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Otis McDaniel, 60, of Macclenny

Emery Ottis McDaniel Jr., 60, of Macclenny died November 24, 2011 at St. Vincents Medical Center.

Mr. McDaniel was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and son of the late Emery Ottis and Ruby Raulerson McDaniel. He was employed by the Glen St. Mary Supermarket for 25 years as a butcher and also worked for Winn-Dixie and Florida Wire and Cable. He graduated from the Baker County school system. Mr. McDaniel was a member of Taylor Church.

Survivors include daughters Trina Czarowitz of Raiford, Annastasia (Stacie) McDaniel of Starke; son Emery McDaniel III of Starke; sisters Shirley McDaniel of Glen St. Mary and Ester Stansel of Sanderson; brother Clarence McDaniel of Glen St. Mary; nine grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, November 29 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with the Rev. David Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at a later date.

Archie Crews, 76, of St. George

Archie Crews, 76, of St. George, GA died November 18, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with family by his side.  He was born in Moniac, Georgia on October 13, 1935 to the late Ernest Crews and Mertie Johns Crews. Archie was a lifelong resident of Baker County and St. George.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, socializing, music, and spending time with his family and friends.  Archie was preceded in death by his brother Paul P. Crews and Ernest “Puddy” Crews Jr.; and his sister Roxie Baty. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years Thelma Yarbrough Crews of St. George;  children Mark (Vonda) Crews of Glen St. Mary, Tammy (Keith) Crews of St. George, April (Martin) Goethe of Macclenny and Archie E. (Gloria) Crews of Macclenny; brothers Jimmy (Debbie) Crews and Aaron “Buddy” (Judy) Crews;  sisters Ophelia Nipper, Geneva Rewis, Arrie “Sissy” Carter, Carolyn Velleca; grandchildren Kamerin, Trey, Shayla, Ashton, Allison, Haley, and Caitlyn; great-grandson Kelton.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday November 22 at 3:00 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery  with Pastor Earl Green officiating.  V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Edwards, Kennesaw, GA, dies

Patricia Anne Edwards of Kennesaw, GA died November 15, 2011 from complications of COPD and lung cancer.  She was a native of Baldwin and was preceded in death by her husband William R. Edwards.

She was a little girl from Baldwin, Fl that never imagined the places she would travel all over the world.  She’s made her last trip now but what a glorious homecoming it is.  She will be loved and missed more than words can say.

Survivors include sons Stephen Edwards (Sharyn), Dan Edwards, Doug Edwards (Jeanna); daughter Paula Graves (Matt); siblings Helen Wilson (Max) of Jamesville, VA, Mary Echternkamp and Bill Young both of Macclenny; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pat wished to be cremated and that her family conduct a memorial service to commemorate her life later in the year.

Emily Taber, 99, library namesake, dies

Emily Hughes Taber, 99, of Glen St. Mary died November 20 at Acosta Rua North Florida Community Hospice after a brief illness.

Mrs. Taber was born in Jacksonville on December 28, 1911 and moved to Glen St. Mary shortly after she married the late George Taber Jr. in 1935. She was throughout her life an active volunteer and was best known as the founder of the public library in Baker County that was later named for her.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1998 and is survived by son Lin and daughter Cam, both of Glen St. Mary; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Taber, affectionately known as “Miss Emily” and “Ammie,” was a committed Christian who continually glorified her Lord with a phenomenal flow of generosity and love toward all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of Mrs. Taber’s life will be held on Monday, November 28 at 2 pm at the Mathis House on Glen St. Mary Nursery Rd. Donations in Mrs. Taber’s memory may be made to the Emily Taber Library or to St. Peter’s in the Glen Anglican Church.

Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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