Obituaries 5/25/17

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Mary Margaret McManus
Mary Margaret McManus. 74 of Fleming Island, Fla., passed away May 19, 2017. She was born June 15, 1942 in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, to parents Dan and Mary Wallace McManus.
Mary and her mother moved to Miami, Florida after her father Dan was killed in a tragic, work-related accident. They relocated from Miami to Green Cove Springs in 1949 where her mother met and married F.I. (Billy) Robertson. A 1960 graduate of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Mary attended Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. She worked as an executive secretary in Atlanta and Jacksonville and as a flight attendant for World Airways based in San Francisco, California for many years. Her extensive world travel served her well as a travel counselor for American Express Centurion in Jacksonville, Fla. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Wallace Robertson, step-father, F.I. Robertson and brother, Frederic, Wallace Robertson. She is survived by a brother, Ron Robertson, sister-in-law, Anne Robertson; nephews Nick Ferriera, Jeremy Robertson and Cory Robertson and a host of sorrowing friends.
At Mary’s request, her body has been donated to scientific research and no memorial has been planned. Remembrances in her honor may be sent to Haven Hospice, 745 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Florida, 32065.

Mary J. Crane
Mary J. Crane passed away at her home on May 10, 2017 in Orange Park, FL. She was born on February 7, 1924 in Springfield, MA to the late Eli Joseph Retell and Mary McCartly.
Mary graduated Valedictorian from Sacred Heart High School in June of 1941. She worked as a secretary at Monarch and Aetna Life Insurance Companies and was a member of St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Orange Park, FL.
Mary relocated to Orange Park, FL in 1997 from Springfield, MA. Ms. Mary, undoubtedly, had two passions: swimming and ballroom dancing.
Until illness, at age 89, restricted her active lifestyle, she was an avid ballroom dancer and loved to do laps in the pool. Through the years she participated in many local and out of state dance competitions and had a bookcase full of awards displaying her many accomplishments.
Mary loved to smile, loved people and, most importantly, loved life. No doubt Ms. Mary is there in heaven greeting all who arrive. You’ll recognize her…she’s the lady with the “flower in her hair”. And oh, don’t worry if you don’t know how to dance…Ms. Mary will glide you through the Pearly Gates with grace, style and class.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Wilbur Waldon Carter
Wilbur Waldon Carter, 81 of Middleburg, FL passed away Friday, May 19, 2017.
He ran W. W. Carter and Sons for 47 years where he loved “irritating” employees on the jobsite and cooking for them. Will was also a highly skilled heavy equipment operator and loved running the motor grader in particular. He was a big NASCAR fan and followed the Earnhardts, both Sr. and Jr. Will enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting and made sure he taught his kids how to do both. He was also a US Army veteran and served in Korea and Vietnam.
Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his father, William Carter; mother, Ada Purvis Carter; and his son, Bruce Carter. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; his son, Joey (Jody) Carter; daughter Donna White; 5 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Carter will also be missed and remembered by many friends and employees, very often they were both.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Russell Baptist Church, 2299 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL with Reverend Ron Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Russell Haven of Rest.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Haven Hospice. 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: www.RHRFH.com 904-284-7720

Donnagene Knutsen
Donnagene Knutsen, 93, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away on May 18, 2017. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Arrangements under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-4000

Charlotte Knowles Lane
Charlotte Knowles Lane, 85, of Decatur, GA, passed away on May 13, 2017. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Arrangements under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-4000

Forrest “Toots” Moody
Forrest “Toots” Moody, 92, of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away May 18, 2017. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-4000

Cornelius King
Cornelius King passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Herman O. Hunt
Herman O. Hunt passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Gene Stewart
Gene Stewart, 73, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away May 18, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.

Shirley Luyster Fuqua
A Committal Service for were held for Shirley Luyster Fuqua on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 400 St. Johns Ave., Green Cove Springs, Florida.
Shirley was 88 when she passed away in Lakeway, Texas on June 5, 2016. Shirley is survived and beloved by grandson Joe, his wife Winnie and great-granddaughters Kaitlin and Avie (Austin); son David, his wife Michele and grandson Noah (Oregon); and daughter-in-law Phillis May (Hawaii). Preceded in death by parents Joe and Madge Luyster, husband Oscar of 56 years and sons Joe and Teddy. Shirley was a devout Christian and played the organ for Sequoia Presbyterian Church for over 20 years in Redwood City, Calif. and then at St. Mary’s for 19 years.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be given in Shirley’s name to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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