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Rumors of Speedy’s demise greatly exaggerated

“Speedy’s dead!” my wife wailed. She was frowning and her bottom lip was sticking out.

“How do you know the turtle’s dead?” I responded from my chair while watching the Jaguars – who also looked pretty dead.

“He’s … got that dead look.”

“Maybe he’s asleep.”

“He’s underwater and his eyes are closed.”

“He’s a turtle. He’s probably asleep. Did you tap on the glass?”

“No. I didn’t want to wake him if he is asleep.”

“He’s a turtle. He’ll go back to sleep if you wake him.”

She went in the living room where Speedy the turtle lives in a converted aquarium. I heard her tapping on the glass. A few moments later she walked into the room.

“Okay. He was just sleeping. But he looked dead!”

“Rumors of Speedy’s demise are greatly exaggerated.”

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Wayne Burnsed of Moniac dies

Willard “Wayne” Burnsed, 67, a lifelong resident of Moniac, Georgia, died September 11, 2012 at his residence with family by his side. He was born in Moniac on December 30, 1944 to the late Enoch Burnsed and Ruby Raulerson Burnsed. Wayne was a graduate of Charlton County High School, and served in the United States Army. He retired from Rayonier in Fernandina Beach after 37 years of dedicated work. Wayne was a Baptist and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his sister Ester Mae Yonn; his brother Earl Johns; and son-in-law, Roger Altman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Florence Rewis Burnsed of Moniac; daughter Donna Altman (Ray Bishop); sons Robert (Bonnie) McKenzie and Willard Enoch Burnsed; sister Ruth (Bill) Bates; brother Wade (Delores) Burnsed; grandchildren, David, Andrew, Kyle, Victoria, Tara, and Collin; special aunt Ethel Raulerson.

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Bessie Crump of Sanderson dies

Bessie Louise Crump, 94, of Sanderson died on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center following a long illness. She was a native of St. Louis, MO and resided in Sanderson the past 35 years. Mrs. Crump was a proof operator at the Wellston Bank in Wellston, MO for over 25 years until retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary, the Woman’s Club of Macclenny and the Baldwin Order of the Eastern Star; and a former member of the Charmers dance troupe of Baker County.

Mrs. Crump was predeceased by parents Franklin and Bessie McMichael Slocum, husband William Newton Crump and son-in-law Windell Dugger. She is survived by daughter Bessie L. Dugger of Sanderson; two brothers William F. Crump of Sanderson and Richard E. Crump of Florissant, MO; 11 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

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Paul Perkins, 67, of Baldwin

Paul Perkins, 67, of Baldwin died on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness. He was born in Sanderson to the late Willie and Louise Coleman Perkins, and is survived by sisters and brothers Elton and Margie Perkins and Joseph and Luvice Owens; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

The funeral service for Mr. Perkins will be at 1 pm on Saturday, September 22 at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Sanderson with Elder Richard Farmer officiating. Minister Vick Givens will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow at Quitman Cemetery in Sanderson.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 21 at the church from 6-8 pm. Cooper Funeral Home of Lake City is in charge of arrangements.

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