Obituaries — May 24, 2022

Roy Earl Green




Roy Earl Green

Homegoing services for Roy Earl Green will be held at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Waldo on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11 a.m.







Earl Griffis

Earl Vasco Griffis, 94, died Sunday, May 15, 2022. He was born Jan. 24, 1928 and raised in Bradford County

He is survived by his wife, Rachel; sons, Richard Moore, Kenney Moore, Kevin Moore, Raymond Moore, Rodger Moore; and a daughter, Susan Herndon Wilkerson.

Funeral services were held at the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel of Jones-Gallagher Funeral home. Burial followed at Lawtey Cemetery. 



Winifred Howard

BROOKER Winifred Crosby Howard, 94, of Brooker died  Saturday, May 21, 2022, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph C. Howard; her parents; and a brother, James P. Crosby.

She is survived by her children, Gene (Anne) Howard of Winter Park, Bob (Rhonda) Howard of San Antonio, Texas, Diane Alderman of Atlanta, Terri Howard of Brooker, and Elaine Howard of Brooker.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at  Brooker Baptist Church. Internment will follow at Dedan Cemetery in Brooker.

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


Hilda Mock

LAKE BUTLER Hilda Terrell Mock, 82, of Lake Butler, died Friday, May 20, 2022, at the Haven Hospice in Lake City. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Allie (Bryd) Terrell; her brothers, Walter Clyde Terrell; and sisters, Gladys Lee and JoAnn Mayo.

She is survived by her husband, Ezra Mock of Lake Butler; and her children, Deborah (Buddy) Broughton, Gene Mock, and Leslie (Robert) Fillyaw, all of Lake Butler.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m. at Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008.


Seth Michael Plant

Seth Michael Plant

Seth Michael Plant, 30, the cherished son of Michael and Joy Plant tragically lost his life on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 while stationed in Anchorage, Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He was born on Nov. 16, 1991 in Jacksonville and was raised in Starke before moving to St. Augustine, where he lived the remainder of his life. He graduated from Pedro Menendez High School in 2010 and enlisted in the United States Army immediately afterwards. Serving his country was a lifelong dream for him, and the zeal he pursued his dream with was unmatched. During his time in the Army, he served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom with the United States Navy SEALS. He was a decorated soldier and received the Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Service Ribbon; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; the Parachutist Badge; and, most recently, the Arctic Tab. At the time of his passing, he had recently been promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Arctic Airborne unit. He was a decorated war veteran, a leader, a fighter, and a hero. He was also a hard worker in the service industry for many years while serving the locals and tourists of St. Augustine. During this time he made a multitude of friends, and everyone knew him. He never met a stranger. He was a true Momma’s boy. His father’s pride and joy. Seth and his siblings always joked that he was the “favorite child.” The bond between Seth and his sisters is rare and special. He adored being called “Uncle Bubby” by his nieces and nephew. He was also a loyal and beloved grandson, nephew, and cousin. He loved being outdoors, playing the drums, shooting guns, motorcycles, and spending time with his family and friends. Even though he was a tough military man, he loved to sing, dance, laugh, rough house with his nieces and nephew, visit the beach, hike mountains and be with his family and friends. He never missed an opportunity to be home with the people he loved so dearly. He loved to cook. He loved to eat. He loved the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. But his favorite holiday of all was the Fourth of July. He loved to don his most patriotic attire, visit the lake with his family and then downtown St. Augustine for the fireworks. He wouldn’t miss it. He had a host of nicknames including Bubby, Budders, Rooney, Self, Man Cub, Sethy Poo, Sergeant Self, Seffers, Shaggy, Big Smoke and, of course, “The Favorite Child.” He was preceded in death by his older brother, Cade Plant; paternal grandfather, Kenneth Plant; and maternal grandfather, Martin Carlton; niece, Mila Hersey; and nephew, Holden Hersey; uncle, John Plant; cousin, Clint Moore Jr.; and his many fallen brothers in arms.

