Philip G. Jeffries, age 79, of Lamar, died
at his home, Sunday June 14 after a 2 year illness. Mr. Jeffries was born
October 19, 1929, in Lamar,
Missouri, to James N. and Effie
Caroline (Gordon) Jeffries.He was the
youngest of 13 living siblings.During
high school he worked at F.M. Thorpe Manufacturing Company.He graduated from LamarHigh School
in 1947.After graduation he began
working at Barton County REA.On June
27, 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Wilmetta Frogge.During early marriage he became an ordained
Baptist minister, preaching in various rural churches wherever his work took
him.He later took jobs with Horton
Engineering Company and Finley Engineering Company at which time they lived
away from Lamar for three years, moving back to Lamar in 1963.In 1971, they moved to Little Rock, Arkansas,
where he worked as a telephone engineer with Allied Telephone Company (now
Alltel).The last 18 months before
retiring, he went into a partnership forming NDE (Network Design Engineering)
and was the consultant over the underground telephone construction in the MicronesianIslands.While living of Pohnpei, he led weekly Bible studies attended by
Australians, Germans, Filipinos, and Americans, baptizing a convert in the Pacific Ocean.He
also filled in preaching at the Protestant church when the minister was off
island.Due to declining health, they
moved back to Lamar, Missouri
in December 2008 where he was a member of CalvaryBaptistChurch.
Survivors include his wife of
nearly 61 years, Wilmetta Jeffries; their children, Dennis and Carol Jeffries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Gale
and Tom Main, Lamar; nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren; two
sisters, Ethel Butler, Lamar and Ruth Newman, Carthage,
Missouri; two brothers, Jesse Jeffries, Carthage, and Robert
Jeffries, Lamar.Philip was preceded in
death by four brothers and six sisters.
Services will be held at 10:00
a.m. Thursday, June 17th at Daniel Funeral Home.Burial will be in MemoryGardensCemetery.
The family will receive friends
from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be
made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Gideon’s International in care of
Daniel Funeral Home.
This obituary may be viewed and
condolences sent @ www.danielfuneralhome.net