May 12, 2023 (Palatka, Fla.) - Community Hospice & Palliative Care presented Mr. Bryant Oxendine with the 3rd annual Community Servant’s Hummingbird Award (formerly known as the Community Legacy Award) on Monday, May 11, at the Larimer Arts Center, with many community leaders in attendance including Rev. Karl Flagg who was the keynote speaker.
The Community Servant’s Hummingbird Award honors members of the community who represent a servant’s heart through actions of community service, education, and community initiatives. This unique opportunity honors exceptional individuals who have positively led and influenced our community, who have chosen to serve the public, and represents a life dedicated to selflessly helping others.
Mr. Bryant Oxendine was born in Georgetown, Fla. After high school graduation, he served six years in the US Army from 1977 to 1984 where he was honorably discharged. Mr. Oxendine went on to work for The Department of Justice as a border patrol agent in 1985 and soon after joined the United States Postal Service in 1986 where he retired in 2009 as a Postmaster. Mr. Oxendine married his wife, Titania Oxendine, in 1997, and are the parents of eight children. In 1997, he wanted to give back and he started coaching youth basketball and Pop Warner football at the City League in Palatka, and in 2006 Mr. Oxendine received the Ricky Gibbs top assistant coach award in Pop Warner football. Years later, he was offered the Assistant Head Football Coach job at Palatka High School followed by the Assistant Head Coach for the boys’ basketball team where he was named coach of the year for the 2016 - 2017 season. Additionally, Mr. Oxendine was ordained as a minister in 2003 in Church in God in Christ and served from 2010 through 2011 as the Regional Supervisor for the community group called Oasis which supports parents in all Putnam County schools. Currently, he is the Head Coach for Interlachen boys’ basketball and continues to mentor the youth in the community.
“Community Hospice & Palliative Care recognizes like-minded individuals serving our community. It is a privilege and an honor to recognize these individuals publicly,” said Billie Dodd, North Central Florida Regional Director. “Their efforts to improve the lives of others in the community and to be an advocate resonates with our mission vision and values.”