OBITUARY

David Edwin Talbert

October 17, 1940December 17, 2018

David made a peaceful transition on December 17, 2018 after living with Parkinson’s disease for many years. The son of Dallas H. and Mary K. Talbert, he grew up in the small town of Edinburgh, Indiana, a time he fondly recalled as “Happy Days.” He married after high school, joined the Navy, and started a family, eventually settling in the Jacksonville area in 1980 after a long career with the Burroughs computer company. He was a founding member of Unity Church for Creative Living, where he and his wife Dianne were married in 2001.

David was a man of many talents and interests. He felt his greatest service was as a steward and volunteer at his church. He also enjoyed music, videography and was an accomplished Toastmaster. However, David was best known for his avocation and gift of storytelling. His open heart and curiosity for others’ stories led him into conversations and friendships with anyone who crossed his path. David will be remembered as an accepting, kind and wise soul with a sly sense of humor whose life purpose was the peaceful resolution to conflict. Those who knew him were encouraged by his familiar sayings: “Be good to yourself,“ “You’re a valuable human being,” and “All good things come to new beginnings.”

Those left to honor David’s memory include his wife Dianne, daughters Lee Ann (Rod) and Christine, son Scott (Michelle), step-daughters Rhea (Nathan) and Emily; grandchildren Isaiah (Destiny), Jessica (Colby), Tyler, Jesse (Leah), Kara (Tyler), Hayden and James; great-grandchildren Tiffany and Melody; sister Louise, first wife Beth...and a wealth of other family and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Dickie Talbert. We now gratefully release David to his grand New Beginning, while holding the love he shared during his lifetime in our hearts.

  • DONATIONS

  • Community Hospice of Northeast Florida
  • Unity Church for Creative Living

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

David Edwin Talbert

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Carolyn Carlyle

January 9, 2019

David's kindness, curiosity, and wit always lifted my spirits. I remember that during one of his stays in a rehab facility, he started to feel disgruntled with the care he was receiving. Yet as he contemplated his situation, he realized that the caregivers coming into his room seemed overworked and stressed. Instead of adding to their stress, he thought about what he could do to help relieve it. The outcome? He started playing soothing music on his portable player and showing interest in them and their lives. David seemed to sincerely like listening to others, learning, and problem solving. He was a connoisseur of life. The world has been blessed because he lived.

Meltonia May

January 5, 2019

I am grateful to have known David. He was a kind and gentle man. I will most remember his words “be good to yourself.” I can still hear him say them. Be at peace, David, as you have brought much peace to this world.

Paula Hayward

January 4, 2019

The following Fillmorian quote re-minded me of David and how he celebrated life.

"See substance everywhere and affirm it, not only for yourself but for everyone else ... Let the law of plenty work itself out in you and in your affairs."
(Charles Fillmore, Co-founder of Unity)


To Dianne and family, I send healing blessings on the wings of prayer.

~ Paula Hayward

Emily Myerscough

January 4, 2019

When David first showed up in my life, I wasn't too sure about having a stepdad. But as my teenage angst passed, his kind soul prevailed -- and continued to be a constant source of warmth throughout my life. During difficult times, he remained accepting and understanding. He taught me to be softer with myself, and to always have ice cream with chocolate syrup after dinner. His sweet nature will stay with me always.

Rhea M

January 3, 2019

When David married my mother in 2001, I wasn’t sure that I wanted a stepfather. But David joined us, and brought his own patented brand of kindness and curiosity and humor into our home. He was an expert at gently ribbing my mom until she finally cracked a smile. He was always up for ice cream. David was the rare soul that you actually enjoyed discussing politics with. He became my role model for how to engage with the world — with kindness, with curiosity, with humor. I am grateful to have known him, and I am grateful that my son was able to meet his Gramps and experience this wonderful man, too.

Rhea M

January 3, 2019

When David married my mother in 2001, I wasn’t sure that I wanted a stepfather. But David joined us, and brought his own patented brand of kindness and curiosity and humor into our home. He was an expert at gently ribbing my mom until she finally cracked a smile. He was always up for ice cream. David was the rare soul that you actually enjoyed discussing politics with. He became my role model for how to engage with the world — with kindness, with curiosity, with humor. I am grateful to have known him, and I am grateful that my son was able to meet his Gramps and experience this wonderful man, even if only for a short while.

Scott Talbert

December 31, 2018

My father was a kind and loving soul. He could always find good in everyone or every situation. He was always enthusiastic about life. I hope I can past down some of those qualities to my son. I love you dad and I will miss you.

Linda Reynolds

December 30, 2018

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Eternal God, you have shared with us the life of David.  Before he was ours, he was yours.  For all that David has given us to make us what we are, for that of him which lives and grows in each of us, and for his life that in your love will never end, we give you thanks.  As now we offer David back into your arms, comfort us in our loneliness, strengthen us in our weakness, and give us courage to face the future unafraid.  Draw those of us who remain in this life closer to one another, make us faithful to serve one another, and help us to know that peace and joy which is eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Beth Barnes

December 29, 2018

You were my first love and I will love you always. Thanks for giving me 3 beautiful children. We will always share that together. Death is just the passing from one dimension to another. We will always be connected in a holy relationship.
God speed David and I will see you one day on the other side. I will remember your saying to "always be good to myself"
Thank you for sharing a large part of your life with me.

Yvonne McAndrew

December 29, 2018

I will miss you David. You always had a smile and kind word or story to share with me. You have left footprints on my heart and I am forever grateful for knowing you. I am posting a picture of us at our Unity Church for Creative Living Christmas Party (2016). God speed dear one as you travel on to your next adventure. Reverend Yvonne McAndrew