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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.

Penny Katsacos, NEFSH retiree, dies

Penny W. Katsacos, 59, a lifelong resident of Macclenny, died Thursday, November 3, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center  surrounded by loving family and friends following a lengthy battle with systemic sclerosis.

Penny will long be remembered for her love of life, including gardening, cooking, camping, traveling, fishing, boating, gospel singing and spending time with family and friends. Her quick wit, amazing sense of humor  and sense of adventure brought joy and laughter to all who had the pleasure of being in her life.

Penny was a great leader and motivator known for leading by example, straightforward communications, stubborn determination and perseverance in the face of great adversity. She retired in 2007 after 33 ½ years at Northeast Florida State Hospital where she was a psychiatric aide, registered nurse, nurse manager and director of nursing.

She was an active member of Christian Fellowship Temple where she sang in the choir and performed in the puppet ministry. Penny’s love of Jesus was evident in her compassion for people and generous spirit. She was predeceased by parents Vernon and Willa Jean Walker and husband James A. Katsacos.

Survivors include sons Nick Katsacos (Tamara), Joey Katsacos (Ashley), both of Macclenny; brothers Danny Walker (Charlotte), St. Pete Beach, Keith Walker (Denise), Glen St. Mary, Kevin Walker (Teresa), Macclenny; sister Jean Marie Brazell (Mike), Kingsland, GA; grandson Nathan Katsacos; best friend forever Debby Norman; ten nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, November 5 at 11 am at her church. Donations may be made in her memory to the Missions Fund at CFT. Forbes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ivy Lee Thomas memorial service

Ivy Lee Thomas, 64, of Baldwin, died October 27, 2011.

Survivors include daughter Kayla Fisher (Michael Pollock); sister Juanita Carlton; nephews Dennis, Danny, Doug and David Carlton and  brother Larry Herrin.

A memorial service was held at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 1 in the chapel of Giddens-Reed Funeral Home in Baldwin with Rev. David Thomas officiating.

Hazel Rhoden dies at age 99

Hazel Mae Thompson Rhoden, 99, of St. George, GA died October 25, 2011. She was born in St. George to the late Julius Thompson and Missouri Canaday on September 7, 1912 and resided in St. George all of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of St. George and enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Noah Rhoden.

Survivors include children Shirley (Hugh) Dinkins of Jacksonville, Noah L. “Buddy” (Oralee) Rhoden; grandchildren Mark Rhoden, Dant (Denise) Wynne, Robin (Jim) Freeburger, Susan Wynne, Dana (Keith) Baker and Toni Griffis; great-grandchildren Kyle and Kelly Spinks and great-great-grandchildren Amy, Noah, Jessi, Loegan and Trey; also special family members Gina and Jeanie.

The funeral service was held October 28 at her church with Pastor James Conner officiating. Interment followed at Boone’s Creek Cemetery in St. George. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

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