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Mike Yarbrough dies December 21

Michael Vincent Yarbrough, 68, of Kernersville, N.C. died on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on January 21, 1944 in Taylor to Henrietta L. Yarbrough and the late Roy Yarbrough. Michael was a proud graduate of the University of Florida where he received a PhD in philosophy and a master’s degree in linguistics. He most recently taught philosophy and Southern literature at Wake Forest University. Michael loved cycling, fishing, hiking and gardening.

In addition to his mother he is survived by wife Kathleen Ann Sumrall Yarbrough of Kernersville; sisters Ruby (Bill) Barg and Janie (Mike) Dennard, all of Macclenny; nephews Brent Dennard of Macclenny and George Barg of Jacksonville; niece Judith Perez of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-law Shelley Biessenberger of Walkertown. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Alton Crews, 67, funeral Thursday

Alton J. Crews, 67, of Glen St. Mary died on Monday, December 10, 2012 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Jacksonville on March 19, 1945 and was a lifelong resident of Baker County. He was the son of Andrew Jackson Crews Sr. and was preceded in death by his father and brother Andrew Jackson Crews Jr. He was a carpenter and enjoyed wood working in his retirement. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Crews is survived by sons Allen (Kim) Crews of Sanderson and Alvin H. Crews of Lake City; his mother Mabel Irene Crews of Glen St. Mary; granddaughters Brandi (Matt) Funk and Andrea (Josh) Newmans; great-grandson Maddox Jagger Funk: great-granddaughter Lyleigh Newmans (expected in January);  sisters Margaret Watson of Baldwin, Jeanette (Alvin) Best of Fernandina Beach and DeLois (Tommy) Crews of St. George, Ga.; brothers Bobby Gene (Betty) Crews, Woody (Charolette) Crews, Harold Crews, Archie Crews and Paul Crews, all of Glen St. Mary.

The funeral service for Mr. Crews will be conducted at 3 pm  Thursday, December 13 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny with Rev. Bobby Gene Crews officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Final disposition will be by cremation.

Marshal Alridge, 84, of Olustee dies

Marshall Alridge, 84, of Olustee died at home on December 9, 2012 after an extended illness. He was born on January 4, 1929 to the late Grant and Susie Alridge, and was educated in the public schools of Ellaville, GA. He worked in the pulpwood industry for over 35 years and with the U.S. Forestry Department in Olustee under the Older American Program. Mr. Alridge was a member of the Body of Assembly Church of God in Christ.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Alma Alridge; brother Haver Alridge; daughters Marshalene and Norma Jean Aldridge; grandson Daniel Thomas.

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Gracie Poitevint was a minister

Gracie Lee Poitevint, 80, of Macclenny died on Saturday, December 8, at St. Vincents Medical Center in Jacksonville following a brief illness. She was born in Bainbridge, GA and lived in Lake City, Macclenny and Callahan for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Henry Outler and Ruby Corine Yown Poitevint. She was a former business owner and ordained minister, and a member of the Jacksonville Word of Faith Church.

She was preceeded in death by siblings Dallas and Monta Poitevint. She is survived by daughter Simone (James) Fouraker of Jacksonville; sons Gary (Hilda) Harrington of White Springs, FL and Rocky Harrington of Lake City; sister Betty Boston of Lake City;  brothers Edgar (Marion) and Ben Poitevint, both of Branford, FL; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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