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      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 Lamar High 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 Micronesian Islands.  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 Calvary Baptist Church.

 

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 Memory Gardens Cemetery.    

 

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

 

 

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Larry & Jeanette McColm  - KC MO   |2009-06-15 12:55:43
Phil was a great brother-in-law. We know he will be missed a lot but at least
we all know he's now in Heaven so we will see him again.
Cheri Medlin Cason  - Green City, MO   |2009-06-15 14:18:41
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, Aunt Wilmetta. I love you.

Cheri
Tracey Hendricks  - platte city,mo   |2009-06-15 20:16:57
Aunt Wilmetta you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you
all. Just think of the stories him and Dad can sit and tell. He will be missed
but always with you. Love always,Tracey, Jordan, and Hunter
Gary & Janet Basnett (Feezell)  - Missouri   |2009-06-15 23:15:01
Dearest Wilmetta and all the Jeffries family, We are deeply saddened to hear
about Phil and yet knowing he is in a much better and happier place with our
Lord, it makes his passing much easier. He lived a good life and his strong
character and loving ways live on in his family. God bless and comfort all of
you during this time and know that we send our deepest love, sympathy and will
be praying for you all that God will wrap His loving arms of comfort around each
and everyone of you.
Tressa   |2009-06-16 07:36:44
Aunt Wilmetta,
So sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Phil. What a wonderful
man. I hope it brings you comfort to know he is home with his creator. Know you
are in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Tressa and Preston
Tim and Debby Jeffries  - Carthage, MO   |2009-06-16 09:29:19
Uncle Phil was very dear to all of us, and He was very much loved. The world is
a better place because of the work he did and the lives he touched.

We were
blessed by Uncle Phil being the one who married my wife Debby and I on
July 17,
2004 in a pretty little park here in Carthage, MO. No one could have done a
finer service than he did.

Since my Dad (your Uncle Johnny Jeffries) and Mom
(Aunt Mildred) passed away Uncle Phil and Aunt Wilmetta have had us under their
wings. They helped so much with our loss.

He will be terribly missed by all,
yet we do find comfort in knowing without the slightest reservation that he was
first in line at the Express Lane to Heaven. In his heart, I know he deeply
missed his Parents, and so many others that had gone before. What a wonderful
reunion must be going on right now.
Some day we will all be together again,
when our work here is done. Forever.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers !
Wendy Price & family  - Monroe, North Carolina   |2009-06-16 19:15:03
How could I possibly sum up the life & times of my "Grandpa J"...later
known as "Gramps*" He was a true man of God...preaching, teaching and
living the Bible...he could make you laugh with his imitations of "Mr.
McGoo" & "Sylvester"...he had a great appreciation for God's
creation...Hawaii could have been his "second home"...he enjoyed golf
and could "swing with the best of them"...he travelled the world,
leaving an impact on everyone he met...he took time to make home movies of his
grandkids, doing the most outlandish of things...he has left a lasting imprint
on my heart...his final words, telling me to remember how much he loved me... I
couldn't be prouder...and heaven is made all the more sweeter...we love you
Gramps...and will see you again someday!! Alan, Wendy, Levi, Alex, Bayli,
Jocelyn & Rylie
Keith & Logan McColm  - KC MO   |2009-06-16 20:38:10
Aunt Wilmetta,
We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Phil. But we all know h is
in a better place in Heaven and we will get to see him again someday. Love
Keith and Logan
Michelle Patton Magee  - Mission, KS   |2009-06-16 21:46:39
Was so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in my prayers
Danny and Rose Roberson  - Little Rock, AR   |2009-06-17 08:28:48
Wilmetta, I am so sorry for your loss. I know what a great man Phil was. I well
remember working Phil. I also remember what great sports you and Phil were on
our Panama Cuise that didn't go to Panama. I was thrilled to hear that you had
finally made it there. Both you and Phil are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
Charles and Nancy Curless   |2009-06-17 08:28:59
Gale, Tom and Family, We send our sympathy for your loss, and will keep you in
our hearts and prayers.
Nancy and Charles
Randy, Teresa & Creed Harker  - Oxford, IA   |2009-06-17 09:43:21
Dennis, Wilmetta & family,

