Erving C. “Jeff” Jefferson, cherished soul mate of Rhonda L. Paulson, continued his journey off this earth on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, surrounded by all the love and support he could ever need. He was born Aug. 1, 1957 the eldest of two boys, to the late Erving C. Jefferson and Susan Hearn. He was preceded in death by his younger brother H. Frank Jefferson.

Coming from a large local family, after Jeff graduated from Bridgeville High School he went on to find his place in this world, first proudly serving his country as a U.S. Marine and then becoming a Millwright. Eventually he would become known as “Bodine” among several other names… an overall warm, charismatic, gentle and loving man who thrived in his favorite social settings and left an imprint on everyone he met. As a valued life partner to a strong woman with a ready-made family, he had big shoes to fill and walked in them well. He loved his dogs and western movies but never liked to watch anything violent. He also enjoyed music and crowds and short stays at his favorite beach with his favorite woman.

An accomplished father figure and a lovingly embraced Poppop to eight grandchildren and his first great-grandson, he was always exactly what his family needed him to be.  

He is survived in life by his beloved soul mate Rhonda L. Paulson with Aja, Ricky Bobby and Baby. The three girls, Lindsey Hill (Jaden, Kassidy, Advonte), Shannon Paulson (Raven, Trevon, Devan), Megan Paulson and Eric Lockwood (Roman, Junior). He is also survived by numerous cousins, extended family members and close friends.

His viewing was held in Bridgeville on Dec. 8 at Union Methodist Church with services followed by the procession to one of his final resting places in Blades Cemetery. A memorial was held in Seaford at Cinnamons/CC22s afterwards for family friends and loved ones to come together for his final, epic good bye.

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