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Johnny Bennett, 51, of Sanderson

Johnny Scott Bennett, 51, of Sanderson died December 22, 2011. He was born in Lake City to the late Johnnie and Geraldine Conway Bennett on January 5, 1960. He was a life-long resident of Sanderson, a 1978 graduate of Baker County High School and was employed at InSteel Industries where he worked as a production leadman for the last 33 years.

Scott was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was gentle and always willing to lend a helping hand. He also enjoyed bull riding and hunting shows.

Survivors include wife of 13 years Kimberly R. Long Bennett of Sanderson; children Ashley Bennett of Macclenny, Tyler Bennett, Christopher Johns and Zachary Johns, all of Sanderson; brothers Vic (Kathy Jo) Bennett of Macclenny and Terry (Kim) Bennett of Sanderson; sister Joy (Ellis) Rhoden of Sanderson; aunt Dolly Mann of Sanderson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 27 at 11 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Tom Mann and Pastor Joe Ruise officiating. Interment followed at North Prong Cemetery in Taylor.

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.

Wesley Crews, 31, corrections officer

Wesley Donald Crews, 31, of Baxter died December 17, 2011. He was born in Jacksonville to Wesley Gibson Crews and Callie Dale Burnsed Crews on May 22, 1980. He was a resident of Baker County all of his life and a member of First Baptist Church of St. George, GA.

Wesley was employed by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office the last nine years as a corrections officer. He loved his wife, children and family, and never met a stranger. He loved his guns and was an avid hunter who enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Mr. Crews was predeceased by paternal grandfather Dean Crews and his maternal grandparents John and Bertha Burn­­sed.

Survivors include his wife of seven years Casey Martin Crews of Baxter; children Kyleigh Mackenzie, Cason Wyatt and Gavin Wesley Crews; his parents; paternal grandmother Mar­­veene Crews of St. George; sisters Stephanie Crews of VA and Renee Crawford of Jacksonville; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday December 22, 2011 at 11:00 am at his church with pastors Ray McKendree and Kenny Marr officiating. Interment will follow at Moniac Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday December 21, 2011 from 5-7 at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services in Macclenny.

Patrick Jones of Baldwin dies

Patrick James Jones of Baldwin died December 13, 2011.

Survivors include his father Patrick R. Jones; mother Willie Mae Sapp; sons Jivonni Sturgis, Patrick Jones Jr. and Gabriel Gonzales; daughter Lillianna Gonzales; sister Chiquita Jones; brothers Ricky Sapp, Rodderick Sapp, Leonard Miller and Renoldo Miller; a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, December 27 at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Interment will follow at Piney Grove Cemetery in Baldwin. Viewing will be Monday, December 26 from 4-8 pm at Carthage Chapel Funeral Home.

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