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Leona B. Gay

Leona B. Gay, age 98, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 21, 2017. She was born and raised in the Hickory Grove Community of Madison County. As a child, she attended Hickory Grove Methodist Church. Throughout her life, she attended church faithfully, and upon her death was a member of First Baptist Church of Madison. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25 at 11a.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, with a burial at MacClenny Cemetery, in MacClenny, Fl. Visitation was held on Monday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to…

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William Wesley Rudd, III

Mr. William Wesley Rudd, III, age 54, of Monticello, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Tallahassee, after a brief illness. He was born on July 5, 1962, in Thomasville, Ga. He lived most of his childhood life in Aucilla, Fl., before moving to Madison. He graduated from Madison High School in 1980, and attended North Florida Junior College. He was a self-employed contractor, and previously worked for the Department of Corrections and Norfolk Southern Railway. Rudd was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He loved golf, fishing, NASCAR…

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Dale Overton Yates

Dale Overton Yates, age 60, passed away on Monday, April 17. He was a lifetime resident of Madison County. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Naomi Rooney Yates; one daughter, Christine Michelle Yates; one sister, Jackie Sircy; one niece Victoria Sircy, of Lee; one son, Dane Willis; one stepson, Jerrod Reader, of Valdosta; and several grandchildren, Lisa Haynes, Angel, Chance, Gavin, Michael, Frederick, Colton, and Aurora. Dale was outgoing, outspoken, and full of love. He was an “old-timer”- one of the last few of those, but he has left…

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Virginia Elizabeth Naughton

Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Naughton passed away in the loving arms of Jesus, her loving family, and friends, on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Big Bend Hospice, in Tallahassee. Betty was born on August 10, 1951, in Madison. After graduation from Madison High School, she attended North Florida Junior College, and later graduated from Florida State University, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Betty taught school in Madison County and at Madison Academy. She also worked in Public Relations at North Florida Junior College, and was a paralegal…

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