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Celebrating the life of

Juanita Riner Halligan

September 11, 1924 - August 05, 2019

Juanita Riner Halligan

Juanita Riner Halligan, 94, went to her heavenly home from her earthly home August 5, 2019, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s. She was born September 11, 1924, in Soperton, Georgia, to Jonah L., Sr. and Sapola Brinson Riner. She grew up in Vidalia and moved to Savannah in 1945 with her husband, Joe Troy Halligan. Fondly called Mamma, Lady, Aunt Nita, and Nana, she was a homemaker and Christian servant. Known for “Nana’s Sweet Tea” and potato salad, her home and heart were always open to any in need of love and care, and her smile could brighten the darkest day.

She was a member of Morningside Baptist Church for 55 years where she had 37 years of perfect attendance in Sunday School, moving her membership to Christ’s Community Church in 2008 when the churches merged.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years; her son Terry Lee Halligan; her brothers, Elmer Lee Riner, Sr., J.L. Riner, Jr., Curtis A. Riner, Sr., and Bobby Riner; and her sisters, Myrtle Evans, Sadie Hall, Johnnie Strock, and Mildred Campbell.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Halligan of Savannah, her son, Troy R. (Bobbie) Halligan of Duncan, SC, her brother Billy (Linda) Riner of Lyons, GA, her sister-in-law Betty Riner of Vidalia, GA, and her brother-in-law, Jim Halligan of Macon, GA. She is also survived by her “heart daughter” Kit (David) Harland of Cleveland, GA, and her God-sent family, Reverend Luong and Nam Nguyen and their sons and families: Son (Mung) Nguyen of Savannah, Nhan (Hong) Nguyen of Houston, TX, Ngon (Robin) Nguyen of Ashland City, TN, and Dien (Lan) Nguyen of Colorado Springs, CO. Left to cherish the memory of her generous spirit are numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and all who loved her. The effects of her illness were eased by the friendship and assistance of her long time neighbor, Hilda Johnson.

A celebration of life and homegoing service will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 1 PM at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Reverend Kenny Grant and Reverend Everett Tumblin will officiate. Visitation will be from noon until the hour of service. Burial at Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers are Thomas Strock, Carl Hall, Jonah Riner, Son Nguyen, Nhan Nguyen, and Dien Nguyen.

Mamma loved flowers, and floral remembrances are welcome. Suggestions for charitable remembrances include:

Alzheimer’s Association- 4849 Paulsen St. Suite 103 Savannah, GA 31406

Hospice Savannah- 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Savannah, GA 31406

Christ’s Community Church- 1805 East Gwinnett St. Savannah, GA 31404

Georgia Baptist Foundation Trust for Language Missions- 6405 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Duluth, GA 30097-4092

 

 

 

 

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I am so sorry to hear this news. Take comfort in knowing that in the near future sickness will no longer be a part of our lives. “And no resident will say: “I am sick.” - Isaiah 33:24. We can be fully confident in this promise because it is from God and he always keeps his word. Your family is in my prayers.

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Holding you close in my heart, Susan. You loved and cared for your lovely Mamma and now she is at peace, as your heart should be; no one could have had a better daughter!

- Georgia Register Fogarty, Savannah, GA


Susan, you are in my heart during this difficult time. I strongly believe that your Mama is now happy and carefree with her family members who were waiting for her in her new heavenly home. May God Bless you and your extended family and give you His peace which passes all understanding. Love to you!

- Nelda Bishop, Statesboro , Georgia


Susan thank you for sharing your mother with us all on "Sunday with Mama". As you say goodbye, please know that we offer prayers to you and your family, for the Lord to give you comfort and peace and blessed memories of her love that will always be a part you. Love always, in christ, Sandy Orvin Sikes and Mom.

- sandra orvin, savannah, ga


Dear Susan, God has ended one journey for you and begun another. Take comfort in the knowledge that He has your sweet mother in his embrace as you move forward with your precious memories. I am praying for you. Fondly, Terry Scott

- Theresa Scott, Pooler, GA


May God hold you in the palm of His hands until you are all together again.

- Lisa Godwin, Glennville, GA


Susan, I have such sweet memories of your mother. She was so full of life and love for others. I cherish the photos of my boys in the borrowed overalls that she said all "her" boys needed their picture made in. I will keep you in my prayers Chrisie

- Chrisie Hill, Richmond Hill, Ga


Susan I am so sorry to hear of your beautiful momma’s passing but rejoicing that she is in the presence of King Jesus. It has been a joy to get to know her through your stories you have beautifully written and shared. I am unable to be at the service but know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort.

- Brenda Reid, Guyton, Ga


Susan so sorry for your loss.

- Cindy aNed Henry Burgstiner, Savannah, Ga


Susan, I came to love your mother through your wonderful narratives. She was a true southern charm and I will miss her myself. You were a God-sent caretaker for your mother and the love between you two shined through. I am having a procedure tomorrow and I will not get to attend her visitation or funeral to my sorrow. Please know you are in Jimmy and my thoughts and prayers. Trudie & Jim Sapp

- Trudie, Springfield , GA


Thank you for sharing your mother with us through your Facebook posts. My love and prayers to you and your family. Her beautiful smile will be remembered.

