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Cleophus "Cleo" Jefferson, Jr.

September 15, 1942 — March 27, 2018

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Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon,
and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Cleophus Jefferson, Jr. was born on September 15, 1942 in Foster, Arkansas to Rev. Cleophus and Lorene Jones Jefferson. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. “Cleo” as he was often referred was a graduate of Peake High School.

Cleo later moved west to California; settling in Oakland, California where he made many, many friends. He joined Seventh Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland. On June 5, 1976 after a satisfactory relation of his Christian experiences and view of the bible doctrine Brother Cleophus Jefferson, Jr, was set apart to the office and work of Deacon at Seventh Avenue Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Charlie T. Johnson who currently serves as pastor emeritus. He was a very active church member and a member of the Men's Chorus.

Cleo was a longtime employee of General Motors. He enjoyed traveling, trips to the casino and spending time with his family. He was the proud father of Kira L. Jefferson and Tarrell Jefferson.

In the 80’s General Motors transferred him to Kansas City, Missouri. He was introduced to the brotherhood and enrolled into the Fred J. Lee, Sr. Masonic School of Instruction Prince Hall Affiliation—F&AM in Kansas City, Kansas. On May 21, 1989 Cleo was made Master Mason Third Degree with Progress Lodge No. 77. His masonic dedication and knowledge caught the attention of Grand Master R. Butler and he requested Cleo as his assistant and driver. After many years in Kansas he retired; moving back to Arkadelphia and lastly Hot Springs.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018 he passed into the Lords embrace at the Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Forever cherishing his memory are his children, Kira L. Jefferson and Tarrell Jefferson; two grandchildren; his sisters, Mary Johnson of Brentwood, CA and Christine Hunter of Arkadelphia; and a special niece, Carolyn Knox of Hot Springs, AR. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

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Celebration of Life

Monday, April 2, 2018

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1600 Caddo St, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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