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FREEMAN - Wilmer “Bill” Freeman, 84, a resident of Jacksonville passed away Sunday, October 27, 2002 in Jacksonville. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 3, 1918 and came to the area in June of 1997 from Stuart, Florida. He was a retired commercial building design engineer, was a member of the Beaches United Methodist Church and served in the United States Navy. His first wife, Evelyn R. Freeman, preceded Mr. Freeman in death in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Freeman of Jacksonville; son, Gary Freeman of Ipswich, Massachusetts; step-daughter, Nancy Jordan of Gainesville, Fl.; 2 grandchildren, Faith Jordan of Tallahassee, Fl. and Brad Jordan of Gainesville, Fl. Private services for the Freeman family will be held at a later date in Massachusetts. Please make memorial contributions to Hospice Northeast, The Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Fl. 32257 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern Fl. Chapter, 2123 Mango Place, Jacksonville, Fl. 32207. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach.

GROSH - E. John Grosh passed away in his home Friday, October 25, 2002. He was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, IN on March 1, 1937. John graduated from Xavier University with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Math and Philosophy. After graduation, he became a U.S. Naval officer. Following service to his country, his family followed his business career through Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York and finally Jacksonville, where he has lived for the past 22 years. In his successful career, he became vice president of sales with Betz Paperchem, Inc. Following retirement, he enjoyed a mountain home in North Carolina. Family members include his wife of six years, Charlene Grosh; daughters, Laurie (Brad) Pinover and Suzanne (Gary) Marcy; son, Michael Grosh and his seven grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 30th in the Holy Family Catholic Church followed by Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Greg Fay as Celebrant. Private family interment will be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Association, att: Paula Connelly, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave, Bob Hope Rd, Miami, FL 33136-1494. 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd., 249-1100,

HADDEN - Connie L. Hadden, 52, passed away on October 27, 2002. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she worked for State Farm Insurance Company and was a member of Mandarin Christian Church. Survivors include her mother, Vivian Lawley; husband, Eddie Hadden; children, Scott and Keron Zapcic, Eddie and Danette Hadden and Jessie Hadden; 3 sisters, Joyce Raynor (Jerry), Rhonda Lawley (Mark), and Debbie Lawley (Doug); brother, Jack Lawley (Sherry); 3 grandchildren, Amy, Scott, and Shane; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Mandarin Christian Church on Greenland Road. Dr. Dennis Bratton will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday (today) at HARDAGE-GIDDENS Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mandarin Christian Church.

JULUKE - Baby Curtis Surtain Juluke, Jr., born August 9, 2002, 2 ¸ months old returned to God on October 26, 2002. He leaves to cherish his beautiful little life his loving and devoted parents: mother April S. White, father Curtis S. Juluke, Sr.; paternal grandparents Ferdinand R. Juluke, Sr. and Lois S. Juluke; brothers Antoine Spight and Cyron Guyton and cousin DeAngelo Alexander, all of Jacksonville; devoted Aunt Arvella M. Juluke of Chesenee, South Carolina and a host of other relatives. A Memorial Service will be held at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church (TODAY), Tuesday, October 29th at 10:00AM with Revs Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. and Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. officiating. Arrangements made by ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Art Museum Dr.

MORRISON - Jennie Morrison entered her eternal rest with Christ Jesus from Labor to reward on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. Affectionately known as “ Jennie” , she joined church at an early age. She attended local schools in Florida and was an enthusiastic scholar. Jennie graduated from Florida A&M University, receiving her Bachelors Degree. Mrs. Morrison continued her post graduate studies at Columbia University. She was also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Leaves to cherish her memory, a loving and devoted sister, Carrie T. Richardson of Deltona Florida, God-daughter, Dr. Alfreda A. Johnson of Harrisburg, PA, six sister-in-laws, four brother-in-laws, and a host loving nieces, nephews, friends and the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Family. Service will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at Oneal Memorial Baptist Church, 1 pm with Rev. George F. Herring, Sr. Officiating. Friends may view the remains in the Huff and Battise Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 5-8pm and at the church on Wednesday, from 11am until the hour of service. Interment Bosque Bello Cemetery. Professional service provide by Huff and Battise Funeral Home, Inc., 410 Beech Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Vivian Howard LFD, Laprinzo Banks, LFD.

MULLIS - Carolyn W. Mullis, age 65, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2002 in a local hospital. She was a native of Jacksonville and lived here all of her life. She was retired from The Army Corps of Engineers where she had worked her entire career. She was recently preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Mullis. She is survived by 2 sons, Michael Jack Mullis (wife, Laurie) and Ted H. Mullis; 2 daughters, Tammy Cavany (husband, William) & Barbara Forlines (husband, Mark); step-son, Jack H. Mullis, Jr. (wife, Sue); 7 grandchildren, Jackie, Crystal, Jamie, Jessie, Nicole, James, & Howard; great-granddaughter, Chloe; a brother, Carl Wade (wife, Trecia) and a sister, Faye Peebles (husband, Jimmy). Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at Riverside Memorial Park with Chaplain Jim Mauldin officiating. Following the services, friends will be invited to gather for fellowship at the home of her sister. The family will meet together with friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening (TONIGHT) at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. Edgewood Ave.

