Clarkie Branam
Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home - Palatka Chapel
307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL
Clarkie L. Branam, 93, of Palatka, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at her home following an extended illness. A native of Toombs County, Georgia, she and her husband left the farm life in Georgia to pursue a living in the Catfish industry in Florida. In 1947 they moved to Cross Creek and then in 1951 to Lake Apopka before returning to Island Grove in Alachua County. In 1957, she transitioned to Putnam County where she remained for the past 64 years. Clarkie worked as a cafeteria manager in the Putnam County District School System from 1960-1991. Over the years, she had worked at Silver Lake Elementary School now known as Kelley Smith Elementary School, Interlachen Elementary School and at Palatka High School. After retiring from the School System, Clarkie assisted her daughter Melba at her business, Cannon's Bookkeeping. A member of New Beginnings Baptist Fellowship, Clarkie was a Christian woman who loved the Lord and served him by teaching Sunday School in her earlier years. In her leisure time, Clarkie enjoyed gardening (roses) and reading her Bible, shopping and spending time with her family. She was also an excellent cook and always had a cake ready for visitors who might stop by. She was so proud of her children anyone who had conversation with her, quickly realized that her biggest accomplishment was raising her children to be successful.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph H. "Joe" Hutcheson and 2nd husband, Paul Branam, her parents, William Spurgeon Benton and Edna Lucille Bailey Benton and her siblings, Bobby Benton, Pauline Banks, Bernice Mosley and Frankie Benton and a son-in-law, Reddick "Bill" Cannon.
Clarkie is survived by her children, Melba Cannon of Palatka, Jerry Hutcheson (Debbie) of Bunnell and Silva Smith (Stuart) of Palatka, 2 step-children, Brenda Harvey (Tommy) of Port Charlotte and Tommy Branam (Delinda) of Hollister, her siblings, Joyce Darus of Orlando, Faye Griffis of Archer, William S. Benton, Jr. (Marilyn) of Lake Como, Jesse Benton (Kathy) of Green Cove Springs and Betty Jean Wright (Archie) of Beverly Hills, FL, 5 grandchildren, Randal Cannon (Tammy), Amy Smith (Todd), Ashley Sherwood (Chris), Greg Hutcheson (Lisa) and Becky Simmons (Doug), 5 step-grandchildren, Russ Branam (Stacie), Crystal Burkes (L.J.), Scott Harvey (Ellen), Heather Kelly (Matt) and Brad Harvey (Kim), 8 great-grandchildren, Shelby White (Cole), Cody Cannon (Kelsey), Dalton Simmons, Logan Hutcheson, Jakob Sherwood, Joseph Hutcheson, Kati Sherwood and Bella Glasco and numerous step-great-grandchildren.
Services celebrating Clarkie's life will be at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, October 17, 2021 at New Beginnings Baptist Fellowship with Pastor Rick McClure officiating. Burial will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until the time of services at 3:00 P.M.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be sent to New Beginnings Baptist Fellowship, 915 S. Moody Road, Palatka, FL 32177.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the loving care and support to the nurses of Mederi Caretenders and to Community Hospice.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Clarkie's Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
Published by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home - Palatka Chapel on Oct. 13, 2021.
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New Beginning Baptist Fellowship
915 S Moody Rd, PALATKA, FL
New Beginning Baptist Fellowship
915 S Moody Rd, PALATKA, FL
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My prayers and love are with you. Clarkie will be with me always, she was the one who showed me I should make food service my goal in life. I thank her for that.
Jackie Futch
October 15, 2021
My prayers and love is with you. Clarke will always be with me, she was the one who saw I had a future in food service. Love forever
Jackie futch
October 15, 2021
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