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Obituaries 9/29/22


Larry Alan Coleman
December 10, 1960-Sept. 9, 2022
Larry was born in San Angelo Texas, A die-hard Cowboy fan. As a kid, Larry was the best pitcher in little league. Larry loved to play baseball, wrestle, bike, and watch sports. He also loved to snorkel, and he loved his music. Larry loved all his animals and family with a passion.
Larry joined the Air Force in 1980. He served four years. He spent time in Colorado but mostly at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. While in California he enjoyed traveling with his Airforce buds. He mostly enjoyed visiting Hollywood.
In 1984 Larry moved back to Orange Park Florida where he was employed at Food Lion, Publix and Walmart as a grocery manager.
Larry was honest, kind and giving to all who knew him.
Larry prided himself a good speaker, sports fanatic and was especially proud of his 18 years of sobriety. AA was his salvation; friends helping friends. This by far was his greatest achievement.
Larry is proceeded in death by his sister Donna Jean Thompson, niece Brooke Lynne Benedit, and his father Jacob F Coleman. Larry leaves behind his mother Clarine Coleman, his sister Karen Lynne Benedit and his brother-in-law’s Bill Thompson and Edward B. Benedit Jr.
Larry will be missed. The world is not a better place for this loss. Larry is now playing ball with Tom Petty in Heaven. Play ball Larry! We love you.

Lenore Simon
Lenore Simon, 88, of Orange Park, Florida passed away September 21, 2022.
Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring Street, Green Cove Springs, Florida 904-284-4000.

Katherine Gilmore
Katherine Gilmore, 92 a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother died peacefully on the evening of September 19, 2022.
She was born in Philadelphia, PA to Magdalena Ruck on May 8, 1930; her father, George Ruck, was unable to immigrate to the US from Romania. 
As a young woman she performed in a professional Russian dance group.  In 1955,
Katherine married John Gilmore and started a family of 5 in the Philadelphia area. After living in New Jersey and Connecticut the family moved to Jacksonville in 1973.  All 5 children graduated from Sandalwood High school. Once the children were grown, Katherine cared for her mother and got involved with the Arlington Senior Center.  She volunteered at the center for several years building many friendships and holding the position of Chairwoman.  In her later years she moved to Atlantic Beach then to Lake Asbury, Clay County Fl.
Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, John Gilmore and sons Christopher and Steven. 
She is survived by her son Bob Gilmore (Staci Chamblis), daughter Nancy Crider (Phil) son Jack Gilmore (Amy), grandchildren (Venessa Smalls (David), Christina Gilmore (Jerry Jenkins), Jon Crider (Lu), Abigail Reid (Sean), Philip Crider (Mercedes), Garrett Crider (Jamie), Daniel Gilmore, Maddie Gilmore-Duffy, Sydney Gilmore-Duffey, Jodi Gilmore and Cleo Gilmore) and 9 great grandchildren. 
Her family wishes to thank Dr. Vaughn Dobalian, the staff at Avante at Jacksonville Beach, the staff at Pruitt Healthcare, Fleming Island and family friend June Patterson.
A private service will be held by the family.

Grady Scott “Scotty” Smith
Grady Scott “Scotty” Smith, 58, of Green Cove Springs, Florida passed away on September 13, 2022.
He was born to Linda Moody Smith and James “Jimmy” Smith on November 12, 1963 in Green Cove Springs, Florida.
Scotty graduated from Clay High in 1983 and went on to work at Challenge Enterprises for several years. Scotty was raised by his grandmother, Mae Hinson Smith, until her passing in 1996. Scotty loved his hometown and everybody in it. If you wanted to know about anything or anybody in Green Cove Springs, just ask Scotty! The family often joked that he was faster than Google!
He had a brilliant memory!!
Scotty had an affection for our local law enforcement his entire life. He knew them all and they were always good to him. He loved going to church and fellowshipping. Nearly everyone in Green Cove gave him a ride at one point or another.  He enjoyed going to every function in the park, city council meetings, family get togethers and visiting his friends around town.
Scotty was preceded in death by his parents, Linda Moody Smith and James “Jimmy” Smith and his grandparents, H. E. “Henry” Moody and Doris Thomas Moody, Grady A. Smith and Mae Hinson Smith.
He is survived by his brother Grady Alexander Smith, his aunts Joyce Moody and Vivian Revels Sr. , his uncle Jack Revels Sr., many cousins and so many true friends that were very good to Scotty and make up the town that he loved! The family would like to thank the many caregivers, especially Teri Hellard, that helped make Scotty’s life better. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2022 in the Broadus-Raines Chapel with Pastor Christian Pope, from Springs Church, officiating. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000

Susan Harriet Mix
Susan Harriet Mix, 93, of Orange Park, FL, passed away September 25, 2022
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Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000
Henrietta A. Parker
Henrietta A. Parker, 90, of Orange Park, Florida passed away September 26, 2022.
Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring Street, Green Cove Springs, Florida 904-284-4000.

