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James Duval, 71, of Glen St. Mary, dies

James W. “Jim” Duval, 71, of Glen St. Mary died Monday, October 31, 2011 at Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville following a long illness. He was born in Baldwin and moved to Glen St. Mary in 1972. He owned and operated Jim’s Truck & Diesel & Wrecker Service in Macclenny for over 20 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with his family. He was preceded in death by wife Martha L. Duval and by parents Phil and Mary E. Allen Duval.

Survivors include sons Marcus (Dora) Duval of Ft. Bliss, Texas and Phil (Jeana) Duval of Macclenny; sisters Faye Thornhill and Christine Jackson, both of Sanderson; brother Phil Allen (Linda) Duval of Tallahassee; grandchildren Stephanie (Jeff) Huddleson, Jessica Duval and Klate Duval: great-granddaughters Isabel and Kinsley; niece and caregiver Karen Finley of Glen St. Mary.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, November 3, at his church with Pastor Randy Williams officiating, and a eulogy from Mr. Dan Kerr. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Guerry Funeral Home, Macclenny.

Wilford Crews, 46, dies October 23

Wilford Lamar Crews, 46, of Macclenny died Sunday October 23 at his home following a long illness.

He had resided in Macclenny all of his life. He was a newspaper delivery man with the Florida Times Union at the time of his death. He also was self-employed as a roofer and an auto mechanic for many years. Mr. Crews attended Raiford Road Church, was an avid Gator fan and enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in death by parents Jefferson Thomas Crews and Frances Wilkerson Crews.

Survivors include soulmate Mary Thomas; daughter Julie Thomas, granddaughter Kirsten Thomas; brother David Gatlin; sisters Marilyn (Kenneth) Turk, all of Macclenny and Debra Gainey of Glen St. Mary; numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation for family and friends was held from 6-9 pm Wednesday, October 26 at Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny. Final disposition was by cremation.

John J. Crews, 61, dies

John James Crews III, 61, of Kingsley Lake died Wednesday, October 19, 2011 of a recent illness.

Mr. Crews was born in Jacksonville on January 18, 1950 to the late John J. Crews Jr. and Pauline W. Crews. Mr. Crews lived most of his life in Baker, Union, and Clay Counties. He was a graduate of The Bolles School and the University of Florida with a BA in 1975. He was a correctional officer and retired in 2002. He enjoyed reading, history, hunting and Florida Gator football.

Survivors include his wife Debbie Crews; children Colby Droubi of California, Laci Crews of Jacksonville, John Charles “Chuck” Crews of Lake Butler; step-daughter Rebeckah Gann Shemer; sister Debra Crews Treece; brother Brian W. Crews; eight grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Crews was held Tuesday, October 25 in the chapel of Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler with Bro. Scott Fisher officiating.

Jimmy Ellis, 66, retired ironworker

Jimmy Leon Ellis, 66, of Macclenny died October 23, 2011.

He was born in Clearwater to the late Calvin Ellis and Maxine Hodges Manning on July 15, 1945. He was a life long resident of Baker County and a member of the Ironworkers Local Union 597. Jimmy retired from T & G Steel after working for 28 years. He loved to fish, play guitar,and watch football and races. He was predeceased by Sylvester and Maxine Manning, Calvin Ellis, Jamie Ellis, Jimmy L. Cotterman, Seirra Roberson , Joseph “Bud” Harvey, Hilda Manning, Michael Tetstone and Dawn Ellis.

Survivors include children Teresa Ellis (Michael Stanford), Lisa (Anthony) Hutchinson, Jimmy Ellis Jr. Tina Brown and Susan Brown; brothers Johnny (Bernice) Manning, James Manning, Wyman Manning and Darryl Wayne Manning; sisters Janice (Billy) Sanford, Jeannie (Calvin) Edwards and Janet (Tommy) Lauramore, Evelyn Bennett Ellis; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Tuesday October 25 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services with Pastor Tommy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny.

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