Obituaries 9/23/21


Norris ‘Frog’ Ellis Chesser

Norris “Frog” Ellis Chesser, 57, of Green Cove Springs, FL, the beloved Husband of Lyn Chesser, Father of two daughters, and Grandfather of four, went home to be with the Lord on September 2nd 2021. The Son of Vergil and Lucy Chesser, born January 14, 1964 in Orange Park, FL. Frog was an extraordinary man, who imparts us with a profound legacy. As a family man, he was faithful, kind, giving, pure, committed, and honorable. As a friend, he loved at all times. He was loyal. He bestowed wisdom and demonstrated humility. Frog was a man of integrity, displaying courage and had a work ethic unmatched by any other. To know Frog was to love him.
Many knew him as a houndsman, a carpenter, and farmer. Frog loved the outdoors only second to his family. If you couldn’t find him with family, you’d certainly catch him in the woods, fishing, or outside building something. His life was marked by his servanthood to others, continually seeking out opportunities to impact the lives of those around him. He was a man of his word and a hand-shake was his promise.
Frog is preceded in death by his father Vergil and leaves behind his lovely mother, Lucy; his wife Jackuelyn “Lyn” of 38 years; two daughters, Rachel Deel (Jeffrey), and Crystal Rice (Kyle); four grandchildren: Jacob, Blake, McKenzie, and Karter; his brother David Chesser, and sisters Norma Jean Chesser (John), Carolyn Shelton (Randy), and Anita Jo Gillyard (Daniel); father and mother-in-Law Sonny and Harriet Hyatt; brother-in-law Billy Hyatt (Eddie); 15 nieces and nephews; and 23 great nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at Russell Baptist Church on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. Visitation was held at 1 p.m., prior to the service. Burial took place at Shiloh Baptist Church immediately following the graveside service. Pallbearers: David Chesser, Jacob Deel, James Cox, Donny Harvey, Jimmy Weeks, Lloyd Green, Donald Moody, Woody Woods, Randy Arnold, Ronnie Moody, Randy Haire & Tim Kite.
Honorary Pallbearers: Jeffrey Deel, Kyle Rice, Blake Deel, Rusty Wager, Jared Gillyard, Jason Wager, Shawn Ennis, Chad Wager, Cody Gillyard, Decovan Gillyard, Bill Hyatt, Daniel Gillyard, Billy Hyatt, Randy Shelton, Gerald Ross & Steve Warren

Mary Alma Pepe
Mary Alma Pepe, a woman who never met a stranger, passed peacefully from us at her home on Fleming Island, Florida on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, one month after her 97th birthday and in the loving care of her family.
Born Mary Alma Robertson on August 1, 1924 in Henderson, Kentucky she lived most of her childhood in the lean, challenging years of the great depression. She was a senior at Smithmills HIgh School in Smithmills, KY when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor bringing the U.S. into WWII. She graduated six months later and went to work as a telephone operator for the newly built U.S. Army training facility Camp Breckinbridge near Morganfield, Kentucky. It was there she met and married her husband of 52 years, Stephen (Steve) Pepe, who was training as a medical technician prior to serving in Burma.
After the war she and Steve eventually moved to the nearby city of Evansville, Indiana where they raised three children and lived until their retirements in 1987. Steve worked as a quality control technician for Whirlpool Corporation. Mary became a welder and an active member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local; she worked for furniture fabricator George Koch & Sons for 33 years.
 In the year they retired Mary and Steve moved to Florida and into their new home on Fleming Island. There they became involved in their new community serving as volunteers in the Orange Park Hospital Auxiliary and participating in the Florida Master Gardner program in Green Cove Springs. After Steve passed in 1995 Mary continued her work in the Auxiliary eventually completing over 20 years of service. 
 In recent years until the pandemic made it unwise, she enjoyed frequent outings with her children who now all live in the Jacksonville area. To the last she took delight each day in reading her paper and watching the Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy hour with her two small doggies, Teddy and Andy, either on her lap or nearby.
Passing before her in addition to her husband, Steve, was her brother Harmon Robertson Jr. of Evansville, IN. She is survived by her son Donald Stephen Pepe, daughter Rita Diane (Pepe) Curry of Jacksonville, daughter Mildred Gloria Pepe of Fleming Island, and grandson Stephen Ray Curry of Evansville.
 Arrangements are with Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Orange Park. Out of caution for the health of all involved there will not be a public service. Instead, a video honoring Mary’s life is being prepared and will made available to all who want to remember this unique lady. In the meantime, those who wish to share their thoughts and memories of Mary Alma may do so by entering her name, Mary Alma Pepe, at the following website: In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Cancer Research Institute ( 

