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Thelma Norman of Sanderson dies

Thelma W. Norman, 92, of Sanderson died on Friday, June 22, 2012. A lifelong resident of Baker County, Ms. Norman was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, going out to eat, shopping and listening to gospel music.

She is survived by her sons Daryl (Cheryl) Norman and Melvin (Joy) Norman of Glen St. Mary, Jerry (Zola) Norman of Sanderson, Auzzie Norman of Madison, Riley (Theresa) Norman and Reggie Norman, both of Middleburg, and Kelly (April) Norman of Baldwin; daughters Inez (Gerald) Bennett of Gainesville, Bernice (Bobby) Crawford of Glen St. Mary, and Jane (Leslie) Weathington of Sanderson; sisters Rosa Lee Rhoden of Baldwin and Mary Lee (Ray) Bennett of Gainesville; 150-plus grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

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Ray Linster, 74, auto shop owner

Raymond Charles Linster, 74, of Taylor died on June 24, 2012. He was born in Dickinson, North Dakota to the late Domnic Linster and Kathryn Biel Linster on July 4, 1937.  Ray was a resident of Baker County for the last 50 years and honorably served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a mechanic for over 50 years and the owner and operator of Rays Auto Repair in Macclenny for 25 years. He loved racing, antique cars, rod runs and cruise-in car shows. 

Survivors include his loving wife Carolyn Godwin Linster of Taylor; children Rebecca (Dennis) Snow of Macclenny, Patrick (Christy) Linster, Ramona (Richard) Ossi and Nicole Linster, all  of Jacksonville, Amber Linster of Taylor; brother Henry Linster of Berryville, VA; sisters June Anton of Sacramento, CA and Betty Schulz of Eagle, Idaho; grandchildren Zachary (Daniela) Snow of Germany, Megan (Brad) Patterson, Regan Snow, Kris (Anna) Linster, Colt Linster, Madeline Ossi, Ansley Ossi and Dakota Ray Linster.

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Nancy Hay, 56, dies on June 20th

Nancy Jesseman Hay, 56, of Macclenny died June 20, 2012 at her residence with family at her side. She was born in Jacksonville on December 28, 1955 to William Jesseman and the late Betty Belle Fish Jones. She was raised in Baker County and returned in 1990 with her husband. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Glen St. Mary.

Survivors include her loving husband Christian Hay of Macclenny; her Christian Nathaniel Hay and Johnathan David (Virginia) Hay, both of Macclenny;  brothers Jimmy and Butch Jesseman and Larry Jones;  sister Mary Rourke; granddaughter Ellena Hay.

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Thomas Barton, ex-DOC warden

Thomas Lee Barton Sr., 75, of Glen St. Mary died June 14, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Macclenny to the late Earn Barton and Hattie Lee Davis Barton on January 13, 1937. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Baker County and a member of First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary. He honorably served in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division and retired in 1992 after 33 years of service as a warden with the Florida Department of Corrections. Thomas loved deer hunting with dogs and enjoyed raising his hunting dogs. He also enjoyed competitive pistol shooting and was an avid sports fanatic who followed the Yankees, Gators, Jags, Dolphins and NASCAR’s Richard Petty.

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