January 2, 2013

Arthur “Corky” Jeffries Jr.

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Arthur “Corky” Jeffries Jr., 84, and well-known resident of Williamsburg, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, Ky., after a lengthy illness.

He was born on May 5, 1928 in London, Ky., the sixth son of Arthur and Easter Jones Jeffries.  The family moved to Williamsburg when he was a young boy.

He was a graduate of Williamsburg High School, Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky University.  He played basketball for the WHS Yellow Jackets and the Cumberland Indians.  He also was the quarterback, playing on WHS’s 1946 first continuing football team.  The 1946 Team was later inducted into the WHS Hall of Fame.  In 2011, he was taken into the Yellow Jacket 12th Man Football Club.  Through his efforts WHS football field’s lights were erected with no cost for labor. He was a lifelong fan and supporter of WHS and Cumberland’s sports and academics.  Of course he also was a “true blue” U.K. fan too.  He attended and traveled to many home and away high school and college games and proudly supported his children and grandchildren in their high school and college activities.

Following in his father’s footsteps he worked as an industrial electrician in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, and at three Atomic Plants; Oak Ridge, Tenn., Paducah, Ky. and Portsmouth, Ohio.   His talents were also shown as a draftsman and building contractor of homes and businesses.

As a teacher at Whitley County High School he taught industrial arts, served as their first football coach and was instrumental in getting their football field.

He worked for the Ky. State Department of Vocational Education as a regional administrator for multi-county vocational schools for 21 years before retiring from the position.  He never fully retired and always remained active.

In 1950 he was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg where he has been a long time member, married his wife and was honored to serve as deacon. He loved his church and Sunday school class.  For about 20 years he served as president of the E.E. Siler men’s Bible class and began compiling an annual class year booklet.  The members and their spouses enjoyed many social activities together, such as cruising on Laurel Lake, yearly picnics, frequent class breakfasts and Christmas banquets.  For their entertainment the “Barbershop Quartet” was formed then followed by the “Beauty Shop” Gals.

Arthur served his country for 21 years as a master sergeant in the National Guard.  He was a member of The Charles Gatliff Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and proud to be a descendent of ancestor, Stephen Jones, a patriot who fought for our American Freedom.

Some of his other community services and involvement throughout the years included being a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and a shriner.  Whitley County Optimist Club and served as Vice President of KY, West VA Optimist Region.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Moses Jeffries; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. John Arthur Jeffries and Debra Jo Faulkner Jeffries; one daughter Laurel Lee Jeffries West; five grandchildren beloved by their “Pap,” John Christopher, Melissa Kay, Aaron Joseph, Steven Arthur Jeffries and Whitley Allison West; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Easter Jones Jeffries; five brothers, Fred, Ed, Harry, Walter and John K. Jeffries; and two sisters, Madge Jones Prewitt and Jan Rose Jones Bell Elam.

Funeral Services were held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Ande Meyers, Hon. Eugene Siler Jr., Dr. Jim Taylor, and Tom Dowling officiating.  

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, with interment at the Highland Cemetery.  Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #490 will conduct Masonic Rites at the graveside.

Visitation was from 5 p.m. until the funeral hour at the First Baptist Church.  

Pallbearers were his grandsons, John Christopher Jeffries, Aaron Joseph Jeffries, and Steven Arthur Jeffries; and nephews, Eugene Siler III, Adam Siler, Travis Powers, Brian Minnich, Chris Minnich, Howard Bell and Cody Jeffries.

Honorary pallbearers were the E.E. Siler men’s Bible class of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Don Adkins, Bill Brown, John H. Brown, Kirby Clark, Mike Colegrove, Ancil Collett, Tom Davis Jr., Bob Dunston, Paul Estes, David Etter, Harold Faulkner, Vernon Faulkner, Reinhold Henkelmann, Dennis Lawson, Mac McKeehan, J.B. Mountjoy, Kenny Nighbert, Fred Overton, Donnie Rains, Tom Rains, Willard Reeves, Howard Shelton, Ernie Siler, Gene Siler II, Harry L. Siler, Dr. James H. Taylor, Michael Ward, Stanley Wasano, Fred White, Danny Sullivan, Eddie Byrd, The Charles Gatliff Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mike Colegrove, Andy Croley, Jerry Croley, Paul Croley, Paul Falin, Merrill Fuson, Clifford Johnes, Wesley Jones, Bill Mayne, David Moore, Herman Moore, J.B. Mountjoy, John Mountjoy, Mike Mountjoy, Donnie Rains, Donald Root, Adam Siler, Ernie Siler, Gene Siler Jr., Gene Siler III, Roy Siler, Mark Stephens, Gillis Wilder, Michael Warren, Jimmy Curd, Roger Minnich, Doug Karr, Teddy Byrd, Tom Dowling, Wesley Jones, Larry Prindle, Ralph Woods, G.G. Teague Jr., Stanley Lovitt, Ron McFadden, Dr. Bernard Moses, Shriners, Masonic Lodge #490, 1946 WHS Football Team, Dr. John Blaine Hill, Chas Watson, Oakle Petrey, R.L. Brown Jr., Hunt Perkins, Jack Smiddy, Charles Taylor, Carl Cornelius, and Orville Jones.

Ellison Funeral Home of Williamsburg, Ky. was in charge of arrangements.