Celebrating the life of

Oscar L. Garland III

Passed away on May 20, 2021

Oscar L. Garland III

Oscar L. Garland III died on May 20, 2021.  Born in New Haven, Connecticut to Col. Oscar L. Garland Jr. and Constance Dodman Garland. 

He grew up in Redinton Beach, Florida where he graduated from Seminole High School in 1968 and worked as a beach boy for Ed’s Beach Service.  He was also a champion water skier.  Oscar joined the Army in 1969 and served in Viet Nam where he earned a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.  He moved to Savannah around 1985 to be near his family.  Oscar was employed at Palmer Johnson and Thunderbolt Marine. He loved his job and considered his co-workers as family.

Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Michael & David Downey and brother-in-law, Bill Elder. He is survived by his two sisters, Kathy-Sue (Craig) Shoemaker of Savannah; Laurie Elder of Largo, FL and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Oscar’s life is planned with details to follow.



My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Oscar was a wonderful co-worker, friend and an all around great guy. I worked with him for the past 15 years at Thunderbolt Marine. He was a funny guy and always cracked jokes about everything. He will be greatly missed. My heart is broken right now. May God be with you all.

- Paula Reinitz, Savannah, Georgia

Sorry to hear of Oscar's passing. I had worked with him and always saw him on Whitemarsh. I was proud to know him.

- Wayne Cockefair , Savannah, GA

Stunned and saddened to learn of this. It was my privilege to call Oscar my friend for more than thirty (30) years.

- Greg Crawford, Savannah, Ga

I am truly sadned about the passing of Oscar! My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. The world has lost a great soul. He will be missed very much by all that knew him!

- Kevin Caleca, Mooresville , North Carolina

To Oscar’s family, I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. I was heartbroken to hear of Oscar’s passing, Oscar was a dear friend to me. I would often see Oscar in and about around the Island. We worked together for over 20 years and I know that he loved his job and all the people he worked with. To Oscars Marine family, I want to also offer my deepest condolences. I know that you are all crushed as I am and I miss and love you all! Please stay safe. To you Oscar, stay happy and God Speed!

- Charles Cleland, Savannah , Ga

There are no words that can fully express the sadness and shock of losing Oscar. He was a neighbor and a friend. We shared many laughs and fun over a glass of red wine. To his family - - - he always had a smile and a corny joke or two. He will be missed by so many people - my deepest sympathy in the loss of someone so special. Cheers Oscar!

- Elizabeth F Boyles, Savannah, GA

We are so sorry for your loss. We lift you up in prayer for God's comfort, healing, and strength. You are loved.

- Jerry and Ali Benson, Savannah, Ga

Oscar will be truly missed. He always had a warm smile and went out if his way to say hello. I had many fun times discussing the yachts in the marina and the work being done. The world is less another already nice man. You will be missed. Cheers to you Oscar. Tracey sending you another hug.

- Stephen and Tracey Stewart, SAVANNAH, GA

Oscar was special to all of us. Not knowing him would have take,n something from us all. Condolences to his family.

- Coleman, Midway, Ga

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed our conversations at work. He will truly be missed.

- Clint Staver, Springfield , Ga

Oscar was a very friendly man and will be greatly missed by this neighbor. Praying for his family.

- Kay Ripley, Savannah, Ga

We were so shocked to learn about Oscar’s passing! He was such a lovely man. We really enjoyed working with him and getting to know him. He will be sorely missed!!!

- Betsy McGee, President ADI Metal, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Prayers for the family. I didn't see him or talk to him everyday but have know Oscar for almost 30 years when we worked at Palmer Johnson. He would call or come in the office ( B&D Industrial) every now and then to order or pick up parts and he was the same way now as he was back then, Rest in peace Oscar.

- Reggie Shellman, Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

Oscar was a great guy. I will miss him.

- Angell Usher, Savannah, Ga

Sorry to hear of Oscar's sudden passing! He was our close neighbor at Mercer Point for years. He always had a smile and it was a pleasure to have known him! Condolences and prayers for the family. Peace and blessings!

- Lorrie stewart, Thunderbolt , Ga.

Having known Oscar since the early 90s through Palmer Johnson and Thunderbolt Marine both professionally and socially, his passing is certainly leaving a void in my world - as it is doing for so many others. My heart goes out to his family and to his friends who loved him and were loved by him, but he wouldn't want us to forget all the local establishments he frequented regaling stories, telling made-up jokes and laying down his one-liners at Coach's, Jalapenos, Tubby's, Wiley's, Joseph's and so many more. He'll be missed holding court with a glass of red wine in all these places, and by all of us. Oscar was most definitely one of a kind, a very special man who could always, always, always bring a smile to my face. Rest peacefully sweet man. You have my respect.

- Karen E Pranschke, Thunderbolt, GA

Oscar was my neighbor for the last 2 years but I knew him before that when my father was his neighbor. He was always so kind and greeted us with a smile. My daughter, Abby and I will miss seeing Oscar everyday. Prayers and blessings for his family and work family and friends. Thank you for your service Oscar and may your sweet soul rest in peace. We will miss you! Candace & Abby Jenkins

- Candace Jenkins , Savannah , GA

Oscar was my neighbor for the last 2 years but I knew him before that when my father was his neighbor. He was always so kind and greeted us with a smile. My daughter, Abby and I will miss seeing Oscar everyday. Prayers and blessings for his family and work family and friends. Thank you for your service Oscar and may your sweet soul rest in peace. We will miss you! Candace & Abby Jenkins

- Candace Jenkins , Savannah , GA

We were such good friends at SHS. You were the clown of the group and kept us all laughing all of the time. Kerry, you will be so missed. Your smile and love for others was irresistible. Fly high my friend and keep them laughing up there. Until we meet again. Condolences to your family.

- Geni (Driggers) Carter, Purlear, NC

Been trying to think of what to say for a week now . Trustworthy,Loyal,Helpful,Courteous,Kind,Obedient,Cheerful,Thrifty,Brave,Clean and Reverent. If Oscar was never a Scout he should have been. PEACE MY BROTHER

- Bobby ware, Richmond Hill, Ga

A candle has been lit!

We were truly blessed to have done business with Osacr for so long. He will forever be remembered by our team. Our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.

- W&O SUPPLY , Jacksonville, fl

We lived on Thunderbolt until 2016 and first met Oscar around 2011, at Jalapeños on Wilmington Island. We got to talking to this sweet and friendly guy. He told us he worked at the Thunderbolt Marina and my husband had also worked at a marina years ago. My husband was also a Merchant Marine. They had a lot to talk about and Oscar took my husband several times on a tour of the Marina. I enjoyed talking to him about where he came from, where he had lived and his Mom. A truly loving son who adored his Mom. My husband's father had been in the Army and his family moved around a lot. Claude had a lot in common with Oscar.

- Claude and Lisa Mickler, Duncan, SC

Loved how Oscar was always asking his phone for information! If he didn't know something, he'd pick up his phone and ask! We were sitting with him @ Jalapeños. Had a new smart phone that he was trying to figure out and complained loudly "I haven't received 1 call. This phone isn't working!" Everyone laughed. I had his phone number. I picked up my phone and called him. He answered and I said "Oscar, your phone IS working." You should have seen his face! He said "Who is this?" I simply replied "The lady sitting next to you!" He laughed so hard! I'll miss his hugs.

- Claude and Lisa Mickler, Duncan, SC

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date