The Way We Were

The Way We Were: Anita P. Morris

The Way We Were: Anita P. Morris

She is a Coast Guard veteran of WWII, a patriot, a woman of faith, a hospital volunteer, an artist, wife, mother, and caregiver. She is and has been all of that and more. She is 100 years old. She is Anita P. Morris. Morris was born Anita Gloria Paone on September 24, 1921 in Utica, […]

The Way We Were: Nina and John Searcy

The Way We Were: Nina and John Searcy

Over the summer, Nina and John Searcy, Jacksonville natives, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Their secret to staying together for over six decades was summed up in one four-letter word: love. Both were born and raised in the north end of town. Nina Lincoln was from Springfield. Her family knew of John’s from the time […]

The Way We Were: Dr. Iris Eisenberg

The Way We Were: Dr. Iris Eisenberg

It takes a special kind of woman to devote her life to the care of the community and its patients, remain a lifelong learner to be certain to stay at the top of her chosen field, and through it all maintain a sense of humor and a zest for life and living. Dr. Iris Eisenberg […]

The Way We Were: Saundra & Bob Kidd

The Way We Were: Saundra & Bob Kidd

They are a couple who came to Jacksonville and didn’t leave, who raised a family with sports and church at its center, and whose love has taken them around the globe and back again. They are Saundra and Bob Kidd of Ortega. Saundra Bozeman Kidd is originally from Montgomery, Alabama where she grew up with […]

The Way We Were: Holt and Betty Ann Graves

The Way We Were: Holt and Betty Ann Graves

Like the lace on Betty Ann Gordon’s dress the day she married Holt Graves at St. John’s Cathedral in 1980 the couple’s lives are intertwined and patterned in a beautiful and fitting filagree of family history. Betty Ann’s wedding dress had been worn by Holt’s mother, Tayloe Graves and several of his aunts; it was […]

The Way We Were: Larry and Mary Jane McKnight

The Way We Were: Larry and Mary Jane McKnight

The story of Larry and Mary Jane McKnight began in the first grade at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, and it continues today, seven decades later. Both of them were born and raised in the San Marco area of Jacksonville—Larry on River Oaks Road with one younger sister and Mary Jane on a street just off […]

The Way We Were: Janne and Jody Brandenburg

The Way We Were: Janne and Jody Brandenburg

She admits to being raised “like a brat” in Jacksonville. He grew up on a farm south of Florida City. She spent time in the limelight, in front of cameras, and on TV. He’s become known for his work with the bereaved in the death care industry. Their pairing has been compared to Mary Poppins […]

The Way We Were: Karen Buskirk

The Way We Were: Karen Buskirk

Some people give selflessly, not expecting any reward or return. They give because they believe that giving back is the only way to truly effect positive change. Karen Buskirk is one such person. “You can gripe and complain all you want, but if you don’t give back to make the community better, then you’re not […]

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