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John BLAND Jr.

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BLAND, Jr., John March 8, 1925 - December 13, 2013 John W. Bland, Jr. of Conyers, Georgia passed away December 13, 2013 after a brief illness in Greenville, Georgia. John was born March 8, 1925 in Statesboro, Georgia to the late John Wooten Bland, Sr. and Ethel McDougal Bland. He grew up in Forsyth, Georgia, where he played football for Mary Persons High School from 1939-1941. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Moncrief Bland, son Deil Clayton Bland, and sister, Kathryne Bland McSwain. He is survived by his daughter Lauren Bland Jones of Newnan, Georgia ; grandson James D. "Bo" Huddleston, (Anna), great granddaughters Ashley, Sydney, and Verity, all of Virginia Beach, Virginia; sister-in-law, Skippi Moncrief Posey, (Don), of Albany, Georgia; brother-in-law, David Moncrief, (Linda), of Leesburg, Georgia; nieces and nephews. John attended University of Georgia and in 1949, graduated from Woodrow Wilson School of Law in Atlanta. He practiced law in Marietta, Atlanta and Decatur from 1949 until his retirement in 2002. However, he was first and foremost a United States Marine. Joining the Marine Corps in 1942 at the age of 17, he served in WWII until August, 1944. He saw action in the 4th Marines Division, 24th Infantry in the Asia -Pacific theatre, taking part in the capture of Roi-Namur and Saipan. He was a member of the Georgia Association of Marine Corps Lawyers, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion, and VFW. A memorial service will be held at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Georgia on Saturday, February 15th at 2PM. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mckoon.com McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory 770-253-4580

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 7, 2014
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