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Carolyne Ivey Knowles

December 27, 1941 — December 27, 2020

Carolyne Patricia Ivey Knowles was born in Palatka, Florida to the late Everett and Eleva Ivey on December 27, 1941 and after battling a lengthy illness left her earthly body on her birthday, December 27, 2020 to enter heaven to be with her Jesus and family she has missed dearly.

Carolyne graduated from Clay High School class of 1959 where she was the Homecoming Queen. She then attended St Johns River Junior College, St. Vincent’s School of Radiology Technology and worked for a short time at Clay Memorial Hospital, Green Cove Springs.

While also raising her three children, she helped her husband by running their independent insurance agency and also obtained her state insurance licenses.

She later went on to become a manager with Humana Health Care in Jacksonville. She then became a reverse mortgage loan officer and greatly enjoyed helping so many seniors. She finished up her years of working in early 2020 while working for Stuckey Management where the tenants loved having her as their manager. Always displaying her warm and compassionate attitude to all she met.

Her greatest work passion was her love of crafts. She was talented in so many areas of sewing and quilting (making just recently a quilt for all of her children, grands, and great grands), jewelry designs, and so much more including prayer pockets for which was a witnessing tool she would use to draw people to Jesus.

Her greatest life’s passion was her family. She was always praying for each one daily. She was a walking testimony on how to live a life in a God-fearing way regardless of struggles and hard times she had.

Her favorite Bible chapter was Philippians.

She spoke of it often and said it encouraged her to live with joy in all circumstances.

Her life verses were Phil 4:6-7 and John 17:23. She would say how she was amazed how God loved her as much as He loved Jesus.

She was a marvelous Women’s Sunday School teacher for years in several churches she attended.

She also played the piano, organ, steel guitar, accordion, and sang beautifully. She used these talents while growing up in church and throughout her adult years in church along with singing at weddings and funerals.

Carolyne is preceded in death by her parents Everett and Eleva Ivey, her husband of 59 years, Harold Knowles, and one Great-grandson Samuel Morrell.

She was a loving mother and grandmother/great-grandmother and is survived by her children,

Debra (Paul) Buchanan, Michael (Trena) Knowles, and Kim (Steve) Thomas; her grandchildren,

Stephen (Kristiana) Knowles, Amanda (Joe) Freeman, Charles Thomas, Taylor (Jenny) Knowles, Carolyne (Matthew) Stevens, Kate (Andrew) Morrell, and Dalton Knowles; great-grands,

Garrick Reynolds, Alex Knowles, Grayson Reynolds, Claire Knowles, Ezra Morrell, Cadence Freeman, Brooklyn Freeman, Theodore Morrell, and Lizzie Freeman; her bonus grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Max, and Sarah Buchanan; her adoring sisters and brother,

Leanne (Gene) Hodges, Gwen (Dick) Sapp, Melanie Nichols, and Tim Ivey; along with many dear nieces and nephews which she loved dearly.

Her entire family will greatly miss her along with her cooking, crafting, welcoming home, endless talks and encouragement, all her laughter and spunky attitude. Most of all we will miss her hugs and her prayers! Her Jesus and her family were THE greatest treasures in her life.

She said recently at her last hospital stay, “When you die, your influence doesn’t die with you. Your example carry’s on. “

She set a wonderful example on how we should live our lives and her example will carry on for generations.

Her Pallbearers are her grandsons and two sons-in-law, Stephen Knowles, Charles Thomas, Taylor Knowles, Dalton Knowles, Steve Thomas and Paul Buchanan.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations in her name to the Mayo Clinic liver research department at or to Community Hospice.

The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Saturday, January 2, 2021 in the Broadus-Raines Chapel.  Due to concerns with the COVID 19 virus, the family has decided to not have a reception following the service in an effort to keep all friends and family as safe as possible. All attendees to the viewing will be required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing.

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