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Dorothy Copeland, 84, of Maxville dies


Dorothy Marie “Susie Q” O’Neal Copeland, 84, a lifelong resident of Maxville, died on October 13, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center after open heart surgery.

Her family was by her side. She was born in Maxville on September 17, 1928 to the late John Clayton O’Neal Sr. and Ellen Mae Padgett O’Neal. Susie Q loved life, bluegrass music, traveling to the beach and mountains, gardening and mowing grass. She was an avid Dale Earnhardt racing fan. Most of all she loved hanging out at her brother Luther O’Neal’s barn on Monday nights. She retired from North East Florida State Hospital as a nurse after 30 years of dedicated service. Susie Q was preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years, Robert Copeland and  brothers Luther and Walter O’Neal.

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Dewey visitation Friday

Leonard Dewey “L.D.” Wilkinson Sr., 76, of Macclenny died Monday, October 16 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville after an extended illness. He was a resident of Macclenny most of his life and resided near Maxville. Mr. Wilkinson was a corrections officer for over 25 years and retired from Lawtey Correctional Institution. He was a Baptist, an Army veteran of the Korean War and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching college football.

He is survived by Rosie L. Wilkinson, his wife of 51 years; daughter Nancy (John) Powell of Jacksonville; son Leonard D. (Sonya) Wilkinson Jr. of Keystone Heights; sister Charlene Villasor of Macclenny; brother Wilbur (Iris) Wilkinson of Jacksonville; and seven grandchildren.

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Debra Gainey, NEFSH retiree

Debra Kay Gainey, 50, of Macclenny died on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Baker County and was a graduate of Baker County High School, Class of 1980. Ms. Gainey was the daughter of the late J.D. Gatlin and Frances Wilkerson Gatlin Crews. She was a certified nursing assistant and retired in November, 2011 after 15 years at the Northeast Florida State Hospital.

Ms. Gainey was raised in the Church of Christ and enjoyed reading, sewing, playing video games and traveling to the mountains. She was preceded in death by her father Jeff Crews,  husband Johnny Gainey and brother Lamar Crews.

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Charlsie Gannon of Maxville dies

Charlsie Mae Hanson Gannon, 84, died on October 7, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville on May 5, 1928, and was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, William (Bill) L. Gannon; sisters Catherine Moon, Mary Alice Howard and Norma Faye Beach; son-in-law Carl Eugene Russell; grandchildren Brandy Lou Solomons and Shawn Allen Townsend.

Mrs. Gannon is survived by sister Margaret Browning; children Judy Joyner Peacock, Linda Hoffman Hipsh and Marcia Lee Solomons (Sollie); grandchildren Carla Russell Calvert (Rick), Billy Barber III, Deborah Bowen (Mike), Chris A. Barber, Myrick E. Peacock, Prudence Hoffman, Jamey B. Peacock (Sheena), Jerod Lee (Amy), JR Hoffman, Ryan Lee, Derek Lee (Dayla), and Charity Weihenmayer, 34 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces.

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