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A Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Grace Payne West, a well-known Educator and Administrator, will be held 11AM, FRIDAY, January 15, 2021 at The Bethel Church, where she was a lifelong member, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Lead Pastor and Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Mrs. West passed away peacefully January 1, 2021 surrounded by her family. A native of Jacksonville, she attended the local schools, graduating from Boylan-Haven School for Girls. Furthering her education, she attended Bennett College of Greensboro, NC, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in English and later the Master's degree was conferred at New York University. As one of Duval County's Outstanding Educators, Mrs. West was employed by the Duval County School System as a Teacher and an Administrator, rendering over 30 years of dedicated service before retiring. Her social and civic affiliations are numerous. She was predeceased by her parents, Rufus E. Payne and Mrs. Seleta J. Payne; sister, Mrs. Sibyl Payne Butler (Rheuben) and husband, Alphonso West. Survivors include her children, Mrs. Debrah West Daniels (James) and Dr. Bruce E. West (Necole); grandchildren, Ms. Nichole White Stephens-Johnson, Mrs. Kimberley White Simmons (Rev. Timothy, Sr.), Ms. Stephanie A. White and Cole R. West; 7 great-grandchildren; devoted niece, Mrs. Beverly E. Shields; a number of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. West will rest in the mortuary THURSDAY for a DRIVE-THRU viewing from 4PM until 7PM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. DUE TO COVID-19 AND IN ADHERENCE TO THE CDC MANDATE, SEATING FOR THIS SERVICE WILL BE LIMITED. ALL IN ATTENDANCE ARE ASKED TO PLEASE WEAR A MASK. THE SERVICE WILL BE STREAMED LIVE VIA THE BETHEL CHURCH @ thebethelexperience.com. Arrangements by ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Soutel Dr., (904) 766-9671 alphonsowestmortuary.com
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Published in Florida Times-Union from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
Fond memories of a very caring lady. She was my mentor when I began teaching at William M. Raines High School. Grace Payne West, an exceptional, extraordinary phenomenal woman.
Sincerely,
Juliann McIntosh Blackmon
Juliann Blackmon
Coworker
January 17, 2021
Sending our love and prayers. May God Bless.
Roxanne Iszard and the Iszard Family
January 16, 2021
In loving memory of a dear dear friend. All prayers and blessings for Deborah, Bruce and the family.
Carol Battle and Doris Scott
Friend
January 14, 2021
Deborah and Bruce,
May the GOD "of All Comfort " comfort you in your time of need. We will cherish all of the fond memories of mother forever.
Rodney Wells
Friend
January 12, 2021
In loving memory of a very special child of God .Much love to you Deborah and Bruce. May the Lord comfort you.
Ros Smith
Friend
January 11, 2021
Her name so represented who she was.May her beautiful smile and endearing charm be always remembered. To the family please know your mother was so special to my family. My heartfelt prayers are with you at this time. Many blessings to you ,Deborah and Bruce.
Beverly Boston Wood
Friend
January 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful, caring person. I will love you and miss you always. Thank you.
Patricia L Butler Dobson
Family
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