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Mr. Thompson dies in W. Va.

Norman Lee Thompson, 65, of Macclenny died at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, West Virginia on January 20, 2013 following an extended illness. He was born in Starke  to the late Charles Cooper Thompson and Lola Conway Combs and lived in Baker County all his life. Mr. Thompson was a US Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. He gave his life to the Lord two years ago at Taylor Church.

He is survived by son Devin S. (Reina) Thompson of Macclenny; daughters Kayla and Myriam Thompson, both of West Virginia; eight grandchildren; sister Sheila Thompson Griner of Glen St. Mary; brother Stephen (Marsha) Thompson of Sanderson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, February 3 at Taylor Church with Rev. Mark Woods officiating. Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Vardaman, 76, of Macclenny

Norma Jean Vardaman, 76, of Macclenny died on January 28, 2013 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born in Elizabeth, West Virginia on October 14, 1936 to the late George Archibald Bain and Edna Stella Evans Bain and was a resident of Macclenny since 1978 after moving from Tallahassee. She was a Christian woman who enjoyed crocheting, working on puzzles and plastic canvases.

She also enjoyed volunteering and helping others. Norma was once employed by the Council on Aging assisting with the home health care program. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed. She was preceded in death by her son Ray Hyman; brothers and sisters Lawson Bain, Virginia Wehrkamp, Deloris Patterson, Blanche Freeland, Juanita Howard and Betty Watkins; half-sisters Adelia Learned and Gladys Cutler.

Mrs. Vardaman is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, William George “Bill” Vardaman of Macclenny; children Bill (Amy) Hoelscher and Mary Lynn (Kevin) Meyer of Celina, OH, Sandy (Pat) Vardaman of Gainesville, Anita (Paul) Patterson of Jacksonville and Sharon (Kenny) Vardaman of Clearwater; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister Glenola (Skeet) Eddy.

The funeral service will be held at a later date, and interment will be at South Prong Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Wallace, 79, of Knoxville

Betty Jean Wallace, 79, of Knoxville, Tennessee and formerly of Macclenny, died at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville on January 13, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. She was a Baptist and a beautiful, wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by parents Thad and Daisy Reynolds of Macclenny. 

She is survived by her best friend of 59 years, Arthur Wallace of Knoxville; children Steve (Ann) Wallace of Columbus, Georgia, Mike (Mary) Wallace of Knoxville, Julie (Art) Gray of Nashville, Tennessee, Jennifer (Gregg) Wilkie of Paragould, Arkansas, Bobby (Michelle) Wallace and Shannon (Bob) Winkel, both of Knoxville; brother Terry (Shirlyn) Reynolds of Macclenny; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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Susie Mae West of Glen St. Mary

Susie Mae West, 85, of Glen St. Mary died on Monday, January 21, 2013 at Frank Wells Nursing Home in Macclenny. She was born in Bethlehem, Florida in 1927 and was the last living child of the late William Angus and Margaret Lou Nita Dees Lee. Mrs. West was raised in West Florida and lived in Baker County since 1964. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Macclenny and enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Wilson Bowlin, her second husband Grady West and son Dwayne Bowlin.

Survivors include son Tommy Bowlin (Yvonne) of Jacksonville;  daughters Gail McCray (Jerry) of Mayo, Patsy Yarborough of Glen St. Mary and Gena Davis (Ricky) of Macclenny; daughter-in-law Derida Kay Townsend of Cleveland, TN; 12 grandchildren; 37  great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 pm in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny with Rev. Josh Potts, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Macclenny, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service.

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