Jacob Lynn Jr.

Published 2:34 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jacob Gordon Lynn Jr., 82, born Nov. 22, 1936, a long-time resident of Bogalusa, died at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 28, 2019, at Abbey Hospice of Social Circle, Ga., near the home of his eldest daughter, Scarlett Grossman of Covington, Ga.

Jacob was a long-time employee, salesman, and partner of Brock Furniture Company on Columbia Street, as well as a high-tech electronics and television repairman. Earlier in his career he was an industrial engineer with Crown Zellerbach Corporation at their paper board and box plant.

Jacob served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, from April 10, 1956, through April 9, 1962, stationed at 19th Air Division, Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas, 436th Bomb Squad, 7th Bomb Wing. Jacob found himself placed in the “sacrificial position” of radar enabled 20mm cannon tail gunner for the Convair B-36 Peacemaker Bomber, the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built, capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal at that time. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever, at 230 feet. He routinely circled the globe on a single tank of gasoline.

Jacob was born and raised up in Georgiana, Ala., where he attended school and was a trombone player in the band. He attended and graduated from Georgiana High School on May 25, 1955. Jacob attended Auburn University, School of Engineering, in Auburn, Ala., and graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Management on March 17, 1964.

Jacob was a member of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa. He volunteered at Mill Town Theater as a camera man, and in other regards for their community theater productions during its heyday in the mid to late 80s and into the mid-90s.

Later in life, he acquired his private pilot’s license, and enjoyed flying his Cessna Cardinal single engine propeller airplane all over the country to visit family and friends, and to vacation. Occasionally, he would fly to attend the annual Hank Williams Festival in his childhood hometown of Georgiana, where he grew up watching Hank Sr. play on street corners.

He is survived by two brothers, three children, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren. Brothers are Henry Yancey Lynn and David Albert Lynn; daughter and son-in-law are Scarlett Taylor Lynn Grossman and Clifford Norman Grossman of Covington; the son is Robert Brock Lynn of Baton Rouge; the daughter and son-in-law are Leighia Selaina Lynn Hammond and Richard Hubert Hammond of Conway, Ark.; and the grandchildren are Taylor Ella Grossman, Ashton Brock Grossman, Sydney Lynne Hammond, Hannah Jane Hammond, Thomas Jacob Hammond and Lainey June Hammond.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabel Lynne Brock Lynn; by his parents, Jacob Gordon Lynn Sr. and Minnie Opal Miller Lynn; by his older brother, Thomas Miller Lynn; and by his sister, Lillian Clair Lynn Bretz.

Mr. Lynn’s service will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa on Saturday, July 6. Visitation will begin at noon and continue until the service begins at 2 p.m. The Rev. Greg Whaley will officiate. Interment will follow at Garden of Peace Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by Magic City American Legion Post #24.

To view and sign his guestbook, visit the Poole-Ritchie website at www.pooleritchiefuneralhome.com.