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Katherine Hicks, 81, of Bryceville

Katherine Hicks, 81, of Bryceville died January 26, 2012 in Jacksonville following a brief illness. Mrs. Hicks was born in Baker County on March 5, 1930 to the late James Eddie Rhoden and former Nellie Ellen Garrett. She was preceded in death by her husband Carroll Robert Hicks.

Survivors include daughters Sue (Frank) Everett and Linda (Jess) Vega; sons Scooter (Mary) Hicks and Joey (Shirley) Hicks; grandchildren Tim Everett; Dona Seemann, Chester (Darylann) Everett, Samantha (John) Bennett, Brett Hicks and Sarah Rushing; great-grandchildren Brandi, Falon, Sandy, April, Tyler, Gracie Katherine, Madison, Khloe and Chester; great-great-grandchildren Georgia, Bubba and Dalilah; sister Malinda (Harold) Wilson; brother-in-law Herbert Earnstine; sisters-in-law Helen Thrift and Yvonne Hart; numerous extended family and friends.

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William Young, 84, of Macclenny

William Singleton Young, 84, of Macclenny died Thursday, January 26 at his residence. He was a native of Baldwin and resided in Portland, Oregon before moving to Macclenny 30 years ago. He was a clerk with Seaboard-Coastline Railroad in Baldwin and then retired with Burlington-Northern Railroad in Portland.

Mr. Young was a member of Middleburg Baptist Church and the Transportation Communications International Union. He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin S. and Ethel Oliver Young, wife Melba Dee Young and son William Young.

Survivors include sisters Mary L. Echternkamp of Macclenny and Helen Elaine Wilson of Jamestown, VA; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

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J.C. Walker, 88, of Branford, FL

J.C. Walker, 88, of Branford, FL died January 28, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Suwannee County and spent his entire life in Branford. Mr. Walker was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country honorably during World War II.  J.C. was a member of the American Legion, Post 59 where he served as post commander for 44 years.

Mr. Walker was the owner of Walker’s Cold Storage and Meat Processing in Branford and later worked as an Inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture. He enjoyed serving on the board of directors for Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative for 37 years.  J. C. was very active in his church, serving as the church treasurer.

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Ray Raulerson, 65, of Cuyler, FL

Edward “Ray” Raulerson Sr., 65, of Cuyler died January 31, 2012 at Acosta – Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville with family by his side. He was born in Jacksonville on January 9, 1947 to the late Noah and Ruby Connor Raulerson. Ray was a lifelong resident of Baker County where he attended Christian Fellowship Temple.

He retired after 30 years of dedicated service as a Mill Tech from Gerdeau AmeriSteel and he served his country proudly in the United States Army. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, working in his garage and helping others. He loved animals especially his dog, Rosco. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and older baby brother Marvin Raulerson.

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