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ALTMAN - Mrs. Edith Idella Raulerson Altman, age 83, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at her residence. Mrs. Altman was born and has resided in Baker County, FL all of her life. She was a member of Pine Level Church and was retired as an aide with Northeast Florida State Hospital. She is the daughter of the late Lon and Katie Fish Raulerson. She is the widow of 23 years of the late J. B. Altman. Survivors include her sons, Lindsey C. Altman of Manassas, Virginia and Larry Altman of Glen St. Mary, FL; sisters, Ruby Lee Lewis of St. Geolrge, GA; her grandchildren, Andrea Altman Ford, Linda Altman Miscio, Denist Altman Coleman, Delinda Atlman Johnson, and Johathan Altman. Eight great grandchildren also survive. Funeral Services will be held on Friday June 21, 2002, at 11:00AM in Pine Level Church with Rev. Fredrick Raulerson officiating. Interment will follow in North Prong Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, 2002 in GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, U. S. 90 East Macclenny, FL from 6-9PM.

BANCK - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Harriss Christian Banck, 79, will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, in St. Pauls Episcopal Church, with The Rev. John R. Eason officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Born October 3, 1922 in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mrs. Banck died Thursday, June 20, 2002 in Jacksonville. She was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church where for many years she was active in the ECW and in the running of the Economy Corner, the church thrift shop. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Ernest Frederick Banck of Jacksonville; two daughters, Judith Banck (Alvin) Harm of Jacksonville, and Jan Banck (Edward) Connor of Niceville, FL; four grandchildren, Mary Lynn Harm of Hollywood, FL, Neal Alan (Bren) Harm of Lawrenceville, GA, Taylor Connor and Patrick Connor, both of Niceville, FL; three great-grandchildren, Jordan Harm, Andrew Harm, and Jeffrey Harm, all of Lawrenceville, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Pauls Episcopal Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Boulevard, South, where the family will receive friends from 2 P.M. until 4 P.M. on Sunday.

BRINSON - Claree Brock Brinson, 85, died on Friday, June 21, 2002. Born in Climax, GA, she has lived in Jacksonville since 1947. She was a member of West Park Baptist Church and attended the Faith Sunday School Class at Westside Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleve Brinson; 3 sisters; and a brother. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Brinson Thomas (Roy); son, Joseph Cleve Brinson (Cleo); 2 sisters; 4 grandchildren, Karen McDonald, Kimberly Boatright, Susan Kelley and Michael Brinson; and 9 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Kristen, Joel, Larry, Jonathan, Kayla, Christopher, Emma and Kathryn. Funeral services will be Monday, June 24, 2002, 2:00 pm, at Westside Baptist Church - Teachey Chapel with Rev. Ben Jones and Rev. Ray Mayfield officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 3-5 pm at Town & Country Funeral Home.

CALHOUN - Sadie Ruth Calhoun, 80, passed away June 20, 2002 at home following an extended illness. Born in Baxley, Georgia, she was a resident of Jacksonville for 61 years. She was a member of Sun Coast Baptist Church and an avid gardener who enjoyed tending to her plants and flowers. Survivors include her sons, John B. Whitten, wife Linda, and Charles Robert Calhoun all of Jacksonville; daughter, Gloria Ann Ritter, husband, Dave, of St. Simons, Island, GA.; brother, Vernon Williams of Graham, GA.; sisters, Marie Williams and Lousie Lee of Jacksonville, Glenda Hooks of Baxley, GA and Bill Trawick of Macon, GA; grandchildren, Tara Hendren, Derek Whitten, and Sherri Lynn Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, June 23rd in the Chapel of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. with Rev. Eddie McGath officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Chris Newman, Jerry Harvin, Sr., Jerry Harvin, Jr., Dennis Lee, Ronnie Mullis, and Carroll Williams. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Saturday (today) at the funeral home.

CRAFT - Robert B. (KGB) Craft, 32, died from a freak accident on June 19, 2002 in Tampa, FL. He was born in Elyria, Ohio and moved to Oil City, PA. when he was 2 years old. He graduated from Oil City High School; Class of 1987. He moved to St. Marys, GA from Oil City in July 1991. He was a 10 year Navy Veteran, having served on the USS Pennsylvania, and was discharged as a Nuclear EM from Kings Bay, GA. He was an active member of the Hash House Harriers, and co-owner of Craft Brothers, Inc. in Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Gene and Grace Shrout, and his paternal grandparentsL John W. and Verdia L. Craft. He is survived by his daughter: Ashlin Craft of Jacksonville, FL the mother of his child: Kirstin Craft of Jacksonville, FL, mother and stepfather: Hannah and Dan Borger of Goodyear, AR; father: George M. Craft of Oil City, PA; two brothers: Dwayne of Oil City, PA and Scott A. of Jacksonville, FL, half brother: Stephen Craft of Oil City, PA, thought of as a brother: Allen D. Shrout, six nieces and nephews, and many other loving family members. A private family service will be held in Jacksonville, FL and memorial service will be held in Oil City, PA at a later date.

