Obituaries — May 21, 2024

Charlotte Austin

Charlotte Austin

Charlotte Louise Austin was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of everyone with her vibrant personality and unwavering dedication to her friends and family. She was born on June 11, 1972, in Orlando and sadly departed from this world unexpectedly on Thursday, May 9, 2024, in Lake Butler. She was a lifelong resident of Lake Butler and the proud owner of a successful house-cleaning business. Described as feisty, greathearted, and loyal, her presence lit up every room she entered. She considered friends family and loved hard on the people in her life. Her love for crafts, cooking, and adventure reflected her joyful spirit and willingness to embrace all that life had to offer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Ray and Peggy Stanford Dees.

She is survived by her loving husband of nine years, Seneca “Buddy” Austin, who stood by her side through thick and thin; her cherished daughters, Erika Michelle Horton, Ashley Nicole (Richard) Lynch, and Kristen Anne Horton; stepchildren, Travis (Melissa) Stephens, Seneca Justin (Angie) Austin, and Tammy Shealy (Holland); and grandchildren, Hailey, Amber, and Brandon Mullen, Alona Davis, Leah Lynch, Jimarion Simmons, Darrion Simmons, Keaton Horton, Derez Parker, Matt Stephens, and Dylan Stephens. She is also survived by her sisters, Helen Crews, Victoria Dees, and Stephanie Dees; along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A visitation to honor her life took place on Tuesday, May 14, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler. The gathering was followed by a Celebration of Life ceremony at the same location. Her final memorialization will be by cremation under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home. 

PAID OBITUARY

 

 

Marlene Connor

Marlene Connor

Mrs. Marlene Connor, 85, of Starke passed away at her home Monday, May 20, 2024, following an extended illness.  She was born Oct. 7, 1938, in Starke to Newn D. and Gladys (Parmenter) Burney.  She was known for driving a school bus, selling life insurance, and working at the Handy Way convenience store. She was a member of Cross Church, loved traveling to the Smokey Mountains and taking care of her cat, “Fluffy,” but, most of all, she loved her church and her family.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Connor; son, Ty Clemons; and a brother, Bobby Hutcheson.

Left behind to cherish her memory are three children, Ricky (Wanda) Clemons, Victor Clemons, and Kim (Richard) Wimpy, all of Starke.  She was lovingly called “Mema” by six grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 26, at DeWitt C. Jones Chapel from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.  A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. with Mr. Justin Durrance and Mr. Jason Crawford officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Community Hospice.  

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona St., Starke 32091. 904-964-6200  www.jonesgallagherfh.com

PAID OBITUARY

 

 

 

 

Marjorie Dobbs

Marjorie Dobbs

Mrs. Marjorie Wilkinson Dobbs, 86, of Raiford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. She was born on Feb. 24, 1938, on a farm in Raiford, to Rev. Maxie Wilkinson and Effie Mae (Harris) Wilkinson. She was a lifelong resident of Raiford and a 1957 graduate of Union County High. Growing up and working on a farm were very influential on her life. It taught her humility, a strong work ethic, and appreciation, but it also provided a way to meet her future husband, Michael “Bud” Dobbs. It was in the middle of a pea patch where they first met and went on to enjoy 55 years of marriage before his passing in 2012. Simple, sacrificial, and spiritual would best describe her. Her family and faith were her world and the Christ-like love and example she displayed will be imitated for generations to come. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Raiford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; both parents; and her siblings, Audrey Cawthon, Lula Mae Crawford, John “J.L.” Wilkinson, Rev. Kenneth Wilkinson, Gloria Dean Hickman, and Jo Ann Wilkinson.

She is survived by her children, Paula (Dale) Traylor of Starke, Michael Alton Dobbs of Raiford, Rhonda Shealy of Lake Butler, and Larry Earl Dobbs of Raiford; her seven grandchildren, Daniel (Kate) Traylor, Mark (Cheree) Traylor, Mathew Tomlinson, Michael (Allison) Cochran, Channing (Kayla) Dobbs, Kyle Shealy, and Kaylee Shealy; 12 great-grandchildren, Aubree, Emily, Molly, Nathan, Ela, Raelynn, Ramsey Kay, Madeline, Bud, Stetson, Emerson, and Jasper; her brother, Doug (Anita) Wilkinson of Raiford; and numerous extended family also survive.

A funeral to honor her life will be held on Friday, May 24 at her church, Fellowship Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Haven Hospice of Gainesville. www.beyourhaven.org/donate

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

PAID OBITUARY

 

 

Kesha Johns

Kesha Johns

Kesha Lynn Johns was born on Aug. 23, 1978, in Jacksonville and unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024, in Starke at the age of 45. She was known for her warm heart and sharp mind, qualities that defined her both personally and professionally. After graduating from Bradford County High School, she pursued further learning and obtained her associate’s degree from Santa Fe College. Throughout her career, she worked diligently as owner and property appraiser for Outlook Endeavors. More recently she transitioned into a role of an office manager. Her dedication and work ethic left a lasting impact on all those she encountered.
One of her greatest joys in life was her family. Her children, Jadon Hudson Johns and McKenzie Rose Sorrell, meant the world to her. She poured her love and devotion into their lives, shaping them into the remarkable individuals they are today. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Wilkes; and her brother, David F. Rogers.

Other than her children, she leaves behind her mother, Clara Dean Clark Wilkes; and special family members, Deborah Phillips and Pat Lawhorn.

A graveside service was held at Evergreen Cemetery in Raiford on Thursday, May 16.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home. 386-496-2008  www.archerfuneralhome.com

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Leslie Johnson Sr.

Leslie Johnson Sr.

