DIBLASIO – Robert V. “Bob” DiBlasio, 85, passed away Tuesday evening, January 8, 2013 at his Amelia Island home. He was born January 25, 1927 in Malden, MA and moved to Amelia Island, FL from Chicago, IL 15 years ago. Mr. DiBlasio was a sales executive with Inland Steel of Chicago for 37 years. He was in the Air Cadets in high school and joined the U. S. Air Force after graduating. WWII was just coming to an end as he joined the U. S. Air Force and he was assigned to duty in Italy. After military service Mr. DiBlasio entered Harvard University and was a member of the 1952 graduating class. While at Harvard he played varsity football. He would later be honored by his high school as he was inducted in the Newton High School Hall of Fame for achievements in football, hockey and track. Mr. DiBlasio enjoyed tennis, golf, hunting, skiing and sailing. He participated in competitive sailing on Lake Michigan. He was predeceased by a son, Robert S. DiBlasio who passed away in 2009. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Ann DiBlasio of Amelia Island, FL; a son, Mark DiBlasio, also of Amelia Island; a sister, Irene Clough of Framingham, MA; a granddaughter, Krystina Burns of Chicago, IL; nieces and nephews living in Oklahoma and his faithful, dog, Jazz. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, at the Amelia Plantation Chapel. In lieu of Flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Nassau County Humane Society, 995 Piper, Ln., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.Read more →
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COOK – Johnny Edward Cook, 76, passed away Wednesday evening, December 12, 2012. He was born June 3, 1936 in Miami, FL and moved to Fernandina Beach 40 years ago from Jacksonville, FL. He was of the Baptist faith and a former member of the Yulee Lions Club. He enjoyed woodworking and built furniture as well as other things. As a musician, he played the guitar. Mr. Cook was well liked by the community and was always there to help anyone who needed help. He loved the mountains and enjoyed fishing. Above all he was a devoted husband and father. He was predeceased by a son, Gregory Allen Cook; his parents, Emmet and Lillie Suit Cook; two brothers and a sister. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patricia Medders Cook of Fernandina Beach, FL; a son, Johnny “Wayne” Cook of Fernandina Beach; two daughters, Cynthia Cook Addy, also of Fernandina Beach and Kathy Cook Langford (Bobby) of Daytona Beach, FL; five brothers, three sisters, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 15, at Hughes Cemetery in Yulee with Rev. Denny Music officiating. Hughes Cemetery is located in Yulee off Pages Dairy Rd. Take with Palmetto Ave. or Florida Ave. (off Pages Dairy about 1/4 mi. from US 17).Read more →
Marshall Deforest Brainard, 94, passed away Sunday evening, December 9, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Fernandina Beach, FL. Arrangements will soon be announced by the family.Read more →
Melanie Ann Watkins, 48, passed away October 13, 2012 at her Nassauville residence. Arrangements are incomplete.Read more →
JONES – Donald L. “Donnie” Jones, 63, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away September 11, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. Arrangements are incomplete.
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Robert A. Cummings, 65, passed away August 16, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete.
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Joseph Carter of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away July 28, 2012. All services and burial will be in Blackshear, Georgia.
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William Richard Beazley, 90, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away July 15, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete.
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SEYMOUR – Ronald Arthur Seymour passed Thursday afternoon, July 12, 2012 after battling an extended illness and from complication derived from a recent fall. At age 82 he was a man full of life, compassion and genuine personality. He is loved and missed by his family and will always be remembered as a man of warmth and generosity.
His years as a youth were framed by his experience of WWII and his unique location in history in the Surrey Countryside just outside of the London metropolitan area. Ron vividly recalled stories of skies filled with allied bombers, or German doodle-bug bombs dropping from the sky. He remembered the American and Canadian soldier and witnessed the long train of vehicles making their way to the coast of England for the D-Day invasion. The Seymour children would often sit for hours to hear their parents tell stories of war, victory, friendship, family and sometimes sorrow and anguish as only the greatest generation could tell.
In the period immediately following the war, Ron served honorably in the Royal Army leading an artillery gun crew in the Jordanian desert. He returned home from the service to build his career in post-war English economy.
Through common friends and the fact that he was a good ballroom dancer, Ron met his wife, Elizabeth, at a local dance one evening in Guildford. She caught his eye and it was literally love at first sight. He often reminisced about his lucky day and anyone who knew him likely knows the story of the “Polish girl in the Blue Dress.” They remained married for 57 years until Elizabeth passed in 2009.
