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Infant Luffman funeral January 11

Infant Jaxson Ray Luffman of Macclenny died on Friday, January 11, 2013. He will be forever loved and missed by his family.

He is survived by parents Austin and Jiselle Luffman; sisters Savannah and Raeleigh Luffman; grandparents Randy and Dawn Luffman, all of Macclenny; Chad and Jeanna Field and John and Jean Oman of Jacksonville; great-grandmothers Elaine Griffis of Macclenny and Betty Lou Luffman of North Carolina; great-grandfather Daniel Field of Jacksonville; great-great-grandmothers Martha Griffis of Baldwin and Jennie Oman of California; numerous aunts, uncles and other family members.

The funeral service was held at 11 am on Tuesday, January 15 at Raiford Road Church in Macclenny with Pastor Eddie Griffis officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. Forbes Funeral Home in Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Jo Burks, 60, of Macclenny

Linda Jo Fields Burks, 60, of Macclenny died on January 11, 2013. She was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina on October 23, 1952 to the late Lt. Col. Joseph A. Fields and Katherine Marie Whitaker Fields. She grew up mostly in Green Cove Springs, where she graduated from Clay High School in 1971. She received an associate of arts degree from Florida Junior College of Jacksonville in 1978, married Charles Landis Burks in 1973 and moved to Macclenny in 1981. Mrs. Burks was employed by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a welfare worker for 11 years before retiring in 1993 for health reasons. She was preceded in death by her brother Barry Lynn Fields and foster brother Jack Wayne Draisey.

Other than her loving husband of 39½ years, she is survived by daughters, Amy Burks (Daniel Bell) of Macclenny and Holly (William) Dillard of Glen St. Mary; brother, James Wesley (June) Fields of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren Hunter Retcho, Alex Burks and Chloe Burks of Macclenny, and Elizabeth and Samantha Dillard of Glen St. Mary; many others who called her Mom.

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Tonnie Blakely, 70, of Macclenny

Tonnie M. Blakely, 70, of Macclenny died on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Ms. Blakely was a sixty-year resident of Baker County and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Macclenny. For thirty three years, she was an administrative assistant and risk manager at Northeast Florida State Hospital and owned “A Touch of Spring” flower shop in Macclenny for ten years until it was sold to her “daughter-in-love” Brenda Kinghorn. She also was a receptionist for Dr. Garlon Webb in the Baker County school system, an active board member at Baker County Council on Aging, Fraser Hospital Authority and the Educational Foundation Board.

Mrs. Blakely was preceded in death by husband Clifford John Blakely Sr. She is survived by sons Clifford John “Blake” Blakely Jr. of Melbourne, Florida and James William “Jimmy” (Allison) Blakely of St. Augustine; “daughter-in-love” Brenda (Eric) Kinghorn of Glen St. Mary; sister Elizabeth Greene Taylor of Macclenny and five grandchildren.

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Virgie Brinson, 83, of Lake City

Virgie Croft Brinson, 83, of Lake City passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 following an extended illness. Mrs. Brinson was born in Baker County and lived in Columbia County since 1964 after moving there from Union County. Mrs. Brinson worked for 25-plus years for Aero (Timco) as a records clerk before retiring and in her spare time was an avid reader. She will always be remembered as a fantastic mother. Mrs. Brinson was a Baptist and was preceded in death by husband John L. Brinson, her father Johnnie Croft Sr., mothers Virgie Blitch Croft and Pearl Mikell Croft, and sister Anna Lou Baker.

Mrs. Brinson is survived by  sons John David Brinson of West Palm Beach and Michael S. Brinson of Dawsonville, Georgia; daughter Joan B. Allen of Lake City; brother Johnnie Croft Jr. of Olustee; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other family members.

