Washington L. Geiger was a Baptist minister in southeastern Georgia (Bulloch County, Georgia, and nearby areas) for many years, and there is a considerable amount of information available on him.
However, I recently came across an obituary of one of Washington's sons, and the obituary is very confusing to me.
The obituary is from the Statesboro News, 18th October 1901, page 5. It reads: J. L. GEIGER DEAD Mr. John L. Geiger died sudden- ly at Parrish on saturday night last. He was in the employ of W. M. Durden and Co., as black- smith, and had been in his usaul [sic] health, up to an hour or two of his death. It was thought by some that he had been poisoned but no inquest was held, and he was buried Sunday morning at Excelsior, where his mother was laid to rest several years ago. He was a son of W. L. Geiger well known to many of our people, and who resided for several years at Excelsior. He has a brother, J. B. Geiger a leading lawyer of Mt. Vernon.
Which son is this?
Jackson L. Geiger died on 12th November 1900, according to the inscription on his tombstone. He seems to be the only son of Washington L. Geiger who was buried in the Excelsior Cemetery. This seems the most likely person to choose, but the date on the tombstone does not correspond with the date of the obituary.
John C. Geiger died in 1914, according to page 2903 of "A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians" by Lucian Lamar Knight.
As far as I can tell, Washington and his second wife Julia Peavey did not have any children who might be the John L. Geiger referred to in the obituary.