THE WAY WE WERE

William Boling

William Boling

By Victoria Register-Freeman Resident Community News Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony might serve as a suitable soundtrack for a film on William ‘Bill’ Boling’s life. The piece is known for its quiet melodies punctuated by moments of energy and excitement. Boling comes from a family of action-oriented individuals. In 1939 when he was five, his parents moved […]

David Gum

David Gum

Jacksonville resident David Gum was born and raised “on the curve” at the end of South Shores Road and Old Hickory Road. His mother Bonnie, who is now 97, still lives in the home his parents built. He has many funny and interesting memories of the area known as South Shores. He shared with The […]

Jack Hines

A Walt Disney VP once said, “We’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.” Jack Hines, age 81, serves up stories that satisfy the hunger for connection with the Historic District’s past, its people and its places. Born in Riverside Hospital, Hines smiles devilishly when he remembers the […]

Jack & Jean Cummings

  By Amanda Ford – Resident Community News – Jack and Jean Cummings have seen it all. Missionary trips have taken the couple all over the world to “just about any place you would think of and a lot of places that you wouldn’t” according to Jack. But wherever their travels take them, they always […]

The Way We Were: Thema Brown

By Victoria Register-Freeman Resident Community News In her almost 50 years working in the Historic District, Thelma Brown drove school carpool even though she didn’t own a car. She used her employers’ cars.  When she began working in the District in 1968, she herself took four buses a day to get to and from her […]

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part II

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part II

By Laura Jane Pittman   Last month, retired UNF educator Joyce Thomas Jones shared her earliest memories of growing up in the city of South Jacksonville in last month’s column. This month, we follow Jones through her elementary and high school years, in a charming glimpse of the way things were. Joyce Thomas Jones was […]

San Jose woman keeps songs, Psalms in her heart

San Jose woman keeps songs, Psalms in her heart

By Amanda Ford Usually once someone has lived to be 80 years old, they are about ready to settle down and enjoy their golden years. Anne Coyle had made those plans for herself, and relished in them as she blew out the candles on her special day. “On my birthday I said to the Lord […]

Celebrating a century: Happy birthday to Addie K. Mallory

Timuquana-area resident Addie K. Mallory will be the center of family and friends’  attention when she is regaled with a centennial barbecue celebration next month in Georgia. Mallory’s 100th birthday open house will be at her lakefront home in Blakely, GA. There will be many fun memories to share. Born August 7, 1912 in Blakely, Mallory […]