Mr. Wayne Brantley, age 70, of the Cedar Crossing Community died Wednesday, February 10, 2021, in Meadows Health in Vidalia after a brief illness. He was a native of Toombs County, living in Tattnall County thirteen years and in Cedar Crossing most of his life. He worked as a correctional officer at Georgia State Prison for several years, transferred to the Georgia State Patrol as a license examiner, later as a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol and retired after thirty years. Wayne started the first rural fire department in Toombs County, serving as chief for many years and was a member of the Toombs County Fire Association. He served on three different boards of directors at Meadows Health in Vidalia and was instrumental in starting the first rural EMS station in the county. He was a member of Inman Creek Masonic Lodge #491, past President of Quint Shrine Club and former member of Alee Shrine in Savannah. He was a member of the Uvalda Church of God. He is preceded in death by his parents, Denton Brantley and Eliza Geiger Brantley; and a sister, Faith Brantley.
Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Bonnie Dykes Brantley; two sons, Richard Brantley and wife Pam, and Denton Brantley, Jr. and wife Suzanne, all of Cedar Crossing; one brother, Billy Brantley and wife Pam of Lake Oconee; six grandchildren, Hunter Brantley, Eliza Hunt and husband Prientiss, Erika Drake and husband Michael, Anslie Mead, Grayson Ford and Hayden Ford; three great-grandchildren, Willow Hunt, Knox Drake and Duke Mead; one aunt, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
An opportunity for friends to pay their respects will be Friday afternoon from 2:00 until 5:00 at funeral home.
A graveside funeral service will be on Saturday, February 13th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cedar Crossing Cemetery, Pastor Alvin Merritt will officiate with honors by the Georgia State Patrol and the fire department.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Uvalda Church of God, P.O. Box 296, Uvalda, GA 30436.
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