SGT Eddie Jeffers

 

I received the email from Flag Gazer yesterday that Sgt Eddie Jeffers was killed in Iraq yesterday.  You may have read his exceptional essay, Hope Rides Alone. 

Eddie’s father sent this to Flag Gazer:

It is with great personal sadness but joy in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I announce the death of my son Eddie Jeffers. Eddie was killed around 7 am Iraqi time from an accidental vehicle roll-over. Although our personal loss is traumatic, we know he is in a better place. All of you have been so wonderful to my son and my family and he was so blessed and humbled by your love for him. He told me this past summer after the wonderful gift you gave his wife and him that he didn’t understand why people were so generous and kind to him. You see to Eddie, he was just doing his job and what he believed was his life mission from God.

I’ve said this often; Eddie was my hero. My dear brother in Christ Rod Martin told me that Eddie died a hero for not just the soldier he was but the person. Eddie, through his writing, touched so many people’s lives, yours and you so lovingly touched ours back.

We thank you in advance for your condolences and prayers. Please pray especially for Eddie’s wife Stephanie; as you can imagine she is devastated. Our prayer is that Eddie’s death will exalt Christ as did his life.

In lieu of any flowers we are asking all donations be given to the Fisher House in memory of Eddie; he loved that charity.

Love in Christ Jesus
The Jeffers Family

“Blessed be the Lord my Strength, who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” -Psalm 144:1 (Eddie’s favorite Bible verse)

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
-Revelation 21:4
To read Eddie’s essays, click on the titles:

Hope Rides Alone

Freedom Feels Good

Real Deal in Ramadi

FG will be collecting comments of condolences and support to send to the Jeffers family.  Go here.

Sgt. Eddie Jeffers and so many like him are the reason I fight here at home.  Why I moved out of the poisonous mentality of Santa Cruz, California to Virginia.  I want my voice to sound out for the ones who can no longer speak.  Who raised their right hand and said “I will.”  Who went to a land so far from home with nothing but the uniform on their backs and their rifle.  Who stood up and declared “This is my duty and I will fulfill it” when so many stand up for defeat.

The loss of such men and women is deafening.  Their belief in a greater cause than themselves is even more deafening.   If only those who would criticize and defile their honor could hear and know what shining beacons these extraordinary men and women are in a time when life is precarious for so many in this world.

Sgt Jeffers is such a beacon.  Again, I am awed by the likes of him.

We are so blessed to have such beacons when the shadow of so much darkness  falls on so many.

I will never forget your light, Sgt Eddie Jeffers.

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September 21, 2007. Iraq.

One Comment

  1. Donna, Los Osos, CA replied:

    I saw this yesterday and my stomach was in a knot after. I had actually kept a copy of his article “Hope Rides Alone” on my computer when it first came out and would go back to it from time to time. Like you, it would help my resolve to never give up because of men like him. I am heartsick for his family, and for America. Rest in peace Sgt. Jeffers. We will carry on.

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