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307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 325-4521
Arnold Choate

Arnold Lee Choate

Monday, July 22nd, 1946 - Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
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Arnold Lee Choate, 72, of Palatka, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Born in Columbus, Ohio to Isaiah Choate and Virginia Dunson Choate, Arnold was raised in Bunnell and graduated from Bunnell High School in 1964. He had worked several years in the craft paper division at Hudson Pulp & Paper Company. He later worked in stucco in the construction industry and as a painter. Despite losing his left hand in an industrial accident, Arnold developed an amazing talent in making hand-made cast nets by himself. In addition to his love of fishing, Arnold also enjoyed riding motorcycles and competing in pool tournaments.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, William Henry Akins and Donald E. Akins.
Arnold is survived by 2 sons, Wade A. Choate of Kissimmee and Troy L. Choate of Bardin, a daughter, Wendy A. Choate White of Palatka, brothers and sisters, Sara Salyerds (Alvin) of Bunnell, George W. “Beepa” Akins, Jr. of Palatka, Debra J. Casey of Palatka and Robert M. “Cobb” Akins (Debbie) of East Palatka, 7 grandchildren, W. Royce White, Sydnie M. White, Rainlen Garrett Morrell (Jenn), Trenton Choate, Macie Choate, Tray Choate and Megan Choate, a great-grandson, Tyson X. White and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Chaplain Ricky Bybee officiating. Burial will be in Palatka Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. All friends and family are welcome.
Thank you to Guynelle “Gigi” Phiel for all her dedication to my father (Arnold) in the last months of his life. – Wendy.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Arnold’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Bro. Ricky Bybee
  • Interment

    Palatka Memorial Gardens
    4070 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Sharon Mckinney

Posted at 11:31am
RIP Arnold. We shared a lot of memories. You were a loving, caring man. My sympathies to your family. You will be missed.

Walker Lee Dunson Jr. family

Posted at 02:56pm
Our deepest sympathies to Arnold Lee’s family. May he rest in peace.
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Diana Derhaag

Posted at 08:28am
we had some great times 30 years ago. rest in peace and godspeed. you will be greatly missed. i will love you always... try not to raise to much cain in heaven

Frances Castleberry

Posted at 12:13pm
Allan and Fran Castleberry
RIP Arnold , enjoyed shooting pool with you at DJ's. You will be missed

Julie gore

Posted at 05:22pm
Prayers for Wendy and her family. He was a good man and loved by many. He will be missed.

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