Estella Groover
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Mrs. Estella McIntel Bennefield Groover passed away on May 15, 2020 in a local hospital. A native of Jacksonville, she graduated from New Stanton Senior High School – Class of 1967, and earned a B.S. degree at University of Phoenix. Mrs. Groover was employed as an Administrator for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, having rendered over 39 years of dedicated service before retiring. Also, she served as President of LSAT Committee at Wolfson High School. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Ms. Alainna LaVern Taylor and daughter, Shannon N. Bennefield. Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Groover; son, Washington Bennefield (Patti); stepdaughter, Ms. Pamdrea Groover-Ivory; grandchildren, Brittany A. Bennefield, Stephanie K. Bennefield, Nakia Jefferson and Markia Ivory; great-grandchildren, Larry Zanders, Lola Zanders and Jeovanni Franklin; sister, Ms. Jonette McIntel Johnson; 2 sisters-in-law; 7 brothers-in-law; a number of other relatives and friends. A Private Homegoing Celebration of her life will be held 10AM, SATURDAY, May 23, 2020 at The Bethel Church, where she held membership, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Lead Pastor and Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Mrs. Groover will rest in the mortuary for DRIVE-THRU viewing FRIDAY from 6:30PM until 8:30PM. Entombment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 and in adherence of the CDC mandate, the Homegoing Celebration will be only for the immediate family. The services can be viewed live by visiting Professional services under the direction of ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Soutel Dr., (904) 766-9671
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Published in Florida Times-Union from May 16 to May 21, 2020.
Celebration of Life
10:00 AM
The Bethel Church
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May 26, 2020
It was a pleasure to have worked with Stell at BCBSF for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Joan & Johnny Rhoden
May 24, 2020
This hurt...this woman was the embodiment of grace and strength. She was my friend and mentor, she lead by example, she believed in me always...she put action behind her words and taught me to pick my battles wisely and let the rest roll off my shoulders. She said Put your faith in the right thing and use your strength for the right thing and the right thing will happen. My favorite thing was, Dont change she said it over and over as I questioned myself, second guessed my own abilities as a new mom, wife, professional, I thought I couldnt do it, she always said, You can and you will. I called her when I was getting a divorce and she said, Cry it out and then dont cry again, raise those girls, make your mark. I did Stell, I am Stell, I did and am doing everything on my own terms, I pick my battles carefully, I let the rest roll off just like you said. Im strong Stell just like you saw, what I could not see, I am strong. I think we will be ok, I wish I had told you in person recently, I love you, thank you❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤RIP, see you one day
Quenby Ford
May 23, 2020
May the love and peace of God strengthen you in your time of bereavement, God bless and keep you .
Emma Bryant
Emma Bryant
May 21, 2020
May you all find the peace of God which surpasses all understanding . The family of Estella has my deepest sympathy and my prayers be with you all.
Grace and peace Shirley McKinney
Shirley McKinney
May 21, 2020
Stell and I worked together for many years and thinking of her would bring a smile. She was intelligent, friendly, compassionate, and a pleasure to work with and know. Her smile and laughter would light up a room. It was only the love for her son, the support of her family and friends and her deep connection with God that got her through loosing her daughter so suddenly and a time on which I've often reflected. Stell was truly a gift. May she rest in peace and her family be comforted with loving memories and peace that surpasses all understanding which comes only through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Fran Hendricks, BCBSF
Fran Hendricks
May 21, 2020
Stell was a wonderful and beautiful person to work with and for at Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Sandra Reber
May 21, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Stell was a wonderful co-worker who was loved by all that came into contact with her. My condolences to her family during this time of sorrow.
Deborah Cummings
May 21, 2020
My deepest sympathy. I used to work for Estella and loved her so much. I know she will be missed. She will never be forgotten
Renee Long
May 20, 2020
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.
johnnie sr
May 18, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Veronica Jones
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