Obituaries (5-17-16 edition)

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Phillip H. Brown

Phillip “Phil” H. Brown, 70, of Bardin, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following an extended illness.

A native of Four Oaks, N.C., he resided in Putnam County since 1983, coming from Homestead. Phil owned and operated a wholesale produce business. He was a Baptist, and in his leisure time enjoyed fishing and gardening. Phil also loved hunting and was an honorary member of the Suwannee Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will H. Brown and Clara Inez Ingram Brown, and a sister, Ollie Inez Morrison.

Phil is survived by his wife of 34 years, Wanda Lynn Brown of Bardin; three sons, Scott Robert Brown of Plantation, Michael William Brown of Palatka and Donald William Brown of Jacksonville; two daughters, Gina Lynn Brown of North Carolina and Joanne Christine Fritz of West Palm Beach; two brothers, retired Lt. Cmdr. William Bruce Brown of Virginia Beach, Va., and Billie Dean Brown of Garner, N.C.; two sisters, Becky Joan Orr of Hayden, Idaho, and JoAnn Deane of Fredericksburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services celebrating Phil’s life will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Bardin with Brother Jamie Richie officiating.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Phil’s Book of Memories page at www.JohnsonOverturf funerals.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

John Carpenter

John David Carpenter, 56, of Easley, S.C., passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Shelby, N.C., he was a son of Ben Carpenter and the late Alma Thrift Carpenter. He graduated from Shelby High School, received his Bachelor’s of Science from North Carolina State University and later received his master of business administration degree from Jacksonville University. He was a project engineer for Jacobs Engineering & Consulting in Greenville. He had numerous hobbies that included hunting, fishing, reading, camping, hiking, beekeeping, woodworking, blacksmithing and traveling. John was a member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his father of Easley, are his wife, Myra Jacks Carpenter of the home; a daughter, Erin Carpenter of Easley; two sons, Jacob Carpenter (Joyce Underwood) of St. Robert, Mo., and Ryan Carpenter (Jennifer) of San Mateo; a sister, Gayla Bucher (Bill) of Salisbury, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Allen, John and Trilby Carpenter.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Carpenter will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Robinson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6–8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. The family will be at the home at 104 Westchester Way.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615, or Mt. Airy Baptist Church, The Life Center, 210 Mt. Airy Church Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Walter F. Gabel

Walter F. Gabel, 89, formerly of Dover, Del., died at home following an extended illness May 11, 2016, in St. Augustine.

Mr. Gabel was born June 24, 1926, in Pennsylvania and was the son of Louis and Lois Gabel. He was one of eight children. Mr. Gabel was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre from 1944 to 1946. After the war, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1950 with a degree in forestry. He served 35 years in the Delaware Forestry Department, becoming the state forester in 1977. Thousands of Delaware schoolchildren may remember his costumed character visits to their classroom or Scout Troop as he enacted the educational role of Smokey Bear.

He and wife, Patricia, retired in 1991, and soon relocated to Florida. He was a member of Shores United Methodist Church in St. Augustine. Walt was a member of several organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Delaware Veterans Association, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Society of American Foresters, Kent County Red Cross Disaster Team, Capital Grange, Delaware State Fire Police, Leipsic Volunteer Fire Co., charter member of the Daytona Beach/Palm Coast Penn State Alumni Association.

Walt dedicated himself to a goal of lifelong learning and education. He received great pleasure sharing his knowledge with others. Over his lifetime he acted at various times in the role of museum docent, visiting university professor, book author, newsletter editor, fire service instructor, lay speaker, Sunday school teacher and public speaker. His many hobbies included gardening, American history and writing. One of his longtime passions was genealogy. He traced his family’s roots back to the late 1500s.

Mr. Gabel was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica Gabel Triesler, in 2010.

Walt is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia (neé Wagner) of St. Augustine; daughters, Deborah (Samuel) Dawson of Miami and Priscilla (Stephen) Robinson of Birmingham, Ala.; son, William (Julie) of Crofton, Md.; one brother, Thomas; one sister, Ila; seven grandchildren, Brian (Tiffney) Triesler, Jennifer (Colby) Jones, Jacob Scott and Joshua Robinson, all of Birmingham, Ala., Daniel Triesler of Arizona and Colin and Luke Gabel of Crofton, Md.; and one great-grandchild, Elijah Gabe Triesler.

A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Shores United Methodist Church in St. Augustine. Interment will be held at Barratt’s Chapel in Delaware at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shores United Methodist Church, 724 Shores Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32086, or Penn State Alumni Association Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter (Attn: Alan R), 29 Stratford Place, Ormond Beach, FL 32174, in memory of Walter Gabel. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Walt’s Book of Memories page at www.Johnson-Overturf funerals.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Rogers H. Davis

Rogers H. Davis, 57, of Royal Palm Beach, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes Sunday at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee.

Arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Wallace R. Green

Wallace Randall Green, 61, of Satsuma, passed away May 15, 2016.

Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Center of San Mateo is entrusted with services; wattsfuneralhomes.com.

Jasper H. Gullett Sr.

Jasper H. Gullett Sr., 58, of Palatka passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka.

Arrangements will be announced by Masters Funeral Home of Palatka.

Dolores J. Hansen

Dolores J. Hansen, 86, passed away Monday morning, May 16, 2016, at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine after an extended illness.

Arrangements are under the careful care of Clayton Frank & Biggs Funeral Home in Crescent City.

Gideon M. Hawk

Gideon M. Hawk, 69, of Interlachen, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Nyema Jones Family Home Care in Ocala following an extended illness.

Arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Interlachen.

Joanna R. Hindman

Joanna R. Hindman, 41, of Interlachen passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Masters Funeral Home of Interlachen.

Margaret G. King

Margaret Glaine Meeks King, 72, of East Palatka, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following an extended illness.

Arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Marilyn J. Sands

Marilyn J. Sands, 78, of Palatka, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Palatka Health Care Center following an extended illness.

Arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Michael S. Schultz

Michael S. Schultz, 63, of Cody, Wyo., passed away May 15, 2016.

Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Center of San Mateo is entrusted with arrangements; wattsfuneralhomes.com.