Services have been announced for Arizona State wrestling alum and former high school coach Randy Jeffries, 67, and his nine-year-old daughter Josalyn who were killed in a collision in Oklahoma earlier this week.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the gym at Calera High School, 209 North Third Street, Calera, Okla. Visitation will start one hour earlier at 9:00 a.m. at the gym. Burial will take place at Rosehill Cemetery in Calera.
In addition, the local police chief Don Hyde, Jr., has established a fund to help cover funeral expenses for Randy and Josalyn. Individuals may make donations directly to account number 2967006 at First United Bank, 601 North Service Road in Calera.
Randy Roy "Coach" Jeffries wrestled at Arizona State in the mid 1970s, along with brothers Jim, John, Ron and Tim in the same decade. More recently, Randy Jeffries had served as a volunteer wrestling coach at Durant High School in south-central Oklahoma, just north of the Oklahoma-Texas border, and only a few miles from the scene of the fatal crash.
Media reports indicate that the Jeffries' sedan was broadsided by a limestone rock-hauler on U.S. 69/75 Monday evening. Randy Jeffries was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter died later of her injuries. The truck driver was uninjured.
Grief counselors had been brought in to help Josalyn Jeffries' fourth-grade classmates deal with the death of their friend.
"This is not easy," Chief Hyde said. "It brings a big man down, because you see the hurt in those children's eyes."
"The biggest thing I would like to see come from this is it brought our town even closer. We're small, we're growing, but we still have that 'I know where they live,' and so that's what hurts the most."