HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY, SR
(JAMES RANDALL3, JOSIAH2, MOSES1) was born September 30, 1877 in Wayne Co, Georgia, and died November 30, 1955 in Wayne Co, Georgia. He married MARY DEFOREST REA October 29, 1908 in Walker Co, Georgia. She was born March 28, 1882 in Georgia, and died May 09, 1935.
Notes for HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY, SR:
1910 Census, Wayne Co, Georgia.
Henry J. Westberry, 31; Mary D., 26.
1920 Census, Wayne Co, Georgia.
H. J. Westberry, 42; Mary, 37; Mary E., 6; H. J. Jr, 2/12.
1930 Census, Wayne Co, Georgia.
Westberry, Henry J., Head, M, 51; Mary, Wife, F, 46; Ethline (?), Daughter, 16; Henry J. Jr., Son, 10.
Questions Answered on WWI Registration for Draft.
Sept. 12, 1918 - Registrar: R. M. Milikin, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia. Age: 40; Birthdate;
Sept. 30, 1877; Residence: Jesup, Wayne Co., Ga.; Occupation: Farming - Self, Jesup, Wayne County, Ga.; Nearest Relative: Mrs. H. J. Westberry, wife; Tall Hgt.; Slender Build; Grey Eyes; Black Hair. No Disabilities. His Signature.
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, September 20, 1928.
Westberry Thanks Voters - To the Voters of Wayne County: I wish to herewith express my gratitude for the support and votes I received in the recent primary. I hold no ill will toward those who saw fit to vote against my nomination last Wednesday, and I pledge my support of the nominee, Mr. Bennett. However, it is deplorable that people will rely upon unworthy propaganda and circulate unwarranted lies to defeat a man for office. I do not appreciate the fact that some of my political enemies used such unfair methods to defeat me. With best wishes to my friends, and herewith pledging myself to always work for the good of Wayne County, I am, Sincerely yours, Henry J. Westberry.
The Jesup Sentinel, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, August 29, 1929.
Citation - GEORGIA, Wayne County. To Whom It May Concern: Notice is hereby given that H. J. Westberry has applied to me in due form for permanent letters of administration upon the estate of Mrs. Melzina Westberry, deceased. All persons interested, creditors and next of kin, will show cause if any they can, before me at the Court House on the first Monday in September 1929 at which time said application will be passed upon why the prayers of said petition should not be granted. This August 5, 1929 - U. C. Clary, Ordinary
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, June 4, 1931.
Good Road Booster - H. J. Westberry - One of Wayne County’s foremost men of agricultural and industrial interests. Born and reared on a farm in Wayne County, H. J. Westberry, embalmer and undertaker, as well as owner and operator of a service station in Jesup, is a leading figure in the activities of this section. In addition to his undertaking and service business, he is a farmer and member of many organizations here. He is Wayne County’s Vice President of the Oglethorpe Highway Association, being one of the charter members; president of the Jesup Gun Club and a member of six clubs in Georgia. Mr. Westberry is one of the first of this section to see the importance of a bridge over the Altama River at Doctortown, and in consequence thereof, he has been boosting such a project since the idea was born some fifteen years ago. He always takes the lead in highway guilding in this section of the state which results in his being appointed on almost every good roads committee from every source in this section.
Mr. Westberry started in the business world some 25 years ago with a capital of only $150.00. He says that he has never made a loan or been in debt except three times for very small amounts and that each time the loans were paid before they were due. He was the first man to operate a gasoline and kerosene truck in Wayne County, starting with the Standard Oil Company. He continued in this line of work until a few months ago when he gave it up for other interests here. No better booster of Wayne County can be found here than Mr. Westberry which is evidenced by his everyday life and work for his community. He well deserves a place in the Who’s Who column of the community which no doubt is accorded him by everyone who know him best.
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*The Jesup Sentinel Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, September 26, 1940.
Lightning Hits 2 Horses Here. During a thunderstorm here recently two horses belonging to Mr. H. J. Westberry were hit by a bolt of lightning, knocking both animals down, injuring their spine. One of the horses, “Buckskin,” was one of Mr. Westberry’s prize racing animals, having been entered in the races in Glennville and Kingsland last season, and won in both races. The other animal was a young horse and was being trained for racing and both horses were expected to be among the winners in the opening of the local race track before being injured. Mr. Westberry has sent these two animals to the farm to recuperate from their injuries and are reported to be improving, but it is believed these animals will never be able to race again, said Mr. Westberry.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, April 22, 1948.
Westberry’s Favorite Horse Is Killed. Monday night, Dolly W., H. J. Westberry’s prize race horse was killed on the highway near his racetrack. It is not known who struck the horse or what type of vehicle it was. Dolly W. was found dead the next morning being struck on the head. Dolly W. was Mr. Westberry’s favorite race horse and had never lost a race since Mr. Westberry purchased the three-year old about two years ago.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, October 9, 1952.
Henry Westberry Celebrates 75th Birthday Recently. One of the social events given Henry Westberry in celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday was a barbecue by the Altamaha Club recently. Mr. Westberry, one of Jesup and Wayne County’s oldest citizens celebrated his 75th birthday recently with wishes from his host of friends for many more such happy occasions.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, December 8, 1955.
H. J. Westberry Buried Friday. Henry J. Westberry, Sr., 78, died Wednesday night at his home here. He was a native of Wayne County and the son of the Late Mr. and Mrs. Randall Westberry. Mr. Westberry was a charter member of the Wayne Light Troop of the State Militia, the Jesup Kiwanis Club and the Altamaha Hunting and Fishing Club, and was one of the leading sportsmen of South Georgia. He was one of the first undertakers in Wayne County and owned the first automobile. He also was the first oil dealer in the county and was instrumental in having the present highway bridge built over the Altamaha River in Doctortown. He was engaged in various businesses for the past 50 years and at the time of his death was in the rental business and operation of a filling station. Survivors include one son, H. J. Westberry, Jr., Jesup; one daughter, Mrs. Ethylene Bell, Jacksonville, Fla.; three granddaughters; one sister, Mrs. Tempple Reddish, Odum; three brothers, Isham Westberry, Jesup; Bertie Westberry, San Diego, Calif. And John Westberry, Metter. Funeral services were conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church near Jesup, the Rev. Braswell Carter and the Rev. Floyd T. Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The body was taken to the home of his son Friday morning. Pallbearers were Benny Westberry, Gordon Westberry, Hazel Jones, Lester Reddish, T. J. Gordon, J. P. Parrish, Jim Lamb and Ted Thornton. Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Bradshaw, Jr., Allen Churchwell, William Cox, Fullwood Hinson, W. O. Hodges, Charles Hood, William Hopkins, C. E. Layton, A. H. Perry, Dudley Bunn, Earl Spence, J. E. Stewart, K. S. Varn, Hack Williams, Sr., H. C. Bunn, John King, Jr., H. C. Beaty, Dub Roberson, Ed Davis, Frank Jones, C. C. Jones, Sr., George Parrish, Perry Collins, R. K. Cash, Joe Thomas, C. C. Miles, Glen Thomas, E. F. Lawrence, Robert Zachry and Esmond Knight.
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The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County,Georgia, Thursday, December 10, 1931.
W.M.S. Girls Shower for Mrs. Westberry - On Monday evening the W.M.S. of the Baptist Church met for their regular business meeting. After a short business session the society in a body went to the home of Mrs. Mary Westberry on W. Orange St. and showered her with many pretty and useful gifts, in this way showing their love and appreciation of her faithfulness and good work in the W.M.S. and expressing their regret in losing her as a member. Quite an enjoyable social hour was spent closing with a prayer for her happiness and that she may continue her usefulness in new fields of labor. Mrs. Westberry and daughter, Miss Ethelyn, are leaving soon for LaFayette, Ga. to make their future home.
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County,Georgia, Thursday, May 9, 1935.
Mrs. Mary Westberry Dies In LaFayette, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Rea Westberry died at the home of her mother, Mrs. J. H. B. Rea in LaFayette, Ga. Saturday morning at five o’clock April 27th after a lingering illness. She was a native of LaFayette, having been born and reared there, but following her marriage to Mr. Westberry she came to Wayne County and resided in Jesup until three years ago when she returned to LaFayette to live. Her death came as a shock to her many friends in LaFayette and Jesup. She possessed a sweet and unassuming manner, and, during her long illness bore her suffering with true Christian fortitude, and every effort was made to restore her health by her devoted daughter and family, but of no avail and the end came quietly Saturday. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. J. H. Rea and one daughter, Miss Ethelyn Westberry of LaFayette; one son, J. H. Westberry, Jr. of Jesup; three sisters, Mrs. T. W. Rich and Mrs. R. A. Hardin of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Mrs. S. L. Ransom of LaFayette; two brothers, John R. Rea of Summerville and B. H. Rea of Baton Rouge, La. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Rea home with Rev. M. K. Keith officiating, assisted by Rev. Clark of Chattanooga. Interment followed in the LaFayette Cemetery, where she was laid to rest beneath many beautiful floral offerings contributed by her friends as a token of love and high esteem.

