Senior Residents

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

The Way We Were: Bob and Melody Bachman

The Way We Were: Bob and Melody Bachman

Bob and Melody Bachman have history here. But it didn’t begin with them. Bob’s mom, Margaret Ruth Kelly-Bachman, grew up from the age of 3 in a house her dad had built on Alcazar Avenue in Grenada. She was a student at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School when it was still new. Her mom, Bob’s maternal […]

The Way We Were: Hazel Montgomery

The Way We Were: Hazel Montgomery

Hazel Montgomery has been a permanent Jacksonville resident for nearly eight decades. She was married for 62 years to an Ortega native. “She is sharp, proud of her Ortega heritage, a delightful storyteller, and an all-around fabulous person,” said Marianne Hofheimer, one of her five children. Hazel Jackson Montgomery was born in Albany, Georgia at […]

The Way We Were: Pat and Betty Geer

The Way We Were: Pat and Betty Geer

Pat and Betty Geer met in Jacksonville in the 1960s, raised a family here, and continue to reside locally. They were high school sweethearts at Robert E. Lee. Loyalty to God, school, and country is what they learned and what they taught their children. “Time changes all things,” Betty said wistfully. “But I wouldn’t want […]

The Way We Were: Bill and Mary Dudley Schmidt

The Way We Were: Bill and Mary Dudley Schmidt

It doesn’t happen often. But sometimes, Cupid’s arrow pierces the same heart twice. Such was the fate of Bill Schmidt. He was only 15 years old when he met his first love, his first wife, the mother of his two children. But cancer came. On the day he turned 48, the widower’s heart beat with […]

The Way We Were: Joe Joseph

The Way We Were: Joe Joseph

“I’ve seen Jacksonville change over the past 70 years,” said Joe Joseph. Joe is the first generation of the Joseph family to be born in America, in Jacksonville’s St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1947. His family established themselves in Florida in stages. His great-grandfather immigrated to Tarpon Springs on Florida’s west coast in the late 1890s […]

The Way We Were: Jimmy Kelly

The Way We Were: Jimmy Kelly

We reap what we sow, the saying goes. There’s a Jacksonville man who’s living proof. Jimmy Kelly, a native Floridian raised in Ortega, is a civic-minded man. He has helped hundreds of kids in our community, and animals, too. The joy he gives always comes back. Kelly was born in late November of 1951 at […]

The Way We Were: Norman Abraham

The Way We Were: Norman Abraham

He has fed mayors, council members, judges, salesmen, construction workers, doctors, hospital workers, bankers, firefighters, policemen, and retirees. When invited to speak at Rotary meetings about his business experience, it’s rarely possible to find a room with a single person who has not been a patron of at least one of his eateries. He is […]

The Way We Were: Anne Coyle

The Way We Were: Anne Coyle

Anne Coyle recognizes the difficulties of today’s COVID crisis, “but it is nothing compared to 1918. That was a time of war and a time of flu,” she said of what occurred more than 100 years ago.  The Spanish flu pandemic during WWI hit her mother’s family hard. Coyle’s mother was the eldest of eight […]

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