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

Edith Marie Harkey

Tuesday, December 23rd, 1924 - Saturday, December 14th, 2019
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Edith Marie Harkey, 94, of Palatka, passed from this life on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Putnam Community Medical Center following an extended illness. She was a native of Monroe, North Carolina and lived in Daytona for 2 years before moving to Putnam County in 1947. Edith was an active member of First Baptist Church of Palatka where she had worked as the Financial Secretary from 1962-1987, was the Pastor Administrative Assistant and began the grief ministry. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity as well as Haven Hospice. Edith enjoyed spending time with her family and always found time for her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Harkey, Jr., parents, J. Walter and Marie Helms, and siblings, Dempster Helms, Heath Helms, Edwin Helms and Alease Broome.
She is survived by her sons, Lee Harkey (Sandy) of Port St. Lucie and Vernon Harkey (Rebecca) of Palatka, brother, Sib Helms of Monroe, NC, grandchildren, Jason Harkey, Allison Williams (John) and Bethany Harkey, great-grandchildren, Cade Harkey, Teagan Harkey, Caroline Williams and Della Williams, nephews, Robert L. “Bud” Nearing of San Mateo and Charles David Hill (Gail) of Huntersville, NC as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Dr. Vernon Harkey, Pastor Eddie Parcher and Dr. James Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of services.
Flowers are accepted or donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 Oak St., Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Edith’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, December 20th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Brother Eddie Parcher
    Dr. Vernon Harkey
    Dr. James Harris
  • Interment

    Palatka Memorial Gardens
    4070 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Posted at 11:26am
Vernon, I was certainly sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was indeed a model Christian woman. She was church secretary when I met her in 1985. You were very fortunate to call her mother. Her legacy will be the memories of her wonderful life. May God comfort you and your loved ones in your loss.

Bob Cook

Eddie Helms

Posted at 10:10am
Dear Lee, Vernon and family,
I'm so sorry for the loss you're experiencing now. It's never a good time to lose one's mother and this time of year is such a trying one in addition. Take heart that she lived a wonderful and full life with such good memories that we all have. I have such warm and loving memories of her through the years and she'll always be alive in my heart.
Eddie Helms & Deb Estep

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