John Ray Nettles, 87

John Ray Nettles, 87, passed away on Friday December 8, 2017. He was born in Trenton, Fl., to the late Rochester and Lula Parrish Nettles. He spent his early years up on the farm in Trenton, where he attended Franklin School. On February 28, 1950 he married Doris Marie Hodges. They moved to Jacksonville, FL., in 1956. He was a carpenter by trade and built the home they shared with their children, along with many other buildings and homes in Jacksonville. He was well known in the community and rarely seen without his signature cowboy hat and boots. AKA “ the Mayor of Oceanway”. He always had a smile on his face and a joke or funny story to tell. He was a hardworking kindhearted man who never complained. He loved his family, tractors and going to the flea market. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris Nettles, 10 sisters and a twin brother. Survivors include his son, Don Ray Nettles; daughters, Mary Fowler and Jeannie Hildreth (Butch); sisters, Wilma Covington, and Becky Todd; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Tuesday December 12, 2017, at Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Trenton, FL., with Rev. Tommie Stanaland officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday starting at 1pm at the church. Arrangements by Cedar Bay Funeral Home, Jacksonville. 904-714-1110.