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Raymond Griffis, 82, of Olstee, dies

Raymond “Cowboy” Griffis, 82, died October 2, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Griffis was a life-long Olustee resident, cowboy and county road department employee. He is preceded in death by daughter Darlene Griffis.

Survivors include wife Wanda Griffis of Olustee; son Tim Griffis of Lulu; step-son Robert (Thelma) Hogan of Lake City; step-daughters Robin Bailey of High Springs and Karen Griffis of Jacksonville; brother Willie (Vonnie) Griffis of Sanderson, sisters Betty (Bob) Howard and Louise (Clinton) Westberry of Sanderson and Myrtle Johnson of Valdosta; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral service will be held Thursday October 6 at Watertown Congregational Methodist Church in Lake City. Visitation will be at 1 pm and services will follow at 2 pm. Burial will be at the Olustee Cemetery.

Robert Lentz Sr., 50, of St. George, dies

Robert Ezra Lentz Sr., 50, of St. George died September 29, 2011. Robert was born to the late Paul Ezra Lentz and Ida Mae Renshaw Lentz in Atlanta on March 3, 1961. He was a Charlton County resident most of his life and attended First Baptist Church of St. George. Robert was an avid NASCAR and Bulldog fan. He enjoyed fishing, cooking out and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include sons Robert Ezra Lentz of Wisconsin, Steven D. Lentz of Indiana, Curtis G. (Chelsey) Lentz of Maryland and Joshua L. Lentz of St. George; brothers Lanier Lentz of St. George and Buddy Johnson of Yulee; sisters Delaine Creppell of Jacksonville, Gayle Petty of Folkston and Glenda Sirmans of Nashville, GA; grandchildren Austin, Aaliya, Alexis Raylan, Rylie and Kodie.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, October 4 at 11:00 am at his church with Pastor Ray McKendree officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Wilkerson, 63, of Maclenny dies

Robert Dale Wilkerson, 63, of Macclenny died September 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville after a long illness. He resided in Macclenny all of his life and was the son of the late Thomas James Wilkerson and Maggie Lee Floyd Wilkerson. He worked as an auto mechanic and a pipe fitter for many years. He attended Faith Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and being with members of his family.

Survivors include son Roger D. (Lori) Bennett of Glen St. Mary; sisters Judy Harris of Macclenny, Paulette Darcangelo of Fleming Island and Brenda (Tony) Thomas of Maxville; brothers James (Gail) Wilkerson and Ricky (Joyce) Wilkerson, both of Glen St. Mary, Danny (Connie) Wilkerson, David (Alice) Wilkerson and Tony Starling all of Macclenny; grandchild Chris Carter of Tyrone, GA.

A graveside funeral service was held, Monday, October 3 at 1 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery with Mr. Brian Graham officiating. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Owen, 66, retired forestry tech, dies

Kenneth Paul Owen, 66, of Olustee died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center of Lake City after an extended illness.

Mr. Owen was born in Ocala and lived all his life in Olustee. He retired in 2009 as a forestry technician with the U.S. Forestry Service. Mr. Owen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olustee where he was a Sunday school superintendent and a trustee. He was the son of the late Davis Hawkins and Katie Gertrude Mikell Owen.

Survivors include wife Glenda Walker Owen of Olustee, sons Kenneth P. (Sara) Owen Jr of Lake Butler, Kevin Walker Owen and Klate Armster Owen, both of Olustee; half-sisters Martha Sue Holder and Mary Bell Starbird, both of Homestead; brothers Rev. Melvin (Laura) Owen of Olustee and Jerry (Bonnie) Owen of Glen St. Mary; grandchildren Kenneth P. “Trey” Owen, Sara Allyson Owen and Amy Michelle Owen.

The funeral service will be held Friday, September 30 at 11:00 am at his church with Bro. James Croft and Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Olustee Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler on Thursday from 6-8 pm.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Suwannee Valley Care Center. 6037 US 90, Lake City, FL 32055 or the Baker County Volunteer Fire Department Station 80, West US Highway 90, Olustee, FL 32072.

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