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Bill Durrance, 91, of Macclenny dies

John R. “Bill” Durrance, 91, died January 14, 2012. He was born on November 5, 1920 in Jacksonville to John and Viola Durrance and lived in Jacksonville most of his life before moving to Macclenny in 1998 to be closer to his family. Bill served from 1939 to 1945 in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he met his wife of 63 years, Kathryn “Cappy” Durrance.

Following an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Mr. Durrance joined the Duval County Road Patrol in 1946 and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1972. He enjoyed gardening, mowing his yard, working in his workshop, playing Bingo with his Pickettville friends and attending church at the Christian Fellowship Temple. Bill was passionate about baseball, not only as a player, but coaching children, playing in various leagues throughout his life, even playing semi-pro baseball. He had a love for the game, a passion that he instilled in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa Bill” and “Bull.” He was often found playing catch with his family and caregivers right up until his death. He was preceded in death by his wife, son Johnny Durrance and great-granddaughter Hannah Rhoden.

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Mary Harrington, 74, of Auburn, AL

Mary Ruis Harrington, 74, of Auburn died January 3, 2012 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. She was born in Sanderson on July 14, 1937 and was a member of Society Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Harrington was preceded in death by her parents Bert Ruis and Margaret Skinner; brother Archie Ruis; sisters Matilda Johnson and Annie Mae Sequine, and grandson Matt Jones.

Survivors include husband John Harrington; sister Jewel Reddish; son Douglas (Jane) Brown and Randy (Sharon) Brown; daughters Letricia (Tommy) McInarnay, Penny (Robert) Walters, Brenda (Roy) Cadenhead; stepchildren Vickie Hamby, Mickey (Karen) Harrington, Debra Reach, Sharon (Chip) Davis; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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George Crawford, 61, of Macclenny

George Dwain Crawford, 61, of Macclenny died January 5, 2012 at Orange Park Medical Center following an extended illness. Mr. Crawford was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and the son of the late Amos and Nancy Mae Bennett Crawford.  He was a truck driver for many years and a member of the Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church.

Survivors include six stepchildren; sisters Janice Crawford of Macclenny, Betty (Millage) Burnsed of Jacksonville and Bonnie Jean (Finis) McDonald of Katie, TX; brothers  Amos Crawford of Lake Butler, Auzzie (Bertha) Crawford and Bobby (Bernice Jean) Crawford, both of Glen St. Mary; several step-grandchildren also survive.

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Ruby Berry, 57, of Macclenny dies

Ruby Annette Berry, 57, of Macclenny died January 4, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville to Coleson Johns and Robin Hall on February 23, 1954. Ann was a church member and loved telling people about the Lord.

Survivors include husband Sam Berry; sister Jan Copeland; daughter LaDonna Rhoden; grandchildren Derek Ploucher, Alisha Ploucher and Erica Ploucher.

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