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Justin Pugh, 31, accident victim

Justin William Pugh, 31, of Macclenny, died December 7, 2011 in a motorcycle accident. He moved to Macclenny seven years ago from Wichita Falls,TX and was a graduate of Rider High in Wichita Falls. He studied at Midwestern State University and enjoyed playing basketball and football during his high school years.

Mr. Pugh was employed at Anchor Glass and loved his work. He appreciated music and enjoyed playing guitar. He was a fan of mixed martial arts and grappling. He was devoted to his son Kade.

Survivors include mother Linda Morgan, father Charles Haddon Pugh; sister Jessica Pugh; paternal grandmother LaVerna Pugh; his beloved son Kade William Pugh; and the mother of his son Regina Pugh. His family will always share great memories of Justin and will forever know him as a loving and giving person who touched many lives.

The funeral service was held at 2 pm Monday, December 12,  at Russell Baptist Church with visitation with the family prior to the funeral at 12:30 pm. Burial followed in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery in Green Cove Springs.

Robert Harris, 50, of Lake City

Robert Rollin Harris, 50, of Lake City died Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the home of his mother in Lake City following an extended illness. He was a native of Starke and had resided in Macclenny for over 40 years before moving to Lake City five years ago. He worked as a carpenter in the construction industry most of his life. He was preceded in death by his father Willie James Harris Sr.

Survivors include mother Manda Lee (David) Buck of Lake City; step-mother Judy Harris of Macclenny; sister Jamie Harris of Macclenny; brothers Jimmy Harris of Lake City, Ronnie Harris and Tommy Starling, both of Macclenny, Elbert (Wanda) Bryant and Daniel Bryant, both of Tarbo, NC; pet companion Checkers.

A graveside service was held at 2 pm Wednesday, December 14 at Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Brown of Glen St. Mary

Edward Jackson Brown, 72, of Glen St. Mary, FL went home to be with his Lord on December 10, 2011 with his family by his side. Mr. Brown was a native of Mobile, Al. and made Baker County his home for most his life. He was born on October 16, 1939 to the late Werley L. and Sally Lilly Cook Brown.

Mr. Brown was a Baker County High School graduate in the class of 1958, a United States Air Force veteran and retired from the Northeast Florida State Hospital in 2003. He  Brown enjoyed fishing, watching football, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. He is predeceased by brothers Jimmy, Hursell, Ronnie, and Gary Brown; sister Evelyn Brown Zong.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years Annie Jo Brown of Glen St. Mary; children Glenn (Marie) Brown and Berry (Allison) Brown, both of Glen St. Mary, Keith (Windy) Brown of Moniac, Ga, Lisa Brown (Emmett) Noblitt and Michael (Sunny) Brown, both of Glen St, Mary; brother Larry (Phyliss) Brown and brother- in-law; Donald Zong.; grandchildren; Chris­tina, Gary, Emmett, Jr., Jacklyn, Chrystal, Brian, Heather, Foster, Trenton, Brooke and McKenzie.; great-grandchildren Marissa, Hunter, Elijah, Hallie, Cole and Reese.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday December 13  at 11:00 am in Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church with pastors Oral Lyons and Ronnie Moates officiating. Pallbearers were Gary Brown, Emmett Noblitt Jr., Brian Brown Jr., Curtis Moates, Foster Brown and Chase Brown. Honorary were Jeff Creekmore, Dwayne Moates, Everett Pringle, Al Fraser, Rickey Hodges and Edwin Rodriguez. Interment followed at South Prong Cemetery, Sanderson.

Arrangements were by Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny.

Cats snag first victory: trounce Crescent City

The Wildcat varsity basketball team notched its first win of the season on Saturday, December 10 with a home victory over Crescent City. The 51-37 victory doesn’t really speak to the domination of the Raiders.

BCHS was hitting from the outside and the Raiders weren’t able to counteract the hot shooting. Charles Ruise Jr. and Jesse Gardner were both nailing three pointers as BCHS ran out to a 14-4 lead in the early going.

The Cats continued to build on their lead in the second period, despite the fact that the Raiders’ top scorer David Curry kept Crescent City close. BCHS took a 27-15 lead into the locker room.

Both teams came out for the second half cold as ice with BCHS outscoring the Raiders 6-3. But the Cats woke up in the fourth period and Gardner hit two more long distance shots.

Ruise and Gardner shared top scoring honors for BCHS with 12 points each. Gardner’s all came on three-point shots. Johnny Lamb had 8 points. Curry had a game high 18 points for Crescent City.

“We think that when these young kids get some wind under their sails that they are going to shock some people,” said Ruise. “We’re hoping that this win will help us turn the corner.”

The Cats were not so fortunate earlier in the week when they lost to district rival Forrest 60-40 on the road December 8. Forrest had three players in double figures as it used a big first half to hold off a Wildcat run.

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