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Obituaries 8/4/22


Robert ‘Alan’ Darden
Robert “Alan” Darden, 58 of Middleburg, FL passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022.  Alan was born in Jacksonville, FL to the late Robert Eugene and Margie Ripley Darden.  He grew up in the Jacksonville area, graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and moved to Middleburg in 1986.  After 34 years, with the City of Jacksonville, Alan retired but continued to work as a mechanic and was currently employed with Mersino. He enjoyed racing cars with his son, Matt, following NASCAR, fishing and Blue Grass music.  Alan will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Mr. Darden is survived by his wife, Tracy Darden, son, Matthew (Rachel) Darden, sister, Susan (Jeff) Mattox, and mother-in-law, Claudia Blatt.
Funeral Services were held 11a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022 in the Chapel of Russell Haven of Rest with Pastor David Tarkington officiating.  Burial followed in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery. 
Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: www.RHRFH.com 904-284-7720

Thomas Lewis Ellis, Jr.
Thomas Lewis Ellis, Jr., 83, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away peacefully Friday, July 29th 2022.
He was born to Milford and Thomas Ellis, Sr. on August 24, 1938, in Hawkinsville, GA, moved to Green Cove Springs with his mother as a young boy.
He was a proud Jacksonville University alumnus, where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.  He taught history at Clay High School his entire career, retiring after 33 years of service.
He married Martha Foster in 1978.  They had two daughters, Melody and Laura.  He and Martha divorced years later. 
He was a devoted Catholic and loyal fan of J.U. football (Go Dolphins!).  He loved to read and study.
He is survived by daughters Melody Rivera (Gregory), Laura Ellis, and grandchildren Graciela, Gregory, Giana, Gabriel and Gilbert. 
Visitation will be held in the Broadus-Raines Chapel, Green Cove Springs, Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 6-8 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 7190 US-17 S, Fleming Island, FL 32003, with Father Michael Pendergraft as celebrant. Internment immediately following at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com
Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Geraldine Jeanette
Chesser Suttle
Geraldine Jeanette Chesser Suttle, 84 years of age, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away on Sunday July 24, 2022 She was born to Frederick and Edna Chesser on December 2, 1937, in Green Cove Springs, FL. She was the youngest of their 11 children. She graduated from Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL in 1956. She married to John Suttle on July 9, 1959. They were married 60 years until John’s passing in September 2019.
For most of her life she was a homemaker but did work for Eckerd/CVS drug store for several years later in life. As a child she attended Methodist church, but after her marriage she became a member of the Baptist faith, after her husband became an ordained minister in 1970. Her favorite pastime after retirement was spending time with her three friends- Lynn, Judy, and Donna. They would get together one Saturday a month to play cards and board games. After a time, they called themselves the “lady bugs” and continued this for many years. One of her favorite stories was just after graduating high school in 1956 where she acquired a job as a salesclerk at a men’s clothing store on Walnut Street in Green Cove. In August, 3 men came in looking for matching shirts. She quickly realized it was Elvis Presley with two of his backup singers. They were on the way for a concert in Jacksonville.
She is predeceased in death by her husband John Suttle. She is survived by one sister Betty Chesser Ottinger; her daughter Jennifer Suttle Jackson; son-in-law Kristopher Jackson; grandchildren Jace Carpenter and Hanna Carpenter; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.comArrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Lavelle Brock
Lavelle Brock passed away on Friday, July 15, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL. Lavelle was a resident of Keystone Heights, and worked as a Realtor there for many years.
Lavelle was born at around 2:30 am on March 1, 1931 at the Shamblin homeplace in Georgetown, Tennessee, to Willard Robert Brock and Edna Shamblin Brock. Reports indicate that the weather was stormy and the doctor had come out to the homeplace in a Model T Ford to assist with the delivery. The family later moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Lavelle graduated from Redbank High School. She loved reading, writing stories, genealogy, and quilting. Lavelle worked in the banking industry in Chattanooga and Jacksonville, FL. Lavelle was predeceased by her parents, Edna and Robert, her brothers Jackie and Rex, and her sons, Robert and Fred.
Lavelle is survived by her daughter, Sue (Jack), sons Ed (Patsy) and Ted (Michelle), brother Lynn (Anne), sister Annelle, and grandchildren Samantha, Richard, Catherine, Thomas, Caroline, Brock, Meghan and MarthaKay. The family would like to thank Jamie and the caregivers at Almost Home in Jacksonville for 21 years of excellent care.
Lavelle’s wishes will be granted to have her ashes scattered at Crystal Lake, one of her favorite places. The family asks that in lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations be made to a charity that fights Dementia and Alzheimer’s.