John Calvin Jeffers, affectionately known as JJ to his beloved grandchildren, was born on January 3, 1950, in Hamburg, AR. He peacefully passed away on May 1, 2023, at his home in Perryville, AR, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and remarkable achievements.
In his early years, JJ was the eldest among his three brothers. He spent his childhood in the company of his siblings and cousins, catching bullfrogs and engaging in mischievous adventures. Nature was his playground, and those memories of carefree days shaped his adventurous spirit.
JJ's thirst for knowledge led him to pursue higher education, despite humble beginnings. He worked diligently at a gas station to put himself through college, earning a master's degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas. His determination and self-reliance laid the foundation for his successful career.
Throughout his professional journey, JJ's expertise in accounting and his innovative use of computer programming propelled him to new heights. He made invaluable contributions to every company he worked for, enhancing their bookkeeping practices and steering them toward success. He held positions at various organizations, including Andy's Corporation, Computer Warehouse, and Dixie Cafe, where he served as the CFO and Vice President for nearly two decades. In his final years, he dedicated his skills as the CFO at CADC, leaving a lasting impact on the organization.
Beyond his professional life, JJ possessed a zest for a multitude of interests and hobbies. He was a talented pool player, earning a reputation as a pool shark among friends and family. His love for humor and jokes brought joy to those around him, and he could always be counted on to find the perfect punchline. He found solace in planning for the unknown, fascinated by the intricacies of preparedness for uncertain times. JJ relished working in the yard of his beloved lakehouse, embracing the tranquility of nature. He had a passion for science fiction, camping adventures, and his ultimate goal of visiting all the National Parks. His presence was a calming force, as he lived by routine, reliability, and preparedness.
JJ's commitment to his family was unparalleled. As a husband, father, and grandfather, he demonstrated unwavering love and support. He took pride in his children's accomplishments and cherished the role of being a dedicated and involved grandparent. Changing diapers, feeding, and playing with his grandchildren brought immeasurable happiness to his heart. JJ also made a difference in the lives of others through his selfless acts. He was a loyal blood donor for the Red Cross, and participated in food drives with the CADC. He participated in annual Earth Day cleanups and was a member of the Arbor Day Foundation.
JJ's warm and gentle nature endeared him to all who knew him. He had a knack for keeping secrets and always knew the perfect joke for any occasion. His laughter, filled with perfect timing and unexpectedness, brightened countless gatherings. He brought magic to Christmas, making the holiday season a time of joy and wonder for his family and friends.
John Calvin Jeffers is survived by his loving wife, Rene Jeffers, his children Diana Jeffers, Debbie King and her husband Ryan King, John M. Jeffers and his wife Andrea Jeffers, Donna Addis and her husband Robbe Addis, Laura Strong, and her husband Michael Strong, Sarah Lafferty and her husband Chris Lafferty, Rebecca Jeffers, and Mallory Jeffers. His memory lives on in the hearts of his 21 cherished grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers Carl Dean Jeffers, Bobby Jeffers, and Danny Jeffers, along with numerous friends and extended family members.
A memorial service to celebrate JJ's life will be held on June 17th at 2:00 p.m. at his home in Perryville, AR.
Arrangements by Arkansas Cremation, 10515 W Markham St, Ste B1, Little Rock, AR 72205.