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Obituaries 3/30/23


Shirley Marie Bland Forbis
Shirley Marie Bland Forbis of Green Cove Springs, Florida went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday Morning, March 26, at 6:41 am. She was born to John Walton and Eva Mae Bland December 14, 1952 in Bremerton, Washington.
She graduated from Clay High School of Green Cove Springs, June, 1971. She also retired from Clay High School, December, 2016, where she worked in staff support. She had previously worked at Holiday Inn of Orange Park, FL and Maidenform of Jacksonville, FL.
She and Robert Michael Forbis, of the Westside of Jacksonville, were married in Kingsland, GA, September 9, 1977. They have two sons, Ted William and Terrence Michael. They had been married 45 years.
She had been a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church of Green Cove Springs from the age of 1. She had been active in GA’s as a teenager. She also attended Sunday School for a number of years.
She had a great love of her family. This includes not only her immediate family, but also her siblings who remained close, both in proximity and emotionally, throughout their adult lives. She loved her four grandchildren, dearly, and had been blessed with two great-grandsons in recent years.
She will be remembered for her witty smile, her generosity, her love of family, and her strong work ethic.
She is preceded in death by her father and mother, her sister, Cheryl, and her brother James, an Army Veteran.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Michael, sons, Ted William Spencer and Terrence Michael Forbis (Michelle), brother Raymond Bland (Faye), brother Keith Bland (Joyce), all of Green Cove Springs, FL and sister Patricia Campesi of Marrero, Louisiana. She is also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and many cousins and nieces and nephews.
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Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Ruth W. Yant Hammett
Ruth W. Yant Hammett, 88, formerly of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away March 26, 2023
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Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Samuel DeWayne Huff
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Samuel DeWayne Huff (64) of Middleburg, FL shares that he closed his eyes for the last time on March 14, 2023. Often it was the bearded biker look that caught the attention of others, only to later be captivated by the warmth of his sweet soul. He always gave more than he received.
After his retirement from Ironworkers Local 597, he found joy in simplicity. He was a lover of sweet tea, onion sausage and the freedom he felt while riding his Harley. His family was what his world revolved around, and he cherished every moment spent with them. To know him, was to love him and to be loved by him, was a blessing. He will be dearly missed by many.
He leaves behind so many who loved him immensely: Children; Aaron (Helen), Julie Ann (Dustin) and DeAnn (Derrick); Grandchildren; Leland, Grace, and Sophie. His sister, best friend and confidant Susan Harmon and brother Chris (Denielle) Huff. Nieces; Amy (Tim), April, Mallory (Chris) and Dreama (Steve). Nephews; Eric and Matthew. Great nieces; Kari, Kayla (Shawn), Karly (Jonathan), Lauren (Casey), Josie (Ray), Emilee, Katelynn (Hunter) and Brianna. Great nephews; Chris, Justin (Kaitlynn), Reese (Amanda) and Julian. Wife; Kathy Huff. Numerous great-great nieces and great-great nephews. His biker brothers, iron worker brothers and anyone who was blessed enough to call him friend. 
A celebration of life service will be held for “Huff” to be announced later. All his family and friends will be welcome.