Death of Richard F. Westberry, (1913, Jesup, Georgia)
Saturday, the 30th last, 2:30 PM, the Death Angel came in our midst and bore the Spirit of our young friend, Richard F. Westberry, back to the God who gave it.
Our hearts are bowed with sorrow. Tears mingle with those of our friends in this calamity, for we cannot understand why one who was in the bloom of manhood should be taken away, but we know that our Heavenly Father is too wise to err and that for some grand purpose he saw fit to take Richard from his earthly home to the home prepared for him on High.
The deceased has been a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church for several years. He was about 28 years of age and a young man of good qualities and well liked by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by his friends and associates, but we feel that his death was for some good purpose that we cannot now see.
We realize that our days on earth are numbered and that we all should live so that when the summons on high shall come, we should be ready to meet our friends and loved ones there.
Richard was the third of six brothers, five of whom survive. They are W. K., M. H., J. C., C. D., and Harry Westberry of Gardi.
Three sisters, Mrs. Eben Kicklighter of Jesup, Mrs. J. A. Richardson of Winter Haven, Florida and Mary Westberry of Gardi. Also his aged father who has the symphany of the entire community. We trust that the Mercies of Heaven may rest upon them and that they may realize that their loss is his gain. They have the sweet realization that their loved one is at piece.
The poor worn frame will never more be racked with agonies of pain-suffering is at an end. He has heard the words from the Father's lips, "Well done, thou good and Faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord.
It will only be a little while until they cross the dark river and join their loved one among the hosts of the saved on the other shore."
A Friend
Florida Times Union, September 29, 1925.
Second Death As Result of Fight In Jail. B. S. Westbury Dies Result of Attempted Escape at Miami Prison. Miami, Sept. 28. – B. S. Westbury, 23, of Savannah, Ga., died at a local hospital here today of gunshot wounds suffered yesterday morning when he and other prisoners in Dade County jail sought to escape. His death brings the toll in the attempted escape to two, Ollie Moore, negro trusty, having been shot and killed when deputy sheriffs repulsed the prisoners. Five other prisoners wounded by bullets fired by officers, were reported in improved condition.
Sheriff H. R. Chase and his deputies today were instituting a far-reaching search for Joe Tracy, escaped convict of the late notorious Ashley gang. Tracy is said to have been the “outside” man participating in the “crush.” Sheriffs in adjacent counties are helping in the search. Tracy, reputed one of the most dangerous of the lately shattered bandit crew, has been reported captured at Fort Lauderdale and at Palm Beach but neither report was well founded.
Other deaths may be added today to that of Ollie Moore, negro trusty, who passed out in the withering fire the attempted escapers faced as they made the jail yard. W. B. Henderson, held on charges of kidnapping and detaining a boy, is in critical condition and so is B. S. Westbury of Savannah, Ga., held for grand larceny.
The Jesup Sentinel, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, July 8, 1926.
Dan W. Westberry Laid to Rest Sunday.
The body of Dan W. Westberry, late of Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, was laid to rest amid impressive ceremonies last Sunday afternoon at Flint Branch church.
The deceased had been in Miami, Florida for the past year and was a member of the Miami Police Department. He had come to Doctortown, Ga., on Saturday to bring his family to his new home in Miami.
For sometime past, the family had been living in the home of John H. Hill, at Doctortown, where they had moved since their home was destroyed by fire near Jesup. It was at Hill’s home that the domestic troubles of the Westberry’s began and Hill is alleged to have been the cause of Westberry’s desire to move his family to Miami.
On arriving at Jesup, Westberry proceeded to Doctortown and left his pistol and billy with his wife at Jesup. He met Hill on the road a few feet from the railway station there and it is believed that words were passed by the two men. The result of the meeting was the stabbing and shooting of Westberry by Hill, the wounds proving fatal to Westberry who was dead upon the arrival of Sheriff Mattox and Mr. Leith Stewart.
The body of Westberry was brought to Jesup by Mr. Stewart while Hill was taken into custody by Sheriff Mattox and lodged in the county jail awaiting the action of the grand jury.
Funeral services were held at Flint Branch church last Sunday and a delegation of Klu Klux Klansmen from Miami, Florida came to Jesup and took complete charge of the body. It is reported that as soon as the hearse was opened by Mr. Stewart of the Stewart & Knight Funeral Home, the Klansmen took charge of the body and no other hand touched it until after it was lowered into the grave. This is, I understand, the first Klan funeral ever conducted in Wayne County.
Several members of the local Klan ably assisted the visiting Klansmen. Over five hundred people witnessed the impressive ceremony.
Westberry leaves a wife and three small children and was 33 years of age.
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, December 18, 1930.
Westberry Child Dies of Burns - On last Wednesday afternoon about five o’clock, Dorothy Westberry, little four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Westberry, was seriously burned, which caused its death the next day. It is said the child’s clothing was set afire while it was playing with matches. The funeral took place at the Bethlehem cemetery Friday, with Rev. C. N. Mills conducting the services.
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County,Georgia, Thursday, January 21, 1932.
Ferman Herrin, Odum, Ga., Passes - Ferman Herrin died at his home near Odum Wednesday morning at 3:00 o’clock, after an illness of only a few days with pneumonia. He was born and reared in Wayne County and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Noah Herrin. He was twice married. His first wife as Miss Minnie Poppell, daughter of Mr. Spencer Poppell, of Wayne County, who preceded him in death several years ago, and unto this union four children were born, who now survive him. Later he was married to Miss Vida Bennett, also of Wayne County and unto this union three children were born, who also survives him. Funeral services were held this morning at Red Hill Baptist Church, five miles from Odum, and interment will follow in the church cemetery. He is now survived by his wife, Mrs. Vida Bennett Herrin; three sons and four daughters; two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Landon, and Mrs. Nancy Westberry, of Odum.
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, December 17, 1936.
Willene Westberry Died Friday of Burns – Laid to Rest at Bennett Cemetery Sunday P.M. – Willene Westberry, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Westberry, died Friday night at the home of her parents, near Odum, from the results of burns received on Thanksgiving Day. It was thought that the child was improving until Tuesday of last week when she became critically ill from which she did not rally and the end came Friday night. Little Willene, while the family was at dinner on Thanksgiving Day poured kerosene oil on the fire, causing an explosion burning her seriously. Funeral services were held from the Bennett Cemetery, Sunday afternoon and she was laid to rest at the same place. Little Willene is survived by her parents and one little brother and a sister and a number of other relatives in Wayne County.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, March 11, 1937.
Mrs. Elsie Westberry Hires, wife of William P. Hires, died at her home here late Saturday night after an illness of several days. She was a daughter of Mrs. E. M. Westberry and the late E. M. Westberry of Savannah, and was at the time of her death 37 years old. She and her husband had for several years made their home in Wayne County. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Savannah. Funeral services were held from Red Hill Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. R. L. Whipple, pastor of the Jesup Baptist Church in charge of the services. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Mrs. Hires is survived by her husband and four children, Julian, Thomas, Bill and Colvin Hires; four sisters, Misses Alma and Elizabeth Westberry, Mrs. Cleo Cohen, all of Savannah, and Mrs. Ruby Mobley, of Brunswick; five brothers, J. V., V. M. and Elliott Westberry, of Savannah and W. I. Westberry, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and W. W. Westberry of Jacksonville, Fla.; and her mother, Mrs. E. M. Westberry of Savannah.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thurs., July 29, 1937
"William Westberry Died After A Long Illness Sat"
"William M. Westberry a life long Wayne County and aged citizen died at his home near Gardi, Wayne County at an early hour Saturday morning following an extended illness.
"Mr. Westberry had lived to the ripe old age of 86, and lived and died in the same section of the County his entire life, and was one of Wayne County's most prominent farmers and was active in spite of his age until a few years ago when his health failed.
"The deceased is survived by two daughters: Mrs. E. E. Kicklighter of Jesup; Mrs. H. B. Nettles of Ridgeland, SC; five sons W. K., M. H., and J.C. Westberry all of Gardi; C. D. and B. H. Westberry, both of Jesup; three brothers, Joe Westberry of Odum; John Westberry of Waycross and Noah Westberry of Brunswick; one sister, Mrs. Manerva Sikes, of Bristol and several grandchildren.
"Funeral services were held from the Gardi church Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock and interment followed in the Pendarvis Cemetery.
"The pallbearers were Alton and Emory Westberry, Eugene and Ebin Kicklighter, Jr., Walter Murphy and James Bennett.
