Obituaries 8/5/21


Edward Lee Shields
Edward Lee Shields, 92, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away July 28, 2021.
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Darrell Ross Grace
Darrell Ross Grace, 64, of St. Augustine, Florida, passed away on July 17, 2021 at Baptist Medical South. He was born in Jacksonville and grew up in Keystone Heights, where he graduated from Keystone Heights High School. After high school he worked as an over the road truck driver for Rider Truck Lines. He later worked on aircraft at Keystone Heights airport acquiring a pilot’s license on his spare time. Darrell then took on the trade of welding, having learned the skill from his late father, and worked as a welder for 30 plus years. His welding prowess earned him a great rapport with his colleagues and peers. Spending much of his time in the outdoors, he was an avid outdoorsman, especially loving to hunt and fish
He is survived by his children, Kelly and John Grace (Nathalie); grandchildren, Liam and Nathaniel Grace; significant other, Dawn Leahy; brother, Hoyt Grace; sister, Cynthia Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Emma Jean Grace and brother, Michael Grace Sr.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Lucie Antonia Leniston
Lucie Antonia Leniston, 80, of Orange Park, FL passed away July 28, 2021.
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000.

James Marshall Beam
James Marshall Beam, of Ocala, FL, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away on July 25, 2021. He was 72. He was born in Baltimore, MD to William Monroe Beam and Ramarie Glenn Beam.
His family eventually relocated to Keystone Heights, FL, where he grew up on the waters of Lake Geneva, enjoying swimming, water skiing, and even surfing hurricane-force waves on Crescent Beach. He was always a hard worker, earning the rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts.
After graduating from Bradford County High School in 1967 where he excelled in track and field, he attended Montreat-Anderson College for one year before enlisting in the Marine Corps in the summer of 1968. He received the Expert Marksmanship Badge before deploying with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Company A near Da Nang, Vietnam from 1969-1970. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for his heroic actions in support of combat operations, subsequently being promoted to Lance Corporal.
After serving his country, he enrolled at the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism. He became the Director of Information Services at Flagler College, as well as a reporter for the Bradford County Telegraph. He continued his education by earning an Associates of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Florida Junior College, and worked in the X-Ray circuitry industry for 32 years before retiring from GE Medical in 2011.
In retirement, he spent lots of time perfecting his golfing and fishing skills. He was an accomplished backyard chef, and his BBQ ribs and Low Country Boils were beyond compare. He loved boating, Atlanta Braves baseball, and was such a history buff, he took a part time job as a tour guide for a trolley company in the historic city of Savannah, GA. He became an expert in the history and architecture of the city and truly enjoyed engaging with his passengers while sharing his knowledge and love of Savannah. Mr. Beam is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy McLean Beam, daughter Julie Vibert (Steve) of Suwanee, GA, son James Beam (Melissa) of Christoval, TX, sisters Leslie Gerlach of Largo, FL, Laurie Thrift of Keystone Heights, FL, and brother William (Cindy) of Denver, CO. He was known as “Papa” to his beloved grandchildren Ryan, Mary Katherine, Rebecca, Trey, and Colin.
There will be a private memorial service for immediate family members in Keystone Heights, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shield of Faith (SOF) Missions, helping at-risk veterans to change lives and build strong families, at

