July 4, 1940 – January 24, 2020
On July 4, 1940 fireworks were heard all over Marion County, Texas celebrating the arrival of a bouncing baby boy, Asberry Jefferson, born to Lafayette and Ima Jefferson and given the nickname “Sonny”. Sonny was raised in home filled with love along with eleven siblings. He worked in the fields and was educated in the Marion County school district.
After high school he found his way to Fort Worth where he was employed at Leonard Brothers. It was there he met Hazel Turner who captured his heart. That relationship soon blossomed and on July 14, 1962 Hazel and Sonny were joined together into a storybook marriage that would last 57 years. Two children were added to this union. It was a family filled with love that extended to many others.
Sonny was a consummate employee who worked 33 years for General Motors without ever missing a day until his retirement. Just as he was a consummate employee, he was also a tireless servant at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Sonny, with his wife by his side, served for more than 50 years as a doorkeeper of the sanctuary and landscaper, keeping the exterior appearance of Mount Olive impeccable.
Sonny was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. If there are gate keepers in heaven, Sonny will surely be one.
On January 24, 2020 at 2:02 in the afternoon Sonny transitioned from his earthly home, surrounded by family and friends. Those who are left to cherish his memory are his Queen, Hazel Jefferson, his son, Rev. Patrick L. Turner, the apple of his eye, his daughter, Jannette Anderson (Osborne), ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, five sisters (Zilpha, Myrtle, Viola, Gloria and Elaine), three brothers (Lafayette Jr, Henry and Thomas), special nieces Betty and Stacy Jackson, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Gratefulness We, the family of Brother Sonny Jefferson, express our sincerest thanks and appreciation for the love shown to us during our season of sadness. We extend a special thank you to Michael Jones and Jimmy Smith for providing transportation to and from doctor appointments, Paula Harris (Caregiver), the staff of Hospice Plus, Dr. Bibas Reddy and staff at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the Mount Moriah Church family, and those who were with us in prayer.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.gwspencerdirs.net for the Jefferson family.
- Carl Turner, Active Pallbearer
- Ronald Turner, Active Pallbearer
- Prentice Murphy, Active Pallbearer
- William Sanders, Active Pallbearer
- Nicholas Turner, Active Pallbearer
- Ken Turner, Active Pallbearer
- T Ware, Honorary Pallbearer
- James Bettis, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jimmy Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
- Michael Jones, Honorary Pallbearer
- Roderick Richardson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Tiaras Lowe, Honorary Pallbearer
- LaMaria Turner, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jeremiah Turner, Honorary Pallbearer
- Dedric Williams, Honorary Pallbearer
- Thaddaeus Thomas, Honourary Pallbearer
- Walter Robinson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Wake Friday, January 31, 2020
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 1, 2020
- Burial Saturday, February 1, 2020
January 30, 2020
Heartfelt sympathies to my friend and colleague Sandra Smith, to her mother Zilpha Smith, and to the entire family of Mr. Jefferson, who was dearly loved.
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