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John Motherwell, 64, of Sanderson, dies

John Motherwell, 64, of Sanderson

John Arthur Motherwell, 64, of Sanderson died Sunday, July 24, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Mr. Motherwell lived in Sanderson for the past 20 years. He was a retired veteran of the United States Navy, retiring in 1988 as a chief with 24 years of service and three tours in Vietnam.

Mr. Motherwell owned and operated his own custom furniture business from 1990-2000, was a past instructor for extraction at Lake City Community College and taught firefighter 1 and first responder classes for a number of years. He also was a licensed paramedic and worked with Baker County Emergency Management for 10 years, was the Baker County fire marshal for 10 years and was a volunteer with the Baker County Fire Department for 16 years. Mr. Motherwell was a Baptist.

Survivors include wife Rosemary K. Motherwell of Sanderson; sons Robert Allen (Brenda) of St. Augustine, Steve Motherwell of Memphis, TN and Scott (Dedra) Motherwell of Germantown, TN; daughters Rosanne (Chuck) Austin of Green Cove Springs and Diana Smith of Sardis, MS; brothers Dave Motherwell of Wichita Falls, TX and Gary Motherwell of North East, PA; sisters Nancey Colter of Indiana, Alta Skinner of Erie, PA and Frances Miller, North East, PA; grandchildren Amanda, Whit­­ney, J.J., John, Graham, Emily and Dustin.

A graveside funeral service for Mr. Motherwell was held July 27 at 11:00 a.m. at North Prong Cemetery with Rev. Tom Pope officiating. Interment followed. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Roll, 67, retired military

Jerry Roll, 67, retired military

Jerry R. Roll, 67, of Jacksonville died Friday, July 15, 2011 after a lingering illness. He served in the Marines and then the Army, from which he retired after 24 years of service. He was preceded in death by mother Alice Denton; step-father Owen Denton; father Evan Roll; sister Betty Jean Huffines.

Survivors include son Darien (Deeann) Roll of Lebanon, TN; daughter Verona (David) Burnham of Macclenny; sisters Georgia Lowery of Bloomington, IN, Pat Lehr of Greenwood, IN, Barbara Walters of Jacksonville, Nona Evans of Cridersville, OH; grandchildren David, Trista and Kristian Burnham of Macclenny and Hannah and Nathan Roll of Lebanon, TN; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.

A military service was held July 19 at Jacksonville National ­Cemetery. Hardage-Giddens Fun­­eral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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.

Margaret Helms, 81, of Macclenny

Margaret Helms, 81, of Macclenny

Margaret Jean Thomas Voorhees Helms, 81, of Macclenny died at her home on July 12, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 20, 1930 in Clearwater to Raymond Alison Thomas and Martha Holmes Dykes Thomas. She was a fun-loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved being involved with all family activities and lived for her family.

Her life’s work was devoted to the education of children. In 1960, she and Willa Jean Walker opened the first public kindergarten in Macclenny, Busy Beaver Kindergarten. Then she worked with the Baker County School System from 1968 until her retirement in 1988.

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