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Fall special olympics at BCHS

Special education students from across the district gathered at the BCHS gym the morning of November 22 for the district’s fall special olympics games. Some 70 athletes competed in football and basketball drills and other events. Here’s a look at some of the athletes on hand that day:

From left: Cody Thatcher, 14, Hannah Rodgers, 14, Deanna Maxwell, 15, Emily Crews, 15, and Heather Wilkerson, 15, bow their heads in prayer during the opening ceremony.Haley McCullough, 12, doing a flag football drill.From left Chey Wheeler, Caroline Barber, Malissa Barber and Olivia Barber cheer on son and brother Garrett Barber (right) before the games.

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Ruth Gazes, 90, of Greer, SC, dies

Ruth Dorrity Gazes of Greer, SC died November 18, 2011. Mrs. Gazes was born July 11, 1921 in Newberry, South Carolina, the daughter of the late Benjamin L. and Ruth Lindsey Dorrity.  She was a graduate of Newberry High School, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Charleston and attended St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband James C. Gazes.   

Survivors include daughter Hope G. Kapetanakos of Greer; sons Christopher James Gazes of Macclenny and Peter James Gazes of Charleston; grandchildren Peter C. Kapetanakos (Kimberly), James C. Kapetanakos (Kimberly) and James C. Gazes; great-grandchildren  Christopher and Katherine Kapetanakos; brother Benjamin L. Dorrity of Greenville; and a brother-in-law Dr. Peter C. Gazes (Athena) of Charleston.

The funeral service was held at her church Tuesday, November 22 at 2:00 pm.  Interment followed in Live Oak Memorial Gardens, Charleston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Project Hope Foundation, 2131 Woodruff Road, Suite 2100, Greenville, SC  29607. J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Jason Harrison, 43, Army veteran, dies

Jimmy Taylor Hayes, 55, of St. George, GA died Wednesday, November 16, 2011, after an extended illness. He was the owner of JT Custom Marine and enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents John B. and Wanda Sisk Hayes and brother Donald Hayes.

Survivors include daughter Jamie Hayes of Middleburg; brother John Hayes of Arizona; sisters Peggy Rivera of Miami, Clara Ring of Alma and Patsy Bushea of Miami; grandchildren Taylor, Kristin, Bubba, Faith, Dillon and Shailee; life partner Melissa Curbow.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 19 at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle Church, Glen St. Mary with the Rev. Albert Starling officiating. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Emily Taber, 99, library namesake, dies

Emily Hughes Taber, 99, of Glen St. Mary died November 20 at Acosta Rua North Florida Community Hospice after a brief illness.

Mrs. Taber was born in Jacksonville on December 28, 1911 and moved to Glen St. Mary shortly after she married the late George Taber Jr. in 1935. She was throughout her life an active volunteer and was best known as the founder of the public library in Baker County that was later named for her.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1998 and is survived by son Lin and daughter Cam, both of Glen St. Mary; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Taber, affectionately known as “Miss Emily” and “Ammie,” was a committed Christian who continually glorified her Lord with a phenomenal flow of generosity and love toward all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of Mrs. Taber’s life will be held on Monday, November 28 at 2 pm at the Mathis House on Glen St. Mary Nursery Rd. Donations in Mrs. Taber’s memory may be made to the Emily Taber Library or to St. Peter’s in the Glen Anglican Church.

Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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