Rhett McCool

Rhett Timothy McCool

Friday, June 1st, 2001 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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Rhett Timothy McCool, 18, of Palatka, Florida passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Gainesville, Florida, on June 1, 2001, Rhett attended Mellon and Kelley Smith Elementary Schools and Jenkins Middle School. In 2019, he graduated from Nease High School where he enjoyed playing football and made many friends. After high school, Rhett attended St Johns River State College and was employed at JB Glass, Inc., owned by his uncle Harley Robbins. At the time of his passing, he was employed at Beck Ford Lincoln where he was training in their Technician Development Program.
Rhett’s positivity and engaging personality was larger than life. A friend to all, he brightened every room he entered with his sweet country grin. He enjoyed the simple things- listening to music, watching movies, building a fire, riding in the woods, working on his truck, hunting and fishing, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends.
Rhett had an unwavering faith in God that allowed him to overcome many obstacles. It never mattered what he faced, Rhett could find the silver lining. Though his light dimmed too early, he had truly achieved his dream of building a simple and happy life in Palatka doing what he loved most.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Timothy Simmons and Kathy Stockton. He is survived by mother Ashley McCool (Robert Bush), father Matt McCool (Kim Hood); siblings, Clay McCool, Cailene Bush, Christopher Tanner, Caylen Tanner, Catie Tanner, Carlie Tanner; great-grandmother, Margaret Campbell; grandparents Jim and Susan McCool, and Paula Simmons; aunts and uncles, Jini Robbins (Harley), Lee McCool (Jessica), Landon Stockton, Zachary Simmons (Lauren), Kyle Simmons (Sydney); many great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.
Due to the COVID-19 virus and the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. DeSantis, private graveside service for the family only will take place at San Mateo Cemetery will Bro. Willie McKinnon, III officiating. A public memorial service celebrating Rhett’s life may be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please see information regarding a memorial donation by visiting the Rhett McCool Memorial page on Facebook.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Rhett’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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    Private Family Services
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    Brother Willie McKinnon, Jr.
  • Interment

    San Mateo Cemetery
    141 San Mateo Rd.
    SAN MATEO, FL 32187
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Steven Garrett Queen

Posted at 04:17pm
I will miss working with you at Ford and hanging out with you on our off days from work. We were just becoming good friends and I will miss you dearly, as I know many of your friends and family will, too. I have a piece of your truck that I will cherish in your memory and I knew you loved it so much. Going to work is not the same anymore. May your soul be forever in the Lords arms and I hope that we see each other again heaven. I pray for peace and comfort for your family. Rhett was a wonderful person, full of joy, and a hard worker. I will never forget you my friend! Always, Steven “GARRETT” Queen

Dwain Powell

Posted at 03:43pm
So sorry to hear the sad news, thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Dwain and. Amy Powell

Mechele Higginbotham

Posted at 09:46am
Dear Ashley, Matt, and the family: we are so very sorry for the loss of Rhett. Please know that all of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grieving and healing. Mechele Higginbotham and Rodney Symonds

Preacher Mike and Jeannie Gulledge

Posted at 06:19pm
Michael and I are so sorry for the loss your family has suffered. We send prayers with much love. Jeannie and Mike

Emily Rigdon

Posted at 01:36pm
Dear Ashley and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers knowing that the Peace of the Lord, which passes all understanding, will surround you with love and healing.
Emily Rigdon

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