Obituaries — Nov. 3, 2021

Keith Brooks

WEST PALM BEACH Keith E. Brooks of West Palm Beach died on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Good Sam Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Mr. Brooks was of the Christian faith and retired in 2018 from Tropical Shipping of West Palm Beach.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Bell; sons, Jonathan Brooks and Kevin Brooks; brothers, Ronald Cooper and Gregory Powell; sisters, Linda K. Nichols, Priscilla Williams and Glenda Darville; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Oddfellow Cemetery in Starke under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home in West Palm Beach. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Haile Funeral Home/ Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel 802 North Oak Street Starke. Family hour is from 5 p.m until 6 p.m and friends 6 p.m until 7 p.m. The family will meet at the Oddfellow Cemetery for the Graveside Services on Saturday.

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Richard “Dylan” Drew


Richard Drew

LAKE BUTLER – Richard “Dylan” Drew, age 18, of Lake Butler,  passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021, after being involved in a vehicle accident.

Dylan was born on October 20, 2003, in Gainesville, to Thomas and Jaclyn Parrish Drew. He grew up in Lake Butler and was a senior at Hope Christian Academy in Starke. Dylan also attended Northside Christian Academy for several years. He worked as an online grocery shopper for Walmart in Macclenny and loved his job. He also loved gaming and spending time with his family. Dylan had a special energy about himself and would light up the room when we walked in. He was full of life and was always looking to make people smile with his pranks and jokes. Dylan was very unselfish and enjoyed giving to others and tithing to his church, Madison Street Baptist Church in Starke. He was preceded in death by his papaw, Frankie Parrish.

Dylan is survived by: his parents, Thomas and Jaclyn Drew of Lake Butler; his siblings, Luke, Lilliana, and Maverick Drew all of Lake Butler; his grandparents, Jackie Parrish of Lake Butler and Charles and Susan Drew of Starke; his aunts and uncles, Karen (Wesley) Norman and Alice (Riley) Thames all of Lake Butler, Charles, Sean, KC (Erica) Drew all of Starke, Sam (Candy) Drew of Lawtey, and Olivia Drew of Trenton; and numerous extended family also survive.

A funeral to honor Dylan’s life was held on Monday, Nov. 1 at his church, Madison Street Baptist Church. His interment followed at Swift Creek, Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lake Butler. His services were officiated by Bro. Richard Cason, Pastor of Madison Street Baptist Church. Dylan’s classmates had the honor of being his pallbearers.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008.




Mary Fachtmann


Mary Fachtmann

WINSTON-SALEM Mary Julia Futch Fachtmann, 84, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Brookridge Retirement Community. She was born on January 25, 1937, in Lawtey, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Florida State University and from 1962 to 1995, she taught music and elementary education in Tallahassee and at a Department of Defense school in Yokohama, Japan (now called Richard E. Byrd Elementary). Mary loved her family and her two frogs, listening to concerts and symphonies, Japanese food, volunteering, playing the piano for churches and retirement homes, traveling all over the world with her husband (and later her child), and most of all, her relationship with God. She volunteered at Ardmore Baptist Church, which she attended for over 25 years. She regularly visited people at Brookridge Retirement Community, which ultimately became her home in Winston-Salem. She was preceded in death by her loving spouse of 26 years, Rolph Charles Fachtmann; her father and mother, Melvin Futch and Joyce Terry Futch; her brother, Terry Futch and wife, Patsy; and her sister-in-law, Vonciel Futch. 

Mary is survived by her only child, Carla Fachtmann (Richard) Fuschillo; two brothers, Benton and Ralph Futch; nephews, Steve (Cindy) Futch, Jeff (Tish) Futch, Bruch (Rhonda) Futch, and Dean (Jill) Futch; nieces, Eve (Chuck) Jones, and Karen Sawyer; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. 

A service to celebrate Mary’s life was held on Saturday, Oct. 23,  at Ardmore Baptist Church with Rev. Tyler Tankersley officiated.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pivot Ministry, 501 Miller St., Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, 3655 Reed St., Winston-Salem, NC 27107, and Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 Miller St., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Fachtmann.





