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Joseph Potere, 88, dies January 9th

Joseph Potere, 88, of Macclenny died on January 9, 2013 at Life Care Center of Jacksonville with family by his side. He was one of eight children born in Long Island, New York on December 2, 1924 to the late Nicholas Potere and Angelina Tedesco Potere. He was a resident of Macclenny for the past 10 years after moving from Ocala.

Mr. Potere received the National Acclaimed Award for safely driving over 3 million miles as a truck driver. He loved baseball and was an avid New York Yankees fan who in his younger years played in the minor leagues. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, swing dancing and traveling to Las Vegas. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Joseph loved life and was the life of any party. He enjoyed being in the sunshine and loved the Lord. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, June Potere.

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James Robertson, 73, of Macclenny

James Russell Robertson Sr., 73, of Macclenny died on January 14, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville with family by his side. He was born in Plant City, Florida on January 13, 1940 to the late Fayette Robertson and Della Mae Sweat Robertson. Russell lived in Macclenny since 1972 after moving from Plant City. He was a Baptist who enjoyed wrestling, fishing and storytelling. Russell was very friendly and he never met a stranger. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy and retired as a truck driver after years of dedicated service at Davis Express of Bradford County. He loved his family and enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joseph Leroy Johns and great-grandson Austin Eugene Scott.

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Jim Rowe Sr., 84, funeral in Ocala

James “Jim” Lewis Rowe Sr., 84, of Dunnellon, Florida died on January 8, 2013 at his residence. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on February 15, 1928 to the late Lewis Rowe and Irene Rowe. Jim lived in Ocala, FL since 1990 and spent many years employed in law enforcement. He was an accomplished entrepreneur, owning and operating many types of unique businesses including a clothing store and several service stations located in Starke, High Springs and Tampa.

Jim was an avid Dale Earnhardt NASCAR fan and loved Jimmy Johns. He enjoyed racing stock cars and founded his own country-western band, Jim Rowe and the Country Gems. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Carol Darlene Rowe, and his daughter Diane Rowe.

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‘Artie’ Simmons, 57, of Sanderson

Arthur H. “Artie” Simmons, 57, of Glen St. Mary died on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at his home. Mr. Simmons was born and raised in Hudson, New York and lived in Glen St. Mary for more than 30 years. He worked at one time at Northeast Florida State Hospital and was a carpenter by trade. Mr. Simmons also was a volunteer fireman with Station 70 in Sanderson and with the Washington Hose when he lived in Hudson. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his father Raymond I. Simmons Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Yvonne Simmons of Glen St. Mary; mother Goldie Simmons of Hudson; daughters Sonya (Lee) Hauge and Tami (Adam Waldrop) Simmons of Macclenny; brothers Raymond (Jean) Simmons and William Simmons of Hudson; sisters Carol Deangelo and Michiko (Jorge) Bu of Hudson; grandchildren Newdearia (Tyler Fogarty) Hauge, Christina Hauge, Lee Hauge Jr., Amanda Nichols and Adam Waldrop Jr., all of Macclenny; and great-grandson Brody Fogarty of Macclenny.

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