PALATKA MEMORIAL GARDENS

 

Is a private cemetery owned and maintained by the Masters Family of the Masters Funeral Home.   It is located at 4070 Silver Lake Drive, Palatka 32177 next to Christ Independent Methodist Church, and across from Heidt Road.  It was developed in the late 1950s on the site of a former airstrip, Sawyer Field.  It was developed as a modern burial garden, with monuments flush with the ground level and not permitting upright monuments for ease of landscaping and maintenance.  A trip to the office, for those not familiar with the cemetery, will be necessary.  Their telephone number is 386-325-3870.  Should there not be someone on site at the time of your visit, Masters Funeral Home is located at 3015 Crill Avenue in Palatka, Florida.  Telephone is 386-325-4564.

 

Parcel #14-10-26-0000-0560-0000, (Map Book 4 Page 27 on file).   There are many WW II Veterans buried here.   PALATKA QUAD N 29o 37.446 W 81o 39.782.   (Maintained).

 

NOTE:  This listing is culled from a very old interment list first copied in 1975.  A physical marker-by-marker survey was conducted in 1976, but the field notes the 3” x 5” index cards were created from, is missing from the files.  Therefore, this list was checked by comparing the cards to the interment list, and in some cases, the State of Florida Death Index, and the obituaries contained in the Palatka Daily News. 

 

There are many more interments than there were markers at the time of the 1976 survey.  When there is a birth date given and a death date, that means there was a definite marker.  Where no birth date is given and only a “death” date is given, this means that record was taken from the Interment Record, and is the actual date that the person was BURIED—NOT the date of death.  On average, the interment took place two or three days after the actual date of death.  However, in working with these records, I have seen lag times of as many as five to seven days between the death and interment.  The wise researcher will keep these conditions in mind and get independent confirmation from other sources.

 

Photographed in  2010 and 2011 by Sandra Jones and Mary E. Murphy. 

 

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Last updated: 5/1/2012

 

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