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Karen Alexander dies January 16th

Karen D. Noblitt Alexander, 53, of Baker County, died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale. She loved spending time at the beach in the sunshine and with her family and friends. Ms. Alexander is survived by sons Steve (Mandy) Noblitt of Glen St. Mary and Wayne (Adrianne) Noblitt of Abbeville, AL; daughters Christy (John) Rizer of Raiford, Angel Noblitt of Jacksonville and Ashlee (Jacob) Hodges of Sanderson; mother Joyce Wilson of Macclenny; sister Vicki (Marcus) Crosby; 15 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 1 pm on Monday, January 21 at Cornerstone Congregational Methodist Church in Macclenny with Pastor Mae White officiating. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Florence Burnsed, 71, of Moniac dies

Florence Rewis Burnsed, 71, of Moniac, Georgia died on January 9, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Hilliard, Florida on January 4, 1942 to the late E.D. Rewis and Stella Bradley Rewis. Florence was a resident of Moniac since 2004 after moving from Fernandina Beach. She was a loving mother and devoted wife who enjoyed rocking on her front porch chair, gardening and playing cards. Florence was preceded in death by her loving husband of 47 years, Willard “Wayne” Burnsed; brothers Broward, Clyde and Claude Rewis;  son-in-law Roger Altman; brother-in-law Earl Johns; and sisters-in-law Evelyn Raulerson and Ester Mae Yonn.

Mrs. Burnsed is survived by her loving children Donna Altman (Ray Bishop), Robert (Bonnie) McKenzie and Willard Enoch Burnsed, all of Fernandina Beach; brother Archie Rewis;  sisters Elizabeth Philman, Kathleen (Junior) Raulerson and Irma (Don) Sylvester; sister-in-law Ruth (Bill) Bates; brother-in-law Wade (Delores) Burnsed;  grandchildren David, Andrew, Kyle, Victoria, Tara, and Collin.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny. Interment followed at North Prong Cemetery.

Hong Nguyen, 55, dies on January 11

Hong Trang Nguyen, 55, of Moniac, Georgia died on January 11, 2013 at Shands Jacksonville. She was born in Vietnam on December 30, 1957 to the late UT Van Trang and LE LE Trang. Hong was a member of St. Mary’s  Catholic Church and enjoyed praying the Rosary and spending time at church.

Hong is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Cac Nguyen of Moniac; daughters Jennifer and Dianna Nguyen; grandson Sean Nguyen-Holly.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 12 at 1 pm at her church with Father Slawek as celebrant. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Potere, 88, dies January 9th

Joseph Potere, 88, of Macclenny died on January 9, 2013 at Life Care Center of Jacksonville with family by his side. He was one of eight children born in Long Island, New York on December 2, 1924 to the late Nicholas Potere and Angelina Tedesco Potere. He was a resident of Macclenny for the past 10 years after moving from Ocala.

Mr. Potere received the National Acclaimed Award for safely driving over 3 million miles as a truck driver. He loved baseball and was an avid New York Yankees fan who in his younger years played in the minor leagues. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, swing dancing and traveling to Las Vegas. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Joseph loved life and was the life of any party. He enjoyed being in the sunshine and loved the Lord. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, June Potere.

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James Robertson, 73, of Macclenny

James Russell Robertson Sr., 73, of Macclenny died on January 14, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville with family by his side. He was born in Plant City, Florida on January 13, 1940 to the late Fayette Robertson and Della Mae Sweat Robertson. Russell lived in Macclenny since 1972 after moving from Plant City. He was a Baptist who enjoyed wrestling, fishing and storytelling. Russell was very friendly and he never met a stranger. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy and retired as a truck driver after years of dedicated service at Davis Express of Bradford County. He loved his family and enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joseph Leroy Johns and great-grandson Austin Eugene Scott.

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Jim Rowe Sr., 84, funeral in Ocala

James “Jim” Lewis Rowe Sr., 84, of Dunnellon, Florida died on January 8, 2013 at his residence. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on February 15, 1928 to the late Lewis Rowe and Irene Rowe. Jim lived in Ocala, FL since 1990 and spent many years employed in law enforcement. He was an accomplished entrepreneur, owning and operating many types of unique businesses including a clothing store and several service stations located in Starke, High Springs and Tampa.

Jim was an avid Dale Earnhardt NASCAR fan and loved Jimmy Johns. He enjoyed racing stock cars and founded his own country-western band, Jim Rowe and the Country Gems. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Carol Darlene Rowe, and his daughter Diane Rowe.

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