Obituaries — July 1, 2024

Joe Henkle Sr.

Joe Henkle Sr

Joe Ross Henkle, Sr, 90, of Keystone Heights, was re-united with his beloved wife, Mildred, of 67 years, on Monday, June 24, 2024. He was born to Luther LaGrand Henkle and Gladys Madgeline Whitehead Henkle in Warm Springs, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army. Joe was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing. He retired from Georgia Pacific and worked several years afterward for AVIS. He was a Boy Scout Scout Master in Putnam and Clay counties and enjoyed teaching the younger generation his skills and sharing his experience and knowledge. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Starke, where he attended until he was unable to do so. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred; a brother, Jack Henkle; and sisters, Mildred Harrell and Betty Miles. 

He is survived by sons, Rev. Joe Ross Henkle, Jr and Luther Steven Henkle; a sister, Pat Neely of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughter, Faith Elisabeth Henkle (Erik) Winter of Alexandria, Virginia; geat-grandson, Elijah Winter; and great-granddaughter, Aria Winter; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. 

A viewing will be held at South Middleburg Baptist Church, 4565 Alligator Blvd., Middleburg 32068, on Tuesday, July 2, at 10 a.m. The service will follow at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Charles Starling, Delton Kilpatrick and Joe Ross Henkle Jr. officiating. Interment will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

The family is in the care of Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler.





Daniel Phillips

Daniel Phillips

Daniel Littleton “Lit” Phillips, 82, went to his heavenly home on Friday, June 28, 2024, while in the care of Haven-Custead Care Center in Orange Park. He was a lifelong resident of Lawtey, born on Feb. 14, 1942, the youngest son of Owen James Sr. and Minnie Lee Phillips. He was blessed at birth with a big heart and loved his family and friends. He loved the Florida Gators, WWE, and Smackdown. Of even more importance to him was his dedication to the citizens, especially the children, of Lawtey by volunteering at the recreation department for many years and participating by making regular and holiday activities special for everyone. He also worked for the city of Lawtey for 32 years.  He was preceded in death by his parents noted above; and his siblings, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Redd, William C. Phillips, Owen James Phillips Jr., Erle Leslie Phillips, and Ola Mae Gaskins.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Leila Jeanette Phillips; his four stepchildren, Kevin Bailey of Lawtey, Terry Bailey of St. Augustine, Jeff (Jackie) Reynolds of Jacksonville, and Diana (John) Stapleton of Starke; 10 stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his nephews and nieces, Neal Redd of Macon, Georgia, Cheryl Phillips of Gainesville, William Gaskins of Lawtey, and Dee Crawford of Lawtey. Also, a very special note is Ms. Laura Harris, most caring and dedicated friend and neighbor.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lawtey. Daniel’s final memorialization will be by cremation.

Archer-Milton Funeral Home is honored to serve Daniel’s family during this time. 386-496-2008