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Ester Yonn, 70, of Moniac, GA

Ester Mae “Maw Maw” Yonn, 70, died Monday, February 13, 2012. She was born August 24, 1941 in Moniac, GA to the late Enoch and Ruby Raulerson Burnsed. Maw Maw worked as a supervisor at Stone Container Bag Plant in Yulee and was a member of Moniac Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years Brownie; children Walter Yonn and Ann Mullen.

Survivors include son Timothy Yonn (Angie) of Fernandina Beach; daughter Denise Norflect of Yulee; brothers Willard Burnsed (Florence) and Wade Burnsed (Deloris) of McRae, GA; sister Ruth Bates (Bill) of Macclenny; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Robert Sweat, 68, of Macclenny

Robert Sweat, 68, of Macclenny died February 9, 2012. He was born in Macclenny to the late Alfred and Polly Crews Sweat on June 24, 1943. He was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and retired in 1984 from the Ironworkers Local 597 after 24 years of service. Robert was co-owner and operator with his wife Konnie of Konnie’s Klear Pools for 23 years.

He loved to fish, listen to country and bluegrass music and watch the western channel. He was predeceased by his daughter Samantha Fraizer and brothers Frank, Leroy and Henry Sweat.

Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years Konnie Sweat; children Brenda Crosby, Anita (Toby) Covington, Holly (Keith) Higginbotham, Robert (Samantha) Sweat Jr., Billy (Tiffany) Clarkson and Heather (Emmett) Glasgow; sisters Elizabeth Lowery, Ruby (Johnny Wayne)Anderson, Barbara Ann (Dave) Hohmann, Ola Mae Sweat and Pencie (Dan) Roberts; grandchildren Chasidy, Ricky, Amy, Tiffany, Keith, Kalynn, Joshua, Mason, Seth, Kinsey and Cade; great-grandchildren Annslee, Tar­­alynn, Bailey, Jackson, Jace, Jasper, Tyler, Brayli, Ava and Trinity.

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Pete Peterson, 82, of Forest City, NC

Reverend C.L. “Pete” Peterson, 82, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Hospice House. Pete was born May 30, 1929 in Mitchell County, NC to the late Charlie L. Peterson and Julia Edwards Peterson. He was a retired Church of God minister whose ministry spanned over 50 years. He also worked for Bost Bakery in Shelby for 18 years, Western Auto in Forest City for 12 years and Sara Lee for 10 years. He was a member of State Street Church of God in Marion. He was a mechanic, enjoyed woodworking and loved music along with playing the guitar. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Mary Lucy Peterson, daughter Deborah Jennings and two sisters.

Survivors include wife Laura Raulerson Peterson; daughters Brenda (Ken) Hunsucker of Cherryville, NC and Rita (Larry) Hester of Pelham, AL; son Rev. Danny (Tina) Peterson of King, NC; step-daughters Elaine (Norris) Duncan of Gallatin, TN, Pat (Curtis) McNeal of Glen St. Mary, Sandy (Rev. J.C.) Lauramore of Macclenny, FL and Angel (Brian) Radford of Rutherfordton, NC; step-son Andy (Kathy) Raulerson of Hiram, GA; six grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren.

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Norma Menges of Hampton, VA

Norma Jean Menges, 81, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at her home.  Born in Oakland, CA, she lived in many different places including Baker County for nine years, Texas and recently Hampton, VA. Norma was formerly the owner and operator of Norma Menges Stables and was also a hospice nurse for 13 years. She lived life to the fullest by traveling to many destinations throughout the world, and also dedicating herself to the caring for people and animals throughout her life.

Survivors include daughters Ruth Howard of Springhill, FL. Linda Baca of High Springs, FL and Elizabeth Hiers of Asheflat, AR; son Edward (Debbie) Rulestead of Andrews, TX; granddaughter Shellie (Jonathan) Lundquist of Macclenny, now stationed with the Navy in Virginia; five other grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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