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Gwendolyn "Gwen" Hopkins Jeffries July 1, 1939 - February 5, 2024

Born: Saturday Jul 1, 1939

Died: Monday Feb 5, 2024

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Gwendolyn “Gwen” Hopkins Jeffries, 84, of Eden passed away Monday, February 5, 2024 at UNC Health Rockingham Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 2pm Thursday, February 8, 2024, at First Baptist Church of Draper with burial to follow at DanView Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 5-7pm at Fair Funeral Home in Eden.

The family will receive friends at the home of her son Chris Jeffries, 200 Pratt Rd, Eden, NC.
Gwen grew up in Danville, VA, in a loving family home. Her mother and father were devoted to raising her and instilling family values that she would carry with her throughout her life.

Growing up as a teenager in the 1950s meant plenty of sock hops and roller-skating rinks. The skating rink is where she met the love of her life, a Draper boy named Jerald Jeffries. They married on June 7, 1959, and began their marriage of 52 years. Starting their family Jamey was born in 1962 and Chris in 1973. Throughout the years, Gwen still enjoyed dancing and even continued roller-skating.

In 1987 she accepted her savior Jesus Christ. She joined First Baptist Church of Draper and soon got involved with the choir and also the Awana’s Club where she would touch so many young peoples lives.

Her grandchildren meant the world to her and her to them. Gwen attended every school function, baseball game, and graduation that she could. She was so thrilled to be included in the help of babysitting and planned day trips, when she had them, to the park and activities that they still talk about today.

Left to cherish these and many more memories are her sons, James “Jamey” Jeffries and wife, Martha, of Eden, Christopher “Chris” Jeffries and wife, Wendy, of Eden; grandchildren, Paul Jeffries, Olivia Jeffries, Alex Jeffries and fiancé, Maggie Joyce, Levi Hale, Heather Tuggle, Justin Hankins; great-grandson, Jordan Stratton; brother, Ronnie Hopkins and wife, Carolyn, of Danville; special friends, Lynda McDaniel, Larry and Francis Rumbley, Len and Gail Garrett.

Gwen is preceded in death by her husband, Jerald L. Jeffries; parents, Martin V. Hopkins and Dolly Lynch Hopkins; brother, Marvin Hopkins; sisters, Peggy H. Buck and Kay Spina.

Special thanks to the staff and doctors at UNC Health Rockingham Hospital for their excellent care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to First Baptist Church of Draper, 1017 Fieldcrest Rd, Eden, NC 27288.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



I am so sorry.Praying for all of the family. Gwen was such a sweet lady.

Martha M Gwynn

My sincere condolences to Jamey, Chris and all the families.  I loved Jerald and Gwen so much....she used to let us borrow Jerald for a dance in our shaggin' days!  Make no mistakes...she was ready and longing to go and be reunited with her Saviour and Jerald, the love of her life!  


So sorry about the passing of Mrs. Jeffries. Praying for the whole family Myra and Charles Burgess 

Myra Burgess

We were so sorry to hear about Gwen.  She was a very special person and will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and we pray for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

Talmadge & Gail Priddy

Chris, Jamey and family, i loved Gwen like a sister. In fact we are sisters in Christ. We prayed together and had such great conversations about family and friends. I will surely miss her and  long for the day when I will see her again along with our Lord and all saints gone on before us.. When we all get to Heaven, Oh what a happy glad reunion that will be. Continued prayers for all of you. Love in Christ.

Kathy Bowman and Jeff

My Heart goes out to family I knew Geyn my whole life My Dad and Jerald was good friends we all went car shows growed up I. Same neighborhood as her sons did Gaen never met a stranger and was so nice she would give you shirt off her back Hod just got another Angel from Draper

Fred East

My heart goes  out to family Gwen never met stranger always so nice as kid I rember we all went car shows together and Jerald was my Dads best friend Gwen would give you shirt off her back God just got true Angel from Draper Fly high Gwen you got your wings tell mama I love her until we all meet again

Fred East

First of all, my condolences to all the family. I will be praying for you all.

My whole family cherished her but my Mom and I did especially.
When my Mom was no longer able to get out of the house and I was able to make it to Church in Eden, my Mom would ask me to give Gwen a hug on her behalf. I did so, and Gwen happily obliged and appreciated it and she asked me to give my Mom a hug in return. I did so happily. Mrs. Jeffries was a blessing and a joy to be around. She will be missed, and now she can give my Mom a hug for me. 

Nathanael Richmond

Sincerest regards to the Jefferies family from our family. May the Lord give you strength during this very difficult time in your lives. 

Denise Helms Boyd

Jamey, Chris and family,

You are all in my prayers! Gwen was a precious lady so full of love and kindness. She always had the most beautiful smile and her face would just light up when she was engaged in conversation. She will be missed!

Christie Massey Moricle

So Sorry for your loss. She was always a cheerful and friendly lady whenever I saw her. May she rest in peace with our LORD 

Roger Harris

Alex & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts & prayers.

Rebecc Priddy

Dear Family,

of Mrs. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Hopkins Jeffries

Remembering You, In This Very Difficult Time!

May God Give You Comfort, Peace, Strength, In The Day's Ahead. Take Care! Chris! It is Always "Great" Speaking To You About Mustangs, Trucks, and Muscle Cars!! Especially The "Cobra Snake" Mustang!!

Jeffrey Rakestraw

Jamey, Chris and family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Bobbie Cliff and A.J.


Jamey and Chis sorry for your loss. Praying Gods peace on your families. She's really never gone, she stays in your hearts in fond memories until you meet again. 
Phillip and Kay Hicks

Phillip Hicks

I had the privilege of meeting this amazing woman and her family, she welcomed me in her home as if I known her my whole life.Such wonderful people to spend time with.My parents were friends of the Jeffries and in turn I became friends with Jamey and Chris! I know their hearts are hurting right now , but God gained another angel and I know with all my heart she is surrounded with love. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family at this time . Karen Bailey Ritter

Karen Ritter
Our deepest sympathy to your family and prayers from James & Kaye McNeeley, Faye Bailey & Karen Ritter
James McNeeley

Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Such a sweet lady! Thoughts and prayers for you all. 

Deborah Nelson

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