Bascomb Earl Branson

Bascomb Earl (Red) Branson passed into eternal life May 19th following complications from severe injuries suffered in a fall in Guatemala, where he and his wife Ginger had been enjoying a honeymoon trip.

Red served 26 years in the US Navy, beginning as an enlistee and retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander.  He served in Korea, Vietnam, and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

Following his retirement from the Navy, Red took on a career with the Lockheed Corporation, which took him to posts in Bandar Abbas, Iran, Bermuda, Maryland, and California.

During his working life, he also earned degrees in Business from the University of Maryland and in Accounting from the University of Laverne.

Red Branson lived a full and adventurous life.  He was a certified scuba instructor and dived wrecks and reefs in the Caribbean, off Belize, Bermuda and in Southeast Asia.  He owned and operated a gold mine in Alaska and mined Opals in Australia.  He drove long-haul trucks back and forth across the country.  He traveled extensively throughout the world, especially in South and Central America and Asia, and was always looking forward to his next “walkabout.”

He was married to Erma Drury from 1951-1986.  He is survived by their daughters Dianna Lee Sands, Valerie Jean Smith, Vicki Lynn Mather, and son Kevin Wayne Branson.  He was predeceased by another son, B.E. (Butch) Branson, Jr.

Red is also survived by his wife Ginger and his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  None of them ever had any doubt as to how much their Granddaddy loved them.

Red Branson will be laid to rest with full military honors on Friday, June 2nd at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Alberta (Bert) McHellen

Alberta (Bert) McHellen, 62 of Palatka, Florida passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Alberta (Bert) was born on March 28, 1955 in Exmore, Virginia where she educated at Delaware School District. She moved to Rehobath Beach, Delaware at an early age. She was loving and caring. Her hobbies included cooking, knitting, listening to the Blues, having a great time, housekeeping and gardening. She is preceded in death by her son, Larry McHellen.  She lives on in the hearts of her daughter, Tanya L. McHellen and husband, Kent Allen of Milton, DE.; her parents, Albert Tankard of Exmore, Va., Beatrice Knowles of East Palatka, Fl.; sisters, Bessie Mae Kellam of Exmore, Va., Brenda Person of Deerfield Beach, Fl., Blossom Florence and husband, Larry of Deerfield Beach, Fl., Daisy Williams and husband, Byron  of Leesburg, Fl.;  Judy Young  of Quincy, Fl.; brothers, Troy Maull of Belltown, DE., Stanley Glasgow of NJ.; five grandchildren, Marquis, Christopher, Jerrard, and Brandon McGruder all of Deerfield Beach, Fl. and Monique Brooks of Ithaca, NY; twelve great grandkids, a host of nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.  Alberta's (Bert) life will be celebrated on Saturday, May 27, 2017, 1 PM at Watts Funeral Home with Rev. Christopher Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Pattersonville Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 27, 2017 from  6-7 PM  Condolences and memories may be shared with her family on line at

Gladys Ross

Tony Sylvester Williams and Mary Flowers rejoiced on November 7, 1929 when they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl that they named Gladys Inez in the beautiful city of Pomona Park, Florida, best known for beautiful Lake Broward in Putnam County, Florida.

Gladys attended public schools in Pomona Park and came short of obtaining her High School Diploma. But she was to be complimented, because she was unique in that she was determined to finish her education, and after turning sixty years old, she went back to school and obtained her GED. She was the type of person that when she set a goal, no matter how long it took, she would accomplish it.

She met a young man by the name of Charles Burch; they fell love and were married October 21, 1946. To this union were born two children that were the light of their lives, in the person of Tyrone Ted and Carolyn. She accepted Christ into her life early on, and was a faithful member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Pomona Park, Florida.

