Reginald “Reggie” Stewart Jeffreys, much loved and acclaimed musician, died unexpectedly on June 17, 2019. Reggie lived a victorious life that was characterized by his love of music, devotion to his family, loyalty to his friends and his firm belief in God.
Reggie’s passion for life and music became apparent at the early age of five when he began performing on stage. He was a gifted musician who played the piano, violin, flute, clarinet and guitar. Over the years, Reggie entertained millions with his smooth sound. He shared the stage with notables such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Spinners, Phyllis Hyman, Randi Crawford, Marion Meadows and many others. He also wrote theme songs for the Fox, ABC and CBS television networks.
The second son of the late Vannie Stewart Jeffreys and Madelyn Pennix Jeffreys, Reggie was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 25, 1960, where he attended local schools. With the support of his parents and brothers, Reggie’s professional career took off in high school. As a founding member of the popular musical group Landslide, Reggie’s music touched many families and organizations throughout New England. After earning the designation of “Most Musical” in his graduating class, being inducted into the Who’s Who in Music and being invited to participate in the All State and All Eastern Choirs, Reggie’s love and gifting for music was affirmed. Convinced that: “This is it, this is what I want to do,” Reggie applied and received a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music.
After Berklee, Reggie’s talent graced international stages. Most notably he recorded and worked with Matrix Studios in Soho and performed at the famed Ronnie Scotts jazz venue at Piccadilly Café in London, England.
On his return to the States, Reggie continued his education at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Under the guidance of Dr. Harold Jeffreys, Reggie flourished. He became 1stchair pianist for the jazz ensemble, played flute in the concert band and composed and arranged music for both ensembles. He also placed first in the inter-collegiate song competition, and composed and directed the song for his graduating class.
Reggie’s light continued to shine as he established himself in the N.C. Triad. Governor James B. Hunt conferred upon him the prestigious “Long Leaf Pine” for 16 years of exemplary service as the Executive Pianist for the state Executive Mansion. Reggie’s delight in people and excellence in performance was infectious; and he quickly became “the” musician of choice for special events throughout the state.
Reggie’s music also became his legacy. He served as the Associate Director and Writer for the MLK All Children’s Choir in Raleigh, NC for 26 years and as a music teacher with N.C. Public School System for 16 years. In addition, Reggie was the devoted and much beloved Minister of Music for 20 years at Medfield United Church of Christ in Haw River, NC under the leadership of Rev. Dannie T. Williams. Reggie’s light continues to burn brightly in the many lives he has touched and influenced.
Reggie’s life and memory will be most celebrated and cherished by those closest to him: His brothers, Tony Jeffreys (Tonya) of Raleigh, NC, Jonathan (Butch) Jeffreys of Raleigh, NC and Linwood (Pooh) Jeffreys of Burlington, NC; two nieces: Bria Jeffreys and Randi Jeffreys; two nephews: Rodney Jeffreys and Rashaad Jeffreys; a sister-in law: Scottie Jeffreys of Raleigh, NC (wife of the late Rodney Jeffreys); a special aunt: Saundra Vick-Pollard of New York and a host of other relatives and special friends.
Martin Luthter King All Childrens Choir Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 27611, Raleigh NC 27611