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Lawrence Walker, 61, of Macclenny

Lawrence A. Walker,  61, died Monday, August 29, 2011 at  the Acosta-Rua Center for Caring, surrounded by family.

He was a life long resident of Macclenny and attended the Road to Calvary Church. He was a construction supervisor, a member of the Moose Lodge, and life time member of the NRA. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his best friend Russell Norman. He also enjoyed paint and body restoration, fishing, Florida Gator football, and racing.

Survivors include son Thomas “Matt” (Christina) Walker of Macclenny; daughter Tammy (Donald) Parker of Bryceville; father A.L. “Bo” Walker of Macclenny; mother Betty Byrd of Glen St. Mary; step-son Gary (Coleen) Butler of Oviedo, FL; brothers Larry (Jean) Walker of North Carolina, John Walker of Macclenny; sister Deborah (Jeff) Bryson of Perry; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Butler Walker; brothers Mike and Dan Walker.

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Albert Sweat, 49, dies June 23

Albert Sweat, 49,
dies on June 23rd

Albert Sweat, 49, of Macclenny died Thursday, June 23, following an extended illness. He was born in Starke, the son of the late Willis and Betty Jean Johns Sweat. He was a farmer and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Sweat is survived by his wife Judy; step-daughter Donna Baker; brother David Sweat of Starke; sisters Linda Davis of Sanderson, Mandy Sweat and Betty Ann Tressler, both of Macclenny; two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Sandy Sweat.

A memorial service was held on Monday, June 27 at 11:00 am at Raiford Road Church with Reverend Tim Alford officiating. Arrangements were by Forbes Funeral Home, Macclenny

J.W. Sparkman, former resident

J.W. Sparkman, former resident

James William “J.W.” Sparkman, 82, a resident of Bell, Florida, died Friday afternoon at Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville. A native and longtime resident of Baker County, Mr. Sparkman had been a resident of Bell for the past six years, having moved there from Waccasassa, Florida. He was the son of the late Ralph Franklin Sparkman Sr. and Lillie Mae Garrett Sparkman.

Mr. Sparkman served in the United States Navy for three and a half years and was stationed on the USS Leyte for more than two years in the Korean War. He then began working as an aide at Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny, a position he held for ten years prior to working at Florida Wire and Cable, in Sanderson as a mechanic for more than twenty years.

Following his retirement, Mr. Sparkman enjoyed honing his woodworking hobby. He was known for his extremely “precise” finishing carpentry work. Mr. Sparkman was preceded in death by his brother Ralph Franklin Sparkman Jr. He was a member of the Ichetucknee River Baptist Church.

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Ms. Chism, 36, long time resident

Ms. Chism, 36,
longtime resident

Tanya R. Chism, 36, of Sanderson died June 21. She was born in Waycross, Georgia on October 21, 1974. She was a resident of Baker County most of her life. Tanya had a big heart and was a great mother to her sons. She was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include her parents Frank Wesley Chism and Deborah Lynn Carlson Chism of Sanderson; children Charlie and Wesley Siemering of Sanderson; grandparents Harvey and Winifred Carlson of Waycross; sister Michelle (Beep) Thaimes of Waynesboro, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held Friday, June 24 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Ferreira Funeral Services with Pastor Alvin Baldwin officiating. Interment followed at Canaday Cemetery in Moniac, Georgia.

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