Obituaries 7/27/17


Harold Eugene Cantrell
Special Note: Thanks to the Clay County Florida Friends for their love, prayers and help with our family while searching for Harold since July 5th.
Harold, or Hal, or PaPa as his family called him, went to be with our Lord on July 5, 2017. Harold was born on April 23, 1932, in Xenia, Illinois and lived a full life of joy interacting with family, friends, students, and community leaders.
Hal is survived by his loving wife Joyce of 61 years who took great and loving care of him for many years, but devoted her entire time to his care for about the last 4 years of his life.
He is survived by two sons and their spouses, Jon and Phyllis Cantrell of Green Cove Springs, and Michael and Shayla Cantrell from Ladera Ranch, California. Also survived by his loving grandchildren, Katie Ewing (Michael), Jenny Waynick (Robert), Danielle Garner (Brandon), Jon’s children and their spouses; and California grandchildren Madison, Rylee, Noah, Sadie and Jaxon Cantrell. Harold was a great grandfather to five including Judah, Zachery and Hadassah Ewing and Zoey and Dylan Waynick. He is also survived by his sisters, Saundra Wright of Noble, Illinois, and Jane Scaturro of Boynton Beach, Fl. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Rex and Esther Cantrell of Xenia, IL
Harold was Navy Veteran from the Korean War years serving in the Panama Canal zone and on the USS Midway CV-41 in the Mediterranean where he was assigned to #5 motor launch and was also a gunner. After serving 4 years in the Navy, he attended college at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY where he received his BA degree, He taught one year in Ft Lauderdale, Florida at Strannahan Senior High School, then moved back to Illinois where he taught in the Rock Falls Elementary School System for 34 years and where he and his wife raised their two sons. He served as Athletic Director for District #13 in Rock Falls for many years and started the Wrestling program in the Junior High. He coached track and was President of Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball leagues as he had a real love for Baseball always being a St Louis Cardinal fan. He was a Coloma Township Park Commissioner for over 30 years and enjoyed keeping up with the local park systems.
Harold was a member of Rock River Christian Center in Rock Falls and for the past 22 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Flagler Beach, Florida where he spent many years of volunteer service. His greatest joy, besides his wife Joyce, was golfing, playing cards, collecting baseball cards and traveling to see new sites around the country. He enjoyed being around friends, and experiencing what life had to offer. He loved when his family came to visit especially his last few years. The joys of each new baby in the family made him smile and whistle. He was loved by his family and will be sadly missed.
A memorial service will be held on August 4, 2017 at 4 pm in the afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Flagler Beach, 300 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, FL 32136.
In lieu of flowers and with hope that research will lead to an end to Alzheimer’s, donations may be made in the name of Harold Cantrell to The Alzheimer’s Association, Central and North Florida Chapter, 2180 West State Road 434, Suite 1100, Longwood, FL 32779.

Eddie Lee Martin
Eddie Lee Martin passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Ramona A. Cofran
Ramona A. Cofran passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.

Thomas Jimmy Wilson, Sr.
Thomas Jimmy Wilson, Sr., 80, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away on July 19, 2017. He was born on April 10, 1937 in Douglas, GA to the late Thomas Jefferson and Izell Amanda (Davis) Wilson.
Mr. Wilson was a lifelong resident of Clay County and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He retired from King Edwards Cigars after 35 years. Mr. Wilson, better known as “Pops”, was an adoptive father to all. He is preceded in death by his son, Tommy Dale Wilson.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Waneta Marie Wilson; son, Thomas J. Wilson, Jr. (Wendy); daughter, Mary Haydt (Ronnie); brother, William Benton Wilson “WB” and 5 grandchildren, Robert, Harley, Ashley, Courtney and Trevor.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in the Broadus-Raines Chapel with Reverend Ronnie Surrency officiating. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at Arrangements under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-4000.

