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Ron and Mary Burroughs

We are sad about Rocky’s illness and passing away. He was a wonderful man and we loved him very much. He took good care of Jean and loved his family, especially his sweet Mother.

Elaine Johnson

Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. We know he was so special to you. Prayers for all.

Sheryl Harper

Jean and family I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers and love are with you.

Donnie Rich

So sorry for your loss Jean.

Shawn Patterson

Our sincere condolences Jean. Sending love and many prayers to you all 💛

Terry Batten Cook

Jean and family : I am sorry to learn of Rock's death. Sending my sincere thoughts, love and prayers

Julia Gray

May is life be a blessing to all who knew him and loved him. Jean, I am so, so sorry.

Wes Douglas

I am so sorry for your loss. Rocky and I were child hood friend. We had great times in our neighborhood and at school. I will never forget him and his cheerful personality. We were all made better to have known him. l

Melvin "Rocky" Dougherty


Melvin Foster “Rocky” Dougherty, Jr., 71, of Blackrock Road, passed from this life on May 16, 2022 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Rocky was born March 22, 1951 in Fernandina. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School with the class of 1969, then worked in construction and later as a shrimp boat fisherman. Over 30 years of his career was with Glidden Organic Chemical (now Symrise) in Jacksonville, before retiring in 2016. He was married to Jean Overstreet Dougherty for 46 years, and they resided in Fernandina and Yulee. He was a longtime member of North Jacksonville Baptist Church and the NJBC AM-7 Sunday School class.

Rocky loved shrimping with longtime friend and brother-in-law David Cook. He loved fishing, whether from the dock or his boat. He had a lifelong affection for all kinds of animals, whether they flew, swam, or walked on four legs. In recent years, he loved keeping chickens and sharing the eggs with family and friends. He enjoyed carpentry, a skill learned from his grandfather at a young age.

Rocky was predeceased by parents Melvin and Lillian Dougherty, and sister Stephanie Dougherty.

He leaves behind his wife Jean; stepsons Rod (Robin) Kirkland and Steven (Viniece) Kirkland, both of Glennville, GA; stepdaughter Kelly (Rick) Root of Atlantic Beach; foster son Wallace Bartlett of Sarasota; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters Pam (David) Cook, Janis Johnson, and Dee Dee (Mark) Thornton, all of Fernandina; 4 nephews; one niece; 3 great-nieces; and other extended family including special aunt Pat Mott; special friends Ben and Bonnie Spivey, and many cousins.

A memorial service to celebrate Rocky’s life will be held on June 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends visitors from 10:00 AM until the time of service.


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