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Edna Hobbs, 85, of Macclenny

Edna Hobbs, 85, of Macclenny died April 9, 2012. She was born in Frostproof, FL to the late Dan C. Willis and Ruth Gertrude Ward Willis on September 9, 1926. She was a life long resident of Baker County. Edna was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting and tending to her flowers, but most of all she enjoyed cooking for her family. She made each member of her family special dishes just for them at family events.

Mrs. Hobbs took pride in teaching her children and grandchildren life lessons of honesty and sportsmanship through winning and losing of board games. She was a caregiver and took care of her family and late husband in sickness and in health. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years Oscar Floyd Hobbs; daughter Kathy Robertson and six siblings.

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Evelyn Ellis, 53, of Macclenny

Evelyn Bennett Brown Ellis, 53, of Macclenny died Friday, March 30 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Taylor and resided in Baker County all her life. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, camping and telling jokes. She was a member of Road to Calvary Church in Glen St. Mary.

Mrs. Ellis was preceded in death by her parents Lemmie and Lottie Bell Trowell Bennett, son Jamie Ellis and siblings Alice Marie Bennett and L.J. Bennett.

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George Rodgers, 84, of Jacksonville

George B. Rodgers, 84, of Jacksonville died Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at his home in Keystone Heights. Mr. Rodgers was born in Sanderson to the late William Leroy and Nettie Lee Dowling Rodgers. He moved from Glen St. Mary in 1960 to Jacksonville. He was a member of the teamsters union and a retired truck driver with Carolina Freight Company for over 30 years. Mr. Rodgers was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Mrs. Shirley Dugger Rodgers in 2011.

Survivors include daughter Gail (Bill) Riddell of Amelia Island; son Billy (Betty) Rodgers, Keystone Heights; brother Rev. James Gordon (Sherron) Rodgers of Glen St. Mary; sister  Margie Lee Darnell of Palatka; grandchildren Alison (Scott) Everill, Will (Christina) Riddell, Erin (Luke) Carter, Zachary Rodgers, Rebekah Lynn Rodgers, Michael Ninos and Tyler Rodgers; five great-grandchildren.

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O’Neil Sharpe, 83, once pastored here

Rev. Jacob O’Neil Sharpe, 83, of Lexington, SC died April 4, 2012 at Heartland Nursing Home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease for over five years. He spent most of his life up to this time in the service of the Lord, pastoring Baptist churches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, including First Baptist of Macclenny.

He was a loving and caring husband, Daddy, Papa, son, brother and friend. He enjoyed talking about times in years gone by. He loved people, spent many hours praying for everyone who came to mind, and was ready to go for anyone in need. He was predeceased by his parents Haston and Alice Sharpe and sister Mary Sharpe.

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