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Judith Ann Gilbert Jeffries February 28, 1934 - May 16, 2023

Born: Wednesday Feb 28, 1934

Died: Tuesday May 16, 2023

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Ann Gilbert Jeffries passed away May 16, 2023 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Ann’s life can be summed up in one word: faithful. She was born on February 28, 1934 to the late Samuel and Pernelle M. Gilbert, and she lived her whole life in Draper, NC, now called Eden. After graduating from Draper High School in 1952, she married Lewis H. Jeffries in 1954, with whom she enjoyed 69 years of marriage and had three children and five grandchildren.

Ann spent her life in banking until she retired in 1996, working at Leaksville Bank and Trust, Carolina Bank of Commerce, NCNB, NationsBank (which is now Bank of America), and briefly First National Bank, all of which were in downtown Draper. She took the details of the 1994 bank robbery to her grave, as she promised she would. She was an active member of Immanuel Friends Church, serving as treasurer, Sunday school teacher, assistant pianist, choir member, and Women’s Global Ministry committee member. Above all else, Ann deeply loved the Lord and was a true prayer warrior.

Ann is survived by her children Jimmy Jeffries (Tammy) of Eden, NC; Sandra Schultz (Mike) of Greensboro, NC; and Gilbert Jeffries (Maureen) of Glen Rock, NJ; grandchildren Sarah Ann Schultz, Tyler Gainey (Brian), Andrew Schultz, Spencer Jeffries, and Nathaniel Jeffries; sister Mary Lewis (Herbert); lifelong friend Barbara Tate; and special niece Penny Hopkins, as well as many other nieces and nephews. Ann was exceedingly proud of her children and grandchildren and made sure to tell them often how much she loved them. In the latter years of her life, Ann was well cared for by many caregivers and Hospice of Rockingham County.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings Maybird Gilbert, Bernice Young, Francis Jarrett, Sammy Gilbert, Charles Gilbert, Jean Gilbert, and Carol Hopkins.

Her funeral will be held at Immanuel Friends Church, May 18th at 1:00 PM with the visitation one hour prior. The burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. In honor of her joyful and colorful spirt, we ask that funeral attendees wear bright colors.

Memorial contributions can be made to Immanuel Friends Church (502 S. Fieldcrest Road, Eden, NC 27288), Osborne Baptist Church (326 E. Stadium Drive, Eden, NC 27288) and Hospice of Rockingham County (P.O. Box 281 Wentworth, NC 27375).

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Jimmy, Tammy and Family.  We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Jeffries.   You were a good daughter in law who really showed her love and compassion in caring for her.  You all can take comfort in knowing she's fully healed and present with her Lord and Savior.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Debbie and Myron Horton

To the Jeffries Family, Sorry for the loss of Ann. I know she was a Faithful servant of the LORD. I loved Ann dearly, she  was a very special lady. Remembering the Family in Prayer.    Love Elizabeth Hurd

Elizabeth Hurd

Dear Jimmy, Tammy, and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Beth and Darrin Pulliam

Such a privilege to have known her.  What a very sweet and kind lady.  A life well-lived!
Mike Harris

Mike Harris

I loved Ann, always kind and helpful! Your write up is definitely right.
Very precious meet you again soon!!

Mary Ann Elkins


Mary Ann Elkins

I worked in Draper for many years... I saw Ann everyday..she was a wonderful person... I know her family will miss her so much... I have something to add to the bank robbery story...everyday Ann would walk up to the drug store for a little break...the day of the robbery she missed the whole thing...she was in the drug say the least she never lived that down...prayers for her family 

Ceil Carter



Iworked with your mom at bank in Draper. She was a beautiful woman Inside and out.  I am very sorry to hear she has passed. We had so much fun working together. I will never forget how she put barbecue potatoe chips on her banana sandwich. I still do it to this day. What a joy both your parents were. You all have a great legacy left by them. I was Lynda Johnston and grew up in the same church, Draper Baptist. I also loved your Gilbert family, especially Parnell and Sam. Wonderful family.

Lynda Holderby

Dear Gil & Maureen, We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Your mom seemed to have a wonderful life surrounded by loving children, grandchildren, and a devoted husband.

We will pray for your family, especially your dad. 

Love  Joe & Roselia

Joe & Roselia Mouridy

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