STATESBORO, Ga. -- John Arthur "Jack" Schilling, age 102, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro. Born November 30, 1910, in Toledo, Ohio, he grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He studied engineering at the University of Cincinnati, later returning to Mississippi, where he was plant manager of the Gulfport Creosoting Company, first in Wiggins and later in Gulfport, Miss. While in Wiggins, he was chairman of the Stone County school board and was instrumental in school consolidation. At age 57, he received a math degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. After retiring, he taught high school algebra for two years.
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A self-taught piano player, he was a lover of wildlife, a Saints fan, master gardener, an avid bridge player and fisherman. He was park commissioner in Pass Christian, Miss., and assisted in the formation of the Gulfport Yacht Club in which he was a lifelong honorary member. Jack took an interest in everyone he met and was loved for his gentle sense of humor and love of life.
He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro.
He is survived by his wife, Olive (Hughes) Schilling; two daughters, Carol Schilling Dew, and her husband, Joe, of Monroe, Ga., and Sandra Schilling Rakestraw, and her husband, Jim, of Statesboro; one stepson, Bobby Innes, and his wife, Lyn, of Plano, Texas; five grandchildren, Beth Dew Warshauer of Charlotte, N.C., Howard Dew of Monroe, Ga., Sarah Dew Phillips of Newport News, Va., Andy Rakestraw of Cambridge, Mass., and Molly Rakestraw Bakal of South Riding, Va.; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 4, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 4401 Country Club Road, Statesboro, Ga. with the Rev. Joan Killian officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Trinity Memorial Gardens.
Following the services, a memorial reception will be held in the church fellowship hall.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, October 2, 2013
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Oct. 2 to Oct. 10, 2013