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Jackie C. Burch

November 29, 1941 — June 12, 2017

Jacqueline (Jackie) Carlton Cliett Burch, 75, a beloved mother, grandmother, and educator, passed away June 12, 2017 at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA. Jackie was born November 29, 1941 in Wauchula, FL, and received her Bachelor's Degree in education from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. After her graduation from Florida Southern College, she went on to further her studies and received her Master's Degree from Stetson University.

During her 35 year teaching career, she taught one year at Winter Haven Middle School and 34 years at Fort Meade High School. Jackie taught U.S. History, American Government, and AP American Government. She was the sponsor of many school activities over the years, including; National Honor Society, Yearbook, Academic Team, Student Council, and the Fort Meade High School newspaper "Black and Gold." She also started the Fort Meade High School Adapting Communities for Excellence (ACE) Program, in which their goal was to give back to the community. Jackie was also a national leadership conference presenter for both the PRIDE program through Herff Jones Co., and Leadership Experience And Development LEAD program. She was a member of the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation teams.

Jackie served as a volunteer leader for 4H, Saddle Clubs, and various horse associations in Florida. She also served as District Advisor of Student Councils in Polk County, FL. She was a member of the National FFA Alumni Association, and served on the local officer team. Jackie held several horse judging cards and judged numerous horse shows throughout the South East United States.

Jackie had a love for reading, quarter horses, traveling, all kinds of animals, the Old West, Native American culture, thoroughbred horse racing, her students and watching them succeed, and her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Jacqueline Burch Mathews, and her grand-daughter, Madeline Blue Mathews, both of Blue Ridge, GA.

A Memorial visitation will be held at Akins Funeral Home, 7871 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge, GA on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. In addition, another visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Hancock Funeral Home, 945 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jacqueline Burch Memorial Fund, at the United Community Bank, 4000 Appalachian Highway, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Monies collected will fund a college scholarship for a high school senior at Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School Class of 2018.

Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171 and Akins Funeral Home, Blue Ridge, GA (706) 632-2267.
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