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GFB mourns the losses of Janice Long, Wayne Talton

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Jan 05, 2022 at 0:00 AM

Janice Long, wife of former Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long, and Houston County Farm Bureau President Wayne Talton have passed away.

Long, of Decatur County, died on Jan. 4 at the age of 71.  Talton, of Houston County, died on Jan. 1 at the age of 72.

Janice McCorkle Long was born May 18, 1950, in Blakely, Georgia the daughter of Pat W. McCorkle and Dorothy Widner McCorkle. She was a graduate of Early County High School, Class of 1968; and received her associate degree in home economics from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Georgia Southern University. Janice taught elementary classes at Calvary Christian School, Gadsden Christian Academy, and the Miller County School System. Known as the "Tater Lady", she farmed and managed the vegetable operation of G. W. Long Farms for more than 30 years. She loved cooking and taking care of her yard and flowers. Janice loved her family and always took care of others. She was a member of Bainbridge First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Gerald; sons, Justin Long (Kelli) of Bainbridge, and Jared Long (Lori) of Moultrie; her daughter, Jeanie Izurieta (Diego) of College Station, Texas; her brothers, Dan McCorkle of Charleston, S.C., and Don McCorkle (Frances) of Blakely; and her grandchildren, Addie Long, Wyatt Long, and Warren Long.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Black Jack Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. James Forrester and Rev. Chris Humphries officiating. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending are asked to maintain the recommended safe social distancing of six feet and/or wear protective masks in accordance with the State of Georgia guidelines.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Children's Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL, 32309, or Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, 1620 Bass Road, Macon, GA, 31210.

Houston County Farm Bureau President Wayne Talton, a longtime agricultural ambassador in Houston County, died on Jan. 1 from injuries sustained when an air compressor exploded in his farm shop. He was 72 years old.

For more than 40 years, Wayne was involved in the farming industry in Middle Georgia. He lived and breathed agriculture and the farm lifestyle, working for many years at Houston Fertilizer and Grain before he started a position at RW Griffen. A true servant for the farming community, he had served on the board of the Houston County Farm Bureau for 32 years, since 1990. He was the HCFB president for 12 years, from 1995 to 1996 and again from 2012 until the time of his passing. Wayne started and served as president of the Houston County Cattlemen's Association for a number of years. In 2015, Wayne was recognized for his achievements and was awarded with a Georgia FFA Association Honorary State Degree.

He was born on July 20, 1949, in Perry, Georgia, to the late Henry Andrew Talton, Sr. and Lucy Wilder Talton. Farming was in his blood and growing up, Wayne was heavily involved in agriculture as he was raised on a dairy farm in Kathleen. While attending Perry High School, Wayne was very active with the Future Farmers of America and held two offices, one year as a sentinel and, in his senior year, he served as president. During his middle and high school years with the FFA, Wayne competed in several Career Development Events, showing livestock, and competing on the livestock judging teams. After graduation, he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before transferring to the University of Georgia. While at UGA, his education was interrupted as he served the United States Army Reserves before returning to UGA, where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy.

Left to treasure Wayne’s memory are his wife of 35 years, Kathy Fountain Talton; children, Chris Joyner (Robin), Ryan Talton (Amber), Leslie Cox (Kenny), and A.C. Talton (Ashtan); grandchildren, Brooke Arrington (Robert), Caitlynne Cox, Lucille Talton, Sara Talton, Braxton Talton, Stella Talton, Parker Cox, Reagan Talton, and Rhett Talton; great grandchild, Drake Arrington; brothers, Andy Talton Jr (Louise), Seabie Talton (Sandy), and Warren Talton (Cheryl); and sister, Kathy Coffee (Eddie): as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Talton’s funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 6, at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins. Officiating will be Jim Perdue, Sonny Perdue, and Jake Redmon. Wayne will be laid to rest in Perry Memorial Gardens. For friends and family unable to attend, the service will be streamed live via the Second Baptist Church Facebook page at

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in Wayne Talton’s memory to the Georgia Foundation of Agriculture to support Ag in the Classroom, 1830 Macon Road Perry, GA 31069 or to the Houston County Young Farmers Local Livestock Show, 1307 North Avenue Perry, GA 31069.

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