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Colson Johns, 76, Friday service

Colson Johns, 76, of Macclenny died on Monday, March 18, 2013. He was the son of the late George and Ruby Gainey Johns and is survived by daughter Jannette Copeland of Sanderson; grandchildren Ronny (Deedra) Dinkins of Glen St. Mary, Jaime Sigers of Macclenny and LaDonna Rhoden of Jacksonville; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter; special friend Debra Crawford of Macclenny; son-in-law Sammy Berry of Jacksonville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29 at Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church at 4 pm. The family will receive friends at the church following the service until 6 pm. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Ellen Covey, 89, of Jacksonville Beach

Ellen Compton Covey, 89, of Jacksonville Beach died on March 23, 2013. She was born in Jacksonville on January 20, 1924, the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Compton. Ellen graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and attended Florida State College For Women. She was a faithful member of Community Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, an elder, president of the Presbyterian Women and a choir member for 46 years. She also played the piano to first and second graders in Sunday School for 10 years.

Mrs. Covey was an active volunteer with Baptist Beaches Hospital Auxiliary for years, and a member of Selva Marina Country Club since 1957. The family business, Covey Furniture, was one of Ellen’s passions and she enjoyed years of working with customers.

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Theron Branch, 23, funeral Friday

Theron Steven William Branch, 23, of Glen St. Mary died on Friday, March 15, 2013 after an extended illness. A lifelong Baker County resident, Theron was a member of Cuyler Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling, riding in the woods and spending time with his dogs. He was a kind-hearted, dependable young man who loved his family and friends and saw the best in everyone. He was a fighter until the end.

He is survived by parents Steve Branch and Shanna Rhoden, both of Glen St. Mary, “Dad #2” Kevin Rhoden of Glen and “Ma” Grace of Macclenny; grandmothers Margie Clevesy and Alice Hires, both of Macclenny; brother Christopher Rhoden of Glen St. Mary; sisters Stephanie Branch and Eden Branch (Daniel) of Macclenny, Courtney (Kenneth) Hall of St. Augustine and Alexis Branch of Macclenny; girlfriend Kristen Greer of Macclenny; nieces and nephews Kaelynn and Kamden Hill, Cole and Kylee Hall, and Nolan Rhoden; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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Tom DeBruhl, 53, of Middleburg, managed Winn-Dixie

Samual “Tom” DeBruhl, 53, of Middleburg died peacefully on March 15, 2013. He was a native of Ft. Barnwell, NC, graduated from West Craven High School and moved to Florida at the age of 19. He was born to Samuel J. and Fannie Pearl DeBruhl on August 27, 1959. Tom worked for Winn Dixie for 30 years and was the store manager at the Macclenny store for 13 years, During his tenure there, Mr. DeBruhl contributed graciously to many local causes and made many friends and acquaintances.

Mr. DeBruhl’s first passion was bass fishing. He also loved the North Carolina Tarheels and was an avid NASCAR fan who loved to cheer on Kasey Kahne. Tom was surrounded by many wonderful friends who will all miss him dearly.

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