MARTIN - Homegoing services for Clara B. Martin (83) will be held at 10AM on Monday, June 24, 2002 at the Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville with Rev. James H. Branch, officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery. Clara is predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Carson Martin. She was born in Grady County, GA and a resident of Cairo, GA until they moved to Jacksonville in 1959. She leaves to cherish her memory 1 son, Gordon F. (Sonny) Martin (June) of Tallahassee; 2 daughters, Lucretia Morgan (Virgil) and Ginger McKee (Bill) all of Jacksonville, 2 grandsons, Jimmy Morgan (Jody), Scott Lowther (Tina) of Jacksonville, 4 granddaughters, Phyllis Rodes (Mike) Marion, SC, Nena Alto (Alan) Virginia Beach, VA, Yvonne Morris (Kevin), Jacksonville, Jennifer Dilmore (Stacy) Lake City, FL; nine great-grand children and special friends, Jewel Prince of Cairo, GA; Lee and Lucille Land and Sandy Mann of Jacksonville. Mrs. Martin was the last surviving charter member of the Eastside Baptist Church, Cairo, GA where she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior. In recent years she was a member of the Hart Haven Baptist Church in Jacksonville. She was retired from St. Vincents Hospital. The family would like to thank all the nurses and CNAs at Heartland Health Care Center and the Hospice staff for all the love and affection they showed their mother and grandmother. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 9PM, Sunday, June 23, 2002 at the funeral home.

MONSEES - Harry C. Monsees, 70, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2002 in Orange Park, FL. Mr. Monsees was a resident of Jacksonville since 1967 and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1969 after 20 years service, seeing action in the Korean War. He also retired from NARF-NAS Jacksonville in 1995 after 20 years. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve and the Aid Association for Lutherans. Predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Elaine in 1999, he is survived by his son, Timothy (Denise); sister, Doris Robinson; grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, Holly and Ethan. Funeral services with full military honors will be held on Monday, June 24, 2002, 2:00 PM in the chapel of JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL. Burial will follow at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Garden of Everlasting Life. The family invites friends to visit at the funeral home on Sunday, June 23, 2002 from 2 until 4 PM.

MURPHY - Catherine F. Murphy, of Jacksonville Beach, FL formerly of Flushing and Williston Park, NY on June 19, 2002. Beloved wife of the Late Patrick M.; devoted mother of Robert J. and the Late Patrick M. Murphy, Jr.. Also survived by 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Visiting Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9PM at Cassidy Funeral Home, 156 Willis Ave., Mineola, NY. Funeral Mass 11:15AM, Monday at St. Aidans RC Church, Williston Park. Interment in St. Johns Cemetery, Middle Village, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the community Hospice of Northeastern Florida - 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, Fl 32257 is appreciated.

McARTHUR - Margaret McNiel McArthur died peacefully, June 17, 2002 at the Atrium where she had resided for the last fourteen months. Mrs. McArthur was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 14, 1907, spent her early years in Savannah, Georgia, and has resided in Jacksonville since 1915. A graduate of Duval High School, she attended Florida State College for Women where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Margaret was a dedicated employee of the New York Life Insurance Company from which she retired after thirty years of service. She was a longtime member of Riverside Presbyterian Church. Known for her gracious and caring manner, Mrs. McArthur was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C. McArthur, in December 1997. Survivors include two nephews, Ballard (Deedee) Simmons, Jacksonville, and Hugh (Sally) Mitchell, Nantucket, MA and two nieces, Nell (Paul) Fleming, Jacksonville Beach and Evalyn (Phil) Constans, Bowling Green, KY, fifteen great nieces and nephews and twenty-one great-great nieces and nephews as well as a nephew, James D. Eldridge, Sr. and a niece, Ruth Eldridge Graddick of her late husband, both of whom live in Americus, GA. Graveside services will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery 11AM Tuesday June 25 with the Rev. Dan Thomas officiating. Rather than flowers, those who wish may send memorial gifts to Riverside Presbyterian Church or Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in her memory. Arrangements by COREY-KERLIN FUNERAL HOME, 940 Cesery Blvd.