Children of HENRY WESTBERRY and MARY REA are:
i. MARY ETHLYN WESTBERRY, b. November 04, 1914; m. SYDNEY JOSEPH BELL, September 21, 1940, LaFayette, Georgia; b. Maryville, Tenneessee.
Notes for MARY ETHLYN WESTBERRY:
The Jesup Sentinel, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, September 26, 1940.
Miss Ethelyn Westberry Becomes Bride of Mr. Bell. Of much cordial interest in Jesup and Wayne County is the announcement of the marriage of Miss Ethelyn Westberry of LaFayette, Ga., formerly of Jesup, to Mr. Sidney Joseph Bell of Maryville, Tenn., which was solemnized in LaFayette Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Sept. 21, 1940. The marriage ceremony was read by the Rev. W. E. Storey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of LaFayette, at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. S. L. Ransom. A program of nuptial music was rendered by Mrs. J. T. Rhyne of LaFayette, violinist, and Mr. James P. Gilbert of LaFayette, vocalist, accompanied by Mrs. C. C. Gilbert of LaFayette, as pianist. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, S. L. Ransom, and was lovely in a wedding gown of white satin. Her fingertip veil was of white illusion held by a cluster of orange blossoms. Her flowers were brides roses and lilies of the valley. Mrs. Evan H. Sish, of Knoxille, Tenn., was the bride's only attendant who wore a yellow chiffon and carried a bouquet of yellow and orchid gladioli. Following the ceremony a reception was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ransom, after which Mr. Bell and his bride left for a wedding trip to New Orleans, La.
The bride is the only daughter of Mr. H. J. Westberry of this City and the late Mrs. Mary Rea Westberry. Her paternal grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Westberry of Odum, Ga. and on her maternal side was the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. B. Rea of LaFayette, Ga. She attended Jesup High School for several years before going to LaFayette to make her home. She finished her education at Chattanooga, Tenn. and for the past few years has been holding a position with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tenn. She was born and reared in Jesup and lived in Jesup until she was 16 years of age and has a wide circle of friends here who are interest in her marriage. Mr. Bell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bell, of Maryville, Tenn. And is now making his home in Knoxville, Tenn. Where he is holding a responsible position with the Davis Motor Company. The young couple are now making their home in Knoxville on 944 N. Fifth Street.

