Verbenia “Vickie” DeLee Jefferson was born on August 13, 1947 in Ridgeville, SC. She was the daughter of the late Deacon S.B. DeLee and Deaconess Victoria DeLee Brown. She departed this life and received her crown of glory Monday, July 4, 2011.
Vickie grew up in The House of God Church in Ridgeville and was an active member of that church. She loved working with the children and the Sunday School Department as well as other auxiliaries. She later became a member of St. John Baptist Church and enjoyed the fellowship of worship with her friends and neighbors in the Ridge Community.
She attended the public schools of Dorchester District 4. She is a graduate of Kennedy High School and Voorhees College. Vickie earned teaching certification from South Carolina and Tennessee. She spent most of her career as a Teacher and Social Worker in Dorchester County. As a result of being influenced by her mother’s active role in the Civil Rights Moment; Vickie became very interested and active in politics. In 1971 she was sworn in and became “Judge Verbenia DeLee”, the first black female magistrate in Dorchester County. Vickie enjoyed helping others especially the youth and the elderly. After her retirement from the school district she worked with The Home Health Care System providing Elderly Support and Respite care. She was also a Foster Care Provider.
Vickie was always there for her family and friends. She provided them with a place to stay; a meal to eat; a helping hand; or a listening ear. She loved listening to music, especially old school from the 60’s & 70’s. Her leisure time was spent listening to music, reading and watching Law and Order and Life Time Movies.
In 1973 she married Reverend Harold Jefferson. To this union one son was born. She was preceded in death by a brother, Van Hodge DeLee, Sr., and a sister, Dorethia “Kitten” DeLee Seawright.
Those who shared her life and will forever treasure her memories, her son, Charlton (Danielle) Jefferson of Newport News, Virginia; one granddaughter, Nicole; five brothers and two sisters, Sunny B. DeLee of San Deigo, CA, Elijiah DeLee of Ridgeville, SC, Tyrone DeLee of Columbia, SC, Stephenia (Madelene) DeLee of Ridgeville, SC, Samuel DeLee of Louisburg, WV, Jannie Mae Murray of Rockville, MD and Janet (Freddie) Jenkins of Lancaster, SC; a loving niece and nephew, Lucrecy N. Tyler and Jermaine Neat; grand niece and grand nephews, Jayla, Christian and Jeremiah Tyler; Goddaughter, Shayla E. Tarte, a devoted sister-in-law, Genell J. Tarte; eight sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.