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USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, April 26, 2018 44 th Year 50 th Issue 75 CENTS Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication 904-964-6305 904-964-8628 Keystone-based pilot blamed for fatal crash Buried alive. Keystone man tries to avoid capture Airpark awarded over $2 million Shands Starke doctors donate to Answers Resource Facility Three communities gather in Starke to Relay for Life Softball team honors fallen Trenton deputies 3 weeks: 2 basketball coaches March rains, Lake Brooklyn slightly down Page 6A Page 3A Page 6A Page 6B Page 7B Page 2A Page 2A Page 2A

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2A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, April 26, 2018 USPS 114-170 Published each Thursday and entered as Periodical Postage Paid at Keystone Heights, Florida under Act of March 3, 1879.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Lake Region MonitorP.O. Drawer A Starke, FL 32091 131 W. Call Street Starke, FL 32091Phone: (904)964-6305 Fax: (904)964-8628 Daniel Hildebran, General Manager Subscription Rate in Trade Area $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months Outside Trade Area: $39.00 per year: $20.00 six monthsEditor: Dan Hildebran Sports Editor: Cliff Smelley Advertising: John R. Tillman Typesetting: Eileen Gilmore Advertising & Newspaper Prod: Beth Tillman Bookkeeping & Classified Adverts: Heather Wheeler Bookkeeping Asst: Linda Lacombe Front office Asst: Jenny Starnes Publisher: John M. Miller Lake Region Monitor BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the actions of a Lawtey pilot on a crash that killed the man and two passengers. On Dec. 26, 2016, a Cessna 182 crashed into a mountainside as the plane descended toward the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport in Sevierville, Tennessee. On board were pilot David Starling, 41, his son: Hunter Starling, 8, and the pilots girlfriend: 42-yearold Kim Smith of High Springs. Keystone Heights Airpark. the NTSB said the probable cause of the accident was Starlings rules into weather conditions Contributing to the accident was the pilots established antiauthority attitude, the report said. His contempt for rules and regulations was consistent with an anti-authority attitude, which is hazardous to safe operation of aircraft. Last month the NTSB issued cause. The March report quoted who told investigators that on numerous occasions, he saw Starling take off from Keystone conditions, even though he was The instructor also said that Starling pushed his training as hard as he could and cut corners wherever he could. 40 years, and I tried to explain to him the history of pilots with an anti-authority attitude, he told that catches up with you. as Starling approached the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport at 9,500 feet mean sea level, he requested a descent from Sevierville, Tennessee facility. The controller instructed the pilot to maintain visual descent, NTSB investigators wrote in the report. Instead, the pilot descended the airplane into a cloud layer between 7,000 ft msl to 5,000 ft msl despite control. Investigators added that Starling had a history of disregarding rules. The pilots and his airplane was about two months overdue for an annual inspection. In toxicology tests conducted after the crash, the stimulant phentermine was found in Starlings liver. However, investigators added that they could not determine if the potentially-impairing drug contributed to the accident. The report also faulted Starling because the non-instrumentrated private pilot elected to over mountainous terrain without NTSB investigators that he warned Starling on numerous occasions about taking off in weather conditions below Visual Flight Rules minimums, adding that his last warning to the Lawtey man occurred about two weeks before the accident. The instructor added he wasnt alone. I counseled him numerous times about taking instrument training and getting an instrument rating, he told investigators. Lots of us around here did. He couldnt be bothered. He would his iPad and go. Keystone-based pilot blamed for fatal crash Aerial photo of the crash site. Photo: NTSB Killed in the Dec. 26, 2016 crash were (l-r) David Starling, Hunter Starling and Kim Smith. himself alive BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor A spokesperson for the Clay man wanted in Clay and Bradford counties buried himself alive under a house to avoid capture. Sgt. Keith Smith said that around 4 p.m. Wednesday, his the whereabouts of John Luther Bennett, 29. Bennett is wanted in Clay County for resisting aggravated battery. He is also wanted in Bradford County for armed burglary. Smith said deputies drove to a residence on Julliard Avenue and attempted to make contact with the man over the next several hours. When a SWAT team entered the residence, they discovered home, which led them to discovering Bennett buried in the sand underneath the home. Smith added that the suspect fought with deputies when they deployed a police dog to subdue the suspect. Smith said the man suffered a dog bite. This could have ended peacefully, many hours ago, said Smith, but he chose a different routeIf he thought we were just going to leave