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Al Cummings, 75, Navy, T-U retiree

Arlan “Al” Francis Cummings, 75, of Glen St. Mary died on March 30, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. Al was born in Bakersfield, Vermont on November 11, 1937 to the late Harold Vernon Cummings and Marchaline Isabell Britch Cummings. Al was a resident of Macclenny for 35 years after moving from California. He retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of dedicated service, including duty during the Vietnam War.

He also retired from the Florida Times-Union after 20 years in the maintenance department. Al attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, watching television and building car and airplane models. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

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Karen Bracewell a native of Moniac

Karen Bracewell, 77, of Jacksonville died on Sunday, March 31 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Moniac, Georgia and resided in Jacksonville for over 60 years. She was the daughter of the late Canadir and Pearl Burnsed Canaday, and was a machine operator with Kraft Paper Company in Yulee for many years. She was a member of the Moniac Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband H. C. Bracewell of Jacksonville; daughters Diane (Don) Wallace of Jacksonville and Sandra (Timmy) Canaday of Moniac; sons Michael (Cathy) Bracewell of Baldwin and Keith (Janet) Bracewell of Jacksonville; sister Irene Taylor of Moniac; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Martine Jones, 68, day care owner

Martine Sandra Jones, 68, of Jacksonville for most of her life, died  on March 19, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church of Maxville, owner and operator of Sandra’s Day Care in Jacksonville and in Maxville. Her love for children prompted her to care for foster children for many years. Her passions in life were gardening, plants, flowers, children and her family.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Charles E. Jones; daughters Donette Rafuse (Jr.), Rita Padgett (Joey), Cindy Smith (Matt), Joy Peterson (Vernon); sister Elsie Devon Cruce (Ray); grandchildren Oscar Rafuse, Lee Rafuse, Cricket Barton, Cookie Griffis, Noah Smith, Bailey Smith, Hannah Peterson, Gunner Peterson; great-grandchildren Tanner and Jozie Rafuse, Jasmine and Zoey Barton; three nieces and two nephews.

The funeral service was held on Monday, March 25 at 2 pm  at Fraser Funeral Home in Jacksonville with Pastor Gene Dillon and Chaplin Reese Edwards officiating. Interment followed at Long Branch Cemetery.

Colson Johns, 76, Friday service

Colson Johns, 76, of Macclenny died on Monday, March 18, 2013. He was the son of the late George and Ruby Gainey Johns and is survived by daughter Jannette Copeland of Sanderson; grandchildren Ronny (Deedra) Dinkins of Glen St. Mary, Jaime Sigers of Macclenny and LaDonna Rhoden of Jacksonville; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter; special friend Debra Crawford of Macclenny; son-in-law Sammy Berry of Jacksonville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29 at Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church at 4 pm. The family will receive friends at the church following the service until 6 pm. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

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