Darlene Lauramore, 53, of Sanderson died on November 6, 2012 at the Morris Center for Caring in Jacksonville with family by her side. She was born in Macclenny on July 27, 1959 to the late Kenny Wilkerson and Evelyn Combs Wilkerson. Darlene was a lifelong resident of Baker County and a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church. She graduated from Baker County High School in 1977 and retired from Prudential Life Insurance as a claims adjuster after 21 years of dedicated service. She enjoyed writing poems and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sister Linda Crews, brother Ronald Wilkerson and granddaughter Emily Binion.
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With a bundle of American flags in hand, 8-year-old Josie Jacobs pronounced with conviction the headstone’s inscription: “Charles L. Jordan, Florida, U.S. Marine Corps …”
The youth from Glen St. Mary then sank one of the flags into the ground next to the marker.
On Veterans Day, Josie Jacobs, along with her mother Laura Jacobs, and two older sisters, Brandi and Rachel Harrison, 16 and 14 respectively, adorned the graves of many veterans laid to rest in the Macedonia Cemetery with the Stars and Stripes.
In recent years, the family has made similar trips to the South Prong and Olustee cemeteries for Veterans Day or Memorial Day to honor local deceased veterans.
Last Sunday was their first such trip to Macedonia, which is located off CR 23C and abuts the South Prong of the St. Mary’s River.
It’s where Laura Jacobs’ uncle, Air Force veteran Leon Mobley, is buried. He’s one of the many men in her family who served in the military going back four-plus generations.
“It’s a way to teach the children about Veterans Day and the importance of remembering veterans for their service to our country,” Mrs. Jacobs said before the group weaved their way through the property, looking for veteran’s graves without flags.
“It’s sad to see the ones with no flowers or flags,” she said.
After walking more than two thirds of the cemetery and distributing dozens of flags and red, white and blue caps, the ladies ran out of materials.
The flags, about 40 large ones and a number of smaller ones, and the hats came from Laura Jacobs’ husband, who distributes them at Tea Party rallies. Next year, she plans to bring more.
She said her heart goes out to the veterans whose family members may have passed on or moved away from the area, leaving their graves without Old Glory flying overhead.
Alice Luta Poythress Kilgo, 87, of Macclenny died on November 11, 2012 at her residence with family by her side. She was born in Sumter County, AL on February 10, 1925 to the late Charles Poythress and Minnie Mitchell Poythress. Luta was raised in Baker County, and was the oldest continuous member of the First United Methodist Church of Macclenny. She graduated from Emory University School of Nursing in 1947 and worked at Emory University Hospital until early 1956. After a career break to raise children she worked at Northeast Florida State Hospital and retired after many years of dedicated service.
Mrs. Kilgo enjoyed reading, sewing, playing cards and traveling. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Dr. Frank D. Kilgo and sisters Helen Vernon Brinson, Sarah Elizabeth Torode and Erin Moore Jones.
Five north county residents involved in a poaching enterprise were recently cited for more than 30 wildlife law violations by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers.
Trenton Lee Stokes, 19, Joseph Johnson, 41, Dustin Rhoden, 26, Brian Harris, 21, and a 17-year-old juvenile, along with David Henry Jones, 52, of Callahan, were charged with multiple violations for the illegal taking of deer and alligators as well as several hunting license violations.
FWC officers in Baker County had received several complaints of illegal hunting activity in a remote part of the county.
“After following leads and gathering information, we were able to ascertain where the illegal hunting was happening and who was involved,” said FWC K-9 Officer Bret Gill, who put together the case.