Leslie Gordon Johnson Sr., 86, affectionately known as “LG,” passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong resident of Bradford County.  He was born in Starke on Nov. 25, 1937, to the late Anthony Johnson Sr. and Phyllis Roberts Johnson. After school, he worked at his father’s feed store, Johnson’s Feed, for many years with his father until starting his career at Dupont.  He served as a bagger and worked several years to become a welder.  After many dedicated years at Dupont, he retired and pursued his passion for farming.  He loved tending to his cattle, being on his farmland, fishing, traveling, and going on cruises. More than anything, he loved his family and enjoyed making special memories with them, but especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, love for his family, and being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was certainly a treasure and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Johnson; son, Adro Johnson; grandchildren, Bug, Tiffany and Leslie Ann Johnson; four brothers; and four sisters.

LG is survived by his children, William L. “Billy” Johnson of Starke and Leslie (Priscilla) Johnson, both of Starke, and Debbie (Tony) Berrios of Tampa; daughter-in-law, Linda Johnson of Starke; along with many grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel with Pastor Roger Worten officiating.  Interment will follow at Dyal Cemetery in Starke.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 23, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

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

PAID OBITUARY

 

 

Walter Little Sr.

 

 

Walter Little Sr.

Walter “Walt” Chester Little Sr., 75, of Starke died Monday, May 20, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim Little; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Little.

Survivors are his children, Walter “Chet” Chester (Angela) Little Jr., David Little, and Jessica (Steven) Page; brother, Larry Little; sister, Ann (David) Cline, sister-in-law, Celia Little; six grandchildren; and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Michaud

Mrs. Jacqueline “Jackie” Ann Michaud, 58, of Keystone Heights died at her home Thursday, May 16, 2024, following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James Michaud. 

Survivors are children, Jack Bennett, Matthew Michaud, and Katherine Michaud; brother, John L. Bennett; niece Valerie Ann Bennett; nephew, John Luther Bennett Jr., and additional family members and friends. 

There are no scheduled services at

Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights 32656. 352-473-3176. www.jonesgallagherfh.com

 

 

David Muir

 

 

David Murr

David Lee Murr, 65, of Starke, died Saturday, May 18, 2024, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his mother; and loving wife of 28 years, Susan Murr.

Survivors are his father, Danny Lee Murr of Jacksonville; children, Maegan Isip and Zachary Radcliff; sisters, Tracee (Russell) Kellar and Nancy (Robert) Smallwood; Kathy (Jimmie) Avant; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

 

 

 

 

Barbara Porter

 

Barbara Porter

Barbara Masters Porter, 75, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 6, 1948, to the late Arthur W. Masters and Julia Winkler Underhill in Gainesville. She grew up in Starke, where she attended the Bradford schools and graduated in 1966. She helped her mother, Julia, start the family floral business, Julia’s Florist, in 1973. Her talent was a blessing to the business and, after working alongside her mother for 10 years, she decided to go back to college and earn her nursing degree.  She served as an RN for 30 years before retiring. She enjoyed gardening, softball, her pets and spending time with her family. She always loved telling jokes and making people laugh.

She will be missed by her husband, William “Bill” Porter; her children, Julie Hollingsworth Padgett, Elissa Jo Hollingsworth, Alexus (Bre) Carter, Billy (Kimmie) Porter; her siblings, Dorothy Masters Starling, Arthur Masters, Brenda Matthews, and Buddy Ruis; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends that she loved.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, 11 a.m. at Airpark Baptist Church 521 N. Orange St. in Starke.

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Gary Teate

Gary Teate

Our beloved Gary William Teate, 72, of Starke, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at his home with his family, and with Jesus in his heart. He was born Feb. 11, 1952, in Jacksonville to the late Jacob and Myrtice (Barrett) Teate.  He was an eighth-generation Floridian. He grew up on the Ortega River, where he found a love for fishing and just being on the water. He was an athletic, creative, and talented young man. One of his many talents was refurbishing antique and special-interest cars, a passion he shared with his best friend, Eddie Weldon. Eventually, the two would turn their skill set into a business on the west side of Jax called “Total Performance.” Many of the cars they restored, engine to body, would go on to be displayed in car shows. Not being relegated to just one set of skills, the two friends found themselves making routed wood signs for local businesses and doing fiberglass repair and motor work on boats at Julington Creek Marina. He was a very skilled builder/craftsman and he always had a project he was working on.
Gary would later take a job with the COJ Public Works Department, which would eventually become JEA’s Project Engineering Dept., working as a plan reviewer and assisting engineers and developers with countless development projects over many years, where he would ultimately retire.
He was also a skilled writer and poet, often moving his loved ones to tears with his craft. He was a dedicated father who was always active in his children’s sports (among other hobbies), either as a coach or as a passionate parent awaiting his likely ejection by an umpire. He had an affinity for history and “old Florida.”  He loved a good Western, his sweet tea, and some good southern cooking. His family will especially remember with great fondness all of the times spent together at Lake Kerr, Fernandina Beach and Crescent beach. They will remember how he was always sure to make the holidays fun and special, his great sense of humor (of course), how his unique laugh could fill all of the space within a room. And most of all, his deep, deep love for them.  

He is survived by his wife Donna (Torrent) Teate; his children, Lorrie (Buster) Morgenstern, Casey (Hope) Teate and Shelley (Phil) Moody; as well as his sister, Patti (Don) Priest; stepchildren, Michelle (Robert) Walker and Christian (Cassandra) Kornegay; he left behind 17 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs, Pickles and Peanut.

Gary’s graveside service will be Thursday, May 23, at Jacksonville Memory Gardens in Orange Park on Blanding Boulevard. The viewing and book signing starts at 10:30 a.m., with the service following at 11 a.m. with Pastor Terry Blakesley.  

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

PAID OBITUARY