Saturday services set for Bruce Jefferson, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church for Bruce Jefferson, Jr. who died recently.

Family visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Greater Antioch.

Services are being entrusted to Tennant Funeral Home in Rayville, La.

His official obituary reads as follows:

Bruce Jefferson, Jr. was born in Monroe, Louisiana on December 2, 1980, to Carolyn Bates Jefferson and Bruce Jefferson. Sr.

He accepted Christ in 1997 and was baptized by the late Rev. A.J. Mansfield of First Missionary Baptist Church. Our world was shattered when he transitioned from this life on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at his family home.

He was a proud 1998 graduate of Carroll High School. He attended Grambling State University briefly before returning home to pursue another path. For many years he worked in the restaurant industry before attending McCann Career Technical College. He earned a degree as a Medical Assistant in 2018.

To his family and friends, he was known as Carlos, Los, and Los Boogie; nicknames that were given to him by his beloved mother, family, and friends.

He never departed without giving you a hug and often a kiss on the cheek. He never ended his phone calls without saying, I love you. He had a big heart and loved his family beyond measure. During his final moments, he prayed and made his prayers known to the Lord as well as to his family of the things he was expecting and his belief in what God can and will do because of his love for Us. The Lord’s peace was upon him. The last prayer he read was A Believers’ Love for One Another.

Due to the pandemic our family is scattered; we were unable to fellowship with one another in person. Our family was known for large gatherings and good cooking during the holidays. One of the younger generation cousins suggested the family get together on a Zoom call for Family Prayer on November 26, 2020. It was a success filled with the eldest matriarch of the Potts family and four generations of family on our first family Zoom call. After that call, he expressed how happy he was and this is one of the things he prayed, for the family to unite as we have always done before. His words after the call, God answered my prayer and we are going to do this again!

December 2, 2020, was his 40th Birthday. His mother made sure to make that day special for him. Their bond was inseparable. On his birthday, he received several phone calls and well wishes. One in particular, was with his oldest Sister. He expressed how humble and grateful he was to live to see forty years old. He was so thrilled to spend time with his mother and son on his birthday. As we prepared to end the call, he said, “Tell Derrick hello,” and the call ended with, “I love you”.

Most of all, he was a loving father to his son. That was his best friend, Jordan Jefferson. Their moments together were priceless. They enjoyed spending time together. Every weekend they were cooking and had something on the grill as they prepared to watch the Saints games.  It was his prayer that his son got to know the Lord for himself. He prayed three times a day and was on a different life path. He was truly at peace and saw his prayers manifest before his eyes before transitioning to join his Ancestors.

He is proceeded in death by his grandparents Mack and Louise Noten Jefferson and George and Emma Potts Bates.

He leaves to continue his legacy his beloved son, Jordan Jefferson of Monroe, Louisiana; parents Carolyn Bates Jefferson (Elmo) of Monroe, Louisiana, Bruce Jefferson, Sr. of Monroe, Louisiana, two sisters Aundrea J. Bridges (Derrick) of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Natalie J. Jones (Jeremy) of Tampa, Florida, one niece Israel E. Jefferson of Monroe, Louisiana, two nephews Zion Parker and Nysaiah Jones and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Viewing: Saturday, December 19, 2020, from 10:00 am until 12 noon. Services will be at Greater New Antioch December 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Services entrusted to Tennant Funeral Home in Rayville, LA. Mask’s are mandatory and please social distance.