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Penny Katsacos, NEFSH retiree, dies

Penny W. Katsacos, 59, a lifelong resident of Macclenny, died Thursday, November 3, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center  surrounded by loving family and friends following a lengthy battle with systemic sclerosis.

Penny will long be remembered for her love of life, including gardening, cooking, camping, traveling, fishing, boating, gospel singing and spending time with family and friends. Her quick wit, amazing sense of humor  and sense of adventure brought joy and laughter to all who had the pleasure of being in her life.

Penny was a great leader and motivator known for leading by example, straightforward communications, stubborn determination and perseverance in the face of great adversity. She retired in 2007 after 33 ½ years at Northeast Florida State Hospital where she was a psychiatric aide, registered nurse, nurse manager and director of nursing.

She was an active member of Christian Fellowship Temple where she sang in the choir and performed in the puppet ministry. Penny’s love of Jesus was evident in her compassion for people and generous spirit. She was predeceased by parents Vernon and Willa Jean Walker and husband James A. Katsacos.

Survivors include sons Nick Katsacos (Tamara), Joey Katsacos (Ashley), both of Macclenny; brothers Danny Walker (Charlotte), St. Pete Beach, Keith Walker (Denise), Glen St. Mary, Kevin Walker (Teresa), Macclenny; sister Jean Marie Brazell (Mike), Kingsland, GA; grandson Nathan Katsacos; best friend forever Debby Norman; ten nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, November 5 at 11 am at her church. Donations may be made in her memory to the Missions Fund at CFT. Forbes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pittman, 81, of Brunswick, dies

Margaret Pittman, 81, of Brunswick, GA died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Hospice of The Golden Isles.

Born January 28, 1930 in Macclenny to the late Calvin and Ruth B. Morgan, Mrs. Pittman was a former x-ray technician and secretary. She was a resident of Glynn County for most of her life. She was a member of Norwich Baptist Church and an avid Atlanta Braves fan who enjoyed sports. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pittman was preceded in death by son Glenn W. Pittman and sister Jean Mobley.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years Tharion Pittman of Brunswick; son Randy Pittman Sr.; grandchildren Ran­­­­dy (Christa) Pittman Jr, and Katlyn Pittman; great-grandchildren Randy Pittman III and Brycen Pittman; sister Lee (Ed) Jones of Florida.

The funeral service was held at 3 pm Tuesday, November 8 in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with Pastor Spencer Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Palmetto Cemetery with Ricky Pittman, Josey Davis, Don Peters, Harold Jones, Ashford Pierce, and David Waller serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included Leon Braddock, Henry Towels, Gene Leggett, and Ben Nelson. Memorials may be made to Hospice of The Golden Isles.

Phyllis Shelton, 59, of Bostwick, dies

Phyllis Barnes Shelton, 59, of Bostwick, FL died November 4, 2011.

She was born in Baton Rouge to Glynn R. Barnes Sr. and the late Annie Laura Wells Barnes. She was a resident of Florida since 1968 after moving from Nashville, TN. Phyllis was self employed as a Mary Kay director for 31 years and attended Celebration Church of Orange Park. She enjoyed sewing, reading, volunteering and cooking. 

Survivors other than her father of Fruit Cove include her loving husband of 38 years S. Richard Shelton of Bostwick; children Matthew Shelton of Savannah, Lauren (Eric) Cole of Green Cove Springs, Marshall Shelton of Orange Park, Whitney (Christopher) Stephens of Hawaii; brother Glynn R. (Lynn) Barnes Jr; grandchildren Brandon Bihn, Lillian Cole, Morgan Shelton, Shelbey Cole and lifelong friend Sydney Ferreira of Macclenny.

The funeral service was held on Sunday November 6 with Dr. Vincent Ferreira officiating. Interment followed in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery in Green Cove Springs. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Mary Kay Foundation (TMKF) in Ms. Shelton’s honor at P.O. Box 799044 Dallas, TX 75379.

Robert Conner, 75, Mason secretary, dies

Robert Allen Conner, 75, of Macclenny died November 5, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Waycross, GA on February 18, 1936 to the late Wash Allen Conner and Ruth Catherine Youmans Conner. Robert was a resident of Macclenny for 39 years after moving from Jacksonville in 1972. He was a 1955 Andrew Jackson High School graduate and a member of Spring Glen United Methodist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Robert was also a member of Dawkins Masonic Lodge # 60 of Macclenny where he served as the longest serving secretary in the State of Florida.

Mr. Conner retired on December 1, 1995 from the Federal Reserve Bank after 40 years and he served his country for 10 years in the Air National Guard. He enjoyed fishing, camping and being outdoors. He was a great handyman and an avid Gator fan.

Survivors include his loving wife Sandra S. Conner of Macclenny; children Pamela A. (Matthew) Corbin of Live Oak, Sheri L. (Bryan) Boulay and Keith P. (Sheree) Conner,  both of Jacksonville; sister Ruth Geneice (Sammie) Peterson; granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Corbin; and several beloved niec­­es and nephews.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 9 at 11:00 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Reverend Eric Burch officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692 Dallas TX 75284-0692 or the American Association of Kidney Patients, 3505 E. Frontage Road, Ste. 315, Tampa, FL 33637.

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