Jahna Mihalko Kerr-Jinks
January 31, 1959 – September 24, 2021
Jahna Mihalko Kerr-Jinks
born January 31st, 1959 died Friday September 24, 2021 place of birth - Hahira, Ga place of death - Chattanooga, TN
Our dearly loved Jahna Mihalko Kerr-Jinks passed suddenly on September 24. Known to most people throughout her life as Jan, she had an incredible passion and energy for life. She was very physically active and was an outdoor enthusiast her whole life. She was an avid paddler, canoeing and kayaking, and spent many years as an active member of the Georgia Canoeing Association. She was a gifted singer and had a deep love of music. She loved attending concerts of her favorite bands, and music was a lifelong passion. She loved attending arts and crafts fairs, seasonal festivals, botanical gardens, and home tours with her family. She had an extensive knowledge of geology and botany and could always recall proper names, usage, habitat and history. She loved animals and was devoted to the pets she had. She leaves behind her two beloved Shih Tzus, Sherman and Savannah. Recently, she and her husband Jimmy had developed a passion for disc golf and travelled around the Southeast to different courses. She loved to travel and loved to be on the go as much as possible. She was looking forward to retirement on the coast of Georgia in the Savannah area and referred to the area as her home.
Born near Fargo, Ga in the city of Hahira, her family lived primarily in the Liberty County area until a move to Spalding County when she was 14. She was a 1977 Graduate of Griffin High School and a 1979 Graduate of Gordon State College in Graphic Design and Fine Arts. She began work in the Engineering and Construction field in the 1980s, which led her to returning to school to earn her degree in Environmental Geology from Georgia State University in 1999. She was very proud of her work as an Environmental Geologist and after working for many firms over the years struck out on her own as an Independent Contractor doing site inspections and environmental impact studies.
She was tragically and abruptly taken from us. The family wishes to ask a heartfelt kindness that each person reading this can do in Jan's memory. When you get behind the wheel of any vehicle, drive with care and kindness and respect for human life. It is up to each one of us to be responsible for our actions towards each other. Obey traffic laws and understand the impact you could have.
She is survived by and her memory kept alive by her husband, Jimmy Jinks of Conyers, Ga; her sister, Tanya Mihalko Cone; brother in law, Bill Cone; nephew, Will Cone and wife Donna Whitsett; and son, August Cone of Signal Mountain, TN; her former husband, Rob Kerr of Cumming, Ga; her step daughter, Erin Jinks and husband Sumeth Thonggomol of Bangkok, Thailand; and stepson Noel Jinks of Conyers, Ga., along with the many friends she had throughout her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents Steven and Irma Mihalko.
A private funeral will be held Oct. 9th in the Chattanooga area. A public Celebration of Life Memorial will take place on Saturday, October 16th at 1pm at the Skidaway Island State Park, Picnic Shelter #4, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask to please make donations to, Georgia Sea Turtle Center https://shop.jekyllisland.com/products/donation, and/or to Georgia Department of Natural Resources https://georgiawildlife.com/donations
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.advantagefranklin-strickland.com for the KERR-JINKS family.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Saturday, October 16, 2021