David R. Jeffers

January 1, 2011

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  ó  David R. Jeffers, 83, of 421 East Hoard St., passed away Dec. 31, 2010, at the Samaritan Keep Home where he had been a resident for the past week with his family by his side.

Born Dec. 14, 1927, in Watertown, a son of Grover S. and Eva Mickens Jeffers, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II where he served in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Columbus and was honorably discharged July 22, 1946. 

He was employed by the Watertown Daily Times for 36 years retiring in 1979 as production manager. 

He married Shirley M. Stevens on Aug. 9, 1948, at the Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown. She passed away Sept. 29, 1971. He married Betty J. Carson on Feb. 14, 1980, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Black River with Reverend Russell Champlin officiating. The couple renewed their vows at their home on their thirtieth anniversary with Reverend Walter Giles officiating. 

Mr. Jeffers was a member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Black River and St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Watertown. He was a life member of the Northside Improvement League, the Elkís Lodge and the VFW. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, refinishing furniture and Civil War History. Most of all, he loved family get-togethers, especially at Grass Lake.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons and a daughter-in-law, Steven and Uraiwan (Nit), St. Petersburg, Fla., Scott, Watertown and Brian, Harrisville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Deborah, Lori and Stephen Gaines and Michele (Mitzi) and Vincent DeGennaro, all of Watertown; a brother and his wife, Grover and Ada, Oneonta, N.Y.; six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; two step-sons, David Randall, Bloomsburg, Pa., and Michael Randall, Oswego; a step-daughter and her husband, Susan and Charles Patterson, Burrville; four step-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. 

Two brothers, William and Harvey, and three sisters, Esther Mort, Eva Halferty and Eileen Mosher, all died before him. 

Calling hours will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Black River with Rev. Walter Giles officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery with military honors. 

Contributions may be made to the SMC Cardiac Rehab Center, 830 Washington St., or to Renal Care of NNY, 19320 US Route 11, Watertown.

Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and Newzjunky.com, Watertown