By Meg Dickens
The Mountain City Council took a moment to memorialize James J. “Doc” Lefler at its Tuesday, December 10 meeting. In honor of Lefler’s service to Mountain City and Johnson County during his life, the council declared December 10 as James “Doc” Lefler Day.
Lefler passed away this past August, so two of his children, Dr. Chris Lefler and Dr. Vikki Sitter, accepted the award in his stead.
“It was hard for us to lose him so quickly when he was so vibrant last December around this time,” said Dr. Chris Lefler. “We just want to say that we’re grateful as a family, and I know Dad would be proud. We’re very honored.”
Many locals knew James Lefler for his work in the community. He started working at Mountain View Service Station after returning from his service in the United States Airforce during World War II. During his life, he was a member of the Mountain City Fire Department for 30 years, a founding member of the Johnson County Rescue Squad, and an active member of the rescue squad for 47 years. He also served as the Johnson County Register of Deeds for seven terms and was a Master Mason and 50-year member at the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243.
“I knew Jim Lefler basically all of my life,” said City Attorney George Wright
during a past interview, “Jim’s character, honesty, devotion to his family, community, and God made him truly a member of America’s greatest generation. I
know that when he passed through the Pearly Gates, St. Peter would say that ‘There goes a man you don’t meet every day’ in a positive sense.”
James Lefler gave a lot to this community. Those whose lives he touched praised him as kind, faithful, and a jewel. Lefler’s legacy lives on in his contributions, family, and his memory.