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Mrs. Pittman, 81, of Brunswick, dies

Margaret Pittman, 81, of Brunswick, GA died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Hospice of The Golden Isles.

Born January 28, 1930 in Macclenny to the late Calvin and Ruth B. Morgan, Mrs. Pittman was a former x-ray technician and secretary. She was a resident of Glynn County for most of her life. She was a member of Norwich Baptist Church and an avid Atlanta Braves fan who enjoyed sports. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pittman was preceded in death by son Glenn W. Pittman and sister Jean Mobley.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years Tharion Pittman of Brunswick; son Randy Pittman Sr.; grandchildren Ran­­­­dy (Christa) Pittman Jr, and Katlyn Pittman; great-grandchildren Randy Pittman III and Brycen Pittman; sister Lee (Ed) Jones of Florida.

The funeral service was held at 3 pm Tuesday, November 8 in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with Pastor Spencer Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Palmetto Cemetery with Ricky Pittman, Josey Davis, Don Peters, Harold Jones, Ashford Pierce, and David Waller serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included Leon Braddock, Henry Towels, Gene Leggett, and Ben Nelson. Memorials may be made to Hospice of The Golden Isles.

Phyllis Shelton, 59, of Bostwick, dies

Phyllis Barnes Shelton, 59, of Bostwick, FL died November 4, 2011.

She was born in Baton Rouge to Glynn R. Barnes Sr. and the late Annie Laura Wells Barnes. She was a resident of Florida since 1968 after moving from Nashville, TN. Phyllis was self employed as a Mary Kay director for 31 years and attended Celebration Church of Orange Park. She enjoyed sewing, reading, volunteering and cooking. 

Survivors other than her father of Fruit Cove include her loving husband of 38 years S. Richard Shelton of Bostwick; children Matthew Shelton of Savannah, Lauren (Eric) Cole of Green Cove Springs, Marshall Shelton of Orange Park, Whitney (Christopher) Stephens of Hawaii; brother Glynn R. (Lynn) Barnes Jr; grandchildren Brandon Bihn, Lillian Cole, Morgan Shelton, Shelbey Cole and lifelong friend Sydney Ferreira of Macclenny.

The funeral service was held on Sunday November 6 with Dr. Vincent Ferreira officiating. Interment followed in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery in Green Cove Springs. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Mary Kay Foundation (TMKF) in Ms. Shelton’s honor at P.O. Box 799044 Dallas, TX 75379.

Hazel Rhoden dies at age 99

Hazel Mae Thompson Rhoden, 99, of St. George, GA died October 25, 2011. She was born in St. George to the late Julius Thompson and Missouri Canaday on September 7, 1912 and resided in St. George all of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of St. George and enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Noah Rhoden.

Survivors include children Shirley (Hugh) Dinkins of Jacksonville, Noah L. “Buddy” (Oralee) Rhoden; grandchildren Mark Rhoden, Dant (Denise) Wynne, Robin (Jim) Freeburger, Susan Wynne, Dana (Keith) Baker and Toni Griffis; great-grandchildren Kyle and Kelly Spinks and great-great-grandchildren Amy, Noah, Jessi, Loegan and Trey; also special family members Gina and Jeanie.

The funeral service was held October 28 at her church with Pastor James Conner officiating. Interment followed at Boone’s Creek Cemetery in St. George. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Johnson, 77, a JSO retiree

Thomas Warren “Tom” John­­­­son, 77, of Macclenny died Wednesday, October 26, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He was born in Jacksonville and resided in Macclenny since 1994.

He was a detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for 35 years and retired in 1990 as a lieutenant. He was a member of Taylor Church and was a caring friend to everyone. He never met a stranger.

Survivors include wife Faye Reynolds Johnson of Macclenny; daughters Ruth (Stan) Plumb of Hagerstown, MD., Debbie (Karl) Hidalgo of Orange Park, Julie (Howard) Mc­­­­­Lendon and Pam (Bobby) Carswell, both of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held October 30, at his church with Rev. Mark Woods officiating, assisted by Rev. Jim Cox. Interment followed at  Taylor Cemetery. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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