Obituaries (4-26-14 edition)
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Jacqulyn B. Baker

Mrs. Jacqulyn Bennett Baker, 67, beloved wife, mother and sister, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 after a brief illness.

Jackie was born in Oakdale, La. and moved to Palatka before her first birthday. She graduated from Palatka High School in 1965 and attended St. Johns River Community College. Jackie moved to the Augusta area in 1998 with her husband, Dr. Philip Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred J. and Clyde F. Bennett and her sister Judith Bennett Maltby.

Her family includes her husband, Dr. Philip Baker, her beloved son, Brett Matthew Hipsley, sister, Diana Bennett Duva and brother-in-law, Anthony W. Duva, brother, the Rev. William M. Bennett and sister-in-law, Molly Bennett, brother-in-law, Dr. Joe Maltby, sister-in-law, Barbara Schneider and mother-in-law, Margaret Baker, nephews, Brian J. Duva (and his wife Ingrid), A. Tysen Duva (and his wife Julie) and Forrest Richardson (and his wife Kara), nieces, Melissa Maltby D’Orazio (and her husband Dan), and Jenifer Bennett Scariano (and her husband George), grand-nephews, Andrew Bennett Duva, Tysen Jacob Duva, Gavin Andrew Duva, Zachary Savell, Alex Richardson, Zachary Scariano, Evan Scariano and grand-nieces, Elena Cate Duva, Caroline Torie Duva, Emma Savell and Laney Richardson.

Jackie was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, as well as the chapter advisor to the Gamma Omicron chapter at University of Florida. As a realtor, Jackie served on a number of GAAR Committees and won several GAAR Awards. She also received numerous awards from Prudential, including Honor Society, Leading Edge Society, President’s Circle- Copper, Silver and Gold, Silver Award for the Million Dollar Circle, and Golden Achievement Award. She also earned Sales of the Month and Listings of the Month Awards during her career in real estate.

A graveside service will be held at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Palatka on Wednesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. with Jackie’s brother, the Rev. William M. Bennett presiding. Following the service, there will be a gathering so that the family and friends have an opportunity to share memories of Jackie and her life. Arrangements for the gathering are to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Jackie’s name to the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch in Palatka or by visiting or call 328-1281. Messages of sympathy may be expressed in her online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of the arrangements.

Miriam K. Browning

Miriam Kane Browning, born Oct. 28, 1919, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Miriam was married for 69 years to John Peirce Browning Sr. who preceded her in death. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., her family moved to Palatka when she was 7 years of age. She was then a life-long resident of East Palatka and a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka.

Miriam is survived by her three children, Robert W. Browning Sr. and wife Pamela Browning of East Palatka; Inez Browning and husband Oliver Jones of St. Augustine; and John Peirce Browning Jr. of East Palatka. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Robert W. Browning Jr., Angela Browning, David Browning, Michelle Graham, Kristen Carroll, Danny Page, Lori Holtz, Amy Revennaugh and Jay Browning along with many great-grandchildren who will miss her tremendously.

A celebration of Miriam’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Palatka with Dr. Cynthia M. Benz officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palatka. Visitation will be at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home from 5–7 p.m. on Monday, April 28.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Miriam K. Browning’s name to the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka, 123 S. Second St., Palatka, FL 32177, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 or to Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Miriam’s Book of Memories page at

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

Linda C. Buchanan

Linda Carroll Dyess Buchanan, beloved wife of Charles D. Buchanan, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Born Oct. 24, 1946 in Palatka had a Bachelor of Science in real estate. Linda served for 20 years as an Air Force wife with her husband of 47 years. She worked for Coldwell Banker Carroll Realty Inc. as property manager, Pool Tech Inc. as bookkeeper and St. Andrew Bay Real Estate Inc. in administration/bookkeeper.

Linda’s hobbies included reading, online gaming, crocheting and cooking. She enjoyed spending time with her church family, worshiping in the Lord’s house, RVing and playing with the family dogs.

Linda is survived by her husband, Charles Buchanan, son, William Bradley Buchanan, mother, Orie T. Dyess, brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Dyess Jr., daughter-in-law, Shannon Buchanan, brother and sister-in law, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Buchanan, sister-in-law, Deborah B. Johnson, aunts, Lee Erma Willard and Vivian Garrett, nieces and nephews, Jesse Dyess, Rebecca Dyess, Jimmy Buchanan, Zeth Buchanan, Aimee Sanders, Heather Sanders and Brandy Johnson.

Deceased son, Charles Buchanan Jr., father, William B. Dyess, mother and father in law, Mr. and Mrs. Delonas W. Buchanan.

Funeral services will take place 10 a.m. Monday, April 28 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with Pastor Randal Ehrichs officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Kent Forest Funeral Home.

Larry Burwell

Larry Burwell, 68 years old, passed away Tuesday, April 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife Josie, six children, Lonnie, Marianne, Danny, Laura, Kirstie, and Anna; 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Barbara C. Lyons

Barbara Christine Lyons was born in Zweibrücken, Germany to Richard and Lilli Hullen and passed away April 21, 2014. She spent her childhood as a self-identified ‘army brat’ living all over the United States and in other countries. Barbara graduated from Indian River State College with her degree in nursing in 1992 and later relocated to Palatka in 2004. An avid lover of animals, Barbara would care for stray cats and dogs until she could find them a suitable home. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, various arts and crafts, as well as NFL football and NASCAR racing.

Barbara is preceded in death by her sister, Petra and brother, Rudy.

She is survived by her husband, Darryl Tucker; parents, Richard and Lilli Hullen; siblings, Tanja Hullen-Oliver and Daniel Hullen; children, Steven Kirby, Emily Robidoux, and Richard Lyons; grandchildren, Elijah, Julian, Easton, Teagan, and unborn grandson; many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.

She spent her last day on Earth celebrating the Easter holiday with family and friends. Her sudden passing was a shock to everyone. Her family loves her; she will be missed.

Gloria L. Seifert

Gloria L. Seifert, 67 of Pomona Park, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Gloria was born on Nov. 24, 1946 in Erie, Pa. to the late Joseph and Dorothy Burton. 

She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Edward and Thornie Burton, daughter, Robbin Tataliba.

She was an avid square dancer. She belonged to the River Ramblers Square Dancing Club and Drift Around Squares. Gloria was member of the Women of the Moose 1825 of Crescent City, where she served as a chaplain and affectionately known as, “Auntie Gloria.” She was recently elected as senior regent. She collected unusual teddy bears.  Gloria attended First Baptist Church in Welaka.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 34 years, Jay H. Seifert of Pomona Park; daughter, Thersa Seifert of Sunbury, Pa.; other daughters, Cathey Wyant (Johnny) of Acosta, Pa., Kelley Tunstall of Somerset, Pa.; sons, Tom  (Roseanne) Seifert of Somerset, Pa., Kevin (Amy) Seifert of Somerset, Pa., Chris (Donna) Seifert of Quakertown, Pa.

Visitation will be Monday, April 28, 1 p.m. at Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center, San Mateo, followed with a service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Stanley officiating. Mrs. Seifert will be laid to rest in Carlisle, Pa. 

Morgan W. Calway

Morgan Wallace Calway, 3, of San Mateo, was tragically taken from his family due to a car accident on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in San Mateo.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka will be announcing the arrangements.

Betty Mays

Betty Mays, 63, of Palatka, entered the sunset of life on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Putnam Community Medical Center.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel.

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