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Ray Odom, 84, local entrepreneur

Rayford “Ray” Franklin Odom, 84, of Macclenny died on April 20, 2012. He was born July 10, 1927 in Waverly, GA, the youngest of six children of John D. and Nona Currie Odom. He was a WWII veteran, serving at HQ CO 5th Army European Theater of Operations as a cryptographer. He moved to Macclenny in 1950, where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Joyce Jones Odom, in November 1952.

He opened Odom’s Department Store in 1950 and operated it for 36 years. Mr. Odom as managing partner, along with two others,  purchased Pineview Golf and Country Club and Pineview Chevrolet Inc. in 1980. He owned and operated the dealership until 2009. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Florida Gator fan, and a Gator Booster and Bull Gator for over a decade.

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Helen Wilson, 76, native of Baldwin

Helen E. Wilson, 76, of Jamesville, VA died March 20, 2012 in Virginia Beach. A native of Baldwin, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Ethel Young. She retired from Bailey, Banks and Biddle as a salesperson.

Survivors include husband Max R. Wilson; daughters Deborah Elaine Davis and Pamela Dan (Walt) Caudle of VA, Susan Camille (Jerry) Hawley of Texas; son Charles (Sandy) Jones Jr. of VA; sister Mary Echternkamp of Macclenny; grandchildren Robert Davis, Kelly Cheney, Ashley Caudle, Davis Caudle and Samantha Cline; great-grandchildren Savanah, Abigail, Davis, Eryn, Autumn, Madison and Liam.

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Eddie Canady Jr., 85, of Macclenny

Eddie B. “E.B.” Canady Jr., 85, of Macclenny died Wednesday, January 18, 2012. He was a native of Jacksonville and  retired to Macclenny in 1997. He worked for the US Postal Service and was a deputy under three different sheriff’s of Duval County. He retired as a real estate investor and was owner of Ace-Dixie Amusement Company in Jacksonville.

Mr. Canady was a Baptist, a member of the Baker County Historical Society, a Navy Veteran of WWII and a life member of VFW Post #1689, Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his parents Eddie B. and Lila Bennett Canady Sr. and sisters Edith Maddox and Ethel Helsabeck.

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