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Robert Conner, 75, Mason secretary, dies

Robert Allen Conner, 75, of Macclenny died November 5, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Waycross, GA on February 18, 1936 to the late Wash Allen Conner and Ruth Catherine Youmans Conner. Robert was a resident of Macclenny for 39 years after moving from Jacksonville in 1972. He was a 1955 Andrew Jackson High School graduate and a member of Spring Glen United Methodist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Robert was also a member of Dawkins Masonic Lodge # 60 of Macclenny where he served as the longest serving secretary in the State of Florida.

Mr. Conner retired on December 1, 1995 from the Federal Reserve Bank after 40 years and he served his country for 10 years in the Air National Guard. He enjoyed fishing, camping and being outdoors. He was a great handyman and an avid Gator fan.

Survivors include his loving wife Sandra S. Conner of Macclenny; children Pamela A. (Matthew) Corbin of Live Oak, Sheri L. (Bryan) Boulay and Keith P. (Sheree) Conner,  both of Jacksonville; sister Ruth Geneice (Sammie) Peterson; granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Corbin; and several beloved niec­­es and nephews.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 9 at 11:00 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Reverend Eric Burch officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692 Dallas TX 75284-0692 or the American Association of Kidney Patients, 3505 E. Frontage Road, Ste. 315, Tampa, FL 33637.

Lula Mae Gibson, 86, of Macclenny, dies

Lula Mae Gibson, 86, of Macclenny, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

She was born in Cynthianna, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Edna Griffin Jones and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She is preceded in death by husband Otis Gibson and daughter Ann Norman.

Survivors include sons Wood­­y Gibson of Newcastle, Indiana; Delbert (Kay) Gibson of Deland; Gary (Glenda) Gibson and Richard (Beth) Gibson, both of Macclenny; daughter Jean (David) Weathington of Macclenny; brothers Tommy and Bobby Jones of Newcastle, Indiana and sister Lucy Bell of Florida; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and three great-great -grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held Saturday, November 5 at 1:30 pm at her church with Bishop Brent Whitney officiating. Interment followed at Manntown Cemetery in Glen St. Mary. Forbes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ivy Lee Thomas memorial service

Ivy Lee Thomas, 64, of Baldwin, died October 27, 2011.

Survivors include daughter Kayla Fisher (Michael Pollock); sister Juanita Carlton; nephews Dennis, Danny, Doug and David Carlton and  brother Larry Herrin.

A memorial service was held at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 1 in the chapel of Giddens-Reed Funeral Home in Baldwin with Rev. David Thomas officiating.

Hazel Rhoden dies at age 99

Hazel Mae Thompson Rhoden, 99, of St. George, GA died October 25, 2011. She was born in St. George to the late Julius Thompson and Missouri Canaday on September 7, 1912 and resided in St. George all of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of St. George and enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Noah Rhoden.

Survivors include children Shirley (Hugh) Dinkins of Jacksonville, Noah L. “Buddy” (Oralee) Rhoden; grandchildren Mark Rhoden, Dant (Denise) Wynne, Robin (Jim) Freeburger, Susan Wynne, Dana (Keith) Baker and Toni Griffis; great-grandchildren Kyle and Kelly Spinks and great-great-grandchildren Amy, Noah, Jessi, Loegan and Trey; also special family members Gina and Jeanie.

The funeral service was held October 28 at her church with Pastor James Conner officiating. Interment followed at Boone’s Creek Cemetery in St. George. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

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