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Leland Rheuark, 62, of Jacksonville

Leland T. Rheuark, 62, of Jacksonville died March 6, 2012. He was born in Loris, SC to the late Calhoun Rheuark and Mary McDowell Rheuark on October 4, 1949.  He was a resident of North Florida most of his life and worked for over 20 years as a tugboat captain at Cross State Towing.

Survivors include son Mark Rheuark of Macclenny;  brothers Donald, Lloyd, Paul and Pete Rheuark, all of Thomasville, NC; sister Florine Rheuark of Georgetown, SC; grandchildren Marlee and Katelyn Rheuark of Macclenny.

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Sharon Shirey, 64, of Jacksonville dies

Sharon Combs Shirey, 64, of Jacksonville died March 12, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville to the late Frank W. Williams and WilloMae Newmans Williams on April 17, 1947. She was a resident of Baker County most of her life and a long time member of the Christian Fellowship Temple. Most recently, she attended Kirkwood Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville with her husband of five years Ken Shirey.

Sharon’s life centered around her family, her church family and her friends. After marrying Mr. Ken, she accomplished her life-long dream of traveling the country.  She was predeceased by her husband of 25 years Robert A. Combs and brother Wayne Williams.

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Mary Jo Thomas, 54, of Macclenny

Mary Jo Thomas, 54, of Macclenny died March 8, 2012 with her family at her side. She was born in Quincy, FL to C.J. and Mae Brock on January 12, 1958. Mary Jo was a resident of Macclenny for the last 26 years. She was a first grade teacher at Westside Elementary where she loved teaching children. It was not a job for her but a calling.

Mrs. Thomas graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in elementary education and received a masters in elementary education from the University of North Florida. Mary Jo’s first love was the Lord and she served as the first lady of Christian Fellowship Temple by her husband’s side. She was a fabulous cook and loved her Sunday dinners spent with her family, always including a dessert. She loved the vacations spent at the beach, shopping with her girls on Saturdays, spending time with her grandchildren and her church family.

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Mrs. Williams, 85, of Moniac, GA

Daisybelle Thrift Williams, 85, of Moniac, GA died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Acosta-Rau Center for Caring in Jacksonville following a short illness. She was born in Moniac and lived there all of her life.

She was a sales clerk at the former Covin Five and Ten Store in Macclenny for many years and was a member of Moniac Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and having fellowship with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Nathan and Lula Sands Thrift.

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