Ron and Elizabeth along with their first son emigrated from England in the late 1950′s, settling first in Canada and eventually the United States. The settled in the Polish community in Chicago. They both became U.S. Citizens in the 1980′s and appreciated the opportunity America had given them. Even though he was filled with an American patriotism and spirit, he was definitely an Englishman in many noticeable phrases and traits… and he loved his Guinness.
Ron worked extremely hard all his life and is responsible for the success his family enjoys. He provided not only for the family’s basic needs but understood the value of education and sacrificed much so that his children could attend Catholic grade school. He worked his way through the ranks into supervisory positions and established a successful long term career and retirement from Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. He was proud to be a railroader.
Ron loved his family and gave them God’s blessing at every oppportunity. He never took enough credit for what he provided to his family but marveled at how successful his children and grandchildren were. It is obvious to his children that they learned from him and owe everything they now have to his sacrifice and values. He loved his daughters in law as if they were his daughters.
His family knows he is in God’s care now, perhaps dancing with his beloved Elizabeth and reliving that moment when love stirred his heart and shaped their lives as a family. All should be so lucky to have a life as full as Ron’s. His children take great pride in the work he accomplished on this earth.
Ron was predeceased by his loving wife, Elizabeth Slysz Seymour.
Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Richard and Charleen Seymour of Fernandina Beach, FL and Christopher and Michele Seymour of Jacksonville, FL (he loved his daughters in law as if they were his own daughters); his grandchildren, Carl, Kevin, Janine and Billie-Lynn; and a great grandchild, Sarah.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 505 Broome St., Fernandina Beach, FL. Ron will be entombed alongside his wife in the Garden of Remembrance Mausoleum at Green Pine Cemetery. The family will receive friend from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Green Pine Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4114 Sunbeam Rd., Bldg. 100 Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32257.
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Barbara Ferrell, 83, of Yulee passed away Wednesday morning, July 11, 2012 at Life Care Center in Hillard, FL. Arrangments are incomplete.
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James (Jim) Spurlock Farrior III
James (Jim) S. Farrior III., age 92, died at Quality Health Care in Fernandina Beach, Fl. on May 29, 2012 following an extended illness.
Jim was born January 11, 1920 in Birmingham, Ala., to the late James S. Farrior II and Ruth Thompson Farrior. His early years were spent in Letohatchee, Ala., and from the start he was industrious and filled with curiosity. In 1937 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was trained as a radio telegraph operator. During this time he also obtained his radio amateur license, W4FOK, a life long hobby and passion.
In 1941, Jim joined the British Civilian Technical Corps and served as a technician and operator for the world’s first land based early warning radar system. Once the United States entered the war efforts, he joined the United States Merchant Marine as a Chief Radio Officer, where he served aboard ships in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and North and South Pacific.
After the war, he attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) and also worked as Chief Engineer of radio station WJHO in Opelika, Alabama. While working at the radio station, Jim met and married, Peggy Moore Adams. After graduation in 1949, he taught Electrical Engineering until his move to Huntsville, Alabama in 1950.
In Huntsville Jim began his 30-year aerospace career as the first US Technical civilian employee of Dr.Wernher Von Braun when the German missile team relocated to Huntsville Redstone Arsenal. He was soon placed in charge of the design and development of guidance systems for the Redstone, Jupiter, Pershing, Jupiter “C” and Saturn missile systems.
In 1959, when Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. of Sunnyvale, California won the contract for development of the submarine-launched missile Polaris, he was offered the position of Manager of the Guidance and Control Department of the Missiles Systems Division.
As the space race continued to escalate, Jim was asked to move back to Huntsville in 1962 to open a new Lockheed Huntsville Research and Engineering facility. Under his direction the company developed a national reputation for aerospace research, design, and engineering. This was an exciting time in space exploration and Lockheed under Jim’s direction played an active role in the development of the Saturn, Apollo and Lunar Lander programs.
While living in Huntsville Jim developed many interests including boating, diving, glider pilot, archaeology, genealogy, running (marathon at age 61), photography, amateur radio, and travel. He was a founding member of both the Madison County and the Alabama Archaeological Society.
