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‘Charmer’ Mabel Brazil at 90

Mabel Grazil on the porch of her historic College Street home.Mabel Brazil loves to chat.

At 89 years old, and about to mark her 90th birthday on June 20, the Macclenny resident for the last 42 years has many stories to tell.

There’s how she met her husband of 65 years, the late Dallas Brazil, at 16 years old in the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville while roller skating around big rose garden.

“Him and his brother-in-law were sitting on a park bench just doing nothing,” she remembers. “We struck up a conversation and went from there. From there all the way to here.”

Then there’s the 10 years Ms. Brazil spent in a dance troupe, “The Charmers,” performing 1920s-era-flapper shows for woman’s clubs and other groups both here and in Georgia during the 1990s.

“One time we had back-to-back shows for five days,” she recalled.

Or how she and her husband moved to Baker County in 1970 following his retirement from the railroad. They later bought the College Street house where Ms. Brazil still resides, an historic structure built in 1901 and restored by her husband.

“He was a good husband, a good provider, a good moral person,” she said of Mr. Brazil. “He had a good reputation. He never did things like drinking and gambling that a lot of people do now. He was a good man.”

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Summer energy levels diminish with age

Ah, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

Or however the sixties song lyric goes.

Today is the first day of my summer vacation – or “vacay” in teenager terminology.

When I was a kid this would have meant that I barreled out the front door with a sword I’d made from a ruler and a Popsicle stick, ready to do battle against the forces of evil and the cat next door.

I climbed trees and played in the dirt and ran around and picked wildflowers and got so dirty that I left a bathtub ring. I picked wild onions and ate them, hid behind trees and jumped out at passing cars making my best pirate face. I practiced my Tarzan yells and baked brown. In short, I wrung every bit of pleasure out of summer.

It was just as hot then as it is now, but I never noticed it. Days were just as long but seemed shorter. I stayed outside until my mother called me in for the night. Then I watched TV and planned what I would do the next day.

Somewhere along the line that has changed and I probably should do something to change it back.

For example.

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Barney Crews Sr. funeral June 9th

Barney Lewis Crews Sr., 51, of Macclenny died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at his home. He was born in Jacksonville, raised in Baker County and attended Baker County High School. Mr. Crews served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the Ironworkers Local Union #597 in Jacksonville. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and loved living at his home on the St. Mary’s River that he called the “Crews’ Fish Camp.” Mr. Crews was preceded in death by brother Jeffrey V. Crews in 1978.

Survivors include children Barney L. “B.J.” Crews Jr. (Krystal Key) of Virginia Beach, VA, Brion Lee Crews and Natalie Marie Crews, both of Norfolk, VA; parents Virgil and Pat Crews; sister Patti L. Mobley (Rick Osburn); sister-in-law Tina (Mike) Griffis, all of Glen St. Mary; granddaughter Angelina M. Crews and  former wife and mother of his children Kathleen “Scottie” Crews, both of Norfolk, VA.

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Kelly Hicks, 53, of Bryceville dies

Kelly David Hicks Jr., 53, of Bryceville died Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was born in Folkston, GA and lived in Nassau County most of his life. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his mother Geraldine Hicks; father Kelly David Hicks Sr.; daughter Melinda; sister Kellene Sauls (Rolen); brother Kyle Hicks (Cheryl);  nieces Marsha, Wendy, Mona, Natalie, Karisa and Kelsey; nephew Nelson; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.

The funeral service for Mr. Hicks will be at 11 am Friday, June 15, 2012 in the chapel of Giddens-Reed Funeral Home in Baldwin with Rev. Grady Albritton officiating. Interment will  follow at Norton Cemetery in Nassau County. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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