"W. M. Hawkins Funeral Home was the undertaker in charge of arrangements."
*The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Georgia, Thursday, August 26, 1937.
Mrs. Martha C. Westberry Died Here in the Local Hospital - Mrs. Martha Crosby Westberry, age 40, died here in the local hospital yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 11:25 o’clock after an illness of only a few hours. She had been despondent for the past several days over learning that her son Ernest Westberry was in Shanghai, China, where the Sino-Jap war is now in progress. She became suddenly ill at her home and later carried to the Colvin-Ritch Sanitarium here for treatment where she died within a few hours. Mrs. Westberry was a native of Wayne County having been born and reared near Gardi. She was before her marriage Miss Crosby, daughter of Mr. J. W. Crosby and the late Mrs. Louisianna Crosby, pioneers of Wayne County. She was born on April 13th, 1897. She was a member of the Gardi Baptist Church. Funeral services were held from Bethlehem Baptist Church near Jesup this afternoon (Thursday) at four o’clock, with Rev. S. F. Bennett and Rev. C. M. Mills of Jesup conducting the services. Interment followed in the church Cemetery. Mrs. Westberry is survived by her husband, Steve E. Westberry; one daughter, Joan; two sons, Emory Westberry, all of Jesup; and Ernest Westberry of Shanghai, China; her father, J. W. Crosby, of Gardi; five sisters, Mrs. Ethel Strickland and Mrs. Jannie Dixon of Blackshear; Mrs. Lillia Horton and Mrs. Edna Mansfield of Gardi; and Mrs. Addie Stewart of Lakeland, Fla.; one brother, George W. Crosby of Talledega, Ala. The pallbearers were: Royal Norris, R. M. Milikin, H. L. Heritage, Ben Hopps and Roy E. Breen all of Jesup and Wilford Hern of Gardi. Wayne Funeral Home of this City was in charge of arrangements.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, June 17, 1943.
Last Rites Held For Mrs. Westberry - Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Westberry, 65, of Odum, who passed away recently at the home of her son, John H. Westberry of Odum, were conducted Thursday afternoon at the graveside in Bennett Cemetery. Rev. H. C. Griffin officiated. Mrs. Westberry was a native of Wayne County. Survivors include her husband; two sons, H. E. Westberry and John Westberry, both of Odum; one daughter, Mrs. Bud Wilson, Jesup. Harrison Funeral Home was in charge.
*Florida Times Union, Monday, August 16, 1943.
Man Fatally Hurt in Fight; Two Are Held - James R. Westberry Succumbs to Injuries Suffered in Row. James Rowland Westberry, 47 year-old Park Street resident, died in a local hospital at 4:20 A.M. yesterday as a result of injuries which he suffered in a fight at Park and Forest Streets late Saturday, according to investigating Police Patrolmen J. B. Durham and P. L. Howell. Richard Alexander Boatwright, 21, of an Elder Street address and Richard Louis Holcomb, 18 year-old sailor assigned to a local Naval Air Station, are being held in city jail on charges of suspicion of murder the officers added. Assisting in the police investigation are Police Detective Sgt. M. Ross and Detectives M. F. Coker and D. G. Butler. Boatwright absolved Holcomb of responsibility in the altercation. Justice of the Peace Sarah Bryan has ordered an autopsy performed to determine definitely the cause of the death. Investigating officers, however, believed the victim suffered a broken neck. The autopsy is expected to be held this morning.
Westberry was a native of Jesup, Ga. and was a veteran of the First World War. Survivors include his widow, this city, six sons: Nolan Westberry of the U.S. Army, stationed at Camp White, Ore.; Colan Westberry of the Marine Corps, at New River, N.C.; Henry, Marvin, Richard and Frederick Westberry, all of Jacksonville; four daughters: Dorothy, Catherine, Betty Jane and Annie Lou Westberry, all of this city; his mother, Mrs. Wallace Kenney of Fitzgerald, Ga., one brother, Marvin Westberry of the U.S. Navy and four sisters: Mrs. Bertha Susesan, Mrs. Madola Lindsey and Mrs. Ellen Stevens, all of Jacksonville and Mrs. Vester Pate of Fitzgerald. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hardage and Williams.
*Florida Times Union, September 9, 1944.
WESTBERRY- Funeral services for Mr. Paul Augustus Westberry, 59, who died Wednesday morning at his home, 825 Broxton Street, will be held at 10 A.M. today in the chapel of Key-McCabe Funeral Home, the Rev. A. L. Turner officiating. Interment will be in the Pendarvis Cemetery near Gardi, Ga. Mr. Westberry was a native of Wayne County, Georgia and came to Jacksonville in 1909 from Jesup, Ga. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Myrtle Bell Walters, Waco Tex., Mrs. Cleo Winney, Jacksonville; Mrs. Thelma Mae Moore, Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Paul A. Westberry, U.S. Navy and Cecil M. Westberry, U.S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Loraine Enright, Miami; Mrs. Leo Tyre, Jesup, Ga., and five brothers, B. F. Westberry, Savannah, Ga., Clinton Westberry, Jacksonville, L. J. and Tom Watson Westberry, Miami and J. I. Westberry, ?.
*Florida Times Union, February 3, 1945.
WESTBERRY - Joseph F. Westberry, 64, died Thursday morning at his home, 237 W. Ninth Street. He was a native of Wayne County, Ga., and came to this city ten years ago from Waycross. He was employed by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company and was a member of the Shrine of Divine Healing. Mr. Westberry is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jennie Westberry; his father, J. U. Westberry of St. Petersburg, Fla., four sons, Joseph L. Westberry, of New York City, John D. Westberry, U.S.N., Thomas Westberry, Merchant Marines, and M. M. Westberry, this city; three sisters, Mrs. J. L. Jarvis, St. Petersburg, Mrs. Ed Thair, Waycross, Ga., Mrs. W. M. Peek, Mobile, Ala., and a brother, L. C. Westberry, Waycross, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 4 P.M. today in the chapel of Key McCabe Funeral Home with the Rev. Flora Price officiating. Pallbearers will be W. E. Gardner, Rev. Chas. Lake, Louis Canova, Steve Tudor, Earl Mitchell and Fred Weimer. The body will be forwarded tonight to Savannah, Ga. for interment.
Body of Soldier is En Route Home -1945
The body of a Brunswick soldier who lost his life just nine days before the end of the recent World War is now en route home for reburial. Mrs. Eva T. Glover, wife of Stoney Glover, 2119 Union Street, yesterday received a telegram advising her that "the remains of your son, the late Pfc. William R. Westberry, are now en route to the United States."
Pfc. Westberry was fighting in the European area, where he had been for some time, and as stated, he was killed nine days before the war ended.
The telegram received by his mother yesterday said the definite date of arrival of the body could not be given, but such information will be given three days before the arrival.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, May 24, 1945.
Willie F. Hires Dies In Albany. Willie F. Hires, a native of Wayne County, but a resident of Arlington for the past two years died last Thursday in an Albany hospital after a short illness. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Red Hill Baptist Church near Jesup, by Rev. Robinson of Odum. Burial was in the church cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Hires is survived by his wife, Mrs. Doris R. Hires of Arlington; four sons, Julian C. Hires, with the United States Navy; T. W. Hires of Brunswick and Colvin Hires and Billy Hires, both of Arlington; his mother, Mrs. Daniel Hires of Odum; four sisters, Mrs. B. D. Purcell of East Point, Mrs. R. T. Piland of Suffolk, Va., Mrs. R. A. Burkes, Odum and Miss Rosa Hires of Jesup; three brothers, F. J. Hires and E. W. Hires, both of Odum, and L. V. Hires of Jesup and one granddaughter. Active pallbearers were L. H. Riggins, A. M. Showalter, Gordon Hires, Adolph Hires, Eugene Hires and Kenneth Brannen. Honorary pallbearers were E. F. Dean, J. P. Shedd, Robert Warren, Winslow Jones, Don Pierce, Herbert Strickland, C. A. Ashley, A. E. Knight, Robert Harris and Ottis Nunn.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, September 5, 1946.
Last Rites Held For Mrs. Westberry. Mrs. Armenda T. Westberry, 45, of near Brentwood, died early Tuesday morning in a local hospital following an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, John H. Westberry, near Brentwood; two sons, Phillip Freeman Smith Westberry of Mt. Pleasant; John Garner Westberry of near Brentwood; and two daughters, Cora and Bobbie Westberry of near Brentwood. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning at the home of the deceased by Rev. Lee Walton, pastor of the Baxley Church of God. Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery in Odum with the Wayne Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, September 9, 1948.
