September 4, 1957 ~ May 16, 2020

Born in: Cleveland, OH
Resided in: Inglewood, CA

On the evening of Saturday, May 16, 2020, Brian Lamarr Jefferson, Sr. A.K.A “BJ”, “Mella”, “Foots” got the news that he could finally move from Los Angeles, California. He was ready to go to his new home after a 2 1/2 year battle with complications from “Valley Fever”. He came close to death, oh so many times, throughout his earlier and later years that he was known to have more lives than a cat.  However, his new home was finally ready and he could move in. So, he didn’t hesitate to make the move. It’s located in Heaven and it sits behind the Pearly Gates. Of course, the streets are paved in gold. He will have the best of neighbors; both his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless others. All his troubles are over. He is now at peace.

Brian Lamarr Jefferson, Sr. was born September 4, 1957 in Cleveland, OH.  He was the oldest of 3 children from the union of the late Betty Jean McCarns and late Robert Lee Jefferson.  Brian was educated in the East St. Louis school system.  He was baptized at an early age by Pastor Obie Rush of St Paul Baptist Church, East St. Louis, IL. Brian was a Jack-of-all-trades, from a salesman, auto assembly worker, telecommunication worker, construction worker to last but not least, a landlord.  He loved barbecuing for family, playing dominoes, and of course, we can’t forget how he loved to eat. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Brian leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Danita Miller-Jefferson, 2 sons, Brian Lamar Jefferson, Jr. of St. Louis, Mo and DeAntre Lamar Jefferson of Bloomington, IL, and 2 stepsons, Reginal Kidd of Cerritos, CA and Devon Weatherspoon (Havanah) of Moreno Valley, CA. 8 grandchildren, Brian III, Aaliyah, and Cameron, Amari, London, Kameron, Devon, and Milan. 1 brother, Johnny Jefferson of Houston, TX, 1 sister, Lisa (Jefferson) Mitts of Las Vegas, NV, 2 sister-in-laws, Pamela Woods(Sylvester) of Compton, CA, Cassandra Miller of Whittier, CA, 2 brother-in-laws, Eddie (Bo) Miller of Costa Mesa, CA, and Dwayne Stanley of Hemet, CA,  1 aunt, Mariah McCarns of Las Vegas, NV, 1 uncle-in-law Randy Miller(Betty) of Eldorado, AR, 2 nieces, Danielle and Naomi, 1 nephew, Xavier, 2 great-nieces, 1 great-nephew, and a host of cousins and friends.  Loved by all, missed by many.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, services will be private.

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  1. Rest well my main man’s father! Sending condolences to my best friend and brother Brian Jefferson AKA BJ and family. Sent with love, respect and blessings from Q-ATL. ⚘

  2. My condolences to the Jefferson Family. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his perfect PEACE.

  3. candle 1My condolence and prayers to the Jefferson Family. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his perfect PEACE.

    JoyceTurner and Family
    Missouri City Tx.

  4. candle 8My sincere condolences to the Jefferson family. May God bless and keep you during this grieving period. Our prayers are for your strength and peace.

    Tanja White & Family
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  5. candle 4Beautiful Family! May God strengthen you with each passing day. May the sadness be replaced with joyful memories of Bro. Brian. Lifting up the Jefferson Family in prayer!

  6. candle 7As we celebrate Brian Jefferson relocation to daily fellowship with the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus along the Holy Spirit and of the heavenly host. I am reminded of Exodus 15:13 and Psalms 27. May our family be joined together as of one heart.❤️

  7. candle 7Johnny , this is one of your sisters in Houston Texas and I am so sorry for your loss. We have been here before and we made it through, therefore with God’s help just know that ‘behind the dark clouds the sun still shines’.

    We love you,
    Carrie & Shay

  8. candle 2Lisa,

    I’m sure I have no idea how you are feeling right now! But God bless you and your family. 🙏🏽🙏🏽
    Prayers always going up!

  9. candle 7Sending my condolences and May God continue to provide comfort and peace. Continue to rely on God for your strength. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” Matthew 5:4

  10. candle 1Lisa,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God comfort and Bless you with wonderful memories.

    Marcia Dixon-Tinsley

  11. candle 4Sending our love and condolences to the family knowing this is a very difficult time. Know that God can keep your hearts every step of the way.

  12. Johnny, Lisa and Family

    You know I’m continuing to pray for you. I ask God to put his arms around you and to be with you during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.

    Your East Coast family – Cheryl Jefferson-Isom

  13. candle 4My Condolences go out to the Jefferson Family. May God give you strength during this difficult time. My heart and prayers go out to my soror Lisa Mitts who loss her beloved brother. May his memories forever be treasured and live forever in you and your families heart. Love Always Soror Camillia & Family.

  14. candle 7Johnny, please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the transition of your brother, Brian. During this difficult time I commend you to the capable hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s word reminds us that He is a very present help. Praying for you and your family.

  15. candle 7Johnny, Lisa and Family
    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Praying that God will strengthen and sustain you during the loss of your beloved brother. Please know I am here to listen, comfort, and lean on during this difficult time. Love you, family.

  16. candle 7My deepest condolences to the immediate family of my cousin Brian Jefferson. I wish you and all of his family and friends strength during this difficult time. Rest in peace Brian.

  17. candle 4Thinking of you and rest of family at this difficult time and wishing you comfort in knowing Brian lives on in every memory you shared. Sending blessings and much love ❤️.

  18. candle 7Danita, Johnny and Lisa, and all connected Family members: including all Friends, please accept the condolences and prayers from James D. McCarns, James W. McCarns, Azeldria McCarns-Hall, and all our extended Family.

    The message heard from the words of Rev. Al Sharpton this morning, ‘there is a time and a season as indicated in Ezekiel 3’; and as while all the chaos that has occurred, and the push for justice continues right now for George Floyd’s and so many others that have faced injustice, Brian Lamarr Jefferson’s memory is no way eclipsed by all these events. Life is a precious gift.

    It is with a heavy heart that I must acknowledge I did not know my cousin that well, Johnny indeed I know, Lisa as well I do know; but it pains me that Brian Lamarr Jefferson, who lived right here in Inglewood, California, I did not know well. Amazingly, I met my cousin maybe once during a family reunion sometime gone past.

    We must all strive to connect and make known that we are Family, “Family”, is an unbroken circle that remains, sustains, and cherishes all hope, love, sorrows, hardship, faith, joy, excitement, Blessings, and Truth. The Tribute Video brings back memories.

    So, as Brian Lamarr Jefferson is laid to rest tomorrow, he is never forgotten in our hearts. The limitation and concerns of Covid-19 are well addressed to the limit of 10 members of the Family. With Love and Peace to all Family members, extended Family, and Friends. Take Care and Take Care of one another.

    Love Always, Wardell

  19. candle 4Lisa and Johnny,

    You are both in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your brother Brian.
    – Doug and Regenia Griswold

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