Justin Dwight Odell Jeffries, 22, of Cole Camp, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Allen County Hospital, Iola, Kansas. He was born on March 17, 1990, at Sedalia, Missouri, a son of Daren Dwight and Shannon Lynn (Howard) Jeffries.
He lived in Clifton City and Sedalia before moving to Cole Camp in the first grade. In 2009, he graduated from Cole Camp High School, where he lettered in soccer and baseball. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Cole Camp and for the past three years, worked for Wire Co. in Sedalia. He was a member of the MRCA Rodeo Association and enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing sports, bull riding, farming and hanging out with his buddies.
He is survived by his parents, Daren and Bridget Jeffries of Boonville and Shannon and Pete Pierson of Cole Camp; three sisters, Kaylin Jeffries of Cole Camp, Raegan Pierson and Kennedy Pierson both of Sedalia; three brothers, Zack Esselman of Cole Camp, Royce Jeffries and Levi Jeffries both of Boonville; his grandparents, Pam and Larry Howard of Sedalia, Harold and Josie McDermed of Warrensburg, and Mary Lee Gerke of Pilot Grove; his great-grandmother, Clara Belle Jeffries of Pilot Grove; his nephew, Landon Jeffries; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Joyce Jeffries and Norman Gerke.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at the Benton County R-1 Gymnasium, Cole Camp, with Father Michael Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Cole Camp.
The family will receive friends from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Benton County R-1 School.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the family’s choice of charity in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.
Pallbearers will be Justin White, Billy Helvey, Josh Staus, Greg Gerke, Jim Knapheide and Chris Zeller.