Lynette Mildred Coles Jeffries passed away on September 13, in Adorable Senior Living Center in Hillsborough. She was born to the late James M. and Marie T. Coles in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lynette graduated from Wallace High School in Charleston in 1960 and enrolled in South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina, to graduate in 1964 with a degree in business administration.
She was employed with the Orange County School System for 32 years until retirement June 1, 1996.
Lynette was a faithful member of Calvary Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, and after marriage, she joined St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham in 1968. Lynette also attended St. Matthews Episcopal Church and was a member of the Altar Guild in Hillsborough.
Lynette was involved with many organizations. She was a member of the AKA Sorority of North Carolina and South Carolina, Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities South Carolina State College 964, Human Services Advisory Committee, Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM), Girl Scout Leader with Troop 635 in Hillsborough, Advisory Counselor of Boy Scout Troop 822 in Hillsborough, Advisor 4-H Club in Hillsborough, Orange County Rescue Ladies Auxiliary, President of the NC State Association of Rescue and EMS Ladies Auxiliary. She received recognition for service from the Orange County Chapter of the A&T State University Alumni Association and Friends, Secretary of the West Hillsborough Extension Club, and was a founding member of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough. She was the recipient of the 1990 Governor’s Volunteer Award, and served as North Carolina Association of Education Office Personnel and Secretary for the late Tarlton Davis Principal at Cameron Park Elementary School.
Lynette was a strong advocate of the Occaneechi Band of The Saponi Nation and most respected by all. She was a beautiful dancer and a respected Elder at many Pow wows in Delaware, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, with her husband John (Jeff) and grandson, (Little Bear) Uriah Jeffries.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father; in-laws John M. and Elsie P. Jeffries.
Lynette is survived by the love of her life, John (Jeff) for 57 years – 54 years in marriage; daughter, Vivette L. Jeffries Logan (Douglas) of Hillsborough; son, Sharn Jeffries of Mebane; grandchildren, Uriah Jeffries and Elijah Jeffries Logan of Hillsborough, India Jeffries of Warrenton, and Mikayla Moore of Mebane; devoted sisters, Veronica C. Sheppard (Willard) of Charleston, South Carolina, and Jemetta Coles of Charleston; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank the caregivers that God provided at Adorable Senior Care Facility, formerly Villines Rest Home and to Louise Murphy and assistance from Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. May God Bless each and everyone.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 6, at 1 p.m. at Orange High School at 500 Orange High School Road in Hillsborough.
Lynette’s request and last wish: In lieu of flowers, make donations to: Occanecchi Band of the Saponi Nation, P.O. Box 356, Mebane, North Carolina, 27302; Duke Homecare and Hospice at 4321 Medical Park Drive, Durham, North Carolina, 27704; and Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) at 300 Millstone Drive, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 27278.