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James Mathews Sr. dies April 18

James Daniel Mathews Sr., 62, died April 18, 2012. He was born June 19, 1949, served in the Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the VFW and Amercian Legion in Middleburg and Loyal Order of the Moose in Macclenny.

Survivors include children Kathy (Donny) Swafford, James Jr. (Missy), Amanda and Allen; sisters Peggy (Tim) Driggers, Dianne Walker, Kathy (Mike) Everetts and Martha Mathews; brothers Charles (Wannell), Buddy and Andy (Gisella); eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; aunts Ethel Pat­­terson and Margie Joyner; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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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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