2. ii. HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY, JR, b. November 27, 1919, Wayne Co, Georgia; d. February 05, 2003, Wayne Co, Georgia.
Generation No. 2
2. HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY, JR (HENRY JACKSON4, JAMES RANDALL3, JOSIAH2, MOSES1) was born November 27, 1919 in Wayne Co, Georgia, and died February 05, 2003 in Wayne Co, Georgia. He married MARCIENE M. PERRY August 03, 1941. She was born January 01, 1921, and died October 26, 2001 in Savannah, Georgia.
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*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, February 28, 1946.
The Thrift Shop Is Open To The Public. Showing still more evidence of the expanding of business enterprises in Jesup is the announcement by H. J. Westberry, Jr., of the opening of his establishment on Friday, March 1st. It is located next door to the Jesup Dry Cleaners and will be known as The Thrift Shop. Mr. Westberry states that he has a complete new line of stock, including hats, bags, dresses, lingerie and other accessories in ladies’ ready-to-wear in the very latest designs, colors and styles for spring. Due to strike conditions, he has been unable to get the plate glass display window, but invites the public to come in and see his line of goods. Mrs. Westberry will be the manager.
Henry Jackson (H.J.) Westberry, 83, of Jesup, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, in Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was a Wayne County native, born on Nov. 27, 1919 to Henry Jackson and Mary DeForest Rea Westberry. On Aug. 3, 1941, he wed Marciene Perry of Cochran, who died Oct. 26, 2001. Mr. Westberry was a member of Spring Grove Free Will Baptist Church. In 1938, he graduated from Jesup High School, where he played on the famed 1936 football team. He attended Middle Georgia College, where he was a member of the first aeronautical class taught there.
Along with his wife, Marciene, he operated several small businesses, from a World War II laundry and dry cleaners to one of the area's first convenience stores. He was instrumental in establishing Altamaha Convalescent Center (now Sunbridge). Mr. Westberry was a taxpayer advocate and active in local and state politics. He was an organizer and former assistant chief of the Jesup Fire Department and served as chairman of the Jesup-Wayne County Planning and Zoning Board. He has donated the use of H.J. Westberry Park to the City of Jesup. An avid sports fisherman, he also owned a commercial shrimp boat. He was predeceased by two sisters, infant Louise Westberry and Ethlyn W. Bell.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Ruth and Troy Fore and Judy and the late Eddie Harper, all of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Cyndi Westberry of Statesboro; two granddaughters, Holly Harper of Jesup and Candace Carter of Lansing, Mich.; four grandsons, Howard Fore of Atlanta, Andy Fore of Valdosta, Joey Harper of Jesup and Jackson Westberry of Statesboro; a niece, Mary Lynn LaMee of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a grandniece, Ruth Lynn Shelton of Spring Lake, N.C. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Felix Haynes officiating. Interment was in Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Kenzie Tyre and all grandchildren.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Notes for MARCIENE M. PERRY:
JESUP -- Marciene P. Westberry, 79, died Oct. 26 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.
The Bleckley County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She was a member of Spring Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: her husband, H. J. Westberry of Jesup; two daughters, Mary Ruth Fore and Judy Harper, both of Jesup; a son, Henry Westberry of Statesboro; three sisters, Merle Elrod of Byromville, Neail Porter of Cochran, and Shirley White of Greenville; two brothers, Byrd Perry of Cochran and Quinton Perry of Greenwood, Miss.; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Buried at Old Bethel.

