Dr. George Edwin Jefferies III, 80, of New Cumberland, passed away on the morning of Monday, October 2, 2023 at Capitol Rehab & Healthcare Center, Harrisburg. Born on December 15, 1942 in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late George E. and Mary (Chubb) Jefferies.
George was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School (Class of 1960) and would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College where he was also a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Pursuing a career in medicine, he would earn a degree from the former Thomas Jefferson Medical College (now, Sidney Kimmel Medical College), Philadelphia, before interning at Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg. His education paused as he served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army; spending two years in Chicago with his wife as a military physician. Upon discharge, he would fulfill his residency at Harrisburg Hospital, becoming an OB-GYN. Professionally, he partnered at Flurkey & Jefferies Associates, with locations in Camp Hill and Harrisburg. He would belong to both the PA Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
But George was much more than his professional career; he was a loving husband and father, and a reserved individual who enjoyed the little things in life. He met his wife, Nancy, while they were working at Hershey Creamery in Harrisburg. Their story was known as the “popsicle romance,” as they were introduced while he made popsicles at the factory, and she packed them. This youthful courtship would turn into a lasting marriage and small family. Their first date was at the Community Theater in Harrisburg, and after that, George would often surprise Nancy with impromptu picnics.
After their daughter was born, summer vacations to Myrtle Beach were a staple each year, and family gatherings were always a big deal. As a couple, George and Nancy traveled all over the United States; they would spend a month traveling to and from Washington state, meeting friends on the West Coast and spending time at Yellowstone in between.
George was a longtime member of Baughman Church, New Cumberland, and he was also an avid hunter and fisherman. His passion was trout fishing on the creeks of Central PA, especially cherishing the time spent alongside his grandson. He enjoyed dominoes, board games and puzzles of all kinds. Despite his quiet nature, George also possessed a sharp sense of humor. His gentle and caring way will be missed by all those he helped as a physician and especially by those closest to him.
Surviving George is his wife and best friend of 58 years, Nancy (Ross) Jefferies; a daughter, Tracie Hockman (husband, Phil) of Lisburn; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin brother, John A. Jefferies; and his only grandchild, Joshua S. Perry.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Monday, October 9, 2023 at Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Cumberland. A visitation hour will take place from 10AM until services begin in the funeral home. Committal will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in George’s name to either: the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), or Yellow Breeches Watershed Assoc. (ybwatershed.org). If choosing the latter, individuals ($15) or families ($25) may become members in George's memory.