Obituaries — Feb. 13, 2024

Hoyt Fuller

Hoyt Ray Fuller passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Orange Park. He was born on Aug. 18, 1966.

No services are scheduled at this time.


Sharon Hankerson

Sharon Hankerson

Sharon Hankerson, 69, of Starke transitioned on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was born on Aug. 16, 1954, to Rev. Dan Hankerson Sr. and Laura T. DeSue Hankerson. She enjoyed cooking, watching basketball (Miami Heat), soap operas, “Survivor” and talking on the phone with family and friends. In addition to her parents; those who preceded her in death were her brothers, Dan Hankerson Jr., Benjamin Hankerson Sr., Saul Hankerson, Edward Hankerson and Samuel Hankerson; and sisters, Minnie Tyson and Dorothy Hankerson.

She leaves to cherish precious memories her daughters, Annice Walker and Lanecia Williams, both of  Tallahassee, and Tiffany (Daniel) Stoddard of Clarksville, Tennessee; sisters, Mary Hankerson of Tallhassee and Judy (Milton) Sumpter of Starke; grandchildren and great- grandchildren, Aureon Wilson, Diyanna Wilson, Royalty Wilson and Devontay Blackwell all of Tallahassee, and Amani Ellis, Brittany Williams, and Harlie Stoddard all of Clarksville, Tennessee; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and sorrowing friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Starke Church God by Faith, 730 Old Lawtey Road, Starke, 32091. Interment will be held at Bob Love Cemetery in Starke. Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 16, at Starke Church of God by Faith. Family hour from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and friends 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Family and Friends may sign the Register Book at

Professional services entrusted to Darrenton K. Harris Sr., assisted by Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke 32091 904- 964-7905






Kathryn Mackey

Kathryn Mackey

 Kathryn “Kathy” Johnston Mackey, 62, of Jacksonville passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, in Jacksonville. She was born in Fairhope, Alabama on Feb. 1, 1962, to the late Manon Johnston Jr. and Ann Crozier Johnston.  She and her family relocated to Jacksonville when she was young. She graduated from Nathan B. Forrest High School in 1980 and, shortly after, she earned an AA degree in business from Florida Community College of Jacksonville.  In 1985, she started working at Jacksonville Transportation Authority as a payroll supervisor.  While at work, she met the love of her life, Samuel Douglas Mackey Jr., and they were happily married on May 6, 1989.  She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend who loved her family dearly.  After dedicating nearly 13 years at JTA she started her employment at Cypress Truck Line, where she has served since 1998.  In her younger years she and her family would take trips to Lake Weir over the summer where they had a vacation home. She loved the outdoors, being on the lake and, more recently, enjoyed making memories at Kingsley Lake in Starke. She attended Shindler Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where she enjoyed worshiping her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She also enjoyed reading and traveling. But, more than anything, she was passionate about her daughters, her dogs, spending time with family, and making sweet memories with those she cherished.  She was a true treasure and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents; and loving husband of nearly 33 years, Samuel Douglas Mackey Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Haley Mackey of Jacksonville, and Kimberly (Travis) Duncan of Starke; brothers, Eddie (Debi) Johnston of Jacksonville, and Jimmy (Theresa) Johnston of Middleburg; and numerous extended family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Feb. 19, at Northside Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ron White officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, Feb. 19, an hour prior to the service at the church. Interment and Committal Service will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville at 2:30 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Ferreira Funeral Services, 1320 Chaffee Road South, Jacksonville, 32221, 904-378-7777.  Visit to sign the family’s guest book.



Verna Schmidt

Verna Grace Schmidt, 90, of Starke, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, at Windsor Manor in Starke. She was born Aug. 6, 1933, in McCrory, Arkansas to E. Stanley and Marie (Rogers) Davis. She graduated from East St. Louis High School and earned her Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Illinois. She was a lifelong educator, retiring from Bradford County Schools after 32 years, although we can testify that she never truly retired from being a teacher. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Starke, where she was the piano accompanist for many years for the early service and she sang in the choir. She founded the Prayer Shawl Ministry and was a member of the Stephen Ministries Group. She was an avid supporter of music and the arts as well as scouting programs. She accompanied many local band students at their district and state solo and ensemble contests. She was proud to have all of her sons and grandsons earn the rank of Eagle Scout. She was preceded in death by the late E. Stanley and Marie (Davis) Rogers; and her husband of 58 years, John Schmidt.

She is survived by Todd (the late Sandy) Schmidt, Cana (Edward) Rensberger, Dirk (Lynn) Schmidt, Shaun (Tammy) Schmidt; as well as grandchildren, Samantha (Chris) Flanders, Rowdy Rensberger, Rachel Rensberger, Merideth (Edward) Padgett, Jonathan Schmidt, Thomas Schmidt, and Amber Schmidt. She had two great- grandchildren, Chloe Flanders and Everett Flanders.

Her Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at Call Street Café. Drop in and visit from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Bradford Education Foundation, 501 W. Washington St., Starke 32091, or Community in Schools, P. O. Box 1003, Starke, 32091, or the Prayer Shawl Ministry at First Church of Starke.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke, 904-964-6200.



Faye Vaughn

Faye Vaughn

Mrs. Faye Malphurs Vaughn, 92, of Bland passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on March 23, 1931, in Bland, to York Lanier Malphurs and Huldah (Rivers) Malphurs. She was a lifelong resident of Bland and a 1949 graduate of Alachua High School. After high school she went to work for the Alachua County Courthouse for 11 years until she married the love of her life, L. Millard Vaughn. After marriage, she became a full-time farmer’s wife, a job she thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at. She was best known for her gift of caregiving. A gift she extended to family, friends, neighbors, and the whole Bland community. She was a lifelong member of the New Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Millard Vaughn; her parents, York and Huldah Malphurs; and her brothers, Lamar and Tommy Malphurs.

She is survived by her children, Tim (Dana) Vaughn of High Springs and Lynne (Craig) Kurimay of Franklin, North Carolina; grandchildren, Rachael (Jorge) Bernal, Katie (Joshua) Lubben, Faith (Jackson Hamnond) Kurimay, Ryan Hoyt, and Brittany (Cory) Scott;  great-granchildren, Charlotte, Sam, Preston, Ryleigh, Jaxson, and (JJ) Greer Scott, still in the oven; her sister, June Register of Bland. Numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family also survive.

A funeral to honor her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at her church, New Oak Grove Baptist Church with Brother Eddie Blalock, Brother Spritz, and Brother Terry Elixson, pastor, officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Friday, Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church. Her interment will immediately follow her services in the New Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

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




Richard Wilburn

Richard “Dennis” Wilburn, 76, of Starke died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at his residence.

Survivors are his wife, ”Judy” Wilburn; daughter, Leigh Ann Grey; a brother; two sisters; best friend, Steve Schrader; and many extended family members

A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, Feb. 12, at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel. Interment was at Pine View Cemetery in Interlachen. 

Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial chapel, Starke, 904-964-5757.