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Mike Gainey, Sr., 43, dies Dec. 28th

Kenneth Michael “Mike” Gainey Sr., 43, of Taylor died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Orange Park Medical Center. He was born in Macclenny and was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the Taylor community. He graduated in 1987 from Baker County High School, where he played for the varsity Wildcat football team, and then joined the United States Marine Corp.

Mr. Gainey worked for 20 years at Florida Wire and Cable, with 15 of those years at the Sanderson Wiremill. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, collecting Star Trek and Bald Eagle memorabilia and was an avid Florida Gator fan.

He attended Taylor Church and was preceded in death by  paternal grandparents Clayton and Matilda Gainey of St. George, GA and his maternal grandparents Eullie and Edith Richardson of Taylor.

Survivors include sons Kenneth Michael Gainey Jr. of Taylor and Gabriel Johnson of Daytona Beach; parents Chuck and Louise Gainey of Taylor; brother and sister-in-law Greg and Janice Gainey of Taylor; grandchildren Victoria Jayden Gainey and Tyler Chase Gainey; an uncle, aunts, cousins and his longtime dog and friend “Odie.”

The funeral service was held Saturday, December 31 at 3 pm at his church with Revs. Mark Woods and Jim Cox officiating. Interment followed at Taylor Cemetery with Marine Corps military honors. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jerral Johnson, 61, of Starke dies

Jerral Lee Johnson, 61, of Starke died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Shands at the University of Florida. He was born in Jacksonville on November 8, 1950 to the late Herschel Johnson and Ruby Lee Thompson Dawkins. Jerral was a resident of Starke since 1978 after moving from Jacksonville.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Sampson City Church of God and he retired after many years as a firefighter and paramedic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his garage and most of all spending time with his family. He was preceded by his parents and step-father Willis Lee Dawkins.

Survivors include loving wife of 41 years Brenda Joyce Johnson of Starke; children Kimberly Ann (Jeffery Michael) Johnson of Jacksonville and Gregory Michael Johnson, an ag teacher at Baker County High School, of Lawtey; brother Wilbur (Mary Alice) Johnson of Fernandina Beach; step-brother Lee (Yvonne) Daw­­­­kins of Jacksonville; step-sister Joann (Lamar) Pierce of Orange Park; granddaughters Abbigail and Madilyn Johnson.

The funeral service was held on Monday, January 2 at 11:00 am at his church with Revs. Gene Bass and Alton Coleman officiating. Interment followed at Crosby Lake Cemetery. Archie Tanner Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Wilma D. Razo, 88, of Sanderson

Wilma Davis Razo, 88, of Sanderson died at home with her family by her side after a long illness. She was a lifelong member of Dinkins New Congregational Methodist Church of Sanderson. She worked as a waitress and loved going to church and spending time with her family. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents Albert Bertie Davis and Pearl Raulerson Davis as well as several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include sons Clifton (Betty) Haines of Moreland, GA and Robert Haines of Sanderson; sisters Pearl Shumate and Alice Faye Roaldsen, both of Sanderson; brothers Preston (Miriam) Davis, Elmus “Bud” (Shirley) Davis and Carlton (Margie) Davis, all of Sanderson; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, January 5 at her church with Rev. Allen Crews officiating, assisted by Rev. Timothy Alford. Interment will follow at Cedar Creek Cemetery, Sanderson. Visitation will be January 4 from 5-10 pm at her church. Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Bridges, 65, of Glen St. Mary

Lois Lee Bridges, 65, of Glen St. Mary died December 26, 2011. She was born in Naples to the late Gerald Chesser and Myrtle Kirkland on September 24, 1946. She was a resident of Baker County after moving from Brandon, FL in 1990 and a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Lois was owner and operator of L & L Kennels for 20 years and enjoyed raising and breeding dogs and birds. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, making ceramics and crafts, yard sales and over the years was very active in the youth department at church. 

Survivors include husband of 42 years Doyal H. Bridges of Glen St. Mary; children Lonnie L. (Lauren) Bridges of Brandon, FL and LaSondra L. Bridges of Glen St. Mary; brothers Leonard and Lonnie Chesser, both of Naples; sister Virginia Sparks of Arkansas; grandchildren LaTianna Bridges-Miracle and Lucian Bridges-Miracle; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service will be held on Friday December 30 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny.  Interment will follow in South Prong Cemetery in Sanderson. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12-2 pm at the funeral home.

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