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Harold Gunter, 75, truck driver, dies

Harold Gunter, 75, truck driver

Harold Otis Gunter, 75, of Macclenny died in Gainesville on July 23, 2011. He was born May 23, 1936 in Jacksonville to Arthur Gunter and Molly White Gunter. He served in the Army for eight years with the 553 Engineer. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and a dedicated truck driver for 48 years. He lived in Macclenny for 40 years and was a member of Mt. Zion Church for over 30 years.

Survivors include his loving wife Clara Lee Gunter; daughter Zena Davis; son Kenneth Gunter; son-in-law Pete (Wanda) Davis; grandsons Duane (Brandy) Davis, Dustin Davis and Cody Davis; granddaughter Stephanie (John Marcus) Starling; and three great-grandchildren.

Following his cremation, the family will hold a private ceremony at a later date.

Mrs. Higginbotham, 88, of Bryceville dies

Mrs. Higginbotham,
88, of Bryceville dies

Virginia “Nanny” Higginbotham, 88, of Bryceville died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Jacksonville on March 7, 1923 to Charles Barr Suits and Audell Jones-Suits. Virginia was a lifelong resident of Bryceville, and a  member since 1937 of Brandy Branch Baptist Church, where she taught Bible school, Sunday school and played the piano.

Virginia enjoyed sewing and craft work, flower gardening, and reading. She also worked for the Nassau County School District, where she drove a school bus for over 25 years. Virginia was preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Freddy Leroy Higginbotham; daughter Nath­­alee Hargrove; son Thomas Hig­­­­ginbotham; two sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include daughter Linda (Peewee) Knight of Bryce­­ville; brother Jim Suits; sisters Donna Fouraker and Rosemary Jarrod; 13 grandchildren; and 25 ­great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 26 at 11:00 am at her church with Pastor Rusty Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Brandy Branch Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Cobb, 38, enjoyed the beach

‘Becky’ Cobb, 38, enjoyed the beach

Rebecca L. “Becky” Cobb, 38, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. She had been a resident of Starke before moving to Olustee and living there for the past 10 years. Mrs. Cobb worked as an in-home health care giver for the elderly. She enjoyed spending time with her children, going to the beach, water parks, and loved refinishing and restoring old furniture. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olustee.

Survivors include husband Wilton Cobb; sons Joseph Chambers and Jacob Chambers, both of Olustee; daughter Rachel Chambers of Olustee; mother Martha Woodard of Rogersville, Tennessee; brothers James Watkins and Aubrey Watkins, both of Alabama; and sister Michelle Bellamy of Rogersville, Tennessee.

The funeral service was held July 26 at the First Baptist Church of Olustee. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to account #7112 at any Peoples State Bank Location in Lake City or locally at Country Federal Credit Union. Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home of Lake City was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Bates, 62, collected angels

Linda Bates, 62, collected angels

Linda Marie Bates, 62, of Sanderson died July 15, 2011 at her residence. She was born in Jacksonville on February 3, 1949 to the late Walter Lee Waters and Velma Lee Anderson Waters. She had been a resident of Baker County for eight years after moving from Jacksonville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cuyler. Linda enjoyed fishing, collecting angels, coloring, working on puzzles and spending time with her family.

Survivors include children Brian Keith Herndon of Sanderson and Tammy Marie Herndon of Jacksonville; brothers Kenny Davis of Baxter and Billy (Donna) Worthington of Glen St. Mary; step-brothers David and Kenny Steedley; sisters Mary Joyce (John) Thompson and Cindy (Adrian) Gay, both of Jacksonville, and Juanita (James) Fletcher of Middleburg; and step-sister Pat Steedley.

The family will receive friends and family July 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 pm at Macedonia cemetery with Pastor Billy Worthington officiating.

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