Mr. Onree “Jake” Garner, Jr., age 57, of Griffin, in Pike County, passed away December 30, 2021, at his home. He grew up in Pike County, son of the late Onree Garner, Sr., and Martha Williams Garner. He graduated from Pike County High School in 1982. Jake lived in his family’s home for most of his life. In his early years, he was an automotive mechanic, owning his own garage in Griffin. For 20+ years, he worked for Spalding County, retiring as Public Works Director. Jake was elected to two terms as a Pike County Commissioner. He was the youngest person to serve as commissioner.
Jake enjoyed coon hunting. He was on the board of directors of Treeing Walker Breeders and Fanciers Association and was President of the Georgia Federation of Coon Hunters.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Amanda Lynn Garner, sisters, Mary Garner and Erma Coleman.
He is survived by his wife: Gena Garner; daughters: Amanda Garner and Abigale Garner; step-son: Trenton Livingston; grandson: Owen Garner; step-grandchildren: Hope Burnfield and husband Cody, Owen Jankowski and Tristen Livingston; sisters: Martha Garner, Verna Jones, Sarah Statham; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home. Minister Previn Blalock will officiate. Burial will follow in Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery, 2120 Keys Ferry Road, McDonough.
Friends may visit the family on Sunday, January 2, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, 1990 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 100, Tucker, GA 30084.
Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.