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Charney Rhoden, was retired farmer

Charney Ellis Rhoden Sr.,  84, of Sanderson died on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Mr. Rhoden was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of Baker County. He loved working, farming and gardening, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Rhoden was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Georgia Faye.

He is survived by sons Charney (Joy) Rhoden Jr, Eddie (Vanessa) Rhoden, Michael Rhoden and Jamie (Brenda) Rhoden, all of Sanderson; daughter Pam Rhoden of Sanderson; brother Gary (Roberta) Kirkland of Elkton, FL; sisters Sherry (Jim) Rubel of Jacksonville and Kay (Donald) Combs of Macclenny; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

The funeral service for Mr. Rhoden was held 2 pm on Saturday, January 5 at the Christian Fellowship Temple in Macclenny, FL with Pastor David Thomas officiating. Interment followed at South Prong Cemetery, Sanderson. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Gloria Padgett, 70, dies in Texas

Gloria Morine Padgett, 70, of Kingwood, Texas died on December 30, 2012 at Kindred Hospital in Houston with family by her side. She was born in Jacksonville on January 11, 1942 to the late James M. Coleman and Inez Boyd Coleman. Gloria was raised in Baker County and graduated from Paxon High School in 1961. She was a resident of Kingwood since 2002 after moving from Columbus, OH. She enjoyed being a caretaker to all her family and friends and being an active member of the Girl Scouts as a leader and trainer. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Coleman.

Mrs. Padgett is survived by her loving children Elizabeth J. Buckner of Casselberry, FL, Robert A. Padgett of Houston, TX, Keith (Cathy) Padgett of Holly Springs, NC and Debra L. Padgett of Houston; sisters Madge Newman of Houston and Sharon Coleman of Columbus, OH; grandchildren Kathrine Buckner, Krystal Buckner, Jason Padgett, Brandon Padgett and Samantha Padgett.

A graveside service held on Friday, January 4 at 3 pm at South Prong Cemetery with Elder Jimmie Thornton officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Clyde Johns dies at 101 years old

Clyde Whitter Johns, 101, of Sanderson, FL died January 6, 2013 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mr. Johns was born in Charlton County, GA on July 18, 1911 to the late Charney H. Johns and Mattie Dowling Johns. He has been a lifelong resident of Baker County, where he was a member of the Baker County Cattlemen Association. Mr. Johns enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and tending to his cattle and hogs. He was a lifelong farmer and loved being outdoors.

Mr. Johns was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, R.O. Coleman Johns and his son, Malcolm Kelly Johns. 

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Rick Gonzales, 42, of Maxville

Ricardo “Rick” Benjamin Gonzales Jr., 42, of Maxville died on December 30, 2012 at Shands Jacksonville. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 12, 1970 to Ricardo Benjamin Gonzales Sr. and Marie T. Latham Crispell. Rick was a resident of the Maxville area for the past 21 years. He was an avid Gator fan and  enjoyed spending time at the jetties. Most of all he was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his family.

Other than his parents, Mr. Gonzales is survived by his loving wife of nine years, Kristina Lea Gonzales of Jacksonville; children Antonio and Nevaeh Gonzales of Jacksonville; brothers Jeff, Jim, Joe and John Gonzales, John Crispell and Raymond Crispell; sister Tiffany Stauderman; uncle Harry Latham of Jacksonville.

A memorial service was held on Monday, January 7 at 2 pm at Westside Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Pastor Ray Mayfield officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

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