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Richard Smith, 52, of Jacksonville

Richard D. Smith, 52, of Jacksonville, died Monday, November 14, 2011. He was born January 2, 1959 in Jacksonville. He was a kind and loving man who enjoyed fishing and camping. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Smith was a member of Moose Lodge 455 but spent the last few years at Moose Lodge 2412 in Macclenny. He was preceded in death by his father John D. Smith.

Survivors include mother Dorothy L. (Larry) Scott; brother Michael R. (Melanie) Smith; nephews Michael Smith, John Nugent, Jeremy Nugent, and Kyle Leach; niece Kendall (Ryan) Apelquist; his best pal and dog Pewee.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, January 7 at the home of Don and Lucille Fraze, 10733 Small Branch Trail, Glen St. Mary with Randy and Rolland Fraze officiating. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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.

Elaine Knadle, 89, missionary

Elaine Knadle, 89, died December 19, 2011.

She was 89 years old and is survived by four children and their spouses, two step-children, 12 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many other extended family members. Though she will be greatly missed in this world, all of her family rejoices and celebrates her transfer to heaven. She will be remembered for her goodness, her laughter, her encouragement, her fun-loving heart, and unbelievable walk of faith. Her love of family and love of God are known to all.

She lost her beloved husband in 1970, a tragedy which God used for good to begin a life-long ministry in evangelism. She traveled to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Singapore, Indonesia, Albania, India, and Mexico sharing the Gospel of Christ and starting churches in the jungles and small villages of these countries.

Ms. Knadle worked with local orphanages, traveled in the Indian Ocean in dug-out canoes, ministered to head-hunters and cannibals, stayed in a sealed room and wore a gas mask in Israel during the first Gulf War. She was among the first group to bring hope to Albania after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The funeral service will be at Giddens-Reed Funeral Home in Baldwin at 1 pm on Monday, December 26. Viewing is at 12:30 pm. Following that, a graveside service will be held at the Keystone Heights Cemetery on Hwy 100 at 3:30 pm. A fellowship dinner will follow at Freedom Baptist Church on Hwy 21.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the Nainggolan Orphanage at Faith Life Ministries, c/o Rev. Keith Nellis, 10312 SW 128th PL., Miami, FL 33186. Please make checks out to Faith Life Ministries. Mother’s heart was in this ministry in Indonesia.

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