Jack Jeffers is an award-winning fine arts photographer specializing in rural America photography for almost forty years. His classic yet representational view is highly sought after.
Jeffers also has military experience; according to a National Guard spokesperson, he enlisted as a PFC in 2012. As per an earlier conviction he is currently being processed for dismissal from service.
Early Life and Education
Jeffers is a self-taught bass trombone and tuba player who also composes, contracts studio musicians, plays in Broadway pit orchestras, leads his own New York Classics Big Band, and composes for Broadway pit orchestras. An expert across both jazz and classical musical styles.
Jeffers served in the Navy from 1960-1964 and began writing poetry and working on photography while honing a keen logical mind that made him excellent at problem-solving and business decisions. Additionally, he was an enthusiastic supporter of Oneida football games where he would enthusiastically cheer “GO BIG O!” at games.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis; daughters Debbie Sylvain (and Jeff), Pam Zwissler, Alan Jeffers, his wife Nicole of Brazil, Connie Gualano of Terre Haute; grandchildren Iain McNair, Aaron, Nathan Daniel, Asieavae Jeffers; stepgrandchildren Connor and Allie Zwissler as well as various nieces and nephews.
Jeffers never lived up to expectations during his career. Never having gained the mental skills for elite-level football, injuries hampered his playing time significantly and forced him into more bench duty than starting positions; though his only moment of glory came with being chosen for an England debut in February 2003.
National Guard Private First Class Jack Jeffers has become the subject of intense investigation since Michael Ahern was shot and killed with a gun belonging to him two years ago in Stillwater Motorcycle club house. Jeffers was charged with second-degree manslaughter and is being held without bail at Saratoga County Jail without the possibility of bail being set; up to 12 years in jail is possible; his trainer Mike Jennings considers Jeffers to be twice as effective compared to when he was that age himself.
Achievement and Honors
Jeffers also excelled at painting and photography; his works can be found in collections worldwide. Printed with subtle and layered tones that capture natural scenes, his photographs often combined transparent oil that left an indelible mark of art that will endure.
He developed an inhumanist philosophy he called inhumanism that sought to shift human experience away from mankind towards non-man and recognize transhuman magnificence. His philosophy has been likened to those of Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and Lucretius.
Jack Randall Jeffers passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on November 4, 2021 at age 91. Celeste Ripley and their children Jack Barker and Cotty Fremuth remain.
Jack was deeply committed to his family. He enjoyed camping with Alice at their Oneida home, spending time with his grandchildren, tinkering on cars and solving problems logically with great skill.
Since 1976, Robert Stout has dedicated almost forty years of his life to documenting Appalachia through museum-quality images that reflect his artistry and vision. He has gifted significant collections of his work to Radford University in Virginia and Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina respectively; additionally he made significant donations to colleges nationwide. Over time he expanded his artistic skills further still by mixing transparent oils with silver images, producing art that blends photograph with painting techniques.
Jeffers marked an important turning point in 2005 with the publication of his last silver sulfide image and embarking upon an experiment that combined transparent oils with his silver photographs for mixed-media works that combined photographic techniques with painting to produce subtle, multi-layered tones that were both photographic and painted simultaneously. Jack donated several works, such as these mixed media masterpieces to Radford University, Carson-Newman College and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
He is survived by his wife Yvonne Cavinee Jeffers of Oneida, sons Leif and Lisa Jeffers (Richmond VA), Abe and Rachel Jeffers (Powell TN), Jobe and Tiffany Jeffers (Oneida), step-daughter Sheri Gill Hermann with husband Randy Hermann; grandchildren Ava and Nick Hermann as well as half brother Duane Jeffers as well as sister Joan Bateson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.