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June Brown, 69, dies October 11

June Brown, 68, of Macclenny died October 11, 2011.

She was born in Jacksonville to the late Junior Lee Burnsed and Roasnell Rhoden Burnsed on May 28, 1943. She was a resident of Baker County since 1971 after moving from Bryceville, and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. June was a loving wife, mother and sister. She loved spending time with her family and was an avid sports fan. She loved watching her son play sports and loved the Atlanta Braves. She enjoyed bowling, and baking cakes.

Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years William Brown of Macclenny; son Michael Brown of Fernandina Beach; daughter Kelly (Roland) Alford of Macclenny; sisters Nell Collins of Bryceville, Melva (Lanier) Maddox of Daytona Beach, and Robbie (Mike) Parrish of St. Augustine; grandchildren Jessica, Devin and Kasey Alford, all of Macclenny.

The funeral service was held Friday, October 14 at 11:00 am at her church with Pastor Mike Ramondetta officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Macclenny. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Irene Maxwell, 94, of Baker County

Irene Louise Maxwell, 94, died October 16, 2011 in Macclenny with her family by her side.

She was born on May 16, 1917 in Auburn, Indiana and moved in 1959 to Jacksonville where she resided until 2007. She was a resident of Baker County with her son until the time of her death.

Irene will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to play Yahtzee and shop at Wal-Mart. She touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her. She was predeceased by her loving husband Harlan D. Maxwell.

Survivors include sons Ronald (Judy) Maxwell and Richard (Cathy) Maxwell; daughter Patricia Maxwell Bryant; many grandchildren, great-grandchild­ren and other loving family members and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 9:15-9:45 on Thursday morning.

A graveside service for her will be held at 10 am Thursday, October 20 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery with Brother Johnny Raulerson officiating. Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lura Richardson of Glen St. Mary

Lura Drulene (Ging) Luke Richardson, 65, of Glen St.

Mary died Saturday, October 15, 2001 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville after an extended illness. She was born in Lake Alfred and lived in Union and Baker Counties most of her life. She attended Union County High School.

Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Drew and Edith Luke and was preceded in death by brother Earl Luke. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who always put her family first. She was always in the kitchen cooking. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly and was always a giving and caring person who would do anything for anybody. She was a member of Evangel Temple Church in Jacksonville.

Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years Benny Franklin, daughter Rhonda (Pea­­­nut) Davis of Middleburg; son Franklin (Debbie) Richardson of Glen St. Mary; brothers and sister Roy Luke and Mary Taylor, both of Jacksonville and Gary Luke of Lake Butler; grandchildren Lavaughn Morris, Melissa Davis, Brent Davis, Benny Richardson, Christopher Richardson, Amber Richardson and  Kaomi Cruce.

The funeral service was held Tuesday October 18 at 11 am in the Chapel of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler with Rev. Jim Cox officiating. Burial followed in South Prong Cemetery.

George Bell, 79, of St. George dies

George Edward Bell, 79, of St. George, GA died October 11, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville.

He was born August 21, 1932 in St. George to Ernest and Pauline Tanner Bell. Mr. Bell was a lifelong resident of St. George and was self-employed raising chickens for Gold Kist for over 20 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a member of First Baptist Church of St. George. He was preceded in death by son Eddie Bell; daughter Paula Bell; his parents; sisters Irma Hudson and Iva Williams; brothers Ernest Avery Bell and W.D. Bell.

Survivors include wife Barbara Bell; daughter Sharon (E.L.) Padgett; sister Eloise (Allen) Dorman; step-son Woody (Samanthia) Manuel; step-daughters Brenda (Jeff) Skeels, Christie (Jack) Madray, Darlene (Jeff) Doggett; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers were:  Chad  Padgett, Brad Padgett, Joel Padgett, Jeffery Skeels, Matthew Skeels, J.D. Madray, Shane Madray and Trae Harrington. George had many special people in his life, and he loved them.

The funeral service was held Friday, October 14 at his church with Rev. James Conner officiating. Burial followed at Conner-Green Cemetery. Shepard Funeral Home of Folkston was in charge of arrangements.

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