Last Rites Held For H. B. Westberry. Funeral services for Harry B. Westberry, 52, life-long resident of Wayne County, who was fatally wounded from a shotgun blast at Kendrick Logging Camp on Jones Island on the Long County side of the Altamaha River Sunday morning, were conducted Monday afternoon at the Gardi Baptist Church. Rev. Stetson Bennett officiated. Burial followed in the Pendarvis Cemetery. Harrison Funeral Home was in charge. Pallbearers were W. C. Westberry, Emory Westberry, Alton Westberry, Gene Kicklighter, Rufus Holliday, and Bennett Strickland. Honorary pallbearers were G. F. Drawdy, James Bennett, Carl Shanklin, Donald Bennett, Virgil Knight, Ted Odum, A. W. Burn and M. J. Harper. Survivors include two daughters of Niagara Falls, N. Y.; two sisters, Mrs. B. E. Kicklighter of Jesup and Mrs. John Malphurs of Ridgeland, S. C.; four brothers, W. K. Westberry and J. Cliff Westberry of Gardi; C. D. Westberry of Jesup. He was the son of the late William M. and Matilda Harper Westberry. It was stated that Mr. Westberry and William P. Henderson had a minor argument at the breakfast table and as the argument waxed hotter, Henderson started to get his single barrel shotgun. Westberry followed him, trying to reason with him, and then apologizing for his remarks. Failing to heed him, Henderson grabbed his weapon and fired as Westberry stood only a few feet away from him. The discharge tore into Westberry’s body and he fell mortally wounded. Henderson, about fifty years of age, is in the Long County Jail. Sheriff W. M. Jones, of Long County, said that Henderson claimed he fired on Westberry in self-defense. However, there is no evidence whatever to bear the claim, said Sheriff Jones. My information is that not only was the dead man unarmed, but at the time of the shooting, he was actually trying to apologize to Henderson for what had been said, as well as to reason with him.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, March 17, 1949.
Last Rites Held For Mrs. Westberry. Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m. Saturday for Mrs. Martha Lynn Westberry, 65, who died suddenly Friday at her residence near Odum. Services were held at the Piney Grove Church of God by the pastor, the Rev. A. J. Porter. Burial was in the church cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Westberry is survived by her husband, Brantley Westberry; two daughters, Mrs. Joe Thompson and Mrs. Riley Strickland, Odum; three sons, Lois D. and Joe Westberry, Odum and Roy Leslie Westberry, US Army in Japan; three sisters, Mrs. W. T. Lee, Bradenton, Fla., Mrs. Jack Patton of Baxley, and Mrs. Vestus Brown, Jesup; and two brothers, George and Grady Lynn, both of Jesup. Active pallbearers were Troy Pearson, J. R. Sharpe, Elmo Stroud, Wade Landon, Elta Oliver and V. H. Oliver.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, December 20, 1951.
Mrs. C. L. Tyre Buried Tuesday. Funeral services for Mrs. Cassidy Lee Tyre, 80, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Jesup Church of God, with Rev. T. A. Perkins officiating, assisted by Rev. Joe Kindred. Interment was in the Red Hill Cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. L. Lane of Jesup; four sons, A. C., Harry S. and Milton F. Tyre, all of Jesup; and O. L. Tyre of Johnson City, Tenn.; 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lorine Enwright of Miami, Fla.; five brothers, Jim Westberry of Tampa, Ben and Long Westberry of Miami; Clinton Westberry of Jacksonville and T. W. Westberry of Savannah. Rinehart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, July 9, 1953.
Young W. Westberry Buried Saturday. William Thomas Westberry, age 5, died last week after a short illness. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Westberry of Gardi; one sister, Shirley Westberry; two brothers, James and Aaron Westberry, both of Gardi, paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Westberry of Gardi. Funeral services was held Saturday morning of Bethlehem Baptist Church at 11:00 o’clock with Rev. Willie T. Barwick officiating. Active pallbearers were Jasper Hill, Jim Hill, Lonnie Westberry and Leon Westberry. Interment was in the church cemetery.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, June 21, 1956.
Westberry Infant Buried Tuesday. Margaret Westberry, 10 month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Westberry died Sunday night. Besides her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Evelyn, Doris, Mabel and Helen; six brothers, Carl, Dalton, Aldon, Joe, Lee and Walter Westberry, all of Odum and Thomas Westberry of Waycross. Funeral services were held at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning at the residence near Odum, conducted by the Rev. M. B. Norris, pastor of the Piney Grove Church of God. Burial was in the Bennett Cemetery.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, March 28, 1957.
Westberry Infant Buried Tuesday. Richard Donald Westberry, three-month old son of Thomas E. and Louise Walls Westberry, died Monday morning at home. Survivors are the parents, two sisters, Shirley Louise and Mary Frances Westberry; three brothers, James, Bobby and Aaron Westberry, all of Jesup. Funeral services were held at graveside at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Willie Barwick.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, April 18, 1957.
Willie E. Westberry Buried Friday. Willie (Bill) E. Westberry, 55, died early Wednesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. M. A. Jackson in Jesup, after a short illness. Survivors are three sisters, Mrs. M. A. Jackson, Jesup; Mrs. Lillian Johnson, Enterprise, Ala., and Mrs. Susie Lane, Brunswick; two brothers, Roy Westberry, Melrose Park, Fla., and Carl Westberry, Gardi. Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Braswell Carter and Rev. Willie Barwick. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Walter Ring, Ralph Ring, Ellis Ring, Neal Ring, Council Brooker and Lonnie Aldridge.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, May 22, 1958.
Mrs. Etha L. Atkins Former Resident, Dies In California. Mrs. Etha Lou Atkins, 62 of Antioch, Calif. died Saturday. She was a native of Jesup but had moved to California from Jacksonville, Ala. In 1929. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Endie Phillips of Antioch; two sons, Cecil D. Westberry of Oakley, Calif. and Raymond J. Westberry of Antioch; four sisters, Mrs. Ellen A. Beasley, Mrs. Irene Jackson, Mrs. Leslie Grantham, all of Jesup and Mrs. Pearl Hammock of Perry; three half-sisters, Mrs. Archie Strickland, Mrs. Corine O'Berry, both of Jesup and Mrs. Virginia . . . Miss . . . Strickland of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, James Ellington Abbott of Jesup; stepmother, Mrs. Lula Abbott of Jesup; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Local arrangements will be announced by Harrison-Hoyle Funeral Home of Jesup, pending arrival of the body and relatives.
Funeral services for William Henry Westberry, 31 will be held at 2 pm Wednesday in the chapel of Key-McCabe Funeral Home. 4747 Main St. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Westberry of 1820 Clay St. St. Charles, Mo. Died November 10, 1959 from injuries received in an auto accident on Interstate 70 near St. Louis. He was born in Jacksonville and had lived in here all of his life, moving to St. Charles eight months ago. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Mantha Jane Westberry: his mother Mollie Westberry: three daughters Charlotte, Cynthia and Mantha all of Jacksonville, four sisters Mrs. Dorothy Mae Prevatt, Mrs. Catherine Wilson, and Annie Lou Westberry all of Jacksonville and Mrs. Betty June Kelly of Ocilla, Ga. Five brothers Nolan, Colan, Marvin, Richard, and Fred Westberry, all of Jacksonville and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Georgia, Thursday, March 2, 1961.
Emory Westberry Found Dead In Woods Tuesday. A week-long search for Emory Westberry, 46, of Gardi, ended Tuesday afternoon. He was found in the cab of his pick-up truck dead from a .22 caliber (?) shotgun wound. According to Wayne County Sheriff John C. Reddish's office, two high school youths saw the truck and notified Troy Fore. Deputy "Nub" Royal said, Fore investigated, found Westberry and then notified the sheriff's office by phone. Westberry had disappeared last Wednesday, February 22, and had been the object of search by National Guardsmen with jeeps and helicopters Sunday and Monday. He was found in a wooded area about one and one-half miles from the Hopkins estate in an area known as the "Old Knight Place." According to Royal, the road on which the truck was found was a seldom-used road overgrown with brush. It was about five miles from Grangerville. A veteran of World War II, Westberry was a native of Wayne County. W. H. NeSmith, Wayne County Coroner, said a note was left by Westberry. An inquest will probably be held Thursday, according to NeSmith.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Georgia, Thursday, March 2, 1961.
