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Robert Wilkerson, 63, of Maclenny dies

Robert Dale Wilkerson, 63, of Macclenny died September 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville after a long illness. He resided in Macclenny all of his life and was the son of the late Thomas James Wilkerson and Maggie Lee Floyd Wilkerson. He worked as an auto mechanic and a pipe fitter for many years. He attended Faith Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and being with members of his family.

Survivors include son Roger D. (Lori) Bennett of Glen St. Mary; sisters Judy Harris of Macclenny, Paulette Darcangelo of Fleming Island and Brenda (Tony) Thomas of Maxville; brothers James (Gail) Wilkerson and Ricky (Joyce) Wilkerson, both of Glen St. Mary, Danny (Connie) Wilkerson, David (Alice) Wilkerson and Tony Starling all of Macclenny; grandchild Chris Carter of Tyrone, GA.

A graveside funeral service was held, Monday, October 3 at 1 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery with Mr. Brian Graham officiating. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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.

Jennifer Crossland, NEFSH employee, dies

Jennifer Gail Moore Crossland, 29, of Glen St. Mary died September 21, 2011.

She was born in Memphis, TN on June 12, 1982. Jennifer was a resident of Baker County since 2005 after moving from Olive Branch, MS. She was employed as a clerk at Northeast Florida State Hospital. She enjoyed spending time with her girls, hunting, fishing, going to the lake and traveling to the mountains. She was predeceased by daughter Laney Crossland.

Survivors include parents Allen and Lisa Cole of Olive Branch; her husband of two years Ashley “Shaq” Crossland of Glen St. Mary; children Allyson and Emily Crossland of Glen St. Mary; brother Ethan Cole of Olive Branch; sisters Lim Moore of Olive Branch and Shelley Cunningham of Venice, FL; uncle Rick Meggs of Olive Branch; nieces Brittany and Ava, and biological father Stephen Moore.

A graveside service was held September 27 at 11:00 am at Taylor Cemetery in Taylor with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

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