Obituaries — July 9, 2024

Applean Brown

Applean Brown

Applean Marion Reynolds Brown, 93, of Starke, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2024, at Diamond Assisted Living in Green Cove Springs. She was born in Moniac, Georgia on Nov. 10, 1930. After Millard returned from deployment in the Pacific in 1946, he returned to Baker County High School to complete his degree. There he met and was swept off of his feet by Applean. They were married before they graduated together in 1948. After high school graduation, they were off to Gainesville for Millard to attend the University of Florida and then to Jacksonville, where Millard taught and later served as Dean of Students at Ribault High School. In Jacksonville, Applean had her children Terry and twins Tina and Gina. In 1968, the family moved to Starke, where Millard served as an administrator at the Bradford-Union ocational school. Applean was a devoted housewife and mother, but also worked at a number of different jobs in retail and at the practice of local dentist, J. E. Denmark. Her devotion and care for her mother in her last years, and for Gina when she was very ill, set the loving example she was admired for among her friends and family. Applean was known as “Nana” to all the children and grandchildren. She loved her family and her Thanksgiving dinners, especially her cornbread dressing and pound cake, that were enjoyed by all. Her home was always immaculate, and she always had freshly made treats for any visitor who happened to be lucky enough to enter her home. She was devoted to her husband, Millard, for 71 years, and cared for him under difficult circumstances in his later years as his health declined while she was well into her 80s. She was a soft-spoken woman, always loving and kind. A recurring theme among those who knew her was that they could not remember a cross word to have ever come out of her in all of the years that they knew her. She was gifted in the ability to understand and influence people so that they would be more Christ- like in their actions. She always took special care of herself and her appearance. She rolled her hair every night before bed, and even in her later years, she was known in the assisted living home as always looking “perfect” and being the only patient to never complain about a thing. After retirement, she and Millard loved family cruising and travel in general. They were able to visit all of the continents of the world, except for Africa, during their “go” years. She also very much enjoyed ensuring her family was able to travel with her. She and Millard were also avid square dancers and often traveled and performed in conventions, one as far away as England! She and Millard raised a family of faith and were devoted members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Starke. They loved their church and their church family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Millard Brown; and her loving daughter, Gina Brown Frazee.

She leaves behind a son, Terence (Janis) Brown of Daytona Beach Shores; daughter, Tina (Bill) Brown McRae of Kingsley Lake; and seven grandchildren, Christina (Chris) Brown-Wujick of Tampa, Terence (Cassy) Brown Jr. of Orlando, Andrew McRae of Nashville, Michael (Heather) McRae of Columbia, South Carolina, Colton (Brooke) Frazee of St. Augustine, Morgann Frazee of St. Petersburg, and Christopher Brown of Starke. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Kimberly McRae, Brianna and William Wujick, Sophia Brown, and Brighton Frazee; as well as many wonderful and loving cousins, nieces and nephews. This tribute was prepared by the family of Ms. Applean Marion Reynolds Brown.

A memorial service was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Starke on Saturday, July 6, 2024. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gina’s Blessings Mission Project at (contact Bill McRae at 904-769-2738 or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Starke, 212 N. Church St., Starke, 904-964-6126.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke. 904-964-5757. Visit to sign the family’s guest book.



John H. Hudson

Deacon John Henry Hudson, 88 of Starke, transitioned on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at his residence. He attended the local schools of Bunnell and Bradford County. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member and served as a Deacon at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. He retired from Griffin Industries in Hampton.

He leaves precious memories to his children, Charles Edward Hudson, Eric Hudson, Charlene Hudson, Betty Jean Hudson, Erica Hudson Gibbs and Jessica Hudson; sisters, Corine Hudson Howard and Barbara Hudson Samuels; brothers, Willie Hudson, Matthew Hudson and Rudolph Hudson; and a host of grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Starke. Interment will be held at Oddfellow Cemetery in Starke under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke, 32091. 904-964-7905. The repose will be held on Friday, July 12, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church for friends from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. The cortege will form at the home of Deacon Hudson on Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m.



Raymond Kerschner

Raymond Edward Kerschner, 59, of Graham died Friday, June 28, 2024, at Baptist Medical Center South.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Tina (Morris) Kerschner; and mother, Twila (Fry) Kerschner.

Survivors are his son, Charles Albert Morris (Morgan) Kerschner; his father, Russell Roger Kerschner Jr.; two brothers; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at DeWitt C. Jones Chapel of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home on Friday, July 12, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Santa Fe Cemetery.

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


Leaton Mathews Sr.

Mr. Leaton Aaron “Buddy” Mathews Sr., 81, of Starke died Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville. He was a member of Highland First Baptist Church.   Prior to retirement, he was a self-employed truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Haynes) Mathews; daughter, Terri Harrison; son, Leaton “Aaron” (Denise) Mathews Jr.; stepdaughters, Christina (James) Cole and Katie Chapman; seven grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m. at Highland First Baptist Church.

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


Reginald Morris

Reginald L. Morris, 59, of Starke transitioned on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at the University of Florida Shands Hospital. He was born in Starke and attended the local schools of Bradford County. He was of the Methodist faith.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 6, at St. Matthews Methodist Church in Starke with Rev. Alvin Green, eulogist. Interment followed at Oddfellow Cemetery under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke 32091. 904-964-7905. The cortege formed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie and Minnie Lee Edmond, 831 Florida St., Starke 32091.



Wilbert D. Sewell

Wilbert D. Sewell

Wilbert D. Sewell, 60, of Starke transitioned this life on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at his residence. He was born in Jacksonville and attended the local schools of Bradford County. He worked various construction and road-maintenance jobs over the years. He enjoyed fishing and was a true “Gator Fan” of the University of Florida Gators.

He is survived by his son, Wilbert D. Sewell Jr.; brothers, Jimmie D. Sewell, John Bennett, Sammie Bennett, Mark Bennett and Tom Bennett; sisters, Charlotte Mendez, Christina Reed and Christine Dinet; bonus children, Nick and Shay; aunt, Jessie Mae Berry; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 6, at Antioch Baptist Church, 1220 Grand St., Starke, 32091. Interment was held at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Sampson City, under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke 32091. The repose was held on Friday, July 5, at the Carl and Elaine D. Haile Memorial Chapel/ Haile Funeral Home Inc. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. The cortege formed at the home of Mrs. Jessie Mae Berry, 835 Reva St., Starke, on Saturday.