Joel H. Jeffries


Joel H. Jeffries


B. Wendell Jeffries (later changed to Joel Henry Jeffries), of Edmond, OK, went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2018. Joe was born in Carmen, OK, on December 3, 1924. He was preceded in death by his parents (Roy Earl and Beulah Jeffries), brother (Melvin Jeffries), and wife (Idamaye Jeffries).

On November 3, 1944, he married Idamaye Vore in Dacoma, Oklahoma at the Church of God. They resided in Carmen where he farmed and worked at a gas station until moving to Blackwell, Oklahoma, in June of 1950. He was employed by Blackwell Zinc Co. for 28 years. In 1955 he and Idamaye came to know the Lord under the ministry of Rev. Melvin Riddle. Many wonderful pastors followed Melvin Riddle (Rev. Roy Darden, Rev. Larry Wade, and Rev. Larry Henderson). Under their ministries Joe and Idamaye’s faith in God grew as they became involved in the church. Joe and other church members helped Rev. Roy Darden build a new church building in the 1960’s. In 1979 they moved to Edmond, OK, where Joe was employed by Jeffries Construction, in the home building industry until his retirement in August of 1986. During this time, they attended Edmond First Nazarene Church where they enjoyed the ministry of Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, their pastor for 25 years.

Joe is survived by two sons, Larry (wife Marcia), Chuck (wife Renee); five grandchildren, Jennifer (husband Tyler), Angela (husband Jeff), Jeff (wife Randi), Stacie (husband Zane), Greg (wife Kristen), and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Edmond First Nazarene Church family and friends for their prayers and encouragement.

Visitation will be 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM,  Tuesday, October 23rd at Matthews Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 24th at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3001 S. Boulevard, Edmond, with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

6 thoughts on “Joel H. Jeffries”

  1. Carroll Wilbanks

    Larry and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know he was a good man because he instilled in you a love for God. I pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort your hearts.

  2. Effie Gertson

    Sending our sympathy, our thoughts and our prayers to all the family. Mr. Jeffries was a joy to know and a pleasure to care for. May God bless your family and give you peace in His Sovereignty.
    Effie, Jennie and Elizabeth

    1. Chuck and Renee

      Thanks so much for your kind, thoughtful care in Joe’s last months on earth. He enjoyed your company and care very much.

  3. To Chuck and Larry and your families:
    Jerry and I are praying for peace and comfort for all of you. We will miss “Papa Joe,” too.

  4. Barbara Wente

    Larry and Marsha, Chuck and Renee, and families;
    I am so saddened by the loss of your beloved dad, Joe. Some of my earliest memories are of Joe helping Roy Darden build the Church of the Nazarere in Blackwell, Oklahoma. He was in work clothes, work boots, sweaty and tired but working for the Lord to build a church to honor the God he loved and served with all his heart. He was one of the best examples of a man with a heart dedicated to Jesus Christ that I have ever known. I am sure he is worshiping Him in Heaven. God bring you comfort in your grief. I know he will be missed but we are all better for having had Joe in our lives for the years God gave him.

  5. Please accept my sympathy for the death of your dear Mr. Jeffries. Your heavenly Father shares the loss also (Ezekiel 18:32).  He has wonderful plans for him future (Hosea 13:14; Revelation 21:3-5).  The information and the verses found on the free website, JW.ORG, about the Bible’s promises have brought me much hope and comfort over the years. I sincerely hope it will benefit you as well.  My heartfelt condolences to all of you.   Psalm 37:11, 29; Philippians 4:6-7.

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