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Alumni News: Class Years 1950-1959

Daythel Rogers Stokes ('57) Passes Away

Wednesday, November 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Daythel Rogers Stokes passed away peacefully on November 17, 2016. Daythel was born June 5, 1931 to Sarah Emmaline and Dennis Marvin Rogers, in Stewart County, Tennessee during the depth of the Great Depression. When she was eleven years old her family farm was taken by the US government to be included in Fort Campbell military base. Her family then moved to Lafayette, Ky. where she finished High School in 1949. She then graduated from Baptist Memorial Nursing School in Memphis, in 1953. Due to her Mother's terminal illness with cancer Daythel took care of her and then went to Nashville, TN. and in 1957 graduated from Belmont College. She came to Atlanta, Georgia and taught in the Nursing School at Grady Memorial Hospital until 1959, where she met her husband, Joseph B. Stokes, Jr. They were married on March 4, 1961 and moved to Pensacola, Florida where she worked for a short time at Baptist Memorial Hospital. After her husband finished his two-year stint in the Navy, they moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she taught in Nursing School at St Luke's Hospital until it closed in 1964, then at St Vincent's Nursing school for one year, resigning to raise a family. Their first son, Joseph B. Stokes III, was born March 16 1966 and their second son, David Rogers Stokes, was born August 23, 1967. Surviving also are Samantha Guido Stokes (daughter-in-law), granddaughters Emmaline Boulware Stokes and Elizabeth Bailey Stokes. Two sisters, Ruby McKinney and Virgie Smith, predeceased Daythel. She was involved in many Christian and community organizations. She was a founding member and director of Mother's Day Out program at Avondale United Methodist Church for several years and was a founding member of Abundant Life Church where she headed up the children's ministry for several years. She was strongly family oriented and worked vigorously in activities to strengthen the family. She will be remembered for her gift of hospitality, quick wit, love of shopping, love of travel, and love of teaching. Daythel was of small stature but was bigger than life. The family receives guests at Abundant Life Church 7700 Wilson Blvd, Jax. 32210, Friday November 25, at 10:30am. A celebration of Daythel's life followed at 11:30 am, Friday November 25, followed by interment at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to City Rescue Mission, 426 McDuff Avenue S. Jacksonville, FL 32254 or Abundant Life Church at 7700 Wilson Blvd, Jacksonville, Fl 32210.

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