Robert (Bob) Louis Sperber
Robert (Bob) Louis Sperber of Fleming Island, Florida passed away on July 5 at his home with Darlene by his side as she has been for the more than 65 years they have been married. Bob was born in 1934 in Chicago, Illinois and spent his life making everyone around him happier for having known him with his funny stories and handsome smile. Bob is a proud U.S. Army Veteran; retired in Merrillville, IN from LTV Steel, and has been active in his communities of Bellingham, WA; Citrus Springs, FL; and Fleming Island, FL as a volunteer and member supporting numerous civic organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club, Sheriff’s Community Patrol, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Lincoln Gardens Homeowners Association, and Parent Teacher Associations, and if you know him well, you’ve also heard of his experiences “when he worked for the president.” He has been a little league and softball coach and played on sports teams from high school football, softball, bowling, golf, horseshoes, and as a keeper in soccer, and we can’t overlook his uncanny abilities with ‘foreign languages.’ Bob is survived by his wife Darlene Sperber, children Deborah (and Stanley) Gray, Brian Sperber, Cassandra (and William) Marks, Barry (and Tamara) Sperber; grandchildren Jason Gray, Cory Gray, Louis Thompson, Stephanie Acar, Philip Thompson, Elizabeth Sperber, Jeromy Beck, Nicholas Thompson, Stacie Simmons, and Amanda Sperber; brother Ernest Charles (Chuck) Sperber, and sister Marion Sperber; as well as twelve great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Ernest Hugo Sperber and Dorothy Elizabeth Sperber; siblings, Elaine Moore, Ronald Sperber, and Edward Sperber. A cremation was performed on July 12 per Bob’s wishes. A Celebration of Life to honor Bob is planned for October in Fleming Island, Florida. His family will be present to welcome loved ones. Contact family for details.

Gary T. Westall
Gary T. Westall, 82, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away July 30, 2021.
Broadus Raines Funeral Home 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

Betty Norris
Betty Norris, 86, of Keystone Heights, FL, passed away August 1, 2021.
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000.

Elizabeth Faye Irvin
Elizabeth Faye Irvin, 89, of St. Augustine, FL passed away July, 28, 2021. Faye was born January 23, 1932 in Akron, Ohio. She was the daughter of Commander William Dewitt “Pops” and Elizabeth “Lib” Kennedy. She graduated from Robert E Lee High School in June of 1950 and enjoyed a career as an insurance adjuster for Independent Life.
She was an avid historian, archivist and genealogist who loved Orange Park, it’s history and gave several lectures, presentations and courses throughout Clay County.
Faye was a member of numerous Orange Park organizations, the highlights for her were the Orange Park Women’s Club since 1994 where she was voted Woman of the Year 2010-2011, which she saw as a duty to represent the organization
and was very proud to receive. She was, however, most proud of her research that allowed her to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also loved anything Scottish, reading and her cats.
Faye was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and her husband, for whom she loved dearly, Bill C. Irvin and their children Ronald and Fayzee. She is survived by nieces Liz Lynch, Robin Kennedy, Christina Kennedy and nephew William Kennedy. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in the Jacksonville Memory Gardens Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 pm until service time. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Safe Animal Shelter.

Ruth Robertson
Ruth Robertson, 93 died on 27 July 2021. She was born in Nebraska and was married in Missouri. Ruth raised her children in Missouri, Michigan and Louisiana. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother to her eight children and forty grand/great grandchildren. Mom enjoyed gardening, putting puzzles together, reading, playing cards and spending time with family.  Mom was a loving and giving woman, who loved the Lord and gave to many charities. Ruth was predeceased by husband James W. Robertson, sons James W. Robertson and John R. Robertson, daughters Roberta J. DeLuca and Julie R Kluttz. Ruth is survived by children Robert W. Robertson (Cindy), Juanita J. Thedy (Clay), Jeanette R. Bergeron, Rebecca L. Andrews (Arlo), daughter-in-law Doris Robertson, 37 grand and great grandchildren. The family would like to thank St. Vincent’s Clay hospital staff and Haven Hospice for the loving care given to their Mother. Memorial services were held at 6 PM on Wednesday August 4, 2021 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS Holly Hill Funeral Home 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, FL with Pastor Ken Pledger officiating. Please post words of comfort at Please see the website for the link to attend the services virtually. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her honor to your favorite charity.

