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Margaret Thornton, 89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Thornton,
89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Boyd Thornton, 89, of Palatka died Sunday July 24, 2011 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness. Born in Baker County on December 27, 1921, Mrs. Thornton had been a resident of Palatka for 52 years, coming from Green Cove Springs. She had been a member of the New River New Congregational Methodist Church in Lawtey. She was a homemaker and her life was her family. She will be remembered as being a devoted wife, mother and Christian lady.

She was preceded in death by parents Henry and Mamie Boyd; brothers James D. Boyd, Clarence Boyd and Tommy Boyd; sisters Roxie Boyd Jackson and Redith Boyd Richardson; and son-in-law Charlie Lowe.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Joseph Thornton of Palatka; daughters Shirley Lowe and Linda (Jack) Slaughter, both of Palatka; grandchildren Ray and Kim Lowe and Briane Slaughter, all of Palatka, Ron and Angela Lowe of Johnson, Florida and Sissy and Travis Anderson of San Mateo, Florida; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 26 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Fred Hurst and Pastor Ray Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

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.

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.

Sean Connell, 11, an accident victim

Sean Connell, 11,  an accident victim

Sean Douglas Connell, 11, of Macclenny died after a tragic accident on July 11, 2011. Sean was born in Jacksonville to James Connell and Angel Price Connell on May 1, 2000. He was a Baker County resident for two years after moving from Jacksonville and a member of First Assembly of God in Macclenny. Sean loved skateboarding, video games, talking, watching TV and fishing. He was predeceased by grandfather Robert “Bob” Price; great-grandfather Ed DeVevo; cousin Trudy Taylor Sarman.

Survivors include his parents of Macclenny; maternal grandparents John and Vivian Smith; paternal grandparents Bob and Donna Connell; great-grandmother Frances DeVevo; brother James Derrick Connell Jr.; sisters Christian Nichole Connell, Breanna Danielle Finton and Jaylee O’Neal; four aunts; three uncles.

The funeral service was held July 16 at 2:00 pm at his church with Pastor Joshua Potts officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.f

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