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Emily Taber, 99, library namesake, dies

Emily Hughes Taber, 99, of Glen St. Mary died November 20 at Acosta Rua North Florida Community Hospice after a brief illness.

Mrs. Taber was born in Jacksonville on December 28, 1911 and moved to Glen St. Mary shortly after she married the late George Taber Jr. in 1935. She was throughout her life an active volunteer and was best known as the founder of the public library in Baker County that was later named for her.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1998 and is survived by son Lin and daughter Cam, both of Glen St. Mary; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Taber, affectionately known as “Miss Emily” and “Ammie,” was a committed Christian who continually glorified her Lord with a phenomenal flow of generosity and love toward all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of Mrs. Taber’s life will be held on Monday, November 28 at 2 pm at the Mathis House on Glen St. Mary Nursery Rd. Donations in Mrs. Taber’s memory may be made to the Emily Taber Library or to St. Peter’s in the Glen Anglican Church.

Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Roland Dumas of Glen St. Mary, dies

Roland Edward Dumas, 61, of Glen St. Mary died November 11, 2011 at the Acost-Rua Center for Caring.

Mr. Dumas was a resident of Baker County for the past six years. Prior to living in Baker County he resided in St. Louis, Missouri for most of his life. He was a machinist working with heavy equipment and had been employed at Walmart Super Center in Macclenny for the past six years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Macclenny.

Survivors include daughters Crystal (James) Bizelli, Hillsboro, MO and Cynthia (Jerry) Daniels, Mountain View, MO; brothers  Jack (Sue) Dumas, DeSoto, MO, Danny (Mary) Dumas, Eminence, MO and Larry (Linda) Dumas, Glen St. Mary; grandchildren Kristan, Jamie, Timothy, Jeffrey, Bethany and James, and also nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will be conducted at a later date. Guerry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gloria Dean Rhoden Kicklighter of Jacksonville dies

Gloria Dean Rhoden Kicklighter, 75, of Jacksonville died November 14, 2011.

She was born in Baker County to the late Russell Rhoden and Beatrice Williams on March 31, 1936. Gloria was raised in Baker County and moved to Jacksonville after school. She returned to Baker County in 1997. She was a Primitive Baptist.

Gloria enjoyed gardening, bowling, going to yard sales and going on cruises. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years Donald Raymond Kicklighter Sr. and son Jimmy Lamar Kicklighter.

Survivors include children Diane Widner, Donald Raymond Kicklighter Jr., Debra Smith, Thomas C. Kicklighter, Wanda Turner, Barbara Hartzog, Polly Wooten and Daniel Roy Kicklighter; brother Garland “PeeWee” Rhoden; 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 16 at 11:30 am at the Primitive Baptist Church in Macclenny with Elders David Crawford and Gordon Smith officiating. Interment followed at Taylor Cemetery in Sanderson. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Lorene Owens, 84, of Macclenny

Lorene Wynn Owens, 84, of Macclenny died November 5, 2011 following an extended illness.

Better known as “Granny” to all who knew and loved her, Lorene always put family first. She loved her friends, traveling, and eating out, or as she would say, “Let’s go boogity.” She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Carl D. Owens, two sons, one great-grand daughter, two brothers, and four sisters.

Survivors include daughters Betty (Jimmy) Gatlin of Macclenny, Debra (Larry) Hughes of Inglis, FL, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and several beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held at 1 pm on November 12, 2011 in the chapel of A.M. Seigler Funeral Home in Mulberry, FL with Pastor Derrell Owens (nephew) and Pastor Bob Christmas officiating. Interment followed at Beulah Cemetery in Keysville, FL with her grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

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