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Michael Swindell, 60, of Macclenny

Michael Raymond Swindell Sr, 60, of Macclenny died on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. A lifelong resident of Baker County, he was an auto mechanic who loved his work. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Swindell is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carolyn Swindell; sons Michael (Flora) Swindell Jr. of Sanderson, Jay (Tommie Sue) Swindell of Glen St. Mary, Josh (Cheryl) Swindell of Taylor and Marcus Swindell of Macclenny; daughter Rebecca Swindell (Mark Knight) of Macclenny; brothers Larry Swindell of St. George, GA, Bruce Swindell of Taylor, Dariel (Dee-Dee) Swindell of Glen St. Mary, and Randy (Katherine) Swindell of Taylor; sister Bonnie (Eugene) Lindsey of Sanderson; sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by parents John and Joyce Combs Swindell.

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Curtis Stoutamire, 50, dies January 16

Curtis N. Stoutamire, 50, of Hattiesburg, MS died at his home on January 16, 2013. He was born in Glen St. Mary the third of seven children to Elder Curties and Flossie Stoutamire Sr.

He graduated from Baker County High School in 1980 and posthumously received a bachelor of theology degree from Higher Calling Bible College and Theological Seminary in Hattiesburg. He served 24 years in the U.S. Army and retired in October, 2004 as a sergeant first class. Mr. Stoutamire was employed by the U.S. Postal Service until his death and was the vice president  of the NALC local union in Hattiesburg.

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Henry Griffin Jr., 61, of Olustee dies

Henry L. Griffin Jr., 61, of Olustee died on January 29, 2013 following a lingering illness.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his loving  children Wiljeania Turner (Raymond) of Lake City, Latina Griffin of White Springs, Tileta Griffin of Norcross, GA, Hendrix Taylor and Robert Wilson (Lynette) of Lake City, Dejuan Griffin of Baldwin, Henry Griffin III of Lake City, Willie, Genard, and Brian Perry of Starke; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Wilhelmina Coleman (Hybitha) of Hillside, FL, Betty Jean Griffin of Maywood, IL and Olivette Griffin (Venard) of Lake City; nephews, nieces and other family members.

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Dewey Bridges, 69, of Macclenny

Dewey Wayne Bridges, 69, of Macclenny died at his home on Saturday, January 26, 2013. He was born in Shannon, Georgia to the late Paul Alfred and Birdie Mae Pierce Bridges. Mr. Bridges was a longtime resident of Baker County and member of the First Baptist Church of Maxville. He was a graduate of Baldwin High School’s  class of 1963 and retired in 2005 as a custodian at Baker County High School. Mr. Bridges enjoyed traveling with his wife Joyce and together they visited every state in the United States. He was preceded in death by son Donald Allen Bridges.

Survivors other than his wife include son David Bridges (Kim) of Valrico; daughter Connie Bridges of Jacksonville; brothers Clyde Bridges of Alabama and Frank Bridges (Diane) of Raiford;  sister Mildred Williamson of Baldwin; step-sons Alvin Lambert (Lisa) of Clermont, Bobby Lambert (Julie) of Orlando and David Lambert (Tookie) of Macclenny; step-daughters Martha Jo Davis (Wes) of Taylor and Brenda Daniels of Macclenny; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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