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BELL - Rossie Bell, Jr. passed away on January 2, 2003. He was a member of Avondale Baptist Church, American Legion, Scout Master for Boy Scouts Troop 256 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Division, during WWII and was employed by Greyhound Corperations for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bell; sons, Jeffrey and Steven Bell; brother, Elmer Bell; sister, Marge Osborn and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be 10 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 6, at Riverside Memorial Park with Rev. John Montgomery officiating. Visitation with family from 3-5 P.M. Sunday at TOWN & COUNTRY FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Blvd.

BURDA - William "Bill" Burda, 65, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2003, he was a life long resident of Jacksonville. Bill was currently employed by Aim and Associates as a Director of Investigations. He retired as an U.S. Customs Special Agent and also served for the Border Patrol as a patrol agent. Bill was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Third Order of the Dominicans, Custom Agent Association and was a firearms and safety instructor. He leaves behind Joanne Fowler, two daughters Elizabeth Burda and Patty Sikorski (Richard), grandson Ricky Sikorski. He is also survived by Christopher Fowler, Julie, Tim and Conner Stickelmaier and many friends and loved ones. Funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2003 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 6320 Bennett Road, with Father Michael Larkin as the Celebrant. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 4115 Hendricks Avenue.

BYRD - Robert L. Byrd, 58, of Jacksonville died at home on January 1, 2003. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 2, 1944, the son of Earl Byrd and Helen Dubiel Byrd. He is a life long resident of Jacksonville and is a retiree of the IRS. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, David and Charles Byrd, both of Jacksonville, three sisters, Carolyn Schaffer of Jacksonville, Helen Byrd of Columbus, OH and Elizabeth Bramlett of Tuscon, AZ. His parents preceded his in death. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 from 6 - 8 PM at Hardge-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 North St. Johns Bluff Rd., Jacksonville. The funeral service will be Wednesday, January 8, at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Funeral Home with interment in Chapel Hills Memory Garden. ARRANGEMENTS BY HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 850 North St. Johns Bluff Rd., Jacksonville, FL.

COOPER - Aaron B. “Bubba” Cooper, 20, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003. Bubba was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Kathy and Lloyd Sherrod; two sisters, Christina Cooper and Amy Cooper; one brother, Eric Cooper; grandparents, Renna Alford and Frank and Joan Arpen; three nieces and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 4 (TODAY) in the Chapel of COREY- KERLIN FUNERAL HOME, 1426 Rowe Avenue, with Rev. Lee Whitaker officiating. Interment will follow in Dinsmore Cemetery.

DECKMAN - Elmer McClellan “Deck,” 87, passed away on December 31, 2002. He graduated from Drexel University with a degree in mechanical Engineering and was a member of TKE Fraternity. Deck served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the full time of his service. He was discharged in February 1946 as a Major. Deck was employed by the Allison Division of General Motors for 20 years before his retirement as Director of Sales and Marketing. Deck spent much of his free time working with Boy Scouts and serving as Scoutmaster of the troop in which he started scouting. He was a District Representative and President of the Central Indiana Council in 1969 and was awarded the Silver Beaver the same year. Deck served scouting for 42 years Deck was an active member of the Northminister Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis where he was a Deacon, an Elder and was Chairman of the Building Committee. He was an active member of the Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach serving on the Worship Committee, the “ Every Member” Canvas Drives and many years as an usher. Deck was an avid golfer and was a member of the Oakbridge Mens Golf Association. His passion for life was reflected in his many hobbies. No matter what Deck undertook, he did it well whether it was making duck decoys or building custom golf clubs. Family members include his wife of 61 years, Lucy Deckman; sons, James (Sandy) Deckman of Peachtree City, GA, and George (Lynn) Deckman of Jacksonville; daughters, Martha (Paul) Schlauch of Denver, CO, and Susan (Bob) Long of Pasadena, CA; grandchildren, Drew (Heike) Deckman, Jill Deckman, Travis and Tyler Long, Andy (Kimberly) Schlauch, Lucy Leonard, Shea and Abbey Deckman; great-grandchildren, Samuel and Phillip Deckman and sister, Mary Molthop of Placida, FL. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, January 6th in the Palms Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville Beach with the Reverend Dr. Thomas Walker and the Reverend Carol DiGiusto, officiating. Inurnment will be in the columbarium of Palms Presbyterian Church followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charity of your choice. 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd., 249-1100,

GOODWIN - James Stanley Goodwin, 56, died in St. Augustine Thursday morning, January 2nd, after a lengthy illness. The Reverend Ron Henson will lead Funeral services at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 7th, at Southside Baptist Church. Private burial will be at a later date in Oaklawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM Monday evening at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 4115 Hendricks Ave. In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to Southside Baptist Church, 1435 Atlantic Blvd., 32207.