David M. Brooks
David M. Brooks, 64, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, passed away July 19, 2017 He was born on February 26, 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Donald I. Brooks and Mary Kathleen (Butler) Brooks.
David was a graduate of Sebring High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1972, and was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict and Desert Storm. He served proudly for his country for “28 years, 1 month and 19 days”. In 2000, he retired with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He worked for Logistic Services International, Inc. (LSI) for several years as a Subject Matter Expert and then as the Electrical Pro at Lowe’s Home Improvement. David enjoyed fishing, boating and being outdoors. He was an avid fan of his Florida Gators, New York Mets and NASCAR. David was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Kenneth A. Brooks.
David is survived by his love and best friend, Jan Workman of Green Cove Springs, Florida; his children, Lea M. Rhoden (Michael) of Macclenny, Florida, Bryan Brooks (Lissa) of Tacoma, Washington and Crystal Brooks (Brian Vega) of Green Cove Springs, Florida; His sisters, Donna Carlisle (Kenneth) of Crossville, Tennessee, Janet Long (Greg) of Haines City, Florida, and Michelle Brooks (Michael Walstrom) of Sebring, Florida; His aunt, Betty Sobecki (Bill) of Citra, Florida; His uncle, Paul Brooks (Ellie) of Blairsville, Georgia; His eight grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Middleburg United Methodist Church with Pastor Brian Sanderson officiating. A small reception will follow in the Family Life Center.
On Friday, August 4, 2017, Full Military Honors will begin at 10:30am at the Jacksonville National Cemetery with Pastor Stephen Hollander officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in David’s honor to the American Cancer Society or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Manuel D. Valle
Our loving father Manuel D. Valle joyfully made his journey home to our Lord July 15, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Central, La surrounded by those who loved him.
He was born October 28, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan where he was raised with his nine brothers and sisters. His parents and stepfather were all immigrants, his mom from Scotland and his dad from Spain and his stepfather from Greece, who traveled to the US pursuing the American Dream of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
When of age he chose to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korea. In between these wars he fell in love with his soul mate Lillie Atwell and married.
After the Korean War he received training in X-ray technology and then re-enlisted in U.S. Air Force. He then retired from military service after a 20 year career.
He then took his talents to further 24 year career as head of the Radiology department at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida helping those that he could with his mind as well as his heart.
Upon his retirement from the Veteran’s Administration, he worked with the Challenge Organization for the Handicapped and also Meals on Wheels in Clay County, Florida continuing to help and give his heart to those who needed assistance. He was dedicated to his God and his faith and showed his devotion to Jesus by living a good, honest life, giving to those less fortunate and spreading the Word of God. He was a Eucharistic Minister, member of the choir and active member of the Knights of Columbus a founding member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Green Cove Springs, Fl. He was devoted to his lovely wife, Lillie M. Valle and his children, and was dedicated to serving his community. His character, morals and sense of humor live on in his family. He will be remembered by all who knew and loved him for his musical talents, his artistic abilities, and incredible zest for life. He awaits his wife, family and friends to one day be reunited. He is survived by his beautiful wife Lillie Atwell Valle of 68 years; children: Manuel Jr. and wife Joan, Linda Ray and her husband Patrick, son Michael and wife Vicky, twin daughters Karen Vallle and Kathy Ramirez, and son Mark. He is also survived by his brother Jimmy; his grandchildren: Nikki Clark and husband Terry, Rachel Vogt, Leslie and Melissa Valle, Ashley Collins, Madison Ernest, Kyle Frank, Derek Valle and Lindsey Herndon. His great-grandchildren are Tyler Clark, Austin, Kaydence, and Adalyn Collins.
Special thanks to Modern Hospice and Tender Care sitters: Linda, Shewanda, Charlotte, Nneka, Charlie, Terrian and Kendrick for their compassionate care. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Rabenhorst Funeral Home East in charge of arrangements.

Carol O. “Jack” Davenport
Mr. Carol O. “Jack” Davenport, 73 of Middleburg, FL passed away July 22, 2017. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720.