Children of HENRY WESTBERRY and MARCIENE PERRY are:
3. i. MARY RUTH WESTBERRY, b. January 23, 1943.
4. ii. JUDY ANN WESTBERRY, b. October 05, 1947.
5. iii. HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY III, b. November 27, 1958.
Generation No. 3
3. MARY RUTH WESTBERRY (HENRY JACKSON5, HENRY JACKSON4, JAMES RANDALL3, JOSIAH2, MOSES1) was born January 23, 1943. She married TROY H. FORE, JR October 23, 1964 in Wayne Co, Georgia. He was born January 29, 1945.
Notes for MARY RUTH WESTBERRY:
*The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Ga., Thursday, July 23, 1964.
Miss Westberry To Marry Howard Fore In October (Picture). Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Westberry announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Ruth Westberry, to Troy Howard Fore, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Fore, Sr. The wedding will be solemnized October 23 at the Westberry home on Lanes Bridge Road. The bride-elect was graduated from Wayne County High School and is employed by the Gilman Hospital in St. Mary's. Mr. Fore is a graduate of Wayne County High School and is engaged in the honey business with his father.

Children of MARY WESTBERRY and TROY FORE are:
i. TROY H. FORE III, b. September 09, 1968.
Notes for TROY H. FORE III:
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, September 19, 1968.
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Fore, Jr., announce the birth of a son, Troy Howard Fore, III, September 9. The baby is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Westberry and Mr. and Mrs. Troy Fore, Sr. of Gardi.
ii. ANDREW RANDALL FORE, b. April 03, 1972.
4. JUDY ANN WESTBERRY (HENRY JACKSON5, HENRY JACKSON4, JAMES RANDALL3, JOSIAH2, MOSES1) was born October 05, 1947. She married JOSEPH E. HARPER, JR January 19, 1969 in Wayne Co, Georgia. He was born November 21, 1948, and died February 16, 2000 in Jesup, Georgia.
Notes for JOSEPH E. HARPER, JR:
JESUP -- Joseph "Eddie" Harper, 51, died Feb. 16 of an apparent heart attack.
The Wayne County native was employed by Rayonier of Jesup, and coached and trained 4-H Jaycee Backwoods Bunch B.B. Team of Wayne County. He was selected as one of eight coaches who were state winners in B.B. competition, and won a 10-year coaching award with the International B.B. Coaching Association.
He coached the 1995 International B.B. Club Champions and was serving on the Board of Directors of the Altamaha Federal Credit Union and Advisory Board and was the Rocky Racoon Mascot of the Credit Union.
SURVIVORS: his wife, Judy Westberry Harper of Jesup; a daughter, Holly Harper of Jesup; a son, Joey Harper of Jesup; his mother, Dahlia F. Harper of Jesup; a sister, Doris Phillips of Jesup; a brother, Roger Harper of Jesup; two half brothers, Charles Dukes of Rincon and Leroy Dukes of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.
Obituaries for February 17, 2000

Children of JUDY WESTBERRY and JOSEPH HARPER are:
i. HOLLY ANN HARPER, b. January 08, 1972.
ii. JOSEPH E. HARPER III, b. February 14, 1977.
5. HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY III (HENRY JACKSON5, HENRY JACKSON4, JAMES RANDALL3, JOSIAH2, MOSES1) was born November 27, 1958. He married CYNDI UNKNOWN.

Child of HENRY WESTBERRY and CYNDI UNKNOWN is:
i. JACKSON WESTBERRY.

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