Christie Harper



Christie Harper

MIDDLEBURG – Christie Lee Harper, age 62, of Middleburg passed away unexpectedly at her home Saturday, October 23, 2021. 

She was born November 4, 1958, in Jacksonville to Harold and Betty (Butler) Sanders.  Christie graduated from Orange Park High School and enjoyed cooking, being outdoors and especially loved being with her grandchildren. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death last year by her husband, Daniel Harper. 

Christie’s survivors are: her children, Paula Collier of Middleburg, Michael (Robin) Collier  of St. Augustine, and Joseph Harper of Orlando; her father, Harold Sanders of Keystone Heights; and two sisters, Brenda Trull and Patricia Loudy both of Jacksonville. Also left behind are two precious grandchildren, Abbigail and Tyler; along with a host of extended family members and friends that will miss her dearly. 

A memorial service for Christie will be held Monday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.  

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Dr., Keystone Heights. (352) 473-3176.




Ronald Jakcsy

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS  Ronald Andrew Jakcsy, age 86, of Keystone Heights passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021, at his home in Keystone Heights. Ronald was born on February 18, 1935, to Andy and Leana (Collins) Jakcsy in Toledo, Ohio. Ronald retired after 20 years of service in the United States Navy. He also retired from 20 years of civil service and was a mechanic. He was a member of the Fleet Reserves Club for 40 years and attended Freedom Baptist Church.

 He is survived by his wife,  Eileen Helen (Joaquin) Jakcsy; and children, John, Doug, Tobbie, Gerald and Terrance. Additionally, by his siblings, Robert, Gloria, Jack, Pat, and Diane. Ronald has eight grandchildren, and twelve great- grandchildren.

Memorial services will be announced later. 

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



Margaret LewisMargaret Lewis

SOUTH DAKOTA On Thrusday, October 28, 2021 Margaret Lewis passed into eternity to be with Jesus. Margaret Jean Nofcier was born August 24, 1919 in Merrimac, Wisconsin, to William and Eulala (Boatwright) Nofcier, the first of two daughters.

A curious over-achiever with a passion for learning, Margaret skipped a grade then begged her father to let her start college early. When he refused, she kept herself busy by joining every single club in the school. Margaret enrolled and graduated from a 3-year RN program, became a registered nurse, then earned a BS degree from Asbury College. During her final 2 years at Asbury, she met husband-to-be, LeRoy H. Lewis, a Divinity student at Asbury. They married on her graduation day, and seven years later, daughter, Linda was born. Margaret worked in hospital nursing in her early marriage. LeRoy joined the Air Force Chaplaincy and daughter, Barbara was born 2 years later. Son, Roy, came along during a rotation in Germany 7 years later. Margaret and LeRoy were married nearly 35 years. Margaret loved to travel and enjoyed all seven of their Air Force assignments. When Roy was 12, she returned to work teaching nursing at the local university, then decided to earn a master’s degree. After her husband retired, Margaret wrote and received a grant, and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. Linda and Barbara, both in college at the time, and Roy were proud but not surprised by their mother’s success. Soon after, Margaret, husband, and son moved to Keystone Heights. In Florida, Margaret was a college nursing instructor, then worked in mental health centers until retiring in 1983, when she moved to Alaska to be near children and grandchildren. After 28 years, and in pursuit of assisted living, Margaret relocated to Hot Springs, South Dakota, to be near daughter Linda, where she lived for six years, celebrating her 97th-102nd birthdays at Pine Hills. Margaret was beautiful in spirit and person, generous and kind, intellectual and fun-loving. Most of all, Margaret was a Christian from childhood and loved the Lord, teaching her children and others about Jesus and living in His presence her entire life. Margaret showed love and kindness to everyone, extending it especially to those who had no one to love them. She will be missed by many friends and family in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Washington.

