GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Donald Ellsworth Studley Jr. of Ocala Florida (formerly of Chatham) passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Jan. 29, 2019 at 81 years old. He leaves his wife Brenda Counsell Studley, his sister Sarah (Snow) Rivers, brother in-law Bill Rivers both of South Dennis. He also leaves a son Trey Studley and his wife Nicole of Maplewood, N.J.; former wife and lifelong friend Scarlett (Scotty) Studley of Vero Beach, Fla.; a daughter Glenda Sue (Studley) Lawrence; and grandchildren Hudson, Arlo and Reverie, all of Maplewood, N.J. He was Uncle Don to Carol Wilkins of Tucson, Ariz., Shannon Rivers of Eugene, Ore. and Alan Rivers of Hyannis. He is also survived by three step children. Don was predeceased by his mother Josephine (Studley) Snow, and stepfather Edwin Snow of Chatham; also predeceased by his sister, Barbara Studley, and father, Donald Studley Sr.
Don attended Chatham High School until enlisting in the Air Force. He spent his military time in Texas and Georgia and settled down in Georgia after he left the military.
Don created the Mono-ball, and after successful recognition he then went in search of his passion which was music. He became record producer for Polygram Records and had earned 50 gold records while working with top names such as Cher, The Monkees, Kiss, Olivia Newton John, Joey Travolta, Tom Jones, Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, just to name a few. He was co-producer of “The Platters 25th Anniversary Show” for HBO, co-produced Issac Hayes Black Music Countdown Radio, and was promoter of Franco Zaffierelli’s production of “Swan Lake” with La Scalla Ballet. In retirement from producing he couldn’t remain idle so with the help of his business partner they promoted and created Mesa Park Motorcross in Fellsmere, Fla., again putting his music promoting in full gear by organizing headliners for the park concerts. After selling out to his partner he acquired his real estate license and began selling real estate. Don then became the top ten percent producer at Coldwell Banker Realty, before his final retirement and moving to Ocala, Fla.
He loved life, and loved people. He would talk to anyone anywhere. The last four months spent in the hospital he even converted the hospital staff into Patriots fans. He was an avid Patriots fan, loved to watch the games and was excited that they were once again going to super bowl: he wanted Brady to win just one more.
Memorial Service / Celebration of Life will be held at his church, The Garden Worship Center in Belleview, Fla. on Feb. 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.