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Brandon Fish, 26, dies June 18

Brandon Fish, 26, dies June 18

Joshua Brandon Fish, 26, of Sanderson died June 18. He was a lifelong resident of Baker County and an iron worker. He is survived by his mother Debbie Burnsed Fish; father Tommy Fish; grandmother Hazel Fish; sister Kristen Fish; girlfriend Jessica Barnwell; sons Jobe, Jayden and Joshua; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Fish was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Lovie Burnsed, and his paternal grandfather Elgin Fish.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 24 at Taylor Church with Pastor Jim Cox officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Country Federal Credit Union in his mother’s name. Arrangements are by Forbes Funeral Home, Macclenny

Carlton Lee, 73, of Macclenny, died June 21.

Carlton Lee, 73, of Macclenny, died June 21. He was born in Moniac, Georgia to the late Frank J. Lee and Mamie Thrift Lee on September 7, 1937. He was a resident of Baker County since 2000, after moving from Jacksonville. Mr. Lee honorably served in the US Air Force and retired in 1999 after 40 years of service from Smurfit-Stone Corporation where he was a machinist. He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and was predeceased by son Douglas Lee, and grandson Casey Lee.

Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara Foran Lee; children Tim (Heidi) Lee of Macclenny, Mark (Holly) Lee of Macclenny, Michael David Lee of Charlotte, NC; brothers Clifford Lee of Macclenny; sister Minnie Yarbrough of Macclenny; grandchildren Jana Crews, Jeremy Lee, Jared Lee, Hannah Diggs; and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Friday, June 24 at noon at the First United Methodist Church in Macclenny with Pastor Tom Pope officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Donald Van Ness dies May 23rd

Donald Van Ness
dies on May 23rd

Donald Blauvelt Van Ness, age 80, died May 23. Donald was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to the late Gerald Raymond Van Ness and Lillian Mildred Blauvelt on September 7, 1930.

He was a resident of Baker County for the last two years after moving from St. Augustine. He enjoyed woodworking, leather work and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Edward Paul Ward, Jr. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years Carolyn P. Van Ness; children Paul (Sharon) Van Ness of Sykeston, ND and Susan Ward of Macclenny; grandchildren Thomas Van Ness, Edward Ward, Sean Ward, Shannon Van Ness and Alexander Van Ness; one great grandson and a brother-in-law.

The funeral services will be held June 20 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Macclenny with Pastor Tom Pope and Pastor Randy Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Ferreira Funeral Services of Mac­­clenny was in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Thomas, Jr., Pipefitter

Johnnie Thomas, Jr., Pipefitter

Johnnie McSweign Thomas, Jr., 82, died Wednesday, June 8 after a courageous fight with cancer. A faithful man, he left the earth assured of the peacefulness awaiting him with the Lord, his Father. He was born on February 8, 1929 to Mary and John Thomas in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Dudley. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Betty, of 22 years; children Pamela (Robert) Akins, Melanie (Roger) Paris, Marsha (Randy) Davidson, Jerry (Brenda) Thomas and Terry (Kathleen) Thomas; stepchildren Debbie (Alex) Katsacos, Marty (Rosemary) Farnesi and Vincent (Pam) Farnesi; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one nephew; and three nieces.

Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Army and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a past president and a proud 60-year member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 234. Not only was he a skilled pipefitter by trade, he was well known in his church supper group for his macaroni and cheese and biscuits.

A viewing and visitation for family and friends was held June 10 at Glen Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral services and a luncheon were held at the church the following day prior to the services.

The interment was held at Riverside Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Stephen Atkins, Brian Paris, Damon Thomas, Jason Thomas, Michael Thomas, Christopher Wood, Mike Wood and Devon Parker.

The family is grateful to everyone for their continued prayers, kindness and sympathy. Johnnie will be greatly missed.

Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home provided arrangements.

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