MURRAY - John Henry Murray, 82 of Jacksonville, FL passed away October 27, 2002. He was born May 20, 1920 in Middleburg, the son of Allie Murray and Della Wilford Murray. He is survived by his sisters Mabel Snow and Lizzie Murray; also his brother Raymond Murray. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday October 30, 2002 from the graveside in Peoria Cemetery, Orange Park with Rev. Charlie Hunt officiating. Family members and friends will gather on Tuesday evening (TONIGHT) from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park.

McLANE - Arthur W. McLane, 76, of East Palatka, died Sunday, October 26, 2002 at his home following an extended illness. He was a native of Pensacola and was raised in jacksonville. He had lived in East Palatka since 1995, coming from Clewiston, Florida. He retired after 33 years as an electrician with the Army Corp of Engineers and was of the Baptist faith. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years: Lillian McLane of East Palatka; 2 daughters: Deborah McLane and Nina Norman, both of Jacksonville and 1 Grandchild: Marissa Norman. According to his wishes, private graveside services will be held. Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations can be madt to: The American Heart Association, 2002 NW 13th Street Gainesville, Florida, 32609. Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

PROCTOR - Funeral Services for Charles Daniel Proctor (46) of Jacksonville, FL will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday (TODAY) October 29, 2002 in the chapel of Prestwood Funeral Home, 270 US 301 North, Baldwin, FL with George Ross officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Mr. Proctor was born May 25, 1956 in Jacksonville, FL, the son of the late Elise and Cleveland Proctor and died October 26, 2002 following a lengthy illness. Charles was Baptist by faith and a member of Westside Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Carol; his children, Charles Proctor, Jr., Steven & Shane Guthrie, Melissa Sauls and Tera Echols; two brothers, Raymond & Floyd Proctor; four sisters Rose Mary Barber, Reba Ridlin, Marie Padgett and Susie Shepard; and nine grandchildren. In addition to his parents Charles is predeceased by two brothers Roger & Henry Proctor and his sister Patsy Wise. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements by: Prestwood Funeral Home (904) 266-0072 “ Family owned and Operated”.

RENNINGER - Melissa Jane Renninger, 42, passed away September 29, 2002. A native lifelong resident of Jacksonville, FL, she graduated from Englewood High School Class of 1978. Survivors are her parents, Donald and Nancy Renninger, her brother Mark (Laura), 2 nieces , 2 cousins and her fiance David Halterman. Those wishing to do so may make contributions in her memory to Hubbard House, P.O. Box 4909, Jacksonville, FL 32201 or to your favorite charity. Memorialization was private by the family. Arrangements made by ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Art Museum Dr.

SCHEUFLER - Carl N. Scheufler, Sr., 76, died at home Sunday, October 27, 2002. Funeral services will be Wed. at 11 am in the chapel of TOWN & COUNTRY Funeral Home with visitation for one hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of NE FL, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jax, FL 32257.

SHELTON - Raymond A. Shelton, 78, passed away on October 26, 2002. He was the son of Dewey and Kate Autry Shelton of Stokes County, NC and had been a resident of Jacksonville for over 50 years. He was formerly a longtime member of Arlington Baptist Church and currently a member of Celebration Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Shelton; a sister, Maxine Stephens; a brother, Harold Shelton; a daughter, Lynne Reynolds; three sons, Mark, Scott and Wayne Shelton; sixteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 in the chapel of ARLINGTON PARK FUNERAL HOME, 6920 Lone Star Road (724-6384). The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Entombment will follow the funeral service in Arlington Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Celebration Baptist Church Building Fund, 13720 McCormick Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225 in Rays memory.

SMITH - Mildred Legg Smith, age 94, widow of the late Harold Smith, died on October 25, 2002. at Sandsprings Landing in Savannah, Georgia. She was predeceased by her brother, Harris Legg of Vero Beach, Florida. She was a graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo, New York. She retired from Donner Hanna Coke Company in Buffalo and was a former president of the New York State Industrial Nurses Association. She was formerly a communicant of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Mandarin while she was a resident at Westminster Woods. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert H. and Joan Pritchard Smith, of Savannah, five grandchildren, Deborah Reyes of Savannah, Robert H. Smith, Jr. of St. Pete Beach, Florida, Roddey P. Smith of Wassenaar, The Netherlands, Martha Pruitt, Lt. Col., USAF, Dover, Delaware, and David H. Smith of Sherman Oaks, California, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Remembrances to: Christ Episcopal Church, 18 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Hospice, Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA, 31416.