HEMINGWAY - LeRoy Hemingway, 70, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2002. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, he proudly served as a Marine in the Korean War. LeRoy was founder and Chairman of The Famous Carpet Barn, Inc. and Flooring America. He was a member of Ortega United Methodist Church where he held many leadership positions over the years. He was a former member of the Westside Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the Board of Directors for Methodist Medical Center for 17 years and the Advisory Board of LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services. He was a Master Mason of the William B. Barnett Lodge and 32nd Degree Shriner of the Scottish Rite, Morocco Temple. He had past associations with the St. Johns Dinner Club, Quarterback Club, Order of the Dolphins, Chaine de Rotisseurs, Offshore Fishermans Club and Captains Club. LeRoy is well-known for his generosity as well as telling jokes and stories. He was an avid Gator fan who also enjoyed reading, traveling, his vacation home in North Carolina and mentoring young people. LeRoy was given a gift of a second chance at life, by receiving a donor heart in March of 1992. He and his family were most grateful for the additional years they shared because of the unselfish gift of his donor family. LeRoy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, affectionately known as Pop Pop. He is survived by his loving wife, Annette McManus Hemingway; a daughter, Gayle Runion, son-in-law and business partner, John Runion and daughter Joye Hemingway; and 2 grandchildren, LeAnne and Nikki Runion. He is also survived by Helen & Olie Olsen; Bob & Diane McManus; Kirk Hemingway; Sandra, Robbie & Kylie Towers; Brooks Williams and Marilyn Stokes and many friends and loved ones. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. with nephew Alan McManus officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Friday evening at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. Pallbearers are Richard Aboud, Fred M. Cone, Bill Gladney, Fred Isaac, Salem A. Salem and Dr. George Trotter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Nielsen Organ Transplant Foundation, 580 W. 8th St., Jacksonville, FL 32209 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation c/o Nikkis Walkers, 8400 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256. The family invites you to place tributes at

LADO - Violetta Lado, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, passed away December 30, 2002, in her home following a long illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4th in the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Ponte Vedra with Monsignor Daniel Logan as Celebrant. 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd., 249-1100, .

LANSING - Thomas Earl Lansing, 67, a retired U.S. Marine, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2003 in Fort Worth. Memorial Service: 2 pm Saturday, January 4, 2003 at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel of Fort Worth. Burial: Dallas/ Fort Worth National Cemetery. Memorials: Highland Church of Christ (817) 293- 0564. Thomas Lansing was born in Olympia, Washington on February 22, 1935. He graduated from Garibaldi High School and joined the Marine Corp in 1953. He served his country with honor for 20 years and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from the Trinity Valley School in 2000. He was a member of Highland Church of Christ, Edgecliff Village Fellowship, lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 10461 and American Legion Post 569. Survivors: Wife, Sarah Lansing of Fort Worth; children, Linda Stowell and husband Colley of Jacksonville, Fl., Lori Powers and husband Jay of Memphis, Tenn. and Lon Lansing of Jacksonville, FL.; grandchildren, Susanna Jordan and husband Johnny, Haley, Hilary and Kierstin Powers, Beth Shires, Jamey and Tommy Stowell, Jordan Powers, Jimmy Lansing, Kelin and Hunter Gordan; sister, Sherl Balley and husband John LaPine, OR.

