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Willie Clay “W.C.” Jefferson, Sr.

Willie Clay “W.C.” Jefferson, Sr., 87, husband of the late Addie Howard Jefferson for 66 years, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Born March 8, 1934, in Nicholas County to the late Davie and Mary Lacey Gaunce Jefferson, he was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a lifelong farmer, co-owner of Jefferson Farm Machinery and Jefferson Trucking, drove a bus for the Nicholas County School System for 23 years was a lifetime member of both American Legion Post #17 and VFW Post 8666 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carlisle.

Surviving are four children: Willie Jefferson, Jr., Debbie Osborne, Karen (Larry) Tubbs and Tony (Teresa) Jefferson; two brothers: Edwin and Richard Jefferson; seven grandchildren: Jeremy (Tabbatha) Tubbs, Rebecca Craycraft, Ben (Heather) Jefferson, Lacey (Nate) Hicks, Michelle (Caleb) Downing, Drake Osborne (McKenzy Gentry) and Mitchell Jefferson; 13 great-grandchildren: Waylon Tubbs, Jacob, Nicholas, Matthew and Emily Craycraft, Raelynn and Carter Jefferson, Anna and John Hicks, and Casen, Addilee, Kaelyn and Rhett Downing; and his beloved dog, Turbo, along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Also preceding him in death were a brother, Thomas “Tom” Jefferson; three sisters: Loretta and Marie Jefferson and Jeanetta Watkins; and his step-mother, Louellen Jefferson.

Services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home by Rev. Steve Smith. Burial with military honors will follow in Carlisle Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be Jacob Craycraft, Ben Jefferson, Mitchell Jefferson, Timmy Jefferson, Drake Osborne and Jeremy Tubbs.

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