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Lorene Owens, 84, of Macclenny

Lorene Wynn Owens, 84, of Macclenny died November 5, 2011 following an extended illness.

Better known as “Granny” to all who knew and loved her, Lorene always put family first. She loved her friends, traveling, and eating out, or as she would say, “Let’s go boogity.” She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Carl D. Owens, two sons, one great-grand daughter, two brothers, and four sisters.

Survivors include daughters Betty (Jimmy) Gatlin of Macclenny, Debra (Larry) Hughes of Inglis, FL, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and several beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held at 1 pm on November 12, 2011 in the chapel of A.M. Seigler Funeral Home in Mulberry, FL with Pastor Derrell Owens (nephew) and Pastor Bob Christmas officiating. Interment followed at Beulah Cemetery in Keysville, FL with her grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

Lois Pringle, 84, a NEFSH retiree dies

Cecilia “Lois” Beasley Pringle, 84, of Middleburg died November 13, 2011.

She was born in Olustee to the late Laury Beasley and Lettie Viola Sweat Beasley on June 15, 1927. She was a life long resident of Baker County and retired in 2002 from Northeast Florida State Hospital where she worked for 55 years as a nurse.

Lois loved her dog, cats, birds and painting with oil paint. She was predeceased by her husband Roy Pringle; twin brother Cecil Beasley; sister Jeanette Combs; brothers Elzy Beasley and Dewey Beasley.

Survivors include brother Elic Beasley of Orange Park; sister Betty Jean (Pete) Peters of Sanderson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Final disposition will be cremation with a burial at Olustee Cemetery at a later date. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Conner, 75, Mason secretary, dies

Robert Allen Conner, 75, of Macclenny died November 5, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Waycross, GA on February 18, 1936 to the late Wash Allen Conner and Ruth Catherine Youmans Conner. Robert was a resident of Macclenny for 39 years after moving from Jacksonville in 1972. He was a 1955 Andrew Jackson High School graduate and a member of Spring Glen United Methodist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Robert was also a member of Dawkins Masonic Lodge # 60 of Macclenny where he served as the longest serving secretary in the State of Florida.

Mr. Conner retired on December 1, 1995 from the Federal Reserve Bank after 40 years and he served his country for 10 years in the Air National Guard. He enjoyed fishing, camping and being outdoors. He was a great handyman and an avid Gator fan.

Survivors include his loving wife Sandra S. Conner of Macclenny; children Pamela A. (Matthew) Corbin of Live Oak, Sheri L. (Bryan) Boulay and Keith P. (Sheree) Conner,  both of Jacksonville; sister Ruth Geneice (Sammie) Peterson; granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Corbin; and several beloved niec­­es and nephews.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 9 at 11:00 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Reverend Eric Burch officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692 Dallas TX 75284-0692 or the American Association of Kidney Patients, 3505 E. Frontage Road, Ste. 315, Tampa, FL 33637.

Lula Mae Gibson, 86, of Macclenny, dies

Lula Mae Gibson, 86, of Macclenny, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

She was born in Cynthianna, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Edna Griffin Jones and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She is preceded in death by husband Otis Gibson and daughter Ann Norman.

Survivors include sons Wood­­y Gibson of Newcastle, Indiana; Delbert (Kay) Gibson of Deland; Gary (Glenda) Gibson and Richard (Beth) Gibson, both of Macclenny; daughter Jean (David) Weathington of Macclenny; brothers Tommy and Bobby Jones of Newcastle, Indiana and sister Lucy Bell of Florida; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and three great-great -grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held Saturday, November 5 at 1:30 pm at her church with Bishop Brent Whitney officiating. Interment followed at Manntown Cemetery in Glen St. Mary. Forbes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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