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Norma Foss dies on October 13th

Norma Lee Foss of Baxter, formerly of Jacksonville, died peacefully at home on October 13, 2012.

She loved her family, God and is now with her Savior in Heaven. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. Norma is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Melvin Foss, and her sister, Elizabeth Cosby. She is survived by sons David Foss (Nancy) and Daniel; daughters Norma (Dennis) and Connie (Harold); brother John L. Yonn; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

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Dorothy Copeland, 84, of Maxville dies


Dorothy Marie “Susie Q” O’Neal Copeland, 84, a lifelong resident of Maxville, died on October 13, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center after open heart surgery.

Her family was by her side. She was born in Maxville on September 17, 1928 to the late John Clayton O’Neal Sr. and Ellen Mae Padgett O’Neal. Susie Q loved life, bluegrass music, traveling to the beach and mountains, gardening and mowing grass. She was an avid Dale Earnhardt racing fan. Most of all she loved hanging out at her brother Luther O’Neal’s barn on Monday nights. She retired from North East Florida State Hospital as a nurse after 30 years of dedicated service. Susie Q was preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years, Robert Copeland and  brothers Luther and Walter O’Neal.

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Dewey visitation Friday

Leonard Dewey “L.D.” Wilkinson Sr., 76, of Macclenny died Monday, October 16 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville after an extended illness. He was a resident of Macclenny most of his life and resided near Maxville. Mr. Wilkinson was a corrections officer for over 25 years and retired from Lawtey Correctional Institution. He was a Baptist, an Army veteran of the Korean War and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching college football.

He is survived by Rosie L. Wilkinson, his wife of 51 years; daughter Nancy (John) Powell of Jacksonville; son Leonard D. (Sonya) Wilkinson Jr. of Keystone Heights; sister Charlene Villasor of Macclenny; brother Wilbur (Iris) Wilkinson of Jacksonville; and seven grandchildren.

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Board’s fine reduction ‘nonsense’

Dear Editor:

Having read your column (Code board pushed under the bus) in last week’s Press, I am stunned. This is just nonsense.

My husband was the Baker County code enforcement officer until his death in December of 2009. He worked very hard documenting and attempting to get violators back into compliance with the rules of the code enforcement department. He often told me some violators did not know or did not care, but since he was a former LAPD officer, he was able to get them to see he had his job and they had their job, that is bring their property up to code.

He had a lot of respect for other employees at the building and zoning department, and they worked together as a team. Many violators heeded the letter of the law and his notices advising them to conform, and others brought their property up to code. Some were given more time and some were not. That is where the investigation and due diligence came in.

I live down the road from someone who received a hardship exemption that my husband argued heartily against. He and I both knew there was no hardship, yet the property owner claimed to be taking care of an ailing parent.

Set a precedent and that bell cannot be unrung.

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