Emory Westberry Of Gardi, Buried Wednesday P.M. Funeral services for Emory Lee Westberry, 46, were held Wednesday at 3 o'clock in the Gardi Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Vickery, Rev. Paul Curl and Rev. Jasper Hill officiating. Mr. Westberry, a native of Wayne County and a veteran of World War II is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elma Thrift Westberry, Gardi; one son, Ricky Westberry, Jesup; one brother, Ernest Westberry, Gardi; and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were Ted Odom, Alex Hopkins, Connell Jones, Buster Odom, Mel Odom and Donald Bennett. Honorary pallbearers were Harry Harper, Sheriff Clarence Reddish, W. C. Flowers, Clarence Jones, James Bennett, Tommie Blanton, E. L. Strand, Lon Jackson, Archie Lane, T. H. Fore, Ben Milikin, Allen Spradley, Ron Spradley, Flemming Manning, W. L. Reddick, E. E. Morris, Dan Street, Robert Warren, Mayo Cooksey, George Ware, Clinton Crosby, Vaughn Carter, John Tyre, C. A. Shanklin, A. E. Fenn, Bud Herrin, A. A. Sharpe and O. K. Yeomans. Interment was in the Bethlehem Cemetery under the direction of NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
Florida Times Union (Jacksonville) Friday, August 25, 1961
WESTBERRY - Lonnie C. Westberry, Jr., 50 who lived at 938 Delores Drive in Tallahassee, died yesterday at a Tallahassee hospital. Mr. Westberry was born in Waycross, Ga. He was the manager of Pic-N-Save Drug Store, in Tallahassee, and had been associated with Pic-N-Save since its beginning in 1955. He also was associated with Walgreen Drug co. of Tampa and Jacksonville. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Verna S. Westberry of Tallahassee; one daughter, Mrs. Katherine M. Hurley of Springfield, Mass., a sister, Mrs. Robert Morris of Naples; three brothers, Charles M. Westberry and Raymond E. Westberry, both of Waycross, Ga., and James L. Westberry of Jacksonville; his father, Lonnie C. Westberry, Sr. of Tallahassee; and four grandchildren. Funeral will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the J.A. Culley and Sons funeral Home, Tallahassee, Fla. The remains will be forwarded to Seashole Funeral Parlors for services to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the Memorial Chapel of Seashole Funeral Parlors with Rev. Dr. Douglas B. Leatherbury, of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church officiating.
Florida Times Union (Jacksonville) November 7, 1962
WESTBERRY - Funeral services for Mrs. Verna Mae Westberry, widow of Lonnie Westberry, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Estes-Krauss Funeral Home, 618 Laura St., with Rev. Johnson H. Pace, Jr., rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church officiating. Mrs. Westberry, who lived at 6628 Pine Summit Drive, died Monday at the residence following a brief illness. She was born in Florida and had lived in Jacksonville since 1917. She was a Presbyterian. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. H. L. Hurley of Puerto Rico, a sister, Mrs. W. R. Peacock of Jacksonville; and four grandchildren. The family asks that flowers be omitted.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, November 8, 1962.
Malachi Westberry Buried Wednesday. Malachi H. “Buddy” Westberry, 85, died Monday afternoon at his residence after a long illness. He was a life long resident of Wayne County. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. E. E. Kicklighter, Jesup, Mrs. Mary B. Malphrus, Charleston, S.C.; one brother, J. Cliff Westberry, Jesup and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Bethlehem Baptist Church by Rev. Roy Hayes and Rev. W. R. Whitley. Active pallbearers were nephews, W. C. Westberry, Alton Westberry, Douglas Nettles, Ernest Westberry, Gene Kicklighter and Ebin Kicklighter. Honorary pallbearers were Rev. S. F. Bennett, Sr., Dr. R. E. Miller, James Bennett, Donald Bennett, Gurvis Vaughn, Leon Westberry, C. A. Shanklin, L. C. Jackson, Jim Hill, rev. Jasper Hill, Jesse Stewart, Lonnie Westberry, Holland Grantham, James Murray, Ralph Grantham, Orian Simmons, H. E. Moody, Sr., Frank Woodcock, Ernest Strickland, B. L. Odum, M. M. Odum and T. R. Odum. Burial was in the Pendarvis Cemetery under the direction of the NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, August 15, 1963.
Dorothy Westberry Buried Wednesday. Dorothy Louise Westberry, the five-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Westberry died at her home Monday after a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the graveside Wednesday in the Bennett Cemetery at 11 a.m. with Rev. Charles Warford officiating. Survivors other than her parents are six sisters: Doris Westberry, Odum, Mrs. Opal Knowles, Waycross, Mrs. Helen Knowles, Blackshear, Mrs. Faye Batten, Jesup, Carolyn Westberry, Dalton and Maebelle Westberry, Hortense; seven brothers, Joe Lee Westberry, Odum, Thomas Westberry, Waycross, Walter Westberry, Waycross, Alton Westberry, Tom Westberry, Carl Westberry and Freddie Westberry, all of Odum and several aunts and uncles. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, November 9, 1967.
Wm. Westberry Boating Accident Victim Buried. William Kenneth Westberry, 26 of 205 Oak Villa Drive, drowned Thursday morning, November 2, in the Altamaha River, as the result of a boating accident. A lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was a member of the Jesup First Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Jesup First Baptist Church with Rev. Dewey Norton and Rev. S. F. Bennett, Sr. officiating. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jo Ann Catledge Westberry, Jesup; two daughters, Vickie Lynn and Donna Elaine Westberry, both of Jesup; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alton Westberry, Jesup; four sisters, Mrs. Edna Mae Delk, Jesup; Mrs. Jewel Bass, Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Cleo Wells of Ludowici and Mrs. Shirley Jarrell of Jacksonville, Fla.; one half-sister, Mrs. Bernie Lee Jarrell of Jacksonville; a brother, Alton Laverne Westberry of Savannah; a half brother, John C. Cowart of Griffin and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were Preston Hope, Billy Rogers, Bob Robinson, Jr., Ted Hires, Bennie Kangeter and Lanny Jarrell. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Shanks, Austin Bailey, Harry Tyre, Buck Smith, Jack Kicklighter, Pete Bacon, Elmer Cos, C. A. Kangeter, Earl Poppell, Wendell Browning, Pete Fenn, T. J. Gordon, David Hickey, Lester Kelehar and Roscoe Kelehar. Burial was in the Jesup Cemetery under the direction of the NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, April 9, 1970.
Mrs. Georgia Turner Westberry, 45, died Friday night in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness. A native of Toombs County, she was amember of the Gardi Church of God, and had lived in Wayne County for the past 30 years. Survivors are her husband, Leion J. Westberry of Jesup; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Manning of Jesup and Mrs. Janie Sue Daniels of Screven; three sons, J. L., Larry and Jeff Westberry all of Jesup; her mother, Mrs. Mamie Turner of Hazlehurst; a granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Grace Crosby of Lake Como, Fla., five brothers, Willie, C. W., Lawson, Quinton, and M. T. Turner, all of Hazlehurst. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Gardi Church of God with the Rev. Willie L. Barwick officiating. Pallbearers were James Westberry, Aaron Westberry, Woodrow Manning, Allen Spell, James Hodge, and John Hodge. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery under the direction of the NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, June 4, 1970.
Mrs. Leona "Tiny" Westberry Adams, 56, died Thursday in Holly Hill, Florida. The Wayne County native had lived in Ormond Beach, Florida for several years. Survivors are her husband, O. C. Adams of Ormond Beach; a son, Danny Randle of Ormond Beach; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Westberry of Odum; two sisters, Mrs. B. L. Hires and Mrs. Estelle Moreland both of Odum; three brothers, Lankford Westberry and Willie Westberry both of Jesup, and Lee Westberry of Jacksonville, Florida; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday in Holly Hill, Florida.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, June 25, 1970.
Raymond Westberry Rites in Calif.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 13th, for Raymond J. Westberry, 47 of 1396 Redwood St., Pittsburg, who died of unknown causes after being taken to the county hospital in Martinez. He moved to Antioch in 1948 and had lived in the Antioch-Pittsburg area since then. He was a former employee of U.S. Steel and the Stockton Brick co. of Pittsburg. He was a member of the Laborer's Union Local 324 of Martinez. Survivors include his wife, Anna, two daughters, Pat Carlson and Dianne Hart, both of Sacramento; a sister, Endie May White, of Antioch; a brother, Cecil D. Westberry of Oakley; one grandson and several nieces and nephews. The Revs. Charles Bradshaw of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Antioch and Pastor Billy Hamblin of the Bethel Temple of Antioch officiated. Burial was in the Memory Gardens in Concord. Pallbearers were Duane Edwards, Roy Rolen, Clifford Madison, Harold Huff, Clayton Bowers and Chester Quetelbum.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, December 17, 1970.
