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After much discussion and checking alternate sites, the decision was made to move lunch back to the Quality Inn on Commonwealth at I-295 at 11 AM. Date is still the FIRST Wednesday of each and every month so be there! That is Wednesday, September 7th. Lunch buffet cost is $11.29 (don’t ask) inclusive of tea, tax and tip. Tea alone is $1. Water is free. Servers will handle the drinks. Your hand will be stamped when you pay for lunch and we will be in the meeting rooms at the far end of the building. The Management seems very eager to please us so let’s give them the opportunity to do just that!

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Paxon's pop music history includes:

Elvis, Jimmy Velvet, Mae Boren Axton, Hoyt Axton, The Classics IV, Roy Orbison, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Blackfoot

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Paxon History

Paxon High School was originally named Paxon Field Junior-Senior High School when it was built in 1954. It included 7th through 12 grades until 1957, when Paxon Junior High was built nearby. In 1996, Paxon became a college preparatory school and an International Baccalaureate school, and took on its present-day name. Today, Paxon considers its chief rival to be Stanton College Preparatory School, another Jacksonville IB school. In 2008, Paxon School for Advanced Studies was ranked number 8 of the 100 best high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine; 17th in 2007, 28th in 2006, 7th in 2005 and 3rd in 2003.

The site where the school was built was Paxon Air Field, where Bessie Coleman was killed in a plane accident in 1926. Coleman was the first African American (male or female) to become an airplane pilot, and the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license. Paxon Field was Jacksonville's first airfield, with the exception of the beaches. The Navy used the (grass) airfield for training during World War II, but eventually declared the site excess in January 1947.

Welcome Shearer

Welcome H. Shearer

Welcome Howard Shearer Sr., one of only three men to captain both the football and basketball teams at the University of Florida, who went on to spend 30-plus years as a coach, teacher and high school administrator in Jacksonville, died Tuesday. He was 92.

Mr. Shearer died at a hospice in Williamsburg, Va., where he had lived for the past two years. The funeral will be private.
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Ruby S. Johnson

Ruby S. Johnson

JOHNSON Ruby S. Johnson, 97 years old went to be with our Lord February 28, 2010. She will be missed. Ruby was a lifelong educator. She taught elementary school and was a principal of Annie Morgan School in Jacksonville, Florida from 1945 - 1971. She then went to Brunswick, Georgia and taught another ten years in elementary education before retiring.

Donald L. Cross Sr., 97
1915 - 2013

Donald L Cross went to be with his Lord on July 6, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. He was born November 14, 1915 in Gold Hill, NC. Donald spent his childhood in Baden, NC and Maryville, TN and moved to Jacksonville in 1940. He married Sally McLendon on July 31, 1942 and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church for 60 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, Maryville College in 1937 and a Masters at the University of Florida in 1952. Donald served in the U.S. Navy for six years and was in WWII from 1940-1945 where he was honorably discharged with the rank of Lt. Commander. He did play professional baseball before and after WWII and managed teams in the New York Giants and Cleveland Indians minor league system. Donald was also a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in the Duval county school system for 30 years at Jackson High School, Paxon High School and John Gorrie Jr. High School. He was an avid golfer and also a member of the Woodstock Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Sally, two sons Donald Jr., Lake Mary, FL, Christopher, Ft. Myers, FL, 7 grandchildren Dana Wolfe, Advance, NC, Candace Vandegrift, San Diego, CA, Robin DeMasi, Gainesville, FL, Jeff Cross, Boston, MA, Isabelle, Jackson and Porter Cross, Lake Mary, FL, 7 great-grandchildren Colton Story, Coronado, CA, Madelyn and Nicholas DeMasi, Gainesville, FL, Lillian and Jared Wolfe, Advance, NC, Morgan and Kyle Cross, Cape Coral, FL. Arrangements under the care of Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205. Visitation services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the chapel with funeral services to follow at 2:00 pm. Interment following funeral services in Riverside Memorial Park.

Russell Shampine
Russell B. Shampine

passed away Monday, March 26, 2012.

He was 80 years old. Russell was an active member of Moose Lodge 2134 since 1984. He graduated from Florida State University with a major in music. After a tour of duty in the US Army, he returned to school and obtained a master s degree in music. He taught music for 30 years, mostly at Paxon Junior High. His band students received numerous competition awards. His hobby was flying and he held a private license for small aircraft. Russell is survived by his brother Dale and his nieces, Susan and Sharon. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 31 at 4:00PM in the chapel of Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave. Please Sign the Guestbook @

Coach Jones

Coach Jones

James Allen Jack Jones, 91, died peacefully Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the loving arms of his devoted wife of sixty-four years. Jack worked for the Duval County School Board for 30 years as a teacher, coach and principal. He was a member of the Murray Hill United Methodist Church since 1953 and served in many capacities. Jack served in the army during WWI He was born in New Lacy Georgia on February 13, 1923, to Charles Franklin Jones and Mabel Smith. He was preceded in death by his 5 siblings and his only son, David Allen Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Juanita Burford Jones: two daughters, Teresa (Nixon) Chason and Jacquelyn (Brendon) Dillon: 5 grandsons, Michael Jones, Patrick Dillon, James Dillon, Tyler Dillon, Nicholas Chason and 3 great-grandchildren, Devin, Darian, and Illyssa.

Coach Jim Foster
Coach Foster

FOSTER James B. Jr. Foster, 88, went to be with the Lord on November 27, 2016. A Jacksonville native, Jim served as a teacher, coach and administrator for 38 years in the Duval County School System. He retired in 1996 from Fletcher High School. Jim's commitment to Jesus Christ focused on leading church choirs for many years, including 28 years at Good News Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, of 43 years; two nieces, Tara Peterson (Sean) and Erika Stroup (Billy) and their two children, Samantha and Tyler. Jim will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery. Obituary

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