LIMBAUGH - Rufus J. Limbaugh, 94, of Keystone Heights, FL, passed away January 2, 2003 at his home following a long illness. He was born on November 3, 1908, in Williston, FL, and moved to Keystone Heights from Jacksonville Beach 8 years ago. Rufus has been a Woodman of the World since 1929. Family members include his wife, Martha E. Limbaugh; son, Stephen A. (Patsy) Limbaugh; sister, Ethel Faye (Ralph) Yacobian of Orlando, FL; three grandchildren, Alex S. (Margaret) Limbaugh, Alan Z. (Velita) Limbaugh and Allyson (Mike) Gannon; six great-grandchildren and three nieces. The active pallbearers are, Tom McElory, Robert Presley, Rob Presley, John Streater, Christy Brooks and Chuck Fullen. Visitation will be held 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5th, in Quinn-Shalz Chapel. Services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6th, in Oceanside Christian Church in Atlantic Beach, with Pastor Buster Appling and Pastor Allan McMillan officiating followed by interment in Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Keystone Christian Church, P.O. Box 129, Keystone Heights, FL 32656. 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd., 249-1100, .

LLOYD - Colonel William Candler “Buddy” Lloyd passed away January 28th, 1920. The son of Dr. Clabus Lloyd and June Candler Lloyd. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1948, with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. He was eminent archon of the S.A.E. Fraternity and a member of the Gridiron Society. Colonel Lloyd, a B- 29 Pilot, flew 18 combat missions over Japan in World War II, where he earned many citations- including the distinguished Flying Cross. While working for the Sandia Labs in Los Alamos, New Mexico he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, where again he distinguished himself flying 56 missions earning the Air Force Commendation Medal, two more distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters. He remained in the Air Force at Turner Field, Albany Georgia and served as Chief of Control Division 484th Bombwing during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After retirement, he spent a year in New York City with the distributor of aero commander aircraft. Wanting to raise his children in Georgia, he returned in 1966 and joined the firm of Robinson & Humphrey Co. in Atlanta. He was manager of the Buckhead Branch for almost 20 years. Upon retirement, he started his own company, Georgia Aeronautical Leasing Inc. Based at Peachtree Dekalb Airport. Buddy was a “Man of all Seasons”. He especially loved the season of quail hunting with life long friends, and of course his favorite was the fall season, the season of his beloved Georgia Bulldogs. He was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club for thirty years. He is predeceased by his old sister Katherine Lloyd Anderson and survived by a younger brother Clay Lloyd of Gainesville, Georgia. He is survived by his wife Muffy and their three children, Candy Lloyd of Atlanta, Chris Lloyd of Athens, Georgia, and Laura Fontaine of Charleston South Carolina- six grandchildren, Grayson and Hayes Capers, Sara and Molly Lloyd and Huch and Candler Fontaine. A Memorial Service will be held in Atlanta at Pattersons Springhill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Georgia 31520, or Transyvania Community Hospital, Inc., P.O. Box 1116, Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

MEDLOCK - John G. Medlock, 95, of Jacksonville died Tuesday, December 31, 2002 of natural causes. Services will be held on Saturday, January 4th at 2 P.M. in the chapel of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home. 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd., 249-1100, .

NATHAN - Alice M. Griffin Boatwright Nathan, 88, of Jacksonville passed away Thursday, January 2, 2003 in a Starke nursing home after a short illness. The longtime Jacksonville resident is survived by a daughter, Alice (John) Warren; two sons, Wayne (Betty) Griffin and Harold (Carol) Griffin; a sister, Dorothy Hoffman; a brother, Roy Self; 8 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 6 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday (TODAY), January 4, 2002 at 10:00 AM at the chapel of COREY- KERLIN FUNERAL HOME, 1426 Rowe Ave., with Mr. Roy Self officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

NELSON - Byron Nelson, 53, passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2003. He was a longtime resident of Jacksonville and a member of Westside Baptist Church. A Vietnam veteran, having served in the Army, he was awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for valor. He was employed by Anheuser-Busch for 30 years and was a member of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Auxiliary. Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susan; son, John Nelson (Jessica); daughter, Jennifer Cheves (Kevin); brothers, Clarence (Mildred), Harold (Letty), Billy Ray, and Tommy (Brenda) Nelson; sisters, Margaret Chalflinch and Maureen Gillis (Robert); grandchildren, Lesley, Ryan, Susanna, James, and Madison; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, January 4th in the Westside Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Russell officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Debt Retirement Fund at Westside Baptist Church, 7775 Herlong Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32210.