Peter G. Hundt
Peter G. Hundt of Green Cove Springs passed away peacefully July 25, 2021.  Peter was born on December 22, 1940 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Peter had a passion for competitive sports including tennis, soccer and Formula One automobile racing. Upon moving to Florida, golf was quickly added to the list. He had actively participated in many tennis tournaments and repeatedly achieved top rankings. 
His love for the United States started after high school, when he spent half a year in South Bend, Indiana as an intern at Studebaker. Then, after university and a few years employed within the automotive industry, he received a chance to go again to the States and worked as an engineer at Mercedes-Benz for a successful, nearly 30-year long career until retirement. Peter is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ursula, two sons Thomas and Michael, daughter-in-law Soo-Young, only sister Dorothee Nestel and her husband Wolfram, two grandchildren Alexandra and Amelia, cousins and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Peter’s name to The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, PO Box 696, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043.
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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

Bobbie Sue (Mccarley) Vincent
Mrs. Bobbie Sue (Mccarley) Vincent, age 88, of Green Cove Springs passed away peacefully on July 29, 2021. Mrs. Bobbie Sue was born in Lake Butler, FL on December  6, 1932. She was raised in Lake Butler before moving to Green Cove Springs in 1963. Mrs. Vincent worked as an administrator for local Drs. Bazley until her retirement. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing, a good yard or estate sale and yard work. Her true passion was helping others and she always put others before herself. She is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Bradford L. Vincent; her son, Cliff Vincent grandsons Jason and Glenn, and sisters Betty Jo Howard and Billy Kathryn Beiling. Mrs. Vincent is survived by her sons, Colin “Buddy” (Carolyn) Vincent of Middleburg and Alan (Lynne) Vincent of Green Cove Springs; her grandchildren, Christine, Michelle, Laura, Courtney, Evan, and Bridget, and sister Trudy (Jack) Huber. A graveside service for Mrs. Bobbie Sue will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 3rd at Elzey Chapel Cemetery in Lake Butler. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler.

Lucille Schuster LeCouvre
Lucille Schuster LeCouvre, a resident of Allegro in Fleming Island died on August 1, 2021 at the age of 100. She was born in Midway, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1920 to Michael and Stella Gilles Schuster. Lucille Schuster LeCouvre graduated from Midway High School in 1938 and went on to earn her BS degree in Household Economics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1942. During her career, Lucille Schuster LeCouvre served as President of Pittsburgh Home Economists in Business and as President of the Pennsylvania Home Economist Association. Lucille Schuster LeCouvre received three American Gas Association awards for Outstanding Public Relations and Marketing Programs.
As a representative of the American Gas Association, she gave cooking demonstrations in the Gas Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. She also served on the committee for the standardization of oven and surface cooking utensils and also worked with designer Tom Lamb in the development of handles for a leading cutlery firm. Lucille Schuster LeCouvre was Manager of Consumer Services before retiring from Equitable Gas Company in 1983.
Lucille Schuster LeCouvre married her high school classmate, Leonard LeCouvre in October of 1984 in Las Vegas, NV and retired to San Diego, California where she and her husband enjoyed retirement travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Lucille LeCouvre served on the board of the Rancho Bernardo Community Library. Following the loss of her husband, Lucille LeCouvre moved to Allegro in Fleming Island, Florida in 2015 to be closer to her nieces and nephews. Along with visiting the local area, she remained an avid reader and contributed to the large print section in the Allegro Library. In November, Lucille LeCouvre celebrated her 100th birthday during the pandemic with many of the staff and residents of Allegro in attendance.
Lucille Schuster LeCouvre is preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Leonard LeCouvre, USAF Retired and brother, Captain Robert J. Schuster, USNR Retired. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mrs. Shirley Schuster of Ft. Myers, FL and her children Michael Schuster of St. Simon Island, GA, Shann (Schuster) Mills of Jacksonville, FL., Lt. Col. Daniel Schuster, USMC Retired of Fernandina Beach, FL, Robert Schuster, Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Pamela (Schuster) Spann of Ft. Myers, FL; and of her step-daughter Michelle (LeCouvre) King of Louisville, KY. Lucille LeCouvre will be interred with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at


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