and then come back another day, he was sadly mistaken. Smith added that Clay deputies few days ago, after the Bradford aware that the suspect was likely in the Keystone Heights area. Smith said that when a Clay deputy attempted to remove Bennett from a vehicle, he drove of the car. John Luther Bennett Shands Starke physicians donate to womens resource center (L-r) Keren Hardee: Answers Resource Facility director of nursing and client care in Starke, Alberto Alzate, MD: Shands Starke chief of staff, Joelle Innocent-Simon, DO: Shands Starke vice chief of staff, Lucien Abboud, MD: Shands Starke cardiologist, Mohammad Ibrahim, MD: Shands Starke hospitalist, Sriramulu Aprameya: MD: Shands Starke hospitalist, Joanna client care in Keystone Heights, Tori Durrance: Answers administrative assistant, Sierra Hobbs, PA: Shands Starke physician assistant, Arjun Bamzai, MD: Shands Starke pediatrician and John Emery: Shands Starke CEO. BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor The physicians at Shands Starke donated $1,000 to Answers Resource Facility earlier this month. Shands Starke CEO John Emery said that typically, as part of its observance of National Doctors Day, the hospital gives a bonus to its physicians. However, this year, the medical staff elected to contribute the money to a local charity. You guys do such a wonderful job here taking care of our patients, Emery told the doctors during a check presentation. For you guys to elect to do something like this for our community shows you are top notch. Unfortunately, we only get one day a year to say, thank you but really its every day. Joanna Weldon, CEO of Answers Resource Facility, said her organization has been serving women in the Keystone Heights area for seven-and-a-half-years and recently opened a second location in Bradford County. I see us as a triage department, she told Shands Starke physicians and administrators. A woman can come in and we will sit down and assess what kind of needs she has: emotional, spiritual, whatever is going on. Weldon said the organization offers no-cost or very-low-cost pregnancy and other testing, in addition to limited obstetrical-ultrasound services. If we cannot service what her needs are within our facility, Weldon added, then we kind of hold her hand to get her to the next location, whether it be abuse counseling or housing or any type of medical care she may need. We support her to the next step and we stay involved with her as long as she needs an advocate. Animal advocates raise money with kickball Taylor Tyson. Clay County: School board must fund security BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor In a joint workshop between the county commission and school board April 18, Sheriff Darryl Daniels laid out the four dozen additional deputies to safeguard Clay County schools. While the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act named for the Parkland school where 17 people were shot and killed in February made new money available for school security, it was not campus. Kicking off the meeting Commissioner Gavin Rollins We are all 100 percent committed to doing the right thing for our community and for our children. Superintendent Addison Davis said the joint workshop shows that they all have a stake in safe schools and a safe community. But because the discussion centered on money and the question of who must pay for what, the sentiment was put in question before the workshop was over. While grateful for the additional $1.3 million in Safe Schools money from the state, Davis said they are still working on an underfunded mandate to make the schools safe. That money must also be used for hardening structures as well as programs to deal with mental bullying. Even without those responsibilities, the Safe Schools money doesnt come close to covering the cost of new school the only form of security allowed on campuses. The Clay County School Board is sticking by a longstanding campus except in the hands of the economics of the situation forces the district to reconsider the so-called Guardian Program and training personnel to carry and use weapons in a lifethreatening emergency, the school board wants the countys law enforcement professionals providing the best possible security for students and faculty. Davis said that brings him and the school board to request commission. In speaking to the commission, Sheriff Darryl Daniels described his position as a vendor of safety See SCHOOL, 4B

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 Lake Region Monitor 3A BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer It was a cold and windy night at this years BradfordKeystone-Union Relay for Life. The normally eight-hour event, in fact, ended early at midnight. Any discomfort felt by participants, though, paled in comparison to what those battling cancer face. Regardless of how cold we are tonight, those cancer patients get even colder at times, said Linda Lee, who served as this years event lead. Fundraising teams selling food and other items raised $3,500 at the American Cancer Society event, which was held April 20 at the Bradford High School track. Money is raised for a full year, though, from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, so to date, this years Relay for Life has raised $56,000. Give yourselves a round of applause, Lee said when she announced the totals. More than $14,000 of that participating team Chemours (formerly DuPont), which received an award for being an up and coming team. The company used to participate in Baker Countys Relay for Life, but when that event went by the wayside, it got involved in the Bradford-Keystone-Union event. The Bradford County Street Baptist Churchs Tumornators teams raised $6,823 and $5,949, respectively. Relay for Life is an event that can be pretty emotional for those participating. First, its a celebration, with the opening lap taken by cancer survivors, who receive cheers and applause as they walk the track. Second, its a time of quiet, sad their lives because of cancer are honored during the luminaria ceremony. Small, white paper bags are placed around the track, with each containing a lighted candle. Each bag is personalized to represent someone who is deceased, though some also represent those who are survivors. Some bags featured photos of the person in question, while some featured heartfelt drawings by children. Remembering a treasured relationship Hannah Honour, who was in charge of the luminaria ceremony, said this was the time for people to remember why they are at the Relay for Life. The track is illuminated with bags that represent a treasured relationship, Honour said. Each bag symbolizes a mother, a father, a son or daughter, a friend or loved one. The bags represent our shared hope for a cancer-free future. Honour read a poem by an unknown author entitled, Back Home: I had the power to turn back the clock, Go back to that house at the end of the block, The house that was home when I was a kid, I know that Id love it more now than I did. If I could be back there at my mothers knee, And hear once again all the things she told me, Id listen as I never listened before For she knew so well just what life had in store. And all the advice my dad used to give, His voice Ill remember as long as I live But it didnt seem really important then What Id give just to live it all over again. And what Id give for the chance I once had, To do so much more for my mother and dad, To give them more joy and a little less pain, A little more sunshine a little less rain. But the years roll on, and we cannot go back, Whether we were born in a mansion or in a shack, But we can start right now, in the hour thats here, To do something more for the ones we hold dear. traveling so fast Lets not spend It regretting that which is past But lets make tomorrow a happier day, By doing our good to others today. The track lighting was then shut off, leaving only the glow of the candles. I invite everyone to walk a lap in honor or in memory of someone close to you, who is Honour said. Let each step be in remembrance of our experiences and a step forward brighter tomorrow. Make a difference as a CAN member Honour and Lee were just two members of the overall Relay for Life leadership team, which also consisted of Virginia Autry, James Eison, Melanie Knights, Chuck Kramer, Esther Lawson, Chris Page, Chrissy Thompson, Vicki Tucker and Lyn Veliz. Fuhrman took time to talk about the Cancer Action Network, which is advocacy side of the American Cancer Society. CAN members speak to legislators and request funding for cancer-medication research. Furhman, who is a breast cancer survivor, said she received three chemotherapy medications. Two were fully funded by the American Cancer Society, so she thanked those at Relay for Life for making a difference. The third medication she received existed because of legislative funding. It costs $10 a year to become a CAN member. It makes a huge, huge difference in what we do, Fuhrman said. The Bradford-KeystoneUnion Relay for Life was one of three CAN events in Florida last year and one of six this year. A CAN event is one which is supported by at least 40 CAN members. Be very, very, very proud that this little area right here is an ACS CAN event, Fuhrman said. Its a big deal. Awards and competition results Lee concluded the night by announcing awards and results. Madison Street Baptist Church was judged as having the best camp site, while Murphys Law (in honor of survivor Stephen Murphy) and Northside Baptist Church were second and third, respectively. In accordance to the events theme, Relay around the World, each camp site represented a country. Madison Street Baptist Church was Egypt, Murphys Law was Ireland and Northside Baptist Church was Paris. The boxcar race was close, with Murphys Law placing Baptist Church. In boxcar design judging, Fuhrmans Fighters (Starke Walgreens) and Walmart placing second and third, respectively. The Chemours team won the frozen T-shirt contest, while Walmart and Southside Elementary School were second and third, respectively. Madison Street Baptist Church won the scavenger hunt. Chemours and Bradford Middle Schools Kiwanis Builders Club were second and third, respectively. A Most Spirited Award will be presented to one of the teams at the upcoming Relay wrap-up party. bags. died because of cancer. Bradford-Keystone-UnionRelay for Life raises $3,500 of overall $56K total COPY PAPER SALEQuick Copy White, 20LB 5000 Sheets per caseSale Price$3700/caseReg. Price $41.99Now through May 31, 2018The Office Shop 110 W. Call Street StarkeAcross from Call Street Caf (904) 964-5764 theofficeshopofstarke.com theofficeshopofstarke@gmail.com

