Meredith Wesley “Wes” Jeffries passed away on Dec. 22, 2022, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. He was born on May 22, 1946, to Meredith and Eula (Cooper) Jeffries at Jerico Springs.

In 1951 the family moved to Manson, WA, where he grew up and went to school. After graduation, he worked for Lake Chelan Reclamation District in Manson as a backhoe and heavy equipment operator, welder and pump and water specialist. He was forced to retire in 1977 due to failing health.

Wes was saved on Aug. 3, 1959, at New Home Missionary Baptist Church, in Manson, WA, in a revival held by Brother Edd Elliott. He joined the church and was baptized on Aug. 9, 1959. He was ordained as a deacon on Sept. 27, 1970. He and his family moved to Missouri in 1993 where he united with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Jasper County, and later Glade Springs Missionary Baptist Church near Virgil City where he remained a faithful member until his death.

Wes married Marcene Budd on June 8, 1969, at Hazel Dell Missionary Baptist Church near El Dorado Springs and they made their home near Manson, WA. They welcomed into their home a son, David Kane Jeffries, who was born on Sept. 9, 1971.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Meredith and Eula Jeffries.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marcene; son, David, of the home; brothers, Gary Jeffries and wife Sheryl of Wenatchee, WA, Marvin Jeffries and wife Karen of Manson, WA, and Ronald Jeffries; sister-in-law, Andrea Jeffries of Manson, WA; aunts and uncles, Shirley Batchelor Of Manson, WA, Patsy Eli and husband Don of Chelan, WA, Jimmie Cooper and wife Mona of Chelan Falls, WA, Sarah Cooper of Bothell, WA, and Gene Hoover of EI Dorado Springs; sister-in-law Linda Kenney of Stockton; brother-in-law Bobby Budd of El Dorado Springs; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Wes had many health issues in his life and faced them with courage and grace He had a great sense of humor and was always cheerful and joking with his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband and father and a good friend to many as well as being a well-respected church member and deacon. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Visitation for Wes will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 29, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday Dec. 30, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with burial following at Hazel Dell Cemetery.

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