Hugh Lawrence Jeffus, 70

Hugh Lawrence Jeffus, Jr., age 70 of Deport, died at his home on September 21, 2012.  Graveside Services will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery  with Pastor Cindy Baker officiating.  Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Everheart, Thomas Nichols, Wayne, Reed, Gary Ford, and Charles O’Neal.  Honorary Pallbearers will be the Lone Star Street Rod Association and the Northeast Texas Travelers.  The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 23 at Wood Funeral Homes, Deport.


Hugh Lawrence was born on May 15, 1942 in Deport, the son of Hugh Lawrence and Medora Elizabeth Marshall Jeffus.  He was a Third Generation Banker, working in finance for 48 years, and serving as President for both the First National Bank of Deport and Community National Bank of Detroit.  He believed that banks were intended to help their community not just operate for profit.  He was proud to be the custodian of Jeffus Family Land that has been in the family since 1834.   He was the Chairman of the Board of the LSSRA for the last 12 years-Lone Star Street Rod Association; was a member of the Northeast Texas Travelers that allowed him to make friends and relationships all over the United States, traveling in his beloved 1936 Ford Pickup driving to all 48 states on the continent; he  was a former member and Fire Marshall of the Deport Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of Deport Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Rider Jeffus in 1978 and his parents.  He was a devoted family man and one of the biggest joys in his life was going from  a being a Dad to being a PaPaw having pancakes and bacon on Sunday’s for his girls, after church with Meme.


He married Vicki Smith Gooding on June 3, 1985.   She survives him today, as does his children:  Jeff Jeffus of Bowie, Texas and Christy Jeffus Dean and husband Garrel of Reno; Benjamin Gooding and wife, LaVonne of McKinney and Camey Rodgers and husband, Russ of Denton; 5 grandchildren:  Chase, Amanda, Cydney, Joey, and Rileigh; sister, Nanalee Jeffus Nichols and husband, Thomas of Deport; brother Marshal and wife Sandra Jeffus of Garland;  two nieces, Marsha Jeffus Usvolk and husband, Scott  and Joyce Jeffus Phillips, and husband, Brad; 3 great-nephews; one great niece; sister-in-law, Nancy Dorsey and husband, Mike of Tyler.

  1. Jim & Linda Rowlett says:

    We’re saddened by the loss of a good friend and fellow street rodder, Hugh. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vicki and the children. May you take some comfort knowing that we grieve with you. May God grant you an extra measure of grace and strength during this most difficult time.
    Jim & Linda

  2. Keith & Donna Blanton says:

    Dear Vicki & family:
    Know that our prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Hugh will always be in our minds and hearts as he will be missed greatly in the world of street rodding. We love you all and remember, keeping Jesus first in your hearts is the only way of having real “peace within”.
    With sincere sympathy from East Texas, in Jesus’ precious and Holy Name,

  3. Ray and Brenda Hamblin says:

    Our hearts go out to Hugh’s family at the loss of such a kind man. May God give you Comfort and Strength during this time. We will miss him at the LSSRA events.

  4. Mark Reed says:

    We are sad to hear about Hughs passing. Thankful that mom and dad have known you two and have been able to travel with with y’all. Our thoughs and prayers are with you during this time. Mark and Laura Reed.

  5. Mike and Tollie Tipton says:

    Vicki and family,

    We just heard last night and was deeply sadden by the news. Our prayers and hearts go out to you during this time. May the God of all peace and comfort wrap His arms around you and carry you through this time. Hugh was a great man and friend. He will be missed, not just because of the street rods but becasue of the person he was!! So thankful to have known him.

    Mike and Tollie Tipton

  6. Joyce Stroman says:

    Vicki & family,
    We are so saddened to have lost a great friend. We are so happy to have had so many great times hanging out at the Rod Runs with you two. So glad to have made so many memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and God will give you comfort.
    Ronnie, Joyce, Karla, & RJ Stroman

  7. Oscar Elliott says:

    I am saddened to learn of Hugh’s passing and I pray your family receives comfort from your grief. I’ve only known Hugh for a short time mainly through Charles O’Neal. I usually like anyone that Charlie likes and Hugh certianly was no exception. The very first time I met Hugh, I liked him and, for me, that is unusual. He had an engaging personality and was a pleasure to be around. He will be missed not only by his family but also by the legions of friends he leaves behind.

  8. Shannon Graber says:

    We was truley sadden to hear of the loss of Mr. Jeffus. We was just at the north east travelers rod run in paris. Mr. Jeffus was a great guy to know. My prayers go out to all of his friends and family.

  9. Steven Brown says:

    We were saddened by the news of Hughs passing. I was recently asked how I got interested in old cars, my answer was Hugh Jeffus. It was not unusual for a trip to the bank to last 30 minutes or an hour just talking street rodding. I really enjoyed visiting with him and he will be truly be missed.
    Steven & Angie Brown

  10. Jimmy Carson says:

    We heard of Hugh’s passing last night. When you heard the name Hugh Jeffus, you immediately thought of street rods and car shows. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jimmy & Shannon Carson
    Negley Community

  11. Sue & Butch Munday says:

    Vickie, Butch and I extend our sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Hugh. We pray that God will wrap his arms around you and hold you close in the days ahead. May you be comforted by all the sweet memories that you have.

  12. Anne Smith Jeffus says:

    Nanalee-I grieve with you and all of your family at the loss of your brother, Hugh Lawrence. I remember him so well as a youngster…he was such a sweet kid, and had a keen sense of dry humor. Marshall and I speak of you all often and I would love to hear from you sometime. I am so sorry and my heart and prayers go out to all.

  13. Kelly and Theressa Horton says:

    VIcki, I’m sorry I’m tardy in saying how sad I feel about Hugh’s passing. I was totally shocked when I heard the news. He always treated like me a long lost friend when ever we would see each other and I was always very comfortable in his company. Theressa and I will always remember him and his easy going friendlyness. He was good man and a great friend, he will so very much be missed! Yours in rodding, Kelly

  14. Peggy Worthey Wilson says:

    So sorry to hear about Hugh,he was a fine man and meant a lot to me from our friendship of many years.Deport will never be the same. Vickie,my thoughts will be with you in the following days.
    I know all your great memories will serve you well.

  15. Hugh was a great man, and we will miss him. May God rest his soul. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. cliff and martha mcadoo says:

    vicki we are so sorry to hear about hugh we always and will take pride in knowing you and him as some special street rodder friends. when you go to a run or a show when you leave not winning a award you leave knowing you got to know a new friend thats what its all about. our path has cross many time down the street rod road.may the good lord be with you, we know hugh now with him

    a true street rodder friends always
    cliff and martha mcadoo–benton [alexander] arkansas

  17. Vicki we just wanted to say we are very sorry about Hugh are prayers and thoughts are with.

  18. Danny & Marla Noble says:

    We just heard about Hugh’s passing and are so sorry. Hugh will truly be missed. May God put his arms around you and help you find comfort.
    Danny & Marla

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