grandson whom he adored until death, Kaden Smith-Jefferson; his mother Pauline Jefferson; his Sister Catherine Jefferson. Joseph is also survived by an uncle Otis Raymond Jefferson (Dorothy); a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and childhood friends that loved him dearly.
The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Services Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon at Mt. Gazerine Baptist Church, Blackstone.  Interment Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia 

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.

The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Services Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon at Mt. Gazerine Baptist Church, Blackstone.  Interment Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia

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