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Betty Lou Melvin, 84, of Maclenny

Betty Lou Melvin, 84, of Macclenny died August 31, 2011.

She was born in Miami to the late John Raymond Mick Sr. and Gertie Daughtry on June 5, 1927.

She was a resident of Baker County since 1996 after moving from Hendersonville, NC. Mrs. Melvin was a legal clerk for 20 years at the Miami Dade County courthouse. She enjoyed quilt making, sewing, the book club in Hendersonville, NC and raising orchids. She was predeceased in death by husband James F. Melvin Sr. and brother John Raymond Mick Jr.

Survivors include children James F. (Amanda) Melvin Jr. of Macclenny and Sharon Ann Melvin of Massachusetts; brother Terry Mick of Lake City; sister Gerie Null of Broward County; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

A graveside service was held September 6 at Shepherd Memorial Park in Hendersonville. V. Todd Ferriera Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Sara Torode, 88, of Kingsley Lake

Sarah Elizabeth Torode, 88, of Kingsley Lake died Monday, September 5, 2011 at Windsor Manor Nursing Home in Starke.

She was born on August 11, 1923 to the late Charles William and Minie (Mitchell) Poythress, and was a homemaker. Mrs. Torode was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke where she was a member of the Women’s Circle and taught Sunday School for many years. Mrs. Torode was also a past member of the Jr. Woman’s Club and the Woman’s Club of Starke. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. John A. Torode in 2001.

Survivors include children Sally Torode of Jacksonville, John Torode (Tracy) and Richard Torode of Starke, and Carl Torode (Christie) of Kingsley Lake; sister Luta Kilgo of Macclenny; grandchildren Megan, Mary, Shelley, Amanda, Shauna, and great-grandson Ryker Sean Welch.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 pm at her church with Pastor Mike Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home or the Methodist Youth Dept., P.O. Box 157, Starke, FL 32091. 

Jones-Gallaher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Burnsed, 69, of Jacksonville

Mary Lou Burnsed, 69, of Jacksonville died August 28, at Shands Jacksonville following a brief illness. She was born in Macclenny and had resided in Jacksonville for the past 49 years. She was employed as a sales clerk with NeSmith Produce in Jacksonville for over 20 years.

Mrs. Burnsed was a member of the Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her parents Amos Ardell and Nancy Bennett Crawford, and her late husband Nelson Burnsed.

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Florence Chesser, 97, dies August 29

Florence Mae Chesser, 97, died August 29, 2011, at W. Frank Wells Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John A. Chesser. Survivors include sons George Vernon Chesser and Jessie Chesser; grandchildren Dean Chesser and Amy Beavers; and great-grandchildren Ryan and Emily Beavers.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 1 at the Town and Country Funeral Home Chapel on Normandy Blvd. from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be September 2 at 2:00 pm in the chapel with Rev. Randy Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park.

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