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Robert Jeffries was born in Warrenton, North Carolina, on October 11, 1926, to Cardell Jeffries. Robert departed this life at the age of 87, at The George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC, on January 26, 2014. He was baptized at an early age at Warrenton Baptist Church, where he remained a member and became a deacon, until death. He attended Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Maryland, where he was an active layspeaker.
He married Emma Jerman on November 21, 1948, in Greensboro, N.C. To this union five children were born. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his offspring and especially their quest to continue their education. He was affectionately known as Mutt, Robee, Jeff and Bob. He graduated from John R. Hawkins High School. Jeff served in the US Army after high school, receiving a WWII Victory Medal. He went on to earn a BS degree in French, with a minor in English, from North Carolina A & T State University. He furthered his studies, earning an MA in Education at The George Washington University. He began his teaching career in Warren County, NC. In the early fifties, he moved to Calvert County, Maryland, to accept a teaching position at W.S. Brooks High School, eventually becoming the vice-principal. As a new decade arrived, Jeff was asked to open the new black elementary/ Jr. High School that would be named Mount Harmony. He continued in administration becoming the Coordinator of Title I, Supervisor of Instruction and retiring in 1990, after almost 40 years of service as the Director of Secondary Education.
Jeff was a Prince Hall Mason and established membership in North Carolina. He communicated with Victoria Lodge #71 in Maryland. He held membership in Phi Delta Kappa, Maryland Assoc. Administrators and Supervisors, J.R. Hawkins Alumni Assoc, NCA&T State Univ. Alumni Assoc, GWU Alumni Assoc., American Legion Gray Ray Post #220, Omega Psi Phi (Mu Psi, Mu Rho Chapters) and NOMADs of Annapolis.
Jeff was preceded in death by his wife, mother and two brothers; an older brother, who died in childhood and his younger brother Charles.
He leaves to cherish his memory five children, LaVerne Rowland (Nathaniel), Robert(Octavia), Cheryl Thompson and Amelia of Maryland; and Michael (April) of New York; brother, Benjene (Nancy), Washington, DC; sister, Cardell Squire, Brooklyn, NY; brother-in-law, Alfred Coleman (Esther) Norlina, NC; sister-in-law, Sadie Jerman; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.