Jay Burkhalter, 21, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, near Glennville from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was a lifelong resident of Glennville, and was a 1998 graduate of Tattnall County High School. He attended Brewton Parker College. He was a member of Glennville First Baptist Church, and was self employed as a prject superintendent of United Ground Maintenanace Services, Inc.
He is survived by his parents, Gail C. and Jerry D. Burkhalter of Glennville; one brother, Luke Burkhalter of Glennville; his maternal grandmother, Lucille Odom of Glennville; and his paternal grandmother, Betty Burkhalter of Glennville.
Funeral Services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 16, at Cobb Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel, with the Rev. Keith Rustin officiating. Burial was in Glennville City Cemetary.
Pallbearers were Brad Rogers, Brian Rogers, Clay Kicklighter, Heath Stubbs, Chris Grooms, and Luke Burkhalter.
Cobb Funeral Home of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.
Accident Claims Life Of Local Man
Jay Burkhalter, 21, was killed in a two-vehicle accident after 1 a.m. Saturday Morning, April 14, at an intersection between Glennville and Reidsville. He is the son of Jerry D. and Gail Burkhalter of Glennville.
Burkhalter was traveling westbound on County Road 257 in his 1995 Chevrolet pickup when he crossed the intersection into the path of an 18-wheeler Freightliner in the southbound lane of Hwy. 23.
The driver of the Freightliner, Jeffery Baker Miles, applied his brakes to avoid stricking Burkhalter's truck. Miles' truck skidded 70 feet before making impact with the Chevrolet pickup on the passenger side. The Freightliner continued to skid an additional 97 feet across the west shoulder and ditch resulting in the Chevrolet truck jackknifing in a clockwise direction.
Burkhalter's truck came to rest in the west ditch and woodline, 83 feet from impact, while the Freightliner came to rest in the same ditch with the trailer partially in the southbound lane of Hwy. 23.
Mr. Burkhalter was a 1998 Graduate of Tattnall County High School and popular among his peers and fellow students. Among the senior superlatives, he was chosen as runner-up as Mr. Warrior and also served as VICA President during his senior year. He was also voted as Prom Prince during his junior year and as Prom King during his senior year.
Since his graduation, he had attended Brewton Parker College in the evening while managing the family business as project superintendent of United Ground Maintenanace Services, Inc.
He had recently been accepted to the School of Business at The University of Georgia and would have entered this fall as a junior. He planned to major in programming at UGA.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Glennville.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his younger brother, Luke, a senior at Tattnall County High School; his maternal grandmother Lucille Odom; and his paternal grandmother, Betty Burkhalter, all of Glennville.
Funderal services were held Monday, April 16, at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Glennville.
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