Verna L. Jenkins

Verna L. Jenkins, 91  went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 16, 2014.  She was a long time resident of Palatka, Florida.  She is preceded in death by her husband of many years, Ernest Jenkins, daughter, Francis Markham and granddaughter, Michelle Markham.  Survivors are her son, Rev. Joe Young of Palatka, Fl..; daughter, Dayle Beaudoin of Maryville, TN; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren and numerous friends.  Visitation will be on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Oakhill Baptist Church in Bardin with the funeral service beginning at 1 PM with Rev. Philip Wilkinson officiating. Interment will follow at Etoniah Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with her family at Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangements.

Terry Don Pace

Terry Don Pace 55, of Satsuma, Florida passed at his home on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Palatka. Terry was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 11, 1959. He was an avid fan of the Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved animals, especially dogs and spending time with his family. Terry possessed a tender heart with a desire to help others. He loved country music. He is preceded in death by his father, William Clyde Pace; brothers, Anthony and George, and his grandparents.Survivors are his wife, Linda J Pace of Satsuma, Fl.; mother, Priscilla Pruitt of Satsuma, Fl.; brother, Wade Pace of Daytona Beach, Fl.; daughters, Jessie Don and Katrina Jochum; and four grandchildren. Funeral Service will be Friday, August 15, 2014, 2 PM at Watts Funeral Home, San Mateo, Fl.with Johnny Owen as officiant.Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on line at

Bonita Gail Hagen

Bonita Gail Hagen, 55 of Palatka, Fl., passed on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangements.

Frederick L. Falater

Frederick L. Falater, 81 of Pomona Park, Florida passed on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangements.


Curtiss DeForest Sherwood

Curtiss DeForest Sherwood, 66 of Satsuma, Florida passed on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at his home. Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangments.

William W. (Bill) Jones

William W. (Bill) Jones, 85 Pomona Park, Florida passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Orange City, Fl.  Bill was born on June 7, 1929 to the late Charles A. and Eva (Birdsall) Jones in Danbury, Ct.  He is a Veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the  Korean War as a photographer. He was avid jogger.He enjoyed fishing and tied many of his own lures. He also loved collecting coins, small game hunting and growing organic vegetables. He loved sports and his  favorites teams  were FSU, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers.   Besides his parents,  he preceded in death by his brother, Brad Jones, wife, Joyce McRae Jones and his beloved dog, Blackie. Survivors are his sons, Jeff Jones of Pomona Park, Fl., Greg McRae Jones of Deltona, Fl., Scott Jones  (Krischelle) of Noblesville, In.; daughter, Stephanie L. Jones of Orange City, Fl.;  two grandchildren, Karis and Isabella Jones; and his dog, Buck.  A private gathering will be held at a later date. Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangements.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on line at 

Etha Dawn Thornton (Dawnie)

Etha Dawn Thornton (Dawnie), 78, of Pomona Park, passed away at her home on Saturday, July 12, 2014.She was born July 29, 1935 in Manhattan, Keats County, Kansas and lived in Welaka Florida for the last 43 years. She is survived by her loving husband Mack T. Thornton and two sons, William P. Thornton and Kelly M. Thornton, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. Preceded  in death by daughter Kim L. Thornton; son Mark J. Thornton and daughter Teresa Thornton Brown. She was a professional hair dresser for over 40  years as well as a published professional Master Wire Artist, known world-wide in her craft. A teacher of fine wire wrapping of gold and silver jewelry at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts for 20 years and loved by all her students. She was a member of the local Moose Lodge for more than 35 years and held many offices there. Dawnie was a loving, giving and joyful person, full of happiness and enthusiasm in every area of life. She never met a person she didn't like and everyone who met her returned her affection equally. She was an avid lover of animals, especially horses, dogs and cats. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends and all who knew her. Condolences and memories my be left at Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.


Sheila May Spittle

Sheila May Spittle, 77 formerly of Satsuma, Fl., passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Palm Coast, Fl. A Memorial will planned at a later date at the Moose Lodge in Palatka.  Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangements.

Charles Judson Chiles Jr.

Charles Judson Chiles Jr. passed away on July 2, 2014 at the Bailey Center Hospice, St. Augustine. He had sustained injuries from a fall in his home after recovering from heart surgery. Charlie, or CJ to his family, was born in Albemarle County, Virginia on February 24, 1923. As a young man he went to California to work at Lockheed Aircraft, and after Pearl Harbor he served in the US Navy during WWII. After the war he worked in the fruit importing business and later worked as a welder and pipefitter in locations all around the world from Oregon to Maine with Utah, Texas and Michigan in between, to the oilfields of Saudi Arabia. He was a 60-plus year member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. He found his way to Florida as a welder for work in the space program, and retired to enjoy the area’s beaches and rivers. Charlie was predeceased by his longtime companion Doris Hornsby, and he is survived by several close cousins living in Virginia, and his devoted nieces and nephews, to whom he was a loving and generous uncle and role model. He was a friend to many in the Welaka area where he lived, including neighbors he had helped over the years and who helped him greatly in his last few months. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 AM, at Watts Funeral Home, San Mateo.

Bobby E. Laurendine

Bobby E. Laurendine, 77 Crescent City, Fl., passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Palatka, Fl. Bobby was born in Jacksonville, Florida on February 25, 1937 to the late Louis P. and Estelle (Pollett) Laurendine.  Besides his parents he is preceded in death by his  brother, Donald.  He loved to fish, garden, hunt, and rescue wild animals.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois L.  Laudrenine; son, James Laurendine; daughters, Kathy Philips, Melissa Holcomb;brothers, Grady and Kee; sisters, Sarah, Joyce, and Hilda; grandchildren, Shawn, Jessica, Timothy, Joshua, Shelby, and Judy; great grandchildren, Autumn, and two more.  A celebration of Bobby's Life will be Thursday, July 3, 2014, 3:00 PM at 162 Lake Margaret Blvd., Lake Como, Florida 32157.  Condolences and memories may be shared with Bobby's family on line at Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted to the arrangements.