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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Longtime Auburn FBC Pastor John Jeffers passes

He got his start in Collinsville, Alabama in the early 40's.
He preached the Homecoming sermon, the 175 anniversary service in 1987 at Collinsville Baptist on an August Sunday. My Mother and Father were there in the picture.
Strong group that morning, lot of promised unfulfilled in Baptist Character in the 20 years since; more about that later.
Dillard and Marie Wilson's daughter Cheryl, a Collinsville native, became a deacon at Auburn FBC and was present for the funeral in Auburn Saturday.

Here is his obituary as it appeared August 8 in the Auburn-Opelika News.

Harris Funeral Home is directing.
Published in The Opelika-Auburn News from 8/7/2008 - 8/8/2008
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Jeffers, Dr. John Henry

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DR. JOHN HENRY JEFFERS Memorial service for Dr. John Henry Jeffers, 86, of Auburn is 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Auburn First Baptist Church, with reception following the service. Burial is in Pine Hills Cemetery. Dr. Jim Evans and Rev. Dale Peterson are officiating. Visitation is Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. Dr. Jeffers, who died Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at East Alabama Medical Center, was born August 15, 1921 in Glencoe, Alabama. His education includes, public schools in Tarrant, AL, Samford University, A.B., Southwestern & Southern Seminaries, and received Honorary D.D. from Judson College in 1967. Pastor Emeritus, Auburn First Baptist Church, Pastorates include Collinsville, AL, 1944, Hartford, AL 1947-1948, Andalusia, AL 1950-1958, and Auburn, AL 1958-1986. Dr. Jeffers was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Men's Honorary from Samford University, Auburn Lions Club, and Auburn United Fund Director. His denominational activities are 1971-1979 SBC Trustee Baptist Sunday School Board Alabama Baptist State Convention , Administration Committee, Trustee Judson College, Chair of the Christian Life & Public Affairs Commission, Education Commission and Historical Commission. He received the Citizen of the Year by Auburn Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1982, Auburn Lions Club, Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1982, and retired Minister of the Year Award by the Alabama Baptist State Convention in 1998. Dr. Jeffers traveled extensively from 1968 - 1991 as Tour Host and Preaching Missions. He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Obie Jeffers, and grandson, Bryan E. Jeffers. Survivors are his wife, Jeanette Thomason Jeffers of Auburn; daughter, Jane Smith-Stage (Sam) of Nolensville, TN.; four sons, Dr. John R. Jeffers (Sarah) of Ft. Worth, TX, Dr. James T. Jeffers (Mina) of Tallassee, AL, David A. Jeffers (Marnie) of Atlanta, GA, Dale L. Jeffers (Pam) of Auburn, AL; eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing. Sign the guest book online at
Published in The Opelika-Auburn News from 8/7/2008 - 8/8/2008
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One of his eulogizers, my friend James Evans, was in the audience for the David Currie, Mark Baggett, et. al presentation of February 2002 in Collinsville on the kind of Baptist Jeffers sought to preserve.
I am hoping Evans eulogy of Jeffers will be up at their church website soon.


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