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Adrienne Heth, 80, dies on March 10

Adrienne Zenk Heth, 80, of Macclenny died on March 10, 2013 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville. Adrienne was born on May 30, 1932 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, to the late Arnold E. and Genevieve R. Zenk. She sang in the Milton College Choir in Milton, WI in the 1950’s and was a receptionist at Jones Dairy Farm in Fort Atkinson.

She co-founded Heth Real Estate, Inc. in Jacksonville in 1970 and the business was sold in 2008. She later retired from AT&T in 1998. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Jacksonville for 42 years and was active in the Guild and other church functions before becoming a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Macclenny. Adrienne was an accomplished tailor and made her wedding dress and her son’s clothes in the early years. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, gardening, puzzles and reading.

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‘Red’ Padgett of Macclenny dies March 15

Shirley Jean “Red” Padgett, 59, of Macclenny died on March 15, 2013 at her residence. She was born on January 21, 1954 in Macclenny to Janette Mikell Wilkerson and the late Junior “Satch” Wilkerson. Shirley attended Emmanuel Baptist Church before her illness. She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, collecting dolls and spending time with family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 37 years, Buster Padgett; daughter Linnie Ann Padgett; her son Buster Padgett Jr.; brothers-in-law Arlie Barton and Neil Crews.

Mrs. Padgett is survived by her mother; children Dana (Chris) Padgett, Johnny Matthew Padgett and Wesley (Kimberly) Padgett, all of Macclenny; brother Jimmy (Dorothy) Wilkerson of Macclenny; sisters Peggy (James) Newmans and Sissie Crews of Macclenny; thirteen grandchildren.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 20 at 11 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny with Pastor Troy Alexander officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Allen Van Meter, 56, of Brooker, onetime resident

Allen Ray Van Meter, 56, of Brooker, FL died at his residence on Friday March 15, 2013 with his family by his side. He was born on September 10, 1956 in Portland, Oregon. Allen resided in Brooker the past nine years after living in Macclenny for many years. He was the owner and operator of Jubilee Pallets, Inc. of Jacksonville for 23 years.

Mr. Van Meter was a member of First Assembly of God in Gainesville and active in a prison ministry, serving Duval, Columbia, Baker, Alachua and Bradford counties for many years. He was active with the Baker County Little League Association where he spent endless hours helping with his son Jesse’s baseball teams. He loved to fish, play cards and shoot pool.

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Seven volunteers at St. Mary’s river cleanup

Three adults and four Pictured above are (from left) volunteers Kevin Shell, Bryant Thrift, David Boldry, Dustin Sheppard, Amber Nettles and John Nettles Jr. Not pictured is cleanup coordinator Greg Sheppard.teens participated in the 2013 St. Mary’s River Cleanup, which got underway in Baker County at the Steel Bridge Road boat ramp at 7:30 am on March 16.

Bryant Thrift supplied the airboat that allowed volunteers to travel up the river to the Nassau County line to collect additional litter and debris. Kevin Shell, who serves on the St. Mary’s River Management Committee with Greg Sheppard, estimated the group removed hundreds of pounds of trash from the river and its shores.

The committee, which consists of residents and elected officials in Baker, Nassau, Camden and Charlton counties, organizes the cleanup and the lunch celebration that follows it each year. The committee meets on the first Monday evening of each month in Callahan.

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