We are so very sorry about your loss. Although we
know he is rejoicing now and free of all the earthly ties that bound him, it
leaves little comfort to we human forms left behind at times like this. I pray
you do find comfort in that however and please feel our arms around you as we
hug you and Love you. We at the last minute last night realized we would not be
able to drive down today (Wed) to be there with you. I am so very sorry. We love
you!! Teresa, Randy & Creed
Larry & Marsha Frogge  - Boynton Beach, Florida   |2009-06-17 10:09:53
Finally getting to sit at the feet of the One he loved so much!!!! Can't wait to
meet him there!! Words could never begin to express how much Phil has meant to
me and ultimately my family. Thank you so very much for your Christian example
of life and how to live it.
Rejeana Barker  - Tulsa OK   |2009-06-17 10:16:06
I grieve with you in your loss, but rejoice with you knowing that Phil is made
whole and that we will see him again. I smile when I think of all the reunions
that must be going on in heaven at his entrance! I remember that when Phil
prayed, all those present knew that he was talking with Someone he new well. His
personal relationship with the Lord was evident in his life, and that's the
impact he left on me and others.
I'm sorry I won't be able to attend the
memorial for him, but please know you are all in my prayers.
Love,
Jeana Rae
Jake & Elizabeth Frogge  - Mandeville, LA   |2009-06-17 10:22:36
Aunt Wilmetta,
We are so sorry for your loss. I wish that Elizabeth could have
met Phil and known how great of a man he was, but stories of family visits will
paint a vivid picture. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jake & Elizabeth
Heather McColm  - Kansas City MO   |2009-06-17 12:03:47
Aunt Wilmetta I'm very sad to hear about Uncle Phil,your in my prayers.
love
you, Heather
Christy Schink  - Union, MO   |2009-06-17 13:40:39
Aunt Wilmetta,
I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Phil's passing. You are
in our prayers. Love, Christy (Frogge) Schink
Larry & Yvonne Feezell  - Overland Park, KS   |2009-06-17 20:00:41
I absolutely believe the world is a little darker today having lost Phil. I
first encountered the Jefferies as a 6-year-old boy in Lamar with Jesse at the
station, Paul next door, and Phil at work with Mom. I loved them all, but Phil
I admired. He had a wit, a brilliance, and a genuine love of others that made
him special. I will never forget coming out of the Lamar Theatre with Phil
mimicing every character in a Warner Brothers cartoon just to reduce everyone of
us children to debilitating laughter. I hate to see him go, but I know that we
will meet up again. (I am sorry that we cannot be there).
Bob and Marilyn Couch  - Springfield, Mo   |2009-06-18 08:54:11
Gale,Tom and family,
Just heard of your father's death, and wanted you to know
you are in our thoughts. Bob and Marilyn Couch
Trevor, Anna and Ayden Frogge  - Cheyenne, WY   |2009-06-18 11:01:28
Aunt Wilmetta and Family,

We wish we could be there with you during this time
but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is a comfort to be able
to lean on God's promise and know we'll be able to reunite with Phil again, I'm
sure he and Wayne are having a great time catching up. We love you very much,
and again are sorry for your loss.
Trevor, Anna and Ayden
MaryAnn (Breshears), Todd and  - Jefferson City, MO   |2009-06-18 12:40:23
Aunt Willmetta,

All of heaven is rejoicing over Uncle Phil's arrival! Just
imagine Grandma and Grandpa Jeffries! But as with so many things, it is harder
this side of heaven. We love you and will be praying for God to hold you
especially close. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be
comforted"--Matt. 5:4
Wilmetta Jeffries  - Lamar,Mo   |2009-06-19 07:11:35
Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
Words cannot express how much your caring means to
me, Dennis and Gale.
I don't know how ones can go on without friends---and the
Lord to comfort them.
We cherish your prayers and concern for us and your love
for Phil. We miss him so very much, but would not have him back after what we
know he is experiencing now with the glad rejoicing and reunions he is having!
So, as David said, "---I will go to him". Thank you again for your love
and concern.
Yours in Christ,
Wilmetta Jeffries
Carmen Frogge Medlin  - Sullivan, Mo.   |2009-06-19 07:32:09
I just returned home from one of the most blessed services for a loved one.
Phil's son, Dennis, and grandson,Doug, said and did just what their Dad and
grandfather would have wanted them to do with the "help" of the Holy
Spirit. My prayers and thoughts will continue to be with my courageous, loving,
and STRONG sister, Wilmetta, and her family as I know Phil will be terribly
missed by them and I'm so sorry and yes, I know we'll see him again:)
and I'm
so sorry.
Margie Edgar Brownsville, Tx   |2009-06-19 10:41:17
Dear Wilmetta: My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. I'm glad you
are in Lamar close to those you love. I know that even though you will miss
him, it helps knowing that he is where there is not any pain & suffering. Love,
Margie
Shane Norris  - Johannesburg, South Africa   |2009-06-20 02:20:12
Dear Wilmetta, Gale, Dennis and Family

You are all in our loving thoughts and
prayers. May God comfort each one of you during this time, and offer you peace
in place of the sadness.

With much love,
Shane, Stella, Marina and Eric
Sharon Rose  - Dallas, TX   |2009-06-20 09:05:04
I'm rejoicing that Phil is now with Jesus. A good friend, via Little Rock
connections, we had many laughs when couples gathered together. The friendhip
from Wilmetta and Phil was long lasting, through moves, death of my husband, and
especially to me, as we talked about God and how He leads in our life. Those who
knew Phil, knew a man of God...with love.
Earl & June French  - Brownsville, Tx.   |2009-06-21 17:10:18
Dear Wilmetta, So his struggles have finally ended..How it must have hurt for
you to have to watch him suffer so much.. Of course you will be lonely but I'm
sure you will feel his presence with you at all times with God's help.Wish I
could drop by for a visit but not possible bright now. Love you. Aunt June.
Joe White  - Little Rock, AR   |2009-06-22 10:44:28
All of his old Engineering and fishing buddies here are saddended to hear of
Phil's passing. I am certain that the dynamic man we knew is sorely missed by
the family he loved so dearly ... our thoughts and prayers are with you. If I
may be so bold, I will ask your forgiveness in advance, for all the boring
telephone and fishing stories you will one day hear again on the other shore.
God bless you all. Joe
Marie Fuller  - North Little Rock, AR 72116   |2009-06-22 20:04:15
Wilmetta, I was so sorry to hear about Phil's passing. Please call me when you
are feeling up to it. Love to all, Marie
Pat Williamson Wiley  - Cynthiana, Ky   |2009-06-24 10:45:35
Gale and Tom, So sorry about the passing of your father. You and yours are in
my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Pat
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