OBITUARY

JD Cleveland

February 28, 1928April 2, 2020

J.D. Cleveland, resident of Punta Gorda, Florida, passed from this world into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ on April 2, 2020. Jay, born in Hackleburg, Alabama, on February 28, 1928, was the last born and eighth child of Edward Carsewell Cleveland and Martha Magdalene (Cochran) Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his son, Kyle Edward Cleveland and is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joyce Juanita (Reed) Cleveland of Punta Gorda, Florida, his son, Anthony Jay Cleveland of Brighton, Michigan, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. As a young man, Jay traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend business school, where he met “Nita” Reed, the love of his life. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Jay attended Jones Business School in Jacksonville, Florida where he graduated with a B.B.S. in 1954. Jay and his young family then moved north to Michigan where he worked in the automotive industry. Jay also studied Industrial Psychology at the University of Toledo during the early 1960s. Jay was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved music and sports. He retired from the Westerville, Ohio school district after twenty years in maintenance supervision and moved to southwestern Florida. Jay loved to fish with his close friends and family in the waters of Charlotte Harbor. He was a faithful member of the Port Charlotte Church of Christ. Jay was a kind and loving man with a generous spirit … indeed, a friend to all who knew him. We will miss his corny jokes and his “pickin” a tune on the banjo (he played with Sonny James – the Southern Gentleman). What we will miss most is his smiling face and the ever-present twinkle in his eyes. His body will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, but Jay’s soul resides now in heaven.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

Memories

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Celisa Swidan (Allen)

April 13, 2020

JD was my great uncle. He was a tall man with a soft voice and kind heart! When I was born my parents, John & Cathy, hadn’t decided on a name so Uncle JD wrote a few options down and they chose the first name he’d written, which was Celisa. It was a life-long gift and even-though we never lived close to each other, we always felt close to him. He bought me my first bicycle and I treasured it so. He was always an encourager and my family loves him so. Many condolences!

Anna Moore

April 13, 2020

I have lots of memories with grandpa, but my favorite that is a true testament to his love and character is one of the stories my dad Kyle told me. As many know, Grandpa was an avid hunter and he took dad and Tony with him frequently. Dad had cerebral palsy and wore clunky, loud metal braces that surely weren't conducive to an easy hunt. But grandpa still took him and washed and scrubbed dad's braces when they got home. I'll miss grandpa forever, but I'm thankful he's in the loving arms of Jesus and reunited with dad again.
Anna

Laura Cleveland

April 13, 2020

J was one of the sweetest people I have had the privilege to know. He welcomed me into the family with humor, kindness and love as if I were his own. He was kind, compassionate, and always looking for the humor in everyday situations. He was also one of Kyle's best ftiends which allowed me to witness a beautiful father/son relationship. I love him, and will miss him dearly.
Laura

NEAL BRADFORD

April 13, 2020

I will remember the smile on his face. I would asked J.D. if he had his biscuits & gravy on Sunday morning.

NCB

Adrienne Harris

April 12, 2020

My Grandpa was one of the best people I have ever known. He cared about people, was incredibly strong, funny, and talented. If I did not call weekly I always got a call from him, or one from Grandma after he pestered her to check on me. He believed in presents being practical (like socks), something you could get hurt on (he bought my first scooter and my girl's), or an annoyingly loud toy of which he always had batteries. He snuck me nutter butters before dinner and I always got to wear his white v neck t shirts for pjs when I stayed the night at their house. When he knew it was me on the phone he always said "hey cutie" and immediately asked how my husband, Ben, was. When my daughters wanted to give him a show he sat so quietly and happily, applauding enthusiastically. I miss him.

Carolyn Ray Cleveland Libby

April 10, 2020

Jay was the fun uncle, he had been to collage , to the big city, but always a country boy at heart. I'm sorry I didn't keep in touch with him after daddy died.

Phil Cleveland

April 10, 2020

Uncle JD was my first inspiration to attend college when I was still in high school. He was visiting one Sunday and we were sitting together on the sofa when he explained the cost benefit of college to me. Changed my life and I will always remember him as one of the most positive influences in my life. Rest in peace and thank you for being the being a wonderful person that this world will miss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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