John A. Jefferies, 79, of Olton, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Olton. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Olton with Brother Neely Landrum officiating. Interment was in Olton Cemetery, with Ramage Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. The family received friends at Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton Thursday evening, Aug. 10. John was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Olton, to V.Y. and Edyth (Shipley) Jefferies. He graduated from Olton High School in 1955 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. John served in the United States Army and married Kay Murray on Nov. 22, 1962. He farmed for many years in the Olton area and was an avid reader. Gun collecting and gunsmithing were some of his favorite things to do. John was a talented woodworker, earning first-place ribbons from the South Plains Fair and having pieces displayed in Olton’s Sandcrawl Museum. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Scott Jefferies. Survivors include his son, Brian Jefferies of Olton and two sisters, Doris Murray of Carrollton and Avis Loeffler of Junction. Memorials may be made to the Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1087, Olton, TX 79064; or the Runningwater Draw Care Center, P.O. Box 409, Olton, TX 79064.

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