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Marion L. Sharp- March 30, 2020

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Marion L. Sharp, 86, of Kingsland died Monday evening (March 30, 2020) at Southeast Georgia Health System of Camden after a sudden illness. Mr. Sharp was born in Ft. Payne, Alabama to the late John Marion Sharp and Mattie Jean Wade Sharp and made Camden County his home for most of his life. He was a man of public service, serving in many capacities throughout his years in Camden County. He was the volunteer Fire Chief in St. Mary’s for many years. He was one of the first EMT’s in the State of Georgia. He was a dedicated Shriner and a City Councilman for the city of St. Marys. Mr. Sharp served his country in the military at the rank of Staff Sargent.

Mr. Sharp served as Vice President of the Camden County Telephone Company before semi-retiring. He was a leader in telephone innovation in the State of Georgia. During his years in the telephone industry, he was elected President of the Georgia Telephone Association. After graduating from high school he worked for the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover in the fingerprint division. During Mr. Sharp’s time at the FBI, he made a fingerprint identification that led to the capture of one of the ten most wanted.

Mr Sharp was a pilot and owned the FBO operation at the St. Mary’s airport for many years. Besides loving to fly, he enjoyed being out on the water and fishing.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two siblings, Coleen Parker and John David Sharp.
Mr. Sharp is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Sharp of Kingsland; three children, Deborah Simko husband Greg of Apopka, Florida, Sandy McCollough of Woodbine, Gary Sharp wife Karen of Honolulu, Hawaii; six grandchildren, April Frawley husband Randy, Jessica Clifford husband Brandon, Sara Widener, husband Mike, Chase Sharp wife Carrie, Garrett Sharp, Haley Sharp; five great-grandchildren, Gabe Frawley, Xander Frawley, Ryland Clifford, Kinsley Clifford, Riley Ann Widener; two special dogs, Chief and Rowdy; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A private graveside will be held Friday, April 3, 2020.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Donor Relations, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Quibodeaux- March 29, 2020

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Virginia L. “Ginny” Hite Quibodeaux, 77, of St. Marys, Georgia died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Quibodeaux was born in Washington D.C. to the late Lowell G. and Elizabeth Murray Hite and made St. Marys her home since 2004. Prior to moving to St. Marys, she spent many years in Hampton Roads, Virginia and Central Pennsylvania where she had many beloved friends.

She was a people person at heart and was committed to her church. Many knew her from her famous saying, “I’m Virginia from Virginia.” She was a talented woman who enjoyed singing, reading, word puzzles, sewing and writing. She was a member of Kingspointe Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Quibodeaux is survived by her husband, James Quibodeaux of St. Marys; sister Peggy Webb of Lake City, Florida; seven children: Stephen Jackson and fiance Donna Dickens of Wilmington, North Carolina, Tammy Raikes and husband Ken of Curryton, Tennessee, Jeffrey Jackson of Rositer, Pennsylvania, Kim Guest of Jesup, Georgia, S. Duane Jackson and wife Sandra of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cindy Thomas and husband Sye of Brunswick, Georgia, and Lydia Grimmett and husband Jonathan of St. Marys, Florida; 22 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Lewis- March 27, 2020

Mary C. Gant Lewis, 78, of Kingsland died Friday afternoon (March 27, 2020) at Baptist Medical Center Nassau after an extended illness. Mrs. Lewis was born in Brick Township, New Jersey to the late Leslie and Marjorie Hubbard Gant and made Kingsland her home since 1963. She was an exceptional homemaker, and was an expert at cooking, knitting and crocheting. She could be found on any given day cruising around town on her bicycle.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son, John C. Lewis and a brother, Warren Gant.

