Betty M. Kite

Betty Marilyn Kirkland Kite, 84, of Bostwick, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness. She was a native of Broxton, Ga., and lived here since 1952 coming from Broxton.

Betty was a graduate of Broxton High School in 1952, where she played basketball. In 1951, her team won the state championship. Betty worked at Hudson Pulp and Paper, Central States and Glendale Hospital in Palatka and also worked for Commercial Credit in Jacksonville. Betty enjoyed fishing, flower gardening and going to the mountains. She was also a member of New Hope Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Kite; son, Michael D. Kirkland; brother, Billy Jo Kirkland; and two granddaughters, Kimberley Baggs and Shannon Wilkinson. 

She is survived by two sons, Mitchie Wilkinson and Shane Kite; three daughters, Penny Baggs (Danny), Glenda Peebly and Maurica Heisler (Jamie); two brothers, James Kirkland (Linda) and Jerry Kirkland (Beverly); a sister, Alvalene Bicknell; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Brother Tommy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Bostwick Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of services at noon. 

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Betty’s Book of Memories page at

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

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