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Jason Harrison, 43, Army veteran, dies

Jimmy Taylor Hayes, 55, of St. George, GA died Wednesday, November 16, 2011, after an extended illness. He was the owner of JT Custom Marine and enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents John B. and Wanda Sisk Hayes and brother Donald Hayes.

Survivors include daughter Jamie Hayes of Middleburg; brother John Hayes of Arizona; sisters Peggy Rivera of Miami, Clara Ring of Alma and Patsy Bushea of Miami; grandchildren Taylor, Kristin, Bubba, Faith, Dillon and Shailee; life partner Melissa Curbow.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 19 at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle Church, Glen St. Mary with the Rev. Albert Starling officiating. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Gazes, 90, of Greer, SC, dies

Ruth Dorrity Gazes of Greer, SC died November 18, 2011. Mrs. Gazes was born July 11, 1921 in Newberry, South Carolina, the daughter of the late Benjamin L. and Ruth Lindsey Dorrity.  She was a graduate of Newberry High School, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Charleston and attended St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband James C. Gazes.   

Survivors include daughter Hope G. Kapetanakos of Greer; sons Christopher James Gazes of Macclenny and Peter James Gazes of Charleston; grandchildren Peter C. Kapetanakos (Kimberly), James C. Kapetanakos (Kimberly) and James C. Gazes; great-grandchildren  Christopher and Katherine Kapetanakos; brother Benjamin L. Dorrity of Greenville; and a brother-in-law Dr. Peter C. Gazes (Athena) of Charleston.

The funeral service was held at her church Tuesday, November 22 at 2:00 pm.  Interment followed in Live Oak Memorial Gardens, Charleston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Project Hope Foundation, 2131 Woodruff Road, Suite 2100, Greenville, SC  29607. J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Gloria Dean Rhoden Kicklighter of Jacksonville dies

Gloria Dean Rhoden Kicklighter, 75, of Jacksonville died November 14, 2011.

She was born in Baker County to the late Russell Rhoden and Beatrice Williams on March 31, 1936. Gloria was raised in Baker County and moved to Jacksonville after school. She returned to Baker County in 1997. She was a Primitive Baptist.

Gloria enjoyed gardening, bowling, going to yard sales and going on cruises. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years Donald Raymond Kicklighter Sr. and son Jimmy Lamar Kicklighter.

Survivors include children Diane Widner, Donald Raymond Kicklighter Jr., Debra Smith, Thomas C. Kicklighter, Wanda Turner, Barbara Hartzog, Polly Wooten and Daniel Roy Kicklighter; brother Garland “PeeWee” Rhoden; 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 16 at 11:30 am at the Primitive Baptist Church in Macclenny with Elders David Crawford and Gordon Smith officiating. Interment followed at Taylor Cemetery in Sanderson. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

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.

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