J. Clifton Westberry, 83, of 611 Erwin Street, Jesup, died Wednesday, December 9 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness. The Wayne County native was a retired farmer. He was a veteran of World War One and was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ezzie W. Westberry of Jesup, a daughter, Mrs. Lee Perkins of Jesup; two sons, W. C. Westberry of Brunswick, Alex Westberry, U.S. Navy in Japan; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Malphus of Charleston, S.C. and Mrs. Claudia Kicklighter of Jesup and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Thursday from the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Stetson F. Bennett and Rev. Elton Chapman officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers were Gene Kicklighter, Eben Kicklighter, James F. Fenn, Douglas Nettles, Ernest Westberry and Vernon Westberry. Honorary pallbearers were Winton Westberry, Grafford Strickland, Phil Johnson, Kelley Johnson, Jessie Stewart, and R. J. Strickland. The Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, May 27, 1971.
John Houston Westberry, 65, of 1385 East Cherry Street, Jesup, died Saturday in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after a short illness. The Wayne County native was a member of the Emmanuel Holiness Church. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ella Mae Westberry, of Jesup, four daughters, Mrs. Paul Jackson, Mrs. Roy Jackson, both of Atlanta, Mrs. Roy Clark of North Hollywood, Calif., Mrs. Wendell Strickland of Odum; two sons, Garland Westberry of Atlanta, Larry Davis of Savannah; a step-son, Ted Smith of Nahunta; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Wilson of Jesup; three brothers, Tom and Dan Westberry of Odum, Brant Westberry of Screven and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held 4 p.m. Monday from the Emmanuel Holiness Church with Rev. Dorthy A. Lee, Rev. W. L. Barwick and Rev. Barney Oswalt officiating. Interment was in the Bennett Cemetery near Odum. Active pallbearers were Leroy O'Neal, Ernest O'Neal, Edward Flowers, James Robert Wilson, Aulton Westberry and Roy Brosky. Honorary pallbearers were Arvie Daniels, Lonnie Creel, Rufus Roberson, James Bacon, Johnnie Kirkland, Earl May, Fred turner, tom Howard, Herbert O'Quinn, Archie O'Neal, Lester O'Neal, Walter Dukes, Ervin Wiggins. The Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
*Florida Times Union, Saturday, June 26, 1971.
WESTBERRY - Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Esther Westberry will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Key-McCabe Northside Chapel. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Westberry, of 135 E. 9th St., died Friday morning in a local hospital following a brief illness. She was a native of Georgia, and resided in Jacksonville for the past several years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Cynthia Ann Tyre; four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Mae Prevatt, Mrs. Mary Catherine Wilson, Mrs. Betty June Mosher, and Mrs. Annie Lucy Hodge; five sons, Charlie M., Colan E., James M., James Richard and Frederick L. Westberry; three sisters, Mrs. Clarice Harrell, Mrs. Bessie Dixon, and Mrs. Emmie Hester; one brother, Gene Petty.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, November 4, 1971.
Mrs. Claude Westberry Kicklighter, 89, died Friday night in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness. The lifelong resident of Wayne County was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Wilma Johnson, Mrs. Ena Johnson and Mrs. Mildred Strickland, all of Jesup, and Mrs. Matilda Holliday of Eastman; two sons, Gene Kicklighter and Ebin B. Kicklighter both of Jesup; a sister, Mrs. J. B. Malphrus of Charleston, South Carolina; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Elton Chapman and the Rev. S. f. Bennett officiating. Active pallbearers were nephews: Douglas Nettles, W. C. Westberry, Ernest Westberry, Roscoe Dean, Sr., Junior Richardson, and Merrill Grantham. Honorary pallbearers were James Murray, Lawton Odum, Ernest Strickland, Larry Odum, Ralph Grantham, Dr. R. A. Pumpelly, Holland Grantham and Douglas Mankin. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of the NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, February 3, 1972.
Asa Clyde Tyre, 83, of 141 South 4th Street, Jesup, died Sunday in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after a short illness. The Wayne County Native was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, a retired clerk with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and a member of the Jesup Masonic Lodge No. 112 F.&A.M. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ollie Tyre of Jesup; a daughter, Mrs. Irvin J. Sapp of Savannah; three sons, Otto Tyre of Jesup, Randolph Tyre of Waycross, Marvin Tyre of Jacksonville, Fla.; 3 step-daughters, Mrs. Inez Moore of Orlando, Mrs. Clara Thompson of Odum, Mrs. Marilyn Snook of Blakely; two step-sons, Harry Burnette of Tampa, Robert Burnette of Blakely; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Lane of Jesup; two brothers, Harry S. Tyre of Jesup, Milton Tyre of Palatka, Fla.; 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 15 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Don Smith and Rev. W. T. Rathbun officiating. Interment was in the Jesup City Cemetery with Masonic rites at the gravesite. Active pallbearers were: Woodrow Britt, Ralph Smith, Cecil Tyson, George Parrish, Dr. J. W. Yeomans, Ralph Grantham, Bill Holt and T. T. Jones. The Rinehart & sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, May 4, 1972.
Barnard L. Hires, 65, died Friday afternoon in the Rest-Awhile Nursing Home after an extended illness. The lifelong resident of Wayne County was a member of the Odum Baptist Church, a retired truck driver, a member of the Governors Staff and a former member of the Welfare Board. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Odum Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Boyette and the Rev. Don Green officiating. Mr. Hires is survived by his wife Mrs. Sadie Westberry Hires of Odum; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Geiger of Hawkinsville; a sister, Mrs. Richard Madray of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; two brothers, O. S. Hires of Darien and D. L. Hires of Lake Okeechobee, Florida; two half sisters, Mrs. Clifton Thornton and Mrs. S. A. Bennett both of Jesup; two half brothers, Cecil Hires of Jesup and Lamar Hires of Augusta; his stepmother, Mrs. Barney Griffis of Jesup; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Pallbearers were nephews, Robie Hires, Herbert Madray, Fred Westberry, Wayne Westberry, Winton Westberry, Danny Randall and B. L. Hires. Honorary pallbearers were the Deacons and Men's Bible Class of the Odum Baptist Church and Dr. R. A. Pumpelly, Carey Brannen, Jack Cowart, Robert Osborne, Doug Daniel, E. H. Hires, Ernest Madray, Earl Morris, Roger O'Quinn, Barney Miller, Ben Pearce, Wyman Odum, Jim Aspinwall, L. A. Collins, Ralph Collins, Buddy Aspinwall, Lonnie Aldrich and Joe Martin and Elmer Collins. Burial was in the Odum City Cemetery under the direction of the NeSmith-Harrison Funeral Home.
The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, August 3, 1972.
Linda Kaye Westberry, 4, died Wednesday in the Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta after a long illness. She had been dedicated in the Jesup Church of God. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Jesup Church of God with the Rev. Alvin Graham and the Rev. Dewey F. Miller officiating. Survivors are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Westberry of Jesup; two sisters, Glenda Faye Westberry and Charlotte Renee Westberry, both of Jesup; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hires of Lyons; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Westberry of Jesup; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Westberry of Odum, and Mrs. Bertie Johnson of Jesup. Pallbearers were Herschel Thornton, Willis Herrin, Billy Poppell and Jimmy Highsmith. Burial was in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery under the direction of the Ne-Smith-Harrison Funeral Home.
*Florida Times Union, Monday, January 9, 1984.
WESTBERRY- Funeral services for Gladys E. Westberry will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Hardage-Krauss Northside Funeral Home, 4315 Main St. with Rev. Jack A. Connell, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Westberry, who died Saturday is survived by her husband, Woodrow W. Westberry; 1 sister, Cleo Bennett and 2 brothers, F.O. and Dewey McKenzie.
Waycross Journal-Herald, Thursday, July 12, 1984:
JESUP--Mrs. Ernie Ray Westberry, 66, mother of Mrs. Linda Strickland of Waycross, died Tuesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup after a long illness.
Funeral is today at 4 p.m. at Little Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup.
