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Byrl Haggard (3-31-14) service 4-2-14

Byrl Hollice Haggard was born in Hardin County on Oct. 23, 1919, the son of the late Otis Orval and Zelma Alice Garrard Haggard. On Aug. 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Josephine Rainey, who preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2012.

Mr. Haggard served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the Army Military Police. He was employed by the Hardin County Board of Education as a school bus driver. He also worked as a night watchman for the Temple-Chattanooga Corporation, as a custodian at Hardin County Middle School and was a farmer. He was a member of Foursquare Church in Savannah and a member of Woodmen of the World. He loved playing dominos, spending time with family and watching baseball.

Mr. Haggard departed this life at Hardin Medical Health and Rehabilitation Center Monday, March 31, at the age of 94 years, 5 months and 8 days.

He is survived by three daughters, Patsy Milligan (Anthony), Beverly Nesbitt (Charles), Jan Austin (Vernie Stricklin), and a son, Terry Haggard (Kelly); seven grandchildren, Dana Nesbitt Stricklin, Angie Milligan Brasher, Ben Nesbitt (Michelle), Jessica Austin, Adam Milligan, Katie Stricklin (Dustin) and Tori Haggard; six great-grandchildren, Bailey Brasher, Rylie Brasher, Will Stricklin, Nathan Nesbitt, Bentley Nesbitt and Greyson Nesbitt.

In addition to Josephine, his wife of 65 years, and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Davis and Lela Griffin and five brothers, Robert Haggard, Herbert Haggard, twin brother Earl Haggard, Otis “Sam” Haggard and Barney Haggard.

Services were held Wednesday, April 2, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with James Fitts officiating. Burial followed at Memory Gardens in Savannah.




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