Ralph Hoover Jefferson

October 23, 1928April 7, 2021

JEFFERSON, RALPH HOOVER. Ralph Jefferson, 92, of Montgomery, Alabama, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. He was born on October 23, 1928 to Lewis and Minnie Jefferson.

Ralph installed carpet and floor coverings for over 60 years, working for Levering Rug Company and later owned his own installation business. He was actively involved in his church, Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery, serving as a deacon, greeter, usher, and Sunday school member. Ralph enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as watching his great-grandsons play sports. Ralph is predeceased by his parents; his sister, Sara Berry, and her beloved husband Ray Berry; his brother, Bernard Jefferson; his wife, Shelby Jean Davis Jefferson; and his son, Steve Jefferson.

Survivors include his daughters Cindy McKim (Harvey, his favorite son-in-law) and Lisa Birchfield; grandsons Cary Gainey, Justin Gainey (Amy), and Blake Jefferson (Katie); and great-grandsons Matthew Gainey and Beau Gainey. He was lovingly known as PawPaw by his family and Uncle Ralph or “Unk” to nephews and nieces who loved and appreciated him.

Visitation will be held at Leak-Memory Funeral Home on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. followed by services at 2:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Justin Gainey, Gilbert Summerlin, Jr., John Tyler, Dave Coyte, Dwayne Owens, and Blake Jefferson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to Eastmont Baptist Church, 4505 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36109.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, April 11, 2021


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Debra Courtney

April 12, 2021

I knew Ralph and Jean through his deceased son, Steve, whom I loved very much. Ralph always let it be known that he loved the Lord, loved his family, loved life and hard work. Prayers for the family for such a great loss.

Jane Mobley

April 11, 2021

I knew Ralph Jefferson at Eastmont Baptist Church. I also knew his wife, Jean. I also went on Senior Adult trips with Ralph and Jean. Ralph was always a sweet and caring person. He always had a smile on his face. I know his family will miss him. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Ralph. Please accept my prayers, love and concern during this time. Love, Jane Adams Mobley

Tim Pope

April 10, 2021

I mostly remember Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson when we were kids attending jr. high school. I were friends with the children and very found one of them. I remember how kind the entire family was to me and very grateful for the kindness and love they all showed me. I thank the entire family and love you all for the precious memories I have from that part of my life! May God Bless You all those now with Jesus and the two still with us.

Waldo & Betty Spencer

April 10, 2021

We have many fond memories from camping with Ralph and Jean. Ralph always had a smile on his face. He was kind, considerate, and loved his Lord Jesus Christ. We remember playing many "competitive" games of dominos with him (which he very often won).

Mike Gorenflo

April 8, 2021

Mr. Ralph was one of a kind. I will always remember him as a very kind gentleman who truly loved his family and friends with all his heart! He will be sorely missed!