Sister Ruthie, her husband Brian, stepmother Edna

Steve and Joan wedding July 24, 1965

John and wife Debi.

My grandsons RJ Naturale (L) and Ben and Ben Naturale (R) helping me in the race shop.

Stepbrothers Sandy (L) and Mike (R)

John and Debi with daughter April (c)


Sister Corky and John

John (L), sister Corky, and brother Steve (R)

Patrick Allen Maxwell (l) toasting his sister and wife Natalie Maxwell toasting her new sister-in-law.

Rosa Mae helped raise my sister Corky and I in south Florida back in the 1950's

My dad, Jack Shewbrooks (L) raced 1/2 midgets and inboard hydroplanes.  He enjoyed racing at Lake Maggorie near St. Petersburg, Florida.  Here we are enjoying time after the races at the Holiday Inn with my sister Corky and her daughter Paula.

Rosa Mae Gaston Thurston

Another Grandson

John, April's husband Richard, April, Debi

My mother Mary Jayne Porter Shewbrooks with my brother Steve

Thurston, Rosa Mae Gaston, the matriarch of the Thurston family passed away at home on May 1, 2005 after a long illness. She was born May 4, 1913 in Pitts, Georgia. Rosa Gaston moved to Pompano Beach as a young girl in 1922 when her family migrated to Pompano to work in the vegetable fields of Western Broward. She attended Pompano Beach Colored School which later became Coleman School. She married the late James C. Thurston Sr., an immigrant from Cat Island Bahamas; and to this union, thirteen children were born. Rosa Thurston worked as a domestic and her husband worked as a butcher, farmer and custodian. James Thurston retired as head custodian from Ely High School in 1975. He passed away in 1978. Rosa Gaston Thurston was the Charter Matron (President) of the Harmony Chapter of The Eastern Star. The Eastern Stars honored her at its annual Banquet in February of this year by naming its scholarship fund in her honor. She was a life long member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Pompano Beach where she taught the same Sunday School class for over forty years. She worked tirelessly at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. She has been recognized many times for her contributions and commitment to the church community and believed education was the great equalizer and pushed her children to get as much education as possible. Her children have been community leaders in civic affairs, housing and education. Some of her children and grandchildren have had careers which includes teaching, nursing, mortgage banking, barbers, attorney, journalist, actors, and business owners. Rosa Mae Thurston is survived by 12 of her 13 children; Alfred Thurston (Juanita), James Thurston Jr. (Maebell), Theodus Thurston Sr. (Pearl), Perry Thurston, Sr. (Vernerva), Margaret Ricks (Billy-deceased), Joyce T. McGirt, Larry Thurston (Josephine) all of Pompano Beach, FL, Leona T. Sumpter of Quincy, FL, Percy Thurston - deceased (Queen) of Deerfield Beach,FL, Rosetta T. Branch(Leon-deceased) of Brooklyn, NY, Henry Thurston Sr. (Muriel) of Atlanta, GA, Darlene Thurston, Ph.D. of Jackson, Mississippi and Kenneth Thurston (Victoria) of Lauderhill, FL. She is also survived by 4 generations of offspring and a host of nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held Friday, May 6, 2005 from 6PM to 9PM at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 800 NW 8th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2005, 11:00AM at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Debbie Webb Shewbrooks (L) was my first wife who passed away at the young age of 39 years old.  She was born on February 17, 1950, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to parents Jack and Mary Webb.  She was an avid dancer and was a majorette at Clay High School.  Debbie was dedicated to caring for her mother who was seriously injured in an auto accident, later married, and had her daughter April Kegley Johnson (R) on August 27, 1976.

Debbie and I met in 1981 and dated for five years.  She moved to Jackson, Ohio, shortly after we met.  We were married on August 2, 1986.  In 1988 Debbie was diagnosed with cancer.  Later that year, she earned her degree in Business from Ohio University.  She died on July 28, 1989.

April is raising her four children, is a flight nurse on a medical helicopter, finishing her course work for nurse practioner.

John Patrick "Jack" Naturale is here!  Born January 13, 2016, 1:03 am, 8lb 6oz, 21" long.  He's much bigger than his brothers were!

Steve and Joan celebrated their 50th anniversary recently at the Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville.  What a fun night.