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BRADLEY - Funeral service for Mr. Todric DeVaughn Bradley, who passed away February 25, 2003, will be held Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 11AM in Were For Jesus House of Prayer 5000 N. Main Street. Mr. Bradley will rest in the mortuary for the visitation of friends on Wednesday (Today) from 4PM-8PM and in the church on Thursday from 9:30AM until the hour of service. Interment will be in Edgewood Cemetery.

BRATLEY - Frank Bratley, 88, beloved husband, died suddenly 2/24/03 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville following a brief illness. Frank was born 12/13/14 in Warwick, R.I. and moved to Jacksonville in 1960. He retired as Regional Claim Manager for Employers/ Commercial Union Insurance Companies around 1977 following 38 years of service. He continued working as a consultant and independent adjuster until his last retirement from Fortune Insurance Company in 1997. Frank remained very active throughout his life and was blessed with excellent physical and mental health. He was a remarkable man, a true gentleman and a deeply loving and devoted husband. He loved his bungalow on Little Lake Geneva in Keystone Heights where he and his wife, E.J., were spending most of their time for the past few years. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Emma Jean “ E.J.” and his feline companions, Brandy, Frazier, Smoky and Chickie, who gave and received unconditional love and delighted him every day of his life. A Memorial Service celebrating Franks life will be held Saturday, March 8, 2003, at 11:00 A.M. at Arlington Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Duval County or Clay County Humane Society.

COX - Bonnie M. Cox, age 79, passed away Monday, March 3, 2003 at the residence of her son. She was born in Lawtey, FL, but resided in Jacksonville most of her life. She was a member of Jones Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erby Cox in 1995. She is survived by her 2 sons, Mike Cox (wife, Sue) & Erby Bill Cox, Jr. (wife, Judy); 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Miller and a sister, Virginia Mayes. Graveside services will be held 11 AM Friday, March 7, 2003 at Riverside Memorial Park with Deacon Dewey Ward of Jones Road Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday, March 6, 2003 at HARDAGE- GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimers Association, 2123 Mango Place, Jax., FL 32207.

DAMON - Carita Clark Goldsberry Damon Carita was born in Shannon City, Iowa on February 20, 1929 to Roberta Clark (Brock) and Leonard Clark. She died of cancer at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 4, 2003. Visitation will be at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 5753 Blanding Blvd. on Thursday, March 6, 2003 from 6-8:00 pm. Memorial Services will be at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6317 103rd St., Jacksonville FL 32210 on March 6th at 11:00 a.m. Internment will be in Villisca, IA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband Duane Goldsberry, and her father Leonard Clark. Survivors include: husband John Damon, Jacksonville FL. Son Daniel Goldsberry (Donna), granddaughter Cara Goldsberry& grandson Sean Irwin, Jacksonville FL; son Jeffery Goldsberry (Anne), Mansfield OH, grandsons Corbin Goldsberry, Mobile AL and Matthew Goldsberry, Akron OH, John and Jacob Fowler, Mansfield OH. Mother, Roberta Clark of Atlantic IA; brother Norman Clark (Donna), Atlantic IA; sister Marlene Clark Weisshaar (Bill), Ames, IA, and several nieces and nephews. Step- sons Duane Damon of Tampa FL, Wayne Damon, Kennesaw GA, John Damon, Jr. (Carol), Madison. She was a member and Elder of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville belonging to Peace Circle and organized the Church Red Hatters Group. She retired with 30 years service as Personnel Manager from K-Mart Corp. in 1991. Carita felt that a strong community requires one to be an active volunteer. Gardening, decorating, crafting and quilting were her hobbies. She loved her grandchildren and watched proudly as they grew up. She had a love of history and heritage and she passed that love to her family. She was a member of the Mad Hatters and made friends wherever she went. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