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4A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, April 26, 2018 Join the fun Kolor Run this weekend Get some color in your life by joining the Lake Region Kiwanis Club for its inaugural K Kolor Run at the Keystone Heights Airport on Saturday, April 28. Formerly the Our Country Day 5K, the club moved the event to avoid the oppressive summer heat. The scenic run will actually include a portion of the airport tarmac in addition to wooded trails and Camp Crystal Lake. What makes the event so colorful are the vibrantly hued powders participants will be sprayed with at each of the three water stations and the huge powder party when they reach The fun doesnt end with the race. An s party band, Slang, will perform live during and after the run. Devour a bowl of Judes Famous Shrimp and Grits at the event or take some home. Bring the kids. Even those not in the run can enjoy face painting, games and all of the motorcycles and planes to see. Lucky attendees will take home door prizes generously donated by sponsors. Preregistered runners receive an event T-shirt, headband and goody bag. Race packets for runners will be available at Genesis Fitness, 310 S. Lawrence Blvd. in Keystone Heights, beginning Friday, April 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. You can preregister with a donation of $25 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. Register at the event on April 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for $30 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. The race begins at 9 a.m. sharp. The airport is located at 7100 Airport Road between Keystone Heights and Starke. Lake Region Kiwanis Club Kids, the Easter Sunrise Service, scholarships, Lake Area Ministries, Meals on Wheels, Answers, Our Country Day, Wreaths Across America, ROTC and much more. services for the school district but he must stick to the budget provided for him. That budget currently covers 62 percent of the cost of the program, or $883,000, with the school district covering the remaining $530,500. Under the new law, the cost climb another $4.5 million, including $1.8 million for $720,000 for training and equipment and $1.9 million for vehicles. And while you might expect the recurring annual cost to be less than the startup cost, Sheriff Daniels said no; the recurring cost increases to $5.6 million in year two. A decision is going to have to be made, said Daniels, who was looking at hiring 30 new deputies on Tuesday of this week. Either he is moving forward with hiring and training employees, or he needs the names of the school personnel he will have to train to be school guardians, he said. Not surprisingly, there were questions about cutting costs, required and whether the school Commissioner Wayne Bolla even asked whether some resource instead of driving a patrol car. There are discipline issues on buses, after all. Having a police car sitting in the parking lot all day long isnt a very good use of assets, Bolla said, pointing out it doubles the cost of the program. Daniels had defended the new vehicles by saying deputies who make arrests need some place to put suspects, and those pursuing suspects need a car to do so. That includes responding to incidents nearby. Being stationed at a school doesnt make them less of why the deputies also need supervising sergeants who can monitor their activities and make assignments. Were limiting our capacity to be effective law enforcement element of the equipment that we have in our toolboxes, Daniels said. Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot was willing to shoulder some of the burden, in his jurisdiction. But the citys mayor said that did not include the school. Mayor Mitch Timberlake said the schools make them the ideal candidates, but the citys citizens already pay county and school board taxes and the council is not to work in the schools. It would diminish the sheriffs cost in transportation for two new deputies, however an interlocal agreement would still provide for the county and school board to cover the personnel costs. Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble said he was also willing to be a part of the conversation, but Sheriff Daniels was curious where the willingness from both cities was in the past when he in all of the junior highs. He welcomed them, he said, but also expressed concern. It could muddy the waters when it comes to the continuity of span and control. Rollins said the law out those issues. Funding was the question facing the commission and school board. The school district can use its new and existing Safe Schools revenue from the state toward the The state allocated more than $1.89 million to Clay County schools, designating around $250,000 for antibullying and other programs. Rollins wanted to structure the countys support in the form of a loan that the school board, through an interlocal agreement, would agree to repay as other funding sources such as additional revenue from student enrollment materialize. Commissioner Diane Hutchings said supporting the not a once and done option, however. It is the top priority of government to protect