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Candis Thompson, X-ray technician

Candis Thompson,
an x-ray technician

Candis Lynda Thompson, 53, of Macclenny died on June 28, 2011. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia to the late William Blake and Carol Boatner Blake on August 1, 1957. She was a resident of Baker County for the last 23 years after moving from Jacksonville. Ms. Thompson was an x-ray technician at St. Vincent’s Medical Center for 21 years. She was a fun loving, nurturing, caring and giving person and loved to cook.

Survivors include her son: C.J. (Jessica) Thompson of Macclenny;  brother Dale (Renee) Blake of Jacksonville; aunt Barbara Boatner and granddaughter Kendall Thompson.

The funeral service for Ms. Thompson was held on Friday July 1 at 11:00 am at the chapel of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services in Macclenny with Pastor Grady Allbritton officiating. Interment followed at Kingsley Lake Baptist Cemetery in Starke.

Harold Wilkerson of Jacksonville dies

Harold Wilkerson, 59, of Jacksonville died Saturday, July 2. He was the son of the late Lewis and Leola Smith Wilkerson, and a truck driver who attended the Otis Road Church of God.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his wife Deborah Wilkerson of Jacksonville; sons Lewis Wilkerson of Jacksonville, Branden Wilkerson, Gerald (Toni) Wilkerson and Colson (Jennifer) Wilkerson, all of Macclenny; daughters Rebecca (Randell) Davis of Glen St. Mary and Catherine Townsend of Macclenny; brother Franklin (Linda) Wilkerson of Baldwin; step-children Robert (Renee) Graham of Macclenny, Tanya Rewis of Baldwin, and Lydia Wilkerson of St. Petersburg; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter Alisha R. Wilkerson.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 6 at his church with Rev. John Spratlin Jr. officiating. Arrangements were under the direction

Ms. Chism, 36, long time resident

Ms. Chism, 36,
longtime resident

Tanya R. Chism, 36, of Sanderson died June 21. She was born in Waycross, Georgia on October 21, 1974. She was a resident of Baker County most of her life. Tanya had a big heart and was a great mother to her sons. She was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include her parents Frank Wesley Chism and Deborah Lynn Carlson Chism of Sanderson; children Charlie and Wesley Siemering of Sanderson; grandparents Harvey and Winifred Carlson of Waycross; sister Michelle (Beep) Thaimes of Waynesboro, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held Friday, June 24 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Ferreira Funeral Services with Pastor Alvin Baldwin officiating. Interment followed at Canaday Cemetery in Moniac, Georgia.

J.W. Sparkman, former resident

J.W. Sparkman, former resident

James William “J.W.” Sparkman, 82, a resident of Bell, Florida, died Friday afternoon at Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville. A native and longtime resident of Baker County, Mr. Sparkman had been a resident of Bell for the past six years, having moved there from Waccasassa, Florida. He was the son of the late Ralph Franklin Sparkman Sr. and Lillie Mae Garrett Sparkman.

Mr. Sparkman served in the United States Navy for three and a half years and was stationed on the USS Leyte for more than two years in the Korean War. He then began working as an aide at Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny, a position he held for ten years prior to working at Florida Wire and Cable, in Sanderson as a mechanic for more than twenty years.

Following his retirement, Mr. Sparkman enjoyed honing his woodworking hobby. He was known for his extremely “precise” finishing carpentry work. Mr. Sparkman was preceded in death by his brother Ralph Franklin Sparkman Jr. He was a member of the Ichetucknee River Baptist Church.

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