Obituaries 6/21/18


Brenda B. Hamilton
Brenda B. Hamilton, 85, of Penney Farms, FL, passed away June 13, 2018
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Justin Robert Thornton, Sr
Justin Robert Thornton, Sr., 30, of Middleburg, FL, passed away June 11, 2018
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Joseph Kent Bull
Joseph Kent Bull, 76, of Penney Farms, passed away June 15, 2018.  Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.
Dr. Benedict R. “Ben” Lacorte
Dr. Benedict R. “Ben” Lacorte, 83 of Orange Park, FL passed away June 16, 2018 Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 2335 Sandridge Road Green Cove Springs, FL  32043 904-284-7720

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Earl Kersey

Sandra “Sandy” Earl Kersey, 78, of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away June 15, 2018
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Robert L. Lambing, Sr.
Robert L. Lambing, Sr., 76, of Orange Park, FL, passed away June 14, 2018
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000
William Lee Beard
William Lee Beard, 96, of Orange Park, FL, passed away June 19, 2018
Broadus Raines Funeral Home,, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Jordan B. Hughes
Jordan B. Hughes passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233.

Joseph Alan Barth
Joseph Alan Barth passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233.
Robert Eugene Malott
Robert Eugene Malott passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233.

 James Thomas ’Jim’ Spurlin, Sr.
 James Thomas “Jim” Spurlin, Sr., 91, of Fitzpatrick, Alabama passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018. A funeral service was held Monday, June 18, 2018, 2 p.m., from Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Union Springs, Alabama with Rev. David Stewart officiating. Burial followed at Perpetual Care Cemetery with Gray Funeral Home directing. A visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Jim was born on May 25, 1927 to George and Lula Rich Spurlin in Green Cove Springs, FL. On March 16, 1950 he married Elma Lee Hickey.  They traveled to Fitzpatrick, AL for their honeymoon, and never left. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, National Rifle Association, Alabama Cattleman’s, Masons, and he was a World War II Veteran. Jim got his first cow at the age of seven and owned cattle for the rest of his life. He was a kind and generous man, loved to tell stories, and visit with people. He was also an avid gardener and he loved sharing his vegetable crop with his neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elma Spurlin. He is survived by his children: Helen Spurlin Stewart (Alfred) of Valley Grande, AL, James Thomas “Jimmy” Spurlin, Jr. (Patti) of Union Springs, and Rebecca Spurlin Freeman of Auburn; five grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren; brother: Gerald Spurlin of Penny Farms, FL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bullock County Humane Society, P. O. Box 921, Union Springs, AL 36089.

Joseph ‘Wayne’ Morris
Joseph “Wayne” Morris, 75 of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Wayne grew up in Cottondale, FL on the family farm and moved to Lake Asbury in 1992 from Jacksonville.  He received his Masters Degree from FSU and was working on his doctorate from University of Florida. Mr. Morris was a Political Science and International Relations professor at FCCJ for 50 years beginning his career in 1966. He enjoyed the outdoors, animals, and gardening. But his true passion was his grandchildren which he led by his example of hard work. Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Kaye Morris, children, Emmett Guy “Trey” McClellan, John Joseph Morris and Kim (Edward) Richmond, grandchildren, John, Joseph, Justin, Mayte, Leonora, and Jeremiah, seven great grandchildren, aunt, Grace, father-in-law, Stephen Ennis, niece, Christy Morris and sister-in-law, Faye Morris. Memorial Services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Chapel of Russell Haven of Rest with Rev. Ron Baker and Rev. Hobie Manning officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