DONALDSON - Peyton Pope Donaldson of Marietta, Georgia, died on March 1, 2003 following a brief illness. She was born on June 7, 1956 and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where she was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church. She attended the University of Georgia where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She was a member in Jacksonville of the Debutante Coterie in 1975 and a Maid in Ye Mystic Revelers. Peyton was a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Peyton was preceded in death by her father, J. Wiley Pope III. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, John Hamilton Donaldson III, son, John Hamilton Donaldson IV, and daughter, Peyton Tyler Donaldson, of Marietta, Georgia; her mother, Mrs. J. Wiley Pope III, sister, Julia Kay Pope, and aunt, Mrs. Joseph M. Bryant Jr.; sister-in-law, Dinah Donaldson Kuder (Kenneth), nephew Jason and niece Palmer; her cousins Patterson Rogers (Arnold) and J. Wiley Bryant (Carol) of Jacksonville; and many other beloved cousins and loved ones. A memorial service will be held at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 4130 Oxford Avenue at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2003 with The Reverends R. Leigh Spruill and Mary A. Rosendahl officiating. A private family service will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be T. Michael Casey, Harold H. Catlin, Wilkie S. Colyer, Cleveland T. Farnell, Michael B. Harrell, James T. Lane Jr., C. David Martin, Andres J. Perez, S. Scott Riley, Steven M. Rosenbloom, and Larry C. Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Marks Episcopal Church, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Chapel.

DRAKE - Robert Theodore Drake, 76, a longtime resident of Green Cove springs passed away Saturday March 1, 2003. A native of Newton, West Virginia, Mr. Drake proudly served his country in the U. S. Army, and was a chemist with Union Carbide prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Johns Cathedral and attended Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife The Rev. Canon Betty Lorraine Drake of Green Cove Springs, two daughters Rebecca Lorraine Chandler and Roberta Lee-Adah Dorsey both of St. Albans, W.Va., two sons Robert Thomas Drake of Green Cove Springs and John Alden Drake of St. Albans, W.Va., 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday March 7, 2003 at St. Johns Cathedral 256 E. Church St. Jacksonville, Interment will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Green Cove Springs. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday at Bohannon-Chapman Funeral Home 501 Spring St. Green Cove Springs, and at the Church on Friday from 1:00 P. M. until 2:00 P.M. The family requests donations in Mr. Drakes memory be made to the Sophia House P. O. Box 710 Louisa, VA 23093 Attn: The Rev. Marian K. Windel. Arrangements by Bohannon-Chapman Funeral Home, Green Cove Springs.

FREEZE - Viola H. Freeze went home to be with the lord on March 3, 2003 in Jacksonville, Florida. She is survived by her sister, Gurline H. Smith and her husband Frank; two nieces, Gail Smith, and Amy Sommers and her husband Eugene; great nephew, Matthew Sommers; and Aunt, Aline Betancourt of Fayetville, N.C. Family will receive friends on Wednesday From 6PM-8PM at JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME 111 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, Florida. Funeral Services will be held at a later date at Grand View Memorial Park Rockhill, S.C.

GRIFFIN - Hubert Lester Griffin, Sr, 82, passed away at home Sunday, March 2, 2003. Born in Norfolk, VA, Jacksonville had been home for 20 years. He was in electrical construction and a 50 year member of IBEW Local 80, Norfolk, VA. He was a Veteran of 13 years with the U.S. Army, participating in the Normandy Invasion, Battle of Rhineland and the Asian Conflicts during WW II. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Vera “ Tina” Griffin; 4 sons, Linwood L. Griffin of Pearl, MS, Hubert L. Griffin, Jr. of Clearwater, FL, Timothy W. Griffin of Tampa, FL and Richard E. Griffin of Jacksonville; 3 brothers; 4 sisters; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be Wednesday, March 5 at 7 pm in the chapel of TOWN & COUNTRY FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

HORNE - James Kenneth Horne, 54, born in Dillion, SC, passed away March 4, 2003. He moved to Florida in 1990 from Red Springs, NC. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and Learning for Life Director, N.F. Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Horne is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda; son, Patrick; mother, Bobbie Arrington and step-brother, Benjie Arrington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS MANDARIN FUNERAL HOME, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Visitation with the family will be Friday, March 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

JENNINGS - On February 27, 2003 Melville Clyde Jennings, 55, went home to be with the Lord. He was born Sept. 4, 1947 in Melbourne, FL and graduated from Florida State University in 1970. He was a former partner/ owner of Stewart Lighting, Inc. and more recently, owner of G.L. Stewart Lamp Repair. He was an active member of the Orange Park United Methodist Church. Mel is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cynthia Stewart Jennings, two sons Ryan (Michelle) and Lance Jennings, brother Scot Jennings, Melbourne, FL, sister Tracy Jones, Tampa, FL, several nieces, nephews, cousins, a devoted mother-in-law, and many loving friends. A celebration of Melās life will be in a memorial service at Orange Park United Methodist Church on March 8, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Family visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Orange Park United Methodist Church or to a charity of your choice.

