Obituaries

Patricia Gabel
B: 1931-11-18
D: 2017-09-14
View Details
Gabel, Patricia
William Blake
B: 1926-03-08
D: 2017-09-13
View Details
Blake, William
Lena Gstohl
B: 1933-05-08
D: 2017-09-12
View Details
Gstohl, Lena
Joe Baggs
B: 1961-10-18
D: 2017-09-09
View Details
Baggs, Joe
Marion Tennant
B: 1950-04-14
D: 2017-09-07
View Details
Tennant, Marion
Thesta Shell
B: 1945-01-05
D: 2017-09-04
View Details
Shell, Thesta
Robert Revels
B: 1935-08-21
D: 2017-09-04
View Details
Revels, Robert
Minnie Taylor
B: 1933-10-26
D: 2017-09-02
View Details
Taylor, Minnie
Danny Sessions
B: 1957-10-27
D: 2017-08-28
View Details
Sessions, Danny
Tracey Rouse
B: 1952-01-11
D: 2017-08-25
View Details
Rouse, Tracey
Jeffrey Combs
B: 1964-10-19
D: 2017-08-19
View Details
Combs, Jeffrey
Mary Davis
B: 1944-01-29
D: 2017-08-18
View Details
Davis, Mary
Nancy Trescot
B: 1933-08-11
D: 2017-08-18
View Details
Trescot, Nancy
Chris Efstathion
B: 1930-09-07
D: 2017-08-13
View Details
Efstathion, Chris
Warren Mills
B: 1924-10-22
D: 2017-08-10
View Details
Mills, Warren
Frederick Williams
B: 1943-12-15
D: 2017-08-10
View Details
Williams, Frederick
Zachary Hancock
B: 1983-02-28
D: 2017-08-08
View Details
Hancock, Zachary
Joan Bessey
B: 1941-06-07
D: 2017-08-07
View Details
Bessey, Joan
Carl Champion
B: 1942-05-26
D: 2017-08-06
View Details
Champion, Carl
Mary Knight
B: 1935-07-31
D: 2017-08-05
View Details
Knight, Mary
Andrew Largacci
B: 1963-01-10
D: 2017-08-04
View Details
Largacci, Andrew

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 325-4521
Fax:

Are You the Responsible Family Member?

We’ve seen it happen time and again. The person making the initial call to our funeral home turns out not to be the one with the legal responsibilities of making decisions related to the care of a loved one.

While they may feel that they should be the one to make these choices, the law doesn’t recognize them as such – and so their voice can become effectively silenced.

If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command, formally called the “order of precedence”, is commonly as follows:

  • Legal Spouse/Partner
  • Surviving Adult Child/Children
  • Surviving Parent
  • Surviving Adult Sibling
  • Ex-Spouse
  • Parent of Minor Child

The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you are unclear as to who is the responsible person in planning a funeral for your loved one, call us.
 

The Critical Importance of Designating a Representative

If your loved one has yet to specify who they wish to be in control of their funeral service planning, and they are clear-headed enough to do so, now is the perfect time to take care of that task.

This is especially important if they think their relatives will not respect their funeral plans, or if they are on bad terms with them; do not know where they are, or do not have any living relatives.  

And, you might mention that appointing a specific person to arrange their funeral who is not a family member, but is deeply trusted, is a good way to ensure that their final wishes are carried out.

They can designate their choice by completing an Advance Health Care Directive, or the easy-to-read 5 Wishes guide from Aging with Dignity. Should you have questions about doing so, call us, or speak with your family attorney.

365 Days of Healing

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our free daily grief support email program, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

52 Weeks of Support

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.