Pompano Beach Pioneer left a legacy of service
Submitted by Novice Johnson
Deacon/Coach Carl Jefferson, Sr., was taught to value education from his youth and was educated through the Brooks County School System in Georgia. His thirst for knowledge inspired him to continue his journey of education in pursuing various degrees at Florida A&M University, Indiana University, Central Missouri University and Florida Atlantic University. He served his country in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Jefferson put God first in his life, and was as a faithful member of the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, where he served as a deacon and trustee for numerous years. He spread his knowledge and spirit of giving through teaching and coaching at Blanche Ely High School (1957-1970) and Deerfield High School.
He has received many accolades and served in many organizations including The Pompano Lodge 409, Saba Temple 186, Broward County Athletic Association (37 years of service), and over 20 years of service with the City of Pompano Beach. Jefferson was loved and respected as an eminent athletic and life-coach to the community and the Mitchell Moore Parks & Recreation Center where he coached optimist T-ball and football league. Leaving his years of service as a legacy, the Mitchell Moore’s Center field was named in his honor several years ago. His wife, Mary Goins Jefferson and their family, students he coached and taught, and citizens he touched will miss his dedication and his smile.
Coach Jefferson was laid to rest March 7, 2012. Funeral Service was held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 800 N.W. Eighth Ave. Pompano Beach, Fla.