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Mrs. Higginbotham, 88, of Bryceville dies

Mrs. Higginbotham,
88, of Bryceville dies

Virginia “Nanny” Higginbotham, 88, of Bryceville died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Jacksonville on March 7, 1923 to Charles Barr Suits and Audell Jones-Suits. Virginia was a lifelong resident of Bryceville, and a  member since 1937 of Brandy Branch Baptist Church, where she taught Bible school, Sunday school and played the piano.

Virginia enjoyed sewing and craft work, flower gardening, and reading. She also worked for the Nassau County School District, where she drove a school bus for over 25 years. Virginia was preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Freddy Leroy Higginbotham; daughter Nath­­alee Hargrove; son Thomas Hig­­­­ginbotham; two sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include daughter Linda (Peewee) Knight of Bryce­­ville; brother Jim Suits; sisters Donna Fouraker and Rosemary Jarrod; 13 grandchildren; and 25 ­great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 26 at 11:00 am at her church with Pastor Rusty Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Brandy Branch Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Harold Gunter, 75, truck driver, dies

Harold Gunter, 75, truck driver

Harold Otis Gunter, 75, of Macclenny died in Gainesville on July 23, 2011. He was born May 23, 1936 in Jacksonville to Arthur Gunter and Molly White Gunter. He served in the Army for eight years with the 553 Engineer. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and a dedicated truck driver for 48 years. He lived in Macclenny for 40 years and was a member of Mt. Zion Church for over 30 years.

Survivors include his loving wife Clara Lee Gunter; daughter Zena Davis; son Kenneth Gunter; son-in-law Pete (Wanda) Davis; grandsons Duane (Brandy) Davis, Dustin Davis and Cody Davis; granddaughter Stephanie (John Marcus) Starling; and three great-grandchildren.

Following his cremation, the family will hold a private ceremony at a later date.

Charles Whaley, 62, loved outdoors

Charles Whaley, 62, loved outdoors

Charles Donald Whaley, 62, died July 22, 2011. He was born, raised and spent most of his life in Lake City, Lake Butler and Macclenny. He enjoyed fishing, riding and the outdoors with his dearest friends and family. He was preceded in death by daughter Donna Lee Bailey.

Survivors include son-in-law John Bailey; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Following his cremation, the family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Randy Johnson, an avid sportsman

‘Randy’ Johnson, an avid sportsman

Doyle “Randy” Randall Johnson, 57, of Macclenny died July 13, 2011. Randy was born in Jacksonville to Betty Louise Riley Johnson and the late Doyle Alderman Johnson on November 12, 1953. He was a resident of Baker County for the last three years after moving from Whitehouse.

Mr. Johnson was a 1971 grad­­uate of Paxon Senior High School, worked as a supervisor for Atlantic Builders, a volunteer for the Nielson Transplant Foundation, and was vice-president of the Baldwin High School Booster Club. He coached in the Police Athletic League, winning a national championship in 1977 and hosted the show North Florida Sportsman with Randy Johnson. He loved hunting, fishing and was an avid Gator fan.

Survivors include  his mother Betty Louise Riley Johnson of Jacksonville; loving wife of 27 years, Sandra Dee Johnson of Macclenny; children Kasey Elizabeth Johnson of Macclenny and Devin Benton of Dallas, TX; brothers Richard A. (Debbie) Johnson of Jacksonville and Ronald J. (Nina) Johnson of Whitehouse; one niece; and granddaughter Kinsley Duval.

The funeral service was held July 16 at 11:00 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Pastor Richard Fish officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny.

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