Obituaries 12/17/20

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Virginia (Jinnee) M. Ballou
Virginia (Jinnee) M. Ballou, age 98, of Orange Park passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
She was born September 18, 1922 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She graduated from high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma and attended St. John’s University and Columbia the first year they accepted women.
She married Justin Guy Ballou II on July 14, 1942 and became a Navy wife. In the 27 years he was in the Navy they lived in Cape May, NY; New York City, Providence, RI; Wakefield, RI; Hunts River, NJ; Alfred and Sanford, Maine; Key West, FL; Yorktown VA; Lakehurst, NJ; Tom’s River, NJ; Corpus Christie, TX; Sacramento, CA; Coronado, CA; Modesto, CA; Monterey CA: Richman, CA; Guam and Trinidad and Tobago. The family moved to Jacksonville in 1966 and then to Orange Park in 1969. She lived there and Saint Augustine until her death.
She was an artist who created many watercolor paintings. She was a member of Orange Park Presbyterian Church and was active in the Orange Park Women’s Club, Shepherd’s Center, Red Hat Society, and Retired Officer’s Wives Club. She was a leader with both the Boy and Girl Scouts for many years.
Jinnee was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Guy Ballou and her son Justin Guy Ballou III.
She is survived by three children, Christine Brindle (Jim Brindle) of St. Augustine, FL, Robert Ballou (Janet Ballou) of St. Augustine, FL, and Kelle Ballou Maher (Scott Maher) of Scottsdale, AZ. She is survived by three grandchildren, Justin Guy Ballou IV of Charlestown, RI; Shelley Ballou of Orange Park, FL, and Tatum Maher of Scottsdale, AZ. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Jinnee’s memorial service on December 12 can be viewed on the Orange Park Presbyterian Church You Tube channel. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Orange Park Presbyterian Church or Community Hospice, Jacksonville, FL.


Janet McCurry
Janet McCurry, age 80, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Cookeville, TN. She was born in Jacksonville, FL on July 14, 1940 to George and Zelna Loznicka.
She had been a lifelong resident of the North Florida area and enjoyed spending time at her second home in Tennessee.
Mrs. McCurry was a Registered Nurse and retired from Northeast Florida State Hospital. She was also a talented decorator and gifted at transforming a house into a home. Janet was always doing something for others and will be fondly remembered for her generous nature and kind spirit. She touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mrs. McCurry was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Mark Losco; a brother, George; and her sister, Terry. She is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, Harry McCurry, Jr.; children: Crystal McCurry, Candy Knight, and Franz Braatz; a brother, Herbert Loznicka (Brenda); and grandchildren: Tyler, Amber, and David; as well as many extended family members and dear friends.
The family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 16th from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park. Funeral services officiated by Dr. Tim McDaniel were held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, Dec. 17th at the funeral home. We are following CDC guidelines and allowing as many as 50 people in the building & strongly encourage suitable distances between family and friends. The family requests the use of a protective mask, as well. Interment will immediately follow at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery. She will be laid to rest with her parents in the Fountain of Life Garden.Please sign the online guestbook at www.jacksonvillememorygardens.com


Amy Nicole Fleming

On Sunday, November 22, 2020, Amy Nicole Fleming, loving mother, sister and a friend to so many, passed away at the age of 43.
Born November 12, 1977 in Orange Park, Amy was a natural leader and used her strength every day to inspire others to believe in themselves. With confidence and self driven determination she quickly became a well known and respected member in telecommunications construction field where she managed construction coordination and right of way permitting for 10 years.
Amy was full of life, her radiant smile, her laughing character and her loving sprit brought joy to everyone she was around. She was quick to help anyone she could and to take care of any animal in need and will be dearly missed.
Amy is survived by her father, Robert Fleming, mother Loretta Kroupa, two pride and joy’s, of her life daughters, Dallas Marie Teeter and Alana Nicole Bird, her loving significant other of 5 years Stacy Murphy, sisters, Regina Cheeseman and Stephanie Hanson, brother, Franklin Clay and her life long best friend of 23 years Andrew Lee.
Services were held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Family and friends may share their condolences at www.RHRFH.com, 904-284-7720

Milford G. Oakes, Jr.
Milford G. Oakes, Jr., 78, of Middleburg, FL passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
“Jay” was born to Milford Sr. and Isabel Oakes on October 21, 1942 in Portland, Maine. Jay proudly served in the United States Army for two tours in Vietnam. He belonged to the American Legion Post 250 and was a life member of the VFW Post 8255.
He was married to Nancy Oakes, who preceded him in death on March 20, 2019. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Skip Oakes; his sisters, Barbara Duncun and Pat Harris along with his stepdaughter, Melanie Kramer.
Jay is survived by his sons, Shaun, George and Shane; stepchildren, Jamie and Ryan; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews including a special niece and caregiver, Pam Belt.
A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Pasquale Frank “Pat” La Monica
Mr. Pasquale Frank “Pat” La Monica, age 89 of Orange Park, FL passed away Thursday December 3, 2020. Pat was born May 6, 1931 in Queens, NY to Leonard La Monica and Sara Trangone La Monica.
Pat was a veteran of the U.S. Army with service during the Korean War. He attended Hofstra University and worked in the retail grocery and pharmacy industry. He was quick with a friendly word or assistance to others and encouraging to everyone he met. His strong Christian faith was also evident in his many years of service to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Orange Park, FL.
Pat was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Jane La Monica in June, 2000. Surviving are his daughter Linda La Monica; his son Kevin La Monica and his wife Paulina; grandchildren Christin Neumann and her husband Fabian, and Cara Jean La Monica; great grandson Aaron J. Neumann; his brother James La Monica and his wife Arlene; his sister in law Carmen La Monica; also numerous nieces and nephews and many other loving family members and friends. Pat will be deeply missed.
In honoring his wishes, memorialization is by cremation, and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday December 18, 2020 at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL with Fr. Jose Kulathinal Celebrant. Committal service with Army Honors will be held at 12:30 PM on Monday December 21, 2020 at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to share remembrances of Pat on the Tribute Wall here.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Edgar Tracy Stewart
Edgar Tracy Stewart, at the age of 88, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, December 13th with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sandra Brooklyn Stewart, his daughter and her partner, Sandra Lynn “Lindy” Stewart and Marc Emerlin, his 4 grandchildren and their spouses, Bryan and Melinda Stewart, Britton and Dieter McGuire, Starling Settle, and Justin “Wyatt” Settle, his 8 great-grandchildren, Collin Stewart, Brady Moses, Kolby Hancock, Caleb Stewart, Jenna Stewart, Ava Stewart, Siara Voight, and Skyla Robertson, and his brother Walter “Joe” Stewart.
He spent his early years with the railroad, working for Seaboard Coast Line Railroad and Auto Train. He and his business partner established Kustom Karr and operated out of Reynolds Industrial Park for many years. He later managed Reynolds Industrial Park until his retirement in 2006.
He was truly a wonderful man and all who were lucky enough to know him were very fortunate. He will be dearly missed.

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