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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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Vera Mae Crews dies on March 29

Vera Mae Crews, 67, of Glen St. Mary died on Friday, March 29, 2013. Mrs. Crews enjoyed singing, being with her grandchildren and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by husband Cecil Crews; sons Elton (Katie) Rhoden of Sanderson and Ed (Lisa) Johns of Macclenny; sisters Nadine Dobson, Sylvia (Robert) Perdue, Margaret (Wendell) Kirkland, Virginia (Bobby) Thrift, all of Macclenny and Robin (Donnie) Mann of Sanderson; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service for Mrs. Crews was held 11 am Wednesday, April 3 at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle in Glen St. Mary with Pastor Albert Starling officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Jack Rhoden, 55, dies in Tennessee

Jack Rhoden, 55, died on March 29, 2013 after a lengthy illness at his cabin home in Del Rio, Tennessee in his beloved Smoky Mountains. He was a Baker County native and the son of the late Dorothy M. Rhoden and the late Fletcher Rhoden of Macclenny.

He is survived by daughter Brandi Brown and son Jack Brady (Brad) Rhoden Jr., both of Macclenny; granddaughter Sydney Brown; grandsons Derek Brown and Mason Rhoden; the love of his life and fiancĂ©e Vicki Watson of Baldwin; sister Kimberly Lindsey (John) of Branford; brothers Jamie Rhoden (Jane) of Macclenny and Steve Rhoden (Sandra) of Houston Texas; nieces Krystal Rhoden of Macclenny, Stephanie Wilson (Todd) of Biloxi, Mississippi, Candace Naughton (Tim) of Branford;  nephews Christopher Rhoden (Kristin) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tyler Rhoden (Nicole) of Nashville, Tennessee and Aaron Lindsey (Arika) of Tallahassee.

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Marie W. Ailes, owned school of dance

Marie W. Ailes, a former Macclenny resident, died March 12, 2013 in Orange Park. She was a Baptist and a member of the American Ballroom Dance Association and the Jacksonville Ballroom Dance Association. For many years she owned and operated the Maria Douglas School of Ballroom Dance, and she studied under many teachers including two in Havana, Cuba learning Latin Dance. She danced in exhibitions on television, in private clubs and in many public dance shows, contributing her time and money to fund raising for many charities. In later years she devoted her time to her large and scattered family.

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