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Carlton Lee, 73, of Macclenny, died June 21.

Carlton Lee, 73, of Macclenny, died June 21. He was born in Moniac, Georgia to the late Frank J. Lee and Mamie Thrift Lee on September 7, 1937. He was a resident of Baker County since 2000, after moving from Jacksonville. Mr. Lee honorably served in the US Air Force and retired in 1999 after 40 years of service from Smurfit-Stone Corporation where he was a machinist. He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and was predeceased by son Douglas Lee, and grandson Casey Lee.

Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara Foran Lee; children Tim (Heidi) Lee of Macclenny, Mark (Holly) Lee of Macclenny, Michael David Lee of Charlotte, NC; brothers Clifford Lee of Macclenny; sister Minnie Yarbrough of Macclenny; grandchildren Jana Crews, Jeremy Lee, Jared Lee, Hannah Diggs; and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Friday, June 24 at noon at the First United Methodist Church in Macclenny with Pastor Tom Pope officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Brandon Fish, 26, dies June 18

Brandon Fish, 26, dies June 18

Joshua Brandon Fish, 26, of Sanderson died June 18. He was a lifelong resident of Baker County and an iron worker. He is survived by his mother Debbie Burnsed Fish; father Tommy Fish; grandmother Hazel Fish; sister Kristen Fish; girlfriend Jessica Barnwell; sons Jobe, Jayden and Joshua; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Fish was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Lovie Burnsed, and his paternal grandfather Elgin Fish.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 24 at Taylor Church with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Country Federal Credit Union in his mother’s name. Arrangements are by Forbes Funeral Home, Macclenny

Mr. Christopherson, 56, of Macclenny dies

Mr. Christopherson,
56, of Macclenny dies

Richard “Rich” Arthur Christopherson, 56, died on June 14. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Harry Christopherson and Veronica Bills Christopherson on March 29, 1954. He was a resident of Baker County since 2006 after moving from Jacksonville. Rich was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Macclenny.

Mr. Christopherson honorably served in the US Army and was a federal officer for 32 years. He had a medical billing business for specialty doctors in the Jacksonville and Macclenny areas. He served as the unit commissioner for Shawnee District in Boy Scouts, an assistant scoutmaster of the National Youth Leadership Training, was past president for the Federal Lodge 125, a member of the Federal Coalition of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers and a member of the Amateur Radio Club (HAM).

Survivors include his wife of two years, Margaret Mary Christopherson; children Richard “Rick” Arthur Christopherson of Jacksonville, Jessica L. (Mike) Lababidi of Orlando, Brian A. (Milli) Smith of Minnesota, Heather S. Smith of Macclenny, Emily Sacks of Atlanta and Stephen D. Willing of Glen St. Mary; six grandchildren.

The memorial service was held Monday, June 20, at 2:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Macclenny with Father Paul Smith officiating. Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to help with funeral costs.

The 2011 summer of burning forests and heat

With multiple fires burning across north Florida and Georgia, opening my door to a wall of smoke has become a common thing, in what is being reported to be one of the busiest wildfire seasons in recent history.

At one point, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida, citing the ongoing danger of wildfires and severe drought conditions.

As would be expected, many counties, Baker among them, are under a burn ban and that includes setting off fireworks.

I usually pay less attention to the weather than most, but I’ve been monitoring the daily reports more closely than usual, always hoping for rain to quell the fires.

With cloudless skies and temperatures consistently soaring into the high 90s – last week it reached 100 twice according to the Macclenny weather tower – there seemed little hope for significant precipitation.

CNN News coverage on June 15 reported an astonishing 30-40 new fires erupting daily.

Lightning strikes are to blame for many — not surprising as Florida, on average, is struck by lightning about a million times each year.

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