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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.

Mary Lou Burnsed, 69, of Jacksonville

Mary Lou Burnsed, 69, of Jacksonville died August 28, at Shands Jacksonville following a brief illness. She was born in Macclenny and had resided in Jacksonville for the past 49 years. She was employed as a sales clerk with NeSmith Produce in Jacksonville for over 20 years.

Mrs. Burnsed was a member of the Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her parents Amos Ardell and Nancy Bennett Crawford, and her late husband Nelson Burnsed.

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Florence Chesser, 97, dies August 29

Florence Mae Chesser, 97, died August 29, 2011, at W. Frank Wells Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John A. Chesser. Survivors include sons George Vernon Chesser and Jessie Chesser; grandchildren Dean Chesser and Amy Beavers; and great-grandchildren Ryan and Emily Beavers.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 1 at the Town and Country Funeral Home Chapel on Normandy Blvd. from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be September 2 at 2:00 pm in the chapel with Rev. Randy Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park.

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Ronald Miller, 68, dies August 24th

Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Miller, Sr., 68, of Macclenny died August 24, 2011. He was born in South Holland, IL to the late Clarence Edgar and Louise Boyd Miller on November 7, 1942. He was a resident of Baker County since 1976 and honorably served in the US Marines for nine years. He was a carpenter for 30 years at White Oak Plantation before retirement. Ronnie was a hard worker, dedicated father, family man, avid Gator fan and was always willing to extend a hand to anyone.

Mr. Miller was predeceased by his former wife Brenda Miller; his wife of 23 years Theresa Williams Miller; brothers Eddie and Tyrone and sisters Kathy, Irene and Jeanette.

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