James Burkes

James Burkes

Sunday, December 28th, 1958 - Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
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James R. “J.R.” Burkes, 62, of Palatka, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Putnam Community Medical Center from complications of the Covid 19 Virus. A native and lifelong resident of Palatka, “J.R.” worked many years in the construction industry. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed mud boggin. “J.R.” also loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Burkes and Billie Burkes as well as a brother, John Burkes.
“J.R.” is survived by his wife of 45 years, Becky Burkes of Palatka, his children, Jay Burkes (Dixie), Brandi Oary (Matt), Belinda Vandevander (David) and Amber Burkes, 11 grandchildren, Tiffany, Emily, Morgan, Marissa, Mason, Mayci, Hayley, Logan, Brailynn, Dustin and Ashley, 4 great-grandchildren, Maverick, Kinady, Waylon and Braxten, 4 siblings, Judy Cannon, Jerry Burkes (April), Gene Burkes (Ann) and Deborah Pacetti (Buck).
Services celebrating “J.R.”’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Pastor Mike Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill West Cemetery in Palatka. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services.
Due to concern with the Covid 19 Virus, all attending are requested to wear a facial covering when not practicing social distancing.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at J.R.’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Mike Stanley
  • Interment

    Oak Hill West Cemetery
    S. Palm Ave
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Lisa Cogar

Posted at 09:03am
JR - I still remember the good times and will always remember them. You will forever be in my heart. Love you always Aunt Alice Fairbanks

Jim Davidson

Posted at 09:41pm
JR and I met in 1987 and for the past 30 plus years have hunted, fished , played golf and even found time to develop and build World Golf Village. I can honestly say I never met anyone as loyal, hardworking, honest or caring as JR. He was passionate about everything he did and never ever failed to focus on what was best for his family. If you were his friend there was nothing he wouldn’t do for you or your family. I was truly blessed to know him and call him a friend. . Tomorrow is opening day of turkey season. I keep thinking we are suppose to hunting like we did in so many years passed. I’m blessed to have so many great memories of my time with JR. I’m counting on them carry me through until we meet again. I will miss you my friend and think of you often. Rest In Peace and know you were loved by all.

Alana Hartley Posted at 08:28am

You guys were two peas in a pod! Maybe you’ll kill a big gobbler for him this morning!


Posted at 08:07pm
So sorry God took JR this soon. A good & decent man whom we'll always remember. JR & family did a ton of work for us. (He could peel a banana with a track hoe.) JR will sorely be missed. Forever grateful. -Tracy & Kathy C.

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Posted at 03:05pm
With heartfelt condolences to the family. JR will be very missed by all. With Love from the Fletcher Davis Company.
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Vanessa Cunningham

Posted at 02:38pm
I have known JR for almost 20 years. Such a kind, kind man who would give you the shirt off his back. The world has truly lost a beautiful soul. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Vanessa Cunningham

Alice Farrell Posted at 11:43pm

I am deeply saddened by JR’s death and send my love and sympathy to his family. He was a fine man who will be missed. Aunt Alice Farrell

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