Samuel Wayne Geiger, 77 of Lumberton, passed away at Forrest General Hospital Tuesday, October 26, 2021. He was born July 10, 1944 in Gulfport, the son of William and Myrtis (Pippen) Geiger. Wayne met his life-long love, Carolyn Page Geiger, in Gulfport, and they raised their two daughters, Machelle Geiger Moran and Cheri’ Geiger Alsobrook in Lyman, MS. Wayne didn’t tell many stories about the years when he was growing up. He did say that he felt as if his life really started when he met Carolyn. They had their first date on July 4, 1961 when Wayne took Carolyn to the rides at the Gulfport Fishing Rodeo. They were married a few months later on November 9, 1961 and remained happily married for 58 years, until death parted them when Carolyn passed away on February 27, 2020.
Wayne was a naturally intelligent man. He said that he never read a book after finishing high school, but he could do algebra in his head. Wayne was also a successful business owner. He and Carolyn started Geiger Heating & Air in 1969. When they sold the company in 1987, it was the largest heating and air instillation company in the South Eastern U.S. Wayne was an ambitious businessman, but his first ambition was always to be a good husband and a good father. Every year he scheduled time for a vacation alone with Carolyn. He loved taking her to foreign countries. They traveled to Jamaica, Ireland and most of Central Europe. Then they would come home and take a very different kind of vacation with their kids. Usually, in an R.V. heading to the Smoky Mountains and their favorite K.O.A. campgrounds. Wayne loved deer hunting and fishing, and the good times he had doing those things with his friends.
In 1987, after raising their children, Wayne and Carolyn sold their company and began the next chapter of their lives in Lumberton, MS. They bought a pecan orchard and 50 head of cattle and became farmers. Wayne missed running a business and soon talked Carolyn into buying the town’s hardware store. Which they have run and co-owned with their daughter and son-in-law, Machelle and Michael Moran for over 25 years. He loved his family and friends, and was loved by them in return. He will be dearly missed by all whose life he touched.
Wayne was preceded by his wife, Carolyn Page Geiger; his parents William and Myrtis Geiger, with sisters Pauline Geiger Wilson and Vernie Brady, brothers Charles Fairley, and Darrell, Richard and William Geiger. Left to cherish his memories are: his daughter Machelle Geiger Moran and son-in-law Michael Moran; his daughter Cheri’ Geiger Alsobrook and son-in-law John Alsobrook; his grandchildren Henry, William, Carolyn and Paige Alsobrook. Wayne is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services are scheduled for Saturday, November 6th at First Baptist Church of Lumberton, where Wayne was a member. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, followed by the funeral service at 3:00 PM. Afterward, he will be laid to rest in the Lumberton City Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Geiger family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
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