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Ruby Berry, 57, of Macclenny dies

Ruby Annette Berry, 57, of Macclenny died January 4, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville to Coleson Johns and Robin Hall on February 23, 1954. Ann was a church member and loved telling people about the Lord.

Survivors include husband Sam Berry; sister Jan Copeland; daughter LaDonna Rhoden; grandchildren Derek Ploucher, Alisha Ploucher and Erica Ploucher.

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Dale Van Sickle of Glen St. Mary

Dale Alan Van Sickle, 61, of Glen St. Mary died January 5, 2012.

He was born in Jacksonville to the late Willie E. and Marjorie Van Sickle on January 14, 1950 and was a resident of Baker County for the last 10 years after moving from Jacksonville.

He was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church.Dale was employed at the family business of Van Sickle Machine Shop for many years and most recently as a machinist at Liddy’s Machine Shop.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grand babies. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, was an avid Gator fan and could fix most anything. Dale had an infectious laugh and found the humor in everything. He loved to laugh.

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Ulys Davis, 86, funeral January 5

Ulys Davis, 86, of Macclenny died January 2, 2012. He was born in Wakulla, Florida to the late Harney J. Davis and Georgia Williamson Davis on January 25, 1925. He was a lifelong resident of Baker County and a member of the Macclenny Church of Christ.

Mr. Davis was a decorated World War II veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received 3 days after the Normandy Invasion in 1944.

Mr. Davis enjoyed fishing, farming, traveling to bluegrass music shows and the mountains. His biggest passion was raising cows. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years Thelma Thrift Davis and infant daughter Sandra Janet Davis.

Survivors include children Leonard Ray (Gail) Davis of Macclenny; Neva Davis of St. Augustine, Edgar (Joni) Davis  and Nita D. (Darrell) Crawford, both of Macclenny; grandchildren Stacy (Lewis) Rhoden, Kevin (Rhonda) Davis, Allen Peterson, Julia (Blake) Bullard, Jennifer (Carlos) Victoria; great-grandchildren Marissa and Ridge Rhoden, Bristol Davis and Brayden  Bullard.

The funeral service for Mr. Davis will be on Thursday, January 5 at 2:00 pm at his church with Sam Kitching officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Macclenny. The family will receive friends on Wednesday January 4 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Ferreira Funeral Services, Macclenny.

Mike Gainey, Sr., 43, dies Dec. 28th

Kenneth Michael “Mike” Gainey Sr., 43, of Taylor died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Orange Park Medical Center. He was born in Macclenny and was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the Taylor community. He graduated in 1987 from Baker County High School, where he played for the varsity Wildcat football team, and then joined the United States Marine Corp.

Mr. Gainey worked for 20 years at Florida Wire and Cable, with 15 of those years at the Sanderson Wiremill. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, collecting Star Trek and Bald Eagle memorabilia and was an avid Florida Gator fan.

He attended Taylor Church and was preceded in death by  paternal grandparents Clayton and Matilda Gainey of St. George, GA and his maternal grandparents Eullie and Edith Richardson of Taylor.

Survivors include sons Kenneth Michael Gainey Jr. of Taylor and Gabriel Johnson of Daytona Beach; parents Chuck and Louise Gainey of Taylor; brother and sister-in-law Greg and Janice Gainey of Taylor; grandchildren Victoria Jayden Gainey and Tyler Chase Gainey; an uncle, aunts, cousins and his longtime dog and friend “Odie.”

The funeral service was held Saturday, December 31 at 3 pm at his church with Revs. Mark Woods and Jim Cox officiating. Interment followed at Taylor Cemetery with Marine Corps military honors. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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