Obituaries 12/30/21


CDR Elvin G. “Lites” Lightsey, Jr.
CDR Elvin G. “Lites” Lightsey, Jr. (USN, Ret.),90, of Fleming Island, FL passed away peacefully on December 19, 2021 at Haven Hospice following a brief illness. He was born August 24, 1931 in Chicago, IL to the late Elvin and Pearl (Vickers) Lightsey. Lites was reared on a small cotton farm in Northeast Louisiana and graduated Crowville High School in 1948. He received a Bachelors degree from Louisiana State College in 1952 and a Masters in Education from University of North Florida in 1985. Elvin served his country honorably in the United States Navy, retiring after 23 years as Commander/Naval Aviator highlighted by being Officer in Charge Naval Support Force Antarctica Detachment, Christchurch, New Zealand from 1963 until 1965. Following his Navy career, he was a Financial Advisor for First Command Financial Planning for nine years. Lites was President of the Foxwood Civic Association, President of the Exchange Club of Orange Park, a board member of Children’s Haven and Lighthouse Learning Center as well as a coach for both Little League and Pop Warner. He was a MAJOR Florida State Fan and season ticket holder for 30 years. Lites was President of the Jacksonville Seminole Club in 1992 , President of Seminole Club of Clay County in 1999 and was awarded the prestigious “Circle of Gold” award in 2008. Lites was of only twelve non FSU graduates to receive this award. He loved his family and cherished time spent with them. Elvin will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded by his parents; his first wife, Dora Parker Lightsey; son, Larry Lynn Lightsey and daughter, Daphne Suzanne Lightsey. Lites is survived by his wife, Lorraine Pressner Lightsey; children, Elvin “Dizzy” Lightsey, III (Jan) and Richard Lightsey; grandchildren, Baileigh Lightsey, Stephen Lightsey and Michael Lightsey with a host of extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in the Jacksonville Memory Gardens Chapel. Lites will be laid to rest next to his family in Crowville Masonic Cemetery in Winnsboro, LA at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Jacksonville Memory Gardens 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073 (904) 272-2534

Francis Theodore Czelusniak
Francis Theodore Czelusniak, 91, of Fleming Island, FL passed away on December 25, 2021.
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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

James "Fisher" Albert Smith

James "Fisher" Albert Smith, 76, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away December 27, 2021. BROADUS-RAINES FUNERAL HOME, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000