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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.

Pearl Painter, 99, of Jacksonville dies

Pearl Painter, 99, of of Jacksonville died August 26, 2011 surrounded by family. She was born in Painter, AL on October 9, 1911 and touched many lives by her sweet spirit, smile and contagious personality.

Mrs. Painter was a member of First Coast Christian Center and was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Arthur Painter; son Charles Painter; grandchild Stanley Nickhah.

Survivors include children Jackie Painter, Joan Painter (Larry) King, Pat Painter (Ron) Lowder, Paul (Kim) Painter of Jacksonville, Bonita Painter (John) Higgs of Glen St. Mary, Anthony (Edwina)Painter of Keystone Heights; sister Lois Evans of Albertville, AL; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great-great grand­­­children; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held August 31 at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Internment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

Betty Lou Melvin, 84, of Maclenny

Betty Lou Melvin, 84, of Macclenny died August 31, 2011.

She was born in Miami to the late John Raymond Mick Sr. and Gertie Daughtry on June 5, 1927.

She was a resident of Baker County since 1996 after moving from Hendersonville, NC. Mrs. Melvin was a legal clerk for 20 years at the Miami Dade County courthouse. She enjoyed quilt making, sewing, the book club in Hendersonville, NC and raising orchids. She was predeceased in death by husband James F. Melvin Sr. and brother John Raymond Mick Jr.

Survivors include children James F. (Amanda) Melvin Jr. of Macclenny and Sharon Ann Melvin of Massachusetts; brother Terry Mick of Lake City; sister Gerie Null of Broward County; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

A graveside service was held September 6 at Shepherd Memorial Park in Hendersonville. V. Todd Ferriera Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Sara Torode, 88, of Kingsley Lake

Sarah Elizabeth Torode, 88, of Kingsley Lake died Monday, September 5, 2011 at Windsor Manor Nursing Home in Starke.

She was born on August 11, 1923 to the late Charles William and Minie (Mitchell) Poythress, and was a homemaker. Mrs. Torode was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke where she was a member of the Women’s Circle and taught Sunday School for many years. Mrs. Torode was also a past member of the Jr. Woman’s Club and the Woman’s Club of Starke. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. John A. Torode in 2001.

Survivors include children Sally Torode of Jacksonville, John Torode (Tracy) and Richard Torode of Starke, and Carl Torode (Christie) of Kingsley Lake; sister Luta Kilgo of Macclenny; grandchildren Megan, Mary, Shelley, Amanda, Shauna, and great-grandson Ryker Sean Welch.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 pm at her church with Pastor Mike Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home or the Methodist Youth Dept., P.O. Box 157, Starke, FL 32091. 

Jones-Gallaher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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