Maxine P. Toves

Maxine Pelham Toves, 87, of Midway, and formerly of Palatka, passed from this life Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Capitol Regional Medical Center Gadsden Memorial Campus in Quincy.

A native of Fadette, Ala., she resided in Midway for the past year and half, moving there from Palatka, where she lived since 1980. Maxine was a homemaker and devoted to caring for her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Palatka as well as Senior Friends. Maxine enjoyed crocheting, sewing, mind puzzles – especially Sudoku – and Jesus. Her whole life was a witness. She was also very good at crafts, especially making beads, which she enjoyed gifting to family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Pelham and Bertha Griffin Pelham; her husband, Joaquin “Johnny” Toves; and two brothers, Dr. John L. Pelham and the Rev. James Earl Pelham.

Maxine is survived by two daughters, Carol Hendricks (Matt) of Midway and Nancy Methvin (Kenny) of Palatka; two sons, John David Toves (Debbie) of Mobile, Ala., and Chris Toves (Becky) of Satsuma; two sisters-in-law, Judy Pelham of East Palatka and Myrtice Pelham of Thomasville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Bryan Hendricks (Denise), Lindsey Selph (Richard), Whitney Jones (Alex), Alexis Methvin, John Methvin, John D. Toves II (Lauren), Jessica Toves Thurston (Brett), Joshua Toves (fiancée, Joy), Dylan Toves (Leila) and Conner Toves; five great-grandchildren, Patrick Kimple, Russell Thurston, Kaylyn Smith, Noah Longfellow and Meghan Dyal (Stephen); three great-great-grandchildren, Dakota, Oliver and Skip; nieces, Susan Burcham (Bryan) and Kathi Bates (Ben); nephews, Jack Pelham and Jim Edd Pelham (Violet); her best friend, Ozzie Williams; and all in her Senior Friends group.

Services celebrating Maxine’s life will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with the Rev. Vernon Harkey officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palatka. The family will receive friends 1 p.m. until the time of service Saturday. A meal will follow at First Baptist Church Palatka.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Maxine’s Book of Memories page at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rebecca Toves’ cancer treatment fund at

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

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