James Bryan

James Hamilton Bryan Jr.

Wednesday, September 19th, 1934 - Saturday, February 29th, 2020
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James H. “Jimmy” Bryan, Jr., 85, of Palatka, passed from this life on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at UF Health in Gainesville. A native and lifelong resident of Palatka, Jimmy graduated from Palatka High School in 1952 and attended the University of Florida. He worked at Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in the pulp and recovery area and then advanced as a lab technician, retiring in 1996 following 42 years of service. Jimmy served as a City Commissioner for the City of Palatka from 1974 – 1986. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palatka. Jimmy was a life member of Elks Lodge BPOE Lodge #1232 as well as the Palatka Jaycees where he had been in charge of the Azalea Festival for several years. He had also been involved with Boy Scout Troop #236 and Troop #62. Jimmy was an avid Gator Booster and football fan as well as an avid bird hunter. Growing up, Jimmy loved spending the summers at the beach surf fishing and crabbing at Summerhaven.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James H. “Hank” Bryan, Sr. and Nellie E. Bryan.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Jean Bryan of Palatka, his children, Jeri Eubanks (Brad) of Palatka, Jay Bryan (Cheryl) of Fernandina Beach, Jean Macedonia (“Mace”) of St. Augustine Beach and Jo Whitten (John) of Jacksonville, a sister, Nell Ferguson (Bill) of Huntsville, AL, 6 grandchildren, John Allen Eubanks (Joy), Nicole Owens (Brian), Joshua Bryan (Michelle), Kyle Bryan, Cheyenne Macedonia and Makayla Whitten and 4 great-grandchildren, Alison Eubanks, Jenna Eubanks, Traven Owens and Tinsley Owens.
Services celebrating Jimmy’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Rev. Cliff Lyda officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to the First Presbyterian Church building fund, 123 S. 2nd St., Palatka, FL 32177 or to Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Jimmy’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Cliff Lyda
  • Interment

    Oak Hill Cemetery
    2900 Crill Avenue
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Mike Cooper

Posted at 09:38pm
Betty Jean and Family. So sorry for our loss of Jimmy. He was a Man who made a difference in our World. I remember the good times we all had in Jaycees and all the Projects that we completed that helped Palatka. You and family will be in my prayers this week.
Mike Cooper, Dallas, Texas.

Donald Wells

Posted at 10:15am
Jimmy was a dear friend of mine and I enjoyed the many years we work together at GP. Jimmy was a die hard Gator fan and we used to make our little bets between the Gators and FSU. Jimmy was a great father and grandfather to his kids and grandkids. Jimmy will be missed he left memories for all of us to remember him by. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.
Donald Wells

Jeff & Pat

Posted at 08:09am
Our hearts go out to all the Bryan family during this difficult time. All our love,
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Cathy & Freddie Mariano

Posted at 03:44pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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