Mark Allan Stites
January 15, 1946 - May 25, 2018

Mark A. Stites

Mark Allan Stites, 72, of Palatka, passed away from this life, Friday, May 25, 2018 at Putnam Community Medical Center following an extended illness. He was born in Orville, CA and had been a resident of Palatka for the past 60 years coming from Virginia. He was of the Baptist and had worked as a logger. Mark was a hard working man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He was a friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gabe Stites and Charlotte Long Stites Warf; two brothers, Ray Hill and Johnny Stites and three sisters, Sandy Stites, June Stites and Louise Stites.

Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Martha Jane Stites of Palatka; four sons, Johnny Ray Stites Green (Laura) of Interlachen, Dale Stites Green (Brandi) of Palatka, Michael Stites (Ashley) of Palatka and Shawn Stites of Palatka; a daughter, Susie Stites Smith (T. J.) of San Mateo; a brother, Roger Stites of Philadelphia; two sisters, Lynn Martin of Texas and Tinker Martin of Missouri; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two special sisters-n-law, Annette Green (Paul) Florahome and Mary Pippin (Larry) of Palatka and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at South Side Baptist Church with Pastor Shaun Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In celebration of Mark’s life, a video tribute will be shown during the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Putnam First Cancer Fund, 600 Zeagler Dr., Palatka, FL 32177.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed on his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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