OBITUARY

Dana Lee Jeffers

June 1, 1948February 2, 2019

Dana Lee Jeffers of Knoxville, age 70, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019. Dana was the son of the late Rev. Carl Jeffers and Mildred Stonecipher Jeffers. Dana was retired from the State of Tennessee after 31 years service as the East Tennessee Regional Director of Data Processing. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Masons, Oak Ridge, and of the Baptist Faith Survived by loving wife of 47 years, Linda Jeffers, mother, Mildred Stonecipher Jeffers, brother, Tracy Jeffers, sister Carlene Terry (Eddie), brother-in-law, Cecil Jaynes (Robin), sisters-in-law Ann Johnson (Terry) and Sue Monger (Jackie), nieces and nephews, Jermane Johnson, Chad Johnson, Jessica Jones (Brent), Kimberly Jaynes, Tracey Standridge (Jacob), Evan Monger, Alexis Rice, Calie Terry, Aubrie Terry, Ragan Terry, Josh Jeffers, and Gannon Terry. Preceded in death by father, Rev. Carl Jeffers, brother Gerald Jeffers and Kevin Jeffers, and nephew Gregg Monger. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerried Jeffers, Josh Jeffers, Gannon Terry, Kares Stonecipher, Eddie Terry, Roger Cotton, and John Scates. The family will recieve friends Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm with a Celebration of Dana's Life begining at 2:30pm at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN, 37932. Entombment will follow at Berry Highland West cemetery. Friends may leave their thoughs and memories at www.berryhighlandwest.com

Services

  • Gathering of Friends Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Entombment Wednesday, February 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dana Lee Jeffers

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Emanuel Kandilakis

February 9, 2019

As time goes by we meet many people some good and some bad. I met Dana Jeffers at our Aqua class. We became friends quickly. He always made me laugh. He was the type of person that you could talk to and know that he would not tell the world. We enjoyed going out to eat and seeing movies. Dana & I both had season passes to Dollywood and would go several times a year. He loved the Gospel music and enjoying going all month long. When Dana found out that he had his terrible disease he never let it defeat him. Always had smile and was positive. He was a very rare and beautiful person Buddy rest in peace. Internal be your memory. I will miss you.

Renee Hunter

February 7, 2019

I met Dana through work at the Department of Human Services. He would come to Nashville several months each year for an annual project and we'd work side by side until it was finished. The work was stressful - but he and I laughed while we did it - we laughed until our sides hurt! and we did that work well. Those days with him are some of my best work memories.
Dana also mentored me professionally in my work and personally, about my future. Now that I am older, I look and think.. whew! Thank You, Dana Jeffers, for the good advice and talking sense to a kid! I am so glad I listened to you!

Yeah, I was a kid back then and he always called me "Kiddo". He loved Linda .. the theatre and my goodness, his azaleas were beautiful beyond compare. He also could crochet and gifted me some really cute potholders that I continue to use, daily, and even spent a few lunch breaks teaching me how to do it so one day, I could make my own and gift others, though I'm not nearly as good as he was at it.

The very best thing about Dana and what I will always remember -- he had a smile on his face every day and a good attitude about everything. He may have been in a bad mood sometimes, but you'd never know it. He projected that positive attitude and always sought to bring good to the lives of others until his time here was finished. You can see it in his emails and funnies that he sent even as battled on with the fight.

He set a fine example in that attitude ….the world needs more people like Dana Jeffers. I was lucky to meet him and I am better for having known him. I will miss you, my friend, and never will forget your smile, your laugh or your attitude. I try a lot to be like you in those things...and I promise, I will keep at it. You were much loved and will be well remembered.

My sincere condolences to Linda and the family.

Renee Hunter
Nashville Tennessee

Glenda Shearon

February 6, 2019

My sincere sympathies to Dana’s family. I worked with Dana during his career with the state. Dana was an exceptionally kind and gentle person and always had a big smile and helpful attitude. It was my pleasure to know him. I know he will be missed.

Betsy Martin

February 6, 2019

We joined the swim group a few years ago.
My husband and I spend our time between our home in Memphis and in Knoxville.
Dana was one of the first person who reached out to me.
He was so kind.
We had many wonderful conversations.
I will miss him...we all will.

Lee Lyon

February 6, 2019

Dana was an extraordinary musician and loving Christian Brother. Janet & I worked with him closely at Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Ridge. He mentored Janet & inspired her in her leadership as a church musician as well. His joy was contagious and his leadership was always energetic. He could make a choir sing with an enthusiasm that made you love Southern Gospel music, even if you weren't a fan. At a choir concert at Brushy Mountain Correctional Facility, he led the choir to sing "I Am Free;" the choir had misgivings to sing that at a detention facility, but the inmates wept with joy even though some of them would never know freedom on this earth again. He knew how to inspire people in their love for the Lord. In difficult circumstances, his attitude was always, and he advised me with it several times, "Just love them and go on." At his farewell concert at Calvary he closed the service with a song called "If I Could Have Helped Someone Along the Way." Indeed he did in so many ways. He was a joyful Captain in the mighty Army of the Cross. See you Soon Beloved Brother, Janet & Lee Lyon

Linda Goodwin

February 6, 2019

Dana always had a smile. He appeared to be upbeat most of the time, but I know he had some trying days over these past years. Dana was a man of compassion and joy ...he loved all that came his way.. We had some great lunches with him and the swim group.Rest In Peace, my friend. You will be sorely missed..

Tammy Lilley Foureman

February 5, 2019

I haven't seen Dana in many years, but growing up and when our family would come to TN for Memorial Day, I do remember Dana always having a kind heart, infectious laugh and love for everyone he met. My deepest condolences to Linda, Mildred, Tracy, Carlene, and rest of his family. You are in my thoughts.

David Myers

February 5, 2019

I worked with Dana for several years at DHS. He was always professional and ready to help coworkers. He had a great sense of humor and made our job more enjoyable. I'm glad to have known him.

Rob Whitaker

February 5, 2019

Dana was the first person outside of my family to recognize and encourage what musical gift God had bestowed on me. He took me under his wing and mentored me, which has lead to a life of worship of Jesus through music. He left a mark on my life and gave me a gift that can never be repaid. He was truly a great man of God and a wonderful friend. To me, part of the legacy that he leaves behind is that of a person who thoroughly enjoyed raising up young musicians to develop their gifts to lift up the name of Jesus and to worship Him. Thanks Dana for pouring out your life for so many others. Rest peacefully as you have run the race and fought the good fight.

Phyllis Miller

February 5, 2019

I have great memories of Dana when he and Linda were members of Parkway Baptist Church. He was, indeed, a good man and so very blessed with talent - especially a God-gifted musician. I remember so very fondly his solos and what an expert organist. We all loved him and were blessed by his talents. I know he will be missed.