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Joseph ‘Joe’ Rhoden funeral Wednesday

Joseph “Joe” Rhoden, 87, of Macclenny died Sunday, May 20 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville following an extended illness. He had resided in Baker County and Macclenny all his life. He was the son of the late Riley Rhoden and Nettie Johns Rhoden, and was married to his late wife Aline for 62 years. He worked for Florida Power and Light and retired as an office supervisor after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Macclenny Church of God, an Army veteran of World War II, a former Baker County commissioner, a member of the IBEW union for 60 years, and loved to deer and turkey hunt with his family.

Mr. Rhoden is survived by children Riley (Kathy) Rhoden of Macclenny, Angie (Harold) Griffis of Glen St. Mary, Jody (Lisa) Rhoden of Tampa and Dan (Kathy) Rhoden of Leesburg; sister Violet “Boggie” Rhoden of Macclenny; seven grandchildren and ten great-grand­children.

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Ms. Canaday, a retired nurse

Brenda G. Canaday, 55, of Jacksonville died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.

Ms. Canaday was a retired nurse who worked in geriatrics and with disabled children and enjoyed shopping, traveling and hunting. She is survived by sons Frank (Kris) Canaday of Macclenny, Rusty Canaday and Wesley (Heather) Canaday, both of Baxter; daughter Cynthia (Michael) Gordon of Baxter; her mother Joyce Wilson of Macclenny; sisters Vikki Crosby of Macclenny and Karen Alexander of Titusville; eight grandchildren.

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Jeffrey Cates, 27, funeral May 17th

Jeffrey Scott Cates, 27, of Macclenny died on May 12, 2012. He was born in Jacksonville on October 10, 1984 and lived in Baker County the last six years after moving from Ponte Vedra Beach. He was a glass installer, an avid Gator fan and enjoyed cooking, music, skateboarding, playing baseball and watching NASCAR.  He was predeceased by paternal grandmother Faye Cates and paternal grandparents Eugene B.  Midyette Sr. and Paula Woods.

Survivors include Scott (Lori) Inman Cates of Ponte Vedra Beach; Eugene (Laura) Midyette of Glen St. Mary; mother Grace Camille (Mark Thrushman) Cates of Gainesville; companion of six years April Goff; children Landon, Kirra and Alexia Cates;  step-children Alexus and Emma Goff; brothers Joshua Cates, Aus­­tin and Daniel Midyette and Jordan Jackson; sisters Jessica Cates, Gena (Adam) Hunt, Erin Midyette, Ashleigh Jackson; paternal grandfather Donald Cates;  maternal grandparents Jean and David Weathington; many friends.

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George Crawford dies in accident

George Eddie Crawford Jr., 36, of Bryceville died on May 9, 2012, the result of a tragic accident. He was preceded in death by his father George Eddie Crawford and paternal grandparents Leo Crawford and Hubert and Earnestine Sangster. Survivors include his son Dalton Crawford and daughters Morgan and Chastina; mother Peggy (Clarence) Deese; sister Heather Crawford (Everett); brother Eric Crawford; maternal grandparents Maggie Howell and Chuck (Cindy) Howell; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

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