Joseph Jordan Fennell Sr. of Brunswick, Ga., passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, at the age of 74. A native of Savannah, Ga., he had been a resident of Glynn County for the past 51 years.
Mr. Fennell was born Jan. 12, 1944, to the late Robert Jordan Fennell Jr. and Dorothy Wolfe Fennell. He was a 1962 graduate of Groves High School. Mr. Fennell also served in the Georgia Army National Guard for 25 years and retired as First Sergeant, 48th Brigade, 118th Artillery. He was employed as an electrician with the City of Brunswick for 29 years, from which he retired in 2011. Mr. Fennell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brunswick, where he also served as a life deacon, previous Sunday School teacher, and served on several church committees. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers and NASCAR fan and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting. He also participated in many mission trips. Mr. Fennell loved spending time with his family, especially with his beloved grandchildren. He leaves many fond memories that will be cherished by all.
Mr. Fennell was preceded in death by his father, Robert Jordan Fennell Jr. of Savannah, Ga.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda A. Fennell of Brunswick, Ga.; daughter, Tiffany (Kevin) Harless of Mandeville, La.; son, Joey (Lisa) Fennell of Statesboro, Ga.; mother, Dorothy Fennell of Brunswick, Ga.; brother, Robert (Debbie) Fennell of Springfield, Ga.; sister, Alice (Jimmie) Wheeler of Brunswick, Ga.; five granddaughters, Annalise Fennell and Madelyn Fennell, both of Statesboro, Ga., and Chloe Harless, MacKenzie Harless, and Gracie Harless, all of Mandeville, La.; grandson, Jordan Fennell of Statesboro, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Rose Marie (Bobby) Miller and Carolyn Harris, both of Jesup, Ga.; brother-in-law, Jimmy Arnold of Jesup, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Brunswick, 708 Mansfield St., followed with a 2:30 p.m. funeral service with Dr. Chris Winford and Dr. Felix Haynes officiating.
Interment, with military honors, will follow in Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens, 5775 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Handy Jernigan, Ed Smith, Ralph Small, Kelly Lipthratt, Steve Buckholz, Andy Rosenhamer, Thomas C. Cowan and Bill Holden.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Baptist Church of Brunswick and the Berean Sunday School Class.
The family would like to thank Dr. Marsha J. Certain and the heart transplant team of Mayo Clinic. A special thanks goes to the doctors and nurses at Mayo, specifically Teresa Keister.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Brunswick Building Fund, 708 Mansfield St., Brunswick, GA 31520 or to the Mayo Clinic Foundation, 4500 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32224.
Arrangements are entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com, in Brunswick.