Sharon ‘Shari’ McNeill Davis
Sharon McNeill “Shari” Davis, 60, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, in her home.  She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, Dale William “Bill” Davis, by a mere 5 months.  She also followed to heaven her mother, Virginia Dare Howard McNeill, and her daughter, Kathryn Marie “Kati” Davis.  She is survived by her father, Dr. David L. McNeill, MD; her sister, Jennie Campbell (husband, Stephen); her brother, Ron McNeill; her three children, Sara Anderson (husband, Josh); Senior Chief Will Davis, USN (wife, Christina); and Krys Mixon (husband, Phil); her six grandchildren, Willy Davis, Kati Davis, Gini Davis, Mya Brennan, Alivia Anderson, and P.R. Mixon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She left behind more dear friends than could ever be listed here. Sharon Elizabeth McNeill was born in Harris, Texas on March 27, 1958 to David and Virginia McNeill.  She was a fun and energetic child with a curious mind who loved to read, and to read aloud to others.  As a child, she would organize skits and plays with her neighborhood friends for their parents.  She was active in her church and community activities, including drama and minor stage productions. She loved to be with people, but she loved her animals too, and as a child had been known to bring home a new friend with her a few times.  Shari also had a very special bond with her mother that was strengthened, in part, through a mutual love of cooking and family traditions. It was not until she attended college at the University of New Orleans that she met and fell in love with her soul mate, Bill Davis.  Theirs was a strong bond that withstood the test of time and distance, the agonies of pain and loss, and all the other myriad trials and tribulations life has to offer.   Bill and Shari married on May 19, 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Theirs being a match made of a great love, naturally, it was only nine months and three days later that they welcomed their first child, Sara.  Their son Will followed in 1982, and three years later, in 1985, they had twin daughters, Kati and Krys.   Kati’s little life was cut short two months after her birth when she died of SIDS.  Shari used the tragedy of losing her daughter to bring awareness to the, then, little known or understood Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  She also formed a support group for people who had experienced the pain of a SIDS loss, offering understanding and a place to heal to a surprisingly large community in the Greater Orlando area.  Always the consummate caregiver, she mended her own wounds by helping others to heal and she became a stronger person in the process.  This pattern continued through most of her adult life, even including the way she was recovering after losing her husband in January of this year. Shari was one of the kindest and warmest people you could ever hope to meet.  She was the type of person who was, as I used to say, “overly generous to [her] own detriment.”  She would give until she had no more left and then keep giving, never thinking of herself when anyone she loved was in need.  Devout in her faith in God no matter how many times it was put to the test, she was heavily and happily involved in her church and in the elder care-giving community.  Her passion was giving care to anyone who needed it. After the love of her life passed, she started putting a positive spin on her life by traveling all over the country, seeing family, attending graduations, and even spending some relaxing time in Biloxi and Vegas.  Her death was unexpected, and the world is a little lesser of a place because of it. Friends and family take comfort knowing that she has been reunited with her soul mate and daughter.  We love you, Mom, and know that you, Dad and Kati are smiling down on us. A memorial service will be held at 5 o’clock in the evening on the 24th day of June, 2018, at St. Giles Presbyterian Church at 116 Foxridge Rd, Orange Park, FL 32065. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute in honor of Shari’s memory. Arrangement by HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Road Middleburg, Florida 32068. Please leave words of comfort at

Richard Allen Wayne
Richard Allen Wayne, 64, passed away unexpectedly at his Orange Park home on June 17, 2018. He was born in Harrisburg, PA to parents Wallace L. Wayne and Daris A. Baum. He was a manager at Winn Dixie for 15 years prior to his retirement. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed watching the Jaguar games and NASCAR. He is survived by his loving wife Christie Crump Wayne of 30 years, his children; Katheryn Delfraisse (Jonathan), Jessica Pifer, Denver Cole and grandchildren, Cynthia, Joseph, Charles, Alex, Chelsea, Kaylee and Willow, sisters; Kim Demnitski (Joe), Deborah Lingenfelter (Ken), Michelle Bricker and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and his cats Black Jack and Baby Girl. He will be missed and in his family’s hearts forever. Memorial service to be held at a later date. Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Raymond L. Calley Sr.

Raymond L. Calley Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, June 16, 2018. He was born in Sanford, FL to the late J. R. and Helen Calley on July 12, 1943. He loved his family, hunting and traveling the US.He served honorably in the US Navy. He worked in the Jacksonville and North Florida Shipyards, as a ship fitter, he also built Barbecue grills and later ran a boiled peanut stand in Green Cove and Penney Farms. He is preceded in death by a sister, Diane Kiedrowski; a brother, Willie Calley; son-in-law, David Carver; twin grandsons, Justin and Dustin Carver; and great-granddaughter, Peyton Avery.
He is survived by brothers, Robert, Pete and Alvin (Boss) Calley; and sister, Barbara Wollitz; two daughters, Melissa Alba and Dawn Lynn Carver; his son, Raymond L. Calley, Jr., ten grandchildren, Raymond L. the 3rd, Cody, Carrie, Justin, Chris, Alyssa, Victoria, Bo, Dalton, and Dylan; and nine great-grandchildren.   A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2018 with military honors at Decoy Baptist Church, 671 Decoy Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 with Pastor Tim Hall officiating.


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