Obituaries — May 7, 2024

Roger Barnett

Roger Barnett

Roger Barnett, 82, a loving father, grandfather and great- grandfather, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 3, 2024. He was born June 22, 1941, to Cecil and Ora Barnett. He was born in Willard, Ohio but went on to spend much of his adult life traveling the United States as a minister, mechanic and business owner. He and his family settled in Union County around 1980. Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Roger Jr.; grandson, D.J.; great-granddaughter, Saylor Reese; seven brothers; and four sisters. 

He will be missed by his two sisters, Jackie McKinney and Pearl Woodruff; brother, Ronnie Barnett; the mother of his children, Rosanna Barnett; seven children, Kim (Marvin) Prose, Regina (Marvin) Seay, Rodney (Kim) Barnett, Faith Barnett, Hope (Eddie) Seay, Charity (David) Clemons and Ezra Barnett; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one soon-to-be great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends that he loved to talk to and spend time with. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

A service to honor him was held Tuesday, May 7, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home. The family received friends for a visitation before the service.  He was laid to rest immediately following the service at Elzey Chapel Cemetery.

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







Dorothy Donley


Dorothy Donley

Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” S. Donley, 80, of Speedville, transitioned on Sunday, April 28, 2024, following a brief illness.

Dot is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Lloyd; daughter, Gwen; grandchildren, Takenya, Adrien, and Ta’Kera; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of sorrowing family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m at First Baptist Church, 163 W. Jefferson St., Starke. Burial will be at Speedville Cemetery. Public visitation will be held Friday, May 10, at Pinkney-Smith Funeral Home Inc., 21400 SE Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be a viewing at First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 11, beginning one hour prior to the service. For further information visit







Harvey Geiger

Harvey Leon Geiger, 74, of Jacksonville passed away Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  He was born in Macclenny on March 12, 1950, to the late Homer Lee Geiger and Mary Bell Dicandio Geiger. He was raised in Starke and attended Bradford High School. Shortly after school, he pursued his career in welding. He moved to Miami to become certified, then to Tampa for a brief season, and finally settled in Georgia.  He spent most of his life in Moultrie, Georgia, where he was a longtime member of the Christian Life Center.  In October 2019, he made Jacksonville his home to be closer to family.  Harvey was known for his love of welding, tinkering, and fishing.  He was certainly a treasure and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Geiger; sisters, Wanda Rhoden and Sue Strickland; and brother-in-law, Raymond Rhoden.

He is survived by his sons, Harvey (Donna) Wilson of Moultrie, Georgia and Homer (Lori) Geiger of Wichita, Kansas; sister, Mary Lee (Terry) Carswell of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Jeffery (Kimberly) Wilson, Anthony Wilson, Karina Wilson, Marisela (Mynor) Ajpop, Alaxandar Wilson; great- grandchildren, Rhylee Wilson, Shaun Wilson, Jensen Scarborough, Jonavan Scarbrough, Scarlett Bruce, Mia Ajpop, Elian Ajpop, and Kaylee Ajpop; along with several extended family members.

A graveside Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, May 8, at Dyal Cemetery, C.R. 229, Stake, with Pastor Billy Bray officiating.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Ferreira Funeral Services, 1320 Chaffee Road South, Jacksonville 32221, 904-378-7777.  Visit to sign the family’s guest book.




Katrina James

Katrina “Kathy” Y. James, 65, of Starke, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Starke. She was born in Lawtey and was a lifelong resident of Bradford County. She attended the local schools of Bradford County and was a member of True Vine Outreach Ministry.

She leaves precious memories to her sisters, Mildred Postell, Bette Reeves, Sharon Brown, Shirley Green and Janice Bennett; brothers, Leonard Heath, Raymond Heath and Wayne Finn; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many sorrowing friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at True Vine Outreach Ministry Church, 422 St. Claire St., Starke 32091. Interment will be at Peetsville Cemetery in Lawtey, under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke, 32091. Visitation for friends will be held Friday, May 10, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Carl and Elaine D. Haile Memorial Chapel/Haile Funeral Home Inc.



Grady Watson Jr.

Grady Ercelle Watson, Jr., 71, of Melrose died Monday, April 29, 2024, at his home.

Survivors are his wife, Karen (Faircloth) Watson of Melrose; children, Kimberly Keough, Ian Pate, Farah (Rick) Betsill; four grandchildren; three siblings; and extended family members.

Services were held Monday, May 6, at Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was laid to rest next to his parents in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Waston Milton Funeral Home, Trenton. 352-463-8888.