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Elgin Barnes, 85, decorated war vet

Elgin Barnes, 85,
decorated war vet

Elgin J.R. Barnes, 85, of Macclenny died June 7, 2011 at the V.A. Medical Center Lake City.

Mr. Barnes was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and the son of the late Lynn Adair and Effie Mae Thrift Barnes. He was preceded in death by his brother Elmer L. Barnes.

Mr. Barnes was a decorated Army veteran of World War II and a charter member of the WW II Museum in New Orleans. He was awarded the American French Legion of Honor, knighted as Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 772, Lake City, Florida. He was wounded in France after D-Day and awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Barnes was also a member of the Spear-Huxford Genealogy Society and a life member of the Baker County Historical Society. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Macclenny and a former president and member of the Macedonia Cemetery Association.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Dorothy Barnes of Macclenny; daughter Amelia Ann Barnes (Kurt) Kraus of Macclenny; sons Gregory L. Barnes, Martinsville, LA., Ward P. (Mary) Barnes, Wake, Virginia and Patrick T. (Marta) Barnes of Macclenny; sister Barbara Jean (Randolph) Chisholm of Macclenny.

The funeral service for Mr. Barnes was held on June 10, 2011 at 10:00 am at his church with the Rev. Tom Pope officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery. Guerry Fun­­eral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Kay Ashford, 64, dies June 11

Kay Ashford, 64,
onetime resident

Kay Ashford, 64, of St. Petersburg, Florida died June 11, 2011. She  was born in Wildwood, FL to the late Wallace Lou Ashford and Naomi Twiss Ashford on October 4, 1946. She was a resident of Baker County from 1965 to 2003 and a Mormon. Kay enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her sisters: Fay Ashford Herrin of Ocala, FL, Delia Crowe of Tavares, FL and Virginia Casburn of Tavares, FL.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Ferreira Funeral Services of Mac­­clenny was in charge of arrangements.

Charlie Alexander service June 14th

Charlie Alexander
service June 14th

Charles Lacy “Charlie” Alexander Jr., 24, of Jacksonville, died Monday, June 6, 2011. He was a singer, and enjoyed music and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Alexander is survived by his mother Sheryl Harvill of Jacksonville; his father Charles L. Alexander of Orange Park; brother Bradlie Alexander and sister Natalie Harvill, both of Jacksonville; grandparents Lar­­­­ry and Margaret Napier of Middleburg, Charles Alexander of Hilliard, and Darrel and Barb Harvill of Macclenny; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his grandmother Sandra Alexander.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, June 14 at 2:00 pm at Raiford Road Church with Pastor John Raulerson officiating. Burial followed at Manntown Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

‘Red’ Maloy, 77, of Macclenny dies

James LaFayette “Red” Mal­­oy, 77, died at his home in Macclenny on May 25, 2011. He was born May 19, 1934 in Samson, Ala. James, affectionately known as “Pa” by the many children he helped raise, moved to Jacksonville as a young boy with his family. After leaving Landon High School in the early 1950’s he began a lengthy career as an industrial welder in bridge construction and steel fabrication, working for such companies as Duval Engineering and Florida Machine and Foundry in Jacksonville and Mobile Pulley Works in Alabama.

A hard working man his entire life, James enjoyed going to work long before sunrise and didn’t mind working until late at night. When he wasn’t working or spending time with family, he also enjoyed fishing on the banks of his beloved Santa Fe River near Branford, playing gin rummy for hours with his wife, hunting in North Florida and Alabama, and riding his bicycle collecting aluminum cans and other scrap metal to sell.


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