James E. "Jimmy" Brock
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James E. "Jimmy" Brock was born on June 10, 1922, in Benton, Tenn., to Cora and Clifford Brock. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. He had two sisters, Tiny, Lorinne and a brother, Ralph. In his youth he was a weight lifter and was runner-up to the champion of Chattanooga at the Frye Institute.At age 17 he joined the Navy and served as a chief petty officer for 10 years. He met his wife Peggy in Jacksonville, Fla.; they married and lived in St. Augustine where they spent their entire lives.

After military service he went to work for Mr. Faw and managed the Bennet Hotel. Following this Jimmy became the manager of the Monson Motor Lodge with his wife Peggy working along side him. They had two children, Robyn and Bonnie. In 1960 Jimmy renovated the Monson and turned it into a motor lodge.

In 1954, Jimmy organized a group of hoteliers and created one of Florida's leading workers compensation providers, now called FHM Insurance Company. Jimmy served on the board since its founding and is the past president of the Florida Hotel-Motel Association. In 1987 his colleagues honored him as Florida's Hotelier of the Year.

In 1957 he led the effort in forming the Community Chest-United Fund, which later became known as the United Way. He was a Mason for more than 60 years and a member of Ashlar Lodge No. 98 F&AM, the Scottish and York Rite bodies, Morocco Temple and past president of the St. Augustine Shrine Club. He was past director and treasurer of the Royal Order of Jesters.

Jimmy was a former charter member of the Independent Luncheon Club and for over 54 years a member of the Saint Augustine Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Ancient City Baptist Church for over 55 years and was a deacon and director of training union.

When his children were growing up he would take them back to Benton, Tenn., every summer to visit the relatives. Four years ago he built a log home in Benton to enjoy the time in the mountains, something that he loved to do. He also had property on Stratton road that was called Happy Aces. This farm has been the home to many animals including pigs, chickens, horses, donkeys, and rabbits, as well as family members and employees.

He was always the life of the party and never knew a stranger.

Surviving Jimmy are his daughters, Robyn Brock and Bonnie Brock; two sisters Tiny Theodore and Lorinne Lynn; and four grandchildren, Jennifer (Bill) Cushion, Eric and Maxx Perini and Maurice Murray and his special friend Virginia Masters, all of Saint Augustine.

He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy, his parents and his brother, Ralph. There will be a visitation at Craig Funeral Home, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral service will take place on Monday, Sept. 17, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Ancient City Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. David Rice, officiating. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, with Masonic Rites conducted by Ashlar Lodge 98 F&AM.

Flowers or donations are accepted to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or Community Hospice of North East Florida, 4114 Sunbeam Road, Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32257

Craig Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park are handling the arrangements. Online at www.craigfuneralhome.com


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Published in St. Augustine Record from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2007.
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Karen Jempson
December 9, 2007
I will never appreciate anyone in my life as much as I Have Mr.Brock,I will grieve always and never doubt the life lessons he taught me during my 27 years of working and caring for him.
Virginia ("Miss America") Masters
September 17, 2007
My love goes out to all of the Brock family, whom i have known as friends for many years,Jimmy & his brother Ralph were personal friends of mine.Jimmy was fun to be around, i will miss him. Jesse M. Keene
Jesse Keene
September 17, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Bobby Giles
September 17, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Brock was always caring of the staff of FH&MA during the years of his affiliation with the association. I respected and admired him and his passing is a loss for all who knew him.
Carol Parker
September 17, 2007
I find it hard to express the respect and admiration I had for Mr. Brock. He stood strong in his beliefs both personally and professionally, but maintained that great smile, warm personality and great sense of humor. Whenever to talked to Jimmy, he always made you laugh. He had his own style which set him apart from the rest. Best to the family. I know he truly will be missed.
Mary Lynne Petroski
September 17, 2007
Dear Bonnie and Sean,
I wanted to send my regards to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take Care, Lisa, Michael and Christopher
Lisa Hellier
September 16, 2007
To Uncle James' Family:
Ken and I were blessed to be able to see and talk with Uncle James Memorial Day weekend. He was always a very special person in our lives and we loved him very much. I had surgery on the day he passed. Even though we cannot be there in person, we are with you all in spirit and in our prayers. May God bless each and every one of you. Linda and Ken
Linda Lynn Griffey
September 16, 2007
Mr. Brock was a great and compassionate person and he touched many people and businesses throughout Florida with his knowledge and kindness. We will all miss him.
Mike Frye
September 16, 2007
Uncle James you will be missed so very much. You always made people feel special and welcome. I remember the day I met you when Suzi took me to your house for the first time and I realized then that is where she got that wonderful personality! I will always remember the great times you provided for me, Karen, Suzi and Clifford. Some of the best memories of my life are from our trips to see you in St Augustine. I love you and will see you again in heaven. Hug & kiss Suzi for me and let her know that I will always be here for the Brock family. God Bless all of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Betty Shannon
September 15, 2007
Robyn and Bonnie,
My Mom told me about the loss of your Dad. I am very sorry. My prayers are with you at this time.
My family lived across the Row from your Aunts when we were children.
Sandra Penick-Shelton
September 15, 2007
my thoughts are with the family
bobby morrissey
September 14, 2007
The Brock family will be in our thoughts and prayers, as you deal with this sad loss.

~The Hildreths~
James Hildreth
September 14, 2007
Jimmy was a walking piece of the history of the Florida hospitality industry for the last half-century, and a genuine character. He was a Tennessee gentleman of the old school and will be sorely missed by his friends, his colleagues and his neighbors. I'll personally miss that mischievous twinkle in his eye, his big smile and his fighting spirit.
Gary Smith
September 14, 2007
Mr. Brock was such a great person! I only met him through my husband (Mike Frye/FHM) this last year at a board meeting. We had such a great time at his birthday party. Thank you for inviting everyone that you did. It was such a tribute to the person that he was that so many individuals attended. He was such a gracious person and his family is lovely and gracious also. You are in our prayers over your loss.
Barbara Frye
September 14, 2007
We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing. We are in Vermont so will not be able to attend the services but we do send our sympathy and prayers. We remember Jimmy with love and appreciation.
Paul and Minnie Carmichael
September 14, 2007
God bless the Brock Family. JOHN w.BURNETT Sr was a good friend of Mr Brock Evelyn Burnett
Evelyn Burnett
September 14, 2007
Very personable, Jimmy enjoyed friendship from many sources. We were best acquainted through our fraternal interests. He epitomized the adage of "Never having met a stranger", and will be long remembered by his many friends.
Bill Wood
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