After a fulfilling aerospace career, Jim retired in 1980. Upon retiring Jim moved first to Daphne, Ala., then Merritt Island, Fl., before settling in Fernandina Beach, Fl. During retirement he participated with the University of Texas and Earth Watch on archaeological digs in Central America. Jim and Peggy also enjoyed many years traveling the world. Jim has published technical books and journals as well as several family genealogy books and memoirs, based on the life long journals that he kept. These will be enjoyed by generations to come. Jim also developed “The Mill” a free-ware program that teaches both American and International Morse Code.
Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Peggy Adams Farrior; his daughters Sue Farrior Harden, Fernandina Beach, Fl.; and Janis Farrior Nall (Larry), Sopchoppy, Fl.; his grand-daughter Jennifer Nall Petrandis (Thomas), his great-granddaughters, Marina Petrandis, Savannah Petrandis, and Kyria Petrandis; his sister Anne Leidel, and brother Joseph Sanderson (nee Farrior). He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. The family would like to give special thanks to Joyce Bowman and all of the caregivers at Angel Watch of Amelia Island, Quality Health Care, Brandan McCracken, and Paul Duvall for their loving care and support during his illness.
Burial will be privately held at the Letohatchee Cemetery in Alabama.
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Russell Chapin, 91, passed away Wednesday morning, May 23, 2012 at his Amelia Island residence. Arrangements are incomplete. Please check back later.
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Janice G. Davis, 73, of Yulee passed away April 15, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete. Please check back later.
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Madge Green Gibson, 81, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away April 9, 2012. Funeral Arrangements will be announced later this week. Please check back later.
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Norman D. Spires, 70, passed away March 29, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete. Please check back later.
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Terri A. Lester, 72, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away Thursday morning, February 16, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. Memorial services will be at a later date in Albany, NY.
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MINSHEW – Velma Laverne Minshew, 87, passed away Monday morning, February 6, 2012 at her Yulee residence surrounded by her family.
She was born November 23, 1924 and moved to Yulee, FL 34 years ago from Fernandina Beach, FL.
She has been a faithful member of Yulee Baptist Church for over 34 years. Mrs. Minshew was a member of the 1943 graduating class of Patterson, GA High School. She enjoyed spending her time with family, friends and grandchildren. They spent their summers in Cherokee, NC at their favorite campground. She made many wonderful friends over the years.
Mrs. Minshew was predeceased by her parents, Oliver and Ellie (Cauley) Taylor, and by two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her devoted husband, David G. Minshew of Yulee,FL. The would have been married 42 years on February 14. Also surviving are four sons, Wayne Jacobs (Mary) of Cherokee, NC, Reggie Jacobs (Dianne) of Yulee, FL, Mike Jacobs of Stockbridge, GA and Billy Minshew (Sue) of Callahan, FL; two daughters, Annette Burgess (J.L.) of Cherokee, NC and Helen Lucio (Norman) of Yulee, FL; two brothers, Hubert Taylor of Yulee, FL and Joseph Taylor (Evelyn) of Patterson, GA; three sisters, Annie Bell Thornton of Patterson, GA, Delois Carter (Rufus) of Blackshear, GA and Oletha Carter of Waycross, GA; 18 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at Yulee Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Sides officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. Thursday until the time of service at the church. Entombment will follow in the Garden of Remembrance Mausoleum at Green Pine Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Yulee Baptist Church Building Fund.
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Darla Lance, 45, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Fernandina Beach. Services will be private. Those who know the family may contact her son, Jason Hendrix.
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Dwight C. Creider, 73, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete.
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Martha C. Flegal, age 70, passed away on Sunday December 11, 2011 at home in Fernandina Beach FL. Martha was raised at the Jersey Shore and graduated from St. Rose High School in Belmar NJ. She raised four children in the suburbs of Wilmington DE and worked in human resources for the DuPont Company. Later she graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Martha had a pleasant outgoing personality and was devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed reading, walking at the beach and was active in the North Hampton Book Club. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, George J. Flegal, two daughters: Karen Ashmore of Honeydew CA and Christine Cintron and her husband Ralph of Wilmington DE, one son Gregory Ashmore of Wilmington DE and a sister Barbara Kraft and her husband Terry of Ocean Grove NJ, and a brother Martin Clark of Arizona. She also adored her 11 grandchildren: Danny, Amy, Amanda, Dylan, Shane, Jake, Kate, Justin, Lauren, Will and Sarah. Martha was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Martha Clark, and her son Willard E Ashmore, III.
A memorial gathering will be held from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18, at the Amenities Center at North Hampton on Amelia Concourse.
Additionsl services will be held on December 27, at Holy Rosary Church 3200 Phladelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.
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