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Judy B. Scherer

Judy B. Scherer

December 18, 1954 - June 23, 2017     Age: 62

Judy B. Scherer, beloved wife, mother and grandmother was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at her home surrounded by very immediate and loving family. She had unknowingly, without symptoms, been diagnosed with a rapidly forming and very aggressive cancer which took her life after a 9-month battle. 

 Judy fought gallantly to beat this cruel and menacing threat every day since diagnosed and is the most courageous, determined and tenacious person her husband, her greatest fan, encourager and the love of his life has ever known.  She was also supported by the prayers of hundreds of friends, relatives and many who have never met her.

 Judy was an example to many with her love for others, her career life’s experiences as an educator and person of deep faith. Judy came through the ranks of classroom teacher, principal, administrator, deputy superintendent and superintendent of schools through more than 35 years of service with her main focus always on our children, their parental guidance and the many thousands of teachers and staff who served with her. She was always willing and able to ‘be there’ for people and needs of others. Judy and her husband John  did everything together and were mostly never far apart from each other every day of their 12 ½ years of marriage.

 Judy was born on December 18, 1954 as the second of three daughters of six siblings born to Preston Bane Burton and his wife Georgie Clara Hoback Burton. She was raised near Pearisburg, Virginia, where the family farm was crossed by the Appalachian Trail. 

 Judy graduated high school in Pearisburg, Virginia, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, with Honors, a Master of Science Degree from East Tennessee State University, her 6 Year Master’s Degree in Educational Studies and her Doctorate Degree in School Administration from Georgia State University.

 Judy was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, the National and Georgia School Superintendents Association, the Georgia Association of Professional Leaders, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for Women, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as a Board member of the Military Children’s Commission, the Georgia Association of Curriculum Supervisors, the Honor Society in Education Award, served on many Boards of Directors and was a very active Chair Person for many charity campaigns including Relay for Life, the Heart Association, March of Dimes, active duty military support campaigns, and many more.

 Judy is survived by her loving husband John W. Scherer, II, her son Joseph P. Robinson (wife Michelle) of Winter Spring, FL., her daughter Kimberly Hagen (husband Ryan) of Tallahassee, FL., her step-daughter Stephanie Ignatonis (husband David) of Chicago, step-son Louis Scherer (wife Taffee) of Burien, WA., sister Frances Breedlove-Croy (husband Dick) of The Villages, FL., sister Sandy Karickhoff (husband Steve) of Altoona, IA., brother William Burton (Eldridge, MO., brother John Burton (wife Ramona) of Houston, TX., grandchildren Madeline, Evelyn, Lorelei, Benjamin, Ashley and Lilly Jordan and loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded by the passing of her Mother and Dad and a younger brother Ernest Burton.

 Services will be held on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 with visitation starting at 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM and a remembrance service will be at 2:00 PM at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home located at 1305 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. (904-261-3644)

 In lieu of flowers, Judy and John have requested consideration in making a donation in her name to:

 The ARC of Nassau Center for Adult Disabilities

86051 Hamilton Street, Yulee, FL 32097 (904-225-9355)


St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105




8 Condolences

  • Cindy McCloud – Newnan, Ga. Posted June 24, 2017 12:58 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and my heart is broken for you. Judy was a perfect example of the love of God, and she touched so many lives, including mine. She truly did leave a trail of love everywhere she went. I would love to have seen the look on her face when she crossed over and felt herself wrapped in the perfect love of God, hearing the words I know she heard, “Well done, good and FAITHFUl servant.” I love Judy, and I will miss her, but I have peace knowing we will see her again soon. Much love to your sweet family.

  • Bill Horton Posted June 26, 2017 6:38 pm

    We are so saddened at the passing of your mother,,,,Sandra and I, Jamie and Jessica all have so many fond memories of the week-ends spent with your mom and dad at their cabin on Fort Mountain, What wonderful parents and friends they were….take heart that they are waiting to meet all of us in Heaven,

  • Vincent Rega Posted June 28, 2017 11:36 am

    We are so saddened at the passing of your wife, She will be in our prayers, God Bless!

  • Vincent Rega Posted June 28, 2017 11:38 am

    We are so saddened at the passing of your wife, Prayers to you and Family

  • Cardenas & Minton Families Posted June 29, 2017 2:57 pm

    The Cardenas and Minton families send our condolences over the loss of a wonderful in-law and true friend, Judy. We hold Mass, light candles and pray for Judy now and always. We pray for John and for Judy’s children and grand babies that God my comfort all of you through joyful memories of her and knowing you will be together again someday.

  • David Hoback Posted June 29, 2017 3:24 pm

    With both great sadness and loss, I lift Judy’s family and friends in prayer to sustain and comfort them in the difficult days ahead. May the love of our Lord Jesus both sustain and comfort them in their time of loss and grief. She was such a bright and lovely person and her passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family. My prayer is that in time the love of Christ will fill this empty space and only special and wonderful memories of Judy will remain.

  • Charlotte Robinson Jennings Posted July 2, 2017 3:12 pm

    We are so saddened for the passing of our ” heart and soul sister and aunt.” Our hearts go out to her John and all of their children and grandchildren! Judy was a more than special person in so many ways .Our family was blessed to have known and loved her for over thirty five years. We will miss her forever but we will remember Judy for her beautiful and genuine smile and sparkling eyes that spoke volumes to our hearts and for all of the good and love that she shared with each of us. She was a most loving wife, mother and friend. . John, thank you and all of the family and friends who loved and tenderly cared for Judy during her courageous fight. We pray God’s presence will comfort your hearts now and forever. We know that we will see Judy again! ?

  • Lorraine Bratton and Connie Bush Posted July 6, 2017 12:34 pm

    We have such wonderful memories of Judy. She had a rich, wonderful life and will be sadly missed. Please know the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Judy has gone home. Her pain and suffering is ended. Her Mother, Father and Brother were there to welcome her. We wish we could be with you in this time of sorrow but we are there in our hearts. May you find comfort in having known and loved Judy.

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