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Patrick Jones of Baldwin dies

Patrick James Jones of Baldwin died December 13, 2011.

Survivors include his father Patrick R. Jones; mother Willie Mae Sapp; sons Jivonni Sturgis, Patrick Jones Jr. and Gabriel Gonzales; daughter Lillianna Gonzales; sister Chiquita Jones; brothers Ricky Sapp, Rodderick Sapp, Leonard Miller and Renoldo Miller; a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, December 27 at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Interment will follow at Piney Grove Cemetery in Baldwin. Viewing will be Monday, December 26 from 4-8 pm at Carthage Chapel Funeral Home.

Keller student wins T-U writing contest

Abigayle PriceAbigayle Price of Sanderson won the young student division of The Florida Times-Unions’ 32nd annual Holiday Short Story Contest for her tale of a working-class father who nearly misses a long-standing family tradition.

The 9-year-old fourth grader in Keller Intermediate School’s gifted program wrote “Family Traditions” after studying short stories in teacher Cathy Hooper’s class.

Ms. Hooper said her students reviewed stories like Edgar Allen Poe’s A Tell Tale Heart and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a story by Ambrose Bierce and inspired by Poe’s most famous work.

Students then crafted their own stories.

Ms. Price’s short story is fictional, but she said it includes characters named after real people in her life, including her bus driver.

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Cats snag first victory: trounce Crescent City

The Wildcat varsity basketball team notched its first win of the season on Saturday, December 10 with a home victory over Crescent City. The 51-37 victory doesn’t really speak to the domination of the Raiders.

BCHS was hitting from the outside and the Raiders weren’t able to counteract the hot shooting. Charles Ruise Jr. and Jesse Gardner were both nailing three pointers as BCHS ran out to a 14-4 lead in the early going.

The Cats continued to build on their lead in the second period, despite the fact that the Raiders’ top scorer David Curry kept Crescent City close. BCHS took a 27-15 lead into the locker room.

Both teams came out for the second half cold as ice with BCHS outscoring the Raiders 6-3. But the Cats woke up in the fourth period and Gardner hit two more long distance shots.

Ruise and Gardner shared top scoring honors for BCHS with 12 points each. Gardner’s all came on three-point shots. Johnny Lamb had 8 points. Curry had a game high 18 points for Crescent City.

“We think that when these young kids get some wind under their sails that they are going to shock some people,” said Ruise. “We’re hoping that this win will help us turn the corner.”

The Cats were not so fortunate earlier in the week when they lost to district rival Forrest 60-40 on the road December 8. Forrest had three players in double figures as it used a big first half to hold off a Wildcat run.

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Edward Brown of Glen St. Mary

Edward Jackson Brown, 72, of Glen St. Mary, FL went home to be with his Lord on December 10, 2011 with his family by his side. Mr. Brown was a native of Mobile, Al. and made Baker County his home for most his life. He was born on October 16, 1939 to the late Werley L. and Sally Lilly Cook Brown.

Mr. Brown was a Baker County High School graduate in the class of 1958, a United States Air Force veteran and retired from the Northeast Florida State Hospital in 2003. He  Brown enjoyed fishing, watching football, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. He is predeceased by brothers Jimmy, Hursell, Ronnie, and Gary Brown; sister Evelyn Brown Zong.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years Annie Jo Brown of Glen St. Mary; children Glenn (Marie) Brown and Berry (Allison) Brown, both of Glen St. Mary, Keith (Windy) Brown of Moniac, Ga, Lisa Brown (Emmett) Noblitt and Michael (Sunny) Brown, both of Glen St, Mary; brother Larry (Phyliss) Brown and brother- in-law; Donald Zong.; grandchildren; Chris­tina, Gary, Emmett, Jr., Jacklyn, Chrystal, Brian, Heather, Foster, Trenton, Brooke and McKenzie.; great-grandchildren Marissa, Hunter, Elijah, Hallie, Cole and Reese.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday December 13  at 11:00 am in Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church with pastors Oral Lyons and Ronnie Moates officiating. Pallbearers were Gary Brown, Emmett Noblitt Jr., Brian Brown Jr., Curtis Moates, Foster Brown and Chase Brown. Honorary were Jeff Creekmore, Dwayne Moates, Everett Pringle, Al Fraser, Rickey Hodges and Edwin Rodriguez. Interment followed at South Prong Cemetery, Sanderson.

Arrangements were by Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny.

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