Gladys was a person who thoroughly enjoyed life, and number one on her list of favorite things to do was fishing, because she found it to be a form of stress relief, a great mode of recreation, and to boil it all down she simply loved the thrill of fishing, literally would do so almost every single day. It was something about catching them, scaling them and enjoying the knowledge that she put forth the effort to catch her dinner.  She was also a hairdresser and she could come up with all kinds of styles and ways to make her clients look beautiful. Another thing about her was the fact that she was a cook extraordinaire and if you had the opportunity to partake of her cooking, it would be something that you would remember and hope to come back to again and again.  Another gift she possessed was that of sewing and designing wear.  And finally, the love of her life next to fishing was bingo.

After the demise of the marriage to Charles, Gladys relocated to New York where she met and married James Ross. While in New York she enjoyed cooking for the migrant camps and was always trying to help those who were less fortunate both in New York City and also in Poughkeepsie New York which was about eighty-five miles from New York City. She moved back to Florida, back to her roots, in the early 1980’s where she resided, and continued fishing until she was called home to be with the Lord on May 11.

Gladys leaves to fondly cherish her memories, two children, son Tyrone Ted and Carolyn (James) Artison. She only has one sibling left in the person of Alease Milton. The following siblings preceded her in death: brothers Sylvester, Hubert, James and Earl; sisters Leola, Grace, and Candace. She also leaves to mourn her passing six grandchildren Tawnya (Robert), Kelley (Anthony), Ina (Alaric), Brendan, and Markeis. Two of her grandchildren preceded her in death in the person of Tyrone II, and James III. She is blessed to leave eleven great-grandchildren, namely Michael Wallace, Michael Anthony, Laniece, Brittany, Londone, Tymyra, Merrell, Aryion, Kelley, Aaron, and Ian. She is blessed to be able to live and enjoy twelve great-great-grandchildren, Amiri, Ameer, Eyden, Michael, Marcellus, Lazenia, Laniya, Noah, Shayna, Shane, Levi, and Elijah.  And it goes without saying that she leaves a host of nephews, nieces, and valued friends.

Lawrence A (Sarge) Solis

Lawrence A (Sarge) Solis, 69 of Palatka, Florida passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 5, 194 7. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. and served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the V.F.W. U.S. Post 104 in Palatka and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Hollister, Fl. He loved motorcycles, moonshine, tinkering, family, friends and animals. Sarge's life will be celebrated on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 PM at 3D Saloon in Palatka, Fl. Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Walter James Moody

Walter James Moody age 87 of Fort Mc Coy, Florida passed away May 5, 2017. Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Center of San Mateo, Florida is entrusted with Walter's Simplicity Cremation Arrangements. Condolences and Memories may be shared with the family at

Charles Leslie Keller

Charles L. (Charlie) Keller, 87 of Satsuma, Florida passed away at his home on Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born in Pennsylvania to the late Charles and Madelyn Keller. He enjoyed fishing, boating, photography, and woodworking. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. Charlie told many that he single handedly won that war. He was a World Class Storyteller and could make you believe that it really was true. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by his Daughter, Carol Elaine Keller. Charlie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janice Keller of Satsuma, Fl.; son, Larry G. Keller and wife, Patricia who was also his caregiver of Satsuma, Fl. grandchildren, Larry G. Keller II, Justin E. Keller, Gina Swinney Gonzales; great grandchildren, Andrew, Anthony Jr., Adalyn. A Service is not planned at this time. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Alzheimers research. Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice F Kansevich

Alice F Kansevich age 94 of Satsuma, Florida passed away May 1, 2017. Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Center of San Mateo, Florida is entrusted with Alice's Simplicity Cremation Arrangements. Condolences and Memories may be shared with the family at  

