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Donna Sherylane Bessent Elliott

June 23, 1950 — May 10, 2021

Donna Sherylane Bessent Elliott, 70, of Fleming Island, Florida went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 10, 2021. She was born June 23, 1950, to Norma Marceline Roberson Bessent and Callas L. Bessent Jr in Jacksonville, Florida. She lived the majority of her life in Northeast Florida graduating from Paxon High School in 1968 and residing in Fleming Island for the last 27 years. Donna was a full time Mother and homemaker until her children began school. Before her retirement in 2015, she was employed for almost thirty years in data processing at what is now known as Black Knight Incorporated where she had numerous friends, many like family. Donna and her late husband, Rufus Jerry Elliott were married April 13, 1984, blessed with 35 years of love together. She was a true believer, a lover of her Lord, and a member of Harbor Baptist Church in Fleming Island. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star(Woodstock Park Chapter #270), Khem Temple No.85 Daughters of the Nile, and an active supporter of the West Jax Shrine Club. She was fun loving with a bright smile and infectious laugh that would brighten everyone’s day. Donna’s greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She was a compassionate lady who was known for listening without judgement, providing a shoulder to lean on without expectation, and the best, warmest, most love filled hugs in our world. Sherylane is survived by her siblings Leonard Bessent, Judith Tucker (Connor), Fred Bessent (Deborah): Her Children Shonna Yarbrough, Michael Elliott, Melinda Lewis, Tiffany Stevenson, and Corbett Yarbrough Sr (Karlie); Her Grandchildren Casey, Lake, Alexis, Alanna, Corbett Jr, and Kinsey and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday, May 20, 2021 in the Broadus-Raines Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be 10:00am, Friday, May 21, 2021 at Harbor Baptist Church with Dr. James Leftwich officiating.  Graveside service following at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 1:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donna’s name to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

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Friday, May 21, 2021

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Jacksonville National Cemetery

4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

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