In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Walter Lee Williams, Jr.

In Memoriam: Walter Lee Williams, Jr.

June 25, 1936 to September 30, 2020 Jacksonville just lost one of its Renaissance men. Walter Lee Williams, Jr. served as president of the Jacksonville City Council and board chairman of the JEA. He worked in real estate, insurance, and title and trust. His civic activities included the West Duval Jaycees, the Rotary Club of […]

In Memoriam: James Frank Surface, Jr.

In Memoriam: James Frank Surface, Jr.

March 15, 1938 to July 17, 2020 James Frank Surface, Jr., a “rainmaker” in every sense of the word both professionally and personally, passed away suddenly of a heart attack July 17. He was 82. Known as “Big Frank” to his family and friends, Surface was a larger-than-life kind of guy who worked as a […]

In Memoriam: Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr.

In Memoriam: Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr.

February 20, 1922 to August 7, 2020 Philanthropist Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr., who played a major role in the development of Jacksonville’s southside, passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes Aug. 7.  Referring often to himself as a simple “country farmer,” the always humble Skinner was so much more than that. Throughout his […]

In Memoriam: David D. Williams

In Memoriam: David D. Williams

June 13, 1954 to June 30, 2020 Retired Bishop Kenny High School teacher, coach, and administrator David D. Williams passed away on June 30 after a three-year battle with ALS.  In the classroom, on the playing field, and as dean of students, Williams made a big impact on the Bishop Kenny community. “Dave was liked […]

In Memoriam: Ann Carrell Jeter

In Memoriam: Ann Carrell Jeter

November 16, 1916 to July 17, 2020 If athleticism, wanderlust, and humor can keep a person young, then it’s no wonder Ann Carrell Jeter lived more than a century. The Riverside native made it to 103 before she died in the early morning on July 17 due to complications from COVID-19 and pneumonia.  One week […]

In Memoriam Gary Anthony Roberts

In Memoriam Gary Anthony Roberts

April 14, 1956 – May 28, 2020 Gary Roberts, 64, loving husband and father, peacefully passed away in St. Vincent’s Hospital after a brief illness May 28. His beloved wife of 34 years, Terry Russell Roberts and their daughter, Casey, 28, are comforted by the certainty that he is reunited in heaven with their deceased […]

In Memoriam: Frances Bartlett Kinne

In Memoriam: Frances Bartlett Kinne

May 23, 1917 to May 10, 2020 A trailblazer in education, both in Jacksonville and throughout the world, Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, matriarch of Jacksonville University, passed away May 10 at the age of 102. She was only two weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. A small-town Iowa girl, who had a love for music […]

In Memoriam: John Patrick Stone

June 10, 1921 to March 18, 2020 A true American hero and member of The Greatest Generation is gone. John Patrick Stone, an infantry unit commander in the Marine Corps who experienced heavy combat during World War II, passed away quietly under hospice care March 18 in his Avondale home at the age of 99. […]

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