Virginia (Ginny) Lee Schwing

Virginia (Ginny) Lee Schwing, 86 of Palatka, Florida went home to be with her her home on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  She was born on March 15, 1931 in Pierceville, Indiana to the late Lester and Mabel Plump. After graduating from Milan High School in Virginia she married William G. Schwing on May 28, 1949 and they were happily married for 38 years.  Virginia loved to spend time with her family, read, work crossword puzzles, cook, and listen to country and gospel music. She was a member of  Grace Community Church and had a unwavering faith in God.  Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, William G. Schwing; siblings, Dorothea, Wallace, Lester Jr., Eloise and her son, Ronald Schwing  (Denise).  Virginia is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Diane) Schwing of Palatka, Fl., William (Judi) of Cumming, Ga., grandchildren, Chris (Danny) Schwing, K.W. Schwing, Missi (Shawn) Malone, Kenny (Christy) Schwing, Natalie (Jason) Brouwer, Adrienne, Colin Schwing; eight great grandchildren, Makenna Schwing, Madison Brown, Emili Malone, Madelynn Schwing, Haley Brouwer, Alexis Brouwer, Jon Brouwer, Maddisyn Schwing, and her brother, Bobby Plump.  Virginia enjoyed her children, grandchildren.  great grandchildren and her church family.  She touched so many lives and will be greatly missed  by all. Visitation will be at Grace Community Church 161 Peniel Road, Palatka, Fl. at 3:00 PM followed with a service at 3:30 PM Tuesday May 2, 2017. Interment will be at Oakhill Cemetery East.  Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center in San Mateo is in care of the arrangements

Harry O. (Slim) Beatty

Harry O. (Slim) Beatty, 79 of Crescent City, Florida passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Slim was born in Texas to the late Russel and Bertha Beatty. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of VFW in Crescent City, Fl. He was a life member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He acquired  the name Slim because he was tall and lanky. He retired from Seminole Electric and upon retiring he started Beatty Chartering. He was an avid marksman and shooting instructor. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and target shooting with his grandson. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Wiley Beatty and brother, Robert (Bob) Beatty.  He is survived by his wife of  41 years, Terisa  (Terry) Beatty of Crescent City, Fl; daughter, Barbara Hetland Beatty and husband, Steve of San Francisco, Ca.; Eric Beatty and wife, Mihoko (Miko) of Jacksonville, Fl., Stephen M. Beatty and wife, Angela of  Winston, Ga., Harry Beatty Jr., and wife, Stacey of Crescent City, Fl.; grandchildren,  Abbie, O'Neal, Jackson, and Cooper Beatty; fur babies, Oliver, Snow and Spooky. He was a wonderful and loving Husband, Father and Grandfather and loved by all who met him. Slim's life will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 11:00 AM  at Watts Funeral Home in San Mateo with military honors  bestowed by the United States Navy.   Memories and condolences may be shared on line at 
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Wounded Warriors Project.

Ruben Kirk

Ruben (Captain Kirk) 85 of San Mateo, Florida passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Captain Kirk was born in Candor, New York to the late Ruben and Ellen Kirk. He was a Veteran Marine Corps and served in the Korea War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Moose Lodge. He loved boating.  He was owner and operator of Kirk Trucking Inc and Cherry Blossom Special  for numerous years. He loved Nascar Racing and in his early years he was a stockcar driver.  He loved to restore antique cars, ride a motorcycle  and spending time with his family.  Beside his parents, he preceded in death by his son, Rusty;grandson, Ronnie Kirk,brothers, Robert, Donald, and John Kirk; sisters, Evelyn Cornwell and  Diana Prindle. He is survived by his Ronnie L. (Joyce) Kirk of San Mateo, Fl.; daughter, Terry A.( James)  Zarilla of New Castle, Pa.; brothers,  James Kirk (Jean) of
Waverly, NY., William (Barbara) Kirk of Trumensburg, NY ; sister, Marjorie McDonald (Russell)  of Candor, NY; grandchildren, Randy Kirk, Kristen Michael, Amanda Kirk, April Phillips, Brandon Kirk, DeAnna DeMonaco, Michael and Kimberly Zarilla; fifteen great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.  Ruben's Life will be celebrated on Friday, May 5, 2017 7:00 PM at Watts Funeral Home in San Mateo, Florida.  Memories may be shared with his family on line at