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David Jones, WWII Pacific veteran

David Harold Jones Sr., 92, of Glen St. Mary died on April 5, 2013 at Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital. He was born in Dania, Florida on October 25, 1920 to the late Benjamin Dower Jones and Roselind Lauder Clark Jones. David was a resident of Macclenny  since 1952 when he married his lovely wife Erin.

He joined the US Army prior to World War II and served the entire war in the South Pacific. He retired from the Army after 20 years and then was employed as a salesman at the Glen St. Mary Nursery for 20 years. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Macclenny. David had a passion for growing plants, gardening and landscaping. He was especially talented in growing orchids.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his loving wife Erin Poythress Jones; brother Thomas Jones; sisters Inez Hinson, Gertrude Jones and Ruth Farrar.

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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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