Obituaries — Jan. 24, 2023

Carmine Capraro

Carmine Dominick Capraro, 90, of St. Johns died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelcky (Helguero) Capraro; and son, Kenneth “George” J. Capraro.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Cottet, and son, Gary (Vicci) Capraro.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Keystone Heights Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, 32656. 352-473-3176.


Richard Gerhart

Richard D. Gerhart, 83, of Melrose died at his home. 

He is survived by a sibling, Evelyn Cronkhite; a daughter, Faye Van (Jasper) Meurs; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. 

Private services were held.

Arrangements were by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, 32656. 352-473-3176.  


James Hall

James Bolen Hall, 82, of Keystone Heights died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at his home.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, 32656. 352-473-3176 


James Hurd Jr.

James “Jim” Edward Hurd Jr., 90, of Keystone Heights died Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Orange Park. He was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Memphis, Tennessee to the late James Edward and Sarah (Tennet) Hurd, Sr.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, 32656. 352-473-3176. 


Jeannie McKinney


Jeannie McKinney

 Jeannie Mae McKinney, 81, of Starke, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville after a brief illness. She was born in Lawtey on July 18, 1941, to Lillie A. Howard and Nathan Crawford. She was a member of Sampson City Church of God, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She loved her church and church family. She worked as a seamstress at Cadillac Uniform, Keystone Uniform, and Lake Butler Apparel. She adored her many pets, most recently her dog, Lillie, and cat, Kitty. She also loved spending time in her yard, tending to her plants and flowers. She enjoyed doing things for others including making hand-made gifts by sewing and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John D. McKinney; and her beloved mother, Lillie Davis.

She is survived by her long-time dear friend, Juanita Norman of Maxville; nieces and nephews, Diane (Larry) Thomas of Shellman Bluff, Georgia, David (Robbin) Harris of Jacksonville, Nancy (Buddy) Harris of Jacksonville, and Robin (Mark) Long of Jacksonville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 20, at Sampson City Church of God, 8252 SW CR 225, Starke, 32091, with Pastor Gene Bass officiating. Interment followed at Crosby Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Blockburn-Curry Funeral & Cremation, 380 N. Lowder St., Macclenny, 32063. 904-259-2806. Please sign the online guest book at 






Linda Yates



Linda Yates

Linda Ann Yates of Decatur, Georgia passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. She was born in Savannah, Georgia. She was raised by her mother, Patricia Yates, and father, James Yates. The family lived in Savannah, Charleston, North Augusta, and Decatur, Georgia, where she settled. She graduated from North Augusta High School and attended the University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of English. She was a business analyst, working privately alongside the FDA to investigate food stamp fraud. In 1985, she was awarded the USDA Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work with WIC. Later, she devoted her life to art, which she was currently producing. She worked in various mediums, including collage, acrylic paint, and photography. Not only was she a professional artist, but she used her art of the English language to produce many journals, short stories, and even a couple of novels. She played the piano beautifully. Her favorite pastime was her standard poodle, “Sunny.”

She is survived by her brother, Rusty Yates and family, of Hampton Lake.

She will be buried in a small family funeral, but a Remembrance of Life service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the First Existential Congregation, 470 Candler Park Drive, Decatur, Georgia at 2 p.m. There, some of her art will be displayed. All are invited to help us celebrate and remember her and her life.