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Obituary of Freddie Josiah Jeffries
On August 27, 1948, Freddie Josiah Jeffries was the last child born to Joseph S.
Jeffries and Ida Mary Stewart Jeffries.
Freddie attended and graduated from East High School and his favorite pastime
was basketball. He carried his love for basketball to his place of employment at
Kodak beginning in 1966, where he played in the Kodak Basketball League. While
at Kodak, Freddie was also a part of the MOST (Moving On Social & Traveling) Club
inspired by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Club encouraged family to travel once a year
to see Julius Erving, “Dr. J”, play in Philly and also traveled to Atlantic City and other
attractions. Freddie retired from Kodak in 2013.
In September 1970, Freddie met and married Andria Manns, and from that union, a
son, Khari Ellis Jeffries, was born. Khari was Freddie’s heart and he passed his love
of music right down to Khari, who at the age of 4, directed the International Choir
in Belleville, Virginia. Freddie also taught Khari the love of basketball. They played
together regularly as Khari grew up and shared many moments debating about
teams and players. Go Lakers!
Freddie, a lifetime member of the Church of God And Saints of Christ, began his
career in the choir as a Shepherd Boy and later emerged as a charismatic choir and
chorus director. He was made a chorister during his teenage years, and was the
head chorister of Fifteenth Tabernacle’s choir for over 40 years. Freddie shared his
love of music through singing as well as teaching, by mentoring several present and
future choristers. He was instrumental in showcasing the beauty and unique sound
of the Rochester A Capella Chorus, which performed all over Rochester and the
In the late 1970’s, Freddie and Pamela Banks were introduced to one another at
various socials. Though, Freddie was very shy, as time passed, he and Pam grew
very close and in 1982, they married. They shared a beautiful life for over 40 years,
opening their home and their hearts to both family and friends.
Freddie’s love of basketball continued long after he stopped playing and he could
often be found at many of the high school basketball games. He also enjoyed
supporting the young people and their parents at football, softball, and volleyball
games. He encouraged any and all and was known to say, “Keep doing what you’re
doing” - even if your performance could use a little tweaking.
Freddie was fastidious and timely and could be seen looking at his watch while waiting
to direct the next song during the Sabbath service. He could also be heard reminding
Pam when it was time to get on the move. If he went to the car and Pam was still inside
the church gathering her things or enjoying additional fellowship, you would hear
Freddie re-enter and say, “Come on, Pammy, Let’s go”.
In his senior years, Freddie enjoyed playing cards throughout the week with his friends
at the Bayview YMCA where his competitive spirit and jovial nature never fell short. He
loved watching his favorite westerns, Law & Order, and Perry Mason, all of which he
could already recite by memory. But, he enjoyed them every time like it was the first
time. One of his last favorite adventures was a birthday trip to Las Vegas, Nevada in
August of 2022 where he thoroughly enjoyed the games of chance and all the many sites
the city had to offer.
Freddie worked hard and he played hard. He believed in God and he would do anything
for family. When it came to the Sabbath, Freddie sang “until the power of the Lord came
down”. He had an undeniable tenor sound. It could not and still cannot be duplicated.
Freddie is predeceased by both his mother and father; his brothers Benjamin Jeffries,
James Jeffries, Emmanuel Jeffries, Paul Nehemiah Jeffries, Joshua Jeffries, Anthony
Smith, James Smith, Jr., Willard Smith, Wallace Smith; his sisters Esther Thompson,
Phoebe Lawson, Mary Jeffries, Ida J. Brown, Sadie “Terry” Hurt (David Hurt), Veronica
Smith, Patricia Allen, and his great-grandchild Ki’Shawn Jeffries. He leaves to cherish his
memory, his loving wife Pamela Banks-Jeffries; his son Khari (Aisha) Jeffries, Sr.; his
grandchildren T. Ishay Jeffries, Malik Edwards, Khari Jeffries, Jr., and Kaílah Jeffries; his
great-grandchild, Aubrielle Edwards; his brothers Howard (Dietrich) Jeffries, Sr. Darnell
Smith, Preston Smith, and Jerome Smith; his brother-in-law Courtney (Teoka)
Muhammad; his sisters Lillian McNeil, Lottie (Dominique) Elsey, Pamela Blythers, and
Dorothy Nixon; his sister-in-law Kimberly Crooms; his aunts Viola Perry, Hazel Jeffries,
and Gwendolyn Jeffries; his godchildren Howard Jeffries, III, Julius Davis, Jr., and Zion
Jeffries; and a HOST of nieces, nephews, cousins, congregational family, and friends.
We will miss Freddie - our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great
grandfather and friend. But, we know that he will be “...singing the songs of praises...”
until we meet again.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Freddie Jeffries, please visit our Tree Store
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