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David Wirth, Jr., 30. of Jacksonville

David William Wirth Jr., 30, of Jacksonville died December 9, 2011. He was born in Jacksonville to David William Wirth Sr. and Tina Elizabeth Landry Battles on March 25, 1981. He was a resident of Macclenny through his junior high school years and at the time of his death was residing in Jacksonville. David was an avid Gator and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family most specially his wife and children. He was predeceased by his grandfather Charles David Wirth.

Survivors include his wife of eight years Tishauna Wirth; father, David William (Renee) Wirth Sr. (USN retired); mother, US Army Captain Tina E. (Walter) Battles of Macclenny; children Davis William Wirth III, Kelly Elaine Wirth and Lauren Ann Wirth, all of Jacksonville; maternal grandparents Robert and Carolyn Landry Sr.; paternal grandmother Margaret Wirth; uncles Robert (Marilou) Landry Jr. of Harrisburg, PA, Mark (Susan) Landry of  Columbus, OH; brothers US Army Sgt. Scott (Diana) Wirth of Riverview, FL, US Navy PO1 Michael (Hannah) Wirth of Port Orchard, WA, Ian Thompson of Madison, WI, Brad  Foster of Middleburg; sisters Kathryn Thompson (Shane) Mathews of Valdosta, Alison (William) Messick of Jacksonville, Alaina Thompson of Monroe, WI, Selina (Clifford) Lloyd of Baldwin, Daphne Battles of Sanderson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held Monday, December 12 at 2 pm at New Life Church of God in Macclenny with Pastor Frank J. Pintello Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Rafuse, 86, of Maxville, dies December 4

Ella Mae Rafuse, 86, of Baker County died December 4, 2011. Ella was born in Palatka to the late Andrew and Vertie Scully Harris on November 12, 1925. She was a lifelong resident of Maxville and a member of Long Branch Baptist Church. Ella retired after 30 years as the cashier for Lucas Mini Mart. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, O.J. Rafuse, daughter Debbie Rhoden and brother Millard Harris.

Survivors include sons Randy (Linda) Rafuse and Oscar James (Donette) Rafuse Jr; brothers Sam (Bernice) Harris of Baldwin and Richard (Glenda) Harris of Macclenny; sister Verdine Harris of Baldwin; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held Wednesday December 7 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel with pastors Richard Fish and Edward Treadwell officiating. Interment followed at Long Branch Cemetery in Maxville.

William Walker Sr. of Glen

William Benjamin “Ben” Walker Sr., 84, of Glen St. Mary died with his family by his side on November 29, 2011 at Acosta –Rua Center for Caring after a long illness. Mr. Walker was born on February 26, 1927 to the late O. K. “Kenneth” Walker and Rosa Stone Walker. He was a life long resident of Baker County and a graduate of Taylor High School. He worked at Dinkins Ford dealership for 10 years, Griffin Chevrolet and Sands Motor Company for 20 years and then retired from the Department of Corrections after 17 years.

Mr. Walker was a member of Faith Baptist Church for 58 years. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, springtime gardening and vacations in the Smokey Mountains with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Myrtice Taylor Walker; brother Billy (Nettie) Walker of Jacksonville; children Bobby (Molly) Johns of Macclenny, Kenneth (Ruth) Walker of Charlotte, Mary Lillian (Thomas) Mobley of Glen St. Mary and “Benny” William (Robin) Walker Jr. of Lexington, KY; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held on Friday, December 2 at his church with pastors Torran Dismuke and Donnie Williams officiating. Interment followed in Taylor Cemetery.  V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Jane Williams of Rochester, NY

Jane Smith Williams of Rochester, NY died Saturday, December 3, 2011. She was born to the late John Robert (J.R.) and Elizabeth Smith in Sanderson on June 20, 1960 and graduated in 1978 from Baker County High School in Macclenny. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rockport University of Rochester.

Missionary Williams served faithfully in the Church of God by Faith in Sanderson and in Rochester. She was consecrated as a Minister of the Churches of God by Faith Inc. in July of 2007. Jane also served as the director of day care at Ark of the Covenant Church of God by Faith in Rochester. Everyone who came in contact with Missionary Williams knew she loved the Lord.

Survivors include her loving husband Lionel Williams; children A.J. Cowart, Ashley Cowart and Jamal Cowart, all of Rochester; brothers John Robert Smith Jr. (Cassandra) of Indianapolis, Jeffrey Smith (Debra) of Lake Butler, Jerome Smith of Brunswick, GA  and Reginald Smith (Kathy) of Sanderson; sisters Donna Smith and Bridget Williams (Vincent) of Brunswick; loving aunts and uncles numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The wake will be held Friday, December 9 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Ark of the Covenant Church of God by Faith in Rochester, NY. The celebration of life service will be on Saturday, December, 10 at 11:00 am at the same location with Pastor Nolan Williams officiating. Regency Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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