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‘Ike’ Pearson, 92, Chaffee developer

Wallace E. (Ike) Pearson, 92, of Jacksonville died on July 10. The grandson of an Irish immigrant who stowed away on a ship to come to America, he was born on April 18, 1920 in Louisiana to Wallace Edward and Emma O’Cleary Pearson. He was always proud of his Irish heritage  and the strong work ethic instilled in him as a child.

As a young man, Ike travelled and worked in many western states and Mexico. He moved to Pennsylvania to work in the shipyards before finally settling in Florida. He worked in Mount Dora and then travelled back up north to Jacksonville to work with the Great Southern Trucking Company. His fondness for horses and cattle led him to follow his dream. At Great Southern, Ike met Cherrie Fish. They married and together worked to build a small ranch in western Jacksonville off Chaffee Road.

He opened Ike’s Ranch Supply in Whitehouse, and later he and his wife sold some of their property to the state of Florida for the construction of I-10. With the emergence of I-10, the area of Whitehouse began to grow. As a businessman, Mr. Pearson was a planner with Christian values who sought to bring quality family businesses into the shopping and retail area now known as Chaffee Point.

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Frank Shepard, 81

Frank Warren Shepard, 81, of Glen St. Mary died Monday, July 16, at the Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center following a long illness. He was a native of Macclenny and had resided in Glen since 1973. He served with the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a master sgt. in 1969. He was the safety director at Aero Corp in Lake City until his retirement after 26 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of Lake City Community College, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, Florida State football and the Alhambra Dinner Theatre.

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Jason Bassile, 28, an accident victim

Jason David Bassile, 28, of Macclenny died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

He was a lifelong resident of Baker County. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and was an auto mechanic who loved his work. He is survived by his mother Jenise James of Macclenny; sons Jeremiah and Tyler Bassile of Lake Butler and Trenton Bassile of Macclenny; sister Nicole (Michael) McFarlin of Macclenny; numerous other family and friends.

Mr. Bassile was preceded in death by his father David J. Bassile. The funeral service was held at noon on July 14 at First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary with Pastor Randy Williams officiating. Interment followed at Manntown Cemetery in Glen. Arrangements by Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny.

Oliver Crews, 82, livestock farmer

Oliver Donald Crews, 82, of Moniac, GA died on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born and lived his entire life in Moniac, and was the son of the late Robert and Millie Crews.

Mr. Crews owned and operated a large livestock farm on Hwy. 185 across the Florida-Georgia line for years. He was a member of the Moniac Baptist Church, the Georgia Farm Bureau and the bureau board for 20 years, 13 years as president. He was recently recognized by the Georgia Farm Bureau for 42 years of service as a charter member.

Mr. Crews was drafted into the Navy during the Korean War and served honorably for two years, and he also served on the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Gold Kist Egg Board for many years.

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