Mr. Howard Rentz, 78, of Hazlehurst, died Nov. 21 at Candler Hospital in Savannah.
Howard was born Sept. 23, 1943, in Jeff Davis County.
He is preceded in death by his parents Columbus Rentz and Thelma Copeland Rentz, his aunt and uncle that raised him: Lexie and Grover (Red) Deaton; brothers Aubrey Rentz and Gene Rentz. He owned and operated Rentz Taxidermy for over 40 years and prided himself in the beautiful work he did. Hunters from all over Georgia and surrounding states would bring Mr. Howard their deer heads, fish, bobcats, bears, hogs, or any other trophies they may have for him to work his magic. He loved gardening and was well known for his large lemons and tasty tomatoes. He found great joy in giving them away to his family, friends, and even strangers. Howard’s kind soul and generous heart touched so many lives.
Howard was employed with Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home for over 45 years where he used his gifts to selflessly work behind the scenes in service of his community and to maintain the ministry that is Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home. He spent many long tireless hours working, so grieving families could view their loved one and find closure. Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home will forever be grateful for his dedicated service and loyal friendship.
Survivors include his wife Zylphia Hesters Rentz of Hazlehurst; daughter and son-in-law Brandi and Dustin Raker of Hazlehurst; sons and daughters-in-law Keith and Robbie Rentz, Tim and Karen Rentz and Brian Rentz all of Hazlehurst; grandchildren Lexie Clark, Shellie McBride, Josh Rentz, Mathew Rentz, Ashley Rentz, Draven Marquez, and twins, Avi and Nora Rentz; great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Graveside service was held Nov. 24 in Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Justin McLellan officiating.
It was an honor for his present and previous friends (co-workers) with Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home to serve as his honorary and active pallbearers.
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