Our Staff
Wallace "Wally" MesserWallace "Wally" Messer is Vice President and General Manager of Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery. As a partner in the business and the Funeral Director and Embalmer in Charge he oversees all operations. He has over 25 years experience in funeral and cemetery service and graduated from Gupton-Jones College with a degree in Funeral Service. He has extensive experience with all types of religious, fraternal and military services. Wally served in Vietnam with the U. S. Air Force. He is active in church and community affairs and is a member of The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach. He is married and has three daughters and six grandchildren.


Ellen S. StephensEllen S. Stephens is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery. She has been involved with funeral and cemetery services for over 40 years. Ellen is a native of Jacksonville, FL and relocated to the Amelia Island – Yulee area in 1994. As a partner in the business she is instrumental with daily operations and assisting families in planning their funeral needs. She has a son, daughter in law and four grandchildren.


John "Jack" M. FleegerisJohn "Jack" M. Fleeger is Vice President of Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and has over 20 years of management experience. Jack is the son of senior partner, Ellen Stephens. He and his wife, Loren, have four children. All the Fleegers are active in church and community affairs and are the promise that Green Pine Funeral Home will continue to be a family owned and operated business for generations to come.


Ron NobleRon Noble has over 45 years experience in funeral service. He has extensive experience in all facets of funeral service and management. He served in Vietnam with the U. S. Army and received the Purple Heart for wounds received while serving there. Ron is active in church and community affairs and a member of the Fernandina Beach Optimist Club. He is married and has six children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He has made his home in the Amelia Island – Yulee area since 1993.


Bert A. Williams, Jr.Bert A. Williams, Jr. is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He has over 18 years experience in funeral service. As a funeral director, Bert has extensive experience in different types of religious, fraternal and military services. He is an expert embalmer and cosmetician. He is well known for his attention to detail and commitment to excellence. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College with a degree in Funeral Service. Bert is the proud father of a son.


Jarrod FleegerJarrod Fleeger is a part-time staff associate at Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery. He is the son of Green Pine vice president, Jack Fleeger, and grandson of senior partner, Ellen Stephens. Jarrod works with us as his school schedule permits. He will soon be entering the Funeral Service Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville pursuing his degree in funeral service. Jarrod is active with his church, plays football, basketball and soccer and helps with the coaching of younger players.


James In Memory – James T. "Jim" Stephens 1934 – 2011 He was Past President of the Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and was a 30 year member, serving on many committees and through all the officer-ships. He was a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and other industry related organizations. He worked in an advisory capacity with Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery since 1994.

Jim’s career in the funeral and cemetery industry spanned some 45 years. He ran the operations of cemeteries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Alabama and Florida. He was instrumental is getting legislation passed to protect funeral and cemetery consumers in Florida and in establishing a Funeral Service Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville where he served on the advisory board until the time of his passing.

He was a graduate of Morris University in Pennsylvania and served in the U. S. Army from 1953 through 1955.

Jim’s outlook on life was positive even though he met with his share of difficulties. He was always in a state of peace with himself. His attitude until the last few minutes of his life was that he had enjoyed a marvelous life…and we know his joy truly came from helping others. He helped countless people in his life and was always willing, and actually preferred, to work in the background and let others receive the praise he deserved.


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