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

Michael Ralph Motes

Saturday, June 12th, 1948 - Monday, November 11th, 2019
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Michael Ralph Motes, 71, of Hollister, passed from this life on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following a brief illness. Born to Ralph Waldo Motes and Beulah Chesser Motes, a Pioneer Putnam County family, Mike was a lifelong resident of Putnam County. He was a 1966 graduate of Palatka High School and served honorably in the National Guard for 6 years. Mike received his AS Degree in Forestry at Lake City and began working as a forester in the Woodlands Division of Hudson Pulp and Paper Company. For 4 years he owned and operated Troy Electric before returning to Georgia Pacific where he worked as an electrician for 30 additional years, retiring in 2013. Mike enjoyed being outdoors and especially when he was hunting, fishing and camping with family. He also enjoyed dancing and was an avid Florida Gator football fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Beulah Motes.
Mike is survived by his wife of 27 years, Rhonda Motes, 3 sons, Troy Motes and wife Becci, Aaron Motes and Michael D. Motes, 2 grandchildren, Morgan Motes and Madelyn Motes, a sister, Bonnie Phillips, beloved nephew, Casey Phillips and wife Tabby and their son, Jaxon, a cherished aunt, Marie Rightmire, Glo Motes, the mother of his son Troy and numerous other extended family and friends.
Services celebrating Mike’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Dr. L.D. Osteen officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may made to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Mike’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. L.D. Osteen


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Jay Bryan

Posted at 09:19pm
Rhonda, I just heard this sad new today. Mike was a friend and member of my team in the power house electrical group. I was always supported by his knowledge and willingness to help with what ever the challenge of the day may have been. Mike had a way of looking at "critical" situations and making them not so critical. I appreciated his calm humor and his never varying belief that if we didn't fix it today, we could try again tomorrow. When it came to getting after hours help, he would sincerely express his concern for the situation and simply say that he had an appointment that he just had to keep. That being, supper.
I value the times we had together and wish to express my families wishes of comfort to yours.
Jay and Cheryl Bryan
Fernandina Beach

Mr and Mrs Eric Clark

Posted at 06:11pm
With deepest sympathy,Mike will be missed by so many!
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Donna Weaver Bond

Posted at 04:49pm
Our family is saddened to lose such a great man so young. Rhonda prayer for you and your family. May God wrap his arms around you all diring this grief.

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