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Obituaries 5/18/23


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Bruner “Gerald” Barksdale
Mr. Bruner “Gerald” Barksdale age 87 a longtime resident of Green Cove Springs, passed away at his home Thursday, May 11, 2023, with his family by his side. He was born September 20, 1935, in Ocala to the late Bruner T. and Vasta (Jackson) Barksdale. Mr. Barksdale proudly served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper and retired as a building contractor. He was an ordained Deacon and faithfully served in churches for over 60 years and loved teaching Sunday School classes. He enjoyed traveling to the mountains, camping, feeding animals at Spring Park, woodworking, and just staying busy.
Mr. Barksdale also had a big heart for all animals. He was best known for not complaining or worrying and ALWAYS staying positive, but most of all he loved his family and spending every minute he could with them.
Mr. Barksdale leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 62 wonderful years Rebecca (Green) Barksdale of Green Cove Springs and their three children Blaine Barksdale (Tina) and Ken Barksdale (Alecia) all of Green Cove Springs, and Lisa Hopkins (Eddie) of Middleburg; a sister Patricia Ann Turner of Pensacola and a sister in-law Patricia Ann Saunders of Middleburg. Mr. Barksdale was lovingly called “Papa” by grandchildren Lacey (Corey), Savanna, Shara (Preston), Jared (Hannah), Shelby (Bryan), Mandy (Daniel), Meagan (Chris), Austin, Chelsey (Cameron), Trenton (Caitlin), and Halea (Austin) along with great grandchildren McKaelyn, Maddox, Reid, Heidi, Roman, Caden, Gavin, Mason, Landon, Kayson, Kaydin, Kelvin, Elina, Wyatt, Harper, Dawson, and Alaia Rynn.
The family received friends at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in the Living Waters Worship Center and funeral services followed at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Joe Barry officiating.
Burial will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Living Waters Worship Center Israel fund.
Arrangements are by HELM-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 1811 Idlewild Ave. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-9696.www.helmgallagherfh.com

In Memoriam
Memorial for David George Busse
May 19, 1936-July 3, 2018

David George Busse
David George Busse, 82, passed away on July 3, 2018, in Orange Park, Florida. He is interred with his wife, Roswitha Susanna Busse (Rosi) who passed away in Tallahassee, Florida on November 17, 2020. They were married for 60 years and will now be able to spend the rest of time together in the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida.
David was born May 19, 1936, in Waynesburg, Kentucky. He was a retired US Air Force Captain. He attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1965. Rosi always said she worked to put 4 persons through college-her three children and David! David, fluent in German, met Rosi in Trier, Germany, where they were married in 1958. They had three children-Yvonne (Max), Kenneth (Lynn), and Michelle (Mike).
David is survived by his brother Roger Busse and sister Teresa Bellville, five grandchildren (Christina, Eric, Sarah, Stephanie, and Emily), and born since his death, 2 great-grandchildren Cecil and Westley, all of whom miss him.
David enjoyed working on genealogy before there were on-line resources, contacting relatives in Switzerland and throughout the US by phone or letter for information on the various family trees. David and Rosi enjoyed visiting with their grandchildren, and even had the pleasure of babysitting Michelle’s children often when they lived nearby.
There were times David had a large garden, paying tribute to his farming background. He brought his children to the family farm in Kentucky for weeks at a time during moves for the Air Force; the kids were able to experience the farm life with the grandparents and eat a lot of blackberries.
David and Rosi are missed greatly by their family, and will always be remembered.