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Henry Jefferson

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1936 – 2021

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Heaven was missing an angel who not long ago returned; Mr. Henry Jefferson was called home from this earthly plane on October 9, 2021. The Heavenly choirs rejoiced at his departure, welcoming his spirit with warmth and love everlasting to its rightful place in Paradise Eternal.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Jefferson was held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Eastside Eatonton Cemetery, 124 Hogan Blvd, Eatonton, GA 31024. Reverend Johnny Harris of Union Baptist Church officiated.

Henry Jefferson was born on April 1, 1936, to the parentage of Willie Gene and Daisy Jefferson of Arlington, GA. Unfortunately, Henry lost his parents at an early age; his grandparents soon took custody of him, and raised him in the neighboring town of Blakely, GA. Henry would ultimately move to Eatonton, GA, where other family members had settled, and he also received his education in the Putnam County School System. As a young man, Henry became a faithful member of St. John AME Church. His religious conviction was strong, earning him the affectionate nickname of “Rev.” Furthermore, Henry was always lending a helpful hand to the community and friends by transporting neighboring children to and from school. On October 22, 1961, Henry united in holy matrimony with Miss Hazel Johnson. To this union, three children were born: Marcia Harris of Lithonia, GA, Marcus Jefferson (Synthia) of Albany, GA, and Andrea Jefferson of Eatonton, GA. Henry was a very hard worker. He worked in New Jersey in the summer months, then traveled to Florida in the winter months working as a cook; he also worked at Lippert Components in Eatonton, and he eventually retired from the City of Eatonton as a meter reader for the water company. Henry had a love for riding in his clean Ford 150, dressed in his cowboy hat and sporting his big belt buckle. He was a spiffy dresser, loved children and playing with his grandkids, gardening, and music; blues was his absolute favorite. He also enjoyed baseball and loved the Atlanta Braves deeply. Henry Jefferson was preceded in death by: two sisters, Agnes Juanita Olds and Katie Gilbert; one brother, Willie Jim Jefferson, Jr.; one aunt, Agnes Jenkins; and others. To cherish him in loving memory, Henry leaves: his wife, Hazel

Jefferson; three children, Marcia Harris of Lithonia, GA, Marcus Jefferson (Synthia) of Albany, GA, and Andrea Jefferson of Eatonton, GA; four nieces, Melissa Gilbert, Bonnie Collins, and Betty Malone of Albany, GA, and Tia Olds Leach of New York, NY; one nephew, Reginald Olds of Lawrenceville, GA; five grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Final arrangements were entrusted to Hurt’s Funeral Home of Eatonton. To share a fond memory or send your condolences to the family, please visit our website at