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McDuffie chosen Sharks cheerleader

New Sharks cheerleader Morgan McDuffie. Baker High senior Morgan McDuffie was recently selected as a member of the Attack Dance Team of the Jacksonville Sharks.

“I’ve always loved to dance and to cheer,” said Ms. McDuffie, a former member of the Baker County Bobcats cheering squad and current member of the Wildcats’ competitive cheerleading team.

She also has experience as a member of the All Stars cheerleading and competitive dance team in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sharks play at Veterans Memorial Arena in the Arena Football League.

Her All Stars coach, Kim Newbern, also coaches the Sharks’ dance team. She encouraged Ms. McDuffie to audition.

About a month ago, aspiring Attack hopefuls were challenged with learning new material and routines at two preliminary competitions. Then came the finals on November 12.

“I liked the finals so much more than the preliminaries,” Ms. McDuffie admitted.

 

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Otis McDaniel, 60, of Macclenny

Emery Ottis McDaniel Jr., 60, of Macclenny died November 24, 2011 at St. Vincents Medical Center.

Mr. McDaniel was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and son of the late Emery Ottis and Ruby Raulerson McDaniel. He was employed by the Glen St. Mary Supermarket for 25 years as a butcher and also worked for Winn-Dixie and Florida Wire and Cable. He graduated from the Baker County school system. Mr. McDaniel was a member of Taylor Church.

Survivors include daughters Trina Czarowitz of Raiford, Annastasia (Stacie) McDaniel of Starke; son Emery McDaniel III of Starke; sisters Shirley McDaniel of Glen St. Mary and Ester Stansel of Sanderson; brother Clarence McDaniel of Glen St. Mary; nine grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, November 29 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with the Rev. David Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at a later date.

Alexis Lloyd, 14, Baker County High School student

Alexis Alexandra Lloyd (Ally) died November 25, 2011 peacefully in the arms of her mother and surrounded by her family.

Ally was born February 19, 1997 in Jacksonville and raised there most of her life. She was a student at Baker County Middle School and liked by many teachers and friends. Ally touched the lives of many people with her smile, loving heart, outrageous sense of humor and beautiful brown eyes.

Survivors include mother Rachel Lloyd; brother Cody Lloyd; grandmother Mary Jones; half-brother Freddie Lloyd; half-sister Daisy Lloyd; aunt Chris Becker.

A memorial service to celebrate her life has not been set.

John Knight Jr., of Glen St. Mary

John Harvey Knight Jr., 59, of Glen St. Mary died Sunday, November 27, 2011 following an extended illness.

He was an electrician and enjoyed fishing and camping; he was also an avid Florida Gator fan who loved spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father John Harvey Knight Sr.

Survivors include wife Barbara Knight of Glen St. Mary; mother Betty G. (David) Wood of Jacksonville; daughters Jessica A. Looby and Melissa A. Knight, both of Glen St. Mary; brother Glen M. (Linda) Kirk of St. Marys, GA; sisters Cynthia Cook of Jacksonville and Lynn (Claude) Robinson of Glen St. Mary; step-children Tracy (Roger) Hodges, Trista (Josh) Sweat and Thomas Akridge Jr., all of Macclenny; twelve grandchildren also survive.  

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 30, at 2 pm at Raiford Road Church with Pastor Eddie Griffis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Manntown Cemetery in Glen St. Mary. Forbes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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