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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.

Chris Germain, 53, dies Aug. 1

Mary Christine Germain, 53, of Taylor died unexpectedly on August 1, 2011. She lived at the Jacksonville beaches in her younger years and moved to Macclenny in 1993. Chris worked at Fraser Food Store the past six years.

She was the daughter of the late Joyce (Steve) Powell of Trenton, FL and the late Gene (Adie) Richardson of St. Petersburg, FL.

Ms. Germain is survived by her long-time companion Timothy Jordan and daughter Melissa (Shane) Oralls of Glen St. Mary; brother Harold (Nancy) Richardson of St. Augustine; sisters Debbie (David) Lieving of Cartersville, GA and Gina (Mike) Mackenzie of Trenton; three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at the Christian Fellowship Temple in Macclenny on Saturday, August 6 at 1:00 pm. Memorialization by cremation.

Acy Green, 85, dies July 28th

Acy Jackson Green died peacefully at his home in Columbia County near Olustee on Thursday morning, July 28, 2011, at the age of 85 after an extended illness.

He was born in Baker County on February 8, 1926 to Harry Stanton Green and Effie Lavenia Coleman Green. His father was a town marshall and died after being involved in a vehicle pursuit of bootleggers while Acy was a small child. His mother died during his high school years, and his mother’s family, especially his maternal grandmother Id Coleman, attempted to fill the void.

Mr. Green shared a close relationship with his uncles Charlie Coleman, Walter Coleman, and Asa Coleman until their deaths. He grew up in Baker County and graduated high school in Baker County. He worked at the Jacksonville Shipyards during World War II, then at the Olustee Experimental Forest Service with the United States Department of Agriculture until the facility closed in the early 1970s.

Acy married Cassie Davis on September 14, 1945, sharing over 65 years together, and she was by his side when he left this earth. They had four children,   Harry Stanton Green, Kathy Ann Green Daugherty (James Larry), Connie Denise Green Moseley (Robert Lamar) and Judy Darlene Green Odom. His three daughters survive him

Mr. Green lived most of his adult life in Lake City, but later built a home on property in the Osceola Forest, where he enjoyed catching and cooking catfish out of his pond.

Acy was preceded in death by siblings Annie Mae Green Clark, Hilda Green Rawls Carroll, twin brother Lacy Joseph Greene; son Harry Stanton Green; granddaughter Jamie Larraine Daugherty Shaw.

A celebration of his life was held at Guerry Funeral Home in Lake City on July 31 at 2:00 pm. Internment followed at the Memorial Cemetery.

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