Obituaries 7/6/17


Herman Lewis (Buddy) Hodges, Jr.
Buddy Hodges, 85, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was born on July 7, 1931 in Jacksonville, FL to parents Herman and Myrtle Hodges.
Buddy is a Korean War veteran, he was employed by the Alachua County School Board. He later worked as a plumbing contractor for over 35 years in Green Cove Springs. His fondest memories were of the many projects he handled at the Clay County Port.
He had a great love for nature and wildlife, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and being on the water, especially Orange Lake, FL where he spent much of his early life. He served as a volunteer firefighter for Orange Lake Fire District in the 80’s. He loved to take family and friends for airboat rides and share his many stories. He had a passion for life and never knew a stranger.
He is survived by his spouse, Gail Wagner, daughters, Elisabeth Sharret (Bill Sharrett), Carol King (Darrell King), sons, Buddy Hodges, Chris Wagner and Gary Wagner (Tammy Wagner), grandchildren, Alexander Molina, Christopher DeLaRosa, Zachary Scott, Caroline Scott,Rachelle King, Cooper Wagner, Gracie Wagner, Grady Wagner, sisters Myrle Masters and Gayle Masters,(Marvin Masters), brother, Randy Hodges(Edi Hodges), and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held honoring Buddy on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Broadus-Raines Chapel with Dr. Tim McDaniel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to J.P. Hall, Sr. Children’s Charities at and or Haven Hospice at
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

Carmen NeSmith
Miss Carmen Leann NeSmith, 25 of Green Cove Springs, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017. Miss NeSmith was born February 17, 1992 in Jacksonville.
She was a Certified Medical Assistant and a graduate of Clay High school where she was on the Dance Team and a cheerleader for the Blue Devils. She recently found a passion for rock climbing, and loved playing with her bulldog Honey, who went everywhere with her. Carmen will always be remembered as the best big sister and aunt there ever was. Her grandmother, Joan Steding and her uncle, Adam NeSmith preceded her in death.
Survivors are her parents, Stephen and Penny NeSmith; siblings, Stephen Russell NeSmith, Jr. (Lauren), Tabitha Faye NeSmith, Casey Holsinger (Robert), Glenn Rose (Yoandra “Jo-Jo”), Alex Ryann NeSmith, Jacob Elijah See, Sara Rose NeSmith, Savannah Lily NeSmith, and Emma Grace NeSmith; grandparents, Linton NeSmith, David and Joyce See, and Ron Steding; Aunts and Uncles, Jennifer and John Shedlin, Rebecca NeSmith, Tommy and Cathy NeSmith, John and Lenore See, Robert Riley, and David W. See, III, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her dog, Honey.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home with Pastor Russell Franklin officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home and Cremation Services, , 1811 Idlewild Ave. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-9696.

James Patrick (Pat) Fosbenner
James Patrick (Pat) Fosbenner, age 70, of Jacksonville, FL. Born June 21, 1947 in Millington, TN. to Betty Fosbenner Carter and adopted by Reuben Franklin Fosbenner
Pat was an avid NASCAR Fan, loved working on race car engines and raced Formula V race cars. He enjoyed tinkering with all kinds of engines. He loved family outings and anything they got together to do. It wasn’t strange to find them at an Amusement Park, cooking out or jet skiing.
He said “When I lived, I lived and then I died” Patrick passed peacefully from this earth after battling a lengthy illness on June 28, 2017. In life as in death, he was surrounded by his family.
Survived by his children, Shirlene (Derral) Elkins of Green Cove Springs, FL, Lawrence “Carl” (Tammie) Fosbenner of Middleburg, FL, Malissa (Mark “Beave”) Willimon of Green Cove Springs, FL and Becky (Mike) Pugh of Jacksonville, FL; mother, Betty Fosbenner Carter of Jacksonville, FL; siblings, Franklin Duane Fosbenner, Janice Marie Fosbenner Fike, Sara Mae Fosbenner Warr and Ruth Elaine Chitty all of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Brian (Brittany) Weeks of Green Cove Springs, FL, Craig, Dalton, Emily, Ethan, Serena and Hunter Willimon of Green Cove Springs, FL and Morgan Freet, Jimmie Freet and June Smith of Middleburg, FL; half siblings, C. Michael (Kristy) Fosbenner, Christina Fosbenner Wilson, Lynn Fosbenner and Kevin (Jennifer) Fosbenner; great-grandchildren, Caiden, Dillon, Jayce and Brooklyn Weeks of Green Cove Springs, FL and Jeffrey “Bubba” and Sara Braswell of Middleburg, FL.
Coming from a large family, Patrick leaves former wife, Jeanelle Manuel, numerous nieces, nephews & cousins to mourn his passing.
Those welcoming him home were twin sons, Robert & Ronnie Fosbenner, Brothers Lawrence Carl (Pete) Biggs, William Henry (Bill) Fosbenner. Former wife Patricia Fosbenner, and father Reuben Franklin Fosbenner. The family wishes to Thank: Community Hospice of NE Florida, for all the love and support given to Patrick and the family. Please send all memorials in Patrick’s name to Community Hospice of NE Florida. The family will hold a private memorial at a later date!
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

