Obituaries 1/20/22


Shelby Jean Craw
Shelby Jean Craw passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 12, 2022, just two days after her 83rd birthday, at her assisted living home, Life Care of Jacksonville, where she had lived for the past few years.
Born in Wardville, near Pensacola, Florida on January 10, 1939, to Walter Lee Artis and Sarah Elsie Artis née Dove, Shelby was the oldest of nine children, six sisters and two brothers.
In 1965, she married Leon (Lee) Raymond Craw in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida where he was stationed in the Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base.
Shelby followed Leon’s Air Force career to Athens, Greece, San Antonio, TX and Chittenango, NY. She gave birth to her only child, Renee, while stationed in Athens, Greece.
As a military wife, Shelby was active in many base activities and volunteering as a Red Cross LPN. It was during their early years of marriage that Shelby learned to cook. After many kitchen disasters, she credited Lee and her now, well-worn Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook, with teaching her all she needed to know and soon found her way around the kitchen with ease. Before long, she was hosting parties and feeding dozens of people at a time.
While living in upstate NY, she began writing a weekly newspaper column, Around the World in Food, featuring recipes popular in various global locations that she visited as well as leading a troop of Girl Scouts and teaching them about food and the world beyond central New York.
In September of 1977, Shelby lost her beloved husband to cancer, whom she personally nursed over the last 18 months of his life. Shortly after his death, Shelby gave up the cold winters of upstate New York to move to Orange Park, Florida on the advice of a girlfriend, who along with her Air Force husband, had retired there.
Shelby and her friend would host many parties together feeding more and more people each week. All these parties led to the creation of a catering business. Shelby also enrolled at Florida Junior College and instead of continuing her nursing education she opted for an education in food service, earning both an Associate Science degree in Food Service Technology and an Associate Arts degree in General Education.
Shelby took food very seriously, beginning to also bake pies from home in addition the catering business, she was well known for them- especially her Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. She even held a copyright for her Midnight Lace Pie.
The catering and pie businesses naturally morphed into a restaurant, Shelby’s Place, located in Orange Park. Popular for several years before a fire destroyed the building, Shelby regrouped and opened a bakery and supplied local grocery stores with pies. She also began fulfilling government contracts for pies, feeding service members on ships and submarines at Mayport NAS and Kingsbay, GA. For the next two decades, she devoted most of her time to government contracts for everything from oatmeal to spices before retiring to only host parties around her pool at her home in Fleming Island.
Shelby was very active in the churches she attended as well as gospel music. She built close relationships with many gospel singing groups and sponsored several tours while making her home a “pitstop” for many to share large meals.
As her health began to decline during her later years, she moved into Life Care of Jacksonville where she enjoyed talking food and wine with residents and staff there.
Shelby is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Aaron Iseson; her grandchildren, Hannah, Abigail and Benjamin; her sisters Edith Reinhardt, Myra Matthews, Ruby Campa and Sue Brooks; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leon Craw; her parents, Sarah and Walter Artis; and her siblings, Doris Ann Spencer, Ruth Artis, and brothers, John Columbus Artis and John Rexford Artis who died at birth.
The family asks that you please consider a donation to a local animal shelter or rescue organization, honoring Shelby’s love for cats, her furry companions, and for the strays she cared for daily around her neighborhood. Gifts in memory of Shelby may also be made to Community Hospice.
A special thank you to two amazing women: Autencia Hampton and Kaisha Robins from Community Hospice for the loving end-of-life care they provided Shelby, which offered her comfort in her final days. Also, thank you to the wonderful staff at Life Care of Jacksonville for their dedication and hard work.
Shelby’s remains will be interred with her husband at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Frankie G Holland Sr.
Frankie G Holland Sr. passed away on January 8, 2022. Frankie enjoyed hunting, fishing, shrimping, anything outdoors, friends and family.
He is survived by his son Frankie Jr. and wife Patricia of NC, his daughter Tracy Holland Vining of FL. Brother’s Ray and Donald both of FL. Sister Gladys of GA.
He was blessed with having five grandchildren, Christine, Kelly, Abigail, Traci and Christian, and seven great grandchildren, David, Daniel, Danielle, Doyle, Braylen, Jordan and Jayden.
Frankie was also blessed by his eight nephews, Jody, Shane, Shawn, Derek, Corey, Brody, Rusty and Darrell, five niece’s, Mandy, Faye, Kelly, Becky Joe and Nita.
Frankie was proceeded in death by his brother’s Russell, Jody and Alfred Holland. Mother Dorothy and father TR Holland.
A celebration of life and the scattering of his cremains will be announced at a later time.
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