STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Bernard Olliff, at the age of 85, passed away early Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
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Bernard was a native of Bulloch County. He graduated from Register School in 1946 and joined the U.S. Air Force shortly after. During his military career, he discovered a real love for working with his hands and took up clock repair as a hobby. When Bernard retired from the military in 1969 following 23 years of service, he and his wife, Pat, came back to Bulloch County and the family farm.
In 1970, there on the farm land, at the edge of Statesboro, he began a new career with Bernard's Clock repair, located behind his home. Bernard, with the help and support of his wife, Pat, turned the small clock shop into a reputable jewelry store of quality service.
Bernard was always identified with the jewelry store, but he was so much more than a successful business owner. His employees were regarded as family and friends. He enjoyed knowing he played a small part in marking special moments in people's lives. He loved meeting new people and sharing stories of life. He gave of his time and money to those in need. His generosity is seen and experienced in many ways around the Bulloch area. He had a great sense of humor and a true love of living life to its fullest.
He was a Mason and a member of the Ogeechee Lodge #213 F&AM, the Statesboro Shrine Club, where he served as president in 1975 and had served as treasurer since 1977, Alee Temple Shrine Club of Savannah and the American Legion Post 90. He devoted many hours to supporting the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital and the Burn Center.
Bernard was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia M. Olliff; and his second wife, Evelyn L. Olliff.
Surviving are his nieces and nephews, Jerry and Myra Brantley of Statesboro, Paul and Gail Brantley of Jacksonville, Fla., Janice Byrd of Marietta, Ga., Allen and Jenny Taylor of Marietta, Ga.; his stepdaughters, Hal and Sherry Crisp of Maryland and Wayne and Joani Aroson of Atlanta, Ga. There are additional surviving family of many great-nieces and great-nephews, step-granddaughters, beloved employees and many close friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 21st, from 5-8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be Friday, August 22nd, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro with Pastor Tom Alderman officiating. Interment will be in the Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be furnished by the military in honor of his many years of service.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Statesboro Shrine Club and the Ogeechee Masonic Lodge.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459; or the Shriner's Children's Hospitals, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
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, August 21, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 21 to Aug. 29, 2014