John Andrew Talkish

January 5, 1968February 13, 2020
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Memorial service for Johnathan “John” Andrew Talkish, 52, will be held at noon on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. John passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020. Born in Erie, PA, he was the tenth child of Margaret May Kimberlin Talkish. In 1992, he met his future wife, Jan Williams, and moved to Columbia, SC in 1993 to be with her. They were married August 5, 1995, and their only son, Andrew Curtis Talkish, was born in 2001. They are members of Riverland Hills Baptist Church. John began his career in law enforcement at the SC Department of Corrections before becoming a Class 1 Certified Police Officer with the Department of Mental Health. In August of 1996, he began working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department as a patrolman. He then became a school resource officer before his retirement as an investigator with Victim Services. While working with the Department, he was awarded the Gary Cannon Great Attitude Award in 2010, then in 2012, he was awarded the Victim Services Deputy of the Year. He touched so many lives while working with the Department, and was especially passionate with the victims of criminal domestic violence. John was a handyman who enjoyed fixing things for friends and family and was an avid coin collector. John’s greatest joy was his family and, following his retirement, he and Andrew traveled extensively throughout the US making sure to visit each of the states. He supported his son through Boy Scouts, traveling with the Scouts, and helping Andrew to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to his mother, Margaret; wife, Jan; and son, Andrew; he is survived by brothers, Todd Talkish, Ernest Talkish, Matthew Talkish, David Talkish; and sisters, Becky Starvaggi, and Bonnie Logan. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jenny Williams; father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Williams (Marisol); brother-in-law, Todd Williams; sister-in-law, Janita Williams; and aunt, Mary Williams. He was preceded in death by brothers, Curtis Talkish, Phillip Talkish; and sister, Heidi Hardisky. Memorials may be made to BSA Troop 312, 1110 Kinley Road, Irmo SC 29063.


  • Mother: Margaret May Kimberlin Talkish
    Wife: Jan Marie Williams Talkish
    Son: Andrew Curtis Talkish
    Brother: Todd Talkish
    Brother: Ernest Talkish
    Brother: Matthew Talkish
    Brother: David Talkish
    Brother:Curtis Talkish (deceased)
    Brother: Phillip Talkish (deceased)
    Sister: Becky Starvaggi
    Sister:Bonnie Logan
    Sister:Heidi Hardisky (deceased)
    Mother-in-law: Jenny Williams
    Father-in-law: Robert “Bob”Williams and wife, Marisol
    Brother-in-law: Todd Williams
    Sister-in-law: Janita Williams
    Aunt: Mary Williams

  • BSA Troop 312


  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020


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Roger & Claire Hyde

February 18, 2020

Dear Jan and Andrew,
On behalf of Claire and I, we send our most sincere condolences. We will keep you both in our prayers
Much love,
Roger & Claire Hyde

Renata Beebe

February 18, 2020

Jan and Andrew was so sorry to hear this news. I think of all the fun times y’all always had at the beach. Those are such great memories . Hugs and prayers !!!

Joel Rush

February 17, 2020

John, from our perspective your life has been cut short, but God has a perfect plan for you, and loves you so much he took you home early to be with Him. I will miss you-I will miss your commanding presence, your incredible zest for life, our irreverent outings to Lucky's Bar and Grill, our sometimes deep conversations about God, politics, and our families. So many memories-thank you for making the Yellowstone trip so memorable, New Year's Eves on the riverbank, for keeping Bruce and I in stitches, and for blessing my family with your friendship. I love you, and know one day we will resume our relationship again in Heaven!

Jean Ann Lambert

February 17, 2020

I am so very sorry Jan and Andrew about John passing . I was so shocked when Joy called and told me and could hardly breath. We have such wonderful memories of our time together. Sending love, and prayers for God’s comfort and strength . I will see you soon.

Erin DuPree

February 17, 2020

Jan and Andrew, we are so sorry to hear this news about John. We will pray for you both to find peace and always cherish your wonderful memories.
With our deepest sympathies,
Todd, Erin, Caleb, & Grant

Stacey Boyd Khalifa

February 16, 2020

Sweet Jan & Andrew, I know you are so hurt as you three were always together and so close. The love of your family has been so apparent & you are a witness to others.
Jan, I’ll never forget you so sweetly and helpfully being there for me during a hard time in my life. You touched my heart & that’s something I’ll never forget. If I can do anything for you at all, I’d be happy to help. I’ll be praying for you and your extended family. Love, Stacey

Tony Stephens

February 16, 2020

John was a great person both professionally and personally. I always thought a lot of him. He will truly missed. God bless his family. RIP John.

Patty Weed

February 15, 2020

You were always one of my favorites John. Always smiling and laughing. Sweet, kind and caring.
R.I.P. my brother you are free from pain.
Thank you for your friendship.

Jessica Roose

February 15, 2020

I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news that my uncle Johnny passed! You were for sure one of my most favorite uncles growing up! My first thought was I won't be able to see him again! least on this side! Years and distance just got in between us! My last contact with you was when you said you "butt"called me. It was so nice to hear your voice that day! We talked a lil as you told me you were on your way back from a boy scout event with Andrew. There was another memory I have where we went to see you as we stopped in for a short visit. It was great to reconnect then and get to see the family. That visit you told us more stories about you and uncle David growing up and to rehear them again and new ones always had us gut laughing out loud! Your humor had a way to light up the room! You had a tender side as well. I remember you shared with us a dream God once gave you. I really appreciated your heart for the things of God and the way you loved your family. My mom really loved you and talked alot about you as well! I have many fond memories of you when I was growing up! My mom told us funny stories that we call to this day "Johnny jokes" (aka the slab of meat on your head while driving thinking the girl's were checking you out, or trying to kill a bumble bee with my dads boot and broke our glass door ..those were just a few of them!..;)...) I remember when I was very small how you use to hold me by my feet to walk on the ceiling and you would also try to squish me and my sister into the microwave. I remember feeling excited that you came to live with us in Fla! You shaped my childhood memories for sure! I remember after you met your girlfriend how you came back to tell us about this amazing girl you just met and now we call her aunt Jan. I told my husband how I'd love for him to meet you some day. Oh, how I wish you'd get to meet my sweet little family I now have! In eternity we will meet again! I love you!
Your niece, Jessie

Maryann Vincent

February 15, 2020

John was one of my first customers at my credit union to learn my name. Some people never do, but John learned our names and all of us enjoyed his conversations about his family and adventures. I was honored to attend Andrew’s Eagle Scout Ceremony last Sunday and he was so proud of Andrew. He came into the credit union Monday and talked about the ceremony and Andrew getting accepted to Clemson. He will be missed.