OBITUARY

Michael Gary Jefferson

July 31, 1943December 30, 2020
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Michael Gary Jefferson was born July 31, 1943 to Robert Bryan "R.B." Jefferson and Dorothy "Mickey" Newell Jefferson in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He passed away on December 30, 2020 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The Jefferson family moved to Daingerfield, Texas when Mike was 10 years old. He graduated from Daingerfield High School and then from East Texas State University. He was a coach and history teacher in Tyler ISD. He taught at Moore Middle School, Stewart Middle School, Boulder Middle School and finally at Plyler. Students as well as friends called Mike Coach even after his retirement. He was an avid horseman and loved spending time riding his two horses. He loved animals and always had a dog. He loved his last dog, Bear, very much. He was known for his sense of humor. He married Nancy Norris Jefferson in 1975. They had one child, Jennifer. He moved to Wichita Falls in 2017 to be close to his grandchildren. He never stopped loving his wife, because he knew he would be reunited with her. He was dedicated to his family, was a wonderful husband and father and was not afraid to die. After he was widowed, his friends were a very important part of his life and are still very special to his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, his father and mother, and his sister Jan Paterson. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer McDonald and her husband Terry, who live in Wichita Falls, grandchildren, Elisabeth, William, and Tyler McDonald. Also by brothers-in-law and sister-in -law, Jim Paterson, John and Sandra Norris, nieces and nephew, great nieces and great nephews.

A time of Visitation will take place at Lloyd James Funeral Home from 12:00-1:00 pm followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at Williams Cemetery.

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Teri Maxfield (McCarrell)

January 16, 2021

Sweetest man. He was my History teacher at Moore Jr High and actually taught my kids at Stewart Middle School as well. He was the one that picked me up and put me in the Band Directors White Coradova car and held a towel on my gushing head when I busted my head open between my eyes after school at Moore. They took me to the Emergency Room. He remembered that when we meet at Stewart when my kids had him as a teacher. You will be missed Coach Jefferson. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻❤️

LaSantae Caldwell

January 9, 2021

Coach Jeff was my history teacher at Stewart Middle School in 1993! He was the best! I loved his class! Rest in paradise!

Meri Mullicane

January 8, 2021

Coach Jeff was my Texas History teacher at Moore. I have such fond memories of Middle School because of him. Prayers for his family during this time.

Terry Gipson

January 8, 2021

I was very sorry to hear about Coach Jeff’s passing. He was one of my coaches in football and track at Moore Junior High in Tyler during the mid 70’s.

I have great memories of the many inspirational speeches he would deliver to us. He always seemed to love giving those speeches. Sometimes they were funny, and they always had a purpose. That purpose was clearly to instill confidence and to make us understand that hard work was necessary to achieve success.

He was a tough coach and ran us to near exhaustion quite often. He pushed us well beyond what we thought we were capable of doing, and we did it because he had gained our trust and respect. Most importantly, Coach Jeff taught us to never ever give up and to never quit.

I have thought about the lessons I learned from Coach Jeff quite often over the years. If he saw you slowing down or lagging behind he would always say “suck it up!” I’ve carried that motto with me all my life. Thank you, Coach Jeff!

My deepest condolences to Coach Jeff’s family.

Terry Gipson
Highland, New York

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