Senior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s senior residents.

The Way We Were: Cyndy Ira Reynolds

The Way We Were: Cyndy Ira Reynolds

A value system instilled by her family and the loyalty of lifelong friends are what have shaped and molded Cyndy Ira Reynolds of Avondale. “I feel like a mixture of so many bright and intuitive and lovely people,” she said. Reynolds is the daughter of Dr. Gordon H. Ira, Jr., the Jacksonville native who had […]

The Way We Were: Carol Cochran Todd

The Way We Were: Carol Cochran Todd

Carol Cochran Todd has seen over seven decades of change across Jacksonville. But there’s been at least one constant thread woven into the fabric of her life here, and that is respect—the respect she witnessed as a little girl, the respect she was taught in school, the respect she holds today for all people.  Originally […]

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 […]

Women’s Board founder celebrates 100th birthday

Women’s Board founder celebrates 100th birthday

Ellen Cavert, founder of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, marked her 100th birthday June 30 with close family members and a quiet celebration over strawberry crème cake and ice cream, her favorite. Her family sang an exuberant rendition of “Happy Birthday,” and she was also able to view a video of birthday greetings […]

The Way We Were: Ken Juro

The Way We Were: Ken Juro

Even though he was not born when his father fought the Japanese during World War II, Ken Juro learned plenty about resilience and conscientiousness from his father’s tales about his wartime experience. Juro, an Empire Point resident who has longtime ties to Ortega, grew up in Spring Park in the 1950s and often worked in […]

The Way We Were: Dr. William Cordell Mason III

The Way We Were: Dr. William Cordell Mason III

Reflecting on a 50-year career filled with medicine and ministry Reflecting on his 50 years as a hospital administrator for Baptist hospitals worldwide, Bill Mason realized his career was the perfect mix of medicine and ministry. The San Marco resident has held leadership positions at Baptist Health in Jacksonville for 40+ years, from 1978 until […]

The Way We Were: Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr.

The Way We Were: Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr.

As the sun’s rays penetrated through the pine trees, a young man galloped down the dirt roads of a primitive South Jacksonville in the 1930s on his horse, Vinny, long before commercial and residential areas and the city and state roads needed to provide transportation to them, were developed.  This was when the lands south […]

The Way We Were: Michael Swann

The Way We Were: Michael Swann

From playing baseball at Lakeside Park or fishing with the boys at Fishweir Creek as a youngster, to now, walking the streets as a human billboard advertising the Cathedral District Project during Art Walk, Michael Swann’s love for community runs deep.  Swann’s outlook and life priorities have been molded by the connections he’s made with […]

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