Crop maze honors slain detective

By Nick Blank
Posted 10/3/18

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Crop maze honors slain detective

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In the top corner of the Amazing Grace Family Farms’ Crop Maze is a badge number. “Romans 12:21” is carved into the maze, referencing a Bible verse about triumphing over evil, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

The maze is designed to honor Clay County Sheriff’s Detective Dave White who was shot and killed during a Middleburg drug raid in 2012. He was 35.

Kelly Mosley owns the Amazing Grace Family Farms with her husband, Justin, said she was leaning on designing the maze after a superhero.

“I thought that was a good idea and would be well-received, but my husband actually said we should do a local superhero like Jennifer (White’s) husband,” Mosley said. “I thought that was a great idea.”

Mosley said the Dave White Memorial Foundation is special to her because she witnessed the detective’s funeral procession six years ago but didn’t know the family at the time.

“We stood along the route with hundreds of other people just to show them support,” Mosley said. “I think it’s really cool years later our families became friends and we’re able to let them know he’s not forgotten.”

Proceeds from the maze ticket sales will go to the foundation. The 5-acre maze, at 2899 Wisteria Farms Rd., is open Fridays 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in October.

Throughout the year, the Dave White Memorial Foundation hosts fundraisers such as golfing and fishing outings to raise money for its annual scholarship.

The Dave White Memorial Foundation’s logo is the centerpiece of the maze. Clay County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Chris Padgett said White and his wife, Jennifer, were Middleburg High School grads and pillars of the community.

“We don’t want his name or his legacy to ever be forgotten,” Padgett said. “So, when we found out the Amazing Grace Crop Maze was actually going to do the maze this year in his honor and proceeds would benefit the Dave White Memorial Foundation, the sheriff’s office was all in. (The foundation) is something that’s great importance to us because of Dave being a member of our family.”

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