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Rema Parker, 88, of Glen St. Mary

Rema Parker, 88, of Glen St. Mary died Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Born in Perry, FL to the late William and Victoria Padgett Parker, he has been a Baker County resident since 1968. A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Parker was aboard the fifth ship into Tokyo when Japan surrendered. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, building things, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by sons Douglas Parker of Glen St. Mary, Steve (Wanda) Parker and Barry (Alice) Parker, both of Jacksonville, and Wayne (Wanda) Parker of Macclenny; daughters Maria Parker of Jacksonville and Evelyn Parker of Sanderson; sister Ruth Cribbs of Live Oak; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; his loyal sidekick “Pistol.”

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T.J. Parks, 90, onetime resident

Thomas J. (T.J.) Parks, 90, died Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Jacksonville. He was born February 14, 1922 in Donalsonville, Georgia to Charles and Lizzie Parks and lived in Macclenny for several years. Thomas loved the great outdoors, especially fishing. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by  wife Gladys, son David, a brother and sister. He is survived by  sons Bobby, Lamar, Rufus, Mickey, Terry and Fred; daughters Betty Davis, Shirley Wiest and Faye Flick; 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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‘Ms. LV’ Branigan dies in Vero Beach

Elvira D. (Ms. LV) Branigan, 95, died on August 5, 2012 at The Place in Vero Beach. She was preceded in death by husband General Edward S. Branigan Jr., a decorated World War II hero and her husband of 49 years who died in 1993.

Originally from New York, she moved to Florida in 1971 and to Baker County in 2006. Her father Dr. Domonic DiPasca made house calls using a horse and carriage. Her mother Emilia DePasca, was an opera singer. She had two brothers, Dr. Robert DiPasca and Roger DiPasca, Esq.

Ms. LV was a familiar face at the Baker County Council on Aging in Macclenny and at “Miss Elvie’s Place,” the respite center named after her and operated by the council. She looked forward to “going to school” every day, and being there with her friends.

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Lucille Crews, 77, dies on August 7th

Lucille Bennett Crews, 77, of Moniac, Georgia, died on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville following a brief illness. She was born in Taylor to the late Alex Bennett and Ida Rewis Bennett.

Mrs. Crews made her home and farm, the “Big Bend Ranch”, in Moniac, with her late husband for over 60 years. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, working at the family farm and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Mrs. Crews was a Baptist and member of Moniac Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Oliver Donald Crews, on July 5th of this year, brother Dorsey Bennett and sister Voncille Hand.

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