(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
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,
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday,
June 4, 1931.
Good Road Booster - H. J. Westberry - One of Wayne Countys
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 Countys
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 Whos Who column of the community which no doubt is accorded
him by everyone who know him best.
*The Jesup Sentinel Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, September
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. Westberrys
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.
Westberrys Favorite Horse Is Killed. Monday night, Dolly
W., H. J. Westberrys 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. Westberrys
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 Countys 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.
Notes for MARY DEFOREST REA:
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County,Georgia, Thursday, December
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 oclock 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
i. MARY ETHLYN WESTBERRY, b. November 04, 1914; m. SYDNEY
JOSEPH BELL, September 21, 1940, LaFayette, Georgia; b. Maryville,
Notes for MARY ETHLYN WESTBERRY:
The Jesup Sentinel, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, September
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.
Notes for HENRY JACKSON WESTBERRY, JR:
*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
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,
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
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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