Obituaries 6/4/20


Master Sergeant Bert Shipley
Master Sergeant Bert Shipley, 90, passed away peacefully at the family home in Orange Park, Florida on May 22, 2020. He was a twenty-year decorated veteran of the United States Air Force including serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Sergeant Shipley was born June 17, 1929 in Rock Island, Illinois, to his parents Hubert C. Shipley and Mildred Purman Shipley. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1947 and joined the United States Air Force in 1948.
Bert met and married the love of his life Emma Christine Holtz Shipley and they have lovingly celebrated 65 years of marriage. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island and graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
He served on multiple air bases as an air traffic control instructor. While at Keesler Air Force Base, he wrote the class training manual. Following his Air Force career, he worked for the civil service at Cecil Field Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida for 30 years. As a dedicated career man, he later began and operated his own business, the All Rite Traffic School. Bert was a devoted and loving husband, father, and proud veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Christine Holtz Shipley; their children: Dr. Dawn Basinger (Ricky), Ruston, Louisiana; Bert S. Shipley (Lynn), Fleming Island, Florida; and Diane Kite (Denny Hilliard) of Green Cove Springs, Florida; their seven grandchildren: Eddie Basinger (Tiffani), Casey McCaa (Rob), Chad Kite, Chelsa Gantea (Johnny), Margaret Wright (Doug), Eric Shipley (Morgan) and Michael Hilliard; and seven great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Moore for his compassionate attention and professional care. Bert and Chris considered him family — an honorary grandson.
A celebration of Bert’s life was held at 2 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Hardage-Giddens Holly Hill Funeral Home, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, FL with Chaplin Robert Lucas officiating. Burial followed in Holly Hill Memorial Park with military honors. Please post words of comfort at

Dolores Jean Leonhart
Dolores Jean Leonhart, 89, passed away on May 18, 2020 in Middleburg, Florida.
She was born in Warren, Ohio and worked as a resident supervisor.
Dolores is survived by her two sons Milton (Sandy) and Randy Leonhart.; brothers Russ and Tom Shuttleworth; four loving grandchildren Michelle (William) Watkins, Brian Leonhart, Russel Davis and Jeffrey (Melissa) Davis; nine great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
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Mark V. Stanley
Mark V. Stanley, born December 30, 1962 in Gainesville Fl, passed away May 30th at his home in Green Cove Springs, Fl of natural causes. He was 57.
He is survived by his wife, Becky of 29 years, his father Jack Stanley, his brother Scott Stanley (Cindy) and sister, Shawn Beecher and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother, Mary Ann Stanley and precious angel, daughter Bonnie Stanley.
Mark was the owner of C & H Marine Construction which he recently sold after 40 years of building it into one of the premier marine construction companies in Northeast Florida. Mark started at C& H as an hourly employee and worked his way to that ownership position. He was also employed part time with UPS for 36 + years and had the longest tenure as a part time employee in the Jax area. Mark was not afraid of work. Mark graduated from Orange Park High School in 1981 were he was a member of the Football and Wrestling teams. He received an AA from Florida Junior College in 1984.
Mark was a true family man. As a child, his family always had fun camping, did everything together, including the River Run. He found joy in hosting the family reunions and was the glue that kept everyone together. He had close ties in the community.
Through the years he had many charitable organizations (boy scouts, Clay County Animal shelter) and local sports teams of which he contributed. He was an annual sponsor at the Clay county fair. He was very patriotic and loved southern history. He loved all neighbors and had many extended family. All knew he was a man of his word and you can count on him. He had a generous heart. He was caring and always found ways to help others.
When Mark decided to do something, he went all in. He enjoyed sitting out over the river with the dogs and admiring God’s beauty. His brother always said: “He loved his family, boats and bikes, in that order”. He was the glue that kept everyone together.
He hosted a family reunion at his house every year on Labor Day weekend. This would last for 3 days and included extended family and friends. Mark’s favorite part was when the band played Rocky Top and he could get out on the dance floor and Buck Dance with his uncles and cousins. He started out as a Gator Fan but after meeting Becky he quickly moved to the other side and became a FSU Seminole. Mark cared deeply for his in laws, helping when he could and going on Thanksgiving trips. Mark Stanley touched a lot of people in very positive ways and will always be remembered that way. His motto was “Go out and do something nice for someone every day”..
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bonnie Royce Stanley Scholarship Fund (go to and search for Bonnie stanley or contact Jessica Bivens, Dev. Officer at 850-228-9811) OR The Green Cove Springs Animal shelter at
A private service will be held Saturday.
A Mark Stanley size celebration of life will be scheduled when the coronavirus restrictions have been removed. We will share that info on social media once that date is set.
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

Donna Hunt Childers
Donna Hunt Childers, 55, of Orange Park, FL, passed away May 28, 2020
Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000.


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