JOHNSON - Funeral services for Virginia Noegel Johnson, 78, who died Sunday, March 2, 2003, will be held Thursday at 10 AM in George H. Hewell and Son Northside Funeral Home with Dr. Terry Collins officiating. Interment in Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, GA. The family will receive friends Today from 6-8 pm at the Funeral Home.

LASRIS - Robert Lasris, 82, passed away on March 3, 2003. A native of Jacksonville, Mr. Lasris was the owner of the Arcade Mens Shop in San Marco for 38 years. He was a member of Beth Shalom Congregation. He was an avid Golfer, Bridge Player and Graduate of the University of Florida where he was a championship swimmer. Mr. Lasris served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II. He is predeceased by sons, Stephen and Phillip, and is survived by his wife, Sonya, son, Dr. Samuel Lasris, daughter, Cheryl Gordon (Scott), two grandchildren, Lindsay and Jessica and twin bother, Henry Lasris. Graveside services will be held 11AM Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the New Center Cemetery, with the Rabbi Daniel Mehlman to officiate. In lieu of flowers the Family requests that memorial contributions may made to the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

LEE - Lela L. Lee, 76 went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 2, 2003. She was a member of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church and a member of their Senior Saints Ministry. Preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Lee, Sr. She is survived by her son Lawrence Lee, Jr. of Atlantic City, NJ, daughter Belinda E. Lee of Jacksonville, FL, sister Jessie Williams of Chicago, IL, four brothers: Sylvester Nicholson, Lawrence Nicholson both from Little Rock, AR, Otis Nicholson of Los Angeles, CA and Johnny Nicholson of Tempe, AZ, , five grandchildren: Larry L. Lee, Talib Tiller, Lawrence Lee, III, Habibah Abdullah-Lee and Suliamaan Abdullah-Lee, three great granddaughters Tiffany Lee-Green, Christine Lee-Green and Jordan Lee-Redding, a great great grandson KeShawn Lee-Green all of Atlantic City, NJ and a host of loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003 at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 Beaver Street. Interment will be in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 p.m. at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 6940 Atlantic Boulevard.

MAYS - Funeral service for Mr. Fernandez Mays, 91, of 1263 W. 28th Street who died Feb. 27, 2003 will be held Friday at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of JAMES GRAHAM MORTUARY, INC., 3631 Moncrief Rd. Survivors include a devoted caregiver, Mrs. Marion Smith; 2 sisters Julia and Laura May of New York; other relatives and friends. Viewing at the mortuary Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM. Personal guest book at

McDERMAID - Funeral services for Captain Steven William McDermaid the son of Wallace C. And Lila S. McDermaid will be held Saturday 11AM March 8, 2003 at All Saints Chapel N.A.S. Jacksonville, Fl with Chaplain Kirk Crocco officiating. Captain McDermaid graduated from the University of Utah. He retired after 30 years of decorated service from the United States Navy, he was a Naval Aviator. He was Executive Director of the Clay County Chamber of Commrence. He was proud to be an Eagle Scout. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan McDermaid; son, Sean McDermaid and his wife Heidi; and two brothers, Bruce I. McDermaid and his wife Barbara, and Clark G. McDermaid. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 6PM-8PM at JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME 111 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, Fl. Family requests memorials be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, Florida 32257.

McMILLEN - Rodney W. McMillen, 87, died March 2. A Native of Miami he moved to Keystone Heights in 1978. Mr. McMillen was a retired electrician and served in the Navy During WWII. He is a member of Hope Baptist Church in Theressa. Survived by: Brother: John McMillen; Sister: Esther Hutchinson; Daughters: Joyce Wilson, Nancy Anderson; Step Daughters: Wylene Godwin, Betty Thompson, Carole Ead; Step Sons: Gene, Sid & Benny Connor; 2 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, 10 Step Grandchildren & 16 Step Great Grandchildren. Funeral Service will be Wed. March 5 at 11:00 AM in the Hope Baptist Church with burial in Keystone Heights Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home, Keystone Heights in charge of arrangements.