She is also survived by her husband, Verdon Westberry, Jesup; a son, John Silva, Twin City; two sisters, Mrs. Ione Carter and Mrs. Claudine Crosby, both of Jesup; four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Florida Times Union (Jacksonville) Wednesday, January 1, 1986
WESTBERRY- Judge Edward P. Westberry, 63, died Sunday after a brief illness. He was born March 3, 1922, in Jacksonville and lived here all of his life, attending local schools and Jacksonville Junior College. He joined the Army at age 17; was a Veteran of WWII; and retired as Full Colonel after 35 years of service with the Florida Army National Guard. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Judge Westberry was Justice of the Peace from 1966-1973; was elected Judge of the County Court in 1972, and served consistently since that time, giving him 19 years of Judicial experience. He served as a Trial Judge Advocate in Military Court Martial, and was the only Judge in the state to graduate the National Judicial College, completing five of their special Judicial Seminars. He served on the Education Committee of County Judges, Statewide Conference; and was a member of North American Judges Assn., American Judicature Society, Florida conference of County Court Judges, was past-President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Mandarin Rotary Club; former President Arlington Toastmasters Club; and the Mandarin Community Club; other memberships were the Mandarin Moose Lodge No. 42, Florida National Guard Officers Assn, where he served as President; and was the first Moderator of the Advisory Board of Trustees for Humana Hospital, where he also served on the Board for six years. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Westberry; mother, Mrs. Clint Westberry; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Lee and Edward A. Cobleigh; granddaughter, Jessica Cobleigh; 5 sisters; 5 brothers; and numerous nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hardage-Giddens Guardian Chapel, 4115 Hendricks ave., with Rev. Edward Adams officiating. Full Military Honors will be conferred at Mandarin Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Building Fund of first Christian Church, Box 24434, Jax., Fla. 32241.
Florida Times Union (Jacksonville) Sunday, January 19, 1986
WESTBERRY- Johnnie D. Westberry, 78, 1165 Lake Shore Blvd., died Thursday evening in a local hospital after a long illness. A native of Savannah, Ga., he resided in Jacksonville since 1937. He was a member of the Pentacostal Faith; a Veteran of WW II; a member of the Fraternal Order of Police; a retired captain of Security, Seaboard Coast Line Building. Survivors include his wife, Aline Westberry of Jacksonville, and 2 brothers, James T. Westberry of Jacksonville, and Joseph L. Westberry of New York. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Hardage-Giddens Guardian chapel, 4315 Main St., with the Rev. D. Ray Hoke and Rev. Clarence Smith officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
Florida Times Union (Jacksonville) Thursday, July 3, 1986
WESTBERRY- Mr. Woodrow W. Westberry, 72, of 5911 Pearl St., died July 1, 1986, following a lengthy illness. A native of Savannah, Ga., he had lived in Jacksonville for over 50 years, and was a retired Carpenter. He was a member of Local 627 Carpenters Union. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marion I. Westberry; stepson, David L. Powell; 3 sisters, Ruby, Elizabeth, and Alma; 2 brothers, Bill and Elliott Westberry; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Hardage-Giddens Guardian Chapel, 4315 Main St., with the Rev. Robert W. Milby officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
Florida Times Union (Jacksonville) Monday, April 1, 1996
WESTBERRY- Charlie Nolan “Shorty” Westberry, 74 passed away March 29, 1996 in Middleburg. Mr. Westberry was a WWII Veteran who served in Italy. He retired from the King Edward Cigar Factory, where he was a mechanic. Mr. Westberry is survived by his wife Mary Thompson Westberry; two sons, John C. Sr. and Fred E. Westberry; daughter, Sandra Schadell; three brothers, Colan Eugene, James Richard and Fredrick Leroy Westberry; four sisters, Dorothy Mae Prevatt, Mary Getherind Wilson, Betty June Delack and Annie Lu Westberry; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday noon and the service at 2:00 p.m. at the Holly Hill Funeral Chapel, 3601 Old Jennings Rd. Middleburg. Officiating will be the Rev. Charlie Hunt. Interment Holly Hill Cemetery.
Lulu Inez Crosby Westberry, 69, a native of Wayne Co., Ga., and resident of Houma, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997.
For information about funeral arrangements call Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home in Jesup, Ga., at 1(912) 427-3721.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Jerrad Westberry of Jesup; three sons, Ernie and Keith Westberry, both of Jesup, and Fred Westberry of Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. Ken (Karen) O'Neal of Houma; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Claudia Knight Crosby; and 13 brothers and sisters.
She was a retired certified nursing assistant.
Mary Beatrice, died Sunday, December 7, 1997 in Orange Park.
She was born September 14, 1923 in Jacksonville, FL and was the daughter of William and Mabel (Maryott) Thompson. Mrs. Westberry was preceded in death by her husband Charlie Nolan Westberry and two sisters and was retired from King Edward Cigar Company. Survivors include her sons: John
C. and Fred E. Westberry; daughter, Sandra Schaedel; sisters: Betty Federico, Evelyn Sheridan, Ruby Johnson and Ruth McGann; brother: Billy Thompson, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
JESUP - Verdon Westberry, 67, died June 7, 1998
He was born in Wayne County and was a retired employee of Walker LP Gas and Concrete Co. He was the widower of Ernie Westberry.
SURVIVORS: a daughter and son-in-law, Linda S. and Jimmy Strickland of Waycross; a son, John Silva of Ludowici; his mother, Dellie W. Westberry of Jesup; a sister, Aline Vaughn of Jesup; three brothers, Thomas and Avery Westberry, both of Jesup, and Lonnie Westberry of Odum; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
JESUP -- William Grover "Bud" Moreland, 78, died Aug. 24, 1998 at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Wayne County and was a longtime resident of Miami. He retired from Batch Air Inc. of Miami as a test cell operator and was an Army veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: his wife, Estelle Westberry Moreland of Jesup; a daughter, Vicki Landon of Jesup; a son, Ben Moreland of Cooper City, Fla.; a sister, Naomi Trout of Hawthorne, Fla.; five brothers, Ernest Moreland of Colonels Island, Harold Moreland of Richmond, Va., Albert Moreland of Glenwood, Fla., Billy Moreland of Clearwater, Fla., and Earl M. Moreland of Gainesville, Fla.; three grandchildren, a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Colan E. Westberry, 72, a native of the Jacksonville area passed away on Sunday November 08, 1998 at Orange Park Medical Center. Mr. Westberry was the owner of the Westberry Flooring Co, member of the National Owner Hardwood Flooring Assoc, and the Carpenters Union Local #627. A veteran of WWII Serving in the United States Marine Corps. Survivors include his loving wife Nellie M, son William Henry (Carolina) Westberry, Daughters Rebecca Lee Westberry, Susan Colette (David) Pierson, Stacy Ellen (Christopher) Hull, and Elizabeth Wilson, Brothers Frederick Leroy and Richard Westberry, sisters Dorothy Mae Prevatt, Mary Katherine Westberry, Betty June De Lack and Annie Lucy Westberry, grandson David Shane Pierson.
JESUP -- Dellie Thomas Westberry, 95, died Dec. 3, 1998 at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was a native of Wayne County and a member of Gardi Church of God.
SURVIVORS: a daughter, Aline Vaughn of Jesup; three sons, Thomas and Avery Westberry, both of Jesup, and Lonnie Westberry of Odum; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and several great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Burial: Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Wayne County, Georgia
REIDSVILLE - Melinda Coye Johnson, 29, died April 4, 1999
She was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and was a CNA student at Southeastern Tech in Vidalia. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: her father and stepmother, Lonnie and Judy Johnson of Palm Coast, Fla.; her mother, Patricia Ann Irvine of Georgetown, Fla.; a sister, Cheney M. Ray of Stockbridge; her paternal grandparents, Gerald C. and Coy S. Barry of Jacksonville; an aunt, Coy J. Brewster of Reidsville; and several nieces and nephews.
McCall Funeral Home of Reidsville.
Daytona Beach News -Journal, April 13, 1999
Searchers continued looking Monday for a man who was presumed drowned after going for a swim Sunday in Lake George. Samuel Westberry Jr., 23, of Dona Vista in Lake County, disappeared around 5 p.m. Sunday, after he and a friend jumped into the water. Westberry was on a boat with four other adults and two children, the Florida Game and Fish Commission said, when he decided to go for a swim. Witnesses told the Volusia County Sheriff's Office that others in the boat heard Westberry hit the water and then say he couldn't swim. He called for help, witnesses said, and then slipped beneath the surface. His friend swam back to the boat. Although Westberry's friends tossed flotation devices into the water and went in after him, they were unable to find him. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, officials said. Westberry disappeared about a half-mile from the shore, northeast of the jetties. Visibility is poor in the water there, a Game and Fish Commission spokesman said, making the search difficult. Dive teams from both Lake and Volusia counties assisted in the search, which went on throughout Sunday night and Monday. A Volusia sheriff's helicopter also assisted.
