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Hazel Rhoden dies at age 99

Hazel Mae Thompson Rhoden, 99, of St. George, GA died October 25, 2011. She was born in St. George to the late Julius Thompson and Missouri Canaday on September 7, 1912 and resided in St. George all of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of St. George and enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Noah Rhoden.

Survivors include children Shirley (Hugh) Dinkins of Jacksonville, Noah L. “Buddy” (Oralee) Rhoden; grandchildren Mark Rhoden, Dant (Denise) Wynne, Robin (Jim) Freeburger, Susan Wynne, Dana (Keith) Baker and Toni Griffis; great-grandchildren Kyle and Kelly Spinks and great-great-grandchildren Amy, Noah, Jessi, Loegan and Trey; also special family members Gina and Jeanie.

The funeral service was held October 28 at her church with Pastor James Conner officiating. Interment followed at Boone’s Creek Cemetery in St. George. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Johnson, 77, a JSO retiree

Thomas Warren “Tom” John­­­­son, 77, of Macclenny died Wednesday, October 26, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He was born in Jacksonville and resided in Macclenny since 1994.

He was a detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for 35 years and retired in 1990 as a lieutenant. He was a member of Taylor Church and was a caring friend to everyone. He never met a stranger.

Survivors include wife Faye Reynolds Johnson of Macclenny; daughters Ruth (Stan) Plumb of Hagerstown, MD., Debbie (Karl) Hidalgo of Orange Park, Julie (Howard) Mc­­­­­Lendon and Pam (Bobby) Carswell, both of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held October 30, at his church with Rev. Mark Woods officiating, assisted by Rev. Jim Cox. Interment followed at  Taylor Cemetery. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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.

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