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Ray Linster, 74, auto shop owner

Raymond Charles Linster, 74, of Taylor died on June 24, 2012. He was born in Dickinson, North Dakota to the late Domnic Linster and Kathryn Biel Linster on July 4, 1937.  Ray was a resident of Baker County for the last 50 years and honorably served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a mechanic for over 50 years and the owner and operator of Rays Auto Repair in Macclenny for 25 years. He loved racing, antique cars, rod runs and cruise-in car shows. 

Survivors include his loving wife Carolyn Godwin Linster of Taylor; children Rebecca (Dennis) Snow of Macclenny, Patrick (Christy) Linster, Ramona (Richard) Ossi and Nicole Linster, all  of Jacksonville, Amber Linster of Taylor; brother Henry Linster of Berryville, VA; sisters June Anton of Sacramento, CA and Betty Schulz of Eagle, Idaho; grandchildren Zachary (Daniela) Snow of Germany, Megan (Brad) Patterson, Regan Snow, Kris (Anna) Linster, Colt Linster, Madeline Ossi, Ansley Ossi and Dakota Ray Linster.

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Thelma Norman of Sanderson dies

Thelma W. Norman, 92, of Sanderson died on Friday, June 22, 2012. A lifelong resident of Baker County, Ms. Norman was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, going out to eat, shopping and listening to gospel music.

She is survived by her sons Daryl (Cheryl) Norman and Melvin (Joy) Norman of Glen St. Mary, Jerry (Zola) Norman of Sanderson, Auzzie Norman of Madison, Riley (Theresa) Norman and Reggie Norman, both of Middleburg, and Kelly (April) Norman of Baldwin; daughters Inez (Gerald) Bennett of Gainesville, Bernice (Bobby) Crawford of Glen St. Mary, and Jane (Leslie) Weathington of Sanderson; sisters Rosa Lee Rhoden of Baldwin and Mary Lee (Ray) Bennett of Gainesville; 150-plus grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

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New vets council forming

A new group — the Baker County Veterans Council — is forming to help support local veterans and their families.

Tony Esterling, director of the Baker County Veterans Affairs office, said the council aims to recruit veterans and their families to join forces and assist other area veterans in any way they can, whether it’s financial help, mowing a widow’s lawn or guiding a veteran to employment or housing.

The council recently raised money to help a disabled veteran who lost his job and was in danger of losing his home, Mr. Esterling said.

The council is seeking nonprofit status through the Internal Revenue Service, which among other benefits will allow donors to write-off their charitable gifts and reduce their federal tax liability.

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Thomas Barton, ex-DOC warden

Thomas Lee Barton Sr., 75, of Glen St. Mary died June 14, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Macclenny to the late Earn Barton and Hattie Lee Davis Barton on January 13, 1937. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Baker County and a member of First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary. He honorably served in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division and retired in 1992 after 33 years of service as a warden with the Florida Department of Corrections. Thomas loved deer hunting with dogs and enjoyed raising his hunting dogs. He also enjoyed competitive pistol shooting and was an avid sports fanatic who followed the Yankees, Gators, Jags, Dolphins and NASCAR’s Richard Petty.

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