STRICKLAND - Jessie Reede D. Strickland, 78, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2002 in Lake City Medical Center, Lake City, FL, following a short illness. Mrs. Strickland was born in Parrot, Georgia October 17, 1924 and moved to the Branford, FL area seven years ago from Jacksonville, FL. She was a service representative with Southern Bell Telephone CO., a member of the Southern Bell Pioneers and member of the First Baptist Church of Branford, FL. She is survived by her husband, Sammy L. Strickland of Branford, FL, one daughter, Chris Daniel of Branford, FL, one sister, Nell Sloan of Jacksonville, FL, three grandchildren, Debra Keith of Sanford, FL, Chuck Daniel of Lake City, FL, Melinda Daniel of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, two great grandchildren, Brandon and Sean Fletcher both of Sanford, FL. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 1:00 PM in Greenlawn Cemetery 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL with the Rev. Robert Witty officiating. Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM. Daniels Funeral Home of Branford in charge of all arrangements.

SUMPTER - Harrison "Tennessee" Sumpter , Sr. passed away on Friday October 25, 2002. Funeral Service will be held FRIDAY November 1, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in Detroit, Michigan. This notice is courtsey of JAMES GRAHAM MORTUARY, INC. 3631 Moncrief Rd.

WARD - Funeral service for Mr. Willie L. Ward will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 2:30 PM in the Greater Refuge Temple, where he faithfully worshipped, Bishop Gentle L. Groover, Sr. pastor, officiating. He leaves to mourn his passing: sons, Willie, Jesse, Averil (Elizabeth), and Brian; daughters, Nancy (John), Deborah, and Phebe; 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother, other relatives and friends. Mr. Ward will be viewed on the day of service from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Interment will be in Edgewood Cemetery. Professional services provided by HOLMES GLOVER SOLOMON FUNERAL DIRECTORS, INC., 4334 Brentwood Avenue, Victor E. Solomon and Verna Washington Jackson, Directors.

WAY - Mr. David Way, Sr. died October 22, 2002. He is survived by a very devoted wife, Mrs. Sarah M. Way, sons, David Ronnie (Jacqueline), James Carl, Eugene Paul Way; sister, Mrs. Carrie Banner, Hawkinsville, Georgia; other relatives and many sorrowing friends. FUNERAL SERVICE will be held Wednesday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oakland, 1025 Jessie Street, Dr. C.B. Dailey, pastor. The late, Mr. Way will rest in the mortuary for visitation of friends THIS EVENING from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and in the church on Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery by the EASTSIDE CHAPEL OF MARION GRAHAM MORTUARIES, 900 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

WEST - Agnew West Jr., 54, died Friday, October 25, 2002 in a local Rehabilitation Center. Mr. West was a native of Jax., FL., and a retired electrician in the Over head Department with JEA. He leaves to cherish his memory: two daughters, Angela (Warren) Jones of Mannheine, Germany and Mary Richardson of Jacksonville, FL.; only son Agnew West, III of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Shauniece Roberts, Alexis Jones of Mannheine, Germany, Traundra Bell, Travis Bell, Michael Lee II, Showlyn West; two aunts, Tommie Linton and Beula Scott; one uncle, Walker Lee West; a host of cousins other relatives including a faithful and devoted friend, Bernetta Holly. Funeral Service will be held WEDNESDAYat 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel of JAMES GRAHAM MORTUARY, INC. 3631 Moncrief Rd.The cortge will assemble at 9026 Wilton Ave. Mr. West will rest in the mortuary for visitation of friends on Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Personal guest book at

ZAPP - Sister Mary Josephine Zapp entered eternal life on October 26,2002. Sister was born in Floyd County, Indiana on January 2, 1920. Her parents were Joseph Zapp and Josephine Graf Zapp. She is survived by four sisters: Mary Rauh of Elk Grove, Illinois; Virginia Chatfield of Denver, Colorado; Dorothy Kreimeyer of Cordele, Georgia and Margaret Hill of Winter Park, Florida. She also has several nieces and nephews living throughout the USA. She was a graduate of St. James School in Orlando, which at the time was also a high school. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1956 and professed her vows in 1958. Her service to the people of God was first as a teacher; in the cities of West Palm Beach, Winter Haven and Miramar. The years from 1964 through the 1990s involved many areas of ministry working with numbers. Beginning with the Mercy Hospital Insurance Office in Miami; then as bookkeeper/receptionist at All Saints Home in Jacksonville; followed by assisting in the General Treasurers office at the Motherhouse and ending up as Librarian. Library work was done at St. Matthew School in Jacksonville, and Villa Flora Novitiate, St. Agnes School and Cathedral Parish School, all in St. Augustine. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday at Sisters of St Joseph Convent, St Augustine. Prayers will be held 7:00 PM Wednesday also at Sisters of St Joseph Convent. Burial will be in San Lorenzo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Development Fund, a fund that supports the needs and ministries of the Sisters P.O. Box 3506 St Augustine, FL 32085 May she rest in peace. Craig Funeral Home, St Augustine, FL is in charge of the arrangements.

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