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Ray Odom, 84, local entrepreneur

Rayford “Ray” Franklin Odom, 84, of Macclenny died on April 20, 2012. He was born July 10, 1927 in Waverly, GA, the youngest of six children of John D. and Nona Currie Odom. He was a WWII veteran, serving at HQ CO 5th Army European Theater of Operations as a cryptographer. He moved to Macclenny in 1950, where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Joyce Jones Odom, in November 1952.

He opened Odom’s Department Store in 1950 and operated it for 36 years. Mr. Odom as managing partner, along with two others,  purchased Pineview Golf and Country Club and Pineview Chevrolet Inc. in 1980. He owned and operated the dealership until 2009. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Florida Gator fan, and a Gator Booster and Bull Gator for over a decade.

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Helen Wilson, 76, native of Baldwin

Helen E. Wilson, 76, of Jamesville, VA died March 20, 2012 in Virginia Beach. A native of Baldwin, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Ethel Young. She retired from Bailey, Banks and Biddle as a salesperson.

Survivors include husband Max R. Wilson; daughters Deborah Elaine Davis and Pamela Dan (Walt) Caudle of VA, Susan Camille (Jerry) Hawley of Texas; son Charles (Sandy) Jones Jr. of VA; sister Mary Echternkamp of Macclenny; grandchildren Robert Davis, Kelly Cheney, Ashley Caudle, Davis Caudle and Samantha Cline; great-grandchildren Savanah, Abigail, Davis, Eryn, Autumn, Madison and Liam.

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Mary Wilson, 69, of Bryceville

Mary Ann Wilson, 69, of Bryce­­ville died April 16, 2012. She was born in Decatur, Alabama to the late Covell and Lavisa Wade Keenum on July 17, 1942. She was a resident of Decatur and Jacksonville most of her life and attended Whitehouse Full Gospel church. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and she often spent time telling others of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing Bingo at the nursing home.

Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her siblings Susan and Robert and grandson Michael Wilson Jr.

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Helen Taylor, 85, of Baker County

Helen Juanita Taylor, 85, of Baker County died April 15, 2012. She was born April 17, 1926 to the late Lloyd and Daisy Harvey. She previously lived in Orlando and Middleburg where she was in home health care before moving back to Baker County. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Taylor of Baker County, infant daughter Rebecca Denise Taylor, her brother Virgil Harvey and sister Hazel Taylor.

Survivors include sons Danny (Peggy) Taylor and Darrell Taylor (Lori); daughters Darlene (Jim) Anderson, Delane Sanders and Deloris (Larry) Orr; brother Vernon Harvey of Sanderson; sisters Margie Davis of Sanderson and Jeanette Richards of Jacksonville. Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life. Juanita had many friends and acquaintances she met over the years and she never forgot them, especially Billie Driggers of Orlando, who never failed to call her and stay in touch. The family appreciates the dedication, friendship and thoughts.

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