William Scaife

March 20, 1936March 2, 2013

WILLIAM OLIVER SCAIFE, JR., 76, died March 2, 2013 after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, he was born on March 20, 1936, the son of the late William Oliver Scaife and the late Abbie Mathews Scaife. Mr. Scaife attended local public schools, graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1954. In his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout with the Bronze and Gold Palms. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. degree and the University of Florida, College of Law with a J.D. degree. During the Berlin Crisis, Mr. Scaife served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer, U.S.S. Hunt. He was a member of the Florida Bar and was an attorney for Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., having retired in 1996. Mr. Scaife was a lifelong member of Riverside Park United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School, served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, and served as the Treasurer of the Church. He was also a Trustee of the Church and a member of the Church usher team. Mr. Scaife also served on the Board of Directors of the Riverside Park Apartments, Inc. Mr. Scaife is survived by his wife, Geraldine T. Scaife (Cookie); sons, William Oliver Scaife, III (Stacey) of Fleming Island and Shelton Corbett Scaife (Karen) of Fleming Island; daughters, Darlene Scaife Hampton (Wycke) of Jacksonville, Elizabeth Johnson Bogdan (Matthew) of Orlando, and Tina Johnson Howard (David) of Navarre, Florida; ten grandchildren, Shelton Corbett Scaife, Jr., Joshua David Scaife, William Oliver Scaife, IV, Victoria Taylor Scaife, Ashley Elizabeth Howard, Meagan Danielle Howard, Ryan Patrick Bogdan, Ben Preston Bogdan, Wade Mathews Hampton, and Reid McKissick Hampton; and one great-grandchild, Chloe Alexis Scaife. Visitation will be held at Hardage Giddens Funeral Home, 729 Edgewood Avenue South, Friday, March 8, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm. Services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11:00 am, at Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park Street, with The Reverend Rafe Vigil, Pastor of the Church, and Dr. William G. Katibah, Jr., Interim Pastor, Huntersville Presbyterian Church, Huntersville, North Carolina, officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Riverside Park United Methodist Church, or Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Hardage Giddens Funeral Home, 729 Edgewood Avenue South, in charge.


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Betsy Langston

April 4, 2013

Sonny and I were friends for many years. What a super guy! A wonderful father and friend. God bless all of you. Love, Betsy Langston

March 13, 2013

Dear Cookie and Family,
So very sorry to hear about your loss, He was quite a person, we will never forget him sharing his Train Set with us. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Pam and David Howell

Tom Boaz

March 13, 2013

Though nearly 50 years have passed since Bill and I last trod the decks of theUSS Hunt, I still recall his friendly face and cheery attitude. i send my condolences to his family.

Bill Wetherell

March 9, 2013

I served with Bill Scaife on the USS Hunt over fifty years ago. We kept in touch over the years and had some good experiences in and out of the service. Bill was always an honorable man; a true gentleman. I feel privileged to have known him.

Helen Wilkie - Shirley

March 8, 2013

Karen & Shelton, Very sorry for your loss, but I know he's at peace & in heaven. Looking for you Karen-call me @ 904-600-5743 We live in Fleming Isl.

Josiah Mathews

March 8, 2013

Our sincerest sympathies and condolences to the Scaife family from your cousins, the Jack Mathews family.


March 8, 2013


Mike Finn

March 8, 2013

Cookie, I feel very sad that a long-time friend won`t be part of my life any longer, but my face will brighten everytime I think of Sonny Scaife. I treasure his memory.

Evie Adams

March 7, 2013

Cliff and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sonny was always such a joy to be around and always made us smile with his sweet gentle nature.

Pat & Linwood Doane

March 7, 2013

Cookie and family,
God bless you all at this time of your
great loss. We will miss Sonny's warm
smile and friendly greeting every
Sunday at Church.
Pat and Linwood