Hester GayNell Starling, 78, of Palatka, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Community Hospice Bailey Center for Caring in St. Augustine following an extended illness. She was native of Georgetown and had lived most of her life in Palatka. She had worked as a hairdresser for many years and was a member of Peniel Baptist Church. GayNell was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt as was happiest when she was doing for others.
She is survived by her companion of many years, Cliff Hunter, children, Anthony D. Bennett (Sue Ellen) of Pomona Park, Alisha Gipe (Todd) of Pennsylvania, siblings, LaPatra Dompe (John) of Interlachen and David Starling (Cathy) of Sparr, father of her children, Tommy Lee Bennett, grandchildren, Shaina Spann (Adam), Joshua, Hannah and Jonathan Gipe and one great-grandchild on the way.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Bro. Bill Wing officiating. Burial will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at GayNell’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.