Francis H. Huntley
Francis H. Huntley
November 6, 1924 - January 11, 2019

Francis H. Huntley

Francis H. Huntley, 94, of Palatka passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness.

Francis was a native of Doctors Inlet and had been a resident of Palatka for the past 67 years, coming from Daytona Beach. He was a 1943 graduate of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. After discharge from the military he returned to Palatka to work in the family business and manage another Huntley Brothers Supermarket, which he did for 39 years. The hard work of the Huntley family produced much fruit as they expanded into the Huntley Jiffy food chain, which became one of the largest convenience food chains in the southeast, expanding to 340 stores. Francis retired in November of 1989 and enjoyed NASCAR auto racing, football, golf and spending summers in the North Carolina mountains.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Frank and Edith Huntley; a son, Ronnie E. Huntley; three brothers, William T. Huntley, Louis L. Huntley and John W. Huntley; four sisters, Lillian H. Hunning, Rosa “Pam” Keene, Betty Johnson and Jeanette Huntley; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Huntley.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Jean Huntley of Palatka; a son, Bobby Huntley of Salt Springs; four grandchildren and spouses, Matthew and Katie Huntley of Layton, UT, Michael and Jackie Huntley of Keystone Heights, Charles Robert Huntley of Lexington, SC and Wendy Gail Huntley of Orlando; 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with The Rev. Robert F. Marsh officiating. Afterwards the family will have a private graveside committal service at Oak Hill East Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Marks Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 370, Palatka, FL 32178 or Putnam First Cancer Fund, 600 Zeagler Dr., Palatka, FL 32177.

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Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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