Obituaries — June 18, 2024

Sherry Barnett

Sherry Barnett

Sherry Beatrice Ogden Barnett was born April 17, 1956, and spent most of her life in Union County, except for one college semester at BYU in Utah, where the snow sent her running back to Florida. She was the first high school and college graduate in her family, given the love of reading and education from her father, Woody. Together, with her husband of 46 years, Douglas Barnett Sr., they created a life and family based on faith in Jesus Christ, faith in each other, joy, laughter, commitment, forgiveness, and as many beach vacations as possible.  As an educator for over 30 years in the Union County School System, she was a friend and mentor to generations. Once, when asked what she was most proud of in her life, she answered, “That anyone can sit next to me anywhere and be themselves, knowing I will not judge them.” Her life was devoted to Christ as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she served in various volunteer positions for over 40 years. Her life of service was instilled by her mother, Jeraline, and extended to all. She would quietly find someone in need, anonymously pay a stranger’s dental bill, or purchase a local family’s Christmas gifts; living the scripture Matthew 6:2. She lived her life by the motto, “Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured,” which, to her, included eating dessert first and laughing as much as possible. She passed away peacefully at home, a home she designed as her “dream home” 30 years ago. Her last days were spent laughing, surrounded by family, friends and her three cats. The family is comforted in the promised blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that she is now standing in full health with her loved ones who preceded her in death, her parents; husband of 46 years, Doug Barnett Sr.; and her siblings, Buddy Ogden and Kristin Akers, all together again in a vision of wholeness with no more disease, addiction, or ailments in a most perfect form of glory for time and all eternity.

Until they meet again, she will be missed and celebrated by her children, Doug (Michele) Barnett Jr. of Fort Worth, Ashley (Javier) Campanini of Alachua, and Ryan Barnett of Lake Butler; her grandchildren, Brendan and Morgan Barnett of Fort Worth; and her siblings, Susan Akers of Lake City, Russel (Dorinda) Akers of Lake Butler, Stewart Akers of Homosassa, and Ane-Elise Worthington (Shawn Henderson) of Lake Butler; along with numerous friends and family. 

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, June 19, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Archer-Milton Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton FuneralHome.386-496-2008  www.archerfuneralhome.com

PAID OBITUARY

 

Johnny Ghent Jr.

Johnny Ghent Jr., 85, of Lawtey passed away on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Haven Hospice Center in Gainesville. He attended the local schools of Bradford County and retired from Lawtey Correctional Institution. He served in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby D. Ghent; his children, Kimberly Ghent and Lillian T. Heizer; grandson, Christopher J. Heizer; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and sorrowing friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Lawtey. Interment will take place at Peetsville Cemetery in Lawtey under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke, 32091. 904-964-7905. Visitation for friends will be held Friday, June 21, at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Lawtey from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The cortege will form at the residence of Mrs. Ruby Ghent, 21211 NE 17th Ave., Lawtey 32058 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.

PAID OBITUARY

 

Michael A. Green

Michael Andreu Green, 78, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Born July 5, 1945, he was the fourth child of former Congressman Robert Alexis (Lex) and Lucile Harris Green. Brain trauma from a premature birth left Michael unable to verbally communicate; however, he was highly gifted in other ways, such as having an extraordinary ability to do mathematics, computer games, and puzzles. He had resided at Tacachale Center in Gainesville since the early 1960s, where he was treated like “family” and was well taken care of by its dedicated staff.  He was predeceased by his parents; and his elder brother, retired Judge R.A. (Buzzy) Green Jr.

He is survived by his sister, Sandra (Lu) Green Sanders of Starke; and his brother, William (Bill) Green of Tallahassee. 

Funeral services will be held at New River Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26. Interment will follow at New River Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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William Redding

William Redding

William Henry Redding, 78, known affectionately as “Billy” or “Bill,” of San Mateo passed away Saturday, June 15, 2024 at HCA Florida Putnam Hospital in Palatka. He was born in Palatka to proud parents, Lonnie and Minnie Redding Sr. He attended Bradford County schools and was a graduate of Bradford High School. He was a self-employed telecommunications contractor for the majority of his adult life. In his spare time, he loved boating and fishing. He loved the Lord and his family and was one of the most generous men you’d meet. If Bill was your friend, you had a friend for life. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Brenda (Aycock) Redding in 2016.

