JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Juanita K. Wootton, 86, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Acosta-Rua Hospice Center for Caring. Mrs. Wootton was born April 12, 1926 in Bronwood, GA to John Lee Kennedy and Carolyn Glass. She graduated from Georgia Baptist Hospital with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in March 1947. She served as a Cadet Nurse during World War II. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Riverside Hospital and retired from St. Vincent's Medical Center in 1986.

Juanita "Nita" is preceded in death by her husband William Joshua Wootton and a brother James Wright Kennedy. She is survived by her daughters, Susan "Kaye" (Stephen) Carswell and Margaret (Hal) Thomas, all of Jacksonville, FL; sons, William "Bill" Wootton (Ima) of Atlanta, GA and John Keith (Lisa) Wootton of Kentucky; sister, Doris Miller of Americus, GA; brothers, Gordon (Jean) Kennedy of Albany, GA and Gene Kennedy of Cuthbert, GA; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 1:00 pm on Monday, November 5, 2012 at Terry Road Baptist Church, 6625 Terry Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216 with Pastor Jerry Powers and Reverend Ted Corley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery will follow the service. Pallbearers will be Bill, Keith and Chris Wootton, Stephen Carswell, Hal, Scott and Greg Thomas and Eric Smith. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mrs. Wootton's name may be made to Terry Road Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Blvd. S., hewellfuneralhomes.com.

Mathews Funeral Home

Albany 229/435-5657

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