Jack Crabtree
 The Best Husband, Dad, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather, Jack Crabtree, took the hand of Jesus and went home on Thursday September 16, 2021.
He was born August 14,1937 in Wichita, Kansas and spend most of the reminder of his life in Middleburg, Florida.
His life was filled with love for his Savior and his family. Jack was a faithful servant to the Lord and taught his children and grandchildren the importance of loving Jesus. He proudly served his country for 30 years in the United States Navy and he was well respected by all that met him. He was known by his grandchildren as Papa Jack and always had a full candy jar waiting for his babies. He loved each and every one of them and was so very proud of them. He was a man of great character and set an example of what a real husband, father, and Grandfather should be, he was a true living example of Jesus.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Joyce Crabtree, his daughter and son in law Jo’D and Jim Garrison, daughter in law Kim Crabtree, 14 Grandchildren and 23 great- grandchildren and preceded in death by his son Terry Crabtree.

Angelea M McDonald
11/30/1959- 9/16/2021 Angelea (Angel) McDonald, 61, from Green Cove Springs passed away at her home on September 16, 2021 after a battle with cancer.
Angel was a homemaker and caretaker most of her life and especially loved her family and friends. She enjoyed being around people, going places and being in her yard. She was
a force to be reckoned with at times but she had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone if she could. Never a dull moment when she was around as you would never know what she may say or do next. She was preceded in death by her mother Anna Scully, stepfather Ralph Scully and sister Carol Harpster. She is survived by her son Joesph McDonald, granddaughter Kiley McDonald, sister Tammie Layfield, niece Megan Layfield, and nephews Christopher Layfield and Ryan Jones.
Many great nieces, nephew, cousins, aunts, uncle, and friends.
Angel will be truly missed by all that knew her. Once an Angel on earth is now an Angel in heaven.

Frank F. Hogarth
passed away in the Belleair Health Care Center, Clearwater FL after a long illness. He was born in Providence RI to A. Louise (Jewell) Hogarth and Frank J. Coxon and is survived by two children: Christina Hogarth of St. Petersburg FL and Matthew (Teresa) Hogarth of Charlotte NC, four grandchildren, one great grandson, and seven step-grandchildren. After graduating from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Frank enlisted in the Navy and rose to the rank of E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer, serving as a supervisory aircraft mechanic on the USS Enterprise, USS Bonhomme Richard, and USS Independence during the Vietnam war. After retiring from the military in 1982, he started his own business as a CPA in Orange Park FL and later moved to St. Petersburg in 2011. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg, following a private graveside service.

Debbie Monaghan
Debbie Monaghan 63, long-time resident of Green Cove Springs, Fl, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2020. Debbie was born to Walter and Sarah Callaway April 29, 1958 in Braintree, Massachusetts. Debbie was a graduate of Clay High School, owner of Monaghan’s Restaurant, and later a cook at Hickory Grove Early Learning Center.
Debbie loved her children, grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. She spent countless hours with her family camping, kayaking, and going to springs and beaches. 
She will be remembered as many things, but first and foremost as a loving mother, sister and friend. She also spent many years as a Girl Scout leader, and a Boy Scout Den Mother.
Debbie was preceded in death by her mother (Sarah Callaway), father (Walter Callaway), and her children’s father (Michael Monaghan).
Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 25, at 11 o’clock
at Hickory Grove Baptist Church and will be officiated by Dr. Tim McDaniel.
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.

Buddy G. Dunkle
Buddy G. Dunkle, 79 of Orange Park, FL passed away September 17, 2021.
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000


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