Mrs. Lewis is survived by her husband, John Major Lewis of Kingsland; a grandson, Kenneth Lewis of Kingsland; two great-grandchildren, Vaydah Lewis, Jackson Lewis; a sister, Dorothy Gant; a brother, Steve Gant; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday (March 31, 2020) at 2:00pm at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nenita Valdez- March 24, 2020

Nenita Cristobal Valdez, 63, of St. Marys died Tuesday morning (March 24, 2020) at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida after an extended illness. Mrs. Valdez was born in Pangasinan, Philippines to the late Maximo and Juliana Dela Cruz Cristobal and made St. Marys her home since 2003. She worked as a nutritionist for many years for the Camden County Board of Education which carried over to one of her hobbies as an exceptional cook at home. She was an avid bingo player on the Mayport base in Jacksonville, a great dancer and karaoke performer. She loved shopping and was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by numerous siblings.

Mrs. Valdez is survived by her husband Elpidio T. Valdez of St. Marys; five children, Lanaida Valdez, of the Philippines, Pamela Cabaluna husband Reuben of Michigan, Christian Valdez wife Trinacia of Kingsland, Malik Valdez wife Dona of Maryland, Yelena Pinkney husband Antoine of St. Marys; six grandchildren; two sisters, Rosita Viernes, Helen Ynanon; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A graveside service will be held Saturday (March 28, 2020) at 11:30am at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Christopher Field, Sr.- March 18, 2020

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Christopher Willett Field, Sr. ,67, died Wednesday morning March 18, 2020 at his residence of an extended illness. He was born on July 29, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Sedjwick and Betty Lou (Baize) Field. He grew up in suburban Detroit and graduated from Gross Pointe High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and was stationed at Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida. After he completed his naval service, he returned to Michigan were he raised his family on a farm first owned by his great-grandparents.

In Michigan, he worked at Tower Automotive and also managed his own small used car sales business. He returned to the Jacksonville area in 1992 and settled in Kingsland where he lived until the time of his death.

He is most remembered for he theatrical roles at St Mary’s Theatre by the Traxx, especially the Hobo role on the train rides. He was very passionate about his family heritage. He loved classic cars and he was a talented drummer. He loved all his family unconditionally.

Mr. Field is survived by his wife, Krystal Field of Kingsland; children, Penny Dora, Carey Hearn, Kelly Parrish, Wesley Field, Jennifer Field Waters, Christopher W. Field, Jr., Sarah Field Brausch, Ronnie Crews, Rachel Crews, Rebekah Rittenhouse and Jessica Crews. He had 31 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Daniel Clay Field and a brother, Peter Field.

A graveside service will be held Monday (March 23, 2020) at 11:00am at Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. George Wester will be officiating.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Christopher Prosen- March 16, 2020

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Christopher Joseph Prosen, 38, of St. Marys died Monday evening (March 16, 2020) at Southeast Georgia Health Systems of Brunswick after an extended illness. Mr. Prosen was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Ross John Prosen and Melanie Sue Womer Prosen and had made St. Marys his home since 1994. He was a former Sheriff Deputy with the Camden County Sheriff Department, a correctional officer and worked for the Osprey Cove Country Club. He was members of the Order of the Amaranth, Order of the Eastern Star and member of Woodbine Masonic Lodge #326.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joe and Gen Prosen.

Mr. Prosen is survived by his daughter, Abby Prosen of St. Marys; a son Colton Prosen; his parents, Ross and Melanie Sue Prosen of St. Marys; a brother, Josh Prosen wife Ashley of St. Marys; a sister, Seanna Prosen-Hein husband Ryan of Omaha, Nebraska; maternal grandparents, Cliff and Sue Seeley of Jacksonville, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held Saturday (March 21, 2020) at 11:30am in the Allison Memorial Chapel. The family will be receiving friends beginning at 10:00am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rainbow Girls, Lodge #88, 865 W. Orange St., Jesup, GA, 31545 or The Chris Prosen and Abby Fund (for Abby’s future education), Southeastern Bank, 1501 GA-40, Kingsland, GA, 31548.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

