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Ellis Franks, US Navy veteran

Ellis Marvin Franks, 84, of Macclenny died April 22, 2012. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin to the late Maynard Franks and Ida Greeno on July 22, 1927. He was a resident of Baker County since 1996 after moving from Reform, AL. Ellis honorably served for 21 years in the US Navy during WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars as an aircraft mechanic. After retiring as a chief in 1965 from the military, he worked at Cape Canaveral Space Center for 20 years. He was predeceased by his wife Bonnie Mae Franks, sister Mavis Kroll and brothers Mike and Royce Franks.

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Marsha Lynch, of Lake City

Marsha Johnson Lynch, 89, of Lake City died April 19, 2012 at the Haven Hospice Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City following a lengthy illness. She was born on January 25, 1923 in Macclenny to the late Joseph M. and Pearl Rowe Johnson. She was raised in Baker County, lived most of her life in Florida and previously lived in Virginia before moving to Lake City 38 years ago. Ms Lynch was a member of the First Advent Christian Church of Lake City.

Survivors include sister Mary Johnson (Bob) Wasdin of Middleburg, sisters-in-laws Freddie Johnson of Lake City and Betty Johnson of Jacksonville; many nieces and nephews who she loved very much, and her beloved cats Prissy and Corky.

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James Mathews Sr. dies April 18

James Daniel Mathews Sr., 62, died April 18, 2012. He was born June 19, 1949, served in the Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the VFW and Amercian Legion in Middleburg and Loyal Order of the Moose in Macclenny.

Survivors include children Kathy (Donny) Swafford, James Jr. (Missy), Amanda and Allen; sisters Peggy (Tim) Driggers, Dianne Walker, Kathy (Mike) Everetts and Martha Mathews; brothers Charles (Wannell), Buddy and Andy (Gisella); eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; aunts Ethel Pat­­terson and Margie Joyner; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Ray Odom, 84, local entrepreneur

Rayford “Ray” Franklin Odom, 84, of Macclenny died on April 20, 2012. He was born July 10, 1927 in Waverly, GA, the youngest of six children of John D. and Nona Currie Odom. He was a WWII veteran, serving at HQ CO 5th Army European Theater of Operations as a cryptographer. He moved to Macclenny in 1950, where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Joyce Jones Odom, in November 1952.

He opened Odom’s Department Store in 1950 and operated it for 36 years. Mr. Odom as managing partner, along with two others,  purchased Pineview Golf and Country Club and Pineview Chevrolet Inc. in 1980. He owned and operated the dealership until 2009. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Florida Gator fan, and a Gator Booster and Bull Gator for over a decade.

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