He is survived by his son, Eric (Megan) Redding of Jacksonville; stepchildren, Starla (Cory) Hershey of Hastings and Rhonda (Van) Norris; granddaughter, Emma; step-grandchildren, Skyla, Cort, Ashely, and Amy; step-great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Lennox; siblings, Joy (Ronnie) Beck of Middleburg, Lonnie (Alethia) Redding Jr. of Starke, and Jerry (Carol) Redding and Roger (Karen) Redding, both of Lawtey; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Final memorialization will be by cremation.

Hawke M.T. Forbes and H.M. “Hank” Forbes Jr. of Forbes Funeral Home are honored to assist the family with the arrangements. 409 W. Macclenny Ave., Macclenny, Florida 32063 “With Your Family in Mind”. 904-259-4600. Please leave your condolences for the family in the online guestbook at www.forbesfuneralhome.net

PAID OBITUARY

 

 

 

Esther Romero

Esther Romero

Esther Sarria Romero, 92, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, June 13, 2024, under the care of Community Hospice at Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville. Born on April 28, 1932, in Pinar del Río, Cuba, she was loved by many.  She was blessed with a wonderful spirit and a loving heart for all.  Across her many years of employment in the Bradford County School System as a para-professional, teacher’s assistant and pre-K worker, she was known for her love and compassion for children and her kind words for everyone. She was called “Mima” by so many of those who knew her and was a devoted wife to her husband, Epifanio, and a loving and dedicated mother to her daughter, Esther. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Dr. Epifanio Romero; her parents, Manuel and Enriqueta Sarria; her sisters, Antonia Vergara, Lorenza Bobadilla, Basilia Vigil, and Nidia Machín; her brother, Leocadio Sarria; as well as her grandson, Adam Christopher Hardy; and great-grandson, Colby James Hardy.

She is survived by her daughter, Esther Romero (Don) Hardy; her grandson, Donald (Amy) Hardy Jr.; and two great-granddaughters, Abigail Hardy and Riley Hardy. She is also survived by her brothers, Alfredo, Manolo, and Jorge Sarria; and many nieces and nephews who mostly reside in south Florida.

If you were blessed to know and work with her, please join her family in celebrating her life. The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church on Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at First Baptist Church of Starke, with Pastor Matthew Page and Wailon Haston presiding.  A short interment service will follow at Crosby Lake Cemetery.

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

PAID OBITUARY

 

 

 

Larry Shannon Sr.

 

 

Larry Shannon Sr.

Larry “David” Shannon Sr., 76, of Starke died Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Coker Shannon; children, Sheila (Chad) Thornton, Dana Lynn Jones, Larry David (Kweli) Shannon II; three sisters; 10 grandchildren; and extended family members and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday June 19, at 2 p.m. at the Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jacob Thornton officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alana Singleton

 

 

Alana Singleton

Alana Lee Singleton, 31, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Haven Hospice Lake City. She was born on July 30, 1992, in Jacksonville. She dedicated her life to caring for others as a nurse, exemplifying kindness and empathy in all she did. She was a beloved mother, daughter, and sister. Her time on this earth was far too short, however, she will forever be remembered as a strong, independent, and free-spirited woman. 

She is survived by her loving family, her father, Don, of Lake Butler; her mother, Pat Singleton, of Lake Butler; her sister, Jessica Bicknell of Santa Rosa Beach; and her cherished daughter, Autumn Brooks of Canton, Georgia.

Her final memorialization will be by cremation under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home. 386-496-2008 www.archerfuneralhome.com

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Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Robert David Taylor of Starke passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at North Florida Regional Hospital, Gainesville. He was born on June 30, 1957, to Lee Taylor and Kathrine Fugatt. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1975. He was a painter and mechanic by trade and later retired to be devoted to his wife and to mentor his children and grandchildren. Robert and Theresa shared a loving marriage of 50 years. He truly loved his family deeply and strongly.  He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. His passion was being with his family and joking with his friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Robbie; father, Lee Taylor; mother, Katherine Fugatt; stepmother, Blanche Taylor; and great-granddaughter, Ivory Rose Mosley

He is survived by his wife Theresa; daughter, Terry, of Starke; son, Timmy (Amberly) of Starke; son, Michael of Starke; daughter, Donna (Chris) of Gainesville; and son, Daniel, of Starke. Also left are 24 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren with one more on the way; sister, Joann (Arthur) Denman of Lawtey; sisters-in-law, Lela, Judy, and Marcella; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. at Madison Street Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Lawtey Cemetery with Pastor Richard Cason officiating all services.

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

PAID OBITUARY