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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.

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.

Sean Connell, 11, an accident victim

Sean Connell, 11,  an accident victim

Sean Douglas Connell, 11, of Macclenny died after a tragic accident on July 11, 2011. Sean was born in Jacksonville to James Connell and Angel Price Connell on May 1, 2000. He was a Baker County resident for two years after moving from Jacksonville and a member of First Assembly of God in Macclenny. Sean loved skateboarding, video games, talking, watching TV and fishing. He was predeceased by grandfather Robert “Bob” Price; great-grandfather Ed DeVevo; cousin Trudy Taylor Sarman.

Survivors include his parents of Macclenny; maternal grandparents John and Vivian Smith; paternal grandparents Bob and Donna Connell; great-grandmother Frances DeVevo; brother James Derrick Connell Jr.; sisters Christian Nichole Connell, Breanna Danielle Finton and Jaylee O’Neal; four aunts; three uncles.

The funeral service was held July 16 at 2:00 pm at his church with Pastor Joshua Potts officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.f

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