Obituaries 12/23/21

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Frank Milton Thompson
Frank Milton Thompson, 67, of Fleming Island, FL passed away December 18, 2021.
Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000 www.broadusraines.com

Jon Barry Stump
Jon Barry Stump passed away suddenly and peacefully in Nashville, TN, on December 10, 2021.
He was born in Roanoke, VA, on July 7, 1948, and preceded in death by parents, Norma and Burch Stump, and niece, Ashley Gardner.
Jon is survived by his wife, Sue McCall; daughters Amy Stump; Lindsay Stump Powell and her husband Danny, and Jon’s granddaughter Chloe; sister Sandra Gardner and her husband Tad; nephew Matthew Gardner and his wife Brandy, and children Kingston and Emily; and Ashley’s children Madeline and Penn Komisar; and former spouse Jill Stump.
Raised in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Jon was a graduate of Clay High School and attended Florida State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business. He was a talented master carpenter, land developer and owned Stump Door & Trim.
Jon was a member of Cabul Lodge No. 116, and was a past Worshipful Master. He was very involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its annual Telethon through the Masonic Lodge.
For over three decades Orangedale, FL, was Jon’s home, where he created his family business, The Vinyard Mobile Home Park, and later developed it into the Bartram Oaks community. He was part of the lives of hundreds of families who shared in his humor, generosity, and dedication.
He loved the Lord, loved his family, and loved life. A happy, creative, hardworking, and compassionate man with an infectious smile, Jon enjoyed restoring old homes, woodworking, being outdoors, cooking, golfing and fishing. All who knew him, laughed with him, and loved him will miss him. He made life an adventure and wouldn’t want this news to stop the joy of this season.
His family will have a private service after the holidays.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Norma Jean Allen
Norma Jean Allen, 88, went home to rejoice with the Lord Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Middleburg, Florida. Born March 10, 1933 in Hammond, Indiana, Norma was the sole child of the late Lloyd F. and Dora Lee (Morris) Lumsden.
A 1953 graduate of Passavant School of Nursing in Chicago, Norma married the love of her life, Richard G. Allen, on March 28, 1953 in East Chicago, Indiana. In 1973, the family relocated to the Jacksonville area. Her lifelong companion and husband of 50 years, Richard preceded her in death.
“Mom” to some, “Nanny” to many, she is survived by her nine children: Meredith (Philip) Faine, Kimberly (Don) Davis, Richard (Melissa) Allen, Randall (Melinda) Allen, Sandra Newsom, Lauren (Gary) Schuran, Steven (Amy) Allen, Jennifer Allen, and Robert (Vanessa) Allen, along with 28 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Norma’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, sharing laughter and countless memories. She leaves behind many lasting legacies, “All because two people fell in love.”
A private celebration service will be held at the family’s home this week in Middleburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army. Condolences may be left at https://obituaries.neptunesociety.com/obituaries/jacksonville-fl/norma-allen-10490685

Sherman Louis O’Brien
Sherman Louis O’Brien, Commander, USN (Retired), 69 walked peacefully and pain-free into the arms of his Savior on December 19, 2021 at his home in Orange Park, FL. Sherman was born to Eugene and Lola Larson O’Brien on September 4, 1952 in Glendive, MT and spent his childhood in the small town of Wolf Point, Montana. He thrived on the blessings of small town America and enjoyed favorite pastimes such as bike riding, swimming, sledding, skating, and playing his favorite sport, baseball, with his friends growing up. The son of a widow for the majority of his childhood, he found ways to earn money with odd jobs such as shoveling snow, mowing lawns, gardening, scorekeeping for the local bowling league and delivering the Great Falls Tribune.
A proud 1970 graduate of Wolf Point High School, he was awarded a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship to attend Iowa State University in “the cultural mecca of the Midwest”, Ames, Iowa. Upon graduation from Iowa State in 1974 with his Bachelor’s Degree, Sherman was commissioned into the United States Navy and ordered to Navy flight training where he earned his wings of gold. This was the beginning of a lifetime of service, first to his country as a decorated member of the armed forces, then to future generations as a high school science teacher.
Sherman’s career in the military began with orders to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 11 homeported in Jacksonville, FL. The Commanding Officer of HS-11 introduced Sherman to his daughter, Debbie, whom he would go on to marry on April 21, 1979. His military service would lead the O’Brien family across the country several times as his orders included duty stations in Peoria, IL, Minneapolis, MN, Norfolk, VA (2 times), Monterey, CA, Jacksonville, FL (3 times), and Seattle, WA. During his 23-year military career Sherman was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Strike-Flight Air Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other individual and unit awards in addition to graduating Navy Postgraduate School with his Master’s Degree. Upon retirement from the Navy, Sherman started teaching secondary school science with the Clay County School District. He taught earth science, physical science, and was particularly passionate about teaching physics. After teaching approximately 2,500 students of his 20-year second career, he retired from teaching at Clay High School in 2018.
Following his second retirement, he focused on his true passion, spending time with family. He set about making sure everyone in the family was well-fed and spent his days as a part time Grandpa Daycare. Among his many interests were home repair and improvement (read: buying and using new tools), watching and playing sports such as tennis, golf and running (he completed 4 marathons and countless 5k, 10k and 15k races), and cooking (he was an avid Food Network watcher and Bon Appetit subscriber).
Sherman was a faithful Believer in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, a patriot and defender of freedom and the United States of America, and a proud son of his native state of Montana. He will be remembered as a godly man who was quick to share a home-cooked meal and good conversation. He was generous with his love and a fount of knowledge ranging from pop culture trivia to historical dates and events to which aisle had the item you’re looking for in Publix.
Sherman is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Lola O’Brien, parents-in-love, Duane and Carolyn Steiner, and sister, Terryayne Jones. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Debbie, children Joseph (April) O’Brien and Joshua (Jennifer) O’Brien of St. Augustine, FL, Kathryn (Blas) Ruelas and Laura (William) Torres of Orange Park, FL, 12 grandchildren, sister Marlys O’Brien of Inver Grove Heights, MN, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends across the country. The family would like to extend heart-felt thanks to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville for their heroic efforts over the past ten years as Sherman was treated for cutaneous angiosarcoma. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Moffitt Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, or Sarcoma Foundation of America. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 at 11:30am at Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 2501 Loretta Road, Jacksonville, FL. 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