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Bobby Booth, 81, dry waller

Robert Stephen “Bobby” Booth, 81, of Glen St. Mary died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the V.A. Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was a native of Homerville, Georgia and had resided in Jacksonville for many years before moving to Glen St. Mary 22 years ago.

He was a self-employed dry wall installer in the construction industry for over 40 years until his retirement in 1997.

Mr. Booth was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Cuyler, a loving father, wonderful husband and loving grandfather, a member of the Camp Branch Hunting Club of Fargo, Georgia and an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by parents Jesse Leonard Booth and Eunice Inez Barlow Booth; daughter Andela Beth Pharr.

Survivors include wife Geraldine J. Booth of Glen St. Mary; daughters Kathy Lang of Jacksonville, Bobbie Jane Conner of Glen St. Mary, Gloria Hutzler of Middleburg and Teresa Youmans of Memphis; son Hoke Steven Booth of Hampton, SC; sister Mary E. Reibow of Lansing, MI; brother Waver D. Booth of Jacksonville Beach; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on August 1 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Worthington officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery.

Randall Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville

Randall Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville

Randall “Randy” Dillon Suggs, 54, of Jacksonville, died in his sleep on June 22, 2011. He was born July 22, 1956, the son of Charles “Jack” Dillon Suggs and Jessie Vene Thomas Suggs. He was retired from the water works division of JEA after 25 years.

Randy graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1974, where he played varsity baseball for the Generals. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the Tampa Bay Rays and the Florida Gators. He will be dearly missed by many friends and family. He was also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Survivors include his parents; daughters Kristen and Rebecca; brother Charles (Betty); sister Karen Herda; grandchildren Lil­­­­lian and Hayden; many nephews and nieces.

A graveside funeral service  for Mr. Suggs was conducted Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny, with the Rev. Adam Scott officiating. Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Bates, 62, collected angels

Linda Bates, 62, collected angels

Linda Marie Bates, 62, of Sanderson died July 15, 2011 at her residence. She was born in Jacksonville on February 3, 1949 to the late Walter Lee Waters and Velma Lee Anderson Waters. She had been a resident of Baker County for eight years after moving from Jacksonville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cuyler. Linda enjoyed fishing, collecting angels, coloring, working on puzzles and spending time with her family.

Survivors include children Brian Keith Herndon of Sanderson and Tammy Marie Herndon of Jacksonville; brothers Kenny Davis of Baxter and Billy (Donna) Worthington of Glen St. Mary; step-brothers David and Kenny Steedley; sisters Mary Joyce (John) Thompson and Cindy (Adrian) Gay, both of Jacksonville, and Juanita (James) Fletcher of Middleburg; and step-sister Pat Steedley.

The family will receive friends and family July 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 pm at Macedonia cemetery with Pastor Billy Worthington officiating.

Rebecca Cobb, 38, enjoyed the beach

‘Becky’ Cobb, 38, enjoyed the beach

Rebecca L. “Becky” Cobb, 38, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. She had been a resident of Starke before moving to Olustee and living there for the past 10 years. Mrs. Cobb worked as an in-home health care giver for the elderly. She enjoyed spending time with her children, going to the beach, water parks, and loved refinishing and restoring old furniture. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olustee.

Survivors include husband Wilton Cobb; sons Joseph Chambers and Jacob Chambers, both of Olustee; daughter Rachel Chambers of Olustee; mother Martha Woodard of Rogersville, Tennessee; brothers James Watkins and Aubrey Watkins, both of Alabama; and sister Michelle Bellamy of Rogersville, Tennessee.

The funeral service was held July 26 at the First Baptist Church of Olustee. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to account #7112 at any Peoples State Bank Location in Lake City or locally at Country Federal Credit Union. Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home of Lake City was in charge of arrangements.

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