William "Shorty" Odell Medlock
December 22, 1932 - September 24, 2020

William O. “Shorty” Medlock, 87, of Palatka passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Putnam Community Medical Center following a brief illness.
Shorty was born in Marianna and had lived in Palatka 70 years, coming from Marianna. He served honorably in the United States Army. He worked at Georgia Pacific Corp. in Palatka as a Millwright for 40 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1098 in Palatka. In addition, he was a former member of the Palatka Horseman’s Association. He enjoyed woodworking and going to yard sales. He was very creative, handy, and was able to do anything mechanical back in the day. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ross Medlock; a grandchild, Greg Keith Gulledge; a sister-in-law, Beverly Ross Smith; brother and sister-in-law, John and Faye Ross; and a nephew, Mark Ross.
Surviving are two adopted daughters, Deana D. Adams of Williston and Danette D. Parmly of Princeton, WV; numerous nieces and nephews, including Charles and Kathy Smith, Mike Smith, and George and Gail Smith all of Palatka; Jane Ross Souzzi of Baldwin, MO, Mary Ross Tillman of Gulfport, AL; Tim Ross; numerous great nieces and nephews; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 29th at Palatka Memorial Gardens with Pastor Kevin Dodge and Pastor Caleb Dodge officiating. Military Honors will be bestowed by the U. S. Army. The family will receive friends at the cemetery one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace Community Baptist Church. 161 Peniel Church Rd., Palatka, FL 32177. Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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