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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.

Rosa Jones, 68, of Crescent City

Rosa Lee Rollins Jones, 68, of Crescent City, FL and formerly of Baker County, died peacefully on November 4, 2012. She was born on February 7, 1944 in Homerville, GA to Elven and Mamie Rollins and was one of 19 children. She attended Clinch County, GA schools and became a migrant worker and a homemaker. She was a Baptist who believed in the Lord.

Mrs. Jones is survived by children Martha (Thomas) Arnold, Wallace (Lolita) Mims and Eric (Tekeila) Baber; step-children Johnny Emanuel, Delois Jones and Hazel (Bernard) Wilson; six grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers Evalena Rollins, Issac (Audrian) Tisdale, Martha Brown, Eddie Mae (Billy) Lee, Tommy (Paris), Julius, James, Wade, Ronnie (Nitra) Rollins, Caroline McCrary, Mary (Henry) Crosby, Michelle, Michael, J. Lee, Catherine Belford, Charlene (Terry) Kier and Johnny Rollins; many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

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Vonnie Griffis, 69, of Sanderson dies

Vonnie Griffis, 69, of Sanderson died on November 11, 2012 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, with family by her side. She was born in Lake City on March 1, 1943 to the late Charles Franklin Russ and Ina Bell Douglas Murray. Vonnie had been a resident of Sanderson since 1965 after moving from Lake City. She was a member of Cuyler Baptist Church and retired from Griffis Timber Inc. as an office manager after 40 years of dedicated service. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and gardening, but most of all she enjoyed being surrounded by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Joseph Edward Russ.

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