Obituaries — Feb. 21, 2023

Angela Alford


Angela Alford

Angela Lynn Alford, 55, of Starke passed away on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 26, 1967, in Starke to Robert and Arrie Mae (Browning) Futch. Prior to retirement, she worked as a customer service representative. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Alford; grandparents, Willard and Louise Browning; along with Guy and Deloris Futch.

She is survived by a daughter, Tiffany (Timothy) Topping of Live Oak; sons, Matthew Eric (Brittany) Jenkins Jr. of Interlachen and Chayton Alford of Starke; and her father, Lamar Futch of Starke. Also left behind are three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel of the Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sapp Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona St., Starke, 32091. 904-964-6200. 







Deborah Cowart



Deborah Cowart

Deborah Lynn Cowart entered heaven on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, with her immediate family by her side.  She was born in Jacksonville on Jan. 10, 1970, to Johnny J. and Myra E. Cowart. She spent most of her life as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working for the Department of Children and Families. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing and camping with anyone who shared the same love and passion as she did for the outdoors. She loved her family dearly and anyone who she called a friend, she loved and treated as family as well. She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny J. Cowart Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Myra E. Cowart; brothers, Mark J. Cowart, and Johnny J. (Penny) Cowart III; nieces, Morgan (Stephen) Sowell, Jessica Woods (Donnie King) and Megan (Jacob) DeSue; nephew, Gene (Ashley) Woods; along with several great-nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She will always be remembered and missed by those who knew and loved her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Raiford Community Center. Family and friends will be received during this time.






Donald Glenn

Donald Robert Glenn, of Hampton, was found deceased in his home on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. He was a veteran, having served in the Army and the Navy prior to settling in this area.

Survivors are his brothers, Michael Glenn and Barry Glenn; sisters, Sarah Farrell-Evans, and Linda Taylor-Evans, who raised him; and his stepson, Benjamin Norsworthy of Starke.

Services will be held at Victory Baptist Church, Hampton, on Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m.


 James Hurd Jr.

James “Jim” Edward Hurd Jr., 90, of Keystone Heights died Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at Haven Hospice in Orange Park. He was an 82nd Airborne Ranger during the Korean War. He was a Methodist. a life member of V.F.W. Post 5225 in West Memphis, Arkansas, and a member of the Am Vets Post 86 in Keystone Heights.

He leaves behind many close friends. 

Interment was at Jacksonville National Cemetery. 

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



Bobby Jones


Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones, 85, of Brooker passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, at E. T. York Care Center in Gainesville. He was born April 5, 1937, to Victor and Gertie Green Jones and has been a lifelong resident of Brooker. He worked for the University of Florida for 35 years in the heating plant division as a supervisor. He had a passion for hunting. His favorite was deer hunting, but he was an avid fox hunter as well. Even out of season, he would go in the woods to feed or watch the deer. He attended New River Baptist Church with his wife. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Gertie Jones; and his son-in-law, Shane Thornton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mrs. Carol Jones of Brooker; his daughters, Kathy (Sammy) Hallmark and Thressa Thornton both of Brooker; grandchildren, Amy Hartley, Wendy (Eric) Hall and Waylon Thornton; great-grandchildren, Koy Hartley, Kannon Hartley, Kyler Herndon, Lindsey Hall, Dex Thornton, and Eric Hall; sister, Vickie Thomas of Starke; and numerous extended family.

A graveside service was held on Monday, Feb. 20, at New River Baptist Church Cemetery.

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





Michael Medders

Michael Steven Medders died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2023, at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Elixson Medders of Lake Butler; daughters, Della (Jenny) Dunston of Ormond Beach and April Thomas of Farmville, North Carolina; five stepchildren; one brother; two sisters; and many extended family members

A Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will begin at 4 p.m.

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




Norman Robbins



Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins, 88, of Lake Butler passed away on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2023, at Windsor Health and Rehab following an extended illness. He was born March 31, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois to George and Florence Robbins. In 1962, he and his wife, Glenda, moved their family from Chicago to California. There he worked for Val-Matic Corporation as a western division manager for 37 years until his retirement. In 2015, he and Glenda decided to relocate to Lake Butler to be closer to their eldest son. He was an avid golfer who even played in a Pro-Am Tournament.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Glenda Robbins of Lake Butler; their five children, Keith (Mary) Robbins of Lake Butler, Kriston (Jeff) Yelton of Puyallup, Washington, Hardy (Katie) Robbins of Santa Clarita, California, Claudia (Andre) Toutjian of Fossil, Oregon, and Quinn (Sharie) Robbins of La Cañada, California; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.

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