James Munnerlyn Shine

January 14, 1928November 2, 2018

James Munnerlyn Shine, “Jimmy,” died peacefully at his home in Switzerland, FL on November 2, 2018 at the age of 90. He was a native of Duval County and called Switzerland home since 1963. He graduated from Landon High School and received a BS degree in business at Stetson University, Deland. He was a Corporal in the US Army. He professed that his experiences in 4-H and the Boy Scouts, where he attained the rank of Eagle and became scoutmaster Troop 161 North Florida Council, were the foundations of his adulthood.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Tonissen Shine and son, Wallace Tonissen Shine. He is survived by his son, James Munnerlyn Shine, Jr., “Jim”; granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Shine, both of Canal Point, FL and several nieces and nephews. His extended family included his Magnolia/Eventide neighborhood, the St. Johns/Clay County Master Gardeners, the faith community of the Church of Our Savior, Mandarin, the retirees that worked at the Continental Insurance Company, Jacksonville and the Green Cove “Breakfast Club.”

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on November 19, in Church of Our Savior, 12236 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223. Friends are invited to visit the family in the afternoon and evening at his home. Fishermen and fruit pickers welcome.

Memorial contributions may be made to:Community Hospice & Palliative Care 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, Florida 32257 or University of Florida Foundation ATTN: 4-H/Shine Post Office Box 110170 Gainesville, Florida 32211-0170 or online at:


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Cathy “Cat” Rodgers

November 19, 2018

Dear Jimmie,

As a new Master Gardener back in 2011, I quickly learned what a valuable resource you were!

Your memorial citrus grove can't be missed walking along the sidewalk across from the butterfly garden. A place of honor as it should be for all to see and enjoy.

Memories of the fruit harvested and turned into jams and jellies by Grace. Our annual Master Gardener hotdog cookout down by the river.

Feeling like a kid in a candy store when given permission to scour your property and take cuttings. I am pleased to say that two of the cuttings still survive, a succulent that bloomed with a maroon flower when I gave a talk on succulents and is named Jimmie Shine on my plant tag. The other is an orchid that both Sharon McIntosh and I took cuttings .

Our luncheons won't be the same without you as we waited for you to be the first in line as an honor for being our most senior Master Gardener.

You were a quiet, gentle man with a great chuckle when you laughed and your hat and pipe.

You are loved by many and especially missed by the Master Gardeners.

Enjoy the great gardens in heaven!

Cathy "Cat" Rodgers

Dianne Battle

November 16, 2018

Jimmy Shine. You will always be my lasting memory of Master Gardening. In January 2010 at my first Master Gardener luncheon, you quietly walked around the room placing a blooming camellia in front of everyone. Mine was white - I was so new to Florida I did not even know that flowers bloomed in January, let alone know what variety it was. Every month you managed to be the first in line at the pot luck luncheon, and you always cleaned your plate! You were the one I chose to work with on my first project: pruning the Mary and Jimmy Shine Citrus Garden at the extension center. While smoking your pipe you showed me what part of the branch to remove after winter.

Many of us enjoyed your hot dog roasts every May, and we were always welcome to watch a sunset from your backyard, and tour your property on your golf cart while you pointed out all the wildlife and your prize plants, Smokey loping along after us.

I tried my hand using your old fashioned orange-picker on one of your citrus trees. I was told I could take home some Satsuma oranges but to keep my day job.... In February 2017 I was privileged to write about your camellias in the St. Johns Sun newspaper. The photo of you from the article is below, and the article is on my website, You accepted a copy of the article and the publicity with the same gracious attitude and direct words that we remember and love you for - "Yep," is what you said,

Felicia Thomas

November 12, 2018

I'm so saddened to hear about my friend who I loved dearly he was a good person he was funny kind and sweet and I will forever miss him and love him with all my heart so fly away my sweet sweet angel and may God bless his son and granddaughter and everyone else in his family. Love always your caregiver Felicia Thomas