its citizens, and the responsibility of protecting schools is in the hands of the school board. The a dedicated funding stream, and she encouraged the school board to achieve that through additional property taxes, saying the county commission would support them. I cannot imagine the people of Clay County not supporting that, she added. School Board Member Janice Kerekes said the schools exist to educate but they are also centers of activity in their communities and need to be kept safe. Safety she said Proposing the school board seek new revenue to fully fund the program itself is not working together, she said. Rollins interrupted to ask the county attorney if state statute designated responsibility for funding school security, and she said it did to the school board. Its shameful that were not all willing to work together, and I hope that we can, Kerekes said. Rollins said his offer of a loan was a collaborative gesture, but Kerekes didnt see it that way. Superintendent Davis expressed thanks for the time with the commission but said it sounded as if he and the school board would have to revisit their expectations and decide how best to approach the problem using state funding to cover a limited number of schools, hire outside security like Duval County or backtrack and implement the Guardian Program. He did agree with Hutchings, saying he felt the public would support an additional property tax for school security, but its something the school board hasnt discussed at this point. Hutchings said its a way the entire community could collaborate on what is best for students. I think if the public has how the money is going to be spent, that we can surely come together and work together toward educating the public, she said. Commissioner Gayward Hendry said one way or another the taxpayers are going to end up paying for new school resource the county commission is going to raise taxes or the school board, which would require a referendum. He said the county commissions millage rate was already close to the maximum, and agreed it was up to the school board to pay for school safety. It should be the school board that puts this on the referendum come this fall to see if they can get another half mill or a mill squeezed out of the citizens for a worthy, worthy cause, and we would support it as has already been said. In the meantime, they are willing to help cover the startup costs with a loan, as Rollins recommended. That money that were tapping into has already been dedicated to other projects. We would need that to come back to us, Hendry said. School Board Chair Carol Studdard said she agreed with of funds for school safety, bemoaning a lack of funds for capital projects as well. She said she was heartbroken that the state didnt provide complete funding. The school board decided it would hold a special meeting following its workshop on Monday for the purpose of discussing a tax referendum. (They could not take action because it was not a regularly scheduled meeting.) The sheriffs hiring was placed on hold pending the outcome of that meeting, but there were other costs to consider, like car purchases, which Superintendent Davis had pointed out would be the countys responsibility. The school board doesnt own patrol cars used by school resource salaries. So, although the county commission doesnt want to fund their cars. Whether the county had capital funds to approve the purchase of new vehicles was a question commissioners planned to take up at their Aug. 24 meeting. SCHOOL Continued from 2B 171.00 112.49 217.29 249.50 169.50 99.50 of Starke110 W.Call Street Starke, FL 32091 904.964.5764 $249.50 $171.00 $217.29 $112.49 $103.00 $169.50 Reg. Price $499Reg. Price $295Reg. Price $395Reg. Price $199Reg. Price $215Reg. Price $339Sale Price $31899 Sale Price $18499 Sale Price $25499 Sale Price $12799 Sale Price $13899 Sale Price $21899 Price includes assembly Prices good through Santa Fe Audubon members meet their Bartram BY ATHIE SANDERS Special to the Monitor Santa Fe Audubon Society hosted guest speakers Dean Campbell and Sam Carr at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall in Melrose to learn about John and William Bartrams explorations of the St. Johns River and how paddlers and hikers can recreate their journey in north central Florida on the Bartram Trails. Audubon programs are held second Tuesday of each month, September through April, at Melrose Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall starting at 6:45. Field trips are held on Saturdays. The public is invited. Santa Fe Audubon has partnered with Ravine Gardens State Park to help increase the number of native plants throughout the gardens. Tonight, our prize drawings will be for native plants. We donated plants to Ravine Gardens and so tonight we will provide some for our drawings, said Laura Berkelman, Audubon president. Speakers Dean Campbell and Sam Carr challenged the audience throughout the evening to think about how they came to know Bartram? How did you get to know who John and William Bartram were and what they did for Florida? Everyone here has heard of Bartram, but who here really knows about Bartram? Campbell asked. William Bartram was when my dad gave me this book, Travels. I failed miserably reading it. I put it down for about 20 