ODUM -- Edward Westberry, 70, died Sept. 16, 1999 after an extended illness.
He was a native of Wayne County and a retired farmer.
SURVIVORS: his wife, Bevy Blanton Westberry of Odum; two daughters and son-in-laws, Ann and Jerry Driggers of Statesboro and Jane Tyre and David Tyre Sr. of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Cindy Westberry of Odum; a stepson, Gene Batton of Odum; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Angela and Ritchie Hooks of Lamaddalena, Italy; a brother, Roy Westberry of Jesup; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
James ``Richard'' Westberry, age 63, died February 4, 2000.
A resident of Jacksonville, Florida, he leaves a devoted family: sisters, Dorothy Prevatte, Katherine Westberry, Betty Delack, Annie Westberry; brother, Fred Westberry; daughters, Marie Westberry, Debra Westberry, Darlene Miles, Beverly Westberry, Molly Carter; several nieces & nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
JESUP -- Ezzie Manning Westberry, 88, died Feb. 17, 2000 at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The Wayne County native was a member of Gardi Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was the widow of Jared Clifton Westberry.
SURVIVORS, two sons, W.C. Westberry of Brunswick and Alex J. Westberry of Jesup; a daughter, Cecil Perkins Joiner of Statesboro; a sister, Ruthie Strickland of Hortense; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Mary Katherine Westberry, 65, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2000. Born July 30, 1934 in Jacksonville, she has been a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Ms. Westberry is survived by 2 daughters, Mary Dunbar and Tammie Scott; a son Clyde Thomas Wilson and his wife Tina; 3 sisters, Dorothy Prevatt, Annie Lou Westberry and Betty Delack; a brother Frederick Westberry; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.
WESTBERRY, CECIL MORRIS JR., 50, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) at home. He came here in 1984 from his native Miami and worked as an auto mechanic. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Joy, and a sister, Diane Westberry, Gainesville. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
ODUM -- Eva Scott Westberry, 78, died Jan. 22 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup. 2001
The lifelong resident of Wayne County attended Emanuel Holiness Church in east Jesup.
SURVIVORS: two daughters, Doris Hopkins of Screven and Maebell Marr of Jesup; three stepdaughters, Faye Duncan of Odum, Carolyn Tallent of Dalton and Opal Thompson of Albany; three sons, Tom Westberry of Surrency, Carl Westberry of Tennessee and Aulden Westberry of Odum; two stepsons, Thomas Westberry and Walton Westberry, both of Waycross; a sister, Laura Manning of St. Cloud, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 20 stepgrandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Mr. Eddie Westberry, 37 (12-15-2001), Waycross native (Miles-Odum Funeral Home, Waycross)
Eddie Westberry, 37, of Blackshear died at his residence after a brief illness. Born in Waycross, he lived most of his life in Ware County before moving to Blackshear. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Westberry.
He is survived by his parents Thomas Westberry Sr. and Georgie Ann Westberry of Waycross, a sister Patricia Beckham and her husband Ronald of Blackshear, a brother Tommy Westberry and his wife Sherry of Waycross, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A Graveside service will be held 11 AM Tuesday December 18, 2001 at the Enon Cemetery in Blackshear.
BARRY - Funeral services for Coye Strickland Barry, 82, will be held at 12:30 PM, Monday in the chapel of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Boulevard, South with Dr. Ronnie L. McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until 4 PM, Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Barry died Thursday, March 7, 2002 in Jacksonville. She was born on May 14, 1919 in Jesup, Georgia. Mrs. Barry was a member of Kernan Boulevard Baptist Church where she was President of her Sunday School Class. Survivors include her husband, Gerald C. Barry, Sr.; daughter, Coye Juanita Brewster; two stepdaughters, Gloria Bell (Bob) Cohran and Janice Gail (Mark) Brummer; three sons, Arlie David (Helen) Johnson, Lonnie Westly (Judy) Johnson and Paul Michael (Joannie) Johnson; stepson. Gerald C. (Theresa) Barry, Jr.: 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the building fun of Kernan Boulevard Baptist Church, 4000 South Kernan Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL. 32224. Please sign the Guestbook at Jacksonville.com
Frederick Leroy Westberry, Sr., 58, died Saturday, March 16, 2002. Mr. Westberry, a loving husband, father and grandfather, is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Westberry; 2 sons, Frederick Leroy (Sylvia) Westberry, II and James Corbitt Westberry; 3 sisters, Dorothy Prevatt, Betty June Delack and Annie Lou Westberry; 2 grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jesse Westberry; and many nieces and nephews.
Annie L. Westberry, 60, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002. Loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend. Born in Jacksonville, Fla. on February 11, 1942 to James and Esther Westberry. Survivors include five daughters, Loretta Thomas, Marie Westberry, Carol Brown, Sarah Hodge and Missy Hodge; four sons, James Hodge, Jr., Michael Hodge, Carl Hodge and Billy Thomas; two sisters, Dorothy May
Prevatt and Betty June Delack; nine grandchildren, Daisy, Jimmy, John and Pollie Brown, William Thomas, Jr., Daniel Thomas, Tommy Boaz, Kristen Jennings and Lacie Max and many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at Evergreen Cemetery, gate #5.
Waycross Journal-Herald, Monday, July 22, 2002:
Mrs. Georgie Ann Westberry, 58, died Sunday morning (July 21, 2002) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Waycross, she was a member of the Brunel Street Church of God. She was the daughter of the late William Farley "Sport" and Edna Chancey Justice and sister of the late William L. Justice and Sarah Spikes and Mary Lou Conner. Also preceding her in death were two sons, Eddie Joe Westberry and Jimmey Westberry.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Junior Westberry Sr., and a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Sherry Westberry, all of Waycross; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Ann and Ronald Beckham of Blackshear; a brother, Ronnie Joe Justice of Waycross; two sisters, Bertie Lee of Blackshear and Pauline Gill of Offerman; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Miles-Odum Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Enon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o'clock.
Bay Community - Mrs. Jerri Lynn Oliver, 42, died May 8, 2002 at Candler Hospital in Savannah. The Jacksonville, FL native resided in the Bay Community of Bulloch County for the past nine years. She was a manager of the Main Base Exchange at Hunter Army Airfield. Survivors: her husband, Jim Oliver of the Bay Community; step-son, Christopher Garrett Oliver of Medway, OH; daughter, Melissa Lemay of the Bay Community; her parents, Arlie and Helen Johnson of Palm Coast, FL; grandmother, Dot Dannelly of Jacksonville, FL; four loving grandchildren; sister, Brenda Swank of Augusta; brothers, John David Johnson of Palm Coast, FL and Patrick Johnson of Korea; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p. m. Sunday for friends and co-workers, and the family will gather at 5:00 p. m. at Hodges-Turner-Anderson Funeral Home. Funeral Services: 11:00 a. m. Monday in the chapel of Hodges-Turner-Anderson Funeral Home. Burial: Bulloch Memorial Gardens. Hodges-Turner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro.
Fred Vincent Westberry, 51, passed away Dec. 30, 2002 at N. Fulton Regional Hospital after a short battle with cancer. The Roswell, Ga., lawyer had fought courageously for his life. His efforts and contributions on behalf of others who needed legal services have touched many lives. Outside of the field of law, his passion was his musical talent. He enjoyed playing most instruments but was best known for his style on the saxophone. His most recent band and extended family call themselves “Rats In the Attic.” Fred was preceded in death by his mother, Inez Westberry, and is survived by his father, Ernest Westberry of Jesup; his sister, Karen O’Neal of Oklahoma; brothers Keith and Ernie Westberry as well as several nieces and nephews. Also, he is survived by his fiance, Lisa Harkins. A celebration of Fred’s life was held in Helen on Jan. 4. Thomas Funeral Home of Calhoun, Ga. was in charge of arrangements.
*The Press-Sentinel, Wednesday, January 15, 2003.
