John Neal Wilder

Born: Wed., Jul. 22, 1931
Died: Fri., Aug. 21, 2015

Memorial Service

10:00 AM Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Location: Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Location: Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. John Neal Wilder, age 84 of Swainsboro, GA, on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA

Memorial services will be Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Scott Brenton officiating.

Interment will follow in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, GA with Military Honors

Mr. Wilder was born in Columbus, OH, July 22, 1931 to the late Neal Taylor and Minnie Thelma Riley Wilder, was a Retired MSgt  from the US Marine Corp after 22 years of service and served during the Korean Conflict. He loved to volunteer giving unselfishly to many organizations locally the Emanuel Medical Center and  The Sunshine House.  Mr. Wilder volunteered his time extensively with the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge doing environmental and conservation work. He was a member of the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, 55 & Alive, Citizens Bank Coffee Club and Franklin Memorial Library Coffee Club. Mr. Wilder will be missed by all who frequently saw him about Swainsboro as he covered his 100 miles a month walking, enjoying life and the environment.  He was preceded in death by his wife 56 years, Shirley A. Wilder and son, Neal Wilder.

Survivors include:

Two Daughters: Lisa Jarriel of Guyton, GA and Julie Sorensen (Keith) of Mary Esther, FL

One Brother: David Wilder of Columbus, OH

Brother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law: James and Harriett Ray of Swainsboro, GA 

Five Grandchildren: Kevin Jarriel (Emily), Elizabeth Jarriel DeVane (Cason), Jennifer Sorensen, Tyler Sorensen and Joshua Wilder (Ashley)

Three Great-Grandchildren: Aiden Wilder, Evie McKoy Jarriel and William Connor DeVane.

Close family friends Jean Aamodt, Michelle Hagin, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Cumberland Island National Seashore online, or the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537 

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of  Mr. John Neal Wilder of Swainsboro, GA

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Kay Peacock
   Posted Mon August 24, 2015
Our love and prayers go out to go at this difficult time. Thank God John did not have to suffer any longer. He was in such pain. He and Shirley are catching up with every thing by now. We will miss him, he was a true friend and we loved him. He always told me, "I love little short women." i will always be his little short woman. Kay and Bobby Peacock

Debbie and Jim Givens
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
John I loved you so; your love of nature, your love of Shirley, your love of life; you made it Buddy; you lived until you were done. Say "Hey" to Shirley for me. love you, deb