Nephus Jefferson Jr.
1924 - 2020
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Nephus Jefferson Jr., a long-time resident of Baton Rouge passed Tuesday, March 31, 2020. He was born in Hub, Mississippi on September 6, 1924 to Nephus Jefferson Sr. and Ida Peters Jefferson. Nephus was loved by many and will be remembered for his sense of humor, robust laughter, and his enthusiasm during a good game of football. He will also be remembered for his love of family, and sense of duty to them and to his fellow man. Throughout his life he lived his personal philosophy "to do as much as you can, for as long as you can, for as many people as you can". He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army and served his country for three years spending time in Italy and Germany. He was awarded medals for the European, African, Middle Eastern Tour (EAMETO), World War II Victory, and Good Conduct. He graduated from Southern University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne. Across the course of his life he cared for the well-being of young people, first teaching at the Louisiana State Training Institution, then for many years as its superintendent. After leaving the correctional system, he was an institutional service administrator for foster care programs. He was a faithful member of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church. Nephus is survived by an adoring wife, Sonia Wilmetta Jefferson, of 73 years. They were life-long friends and shared numerous hobbies including horticulture. The Jeffersons spent many hours in their yard and garden growing common and exotic plants, fruits, and vegetables which they shared freely with family and friends. He is also survived by one son Roland Hayes Jefferson of Baton Rouge, honorary daughter Mavis Durr of Baton Rouge, brothers Howard Jefferson (Zona) of Houston, Elbert Jefferson (Ruth) of Chicago and a sister Audrey Jackson, of East Chicago. He will be missed by a host of loving and adoring nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nephus and Ida Peters Jefferson, and five sisters, Jewel "Mama Jag" Jefferson, Mavis J. Sewell, Helen J. Lee, Wilhelmenia J. Smith, and Minnie J.Thomas.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2020.
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April 8, 2020
I will surely miss you Mr. Jefferson. Geraldine Armstrong.
Geraldine Armstrong
April 8, 2020
I was a co-worker with Mrs. Jefferson and I enjoyed the fruits and veggies from the garden you both planted.
Lovie Oyekenu
April 8, 2020
Geraldine Armstrong will surely miss you Mr. Jefferson.
Geraldine Armstrong
April 5, 2020
I worked in the same building and attended meetings with Nephus, primarily in the 1980's. Nephus was a kind and optimistic gentleman, whom I enjoyed knowing. RIP
Frank Campbell
April 4, 2020
I am so glad I had the chance to see you at Eddie's home going service. You had the same sweet caring spirit I remembered you with. OMG you and Eddie are going to have a good time up there, don't get kicked out.
Your life on earth set wonderful examples for us all to live by.
Gladys Jo Hildreth Stallings
April 4, 2020
May this universal symbol of rebirth bring some comfort to family and friends,.
My condolences to the family of Nephus, who year after year was an inspirational resident in the Stratford Place neighborhood. How often I enjoyed viewing the carefully attended and productive garden he and Sonia maintained on the piece of property adjacent to their home. The dedication to life and its bountiful blessings always brought joy to my psyche. I will miss Nephus but know that he is in a better place.
Gary Ross
April 3, 2020
We send you our heartfelt sympathy. To have enjoyed the friendship of Mr. Nephus we hold one of the greatest privileges of our lives. Ronald & Eileen Kennedy - Baton Rouge, LA
April 3, 2020
WE GIRLS AT STATE ROOFING WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS SMILING FACE AND HIS LOVE FOR HIS ADORABLE WIFE WAS ALWAYS EVIDENT.
SHERYL AND ROSEANN
April 2, 2020
Offering prayers for a fallen Soldier.
Barry Jarreau
April 2, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this most difficult time of sorrow. May your hearts be filled with the beautiful memories you shared and may they bring you comfort. John 6:40
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