John Daniel “Danny” Willis Sr., 62, of Starke died on April 6, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Jacksonville on December 25, 1950 to the late Daniel “Willie” Willis and Delores Crews Willis. He was a resident of Starke for the past three years after moving from Macclenny where he resided since 1972. Danny served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and he retired from Haskell Steel Company as a foreman after 25 years. He loved spending time with his family and also enjoyed fishing, golfing and vacationing in the mountains.
Chester Bruce Wilber, 94, died on April 4, 2013 in Fleming Island, FL. He was born December 29, 1918 to Chester and Inez Wilber in Rising Sun, IN. Chester is a WWII veteran and retired from the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company after 32 years of service. He lived for a time in Baker County, and often said his work on the railroad was a 32-year vacation as he absolutely loved it.
Mr. Wilber was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Ena M. Wilber, and his parents. He is survived by sons Elvin Wilber (Cathy) and Terry Wilber (Julia); grandchildren Christine Whitlock (Peter), Timothy Wilber (Melissa), Dana Varner (Travis), Jennifer Sumner (Matt), Trenton Wilber, John Barber, Jordan Barber; great-grandchildren Kyle Severance (Samantha) Sean Severance, Christopher Whitlock, Katie Whitlock, Dustin Wilber, Cassie Pour (Gary), Natalie Varner, Erin Varner and Rayelynn Barber; many nieces and nephews.
Beverly Patricia Kicklighter, 79, of Ft. White, Fla. died Monday, April 1 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville following an extended illness. She was born in Jacksonville and spent most of her life in Lake City before moving back to Jacksonville. She was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Evelyn L. Seelbach Howard and the wife of the late Joseph Frank Kicklighter. She worked as a heavy equipment operator with the Orange County road department for over 20 years. She was a Baptist and enjoyed shopping and playing bingo.
She is survived by daughter Amanda Nicole Kicklighter of Jacksonville; sons William Thomas Kicklighter Sr. of Ocala, Allen Frank Kicklighter and Timmy Dale Kicklighter, both of Ft. White; sisters Charlene Pidgeon of Jacksonville and June Gonzales of Orlando; brother Bill Howard of Bunnell, Fla.; grandchildren William Thomas Kicklighter Jr., Samantha Marie Kicklighter and Jacob Moses Kicklighter of Jacksonville; ten great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 4 pm on Monday, April 8 in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny with Rev. Gregory Combs, pastor of the Baxter Community Baptist Church, officiating. Final disposition will be by cremation.
Allen Lee Moore, 43, of Macclenny died on April 6, 2013 in a traffic mishap. He was born in Jacksonville on July 30, 1969 to George Newton Moore Jr. and the late Mary Moore. Allen was a resident of Macclenny for the majority of his life and was a foreman many years in his family’s business George Moore Stucco. He was an avid NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Washington Redskins fan.
Allen is survived by his father of Macclenny; children Donnie Lee Moore and Amanda Marie Moore of Virginia; brothers Anthony Wayne Moore of Macclenny and George N. (Kerry) Moore III of Maxville.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 12 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services in Macclenny. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
David Harold Jones Sr., 92, of Glen St. Mary died on April 5, 2013 at Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital. He was born in Dania, Florida on October 25, 1920 to the late Benjamin Dower Jones and Roselind Lauder Clark Jones. David was a resident of Macclenny since 1952 when he married his lovely wife Erin.
He joined the US Army prior to World War II and served the entire war in the South Pacific. He retired from the Army after 20 years and then was employed as a salesman at the Glen St. Mary Nursery for 20 years. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Macclenny. David had a passion for growing plants, gardening and landscaping. He was especially talented in growing orchids.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his loving wife Erin Poythress Jones; brother Thomas Jones; sisters Inez Hinson, Gertrude Jones and Ruth Farrar.
Vera Mae Crews, 67, of Glen St. Mary died on Friday, March 29, 2013. Mrs. Crews enjoyed singing, being with her grandchildren and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by husband Cecil Crews; sons Elton (Katie) Rhoden of Sanderson and Ed (Lisa) Johns of Macclenny; sisters Nadine Dobson, Sylvia (Robert) Perdue, Margaret (Wendell) Kirkland, Virginia (Bobby) Thrift, all of Macclenny and Robin (Donnie) Mann of Sanderson; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral service for Mrs. Crews was held 11 am Wednesday, April 3 at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle in Glen St. Mary with Pastor Albert Starling officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.
D.W. Robinson, 87, of Baldwin died on March 20, 2013. He was born on November 7, 1925 to the late Ervin and Maggie (Heaton) Robinson and was a foreman at Farnell’s Dairy, owned Robinson’s service station, was the Baldwin fire chief from 1976-1980 and a captain and assistant chief of police from 1972-1981. Most recently, Mr. Robinson retired from Walmart after 25 years. He attended Temple Baptist Church.
Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by daughter Brenda Dale Robinson and his wife of 63 years, Sarah Lee Oliver Robinson. He is survived by daughters Mildred (Dub) Cobb, Judy (Jim) Harper, Wanda Robinson and Roxanne (Chuck) Spitzer; ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren; sister Betty Payne.
Jack Rhoden, 55, died on March 29, 2013 after a lengthy illness at his cabin home in Del Rio, Tennessee in his beloved Smoky Mountains. He was a Baker County native and the son of the late Dorothy M. Rhoden and the late Fletcher Rhoden of Macclenny.
He is survived by daughter Brandi Brown and son Jack Brady (Brad) Rhoden Jr., both of Macclenny; granddaughter Sydney Brown; grandsons Derek Brown and Mason Rhoden; the love of his life and fiancée Vicki Watson of Baldwin; sister Kimberly Lindsey (John) of Branford; brothers Jamie Rhoden (Jane) of Macclenny and Steve Rhoden (Sandra) of Houston Texas; nieces Krystal Rhoden of Macclenny, Stephanie Wilson (Todd) of Biloxi, Mississippi, Candace Naughton (Tim) of Branford; nephews Christopher Rhoden (Kristin) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tyler Rhoden (Nicole) of Nashville, Tennessee and Aaron Lindsey (Arika) of Tallahassee.
Marie W. Ailes, a former Macclenny resident, died March 12, 2013 in Orange Park. She was a Baptist and a member of the American Ballroom Dance Association and the Jacksonville Ballroom Dance Association. For many years she owned and operated the Maria Douglas School of Ballroom Dance, and she studied under many teachers including two in Havana, Cuba learning Latin Dance. She danced in exhibitions on television, in private clubs and in many public dance shows, contributing her time and money to fund raising for many charities. In later years she devoted her time to her large and scattered family.
Arlan “Al” Francis Cummings, 75, of Glen St. Mary died on March 30, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. Al was born in Bakersfield, Vermont on November 11, 1937 to the late Harold Vernon Cummings and Marchaline Isabell Britch Cummings. Al was a resident of Macclenny for 35 years after moving from California. He retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of dedicated service, including duty during the Vietnam War.
He also retired from the Florida Times-Union after 20 years in the maintenance department. Al attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, watching television and building car and airplane models. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.