PICKETT - Kenneth R. “ Pop” Pickett, age 75, a direct descendant of John Seymour Pickett, a former Town Elder of Cowford, who in the mid eighteen hundreds settled on a spanish land grant in Northwest Duval County now known as Pickettville, passed away June 19, 2002 in his residence after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by His Father and Mother, John R. and Jessie A. Pickett and a Grandson, James D. “ Jamie” Burks, IV. He had no brothers or sisters. He was a dedicated Husband, Father and Grandfather, and his devotion will be cherished and sincerely missed by all who knew him. He was born and raised in Jacksonville and was a member of the Inman Memorial United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou Pickett; 2 sons, Harry (wife, Pam) & Kevin (wife, Robin); 2 daughters, Frances Burks (husband, Danny) & Alice Wright; 10 Grandchildren; 5 Great- Grandchildren; an Aunt, Irma Henry; and a special first cousin Natalie Pittman. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Monday in the chapel of Hardage- Giddens Funeral Home, 729 Edgewood Ave. with Rev. Al Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-5 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

TENNISON - Rosemary M. (nee Baldwin), of St. Louis, MO, on Wednesday, June 19, 2002; loving wife of the late George J. Tennison; dear mother of George A. (Karen) Tennison and Debora (Mark) Wilson; dear sister of Bernice Sparks, Leo Baldwin, George (Ida) Baldwin and Margaret Ann (Perry) Sebaugh; dear grandmother of Tamara (George), Kristina, Kelley (Tim) and Amy; dear great-grandmother of Tori; our dear sister-in- law, aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend to many. Funeral at the HEILIGTAG-LANG- FENDLER Funeral Home, 1081 Jeffco Blvd. (Hwy. 61-67 at Hwy. 141), Arnold, MO, on Monday, June 24, 2002. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. Contributions to the American Heart Association or to the Cancer Society, appreciated. Visitation on Sunday, June 23, 2002 from 5 to 8 p.m.

TUTEN - Bobbie Joyce Tuten, 72, Fernandina Beach, wife of James Harold “ Pee Wee” Tuten for over 57 years, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002, at Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville. A native of Blackshear, GA, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Andrew & Effie Mae Davis Johnson, and had resided in Nassau County since she was 16 years old. Mrs. Tuten was a Laboratory Technician for the Rayonier Corporation from 1969 until her retirement in 1993, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach. Survivors, besides her husband, include: her children, Diane (Daniel) Bowen, Tallahassee, FL, Nancy (Windle) Higginbotham, Troy, AL, and Debi Mullis-Jones, Fernandina Beach; two brothers, Monroe C. Johnson, Fernandina Beach & Marcus Johnson, Alma, GA; three sisters, Wan L. Mattox, Alma, GA, Mary K. Moore & Bertha (Ed) Kelly, Fernandina each; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces & nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2PM at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Jeff Overton officiating. Interment will follow in Bosque Bello Cemetery. The family will receive friends TONIGHT from 6-8PM at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

TYSON - William Tyson, 84, of Jacksonville passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002. William was born May 10, 1918 in Farmers Branch, TX. William retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years, having served in WWII and later retired as a Safety Engineer and volunteer fireman for the City of Satellite Beach. Initiated in Masons in 1948, and a Past Master at Orange Lodge in Apopka. William was active at Riverside Lodge in Jacksonville. William is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Helen Tyson; 5 children, William, Rosemarie, Robert, Barbara (Wittwer) and Dwane; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be held on Monday, June 24 at 2:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of William Tyson to his church- Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205.

WILBANKS - Rose Mary Wilbanks, 58, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2002, at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of Maxville. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Leatha Bell Wellhausen. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Pete; sons, Danny Joe (Tammy) Wilbanks of Macclenny, and Billy (Linda) Wilbanks of Maxville; brothers, Ashley Wellhausen of Jacksonville and Bogie Wellhausen of Maxville; grandchildren, Brandy, Travis, Kellina, and Daniel; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Maxville, where she was a member, at 1pm on Saturday, June 22, with Rev. Richard Fish and Rev. Bill Turner officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations may be made to Community Hospice NE, and St. Vincents Charities. Arrangements by Fraser Funeral Home, Macclenny.

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