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James Nelson Jeffryes

May 25, 1934 ~ July 26, 2017 (age 83)
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Message from Jeffrey Lusk
July 28, 2017 10:23 PM

Jim is my relative and friend. Jim always helped me and my family ever since I was old enough to know him. He is blessed to have a great family who will always remember him, his talents, and caring nature.
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A candle was lit by Jeffrey Lusk on July 28, 2017 10:23 PM
Message from Lucia Duff Duncan
July 28, 2017 10:53 PM

Rest in peace, Mr. Jeffreys. You and stories of you were part of my growing up years in our Miami East home.
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Message from Judy Freeman Surovec
July 28, 2017 11:12 PM

I want his family to know that a wealth of knowledge, experience and discipline related to years in band at Miami East has made impacts throughout my family including children, spouse and others who I have influenced related to music/band. Our Fight Song by Mr. Jeffryes is unique and all of my family still sings it . Would love to hear it in full band form again.
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A candle was lit by Philip Royer on July 28, 2017 11:31 PM
Message from Manda Schaffer
July 29, 2017 7:19 AM

I was very fortunate and honored to have taken clarinet lessons from Mr. Jeffryes. He made me great! He not only taught me how to be great but also taught me a work ethic that I continue to use and instill in others. I reconnected with him at a clarinet recital at Hayner several years ago. I thanked him for all he did for me and told him..."I didn't always like you but you made me great". He replied...."I wasn't trying to be your friend". We laughed. I am truly sorry for your loss. He was such a talented man. It is a loss for all. My deepest condolences.
Message from Rosalie Boyer
July 29, 2017 8:29 AM

I worked with Jim at Covington Elementary School. He was a fun and talented man with an infectious laugh. Please accept my sincere sympathy in losing this good man. Rosalie
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A candle was lit by Sharon Macy Buchanan on July 29, 2017 8:32 AM
Message from Lisa Kenworthy Henry
July 29, 2017 9:43 AM

Mr. Jeffreys was my music teacher at Covington Elementary. He was gregarious, daring, and he made music class so fun. We were blessed with his talents. Many blessings and condolences to your family.
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A candle was lit by Steven M Wyer on July 29, 2017 10:12 AM
Message from Beth A Hile
July 29, 2017 10:12 AM

My sincere condolences to Lee and the entire family. I can still remember the good ol' days of hearing you all play music from my back yard when I was younger and being neighbors.
Message from Carol Middleton
July 29, 2017 10:55 AM

What a wonderful legacy to all those who are a part of the Miami East "family" - past and future!!!
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A candle was lit by Deepest Sympathy, Becky Cook on July 29, 2017 11:06 AM
Message from Jim and Brenda Vetter
July 29, 2017 1:31 PM

Jim was a wonderful musician. We played with him in many civic bands in the area. He taught at Miami East when my mother, Lois Scott, was the choir director there. She always enjoyed his impromptu piano sessions of ragtime music during the school day. I have Jim's symphonic bass clarinet he played when a member of the Dayton Philharmonic. A ready smile and a kind word from him is what I (Brenda) will remember the most. Bless him and his family.
Message from Beverly (Cool) Moore
July 29, 2017 2:06 PM

Dear Jeffryes Family,

What a gifted and remarkable man! I was one of the many fortunate students at Miami East to play music under his direction and later have him give private lessons to my son. Yes he taught us to play a musical instrument, but he also taught us about life values, honor and discipline.

My Deepest Sympathy in your loss.
Message from Peggy Gray
July 29, 2017 3:34 PM

Dear Ruth,

I was so sorry to hear of Jim's death. I have thought of you and Jim often since I moved to Florida to help my parents. I have missed spending time with you. You were an amazing couple. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Message from Keytha and Bill Rouse
July 29, 2017 6:48 PM

Ruth, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great man. Really enjoyed talking with you both at the luncheons. Take care. Love to you and the family.
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A candle was lit by Anne Pierce Oberlin on July 29, 2017 9:13 PM
Message from Anita Zielinski
July 29, 2017 9:23 PM

Dear Ruth,

So sorry to hear about Jim. Just know my thought and prayers are with you and your family. Hope to see you at Grandma's kitchen soon.
If there is anything I can help you with just let me.know.
Anita
Message from melinda sizemore conard
July 30, 2017 4:21 PM

i would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Mr Jefferys he was my elemantary school music teacher at Covington Elementary he will be missed was avery dedicated man and caring nice made the music class enjoyable and fun i learned play clarente and enjoyed it later in marching band along with flag corp rip a good man
Message from Bridgit (Anthony) Kerber
July 31, 2017 9:48 AM

Mr. Jeffryes was a remarkable teacher at Covington, and his music classes were always fun. He used these wonderful puppets who winked when we got the song just right. I have never forgotten him and his unique way of making class interesting. I now sing the songs he taught me with my own children. Thank you, sir.
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A candle was lit by Judy Deeter Gross on July 31, 2017 10:09 AM
Message from Judy Deeter Gross
July 31, 2017 10:13 AM

So sorry for your loss. Many of my happiest memories of Miami East High School Band include Mr. Jeffryes. His legacy lives on with every playing of the fight song. May he rest in peace.
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