Senior Spotlight: Carroll R. Jefferson

Our “Spotlight” this month shines on one of Fellowship Bible Baptist Church’s “praising” deacons, Deacon Carroll R. Jefferson. Often times he introduces himself as “Carroll with 2Rs and 2Ls.”

I was tempted so I looked up the name Carroll. Carroll is an Old German name that means “man” or “manly.” An interview-style interview was conducted and the results are as follows:

When and where were you born? I was born August 2, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia.

What is your wife’s name? My wife’s name is Tobbie Ann Yancey Jefferson and we’ve been married for 26 years.

Do you have any children? If yes, how many and their names? Yes, I have 6 children; Tasha Jefferson, Tracey Jefferson, Lemar Davey, Terrence Jefferson, Fredrick Davey, and Jordon Evora.

What are your hobbies/interests? I enjoy listening to music, singing, comedy and baking.

Brief summary about your career in the military. I joined the Air Force in October of 1996 serving honorably for 25 years and retiring as a Master Sergeant. The first 7 years, I served as a fireman until I was burned from fighting an aircraft fire. I was then cross trained into the Vehicle Operations career field serving in different job assignments.

How has life in the military molded you as a person? The military has molded me into a disciplined, dedicated, and loyal person in whatever endeavor I’m involved in.

What are the most important lessons you have learned in life? Life has taught me to trust God no matter what’s happening in your life. Throughout life, my mother and father would always say to me when calling home for help or advice “have you called on God?” Getting burned started me on the road to seeking God and salvation after spending ten weeks lying on my back recovering.

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a man who loved God, his family and enjoyed serving my fellow members under me as a Deacon (servant).

Summary of your service at Fellowship: I joined Fellowship July, 1990 and the first ministry I became a part of was the Adult and Men’s choirs. I am a Deacon and have served in the following positions: President of the Men’s Fellowship, Evangelism Team Leader, Royal Ambassador Co-Leader, Men’s Choir, Prison Ministry and also served as a substitute Christian Enrichment Teacher on several occasions.

What is “your message” (words of wisdom) to the future Generations? Seems as though we graduate from high school and also graduate from God’s teachings. So for some, “After you have tried the world, try God.”