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Obituary for Michael Grady Rich

Michael Grady “Mike” Rich, 65, of Palatka, passed from this life on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at HCA Florida Putnam Hospital in Palatka following a brief illness. Born in Franklin, Georgia, Mike graduated from Heard County High School in Franklin in 1976. He resided in Palatka for the past 37 years coming from Heard County, Georgia. Mike worked as an installation foreman with PPM, a subcontractor at Seminole Electric, for 37 years. In his leisure time, he enjoyed shooting pool and darts as well as riding his motorcycle. Mike also enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grand and great-grandkids and his beloved dogs, Izzy and Razz.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Susy J. Rich, his parents, Arthur Grady Rich and Dorothy Pike Rich, a brother, Johnny Rich and 2 brothers-in-law, Ray Mashburn and Robert Franklin.
Mike is survived by 2 daughters, Kim Gornto (Buster) of Orange Springs and Missy Motes (Scott) of Palatka, 4 siblings, Faye Wood (Randall) of LaGrange, GA, Becky Mashburn of Whitesburg, GA, Steve Rich (Tracy) of Franklin, GA and Wanda Franklin of LaGrange, GA, a sister-in-law, Wanda Rich of Franklin, GA, 6 grandchildren, Travis Shell, Brandy Shell (Kyler), Shanna Cribbs (Levi), Layne Watson, Jaylin Motes and Emma Motes, 2 great-grandchildren, Colton Gornto and Carter Aldridge and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
As per Mike’s wishes, no services are scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Olive Branch Baptist Church, 40 Frolona Road, Franklin, GA 30217.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Mike’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.