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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.

Jack Watts, 82, of Glen St. Mary, dies

Jack H. Watts, 82, of Glen St Mary died September 25, 2011 surrounded by his family. Jack will be remembered for his love of the great outdoors, fishing and a good card game with family. He was predeceased by his parents William and Clara Watts; sister Evelyn Augger.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline; son Donald Watts (Jana); daughter Sandra Watts; brothers Alton Watts (Bobby) and Harry Watts; sister Betty Herndon (Gerald); one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service was held Wednesday, September 28 at the First United Methodist Church at 11:00 am. Interment followed at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements.

Arlie Combs Jr., 49, of Macclenny

Arlie Windol Combs Jr., 49, of Macclenny died Sunday, September 4 at the VA Medical Center in Lake City following an extended illness. Mr. Combs was born in Jacksonville and lived most of his life in Duval County before moving back to Macclenny three years ago. He was a self-employed plumber and carpenter for most of his life and a member of Wesconnett United Methodist Church of Jacksonville.

Survivors include daughter C. Brandice (Steven) Etheridge of Statesboro, AR; father Arlie Windol Combs Sr of Macclenny; mother Nancy Anderson of Maxville; grandmother Evelyn Combs of Macclenny; brother Darren (Debbie) Combs of Jacksonville; step-sisters Debra McCall of Jacksonville and Lisa Anderson of Jacksonville Beach; grandchild Jonathan Etheridge.

A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, September 9 at 1:00 pm at the Jacksonville  National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, September 8 at Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny.

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