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Funeral Friday for Jimmie Hodges

Jimmie Lee Hodges Sr., 61, of Macclenny died on November 16, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Jacksonville on July 9, 1951 to Loraine Hodges and the late Earl Hodges. Jimmie was a resident of Macclenny the past 15 years and enjoyed camping, being outdoors and fishing. He also enjoyed sports, NASCAR racing and Gator football. He was preceded in death by his son Timothy Hodges and brother Virgil Hodges.

Mr. Hodges is survived by his loving mother of Macclenny; children Anthony L. Hodges of Green Cove Springs, Jimmie Lee Hodges Jr. of Hilliard and Amanda Hodges of Jacksonville; brothers Kenneth and Billy Hodges, both of Macclenny; sisters Sarah Holland and Doris Brown of Macclenny, and Patricia Wester of St. Augustine; grandchildren Joshua, Hannah, Courtney, Chelsey, Oscar, Andrew and Timothy Jr.

he funeral service will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel with Pastor Mark Cercy officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends  one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Margie Howard, 81, Baldwin native

Margie Howard, 81, of Macclenny died on Friday, November 16, 2012. A native of Baldwin, Ms. Howard was a lifelong resident of the area. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by sons Albert Hunt Jr. and Keith Hunt, both of Macclenny; brother Harvey “Ted” Harris of Macclenny; sister Deloris Hunt of Orlando; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by her son Craig Hunt.

A memorial service for Ms. Howard will be held at a later date. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Nella Richards, 89, county native

Nella Jeanette Richards, 89, of Jacksonville died on November 13, 2012. She was born in Winter Haven, FL to the late Lloyd and Daisy Harvey and was raised in Baker County. Mrs. Richards was a longtime resident of Jacksonville and loved to work in her yard. She was a devoted mother and well-loved family member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Jack Edward Richards, Sr. of Jacksonville, brother Virgil Harvey and sisters Hazel Taylor and Helen Juanita Taylor, all of Baker County.

Mrs. Richards is survived by son Jack Edward Richards Jr. (Sylvia) of Atlanta; grandaughters Michelle Donnelly (Jerry), Shannon McMains (Donny) and Jenne Garrett (Travis); eight great-grandchildren; brother Vernon Harvey (Jackie) and sister Margie Davis (Carlton), both of Sanderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at noon on Saturday, November 17 at Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs. The family requests donations to the Tim Tebow Foundation, 2220 CR 210, Suite 108, PMB 317, Jacksonville, FL 32259. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Stewart, 78, a lifelong resident

Joyce Stewart, 78, of Macclenny died on Friday, November 16, 2012. A lifelong resident of Baker County, Ms. Stewart enjoyed cooking and gardening, spending time at the beach and with her grandchildren and family and friends. She is survived by her husband James “Buckshot” Stewart of Macclenny; sons Ronald (Jackie) Stewart of Sanderson and Edward (Linda) Stewart of Jacksonville; daughters Teresa Stewart (Keith Lancaster)and Karen (Jack) Walls, both of Jacksonville, and Cindy (Chuck) Tharp of Jacksonville Beach; brothers Johnny (Gracie) Raulerson of Macclenny and Tommy Raulerson of Texas; sisters Alice Parker of Jacksonville and Betty Jean Boyd of Macclenny; nine grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters Jewel Dubley, Roxie Nipper, Lily Davis and Leona Nipper; and brother Lester Raulerson. 

The funeral service was held at 2 pm Tuesday, November 20,  at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle with Pastor Albert Starling officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

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