FARRELL A homegoing celebration in honor of Mr. James E. Jefferson will be held Saturday at 12 noon at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, OH. Mr. James Earl Jefferson known to family and friends as “Big Jeff” and “The Rib Man” passed away on December 12, 2020 at the age of 69. James was born May 29, 1951 in Sharon, PA a son of the late Willie C. and Estella Parkman Jefferson. He was a 1969 graduate of Brookfield High School and in 1971 he was drafted into the United States Army. He proudly served as a cook in Fort Ord, California. After his military duties he returned to the Shenango Valley and was formerly employed with Bell Telephone Company, Sawhill Pipe Plant, Mercer County School System and MCAR. He loved spending time with his family and friends, showing off his cooking skills. His caring personality and award winning ribs will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Bettie Brown Jefferson; the mother (Rebecca Jefferson) of his daughter Brandi (Stanley) Washington of Virginia, a stepson Jim Campbell of Pittsburgh, stepson in law James Booth of Arkansas; his siblings, Willie E. Jefferson of West Middlesex, Myrtle (Randolph) Jones of Hermitage, Shirley Jefferson and Robin Jefferson (Melvin) Boggs of Masury, OH, Claudette (Rev. Keith) Askerneese of California and Kimberly Pettross of Maryland; his granddaughters, Blair Gladys, Josephine Washington; three step-grandchildren, Chelsea and James Booth, Trey Campbell; his godson Larry Cozart of Sharon; a host of other relatives and dear friends. James was preceded in death by his parents and stepdaughter Sonya Booth. Friends may call Friday December 18, 2020 at Washington Funeral Home, 1059 Hamiilton Ave Farrell, PA from 3-6 pm.
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