Lillie Mae Jefferson

Sunrise: May 24, 1933

Sunset: December 20, 2023

Lillie Mae Jefferson was born on May 24, 1933, in Gaston, North Carolina, to the late Mary V. and John Scott. She was predeceased by her husband, Deacon Edward “EJ” Jefferson and is survived by her son, Hilton Joseph “Smitty” Smith, daughter Anita L. Martin (George), grandchildren Hayley D. Martin, Kelly M. King (Joshua), Mallory L. Martin and Ethan Smith-Gaddis.  She is also survived by stepdaughters Sharon Tucker and Genniece Bennette, and predeceased by stepdaughter Beverly Sumpter; and also survived by many relatives in the Broady, Scott, and Butts families. She lived most of her life in Norfolk, Virginia, and worked for 33 years as a sales associate at Hofheimers.

Sister Jefferson was a devoted member of Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church and served for many years in various leadership capacities, including serving as treasurer and president of the John C. Riddicks Ministry. She organized and sponsored numerous trips to venues in the eastern United States. She and Deacon Jefferson enjoyed the trips and opportunities to fellowship with congregation members. She was involved in the Floral Ministry, enjoyed singing as a member of the Senior Choir, and participated in the Wednesday morning Bible Study, a priority each week. In 2012, the church presented her with an award for her outstanding leadership and service.

She was also a leader within her family, planning and organizing several family reunions that united family members from North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, and Maryland. She loved her family unconditionally, and being a mother and grandmother brought her great pride as she invested heavily in their lives and development. An animal lover, she cared for numerous pets, most notably Amy the cat and Mocha the miniature pincher. As a young and ambitious woman, Sister Jefferson attended seamstress school and excelled at designing and sewing. She made many outfits for herself and her children when they were little. Recently she was the “flower grandmother” in her granddaughter Kelly’s wedding, nearly upstaging the bride as she stole the show. 

As a member of the United Order of the Tents, she enjoyed opportunities for outreach and service. In the Tents, she demonstrated her leadership talent and skills as a Senior Matron in Iona’s Precious Jewels. 

Sister Jefferson truly loved her friends, and they loved her. The Jefferson home was always open to family members, friends, and neighbors. She was incredibly generous with her hospitality and was known for her sweet disposition. She hosted many holiday dinners and made the absolute best sweet potato pie.

She had a way of making everyone feel special. She loved the Lord with all her heart and enjoyed singing His praises, both at church and in her home. Her trust in God was evident and she encouraged others to lean on the Lord as she did. 

We all have special memories of our time with her, as she intentionally created unique moments.  Sister Lillie left her mark on all of our hearts and we will always cherish our time with her. She departed this life on December 20, 2023 and now resides with her Lord and Savior. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org), one of her favorite charities. 

Viewing Wednesday, December 27, 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Thursday, December 28, 2023 11:00am Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church 1057 Kennedy Street Norfolk, VA 23513 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Janet Lockett [Jan's Twin] says

    I offer my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Mrs. Lillie. She was a cherished friend to my twin sister, Jan, and her memory will forever hold a special place in our hearts. May the warmth of Mrs. Lillie’s memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Jan Austin says

    Anita and Joey, your mom will truly be missed. She was such a wonderful person. I pray that you cherish her memories always. Your other sister Jan

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    Lumumba Lasana says

    I am truly grateful to God for putting my Mama Lillie in my life over fifty years ago. She was a second mother to me that I had utmost respect, love and admiration for. Thanks Joey and Anita for sharing with me.

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    Vernell & Esther Gray says

    To the Family of Lillie Jefferson
    You have our condolences. Your gentle smile and friendship will be missed. Back in the day Hofhemier was the shoe store where she worked. Well she’s resting in the arms of Jesus. E.J. E.J. I have crossed ✝️ over.
    Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning Psalm30:5
    From Sisters Esther & Vernell Gray.

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    Mrs. Amy Freeman says

    My condolences to the family from Mr. And Mrs CARLSTON AND AMY FREEMAN

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    Genniece Bennett says

    Sending my condolences.
    I recently visited Lil in July. I am glad we shared good memories together. I was able to bring her love, joy and lots of laughter.

    I am thankful for Sharon Tucker and Tommy’s willingness to share love and kindness to Lil especially when she needed it the most.
    My father Edward Jefferson is looking down is pleased.

    Sending prayers and Love ❤️

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    Kathy Roberts-Walker says

    Joey and Anita, sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. My prayers are with you and your family. at this most difficult time. May cherished memories bring you comfort and peace.🙏

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