RAWLINS - Nita Waters Rawlins, 74, passed away Monday March 3, 2003. She was born in Eastport, Fla. to the late Avy Jones and Daily M. Waters, grew up in Waycross, Ga., and had lived in Jacksonville since 1957. She was a warehouse supervisor for the Vogue Body Shops until her retirement in 1993. Nita lived at the Taylor Apartments and was a member of the Terry Road Baptist Church. She was a past member of the East 11th Street Baptist Church. She is predeceased by four of her children, Stevie, Louise, Sammy and Cynthia, and by her former husband, Hershel Rawlins. Survivors include three children, Camilla Jacques (Donald), Johnny Rawlins and Patti Rinehart (Michael), sister, Doris McCullar, brother, Ron Cribbs (Irma), four grandchildren, Chris Jacques, Jennifer Blandford (Chris), Anthony Rinehart and Nicki Rinehart, brother- and sister-in-law, Harvey and Betty Rawlins, and several other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 6th, in the Chapel of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 4115 Hendricks Ave. Interment will be at 3:00 PM Thursday in Oaklawn Cemetery in Waycross, Ga. (912-287-2900). The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM tonight at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or friends may make memorial contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

ROSS - Laura Ann Ross, 40 of Jacksonville, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, died Sunday March 2, 2003 at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Charles; Mother, Beverly Ann Davis; brothers, Michael J. and Peter F. Davis; 7 Aunts and 4 Uncles. Donations may be made to the American Heart Society. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 6, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3383 University Blvd. She will be missed by all who knew her.

ROTH - Robert George " Bob" Roth, age 60 of Orange Park, FL passed away March 2, 2003. He was born January 27, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Milton G. Roth and Estelle Temple Roth. Bob was a loving husband and father who enjoyed a successful career in sales. He was a 30 year member of St. Catherines Catholic Church, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, and member of the Lakeshore Lodge #2020, Loyal Order of the Moose. He touched many lives and will be deeply missed, especially by his loving wife of 39 years, Constance " Connie" Roth; his son Robert J. Roth and his wife Jennifer R. Roth; his sister Nancy Niner; a host of friends and business associates. A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday March 6, 2003 at St. Catherineās Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park with Fr. Jose Kulathinal celebrant. Bob will be laid to rest in the Garden of the Apostles at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Family members and friends will gather on Wednesday evening (TONIGHT) from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park.

STUART - Eleanor Wade Stuart passed away on February 14 after a lengthy battle with complications from a stroke. Born in Pittsfield, MA on July 13, 1919 to Madeline and Guy Wade, she was one of five children. Mrs. Stuart lived for more than 30 years in Jacksonville. She was a devoted first grade teacher for more than 20 years at St. Andrews Episcopal Day School. She was a long time member of the Arlington Congregational Church, an avid golfer, bridge player and community volunteer. She is survived by her sisters Virginia Wade Perry of Richmond, VA and Pittsfield, MA and Elizabeth Wade Drum of Sudbury, MA; her children Carol Stuart (Robert LaPoint) Jacksonville, FL; Betsy Stuart Randle (Bill) Bexley, OH; David Stuart (Sandra) Marietta, GA; her grandchildren Grant Stuart Kuchan (Alexandra Massoud), Margaret Stuart Kuchan, Jordan Stuart, Lindsey Stuart, Stuart Randle and Wade Randle and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Her two brothers David Wade and Richard Wade and her son Wade Richard Stuart preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at 4pm Sunday March 23, 2003 at the Arlington Congregational Church, 431 N. University Blvd. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Jacksonville, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257, or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Art Museum Dr., Jax. FL. TISON - Alma Waters Tison, 83, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2003 at St. Lukes Hospital. A native of Alma, GA, she was a housewife and a minister and member of Regency Church of God. Funeral Services will be Thursday, 10:00 AM on March 6, 2003 at Regency Church of God with Rev. Ken MacDonald officiating. Interment will be 2:00 PM at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palatka, FL. Family and friends will receive friends at Eternity Funeral Home Wednesday, March 5, 2003 from 6 to 8 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northeast FL. She is survived by 2 sons: Harvey Waters, of Palatka, FL, and Ed Tison, Jr., of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Eloise Waters Coleman of Jacksonville, FL; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Art Museum Dr. Jax. FL

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