William “Bones” Hamilton- March 15, 2020

William Harold “Bones” Hamilton, 88, of St. Marys, Georgia died Sunday (March 15, 2020) at Hospice of the Golden Isles after an extended illness. Mr. Hamilton was born in Tillman, South Carolina to the late Manley J. and Lillie Bell Griner Hamilton and had made St. Marys his home since 1969. He graduated high school from Estell High School in Estell, South Carolina before attending Clemson University where he became an avid Clemson Tigers fan and a member of IPTAY. Mr. Hamilton was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church and a member of the Moore Class. He retired from Gillman Paper Company has a Lab Tech.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta Hamilton and a brother, Hubert Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife Adell Hamilton of St. Marys; a daughter, Alison Anderson husband Jimmy of St. Marys; two step-sons, Joe Register wife Barbara of St. Marys, James Register wife Rita of St. Marys; two grandchildren, Melanie Gunter husband Randy, Wesley Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Anderson, Chase Anderson, Ali Lynn Gunter; a sister, Hazel Remeta of Pooler, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA, 31525 or St. Marys United Methodist Church, 106 Conyers St. East, St. Marys, GA, 31558.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Priscille Fradette- March 9, 2020

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Priscille Claire Fradette “Cille” passed away in the early morning hours on March 9th 2020 at Baptist Hospital Jacksonville, Fl after a brief battle with breast cancer.

Born Jan. 4, 1943 in Biddeford, Maine to Rita and Roland Boisvert, oldest of 5 children, Priscille was a 1961 graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School.

Priscille married Richard Fradette September 29, 1973 and together they raised two daughters Leah Marie White and Amber Lee Slater. Priscille and Richard also opened their home as foster parents to a total of 43 children over 11 years as well as 8 summer foreign exchange students from France. She worked many jobs over the years including Herman Shoe Factory in Scarborough, ME and The Journal Tribune in Biddeford ME until she decided to open an in home daycare called Memere Cille’s kids. She continued her daycare for many years until moving in 1995 from Saco, Maine to Kingsland, Georgia.

Priscille was very active in the The Elks Lodge of both Biddeford-Saco, ME and Camden County, GA.
She was well know for her Whoopie Pies, enjoying a game of bingo and her love of hummingbirds. She never met a stranger and would always go out of her way to help however she could. She loved her family and friends with all her heart and had hoped to move back to Maine to enjoy more time with her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be fondly missed by all the people who had the privilege to meet her.

Priscille is predeceased by her parents Rita and Roland Boisvert and a daughter Aimee Priscille Fradette.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Richard Fradette; two daughters, Leah White Hanson and her partner Scott Ruel of Biddeford, ME, Amber Slater and her husband Mike of Saco, ME; five grandchildren Scott White and his partner Cheyenne Pelletier of Portland, ME. Kyla Bates and her fiancé Ian Legrow, Kierra Bates, Richard Aric Bates, Raiden Slater all of Saco, ME; four siblings, Lucille Hersey and her husband Fred of Venice, FL, Donald Boisvert of Winter Haven, FL, Pauline Zoldan and her husband Harry of Montreal, Quebec Canada, Patricia Kimball and her husband Stephen Moulton of Kennebunk, ME; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Priscille was overjoyed to become a great grandmother in 2019 to beautiful babies, Hazel Teresa White and Lennox George Legrow.

Per her wishes Priscille will be cremated and her ashes returned to Maine. A celebration of life will be held on April 18th in Maine.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Vivian Guest Gore- March 10, 2020

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Vivian L. Guest Gore, 88, of Kingsland, GA, passed away Tuesday morning (March 10, 2020) at UF Health in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born March 11, 1931 in Zanesville, Ohio, the eldest daughter of the late Clarice L. Allen and Benjamin Albert Guest. Mrs. Gore had made Eulonia, Georgia and Woodbine, Georgia her home for many years. She was an exceptional painter and traveler, during her lifetime she was able to explore all 50 states.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Steele S. Gore; two daughters, Tina Marie Shepard, Shirley Schuster and a sister, Dorothy Smith.

