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Clarence Williams, 82, of Macclenny

Clarence R. Williams Sr., 82, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012. He was born on February 1, 1930, in Macclenny to the late Arthur and Edna Marie Williams. He was educated in Baker County and retired from Owen Steel in Whitehouse. He loved the outdoors especially gardening, fishing and crabbing. He was a gentle, humble, kind, patient, generous person and a wonderful husband and father.

Survivors include wife of 60 years Rosa Lee Williams; children Rosa Annette Williams, Joyce Williams, Eunice (Gerald) Williams, Linda (Stafford) Hampton, Bishop Clarence (Wanda) Williams Jr., Verna (LuAnne) Williams and Videll (Marva) Williams; siblings Bobbie Lee Paige, Doris Jean Cooley, Lois Williams and Curtis Williams Sr.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Cheryl Vance, 64, of Macclenny

Cheryl Eileen Vance, 64, of Macclenny died Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville. She was born in Jacksonville and resided in Macclenny for the past eleven years. She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville and of the Hidden Hills Country Club, where she enjoyed playing tennis.

Survivors include husband James “Jim” Vance Sr. of Macclenny; daughters Jennifer (Chris) Courson of Macclenny and Leslie (Rob) Dykes of Ponte Vedra Beach; sister Kelly (Chuck) Satterwhite of Starke; brother Phil (Judy) Crews of Ft. Meyers; seven grand children and one great-grandchild.

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Gail Murphy, 72, of Jacksonville

Gail Frances Murphy, 72, of Jacksonville died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Acosta-Rua Community Hospice Center of Jacksonville. She was born May 24, 1939 in Matewan, WV to  the late Jesse and Stella Mae Dillon. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Bobbie Harris and Polly Dotson, and brother Edward Dillon.

Survivors include children Ginger Cleveland (Terry) Perdue of Jacksonville; Janice Counts (Andy) Snyder of Middleburg and James (Dawn) Murphy of Sanderson; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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William Baker, 68 of Glen St. Mary

William “Bill” Edward Baker Jr., 68, of Glen St. Mary died March 24, 2012. He was born in Jacksonville to the late William Edward Baker Sr. and Thelma Smith Baker on December 10, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of Paxon High School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Jacksonville University in 1968.

Mr. Baker resided in Baker County since 1973 after moving from Jacksonville. He was a member of Unity Church for Creative Living in Jacksonville and of the Baker County Amateur H.A.M. Radio Operators, call sign K4gns. Bill worked for Duval County schools from 1968-1985 and then the Baker County school system from 1985-1996 retiring as assistant superintendent. At the time of his death, he was a consultant to school systems throughout Florida, mentoring administrators and faculty. Bill loved playing the guitar, hiking and gardening, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. 

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