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Raymond Griffis, 82, of Olstee, dies

Raymond “Cowboy” Griffis, 82, died October 2, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Griffis was a life-long Olustee resident, cowboy and county road department employee. He is preceded in death by daughter Darlene Griffis.

Survivors include wife Wanda Griffis of Olustee; son Tim Griffis of Lulu; step-son Robert (Thelma) Hogan of Lake City; step-daughters Robin Bailey of High Springs and Karen Griffis of Jacksonville; brother Willie (Vonnie) Griffis of Sanderson, sisters Betty (Bob) Howard and Louise (Clinton) Westberry of Sanderson and Myrtle Johnson of Valdosta; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral service will be held Thursday October 6 at Watertown Congregational Methodist Church in Lake City. Visitation will be at 1 pm and services will follow at 2 pm. Burial will be at the Olustee Cemetery.

Robert Lentz Sr., 50, of St. George, dies

Robert Ezra Lentz Sr., 50, of St. George died September 29, 2011. Robert was born to the late Paul Ezra Lentz and Ida Mae Renshaw Lentz in Atlanta on March 3, 1961. He was a Charlton County resident most of his life and attended First Baptist Church of St. George. Robert was an avid NASCAR and Bulldog fan. He enjoyed fishing, cooking out and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include sons Robert Ezra Lentz of Wisconsin, Steven D. Lentz of Indiana, Curtis G. (Chelsey) Lentz of Maryland and Joshua L. Lentz of St. George; brothers Lanier Lentz of St. George and Buddy Johnson of Yulee; sisters Delaine Creppell of Jacksonville, Gayle Petty of Folkston and Glenda Sirmans of Nashville, GA; grandchildren Austin, Aaliya, Alexis Raylan, Rylie and Kodie.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, October 4 at 11:00 am at his church with Pastor Ray McKendree officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Jennifer Crossland, NEFSH employee, dies

Jennifer Gail Moore Crossland, 29, of Glen St. Mary died September 21, 2011.

She was born in Memphis, TN on June 12, 1982. Jennifer was a resident of Baker County since 2005 after moving from Olive Branch, MS. She was employed as a clerk at Northeast Florida State Hospital. She enjoyed spending time with her girls, hunting, fishing, going to the lake and traveling to the mountains. She was predeceased by daughter Laney Crossland.

Survivors include parents Allen and Lisa Cole of Olive Branch; her husband of two years Ashley “Shaq” Crossland of Glen St. Mary; children Allyson and Emily Crossland of Glen St. Mary; brother Ethan Cole of Olive Branch; sisters Lim Moore of Olive Branch and Shelley Cunningham of Venice, FL; uncle Rick Meggs of Olive Branch; nieces Brittany and Ava, and biological father Stephen Moore.

A graveside service was held September 27 at 11:00 am at Taylor Cemetery in Taylor with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Infant Crossland dies September 21

Grayson Lane Crossland, in­­­­­­fant son of Ashley Ray Crossland and the late Jennifer Gail Moore Crossland, died September 21, 2011.

He was predeceased by his sister Laney Crossland.

Survivors include father Ashley “Shaq” Crossland; sisters Allyson and Emily Crossland, all of Glen St. Mary; maternal grandparents Lisa and Allen Cole; paternal grandmother Teresa Jean Warrick; Paternal great-grandmother Betty Jean Fletcher; aunts Kim Moore and Shelley Cunningham; uncle Eth­­­­an Cole.

A graveside service was held Tuesday September 27 at 11:00 am at Taylor Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

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