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Ralph Sigers, 91, funeral October 11

Ralph C. Sigers, 91, of Macclenny died on October 8, 2012 at W. Frank Wells Nursing Home with family by his side. He was born on December 24, 1920 in Alto, GA to the late John W. and Serena Thrift Sigers, and lived in Baker County all his life. He was a charter member of Christian Fellowship Temple and loved to spend time farming, working on electronics and was dedicated to his family and church.

Mr. Sigers was an electronics technician at NAS Jacksonville and served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Susie Sigers; son David C. Sigers; brothers Elzy and Marvin Sigers.

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Lavon Wilkerson, drove school bus

Lavon Mikell Wilkerson, 80, of Macclenny died on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at  Macclenny Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 21, 1932 in Baker County to the late Solomon Mikell and Evelyn Pierce Mikell. Mrs. Wilkerson was a school bus driver in Baker County for 19 years and loved to tell stories about all the children she loved. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

Mrs. Wilkerson enjoyed time with her son Windell riding in the hunting lease, fishing with her son Wayne, doing ceramics with her daughter Hollie, spending good quality time with Billy and going to yard sales with her youngest daughter Susan. She enjoyed talking about the old moonshine days in Baker County, crocheting blankets, fishing, crabbing and spending time in her flower gardens. She loved her cats and dogs, raising all types of birds, and helping stray animals. She was preceded in death by her husband L.E. Wilkerson in 2004 and son-in-law James Ivey.

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Sanderson corrections officer transferred after inmate’s death

Last week several news agencies reported that a handful of Union Correctional Institution officials, including a major from Sanderson, were transferred in the wake of an investigation into the death of a prison inmate September 4.

Frank Smith, 44, died from injuries sustained in a confrontation with correctional officers transporting him back to the prison from a hospital. The inmate was nearing the end of a 16-year sentence for armed car-jacking, kidnapping and other crimes.

Maj. Philip Jefferson of Sanderson confirmed by phone the morning of October 5 he was transferred to Lawtey Correctional and was not in the transport vehicle when the confrontation occurred. He referred all other questions to the Florida Department of Corrections.

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‘Big boys-big toys’ converge at Glen for Shadetree fly-in

Jeff Howard has always loved remote-controlled toys. But at 49, the civil service worker and former Navy submariner has found only one Jeff Howard with his lighted model Citabria aircraft.that’s still exciting.

Mr. Howard was among some 40 enthusiasts flying scaled-down airplanes at the Shadetree Miniature Aircraft Association’s air show north of Glen St. Mary last weekend.

“I’ve had every high-dollar remote motor-controlled thing that has ever existed … ,” Mr. Howard explained the morning of September 28. “But this is the only thing — because if it goes up, it has to come down — that’s kept my interest and didn’t get boring.”

The association hosted the three-day event at the privately-owned 35-acre field, drawing pilots from as far away as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, some arriving with RVs and campers.

Billed as the International Miniature Aircraft Association’s District V Fly-in and Bud McMillan Memorial, the show featured motorized and remote-controlled replicas of real aircraft, some decked-out with strip lighting for night flying the evening of September 28.

One of Mr. Howard’s planes, a Citabria, which he pointed out was “airbatic” spelled backwards, has a 103-inch wing span and 35 cubic centimeter engine. It was adorned with multi-colored lights along the body, wings and tail, plus a trio of small flashlights mounted to the under-carriage that serve as landing lights.

The plane was also equipped with a small hatch on the underbelly that releases illuminated figurines hanging from parachutes.

“At night, they look like stars falling down,” said Mr. Howard of St. Mary’s, GA.

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