Margaret is survived by: daughters, Linda (Adam) Heath of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Barbara (Larry) Cash of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Roy (Maria Elena) Lewis of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Heather Gray of Nederland, Colorado, Allison (Aaron) Jack of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jordan (Lauren) Cash of Vancouver, Washington, Jesse (Sarah Klausmeyer) Lewis of Seattle, Washington; and great- grandchildren, Jacob Games of Aurora, Colorado, Jaden Games of Nederland, Colorado, Bowman, Lincoln and Barrett Jack of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Quinn and Callie Cash of Vancouver, Washington, Lucia and Bruno Lari of Seattle, Washington; niece, Nan (Alan) Braden of Owensboro, Kentucky; nephew, George (Lori) Triplett of Owensboro, Kentucky; and niece, Margaret (Roger)  Daniel of Georgetown, Kentucky.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. For updates contact:  Obituary | Margaret N. Lewis of Hot Springs, South Dakota | Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home (



Carlton Martin

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Mr. Carlton “Harrold” Martin, Jr., age 72, of Keystone Heights passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Middleburg. He was born in Jacksonville, November 6, 1948, to Carlton and Edna (Brinson) Martin Sr. For many years Mr. Martin worked as a HVACR technician. He was a Baptist, sons of AMVETS Post 86 in Keystone and was known for being a type “O” blood donor on a regular basis. He also enjoyed being out on his boat fishing but most of all loved being with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ruth (Fort) Martin.

Survivors include: his sons, Carl (Emily) Martin, and Carlton Martin III all of Keystone Heights; daughters, Theresa (Lee) White and Janet (Jimmy) Brown all of Middleburg. Also left behind are his sisters, Brenda Rowlings of Keystone Heights, and Debbie Martin of Upstate New York. He was lovingly called “pop” and “papa” by his grandchildren, Kyle, Skyler, Amelia, Damion, Alexas, Guy, Lee, Buddy, Curtis, and Haley.

Graveside services for Mr. Martin will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov 8, with Pastor Steve Conner officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

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



Thomas Miley



Thomas Miley

STARKE Thomas Edward Miley, age 73, of Starke passed away at his home on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Mr. Tommy was born in Eustis on January 1, 1948 to the late Ralph and Lillian “Etheridge” Miley. Tommy enjoyed his birds and chickens, working on cars and lawn mowers and keeping up with the grandkids sporting events. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his wife, Sharron Marie Ellison of Starke; sister, Annette Rogers of Middleburg; daughter, Lillian (Clinton Wayne) Smith of Prattville, Alabama; granddaughters, Evelyn Ruth Smith and Liberty Ann Smith each from Prattville, Alabama; grandson, Clinton Wayne Smith, III of Prattville, Alabama; cousin that was like a brother, Kenneth (Fay) Etheridge of Starke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel. A visitation will precede the service beginning at 1 p.m.  Services will be officiated by Pastor Lester Austin.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona Street, Starke.





Bob Starnes

OSPREY Bob J. Starnes, of  Osprey, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021. 

He was born August 29, 1930, in Chester, South Carolina to the late Samuel and Fannie Mae Starnes. He attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and graduated in 1952. He was commissioned in the US Army in 1952, graduated from US Army Advanced Flight School, and served in Korea for sixteen months during the Korean War. Upon release from active duty, Starnes became a pilot for Eastern Air Lines, and for the next thirty years, he flew the Atlantic and Pacific oceans as well as North and South America. While flying for Eastern, Starnes moved to Arcadia where he was also a cattle rancher, citrus grower, and real estate broker. He was active in civic, social, and church activities. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church of Arcadia.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jacqueline Casey Starnes; and his wife, Donna C. Starnes; his brother, Wallace F. Starnes of Columbia, South Carolina; and his sister, Marguerite Mitchell of Arcadia.

Survivors include his children, Mike (MaryAnne) of Starke, Steve Starnes of Hilliard, Caroline Fleurissaint of Belleair Bluffs, Jack (Shelley) Starnes of Port St. Lucie, Suzy Harrison of Indiantown and, Jenny Turner of Arcadia; and 17 grandchildren.

A visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 29, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Graveside services was held on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Joshua Creek Cemetery in Arcadia. Rev. Louie Mabry of Trinity United Methodist Church officiated. The United States Army Honor Guard closed with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made at

Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral & Cremation Services have been entrusted with the arrangement.