Jeffery Lee Emmons was born December 12, 1960, in Riverside, California; the son of Kenneth “Kenny” Emmons and Neva Towler Emmons. He was the third of four brothers: Rick, Leroy, and Jerry. The family soon relocated to Roswell, New Mexico. He called Roswell home for 44 years, until he moved to Colorado Springs in 2004.
Jeff grew up in Roswell, surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins, all who he dearly loved. Family remained a very important element for him his entire life.
He served in the National Guard and learned the trade of welding in Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He became an oilfield worker near Roswell.
He married his first wife, Terrie Clark, in Roswell and their son Jeffery was born in 1982.
On April 24th, 1983, Jeff’s life was forever changed by a roll-over car accident that left him paralyzed and required him to relearn life as a quadriplegic.
After the initial accident, Jeff was taken to world-renowned Craig Hospital in Denver, which specializes in spinal cord and brain injury patients. It was there that he met Anne Emmons, the love of his life. Anne initially moved to Roswell as a caregiver for Jeff. They fell in love and married in 1986.
After his accident, Jeff took business classes at ENMU-Roswell. In 1998 he and Anne opened Anne’s Personal Touch Portraits and Framing on Main Street in Roswell. He managed the business and she was the photographer.
Jeff and Anne moved to Colorado Springs in 2004, where Anne continued her nursing career. They began attending Woodmen Valley Chapel in 2009, where a transformational spiritual experience deepened his relationship with the Lord. Jeff’s faith became a foundation of strength that helped him to fully embrace living with his disability, and he became a source of inspiration to those around him.
He loved his Macintosh computer, going to concerts, traveling, listening to 1970s music and worship music, fishing, National drag races at Denver’s Bandimere Speedway, and attending family gatherings. He also loved reading the Bible, praying, and he organized a men’s Bible study group that met every Monday evening for seven years until his passing.
Jeff died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of July 5. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, his sense of humor, his patriotism, his love for his family, and his love for the Lord.
Survivors include his wife Anne Thompson Emmons; son Jeffery Emmons Junior; former wife Terrie Clark Jones; grand-daughter Alysa Emmons; brothers Rick and Jerry Emmons; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins in Roswell and California; and his wife’s family in Colorado and Oklahoma.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Emmons, mother Neva Dove, step-father Richard Dove, and brother Leroy Emmons.
As a quadriplegic he was cared for by his loving wife Anne, and – through the years – hundreds of health care professionals including many kind and loving nursing attendants.
A Roswell memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 am at Waymaker Church at 202 South Sunset Avenue in Roswell.
“The Lord, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you or forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:9