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Change your life; quit today

I’m a man of many vices — bad sci-fi and horror movies, pizza, beer, shoes, the list goes on. But one vice I kicked to the curb some five years ago was smoking.

I was never a heavy smoker. Even after 10 years I couldn’t puff away a whole pack in 24 hours without some help. I was nearing 30 years old and needed to get healthier, lest I end up six feet under before my time. That and the love of a good woman was enough motivation for me.

I’m not going to get all preachy on you about the dangers of smoking and other tobacco use. Suffice it say, tobacco use will shorten your lifespan. It’s a scientific certainty.

It’s also a certainty that while smoking rates in Baker County have fallen in the last decade or so, many folks still smoke. According to 2010 survey data, about 20 percent of adults, or one in five, reported smoking.

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Funeral Wednesday for Danny Willis

John Daniel “Danny” Willis Sr., 62, of Starke died on April 6, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Jacksonville on December 25, 1950 to the late Daniel “Willie” Willis and Delores Crews Willis. He was a resident of Starke for the past three years after moving from Macclenny where he resided since 1972. Danny served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and he retired from Haskell Steel Company as a foreman after 25 years. He loved spending time with his family and also enjoyed fishing, golfing and vacationing in the mountains.

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Chester Wilber, 94, of Fleming Island

Chester Bruce Wilber, 94, died on April 4, 2013 in Fleming Island, FL. He was born December 29, 1918 to Chester and Inez Wilber in Rising Sun, IN. Chester is a WWII veteran and retired from the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company after 32 years of service. He lived for a time in Baker County, and often said his work on the railroad was a 32-year vacation as he absolutely loved it.

Mr. Wilber was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Ena M. Wilber, and his parents. He is survived by sons Elvin Wilber (Cathy) and Terry Wilber (Julia); grandchildren Christine Whitlock (Peter), Timothy Wilber (Melissa), Dana Varner (Travis), Jennifer Sumner (Matt), Trenton Wilber, John Barber, Jordan Barber; great-grandchildren Kyle Severance (Samantha) Sean Severance, Christopher Whitlock, Katie Whitlock, Dustin Wilber, Cassie Pour (Gary), Natalie Varner, Erin Varner and Rayelynn Barber; many nieces and nephews.

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Funeral is held­ here Monday for Mrs. Kicklighter

Beverly Patricia Kicklighter, 79, of Ft. White, Fla. died Monday, April 1 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville following an extended illness. She was born in Jacksonville and spent most of her life in Lake City before moving back to Jacksonville. She was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Evelyn L. Seelbach Howard and the wife of the late Joseph Frank Kicklighter. She worked as a heavy equipment operator with the Orange County road department for over 20 years. She was a Baptist and enjoyed shopping and playing bingo.

She is survived by daughter Amanda Nicole Kicklighter of Jacksonville; sons William Thomas Kicklighter Sr. of Ocala, Allen Frank Kicklighter and Timmy Dale Kicklighter, both of Ft. White; sisters Charlene Pidgeon of Jacksonville and June Gonzales of Orlando; brother Bill Howard of Bunnell, Fla.; grandchildren William Thomas Kicklighter Jr., Samantha Marie Kicklighter and Jacob Moses Kicklighter of Jacksonville; ten great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 4 pm on Monday, April 8 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home  in Macclenny with Rev. Gregory Combs, pastor of the Baxter Community Baptist Church, officiating. Final disposition will be by cremation.

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