Mrs. Gore is survived by two sons, John W. Hooks wife Myrna of Yulee, Florida, Robert B. Shepard wife Jana of Fernandina Beach, Florida; a daughter, Linda Weiser husband Phil of Annapolis, Maryland; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Thelma Rockwell of Zanesville, Florida, Mary Guest of Pennsylvania, Rose Marie Smith of Jesup, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Friday (March 13, 2020) at 11:00am in the Allison Memorial Chapel. The family will be receiving friends beginning at 10:00am at the funeral home. A committal service will be held at 1:00pm at Bosque Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gordon Stewart Steadman- March 6, 2020

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GORDON STEWART STEADMAN, 81, of St. Marys, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Community Hospice and Palliative Care in Fernandina Beach, Florida, due to an inoperable brain tumor diagnosed in January.

Celebration of his life that was scheduled for St. Marys First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 11:00 A.M has been postponed. Graveside services with Military Honors will commemorate his birthday in September in Lee, Massachusetts.

Gordon was an inspiration to his family whom he dearly loved, to co-workers whom he mentored and to friends with whom he faithfully kept in touch. He lived life with a winning spirit – especially on the golf course where he proudly shot his age or better 170 times. He also had four holes-in-one on his Osprey Cove home course and an Ace on the Indian Mound Course at Jekyll Island on New Year’s Eve of the Millennium. He loved sailing and travel, having toured throughout Europe and the Far East during his Army deployments and while living in the Mariana Islands.

Gordon was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on September 14, 1938, the first child of Stewart Davis Steadman and Mary Masiero Steadman, both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife Jo Ann Steadman; daughter Lauren (Tom) Del Sarto of Indio, California; son Gordy Steadman (Natasha) of Leadville, Colorado, and granddaughters Zoe, Skye and Maia Steadman. His children, their spouses and his grandchildren were by his side in his final days.

He is also survived by his sister Gloria (Carloke) Sannermark who arrived from Peoria, Arizona to assist in his care in hospice. Also surviving are brothers Winston Steadman of Sun City, Arizona, and Roger Steadman of Belleview, Florida, as well as extended family in Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts.

Gordon and Jo Ann settled in St. Marys in 2003 after cruising full-time for five years aboard their sailboat Charisma, and then sailed north while the house was built. After moving into their home in 2004, they continued to sail to New England for six months each year until 2009, when they sold the sailboat and enjoyed playing golf together as year-round residents.

After graduation from Lee (Massachusetts) High School, Gordon attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1956 – 1960 on a Francis Ouimet Golf Caddie Scholarship, was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and earned a degree in civil engineering. In 1965 – 1966, he completed work on a master’s degree in construction management at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, while still serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Upon graduation from UMass, he was commissioned as First Lieutenant and went to Germany for three years; after returning to the States, he later served in Korea and Vietnam, and ended his Army career in 1970 as a Major.

During his second career, Gordon managed planning, design and construction of infrastructure, golf courses and facilities at resorts; namely, Amelia Island Plantation in Florida, Kiawah Island in Charleston, South Carolina and Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Avon, Colorado. He was a homebuilder in a golf community development of Brandermill in Midlothian, Virginia and residential developments in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1991, he and Jo Ann accepted positions to work on the design and approval of a golf course development on the island of Rota and they moved to Saipan in the Mariana Islands, affording them the opportunity to travel throughout the Far East. They returned to the U.S. in 1993 and worked on developments in Naples and Orlando, Florida and Chicago, Illinois, retiring in 1999.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gordon’s name to the HVAC Fund, First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 709, St. Marys, Georgia 31558 or to the Honor Flight Fund, Kings Bay Chapter of Military Officers of America, P.O. Box 47191, Kings Bay, Georgia 31547.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is handling arrangements locally, and Kelly Funeral Home of Lee, Massachusetts, is handling the graveside service in September.