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Dave Kurtz, 82, dies on July 12th

David (Dave) F. Kurtz, 82, of Macclenny died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on July 12, 2012. He was born on September 5, 1929 in Columbiana, OH to the late John and Cora Kurtz.

Mr. Kurtz retired from the US Navy after serving 20 years as a chief meteorologist. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, gardening, woodworking and making walnut furniture. He was past president of the Northeast Florida AACA Car Club and an active member of the United Methodist Men’s Group in Macclenny.

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Charles Matthews, cabinetmaker

Charles R. Matthews Sr., 74, of Baldwin died Monday, July 9, 2012 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in South Carolina and resided in Baldwin most of his life. Mr. Matthews was a cabinetmaker and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by son Marty Matthews.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret Matthews; son Charles R. Matthews Jr. (Tammy); daughters Betty Byrd (Johnny), Joyce Pringle (Everett), Donna Diedolf (Robert); eight grandchildren and eight  great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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Bob McEwen, 65, a former resident

Robert “Bob” Odell McEwen, 65, of Savannah died on July 13, 2012 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was born on December 13, 1946 in Jacksonville to Raleigh and Eileen McEwen and graduated from Baker County High School in 1964, the same year he joined the Navy. He attended GA Southern and worked at Reidsville State Prison as a correctional officer. He was an engineer with CSX until 1986, and also owned and operated MEGA Security Systems. Bob was Past Commander of American Legion Post 135, and an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served in several capacities.

Bob was a giving man who generously gave of his time to help others. He was a charter member of the Handyman Club of America. He was the founder of Shag Beach Bop Dance Club, and loved beach music and brought many top beach bands to the area. He was an active participant in Savannah Tea Party, 13th Colony Patriots, Act for America and American Soldiers’ Wife, and neighborhood watch groups. He loved his Lord, his family, America, and wanted freedom upheld.

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‘Ike’ Pearson, 92, Chaffee developer

Wallace E. (Ike) Pearson, 92, of Jacksonville died on July 10. The grandson of an Irish immigrant who stowed away on a ship to come to America, he was born on April 18, 1920 in Louisiana to Wallace Edward and Emma O’Cleary Pearson. He was always proud of his Irish heritage  and the strong work ethic instilled in him as a child.

As a young man, Ike travelled and worked in many western states and Mexico. He moved to Pennsylvania to work in the shipyards before finally settling in Florida. He worked in Mount Dora and then travelled back up north to Jacksonville to work with the Great Southern Trucking Company. His fondness for horses and cattle led him to follow his dream. At Great Southern, Ike met Cherrie Fish. They married and together worked to build a small ranch in western Jacksonville off Chaffee Road.

He opened Ike’s Ranch Supply in Whitehouse, and later he and his wife sold some of their property to the state of Florida for the construction of I-10. With the emergence of I-10, the area of Whitehouse began to grow. As a businessman, Mr. Pearson was a planner with Christian values who sought to bring quality family businesses into the shopping and retail area now known as Chaffee Point.

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