John Randolph Jefferies III, of Wilmington, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was 81.
He was born on June 28, 1934, in Walterboro, South Carolina, son of the late, John Randolph Jefferies Jr. and Ulmer Fishburne Jefferies. John was also preceded in death by his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Feeley Jefferies.
John is survived by his daughters, Catherine Jefferies Dekker (Johan), Diane Jefferies Rand (Bill) and Mary Allen Jefferies; grandchildren, William Jefferies Rand and Kathryn Elizabeth Rand; as well as many extended family members and dear friends.
John grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, on Lawton Bluff Dairy Farm on James Island. He attended Porter Military Academy of South Carolina in Charleston and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from Clemson College (now University) in 1957, earning a degree in architectural design.
John joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington. The family moved in 1965 to Wilmington, where John worked for Ballard McKim and Sawyer architectural firm prior to opening up Jefferies and Faris Architects in 1971.
John was active in the community and his church, St. John’s Episcopal. He served on the boards of Cape Fear Museum and Faith Alive. John served as a PTA president and president of the Sertoma Club, and participated in other civic organizations. John enjoyed volunteering on the USS North Carolina Battleship. He was a longtime member of the Wrightsville Beach Racing Association and Power Squadron.
John enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, traveling and Clemson football. He was a devoted husband, awesome dad, caring father-in-law and loving granddaddy.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. A celebration of John’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. John’s ashes will be inurned with his wife, Bobbie, in Clemson, South Carolina, at a later date. The family requests that dress be casual and display the colors and joy of God’s new life for all of us.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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