Janie Lee Trumpler Coleman
Janie Lee Trumpler Coleman, 93, native and lifelong resident of Green Cove Springs, peacefully entered her heavenly place on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Orange Park.
The daughter of Gordon and Fannie (Fleming) Trumpler, Sr., she was born on September 30, 1923.
She was educated in the Clay County School District at Dunbar High School. She became the devoted wife (63 years) of Eddie Coleman, Sr., on Saturday, April 29, 1939, and he preceded her in eternity on October 2, 2002.
Affectionately called “Granny Punch,” she was a nurturing mother to her four sons and four daughters.
She was an awesome dietician-cook for over 10 years at Moosehaven in Orange Park and subsequently retired from Clay Memorial Hospital in Green Cove Springs following 23+ years of service.
She was a devoted member and Deaconess at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church and faithfully served in the Women’s Ministry, Sick & Shut-In Ministry, Willing Workers, and the Prayer Band.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in eternal rest by her Frances Gibson, Cornelius “Neil” Mays, Mary Wright, Walter Trumpler, Cleveland Trumpler, Jabo Trumpler, Gordon Trumpler, Jr., Freeman Trumpler, and Frank Trumpler.
To cherish her memories: sons and daughters, Eddie (Beth) Coleman, Jr., Enterprise, AL; James (Nittie) Coleman, Jacksonville; Bruce (Jessie) Coleman, Cass (Sandra) Coleman, Helen (Issac) Brown, Louise Dasher, Melodie Coleman, all of Green Cove Springs; Beverly (Irvin) Basdon, Manassas, VA; daughter-in-law, Sandra Coleman, Green Cove Springs; sisters-in-law, Emma Garner, Miami; Daisy Brown, Green Cove Springs; Mamie Lee Coleman, Tallahassee; brothers-in-law, Mack (Ruth) Coleman, Sammy (Arlene) Coleman, both of Tallahassee; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation of family and friends will be 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, July 28 at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 1300 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Green Cove Springs.
Homegoing Celebration will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at Congregational Holiness Church, 2079 SR16 West, Green Cove Springs. Reverend Robert L. Wright, Pastor of Mt. Pleasant, is the eulogist.
Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Green Cove Springs. Family Condolences:
Professional Arrangements entrusted to Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison Street, Palatka, FL. Phone: (386) 312-0444.

Henry Wilcox, Jr.,
Henry Wilcox, Jr., 85 of Green Cove Springs, entered the sunset of life on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Orange Park. The son of Henry and Carrie (Jackson) Wilcox, Sr., he was born on Sunday, May 15, 1932 in Glenmora, Louisiana.
He was educated in the Clay County School District at Dunbar High School in Green Cove Springs.
In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army, and gratefully served our nation until he was honorably discharged. He was a retired employee with Associated Minerals, Green Cove Springs. He was of the Baptist faith and was a former member of Trinity Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his children and telling jokes.
In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in eternal rest by daughter, Patricia Robinson; son, Ray Edwards; sisters, Elenora Williams, Deborah Brown, LuEthel Acker, and Rosa Eady; brother, James T. Wilcox.
To cherish his memories: wife of 40 years, Maudie Johnson Wilcox, Green Cove Springs; daughters and sons, Leatha W. (Vandy) Johnson, Brenda Edwards, Beverly (Wendell) Purifoy; Joyce Edwards, Thomas Edwards, Ned Edwards, Jimmy Edwards, Bruce Edwards; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Magnolia Byrd, Ruby McCloud, Ethel (Rev. Robert L.) Wright; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation of family and friends will be 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, July 28 and Homegoing Celebration (U.S. Army conducting military honors) will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 1300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Green Cove Springs, Reverend Robert L. Wright, Pastor, is the eulogist. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Green Cove Springs. Family Condolences:
Professional Arrangements entrusted to Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison Street, Palatka, FL. Phone: (386) 312-0444.


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