Marcia E. Knapke, of Port St. Joe, and wife of Mark Knapke, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Sacred Heart on the Gulf surrounded by her family.

The family will have a memorial service from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Spring Place Baptist Church, Chatsworth, Georgia. A gathering to celebrate Marcia’s life will be held 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12,  at South Gulf County Fire Department, Port St, Joe. Her ashes will be scattered in Key West at a later date, according to Whatley Funeral Services, Port St. Joe. 

Marcia, daughter of the late Willie and Ruth Messer, and late Martha Ann McConkey, was born Feb. 26, 1956 in Chatsworth, Georgia. She worked in sales, recently retiring from vacation rentals. Marcia was “the most famous person in the room,” she loved to socialize and loved Key West, where she met her husband Mark. They were married for over 15 years. She spent her time painting, gardening, and enjoying arts and crafts. Marcia was a big supporter of the Volunteer South Gulf County Fire Department at Cape San Blas. 

She is survived by her husband, Mark Knapke, of Port St. Joe at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park; daughter, Keleigh J. Dyer, of Chatsworth, Georgia son, Navy Master Chief Petty Officer H. Lee Dyer (Promise) of Guam; grandchildren, Hunter, Santiago, Alec Dyer, and Joshua Dover; sisters, Chrissie Booth, of Chatsworth, Georgia, and Shawn Berry, of Crystal Springs, Mississippi; and numerous other relatives and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department 240 Cape San Blas Road Port St. Joe, FL 32456 or www.sgcfire.com.