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Robert Lentz Sr., 50, of St. George, dies

Robert Ezra Lentz Sr., 50, of St. George died September 29, 2011. Robert was born to the late Paul Ezra Lentz and Ida Mae Renshaw Lentz in Atlanta on March 3, 1961. He was a Charlton County resident most of his life and attended First Baptist Church of St. George. Robert was an avid NASCAR and Bulldog fan. He enjoyed fishing, cooking out and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include sons Robert Ezra Lentz of Wisconsin, Steven D. Lentz of Indiana, Curtis G. (Chelsey) Lentz of Maryland and Joshua L. Lentz of St. George; brothers Lanier Lentz of St. George and Buddy Johnson of Yulee; sisters Delaine Creppell of Jacksonville, Gayle Petty of Folkston and Glenda Sirmans of Nashville, GA; grandchildren Austin, Aaliya, Alexis Raylan, Rylie and Kodie.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, October 4 at 11:00 am at his church with Pastor Ray McKendree officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Wilkerson, 63, of Maclenny dies

Robert Dale Wilkerson, 63, of Macclenny died September 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville after a long illness. He resided in Macclenny all of his life and was the son of the late Thomas James Wilkerson and Maggie Lee Floyd Wilkerson. He worked as an auto mechanic and a pipe fitter for many years. He attended Faith Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and being with members of his family.

Survivors include son Roger D. (Lori) Bennett of Glen St. Mary; sisters Judy Harris of Macclenny, Paulette Darcangelo of Fleming Island and Brenda (Tony) Thomas of Maxville; brothers James (Gail) Wilkerson and Ricky (Joyce) Wilkerson, both of Glen St. Mary, Danny (Connie) Wilkerson, David (Alice) Wilkerson and Tony Starling all of Macclenny; grandchild Chris Carter of Tyrone, GA.

A graveside funeral service was held, Monday, October 3 at 1 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery with Mr. Brian Graham officiating. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Owen, 66, retired forestry tech, dies

Kenneth Paul Owen, 66, of Olustee died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center of Lake City after an extended illness.

Mr. Owen was born in Ocala and lived all his life in Olustee. He retired in 2009 as a forestry technician with the U.S. Forestry Service. Mr. Owen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olustee where he was a Sunday school superintendent and a trustee. He was the son of the late Davis Hawkins and Katie Gertrude Mikell Owen.

Survivors include wife Glenda Walker Owen of Olustee, sons Kenneth P. (Sara) Owen Jr of Lake Butler, Kevin Walker Owen and Klate Armster Owen, both of Olustee; half-sisters Martha Sue Holder and Mary Bell Starbird, both of Homestead; brothers Rev. Melvin (Laura) Owen of Olustee and Jerry (Bonnie) Owen of Glen St. Mary; grandchildren Kenneth P. “Trey” Owen, Sara Allyson Owen and Amy Michelle Owen.

The funeral service will be held Friday, September 30 at 11:00 am at his church with Bro. James Croft and Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Olustee Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler on Thursday from 6-8 pm.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Suwannee Valley Care Center. 6037 US 90, Lake City, FL 32055 or the Baker County Volunteer Fire Department Station 80, West US Highway 90, Olustee, FL 32072.

Lorayne Rhoden, 86, of Macclenny, dies

Lorayne McCormick Johns Rhoden, 86, of Macclenny died Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Rhoden was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the last surviving child to the late John D. and Lillie Leigh McCormick.

She was an Avon representative during the 1970’s in Baker County, the Past Worthy Matron of the OES, and the Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls Hilliard Assembly. Mrs. Rhoden was a devout Christian and member of Faith Baptist Church in Macclenny. She enjoyed listening to ministers preach, gospel music on cassette tapes and crocheting. Mrs. Rhoden was preceded in death by son John Marvin Johns in 2006.

Survivors include sons Porter Johns (Barbara) of Waycross and J.D. “Butch” Johns (Ann) of Glen St. Mary; daughters Maime D. Cole (Martin) and Joan Johns, both of Macclenny; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 pm at her church with Rev. Torran Dismuke officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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