- Carla Frazier, Savannah, Ga


I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet mom.I loved seeing her every Sunday.I know your going to miss her but think of all those wonderful memories.May God Bless and I'm still praying for you.

- Susan L.Halligan, Macon, Ga.


This is a beautiful remembrance of a beautiful lady. My love, thoughts and prayers are with Susan and the family. Blessings to you all!

- Johnnie Mae Welch, Newnan, , GA


Susan- So very sorry for your loss. Your momma was the sweetest thing to us at the Center the times we got to see her. She must have been an amazing mother to have had you. I will always marvel at how well you took care of her. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

- Leigh Ann Dailey, Guyton, GA


Susan, Your Mom was so very special to me and my family! I have the sweetest memories of her, from Morningside! She was a true Christian, and loved the Lord, and her church! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Love to all! Brenda Sutton and family! Sherri and Jeff loved your Mama!

- Brenda Sutton, Savh, Ga


She was a lovely wonderful lady with such a loving family. Susan, my thoughts are with you even though I cannot be. Much love to my HVJ classmate! Deanne

- Deanne Bergen , Savannah , GA


I am so sorry to hear this news. Take comfort in knowing that in the near future sickness will no longer be a part of our lives. “And no resident will say: “I am sick.” - Isaiah 33:24. We can be fully confident in this promise because it is from God and he always keeps his word. Your family is in my prayers.

- , ,


A candle has been lit!

- Terresa Winge , Georg


Holding you close in my heart, Susan. You loved and cared for your lovely Mamma and now she is at peace, as your heart should be; no one could have had a better daughter!

- Georgia Register Fogarty, Savannah, GA


Susan, you are in my heart during this difficult time. I strongly believe that your Mama is now happy and carefree with her family members who were waiting for her in her new heavenly home. May God Bless you and your extended family and give you His peace which passes all understanding. Love to you!

- Nelda Bishop, Statesboro , Georgia


A candle has been lit!

- onnie Swagerty , Georg


Susan thank you for sharing your mother with us all on "Sunday with Mama". As you say goodbye, please know that we offer prayers to you and your family, for the Lord to give you comfort and peace and blessed memories of her love that will always be a part you. Love always, in christ, Sandy Orvin Sikes and Mom.

- sandra orvin, savannah, ga


A candle has been lit!

- sandra orvin , Georg


Dear Susan, God has ended one journey for you and begun another. Take comfort in the knowledge that He has your sweet mother in his embrace as you move forward with your precious memories. I am praying for you. Fondly, Terry Scott

- Theresa Scott, Pooler, GA


May God hold you in the palm of His hands until you are all together again.

- Lisa Godwin, Glennville, GA


Susan, I have such sweet memories of your mother. She was so full of life and love for others. I cherish the photos of my boys in the borrowed overalls that she said all "her" boys needed their picture made in. I will keep you in my prayers Chrisie

- Chrisie Hill, Richmond Hill, Ga


Susan I am so sorry to hear of your beautiful momma’s passing but rejoicing that she is in the presence of King Jesus. It has been a joy to get to know her through your stories you have beautifully written and shared. I am unable to be at the service but know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort.

- Brenda Reid, Guyton, Ga


Susan so sorry for your loss.

- Cindy aNed Henry Burgstiner, Savannah, Ga


Susan, I came to love your mother through your wonderful narratives. She was a true southern charm and I will miss her myself. You were a God-sent caretaker for your mother and the love between you two shined through. I am having a procedure tomorrow and I will not get to attend her visitation or funeral to my sorrow. Please know you are in Jimmy and my thoughts and prayers. Trudie & Jim Sapp

- Trudie, Springfield , GA


Thank you for sharing your mother with us through your Facebook posts. My love and prayers to you and your family. Her beautiful smile will be remembered.

- Carla Frazier, Savannah, Ga


I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet mom.I loved seeing her every Sunday.I know your going to miss her but think of all those wonderful memories.May God Bless and I'm still praying for you.

- Susan L.Halligan, Macon, Ga.


This is a beautiful remembrance of a beautiful lady. My love, thoughts and prayers are with Susan and the family. Blessings to you all!

- Johnnie Mae Welch, Newnan, , GA


Susan- So very sorry for your loss. Your momma was the sweetest thing to us at the Center the times we got to see her. She must have been an amazing mother to have had you. I will always marvel at how well you took care of her. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

- Leigh Ann Dailey, Guyton, GA


A candle has been lit!

- Debbie Lovelace Clifton , Georg


A candle has been lit!

- Gayle Corley , Georg


Susan, Your Mom was so very special to me and my family! I have the sweetest memories of her, from Morningside! She was a true Christian, and loved the Lord, and her church! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Love to all! Brenda Sutton and family! Sherri and Jeff loved your Mama!

- Brenda Sutton, Savh, Ga


She was a lovely wonderful lady with such a loving family. Susan, my thoughts are with you even though I cannot be. Much love to my HVJ classmate! Deanne

- Deanne Bergen , Savannah , GA


A candle has been lit!

- Deanne Steadman Bergen , Georg


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200