PATRICK - James & Jim&Theron Patrick, 73, born May 20, 1929 in Brooks Co., GA and passed away January 1, 2003 in Jacksonville, FL. He was a son of the late James Henry Patrick and the late Anne Elizabeth Rizer Fraser both of Brooks Co., Ga. Mr. Patrick was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a structural Engineer and worked most of his career in Jacksonville. Mr. Patrick was preceded in death by his sister, Faye Elizabeth Patrick and his brother, Roy Avalyn Patrick. He is survived by his half-sister, Ruth Patrick of Valdosta, GA; a niece, Gail P. Grimes (Johnny); a great-niece, Amanda Kathryn Grimes; a sister-in-law, Effie C. Patrick all of Jacksonville. Memorial services will be 2 P.M. on Sunday, Jan. 5, in the chapel of TOWN & COUNTRY FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Blvd. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charities.

TALTON - Louise H. Talton,82, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2003 in St. Augustine, FL. Louise was a resident of the Jacksonville area since 1972, a member of Lake Shore United Methodist Church, Boone Park Tennis Club and the St. Augustine Beach and Tennis Club. She was predeceased by her husband, William Jennings "Buck" Talton in 1996. Survivors include her children, Linda Powell (Charlie), Gary Talton (Lane) and Wes Talton (Cindy); sister, Barbara Ann McSwain (Van), Mary Manning (Bill); 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, January 6, 2003 11:00 AM at JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS, Garden of the Good Shepard, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL with Rev. Tom Fuller officiating.

TYLER - Mrs. Virginia “Nanny” Tyler, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 2, 2003. Mrs. Tyler was a member of Cedar Bay Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, January 6, with her son, Rev. Bill Tyler, officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park. Mrs. Tyler was retired from Ford Motor Credit and was a loving wife, wonderful mother and awesome grandmother who was committed to the Lordship of Christ in her life. She will be joyfully welcomed to Heaven by her granddaughter, Mallory. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, A.G. Tyler, Jr.; 1 daughter, Julie Tyler Villarreal; 3 sons: Robert A. (Marsha), Bill (Robin) & Ron (Lora) Tyler; 1 sister, Hazel Hedrick; 8 grandchildren: Brandi, Michael, Rachel, Ashley, Stephanie, Steven, Megan & Bailey; several nieces & nephews and a countless number of friends. She will also be dearly missed by her church family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 Pm, Sunday at COREY- KERLIN FUNERAL HOME, 1426 Rowe Ave.

VALLERCHAMP - Mrs. Alice Faulkner Brown Vallerchamp, 65, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the home of her daughter, after an extended illness. She was born in Raiford living most of her life in Jacksonville. She was a billing clerk with the St. Vincents Hospital in Jacksonville until she retired in September. She was the daughter of the late George and Lennie Faulkner. She was a member of the River City Family Church. She is survived by 1 Daughter: Renee (Mark) Shipes of Jacksonville; 1 son, Joseph Brown of Jacksonville; 4 brothers: John (Bud) Faulkner and Drexel Faulkner both of Jacksonville. Roy Faulkner of Hilliard and William (Bill) Faulkner of Starke; 4 sisters: Mary Lee Faulkner of Starke; Virginia Forsyth of Raiford, Carrie Clark of Tampa and Vera Hendrix of Georgia; 3 grandchildren: Mark Vertis Shipes, Alisa Brandis Shipes and Rachel Nicole Brown; 7 step-grandchildren: Michael, Misty, Ryan, Ronnie, Patricia, Christian and Kala. Funeral services will be held Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 P.M. in the Chapel of Archer Funeral Home of Lake of Lake Butler. Burial will follow in Sapp Cemetery at Raiford under the direction of Archer Funeral Home. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday evening.

WADSWORTH - Martin L. Wadsworth, 81, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home in Jacksonville, FL, December 3, 2002. He was born in D Lo, Mississippi on July 28, 1921. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie Murphy Wadsworth. Mr. Wadsworth began working, at age 16, with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad in Wilmington. When the company moved its headquarters to Jacksonville, FL, Mr. Wadsworth relocated there and continued working until his retirement. He retired after 46 years of services as the Supt. of Transportation System. He is survived by his two children; Paul Wadsworth of St. Augustine, FL and Laura Wadsworth of Cary, NC, a grandson Michael Wadsworth of St. Augustine, FL, a sister, Fredrica Turner Stell of Whiteville, NC and several niceces, nephews, and cousins. Graveside services were held at 12 Noon, on December 9, 2002 in Oakdale Cemetery by Rev. Bill Cottingham. Memorial may be made to the charity of ones choice. Andrews Market Street Chapel.

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