He is survived by his father, Mike; mother, Joy; sisters, Gini Solano and Amber Hersey; nieces, Sophia and Gabriella Hersey; and nephew, Jaxon Hersey; paternal grandmother, Carol Plant; uncle, Paul Plant; aunt, Vickie Daniel; uncle, Jeff (Anna) Plant; maternal grandmother, Sharon Carlton; uncles, Barry Carlton, Daniel (Michelle) Carlton,  Matthew (Hollie) Carlton; his beloved Black Sheep; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

While comforting a fellow fallen soldier’s family member, Seth said, “Unfortunately, that’s how life works, it takes the most shining lights away from us. You just have to remember him and everything about him and don’t let him be forgotten.” The family invites you to honor his life, his service and his memory. Today and all days. Never forget him.

Visitation will be Friday, May 27, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, 385 State Road 207, St. Augustine.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, at Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 SR-A1A, St. Augustine.  Interment with full military honors will follow at San Lorenzo Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing may make a contribution in his memory to the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 244, St. Augustine, FL 32085.

Arrangements are by St. Johns Family Funeral Home, 385 State Road 207, St. Augustine, 32084.



Esther Sapp




Esther Sapp

Esther Griffis Sapp, 95, of Tallahassee died on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Centre Pointe Health and Rehabilitation in Tallahassee.  She was born in Starke, on May 1, 1927 to the late Gadson E. Griffis and Pearl Prevatt Griffis.   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon E. Sapp Jr.; her daughter, Susan Carol Whitaker; and brothers, William E. Griffis, James E. Griffis, and John L. Griffis.

 She is survived by her son, Donald (Edith) V. Sapp of Tallahassee.

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





Michael Strayhorn Sr.

STARKE Michael “Mike” Thomas Strayhorn Sr., 77, of Starke, died on Thursday, May 19, 2022.  

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Strayhorn of Starke; and children, Gwen (Dave) Werner of Gainesville, Jimmy (Amy) Long of Keystone Heights, Amie (Robert) Cox of Windermere, Michael Thomas Strayhorn Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia and Jade Gaelyn-Ledai of Tampa.

A reception will be held on Tuesday, May 31, in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel at Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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



Jean Thomas


Jean Thomas

Jean Dugger Thomas passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 14, 2022 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on Oct. 17, 1941 to Lawrence and Cora Dugger in Jacksonville.  She was the oldest of five children and resided with her family in Raiford until graduation from Bradford High School in 1959. She attended the St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing program and was a dedicated registered nurse for over 30 years. In addition to being a caring nurse, she was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. She enjoyed summers on Lake Swan and many weekends traveling to Gator games with her husband, James, and friends. She was an avid reader, talented painter and, in her younger years, an excellent water skier. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Cora Dugger; her brothers,  Leonard Dugger and Richard Dugger; and her sister, Mary Stephens.

She is survived by James, who was her high school sweetheart and, eventually, her devoted care-giver. She and James were to celebrate 60 years of marriage the week of her passing. She is also survived by her daughters, Susan (Michael) McConnell,  Leslie (David) Ramshaw; and her son Kevin Thomas; sister, Peggy Dugger;  sisters-in-law, Kathy Dugger  and Emma Dugger; grandchildren, Alex (Callie)  Passwater, Allison (Justin) Nappy, Ashley (Steven) Hinson, Kyle Thomas, Jack Ramshaw and Eli Ramshaw; great-grandsons, Gaige, Judson, Logan and Wells; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all of her caregivers; especially Tony, Edna and Julianna. And also share their appreciation for the love and support from friends and neighbors during her long illness. Memorial donations in her name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter, 1410 Roosevelt Blvd #709, Clearwater, FL 33762 or





Edna Underwood

STARKE Edna Lenear Underwood, 85, of Starke passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona St., Starke 32091.