George Pernell Munn Jr. was born on June 8, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland to Conchita Brown-Holtz and George Pernell Munn Sr. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Salem Baptist Church in Staunton, Virginia by the Reverend Dr. Samuel J. Anderson. He was very active in the church and played several musical instruments, most notably the guitar, in the Young Peoples Choir.
George received his primary education in the Staunton school system. He excelled tremendously in academics and became president of the AIASA Organization for technology students. He traveled abroad as a student ambassador and spoke at many locations within the U.S., where he met Late President Ronald Reagan. George was always enamored with engineering. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and served eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Specialist. He also held a professional engineering license in the State of Florida.
George started his career as a mechanical project engineer and since then has held numerous positions in operations, maintenance, and engineering with pulp and paper organizations, including Champion International Corporation, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, and his current employer Georgia-Pacific. George was the Vice President for Georgic Pacific Corporations Manufacturing Operations, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and consisting of ten sites in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He published numerous articles on Implementing Reliability Programs and was on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board of Virginia Techs Mechanical Engineering Department. Additionally, he supported the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the National Society of Black Engineers.
He was married to Janet Rhelos in 1991 and from this union three children were born: Kaylha (26), Jhordan (24) and Arryn (22). Kaylha is currently in her second year of medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. Jhordan graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in International Law and is working toward her goal of attending law school. Arryn recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.S. in Biology and aspires to attend medical school. He raised his daughters in the church and enjoyed attending Sunday worship service and listening to the gospel choir. He was an avid traveler and instilled in his daughters love and respect for all people and cultures. His love for other cultures was embodied in his desire to become fluent in Portuguese by studying at the Atlanta International Language Institute.
George was a very humorous, humble, and intelligent man who gave without hesitation and was loved by all who crossed his path. He was dedicated to his family, his friends, and his work. He departed this earthly realm on January 21, 2018. He was preceded in death by his father. He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, his fiancé, Candy, his sister, Tynika, and his three daughters.
Graveside service will be 2:00 pm Monday February 5, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery please arrive for service though gate 5 on Evergreen Ave. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory
4535 Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206