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Edward Brown of Glen St. Mary

Edward Jackson Brown, 72, of Glen St. Mary, FL went home to be with his Lord on December 10, 2011 with his family by his side. Mr. Brown was a native of Mobile, Al. and made Baker County his home for most his life. He was born on October 16, 1939 to the late Werley L. and Sally Lilly Cook Brown.

Mr. Brown was a Baker County High School graduate in the class of 1958, a United States Air Force veteran and retired from the Northeast Florida State Hospital in 2003. He  Brown enjoyed fishing, watching football, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. He is predeceased by brothers Jimmy, Hursell, Ronnie, and Gary Brown; sister Evelyn Brown Zong.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years Annie Jo Brown of Glen St. Mary; children Glenn (Marie) Brown and Berry (Allison) Brown, both of Glen St. Mary, Keith (Windy) Brown of Moniac, Ga, Lisa Brown (Emmett) Noblitt and Michael (Sunny) Brown, both of Glen St, Mary; brother Larry (Phyliss) Brown and brother- in-law; Donald Zong.; grandchildren; Chris­tina, Gary, Emmett, Jr., Jacklyn, Chrystal, Brian, Heather, Foster, Trenton, Brooke and McKenzie.; great-grandchildren Marissa, Hunter, Elijah, Hallie, Cole and Reese.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday December 13  at 11:00 am in Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church with pastors Oral Lyons and Ronnie Moates officiating. Pallbearers were Gary Brown, Emmett Noblitt Jr., Brian Brown Jr., Curtis Moates, Foster Brown and Chase Brown. Honorary were Jeff Creekmore, Dwayne Moates, Everett Pringle, Al Fraser, Rickey Hodges and Edwin Rodriguez. Interment followed at South Prong Cemetery, Sanderson.

Arrangements were by Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny.

Polly Lane, 87, of Coca Beach

Pauline M. “Polly” Lane, 87, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 in a house fire at her home in Cocoa Beach.

She was born in New Bedford, MA on June 20, 1924. Polly was preceded in death by her husband Thomas G. Lane.

Survivors include sisters Bertha Brown and Irene Lavoie of New Bedford; daughter Joanne (Richard) Wallstedt of Macclenny; son Robert Shields of Leland, NC; grandchildren Brian (Michele) Wallstedt, Donald Wallstedt and Robert Owen Shields; great-grandchildren Jacob Michael and Jesslyn Nicole Wallstedt.

The funeral service was held Thursday, December 1 at the Church of Our Saviour Catholic Church in Cocoa Beach. Interment followed at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Jerry Moran, 76, of Macclenny dies

Jerry Ronald Moran, 76, of Macclenny died Saturday, December 3, 2011. He was born on November 22, 1935 in New Richmond, Ohio and was a lifelong resident of Macclenny. He was preceded in death by his parents Everitt and Flora Moran, son Donnie Moran and brother Everitt Moran.

Mr. Moran was a successful business owner of Moran’s Motor and Wrecker Service and Moran’s Motor Parts for many years, retiring in 1998. He was heavily involved in dirt track racing for 45 years and was inducted into the Jacksonville Raceways Hall of Fame in 1996. He enjoyed dirt track racing, fishing and his dogs. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Macclenny.

Survivors include wife of 58 years, Faye Moran of Macclenny; sons Steve (Sonya) Moran and Ricky (Robin) Moran, both of Macclenny and Ronnie (Amanda) Moran of Glen St. Mary; sister Ellen Hilliard of Tampa; daughter-in-law Christean (Tom) Raley of Glen St. Mary; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, December 6 at his church with Pastor Mike Ramondetta officiating, assisted by Revs. James D. Rogers and Torran Dismuke. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Rafuse, 86, of Maxville, dies December 4

Ella Mae Rafuse, 86, of Baker County died December 4, 2011. Ella was born in Palatka to the late Andrew and Vertie Scully Harris on November 12, 1925. She was a lifelong resident of Maxville and a member of Long Branch Baptist Church. Ella retired after 30 years as the cashier for Lucas Mini Mart. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, O.J. Rafuse, daughter Debbie Rhoden and brother Millard Harris.

Survivors include sons Randy (Linda) Rafuse and Oscar James (Donette) Rafuse Jr; brothers Sam (Bernice) Harris of Baldwin and Richard (Glenda) Harris of Macclenny; sister Verdine Harris of Baldwin; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held Wednesday December 7 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel with pastors Richard Fish and Edward Treadwell officiating. Interment followed at Long Branch Cemetery in Maxville.

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