Pauline Elliott Martin, 68, of Jesup, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, after a short illness. The Wayne County native was a member of the Jesup First Freewill Baptist Church, was retired from the Wayne County School System and was a homemaker. Survivors are her husband, Eldridge C. Martin of Jesup; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Jimmy Thompson and Shirley and Wally Hall, all of Jesup; her mother, Alma Hires Westberry of Jesup; two sisters, Mary Ellen Cooksey of Jesup and Audrey Faye Beaver of Mableton; three brothers, Winton L. Westberry, Sr. of Jesup, Larry Westberry of Odum and Kenneth Westberry of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jason Sikes, Kayla Hall, Jeremy Thompson and Jared Thompson; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. from the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eugene Evors and the Rev. Walter Shuman officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Sunday School Class of Jesup First Freewill Baptist Church. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
*The Press-Sentinel, Wednesday, January 15, 2003.
Aulden Tom "Buddy" Westberry, Sr., died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 in Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was a Wayne County native. He is survived by his ex-wife, Debbie Bennett of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Ray Roberson of Screven; a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Tina Westberry of Jesup; two sisters, Doris Hopkins of Screven and Mabel Marr of Jesup; two brothers, Carl Westberry of Tennessee and Tom Westberry of Surrency; four grandchildren, Dustin and Summer Roberson of Screven and Christina and Zachary Westberry of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Davis and the Rev. Terry Jones officiating. Active pallbearers will be Edward King, Eddie Hudson, Sr., Eddie Hudson, Jr., James Hopkins, Johnny Shuptrine and Brian Mansfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles and Barbara Dunn, Billy Waters, Aubrey Mansfield, Dr. Kevin O. Keown, Dr. Ronald Harris, Dr. R.A. Pumpelly, and the staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery in Jesup under the direction of the Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home.
Essie Othell Johnson Westberry, 87, died April 28, 2003, in Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jesup. The life-long resident of Wayne County was a member of Odum Church of God and the Adult Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Westberry. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and L.C. Taylor of Valdosta; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Fred and Betty Westberry, Wayne and Mattie Westberry, Donald and Sandra Westberry and Glenn Westberry, all of Jesup; a sister, Ruby Henderson of Jesup; a brother, W.M. Johnson of Jesup; a half-sister, Emily Matthews of Darlington, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Odum Church of God with the Rev. Todd McDaniel and the Rev. Brian Hersey officiating. Active pallbearers will be Bud Womack, Kenny Herrin, Ron Jeffcoat, Dwayne Evors, Greg Sparks, Tim Westberry, David Westberry and Michael Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult Sunday School of Odum Church of God and the employees and staff of Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center of Jesup. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup.
The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Georgia.
H.N. Grantham Jr., 71, of Jesup died Nov. 25, 2003, after an extended illness. The Wayne County native was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and was a retired ITT-Rayonier employee. He was an avid woodworker. Survivors are his wife, Kitty Kirkland Grantham of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Dwight Rogers of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Cathy Grantham and James Harvey and Karen Grantham, all of Jesup; a brother, Skip Grantham of Jesup; four sisters, Bobbie Westberry of Deland, Fla., Sherry Goins of Celina, Ohio, Senneth Duggar of Acworth and Sandra Watford of Jesup; five grandsons; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennie Waters and the Rev. Harris Nix officiating. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday from the funeral home. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
HOMERVILLE -- Steven Driscoll, 35, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at the Satilla Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
A native of St. Lucy, Fla., he had lived in Waycross for the past several years. He was working as assistant manager of the Friendly Express Store in Blackshear. He is the son of Jackie Walker of Homerville and the late Ira Melvin Westberry.
Survivors other than his mother are four sisters, Cathy Spradley, Sherrie Thompson, Lorrie Stalvey, and Lisa Westberry, all of Homerville; a close friend, Jamie Hagen of Waycross; and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Mr. Driscoll will be held Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at 2 p.m. from the Argyle Church of God.
Interment will be in the North Cemetery near DuPont, Ga.
Mr. Driscoll will be carried to the home of his sister, Cathy Spradley, at 103 Grant Road in Travisville at 4 p.m. Saturday. -- Roundtree Funeral Home of Homerville
Florida Times Union, January 7, 2004.
WESTBERRY Betty Jo Westberry, 78, passed away January 5, 2004. She was a founding member of Mandarin Baptist Church and also help found the Mandarin Art Festival. Mrs. Westberry was predeceased by her husband, Judge Edward P. Westberry in 1985 and her daughter, Cynthia Cobleigh and 1996. Mrs. Westberry is survived by her granddaughter, Jessica (Earl) Smith, and great-grandson, Adrian Cobleigh, both of Jacksonville; two sisters, Gladys Chairess of Hobert, OK and Sue (Ronald) Cornelius of Altus, OK; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tomorrow evening, Thursday, January 8, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2004 in Mandarin Cemetery with Dr. William H. Yeldell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Humane Society. Arrangements under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS MANDARIN FUNERAL HOME 11801 San Jose Blvd. Please sign the Guestbook at Jacksonville. com
Cecil David Westberry was born August 30, 1915 in Jessup GA, and went home to be with his Lord, January 20, 2004 at his residence in Oakley at the age of 88. Cecil married Edna Owens of Jacksonville, Alabama in 1936. The family relocated to Camp Stoneman at Pittsburg while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. They moved to their home in Oakley in 1950. Prior to retirement in 1980, he worked at the Fiberboard in Antioch, Concord Naval Weapons Station, Travis Air Force Base and the Oakland Naval Supply Center. Cecil was a charter member of Pittsburg Baptist Church. He helped establish and build the first Southern Baptist Church in Oakley, where he was ordained as a Deacon. He also served as a Deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church of Antioch until his stroke in 1996. He enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobbies included fishing, gardening and farming. He especially enjoyed beating his sons in a game of Dominoes. He is survived by his wife Edna of 67 years; children, Dan and wife Thirsia of Antioch, Dean and wife Gwena of Oklahoma, Gloria Eaton of Livermore, Glenn and wife Beverly of Antioch, and Faye and husband Wayne Tobin of Oakley. He is the cherished grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 26, also survived by one niece, Juanita Davis of Oakley. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald in 1940, son-in-law, Don Eaton, brother Jack, and sister Endie Mae. Service will be at 1:45 p.m. January 23 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 55 East 18th Street, Antioch. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.
Published in the Contra Costa Times from 1/22/2004 - 1/23/2004.
Robbie "Roy" Westberry Sr., 77, of Jesup died Jan. 28, 2004, after an extended illness. The Wayne County native was a farmer. Survivors are his wife of 38 years, Martha Long Westberry of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Scott Long of Orchard, Tenn.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Livesay officiating. Interment was in the Piney Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Eddie Westberry, Derek Driggers, Matthew Batten, Carlton Batten, Matthew Westberry and Ronnie Lane. Honorary pallbearers were Hospice of South Georgia.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1247 S. First St., Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Jared J. Westberry, 80, passed away July 20, 2004. A graduate of Florida State University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration he was a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau. Employed in the Credit Union Movement, Jared began as a representative of the Florida Credit Union League for 5 years organizing over 40 credit unions in the state of Florida. He was manager (CEO) of the Jax Police Credit Union, Ryder Federal Credit Union and retired from Southern St. Johns Federal Credit Union in 1989, Jared was also a member of the USGA, the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club and the Golden Putters. Survivors include his wife, Loretta K. Westberry, daughters Erin Wheeler, stepdaughter Sherrie K. Shaffer, stepson-in-law Casey Shaffer, step granddaughter Hali K. Shafer, sisters: Lucille Thompson Allen and Jeanette Cavanaugh, brothers: Clint Westberry and Jake Westberry and mother-in-law Reba Shafer. A memorial Service is going to be held on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Arlington Park Funeral Home with Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin officiating
Bertie Elliott Westberry, 72, of Cusseta, Ga., died Friday, September 3, 2004, after an extended illness. The Wayne Co. Ga., native had lived in Cusseta since 1964 & was a homemaker. She attended North Highland Assembly of God & was the widow of Harold Frank Westberry. Survivors are a daughter and a son-in-law: DuEnne & Charles Anderson of Cusseta, Ga., 1 sister: Clara Davis Smith of Columbus, Ga., 1 brother: Robert Elliott of Columbus, Ga., 2 granddaughters: Shanda & Lewis Gunnells of Preston, Ga., & Alena Anderson of Cusseta, Ga., several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 3 P. M. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, from the Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chuck Griffith officiating. Interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be: Wally Hall, Ronny Cooksey, Winton Westberry, Larry Westberry, Kenny Westberry, & Jimmy Thompson. Visitation will be 2 to 3 P. M. Sunday from the funeral home. The Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home of Jesup, Ga., is in charge of the arrangements.
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