First Coast High School
Class of 1997

The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth…
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
That can still be rearranged

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

by Linda Ellis

Melissa Marie Chambliss

Birth: March 21, 1979
Death: February 22, 1997

Native of Lake City, FL
Parents - Larry & Rosa Chambliss
Brother - Larry Eugene Chambliss
Grandparents - Edmon Chambliss, Everlyn Cribbs, John Cribbs
Burial - Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, FL

Brenda Lee Goodwin

Brenda was born on April 19, 1979 and passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2004.

Kamia Dandreia Nelson

Kamia D. Nelson, 22, passed away July 4, 2001. she was a member of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Rev. Darrell L. Gilyard, Pastor. Survivors are her son, Quandarius Howard; mother, Catharee Nelson; father, Michael Turner; stepfather, Tommy Richardson; sister, Tiffany Richardson; brothers, Tommy Richardson and Dwayne Norman; grandmothers, Carrie B. Nelson, Patricia Turner and Nadine Richardson; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon TUESDAY in her church, Pastor Gilyard, Officiating. Viewing at the mortuary from 5 until 8 P.M. MONDAY. Interment in Restlawn Memorial Park. The cortege will assemble at 714 Chestnut Oak Drive N. Arrangements Entrusted To: A.B. COLEMAN MORTUARY, INC. 5660 Moncrief Road

Carmin Marie Roney

 RONEY Carmin Marie Roney, 25, died suddenly July 9, 2003. She was born May 10, 1978 in Jacksonville, FL. Carmin recently graduated from FCCJ and was a Certified Chaplains assistant through St. Lukes Hospital. Family members include her mother, Doloris Roney; brothers, Jimmy and Clayton Owens and Denny Ford; sisters, Beth Oakley, Tammie Liles and Karen Daughtery and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., July 15th, at the Regency Church of God, where she was an active lifetime member. Visitation will be held half an hour prior to service. Services under the direction and care of 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd

Lisa Michelle Hires

Lisa Michelle Hires to the list of those passed away her obituary is online. She died Dec 6, 2013.
HIRES Lisa Michelle Hires, 34, passed away December 6, 2013. She was born November 27, 1979 in Jacksonville and was a lifelong resident. Lisa was a certified court reporter and a beloved mother, daughter, and sister. Ms. Hires is survived by: her parents Gary and Annette Hires; son Cameron Hires; daughter Alexia Hires; brother Gary Hires Jr.; and many friends and extended family. The family will receive friends Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Giddens-Reed Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Roxie Mae Cemetery in Nicholls, GA Arrangements by Giddens-Reed Funeral Home 270 U S Highway 301 N. Baldwin, FL 32234, (904) 266-2337. Please Sign the Guestbook @

Published in the Florida Times-Union from Dec. 11 to Dec. 22, 2013

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