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Margaret Thornton, 89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Thornton,
89, of Palatka dies

Margaret Boyd Thornton, 89, of Palatka died Sunday July 24, 2011 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness. Born in Baker County on December 27, 1921, Mrs. Thornton had been a resident of Palatka for 52 years, coming from Green Cove Springs. She had been a member of the New River New Congregational Methodist Church in Lawtey. She was a homemaker and her life was her family. She will be remembered as being a devoted wife, mother and Christian lady.

She was preceded in death by parents Henry and Mamie Boyd; brothers James D. Boyd, Clarence Boyd and Tommy Boyd; sisters Roxie Boyd Jackson and Redith Boyd Richardson; and son-in-law Charlie Lowe.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Joseph Thornton of Palatka; daughters Shirley Lowe and Linda (Jack) Slaughter, both of Palatka; grandchildren Ray and Kim Lowe and Briane Slaughter, all of Palatka, Ron and Angela Lowe of Johnson, Florida and Sissy and Travis Anderson of San Mateo, Florida; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 26 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Fred Hurst and Pastor Ray Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

Charles Whaley, 62, loved outdoors

Charles Whaley, 62, loved outdoors

Charles Donald Whaley, 62, died July 22, 2011. He was born, raised and spent most of his life in Lake City, Lake Butler and Macclenny. He enjoyed fishing, riding and the outdoors with his dearest friends and family. He was preceded in death by daughter Donna Lee Bailey.

Survivors include son-in-law John Bailey; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Following his cremation, the family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Reverend Paxton, 75, of St. George

Reverend Paxton, 75, of St. George

Rev. Bernard E. “Bud” Paxton, 75, of St. George, GA died peacefully July 14, 2011 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick. Rev. Paxton was born on December 1, 1935 in Galion, Ohio. He was an ordained minister of the Congregation of Holiness Churches, and a member at Woodstock Park Congregation of Holiness Church in Jacksonville. His greatest joy in life was serving God and reading the Bible, with a special interest in Biblical prophecy.

Rev. Paxton was a longtime resident of Baker County before residing in St. George. He retired from JEA after more than 30 years. After his retirement he worked for Advanced Auto Parts of Macclenny for 10 years. Rev. Paxton served in the Navy from 1952-1956 and served several more years in the reserves.

He was preceded in death by parents Mary Frances Smith and James Duane Paxton; and brother James Duane Paxton, Jr.

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Trinise Surrency, died in accident

Trinise Surrency, died in accident

Trinise Surrency, 15, of Macclenny died Friday, July 15, 2011, the result of an automobile accident. A student at Baker County High School, she was a dedicated Christian and served faithfully and dutifully at Faith Tabernacle Church in Baldwin as an usher, praise team member and nursery worker. She was wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Her smile and pretty face brought much joy to all who came in contact with her.

Survivors include parents Theodore and Vickey Surrency; sisters Teria and Darkeea Surrency; one niece; two nephews; a host of uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on July 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Emmanuel Church of God in Christ and the celebration of life will be held July 23 at 2:00 pm at the Baker County Middle School auditorium with Pastor Charles Wilson officiating. Combs Funeral Home of Lake City was in charge of arrangements.

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