Anthony Allan Massey
Anthony Allan Massey, 19, of Orange Park, Florida, passed away December 31, 2022 in Palm Bay, Florida. Born on January 2, 2003 in Ennis, Texas, after graduating from Ridgeview High School in 2020, Anthony went on to join the United States Marine Corps. OOH-RAH!!! Anthony is recognized for his patriotism, bravery, and service to our great country.
Anthony is survived by his mother, Angela (Richard) Dupont; brother, Sydney Massey; his father, Steven Massey; Bonus Mom, Julianna Massey; Grandparents: Linda and Paul Card; Kevin and Glenna Bird; Roger and Maxine Massey; Great-Grandmothers, Lillie Mae Dunkinson and Doris Danese Card as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many friends who loved, cared for and were very proud of him.
Anthony is remembered by his friends as being a devoted friend, always there when someone needed an ear to listen; a quiet, humble young man that always strived to be there for others. Anthony gave the best hugs and shoulders to cry on; never judging, just comforting those who needed it. Anthony is best remembered as saying, “No matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you’ll always have me on your shoulders telling you to keep going.”
Godspeed Anthony; may Heavens Angels and Warriors be there to greet and comfort you. You are greatly missed. May the Lord bless you and keep you; make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace. Rest easy; we’ll take it from here.
A Christian Memorial Service honoring Anthony’s life will be held February 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at The Springs Church 900 Park Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073
*In lieu of flowers, the family encourages attendees to wear Anthony’s favorite color, red; and asks for people to share any pictures they may have of Anthony.
Helen Johnson Brown
Helen Johnson Brown passed peacefully on January 2, 2023, in Fleming Island, FL, at the age of 101. She was born July 18, 1921, in Escanaba, MI to Oscar C. and Anna O. Johnson. Very soon thereafter, when her father completed his work on the Panama Canal and sold his confectionary business in Uruguay, Helen moved with her parents and older sister, Anita, to Pleasantville, PA., very near the spot where the very first commercial oil well was drilled in the United States, by Edwin L. Drake.
Helen attended school there, missing only one day in twelve years. Despite her 5’2” stature, her main interest in high school was basketball and she proudly earned her four letters on the high school team, earning the nickname “Speedy”.
She then attended Butler Business School and Grove City College, where, due to her speed and interest in typing, she was employed by the business professor.
Helen was very disappointed when she was told she could not serve as an Eastern Airlines stewardess because she was not a registered nurse. She did, however, find her work with the Fraser Brace Engineering Company in Meadville PA, very exciting. The company made TNT for our armed services in World War II. She loved to tell of driving a huge truck full of TNT.
In 1943, Helen moved to Coral Gables, FL where she enjoyed working many years for Florida National Bank. She moved to Orange Park, FL in October 1959. She was a very active member of the Orange Park United Methodist Church. Her services included Sunday School Secretary and Treasurer, Alter Guild, Endowment Committee and Fundraiser for the Orange Park United Methodist Women. Her very special interest was the Finance Committee and Counting Team, which she volunteered for over 52 years. She proudly served on the Building Committee when the new church was built and the Capital Committee when the Family Life Center was built.
She visited the United Methodist Children’s Home each month for ten years and was very interested in the wonderful work helping children who were victimized by neglect or abuse; abandoned or orphaned; or could not be cared for by family. The children held a special place in Helen’s heart.
While in Orange Park, Helen, also, enjoyed working with Henry Holland Buckman on the plans for the famous Buckman Bridge, for Abbott, Merkt & Company on plans for the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Honorable Thomas B Adams, Florida Secretary of State. Studying investments with the famous Muriel B Milam was intensely interesting to her and she came to be quite a savvy investor.
She was an avid sports fan, deeply enjoying fishing and shrimping with her sons. She, also, enjoyed the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta GA for many years, most recently with her son Randy.
She loved to come to her son, Doug’s office nearly every day, to go through her mail and visit with anyone who came by. She was always interested in what they were doing and how things were going with their lives.
She joked about how her existence only came to be by a dock strike. Her parents had tickets on the S.S. Titanic, but the dock strike prevented them from boarding the famous ship.
She was predeceased by her parents, Oscar C. and Anna O. Johnson, her sister Anita Marshall, and dear friend Mary Huntley.
Helen is survived by her two sons, Douglas (Theresa) Brown, Green Cove Springs, FL and Randall (Vicky) Brown, Jupiter, FL. Doug’s bonus daughters, Kate Moss and Jane Moss Livsey (Nate) and Henry Moss Livsey, Jane and Nate’s son.
A woman of strong Christian faith, her family is comforted by the knowledge that she is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Concierge Care of Jacksonville for the amazing dedication and care for Mama Brown (as she was affectionally known by many) for nearly two years proceeding her decline. We would, also, like to thank the doctors and nurses at the new Baptist Clay/Fleming Island Hospital and Community Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, 51 Children’s Way, Enterprise, FL 32725, or online at: www.fumch.org
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Orange Park United Methodist Church and Internment followed at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
Ellen Mary Dixon
Mrs. Ellen Mary Dixon, 89 of Green Cove Springs, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Mrs. Dixon was born August 16, 1933 in Placentia, Newfoundland to parents, Paul Duke and Catherine (Power) Duke.
Ellen was raised in rural Newfoundland working and living off the land where she would even shear sheep, to make her own wool for sweaters, mittens and socks.
She met the love of her life, an Air Force soldier, Cecil Dixon, where he swept her off her feet and he carried her away to the United States.
She was a devout member of the Catholic faith where she attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Fleming Island.
In her free time, Ellen enjoyed dancing, sewing, quilting, knitting and she was an avid reader. She looked forward to Friday evenings where all her Grandchildren would gather together around her dining room table to share their weekly stories and spend quality time together.
Not only did she raise 8 children of her own, but she raised many other grandchildren as well and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Cecil Dixon, Sr. and children, Harold Dixon, Robert Dixon, and Diane Waters. Survivors are her children, Alfred Dixon of Jacksonville, Debra Krage of Green Cove Springs, Curtis Dixon of Wisconsin, Cecil Dixon, Jr. of Green Cove Springs, and Mary Prond of Green Cove Springs. She was lovingly called “Momal” by sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
Ellen will be most remembered by her legacy of her profound love for her family. A Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Sebastian Garcia officiating. Burial followed in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Arrangements under the care of Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1811 Idlewild Avenue, SR 16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-9696. www.helmgallagherfh.com