years, said Campbell. Travels is the book William Bartram wrote chronicling travels on the St. Johns River over 200 years ago. One day, years later, at Campbells work, someone said they wanted to paddle from the head waters of the St. Johns River to the mouth. I signed up. Sam signed up too. That is how I came to Bartram. Its how Sam was introduced to Bartram, said Campbell. The story of Bartram started back in 1765. Florida historically was ceded to England as a result of the Paris Treaty that ended the Seven Years War. James Grant The King of England appointed John Bartram as Chief Botanist to go to Florida. Grant hired Bartram to survey and report The sixty-six-year-old was accompanied by son William Bartram. They traveled the St. Johns River by dugout canoe: a distance of more than 500 miles. They explored and recorded from where the St. Johns merged with the Atlantic Ocean to what they mistakenly thought was the mouth of the river, near current day Port Canaveral. Along the way John judged the quality of the soil, plants and trees and recorded in his journal. John, a stoic writer, painted a picture with every paragraph he wrote, said Campbell. William, an acclaimed nature artist, drew what he saw with great detail. The heart of William was vastly different than Johns. John was a business man. William was only good at a couple things. He was college educated, in high society in the colonies, tried to earn his own keep but he failed miserably. His only talent was drawing, said Carr. under Spanish rule and territory was uncharted. The British See BARTRAM, 2B

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Thursday, April 24, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 5B Socials !"##"$% !"#$$%"&'()*"!"#'+#$$%*"!",-./01'* !"2'3(1"!"&$4",1$5'"!"2$6.1'"7$8' !"9$88':;.(1"!"&.%'3.8'"#$$%* !",.<./0"!"#$33'/"=$$<"#'51(;'8'/3 !"##$#%&'()&#% "!" *+,-../$01234 444>&'4.*=(1)':#$$%./0>;$8 56-7-28334$93:8$ %37;<,3 56-7-28334$93:8$ =-77-28<3: 56-7-28334$93:8$ >7<,3: !"##$%&''$())*+,+*-)). STARKE Susan St. John Voliva, 73, of Sevierville, Tennessee formerly of Starke, died Friday, March 30, 2018 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. She was born in Gainesville on Dec. 30, 1945 to the late Edwin Heath and Mary (Paulling) St. John. Prior to retirement she worked as a legal secretary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eddie St. John. Survivors are: her husband of 53 years, Doug Voliva of Sevierville; daughter, Samantha Voliva of Tennessee; brothers, Johnny (Kellye) McCormick, David (Kelly) McCormick all of Keystone Heights, and Jimmy McCormick of Gainesville; two grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at Crosby Lake Cemetery. Local arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke. STARKE Thomas George "Tom" Whaley, age 85, of Starke passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after a brief illness. He was born on April 22, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan to Archie and Ann Marie (Putkela) Whaley. Mr. Whaley retired in 1994 after being a banker for 40 years. He was a resident of Tampa before he and his wife moved to Starke 25 years ago. Tom was a member of Kingsley Lake Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for many years. He was also the Financial Secretary & Association Clerk with the New River Baptist Association in Starke. A veteran of the US Navy, Tom loved his church and was a devoted family man. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Dorothy Malkowski and Pat Foor. Tom is survived by: his beloved wife of 63 years, Barbara W. Whaley of Starke; daughters, Lynn Whaley of Starke, Kelli (Danny) Luke of Starke, Jana (Jerry) Revels of Starke, and Mindi (John) Raymond of Valrico; and sisters, MaryAnn DeMartino of Michigan, and Peggy Murphy of Tampa. Also left are his grandchildren, Erin (Lamar) Waters, Josh (Shelley) Luke, Kaitlyn (John) Nicula, Jolee (Timothy) Lee, Jerrica (David) Castellon, Jaren (Brad) Melvin, Jacie (Jeremy) Bias, Jake Sansom, Kyle Sansom, Tyler Raymond, Trevor Raymond, and Tanner Raymond; great-grandchildren, Kale Waters, Kanaan Waters, Kyson Waters, Raegan Luke, Judson Luke, Baylor Nicula, Brix Nicula, Kayden Lee, Koleson Lee, Paislee Sapp, and Layla Castellon; and along with many other family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 57 pm at DeWitt C. Jones Chapel on Thursday, April 26. Memorial services will be 11:00 am Friday, April 27, 2018 at Kingsley Lake Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Rodriguez, Pastor Zeb Cook, and Pastor Ron Kimbrell Missions Program at Kingsley Lake Baptist Church, 6289 Mary Dot Lane, Starke, FL 32091 or to New River Baptist Association, P.O. Box 358, Starke, FL 32091. Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, Starke. 904-964-6200. www.jonesgallagherfh.com PAID OBITUARY Pete and Ethel Douglas were married on May 3, 1958 in North Charleston, South Carolina at Cooper River Baptist Church. They have four children, Sandy Douglas, Susan (Don) Davis, Scott Douglas and Sarah (Mark) Savage. They also have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration is planned for Saturday, May 5th from 2-4 pm at Brooker Baptist Church, Brooker. Friends and family are invited to come celebrate with us. Pete and Ethel Douglas F$01&