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Iris Westberry, 74, of Glen dies

Iris E. Westberry, 74, of Glen St. Mary died Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville.

A native of Sanderson, Mrs. Westberry was a daughter to Charney and Lecy Richardson Rhoden and had lived most of her life in Baker County. She was a charter member of the Macclenny Moose Lodge #2026, was of the Holiness faith and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Lawrence E. Westberry of Glen; son Butch Lee of Canada; brothers Ellis Rhoden of Sanderson and Gary (Roberta) Kirkland of Hastings; sisters Sherry Kirkland of Mandarin and Kay (Donald) Combs of Macclenny; step-sons Gary Westberry of Oswego, NY, Terry Michael Westberry of Fulton, NY and Larry Westberry of Watertown, NY; special friends Sam Waters, Billy and Brenda Roundtree, all of Macclenny; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Guerry Funeral Home.

Randall Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville

Randall Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville

Randall “Randy” Dillon Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville, died in his sleep on June 22, 2011. He was born July 22, 1956, the son of Charles “Jack” Dillon Suggs and Jessie Vene Thomas Suggs. He was retired from the water works division of JEA after 25 years.

Randy graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1974, where he played varsity baseball for the Generals. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the Tampa Bay Rays and the Florida Gators. He will be dearly missed by many friends and family. He was also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Survivors include his parents; daughters Kristen and Rebecca; brother Charles (Betty); sister Karen Herda; grandchildren Lil­­­­lian and Hayden; many nephews and nieces.

A graveside funeral service  for Mr. Suggs was conducted Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny, with the Rev. Adam Scott officiating. Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Roll, 67, retired military

Jerry Roll, 67, retired military

Jerry R. Roll, 67, of Jacksonville died Friday, July 15, 2011 after a lingering illness. He served in the Marines and then the Army, from which he retired after 24 years of service. He was preceded in death by mother Alice Denton; step-father Owen Denton; father Evan Roll; sister Betty Jean Huffines.

Survivors include son Darien (Deeann) Roll of Lebanon, TN; daughter Verona (David) Burnham of Macclenny; sisters Georgia Lowery of Bloomington, IN, Pat Lehr of Greenwood, IN, Barbara Walters of Jacksonville, Nona Evans of Cridersville, OH; grandchildren David, Trista and Kristian Burnham of Macclenny and Hannah and Nathan Roll of Lebanon, TN; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.

A military service was held July 19 at Jacksonville National ­Cemetery. Hardage-Giddens Fun­­eral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Thornton, 89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Thornton,
89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Boyd Thornton, 89, of Palatka died Sunday July 24, 2011 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness. Born in Baker County on December 27, 1921, Mrs. Thornton had been a resident of Palatka for 52 years, coming from Green Cove Springs. She had been a member of the New River New Congregational Methodist Church in Lawtey. She was a homemaker and her life was her family. She will be remembered as being a devoted wife, mother and Christian lady.

She was preceded in death by parents Henry and Mamie Boyd; brothers James D. Boyd, Clarence Boyd and Tommy Boyd; sisters Roxie Boyd Jackson and Redith Boyd Richardson; and son-in-law Charlie Lowe.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Joseph Thornton of Palatka; daughters Shirley Lowe and Linda (Jack) Slaughter, both of Palatka; grandchildren Ray and Kim Lowe and Briane Slaughter, all of Palatka, Ron and Angela Lowe of Johnson, Florida and Sissy and Travis Anderson of San Mateo, Florida; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 26 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Fred Hurst and Pastor Ray Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

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