Peggy Raulerson
Peggy Raulerson was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, and wife. You would always find her home full of kids, family members, and friends.
In addition to her own large family, so many others saw her as a mother and grandmother because she loved every single person that came into her life with the love of Jesus, a truly unconditional love. She was a light to so many, to know her was to love her! Her family knew she had a special and direct line to God with her prayers and we would call on her often when needing a specific prayer answered.
She devoted her life to teaching children about Jesus, whether it was in bible class, Kids Kountry Daycare, YMCA after care or her own grandchildren; we would always find her coming up with creative ways to teach the gospel. A devoted Christian, Peggy worshipped as a member of Black Pond Baptist Church for over 50 years. She loved to jitterbug and won several contests in high school. An exceptional seamstress and handywoman, she always found creative ways to make anything work. She loved her exercise class at church, the color pink, Elvis, a Camel Rider from the Sheik and an Egg in a Cup, which she enjoyed making for anyone who visited her home! Her favorite pastime was playing Rummikub with her friends, Joyce and Carol. She loved going on trips with her sisters Rita, Ruby, Sheila and Stacy. She and her sister Ruby did everything together, they were certainly two peas in a pod. She had a very special place in her heart for animals, she especially loved her pets: Tiny, a black Chihuahua, her golden retrievers, Shasta & Ginger, and a black and white cat named Kitty Grace. She also loved any opportunity to rescue baby squirrels. And last but not least she proudly served as a Wave in the United States Navy.
 Survivors include 6 children, 46 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild:
Firstborn: William Merritt III aka Sparky and his family,
Tammy/Keith - Fiona, Stella
Brooke/Tim - Sophia/Mark, Darien, Lexi/Cameron, Gabby, Camille/Ethan - Callum (GGGrand)
William Merritt IV aka Dustin – Cohen
Second Born:  Peggy Jean and her
Holly/Tony - Hosanna, Seylah, Corban, Justus, Micaiyah
Clay – Nathan
Third Born:  Lynn Renee/Mike and their family,
Daniel/Noell - Aisley, Ava, Amelia, Crew, Case Maverick
Matthew/Nicole - Christien, Madison, Abigail
Lauren/Anthony – Nehemiah
Fourth Born:  James Michael aka Jimmy/Janene and their family,
Jessica/Robert - Kaleb, Khloe
Josh/Ashley - Brittney, Raelynn
Jessica/Eric - Azalea, River
Joel/Ciera - Joel Jr., Julius
James/Jennifer - Landon, Jamison, Jace, David, Jalina
Brandon - Braden, Gabriel, Tiffany, Summer, Kadance
Regina - Jacob, Kelly, Taylor, William, Daniel
Angelia - Ayden, Abel
Fifth Born:  John Russel and his family,
Heather/Caleb – Johnny
Ashley/Carl – Kaiden
Jennifer/Ray - McKenzie, Maddison, Malia, Chloe
Sixth Born:  Tina Louise and her family,
Rachael/Nic - Isla, Eva, Baby Harvey
Shannon/Jackson – Rome
Peggy Raulerson Siblings: Jimmy Weakland (brother passed), Rita (sister) and Bill Ritchey, Ruby Grenfell (sister), Mary Kordet (sister passed), Mike Weakland (brother passed), Sheila (sister) and Denny Smiley, Stacy (sister) and Sandy Richards, Michael J Mingo (pap) 
The family received friends from 10-11am on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Black Pond Baptist Church. The funeral service began at 11am with Rev. Charlie Hunt and Rev. Jason Brown officiating. The interment followed at Black Pond Cemetery. Guests of the funeral were invited to join the family in wearing white in celebration of Peggy becoming a bride of Christ. 
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at
Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000