William H Jefferson

Rank: TSgt

Entered Into Eternal Rest

Tech. Sgt. William Haywood Jefferson Jr., stationed in Fayetteville, N.C., died March 21, 2008, from wounds suffered in Afghanistan.

William was born July 21, 1973, in Norfolk. He grew up in the Norfolk area and graduated from Lake Taylor High School in 1991; he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps that same year. He served as an infantry man in the 2nd Recon Battalion in Camp LeJeune, N.C., from 1991-95. After which he made a career change in the U.S. Air Force.

He became a Combat Controller with the 21st STS in 1996. He served as a Combat Controller from 1996-2008. In his Combat Control service, he was awarded Combat Controller of the Year in 1999 as well as many other achievements within his career field.

He attended Embry-Riddle University and earned his BS in professional aeronautics in 2004 and was working on his master’s degree. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Force Combat Action Medal. Will enjoyed skydiving but most of all playing Texas Hold’em poker.

He is survived by his wife, Kristy; 8-year-old daughter Tyler and expected daughter, Natalie Grace, all of Fayetteville, N.C.; his parents, Linda and William Jefferson Sr. of Norfolk; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and John Davis; two nieces, Emily and Deanna of Virginia Beach; grandmother, Nora Jefferson of Norfolk; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. His family said, "Will was well respected in and out of his career field. He was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed."

May he rest in peace

34 KIA Afganistan

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