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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.

Alexis Lloyd, 14, Baker County High School student

Alexis Alexandra Lloyd (Ally) died November 25, 2011 peacefully in the arms of her mother and surrounded by her family.

Ally was born February 19, 1997 in Jacksonville and raised there most of her life. She was a student at Baker County Middle School and liked by many teachers and friends. Ally touched the lives of many people with her smile, loving heart, outrageous sense of humor and beautiful brown eyes.

Survivors include mother Rachel Lloyd; brother Cody Lloyd; grandmother Mary Jones; half-brother Freddie Lloyd; half-sister Daisy Lloyd; aunt Chris Becker.

A memorial service to celebrate her life has not been set.

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.

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