Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kyle-McLellan Funeral Home Moving to New Location

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kyle-McLellan Funeral Home Moving to New Location

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: I've passed by Kyle-McLellan Funeral Home on Union Street for decades. But recently, I've noticed that the building is closed. What can you tell me about it?

W.B.

Dear W.B.: The facility at 17 W. Union St. is owned by J. Robert Peeples Jr. and Joyce Peeples. They also own Peeples Family Funeral Home at 2220 Soutel Drive in Riverview. The Peeples family has purchased 5 acres of property near River City Mall, just north of Duval Station/Max Leggett Parkway on North Main Street. The Kyle-McLellan establishment will be relocated to the new site in the next few months.

The downtown location is for sale. It has held the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in Jacksonville, tracing its heritage to 1856. It was known as Moulton & Kyle Funeral Home when the Union Street building was completed in 1914. The Peeples purchased it 20 years ago from S.M. McLellan.

Dear Call Box: I want to thank Beth Cravey for her warm and appealing article about Kaley Still and Cara Stieglitz. (The 21-year-olds are leaders of the University of North Florida's chapter of the Best Buddies program, which matches students with intellectual learning disabilities with those who do not.) It was an inspiring story, and her skilled writing was beautifully done. I know many things have changed in the world today, but I do not understand how Cara, whom the article said had Down syndrome, is able to be enrolled as a student in a college-level class. I would appreciate your helping me to understand the reality of that ... I want to learn!

A.H.

Dear A.H.: Stieglitz attends UNF's On Campus Transition Program, which provides social and academic support to students with disabilities. At present, she is not taking classes for college credit and is not seeking a degree, said Kristine Webb, a professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education.

"She audits university classes that align with her career and life goals and, like other college students, she engages in employment experiences that will pave the way to positions she chooses to pursue," Webb said. …

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