John Taylor

John Bernie Taylor

Wednesday, July 13th, 1938 - Saturday, March 6th, 2021
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John B Taylor, 82, of Palatka passed from this life peacefully on March 6, 2021 with family at his side. John joined the Navy in 1956 and was stationed on the USS Jasper (a submarine chaser) located in the Panama Canal Zone until 1959. While on the ship he was a rescue & underwater diver. He also played baseball for the Navy during his tour. He was discharged in 1959 and came home to Palatka. He formed an underwater diving team called the Palatka Aqua Knights and dove in various underwater caves including the Devils Hole in West Putnam. Throughout these dives, many prehistoric mammals were recovered and documented by the Palatka Daily News in May of 1960. He along with 3 members of his dive team founded the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Rescue and Recovery Unit Dive Team.
In 1971 he became a Master Mason of Palatka Lodge 34 and later acquired York Rites and Scottish Rights. He was also a Shriner of the Morocco Temple in Jacksonville and later joined the Putnam County Shrine Club “Thunderbirds”. He and his father were the first Father and Son to join the Palatka Elks #1232 in 1959.He was on the committee for the purchase of the land and building for the present location of the Putnam County Shrine Club.
John was the former owner of Guaranty Title Company which he purchased in 1964.
John was married to his first wife, Gail Millican Taylor, from November of 1961 until the date of her death in 2012. He had 51 wonderful years of marriage, together they had 3 beautiful girls: Jimi Lynn Taylor Westbury (Bill), Conie Taylor Congleton, and Kristi Taylor Kendall, two granddaughters, Tia Smith, and Toni Westbury and three grandsons, Skyler Kwasneski, Taylor Kwasneski, and Connor Kendall, two great-granddaughters, Bre Rivers, and Jaden Smith, and one great-grandson, Bodie Rivers. He is also survived by his present wife, Nancy Jones-Taylor since September of 2020, sister, Dell Wilkinson, and stepson, William Brossett (Teresa).
In addition to his wife, Gail, John is preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Agnes Taylor and son-in-law, Jim Congleton.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Palatka Memorial Gardens with Pastor Terry Wright officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka.
Graveside services will be livestreamed and can be accessed on Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at John’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 11:00am
    Palatka Memorial Gardens
    4070 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Pastor Terry Wright
  • Interment

    Palatka Memorial Gardens
    4070 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Katherine & Lino T

Posted at 10:09am
Nancy we are so sorry for your loss, John was such a loving man and so thoughtful, We give our sympathies to you and his family. May he rest in peace.

Kimberly (Gunter) Lynn

Posted at 07:48pm
Your family is in our prayers. We have countless memories of diving with John and Gail. Your friends from 1962, May you rest in Peace, Lawrence Gunter (deceased) and wife Nancy Gunter

Doug Feltner

Posted at 07:40am
Thinking of family during this difficult time, Bernie T was a great man and a pillar in the community

Rebecca Simpson arnold

Posted at 07:32am
I am so sorry to hear John is gone. He was always like a 2nd father to me growing up. John taught me a lot. He was one of the kindest mans I knew and I am sure there was a big ole roast and party when he made it toHeaven. Not to mention the fishing trip for another sail fish!

I love and will forever miss you John. ❤️

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