Mr. Merlin Dean Hoaglin, age 90, of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday morning (12/27/20) at his residence following an extended illness.
Born July 21, 1930 in Pleasant Hill, Illinois, he was a son of the late Clarence Michael Hoaglin and Georgia Mae Workman McClintock. He grew up and lived many years in Pleasant Hill before moving to Chatham, IL. He was a veteran, having served in the US Navy and then worked in construction for a few years. He owned Hoaglin and Hoaglin Tire with his son for 26 years and retired as a manager and trainer for Sam’s Club in Springfield, IL.
He had served on the Pleasant Hill City Council and was a member of the American Legion Post 1048 in Pleasant Hill. He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church in Blackshear.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Edward Dean Hoaglin; his step-mother, Norma Hoaglin; and 2 brothers, Maxion Hoaglin and Carroll L. Hoaglin.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Edna Garner Hoaglin of Blackshear; his daughter, Barbara Crawford (husband Dan) of Blackshear; his daughter-in-law, Kathi Hoaglin-Gore (husband Mal) of Elko, GA; 4 grandchildren, Ryan Crawford (wife Jennifer) of Chatham, IL, Jay Crawford (wife Marcia) of Hamburg, NY, Rachel Streat (husband Brandon) of Blackshear, and Doug Hoaglin (wife Sarah) of Blackshear; 12 great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; half-brother, Frank Hoaglin of Pittsfield, IL; his faithful companion, Little Bit; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday (1/9/21) at 1 p.m. at Rehobeth Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Jordan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rehobeth Baptist Church, 1296 Cason Road, Blackshear, GA 31516 or to GHC Hospice at https://ghchospice.com/ghc-foundation/.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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