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Randall Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville

Randall Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville

Randall “Randy” Dillon Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville, died in his sleep on June 22, 2011. He was born July 22, 1956, the son of Charles “Jack” Dillon Suggs and Jessie Vene Thomas Suggs. He was retired from the water works division of JEA after 25 years.

Randy graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1974, where he played varsity baseball for the Generals. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the Tampa Bay Rays and the Florida Gators. He will be dearly missed by many friends and family. He was also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Survivors include his parents; daughters Kristen and Rebecca; brother Charles (Betty); sister Karen Herda; grandchildren Lil­­­­lian and Hayden; many nephews and nieces.

A graveside funeral service  for Mr. Suggs was conducted Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny, with the Rev. Adam Scott officiating. Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Shame for custody article

Dear Editor:

I was very upset after reading last week’s article Protest after sex offender awarded custody to think that, while this family is trying to get this child back to Baker County, you and Todd Ferreira would take this opportunity to make this lady (Rita Crews) look like a bad person for not paying a funeral bill.

Everybody owes somebody.

The article should have pointed out that it’s a shame no one but a handful of the approximately 26,000 people in Baker County showed up at the courthouse to protest for this poor child. Not one elected official has stood up for this family.

Shame on you all!

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Margaret Thornton, 89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Thornton,
89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Boyd Thornton, 89, of Palatka died Sunday July 24, 2011 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness. Born in Baker County on December 27, 1921, Mrs. Thornton had been a resident of Palatka for 52 years, coming from Green Cove Springs. She had been a member of the New River New Congregational Methodist Church in Lawtey. She was a homemaker and her life was her family. She will be remembered as being a devoted wife, mother and Christian lady.

She was preceded in death by parents Henry and Mamie Boyd; brothers James D. Boyd, Clarence Boyd and Tommy Boyd; sisters Roxie Boyd Jackson and Redith Boyd Richardson; and son-in-law Charlie Lowe.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Joseph Thornton of Palatka; daughters Shirley Lowe and Linda (Jack) Slaughter, both of Palatka; grandchildren Ray and Kim Lowe and Briane Slaughter, all of Palatka, Ron and Angela Lowe of Johnson, Florida and Sissy and Travis Anderson of San Mateo, Florida; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 26 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Fred Hurst and Pastor Ray Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

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