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Nella Richards, 89, county native

Nella Jeanette Richards, 89, of Jacksonville died on November 13, 2012. She was born in Winter Haven, FL to the late Lloyd and Daisy Harvey and was raised in Baker County. Mrs. Richards was a longtime resident of Jacksonville and loved to work in her yard. She was a devoted mother and well-loved family member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Jack Edward Richards, Sr. of Jacksonville, brother Virgil Harvey and sisters Hazel Taylor and Helen Juanita Taylor, all of Baker County.

Mrs. Richards is survived by son Jack Edward Richards Jr. (Sylvia) of Atlanta; grandaughters Michelle Donnelly (Jerry), Shannon McMains (Donny) and Jenne Garrett (Travis); eight great-grandchildren; brother Vernon Harvey (Jackie) and sister Margie Davis (Carlton), both of Sanderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at noon on Saturday, November 17 at Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs. The family requests donations to the Tim Tebow Foundation, 2220 CR 210, Suite 108, PMB 317, Jacksonville, FL 32259. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Stewart, 78, a lifelong resident

Joyce Stewart, 78, of Macclenny died on Friday, November 16, 2012. A lifelong resident of Baker County, Ms. Stewart enjoyed cooking and gardening, spending time at the beach and with her grandchildren and family and friends. She is survived by her husband James “Buckshot” Stewart of Macclenny; sons Ronald (Jackie) Stewart of Sanderson and Edward (Linda) Stewart of Jacksonville; daughters Teresa Stewart (Keith Lancaster)and Karen (Jack) Walls, both of Jacksonville, and Cindy (Chuck) Tharp of Jacksonville Beach; brothers Johnny (Gracie) Raulerson of Macclenny and Tommy Raulerson of Texas; sisters Alice Parker of Jacksonville and Betty Jean Boyd of Macclenny; nine grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters Jewel Dubley, Roxie Nipper, Lily Davis and Leona Nipper; and brother Lester Raulerson. 

The funeral service was held at 2 pm Tuesday, November 20,  at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle with Pastor Albert Starling officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Martha Fisher of Macclenny dies

Martha D. Fisher, 86, of Macclenny died on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Ms. Fisher was born in Illinois and moved to Macclenny from Michigan 22 years ago. She was a homemaker who loved crossword and jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Alan Fisher of Macclenny; son Carl (Gale) Vance of Birch Run, MI; daughter Marty (Steve) Arrant of Glen St. Mary; 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service was held at 2 pm on November 10 at Forbes Funeral Home in Macclenny.

Mary Dyal, 74, funeral on Friday

Mary Christine Dyal, 74, of Hilliard died on November 11, 2012 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville. Mrs. Dyal was born in Jacksonville on April 20, 1938, and was predeceased by her husband James R. Dyal in 2006.

Survivors include children Kenneth Dyal, Steve (Becki) Dyal and Lisa (Robert) Jenkins;  grandchildren Kyle (Pam), Jonathon (Ashley), Bryce Jenkins and Brittany Johnson; great-grandchildren Braeden, Emma, Dallen, Jami, Mason and Marissa.

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