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James Crews, 77, aircraft technician

James Norris Crews, 77, of Sanderson went to be with the Lord on July 26, 2011 following an extended illness. He was born September 6, 1933, to Reverend Raiford and Mirtie Rhoden Crews of Sanderson.

Mr. Crews served his country honorably during the Korean War as a member of both the United States Army and Air Force. He later worked as an aircraft technician at Aero Corp. in Lake City until health no longer permitted.

Survivors include his loving and caring sisters Virginia Combs, Naomi Roberson, Mirtie (Leo) Hoover and Norma (Jerry) Milton. A graveside service was held at 11:00 am on July 29 at Taylor Church Cemetery. Giddens-Reed Funeral Home of Baldwin was in charge of arrangements.

Gavyn Ford, 27, dies in Illinois

Gavyn Allen Ford, 27, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

He was born July 29, 1983 to former Macclenny resident Bobby Lee Ford and Piper Dawn Allen Ford.

Survivors include his father and step-mother Bobby Lee Ford and Marta Ford; mother Piper Dawn Allen Harvey of Urbana, IL; children Gavyn Allen Ford II of Atlanta, GA, Teon Antonio Ford and Mariah Geneva Ford, both of Peoria; brothers Drake Alexander Ford and Antonio Malik Ford, both of Peoria and Piper JK Harvey of Urbana; sisters Mariama Isabel (Duane) Ford-Fisher of Peoria; grandparents Garrie “Pepper” Allen and Jacqueline Allen of Peoria, Elouise Ford of Macclenny; one great-grandmother and a host of other family members.

The funeral service was held July 30 at the Church of the Living God in Peoria.

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.

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.

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