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Ethel Lee Jeffries

Obituary for Ethel Lee Jeffries

October 10, 1931 - October 6, 2018
Aurora, Illinois | Age 86


Ethel Lee Pryor "Tutta" was born on October 10, 1931 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to the late John Pryor and Clary Phillips-Pryor. She was one of five children.
Ethel confessed Christ and was baptized at a young age while attending Chulahoma Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi.

On December 27, 1950, Ethel was united in holy matrimony to Roosevelt Jeffries. To this union 15 children were born. She worked as a sharecropper along with her husband continuously during this time, only stopping for a short period to give birth, for many years. She was also a well-known cook at the Northside Café in Holly Springs. A skill that she passed along to her children that is still well known at family get togethers today.

In 1968 Ethel relocated to Aurora, IL in search of a better life for herself and her children. She worked at various jobs before retiring as a Housekeeper at the Holiday Inn where she was successfully employed over 20 years.

After years of separation from her husband, she befriended her longtime companion, the late James L. Jackson, with whom she bore one son (Bunky).
While living in Aurora, she became a faithful member of Progressive Baptist Church where she attended until her health started to fail.

Ethel peacefully entered her eternal rest on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Rush Copley Medical Center while surrounded by a host of family and friends.
She leaves to cherish in her beloved memories: Her oldest brother Willie Pryor of Holly Springs, MS; her sons, Len L. (Diane) Jeffries of Jackson, TN; Ellis T. Jeffries of Milledgeville, GA; Albert L. (Beverly) Jeffries of Ridgeland, MS; Harold (Margaret) Jeffries of Batesville, MS; Earnest T. (Kastel) Jeffries; Robert S. Jeffries, Wendell Jeffries, all of Aurora, IL; her daughters, Ethel M. (Jessie) Brown, Thelma J. Jeffries both of Campbellsville, KY; Essie M. Jeffries, Carol Jeffries both of Aurora, IL; Roberta (Geane) Harden of Statham, GA; Juanita (Daniel) Jackson of Dacula, GA; 36 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, 47 great- great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-great granddaughter; a son-in-law, Clifton Conway of Millington, TN; two sister-in-laws; Mary Pryor of East St. Louis, IL and Patricia Pryor of Grand View, MO; 2 close friends, Darlene Shipp and Helen Paulding; her special grandson, Lendell Brown; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother Clary Pryor, her father John Pryor, her husband Roosevelt Jeffries, her companion James L. Jackson, 2 brothers; Leroy Pryor and Jessie Pryor; her sister Corrine James, her sister-in-law Ellen Pryor, her twin daughters Corrine Jeffries-Conway and Lerrine Jeffries; her son Jimmie Lee Jeffries (Bunky), 3 great-grandchildren; JaQuille Thomas, Devontae Brown, and LaKia Brown.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 3 PM – 7 PM at our Aurora Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Progressive Baptist Church, 275 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, IL 60506 with a visitation one hour prior to service. Burial is to take place at Spring Lake Cemetery.

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