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Debra Gainey, NEFSH retiree

Debra Kay Gainey, 50, of Macclenny died on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Baker County and was a graduate of Baker County High School, Class of 1980. Ms. Gainey was the daughter of the late J.D. Gatlin and Frances Wilkerson Gatlin Crews. She was a certified nursing assistant and retired in November, 2011 after 15 years at the Northeast Florida State Hospital.

Ms. Gainey was raised in the Church of Christ and enjoyed reading, sewing, playing video games and traveling to the mountains. She was preceded in death by her father Jeff Crews,  husband Johnny Gainey and brother Lamar Crews.

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Charlsie Gannon of Maxville dies

Charlsie Mae Hanson Gannon, 84, died on October 7, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville on May 5, 1928, and was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, William (Bill) L. Gannon; sisters Catherine Moon, Mary Alice Howard and Norma Faye Beach; son-in-law Carl Eugene Russell; grandchildren Brandy Lou Solomons and Shawn Allen Townsend.

Mrs. Gannon is survived by sister Margaret Browning; children Judy Joyner Peacock, Linda Hoffman Hipsh and Marcia Lee Solomons (Sollie); grandchildren Carla Russell Calvert (Rick), Billy Barber III, Deborah Bowen (Mike), Chris A. Barber, Myrick E. Peacock, Prudence Hoffman, Jamey B. Peacock (Sheena), Jerod Lee (Amy), JR Hoffman, Ryan Lee, Derek Lee (Dayla), and Charity Weihenmayer, 34 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces.

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Bernice Green, 86, of Macclenny dies

Bernice Milton Green, 86, of Macclenny died on October 5, 2012 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab with family by her side. She was born in Baker County on November 28, 1925 to the late Verge Dupont Walker and Myrtie Taylor Walker Rowe. Bernice was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the longest consistent member of First Baptist Church of Macclenny where she taught Sunday school for 26 years. She was very active in the “Golden Circle” Sunday school class for 12 years and at the time of her death was a member of “The Redeemer” Sunday school class.

Mrs. Green graduated from Macclenny High School in 1943 as valedictorian. She was the owner and operator of Modern Beauty Salon for 50 years. She was an avid bowler and bowled with The Lady Bugs league of Jacksonville for many years. Bernice enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping in the Smoky Mountains. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Shannon Ray Green, Jr.; sons-in-law Sherrel Williams and Danny Lamb; brother Vernon Walker; step-sisters Carolyn Jones and Myrna Davis.

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Don Kicklighter of Jacksonville

Donald “Don” Raymond Kicklighter Jr., 56, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, died on October 3, 2012 at his residence with family by his side. He was born in Jacksonville on August 18, 1956 to the late Donald Raymond Kicklighter Sr. and Gloria Dean Rhoden Kicklighter. He was the owner and operator of Kicklighter Construction,  an entrepreneurial extraordinaire and was always talking on the phone.

Mr. Kicklighter was a member of the motorcycle escort team with the Shriners of Jacksonville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses, hanging out with friends and serving the Lord. Don also loved watching classic western movies and listening to classic country music.

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