2012-04-26 / Obituaries

Gregory A. Jefferson Johnstown, 48

Gregory Anthony Jefferson, 48, Johnstown, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown.

He was born September 11, 1963, in Harrisburg, the son of the late Arthur T. Jefferson and Ella Mae Carrier Jefferson of Lake Charles, La.

He attended McConnellsburg High School and graduated from Carlisle Senior High School. He was a people person and a man who was committed to his family. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

The noted poet Langston Hughs wrote “Life for me has not been a crystal stair, it’s had boards torn up and placeswith no carpet on the floor, bare. But all the time I keep pressing on, turning corners and reaching landings because life for me has been no crystal stair.” Life forGregwasnot always easy, but he pressed on in spite of the adversities. He continued to laugh, he continued to love, he continued to labor, andhe continued to live.

Throughout his life, he worked as a heavy equipment operator, a factory worker, a ditch digger and an assembler. He was a proud man who thought it not robbery to give even the worst situation his best effort .

He loved the Lord. He could sing louder than anyone in the congregation. He could quote scripture and shout about the goodness of God. He never stopped believing that God loved him just as he was.

He is survived by his mother, EllaMae Stewart of LakeCharles, La.; onebrother, Arthur T. Jefferson Jr. of Harrisburg; two sisters: Theresa JeffersonandSandy Jefferson, both of McConnellsburg; four sons: D’Angelo Jefferson ofHarrisburg; HakeemJefferson, Greg Jefferson and Tyrese Jefferson, all of McConnellsburg; and one daughter ofHarrisburg; and one granddaughter. He is also survived by his fiancĂ© Ms. CharlotteDent of Johnstown, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Hewasprecededindeath byhis father, ArthurT. Jefferson, and one brother, Peter Jefferson.

Services were held Tuesday, April 17, 2012, atnoonat the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home Inc. Interment was at Union Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelsocorneliusfuneralhome.com.

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