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Benjamin Allen, 65, of Glen dies

Benjamin Wren Allen, 65, of Glen St. Mary died on August 23, 2012 at his residence with family by his side. He was born in San Diego, California on July 8, 1947 to the late Ralph Franklin Allen and Ruby Eunice Horn Allen. Ben was a resident of Glen St. Mary since 2004 and a member of First Baptist Church of Macclenny for many years. He served his country proudly for three years in the United States Army in nuclear weapons.

Mr. Allen retired in 2004 after many years of building custom cabinets. He was a loving husband and a born-again Christian. He enjoyed flying airplanes as a licensed pilot, building and flying remote control airplanes, painting on canvas using acrylic, reading the Bible and spending time with his family. Ben was preceded in death by his brother Martin Allen and step-son Michael “Mike” Starling.

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Michael Bailey funeral Saturday

Michael Anthony Bailey Sr., 39, of Macclenny died on August 23, 2012 after a short illness.

He was predeceased in death by his father John Bailey Sr., grandmothers Margaret Charles and Mary Wilcox, grandfathers M.B. Charles and John E. Bailey, cousins, a sister-in-law and a mother-in-law.

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Fred Carter, 87, decorated veteran

Fred Carter, 87, of Clay Hill died on Sunday, August 26, 2012. He was born December 27, 1924 to the late James and Ella Carter. Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Thelma Hatcher Carter;  children Kathy Hardee (Wayne), Angie Parrish (David), Alicia Crawford and Faron Carter; sister Shirley Harris; brother D.J. Carter.

Mr. Carter was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren, Karen Crawford (Josh), Steven Hardee (Heather), Jody Parrish (Alisa), Jason Chesser (Megan), Michael Hardee (Amanda), Justin Parrish (Carrie), Jennifer Higginbotham (Travis), and Jessica Hannah (Kyle), and 16 great-grandchildren.

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Joseph Hartley, 71, of Macclenny

Joseph Conant Hartley, 71, of Macclenny died on August 27, 2012. He was born March 28, 1941 in Macclenny and was a member of the local pipefitters union 234 until 1979. He was also employed by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, the former City of Macclenny police department, the Wayne County, GA Sheriff’s Office and later became chief of police in Odom, GA.

Mr. Hartley was a 32nd Degree Mason and belonged to the Macclenny Lodge. He was a master plumber and owned Hartley Plumbing for many years. He was an ordained minister and part-time assistant pastor at Taylor Church. He also served honorably in the US Army.

Mr. Hartley was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary, his father Marcus Hartley and brother Larry Hartley.

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