February 22, 1944 ~ November 13, 2022

Born in: Rayville, LA
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Joe D. Jefferson was born February 22,1944 to Bobbie Jefferson and Sarah Johnson in Rayville, Louisiana.

He completed his education in Rhymes, Louisiana at Rhymes High School in 1963.

Joe was united in marriage to Alberta Jefferson on November 26,1964, and two children were born to this union, Michael and Tonia Jefferson.

In 1966 Joe relocated his wife and children to Indianapolis, IN where he began the journey of his life.  Joe was an amazing family man and a wonderful provider for his family.  In 1973, he began his occupation as a Gage Follow Up employee at Allison Transmission where he would serve 33 ½ years until retirement in 2006.  Aside of being employed at Allison Transmission, Joe was also a very successful businessman.  He launched a Carwash business, which he named Dino’s Carwash in 1986.  This business helped to provide additional income for him and his family and allowed him to scale to the next level in his life.  Joe had such a generous heart and a love for unity and giving back to his community.  He was inducted into the Masonic Lodge and received his certification as a Master Mason. This was not just an organization to Joe, but a brotherhood that birthed lifelong friends.  Within the organization, Joe created the annual Easter Egg Hunt, that the community always looked forward to.  This event would have gift giveaways of bikes, baskets, money and more for children within the inner city. He would go on to host this event for over a decade.

Oh! But he did not stop there.  Joe was also President of this non-for-profit business Indy Mell Fellas, which was also a social club.  With this business he would host Christmas parties, Casino trips, race events and everyone knows the annual luau! Joe made sure to donate part of the profit of these events and trips to the United Negro College Fund.  Joe was an entertainer at heart and loved being around others.

In his later years he would host gatherings and barbeques at his home. You could catch him outside on the grill even if there was snow on the ground.  He loved watching sports, telling stories, laughing, playing his blues music and most of all his family. He had a life well lived and will be missed by all; however, his spirit will live forever.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Bobbie and Sarah Jefferson; sister, Marie J. Smith; and brothers, Robert “Jeff”, Wayman Jefferson, Leo Jefferson, Billy Jefferson and Jessie Jefferson.

His memory and love will be cherished by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Alberta Jefferson; son, Michael Jefferson (Stephanie); daughter, Tonia Jefferson; grandchildren, Alexandria Jefferson and Mikhail Jefferson; great-grandchildren: Haely Jefferson, Tinley Jefferson, Temperence Jefferson and Talen Jefferson; brothers: James Jefferson (Louvenia), Clarence Jefferson, Lennon Jefferson (Linda Dianne) Cleo Jefferson and Charles Jefferson; sisters: Johnnye L. Butler, Yvonne Jefferson and Sarah L. Jefferson; and a host of nieces, nephews, dear relatives and many friends.




Funeral Service Broadcast: 25/11/2022 12:00 pm

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Visitation: November 25, 2022 10:00 am - November 25, 2022 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Celebration of Life: November 25, 2022 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. You’re in your “Soul Heaven” now brother-in-law. We know you’re at rest and peace. You’re up there with all our love ones. We’ll meet again someday but until then, know that you will be missed.

  2. The family chain continues to loosen, but we will maintain to be the family we were designed to be. Your place in the family unit yet remains while you enjoin with your parents, brothers, sister, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They welcome you!

  3. Ruby Watts & family
    Rest in Peace Joe Dean. You will be sorely missed by your cousins that beautiful smile and your caring heart. Your soul is resting now. Until we meet again.
    From: Monroe, LA. 71102

  4. Uncle Joe, I’m really going to miss how thoughtful, caring, kind hearted, funny and how you always made me look forward to hearing you singing either a Johnny Taylor or Bobby Blue Bland hit song .I love you lots!!!! and I’m going to miss you sooo much!!!😘😘😘 your niece Marilyn “Mae”

  5. Your baby sister loves you to the moon and beyond!! Thank you for being such a wonderful brother. You have been instrumental in my journey through life. I love you and hopefully and prayerfully we see each other again in that great beyond. I love you, Yvonne

  6. Pamela Robinson

    Uncle Joe you will be greatly missed, your beautiful smile that was so bright, your infectious laugh that was so big that it light up the hearts of all who heard it. Love
    you, miss you. Take your rest.🙏🏽❤️

  7. To Alberta and family, John & I send our sincere condolences in the loss of Joe. God is with you in all ways needed to comfort you as you go through the sadness of your loss. This world has no sorrow that God cannot heal. Love you & Mike & Tonia💕🙏🏾. Flo & John & Family

  8. Alberta we love you. The lord knows best. Joe is in the lord’s hands. Love you from James Simmons family

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