John "Jack" Francis Aylward, III

July 10, 1951December 28, 2013

John Francis (Jack) Aylward III, age 62, died December 28, 2013. He was born in Ocala, Florida, and moved to St. Simons Island in 1986. Jack attended the University of Florida and served in the U.S. Air Force. His paternal grandmother, Ilene Davidson Aylward, was born in Ware County, Georgia, and moved to Ocala in the early 1900s. His maternal grandmother, Alice Evans Miller, was a pioneer in medicine and the first woman medical specialist in Florida, where she practiced for many years in West Palm Beach. Jack is survived by his son, William Francis Aylward (St. Simons), his sister Alice Aylward Blair (Ocala), his sister Josephine (Jo) Aylward Foster and her husband EL Foster (Ocala), and his brother Robert (Bobby) Aylward (Tampa and St. Simons), and many nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bill and Laura Aylward, his sister, Judy Aylward Curry, and his brother, Billy Aylward. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services P.O. Box 4072Pittsfield, MA 01202. Arrangements are under the direction of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home,


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Stuart Mosher

January 10, 2014

I was very saddened to learn of Jack's death. I first met Jack last May via email when he requested financial assistance from our Foundation,, and it was our honor and privilege to provide him some relief during a rather difficult time in his life. We corresponded often and Jack visited my wife, Teresa, and I during our vacation to St. Simons Island in September. It was a blessing to meet Jack and to talk with him for a couple of hours. Jack revealed such a gentle spirit while dealing with so many trials, which was a testament to his faith in the Lord and the resulting grace in his life.

Rick George

January 7, 2014

I have many,many great memories of Jack,some that can't be printed.Jack,Bobby and I must have played a thousand rounds of golf together and I spent many nights at the Aylward house with Mrs.Sherman providing the food and refreshments.His parents were always so hospitable as well.He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him throughout his life.Prayers to the family.RIP Jack!!!

Allen Crabtree

January 6, 2014

I am saddened to hear of Jack's passing. He was a kind, considerate, Southern Gentleman.

William Nicholson

January 6, 2014

William H.(Nicky)Nicholson Jr. &
Kennth H. Nicholson

January 4, 2014

My condolences to the family of John. May God be with you and comofrt you. 1 Corinthians 1:3

Ashley Lavallee

January 3, 2014

We were so saddened to hear of Jack's passing! William, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers!! We are all here for you!
The Lavallee Family

January 2, 2014

To the family - I was saddened to hear of Jack's passing. He was a real good man and did much to brighten other people's lives, despite the difficult sickness he courageously battled for so long. I will always remember his humor and friendly nature, and his kindness and compassion towards others. May you be comforted by God's grace and love during this time. -- Brad Dinkins

January 2, 2014

Our prayers are with you and your family. We just learned of Jack's passing and are deeply saddened. Jack was a good man and proud of you, William. He will always be remembered fondly. Larry Delaney

Jody Bradford

January 2, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Your dad was such a good man and I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during the coming days.
Mrs. Bradford

January 1, 2014

Sending sympathy to the family....I grew up with Jack and his brothers/sisters in Ocala and have fond memories of those times! Praying God's comfort and strength for all as you go through this difficult time!

Dan DeLoach