Eleanor Julia (Nuter) Cibula
Eleanor Julia (Nuter) Cibula, 92 years of age, died on June 27, 2017 at South Miami Hospital while surrounded by her loving children and priest. She was born February 24, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois.
Her husband, Capt. Charles Cibula, was transferred to Jacksonville Naval Airbase in 1951. Charles and Eleanor immediately made Orange Park their forever home when they purchased property on River Road overlooking the St. Johns River. After their children were grown, they moved to the Loch Rane and Orange Park Country Club community.
She was a loving wife of 63 years to Charles Cibula, Jr. She is predeceased by husband Charles, her parents, John and Julia (Kosik) Nuter and her brothers, Jimmy and John Nuter.
She is survived by four children: Kenneth (Doris Hobbs) of Chadds Ford, Pa., Karen (James Hatfield) of Tallahassee, Fl., Kathy (Bart Wallis) of Miami, and David of Orange Park; two grandchildren: Jay Hatfield (Shana Gamble) of Live Oak, Fl., and Michele Hatfield (Marcus Pellino) of Tallahassee. She was blessed with four great grandchildren: Bryce and Chase Hatfield, Raymond and Mia Bella Pellino. Her brothers Danny and George Nuter continue to live in Chicago and Michigan.
Charles and Eleanor were very active in supporting the small missionary Catholic Church (St. Marys) and the parish priests. The church was located on the corner of Blake Street and River Road. On Saturdays, Eleanor ironed the altar linens and priest’s vestments, and then prepared a floral arrangement for the alter. Charles would be mowing and manicuring the six-acre plus church property. The parish priest was usually found at Eleanor’s dinner table on Sunday. They enjoyed her European cooking and famous apple strudel!
Eleanor and Charles spearheaded numerous fundraising activities. They organized events, built booths, created crafts to sell, and cooked for the numerous fund raising bazaars. Through their hard work and the perseverance of the small group of parishioners, they secured a permanent church - St Catherine’s of Sienna located on Kingsley Ave.
Until her late 80’s, her individually designed flower arrangements would quietly be placed in St Catherine’s Church at the base of the Virgin Mary statue. When no longer physically able to continue this custom, she contracted with her favorite local florist to create a flower arrangement as a tribute to the Virgin Mary.
While raising four children, she enjoyed community activities of a small town. Eleanor was a Past President of the Orange Park Garden Club, Chairman of the State Flower Show, a Bridge Club enthusiast, a lifelong member of Moose Haven and one of the initial members of Orange Park Club Continental.
Along with Eleanor’s creative and artistic abilities, she was also enthusiastic, focused and persistent. She loved nature, especially flowers and clouds. In her 40’s she learned oil painting techniques for landscape and still life. Her paintings won awards and were displayed in several commercial arenas. She had an expertise in flower arranging and consistently won top awards at the local and State levels. After her children were grown, Eleanor decided to go back to school to become a licensed Practical Nurse and eventually a Registered Nurse. She worked at University Hospital until she retired as an emergency triage nurse and a medical surgical floor nurse.
When her mother, Julia Nuter, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Eleanor provided loving care in her home between hospital stays. She realized the importance of quality medical care, compassion and emotional support for both the patient and family.
After experiencing the frustrations of no end-of-life support for terminal patients and their families, she volunteered as a visiting nurse for Jacksonville Hospice, which was in its infancy stage at that time. She subsequently organized a group of Hospice nurses for the Orange Park area. Eleanor could not have imagined that the Jacksonville and Orange Park Hospice programs would continue to provide palliative care and support to thousands of families during the last forty years.
After retirement, she and her husband traveled throughout the United States and Europe. They reconnected with family and friends in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She most enjoyed visiting relatives in Chicago, Michigan, Bonita Beach and Naples.
The last several years of her life were quiet. She lived full time with her son David in Orange Park and she visited her daughter, Kathy in Miami during the winter and spring. While in Miami, she loved dining out, getting her nails and hair done and watching the wild peacocks in the yard. In Orange Park, Holiday dinners afforded her the opportunity to enjoy her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will always remain in our hearts.
The Wake will be on Monday, July 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Fl. 32073. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 11th at 11:00 am at St Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, Fl. 32073. Interment to follow the service at Magnolia Cemetery 1040 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. Park Avenue Florist is coordinating the floral arrangements. Contact information: 1 (800) 275-1189

Cindy Jayne Anders
Cindy Jayne Anders, 60 of Middleburg, FL passed away June 24, 2017Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720

Charles Corley
Charles Corley, 65, of Fleming Island, FL passed away June 28, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.

Juanita Flynn Brown
Juanita Flynn Brown, 92 of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away June 30, 2017. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720.

Shawn Gordon
Shawn Gordon, 43, of Middleburg, FL passed away June 29, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.

Kathy Houtsma
Kathy Houtsma, 74, of Williston, FL passed away June 27, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.

Pauline Herzog Pringle
Pauline Herzog Pringle, age 96 of McDonough, GA passed away June 28, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Orvis L. Pringle and daughter: Virginia Pringle. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of McDonough.
Surviving are her children: Harriet Pringle Parker and husband Herbert of McDonough, GA., Bonnie Ann Bond of Dallas, GA., Orvis Leray “Ray” Pringle and wife Belinda of McDonough, GA., and Leslie Richard “Ricky” Pringle and wife Cathy of Baltimore, MD., many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. No services are planned at this time.
Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge. 770-210-2700

George Clark
George Clark, 78, of Fleming Island, FL passed away June 28, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.

Janine Highsmith
Janine Highsmith, 55, of Jacksonville Beach, FL passed away July 1, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 904-284-7720.


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