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Gail Murphy, 72, of Jacksonville

Gail Frances Murphy, 72, of Jacksonville died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Acosta-Rua Community Hospice Center of Jacksonville. She was born May 24, 1939 in Matewan, WV to  the late Jesse and Stella Mae Dillon. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Bobbie Harris and Polly Dotson, and brother Edward Dillon.

Survivors include children Ginger Cleveland (Terry) Perdue of Jacksonville; Janice Counts (Andy) Snyder of Middleburg and James (Dawn) Murphy of Sanderson; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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William Baker, 68 of Glen St. Mary

William “Bill” Edward Baker Jr., 68, of Glen St. Mary died March 24, 2012. He was born in Jacksonville to the late William Edward Baker Sr. and Thelma Smith Baker on December 10, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of Paxon High School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Jacksonville University in 1968.

Mr. Baker resided in Baker County since 1973 after moving from Jacksonville. He was a member of Unity Church for Creative Living in Jacksonville and of the Baker County Amateur H.A.M. Radio Operators, call sign K4gns. Bill worked for Duval County schools from 1968-1985 and then the Baker County school system from 1985-1996 retiring as assistant superintendent. At the time of his death, he was a consultant to school systems throughout Florida, mentoring administrators and faculty. Bill loved playing the guitar, hiking and gardening, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. 

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Lorrine Buffington, 67, of Macclenny

Lorrine Buffington, 67, of Macclenny died March 24, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville to the late Alton and Gussie Johns Crawford on December 8, 1944. She was raised in Moniac, GA and graduated from St. George High School. Lorrine was a member of Christian Fellowship Temple and loved working as part of the cooking ministry at the church. She was passionate about her family and her home. She actively supported her husband Vincent while he served in the military from 1978-1993. After his retirement they moved back to Moniac, GA and resided in her childhood home. In 2004 they moved to Macclenny.

Lorrine was constantly striving to improve her home, working on its appearance and making it comfortable for family and guests. She loved being around children, watching romantic movies, the Academy Awards, The Young and the Restless and HGTV. She also enjoyed reading romantic books and listening to gospel music. She was predeceased by daughter Shaina Dee Buffington and brother Johnny Crawford.

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‘Bud’ Davis Sr., 76, of Sanderson

Elmus “Bud” Davis Sr., 76, of Sanderson died Tuesday, March 20, 2012. He was born January 12, 1936 to the late Albert (Birdie) Davis and Pearl Raulerson Davis. He was a lifelong resident of Baker County and member of Dinkins New Congregational Methodist Church. He was a retired millwright union worker in Local #241 of Jacksonville for 41 years and member of the Masonic Lodge #122 of Sanderson for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, which he loved above all. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and farmer — all remaining as his legacy. He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.

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