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Bill Durrance, 91, of Macclenny dies

John R. “Bill” Durrance, 91, died January 14, 2012. He was born on November 5, 1920 in Jacksonville to John and Viola Durrance and lived in Jacksonville most of his life before moving to Macclenny in 1998 to be closer to his family. Bill served from 1939 to 1945 in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he met his wife of 63 years, Kathryn “Cappy” Durrance.

Following an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Mr. Durrance joined the Duval County Road Patrol in 1946 and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1972. He enjoyed gardening, mowing his yard, working in his workshop, playing Bingo with his Pickettville friends and attending church at the Christian Fellowship Temple. Bill was passionate about baseball, not only as a player, but coaching children, playing in various leagues throughout his life, even playing semi-pro baseball. He had a love for the game, a passion that he instilled in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa Bill” and “Bull.” He was often found playing catch with his family and caregivers right up until his death. He was preceded in death by his wife, son Johnny Durrance and great-granddaughter Hannah Rhoden.

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Roy Coleman, 69, of Baldwin

Roy Edmond Coleman Sr., 69, of Baldwin died January 9, 2012 at his home following a brief illness. He was born March 3, 1942 to the late Sylvester Coleman and the former Mamie Lou Wilkes. He retired from CSX and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Survivors include wife of 44 years Frances Coleman; sons Alvin (Penny) Branch, Aaron Branch and Roy Coleman Jr; daughters Denese (Donnie) Harv–ley and Darlyn (Philip) Schweckendieck; grandchildren Nicki, Trea, Aaron, Grace, Angela, Nathan, Joshua, Justin, Joseph, Jacob, Kaylobe and Ashley; numerous friends and family.

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Charlie Burnham, 81, of Hilliard dies

Charlie Burnham, 81, of Hilliard died Monday, January 16, 2012. He was born in Bonafay, FL to the late Charlton and Mary Burnham on November 19, 1930 and was a longtime resident of Baker County where many of his survivors currently reside. Charlie was employed with the Florida DOT where he retired after 30 years of service. He loved fishing and spending time with his family. Mr. Burnham was preceded in death by  daughter Carolyn Burnham Brant–ley.

Survivors include wife Betty Burnham; sons Charles (Vickie) Burnham and David (Verona) Burnham; daughters Angie (Bob) Dungan and Patti (Alan) Huntley; grandchildren Chris (Pam) Burnham, CW Burnham, Dylan Burnham, Jackie (Ray) Rowland, Samantha Brantley, David Burnham Jr., Trista (Gee) McKenzie, Kristian Burnham, and Calon Mausolo; great-grandchildren Emily and Isabella Burnham and Peyton McKenzie; several nieces and nephews.

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Ethel Thompson, 93, of Macclenny

Ethel May Thompson, 93, of Macclenny died January 10, 2012. She was born in Carline County, Virginia to the late James Franklin Howard and Sadie Scott Thompson Howard on September 23, 1918. Ethel was a very thoughtful person that loved her family, her church and her friends. She was predeceased by husband Stanley Ray Thompson and siblings Fred Howard, Lloyd Howard, Aubrey Pierman Howard, Estelle Howard Little, Pearl Howard Lawson and Grace Howard Denton.

Survivors include daughter Sharon (James) “Bud” Staggs of Macclenny; grandchildren: Cheryl (Patrick) Harris, Richard Staggs, Jeff Staggs, Chris (Suzie) Staggs and Kristin Staggs; great-grandchildren Heather (Matthew Crews) and Jonathan Harris, Lance Rayburn, Peyton, Wesley and Briar Staggs.

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