James S. "Jim" Jefferis of Woodsfield, Ohio, formerly of Wright Road, Barnesville passed quietly and peacefully at his home the morning of March 1st, 2017. Son of the late Regis and Geraldine Jefferis of Barnesville, he is survived by his loving wife Candy; his children Doug (Michelle) of Columbus, Ohio, Becky Knight (Mike) of Barnesville, as well as a grandson (Aidan) of Aurora, Ohio; three cousins, Brian Jefferis, Susan McKenzie, and Jeanie Frazer, and two aunts, Dolores Frazier and Ruth Jefferis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Arthur Regis "Artie" Jefferis, Jr., cousin, Paul Bruce Jefferis and numerous great beagle and coon dogs.
James was a former employee of the #6 coal mine and a farmer (two things a young Jimmy swore he would never be - a coal miner or a dirt farmer) and prior owner of the Hilltop Carryout in Barnesville. He was an accomplished banjo player and one of the best damn southpaws in Barnesville baseball history.
Those that knew him will each have a story to tell you. He inherited a love of the land and music from his father and carried it throughout his life. He also enjoyed being outdoors, farming and above all else, spending time with his family and numerous friends.
He was a member of the U.S. Army and proud Vietnam veteran as well as a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the DAV.
He waged a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer the past 18 months and served as an inspiration in the spirit with which he approached the disease. He would never let the disease define him, and he carried on doing the things he loved. He adopted the simple motto from his Vietnam days of "drive on - don't mean a damn thing" and continued to enjoy his life.
Visitation and a service were held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, 319 N.Chestnut S., Barnesville, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial was observed on Monday, March 6, 2017 with Fr. Dave Cornett officiating at Assumption Church, 306 W. Main Street, Barnesville, Ohio. Burial followed at Assumption Cemetery where military honors were conducted by Barnesville VFW.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the veterans charity of the donor's choosing. Finally, the family would like to thank the staff at OSU/James, Medi Home Health and most especially Rita, whose kind and wonderful care of both himself and Candy brought him comfort these final few years.