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Patrick Kogut, 61, owner-operator, dies

Kogut Patrick Michael Kogut, age 61, of Macclenny, died September 27, 2011.

Patrick was born in Rockaway Beach, New York to the late John Kogut and Margaret Townsend Kogut on March 17, 1950. He was a resident of Baker County for the last 8 years after moving from San Juan Puerto Rico and was the owner and operator of Pat Kogut trucking. He enjoyed fishing, karaoke, driving his truck and listening to oldies music. He was predeceased by his seven brothers and a step-son.  

Survivors include wife of 12 years Brenda Ramirez Kogut of Macclenny; eight children and 15 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 29 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home.  V. Todd Ferreira Funeral service is in charge of the arrangements.

Infant Crossland dies September 21

Grayson Lane Crossland, in­­­­­­fant son of Ashley Ray Crossland and the late Jennifer Gail Moore Crossland, died September 21, 2011.

He was predeceased by his sister Laney Crossland.

Survivors include father Ashley “Shaq” Crossland; sisters Allyson and Emily Crossland, all of Glen St. Mary; maternal grandparents Lisa and Allen Cole; paternal grandmother Teresa Jean Warrick; Paternal great-grandmother Betty Jean Fletcher; aunts Kim Moore and Shelley Cunningham; uncle Eth­­­­an Cole.

A graveside service was held Tuesday September 27 at 11:00 am at Taylor Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer Crossland, NEFSH employee, dies

Jennifer Gail Moore Crossland, 29, of Glen St. Mary died September 21, 2011.

She was born in Memphis, TN on June 12, 1982. Jennifer was a resident of Baker County since 2005 after moving from Olive Branch, MS. She was employed as a clerk at Northeast Florida State Hospital. She enjoyed spending time with her girls, hunting, fishing, going to the lake and traveling to the mountains. She was predeceased by daughter Laney Crossland.

Survivors include parents Allen and Lisa Cole of Olive Branch; her husband of two years Ashley “Shaq” Crossland of Glen St. Mary; children Allyson and Emily Crossland of Glen St. Mary; brother Ethan Cole of Olive Branch; sisters Lim Moore of Olive Branch and Shelley Cunningham of Venice, FL; uncle Rick Meggs of Olive Branch; nieces Brittany and Ava, and biological father Stephen Moore.

A graveside service was held September 27 at 11:00 am at Taylor Cemetery in Taylor with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Committee lauded for great 150th birthday observance

If you missed Saturday’s Sesquicentennial, you missed a really good time.

Granted it was scorching hot, but there was so much to do and see and it basically went off flawlessly thanks to a lot of hard work from the Baker County Historical Society and the event committee.

Chairman Larry Rosenblatt and his committee are to be congratulated for a job well done. To the casual observer, it seemed to go off without a hitch and everyone seemed to have a really good time. I’m sure Larry and his crew of volunteers were on pins and needles the whole time. I hope they got a chance to enjoy themselves a little.

There was plenty to be proud of in the celebration and I think that a lot of people left the festivities glad that they live in Baker County. I know I did.

It kicked off with a wonderful parade that truly was a cross-section of what the county is all about.

The opening ceremony was stirring, with one of the best flyovers I’ve ever seen, from WWII-era T6 trainers. As the flyover went by there was a stirring version of the National Anthem from Sara Beth Gerard and God Bless America from Marcelle and Bethany Richardson and a release of red, white and blue balloons against the cloudless sky.

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