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Edward John Derst, Jr.
Edward John Derst, Jr.
Born in Savannah, Georgia on Sep. 19, 1922 and Departed on Jan. 27, 2009
Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
10:00 am
Cemetery: Laurel Grove Cemetery
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Savannah - Edward John Derst, Jr., died January 27, 2009 at Hospice Savannah, Inc. He was born in Savannah, September 19, 1922, son of the late Edward John and Veronica Davis Derst. He worked at Derst Baking Company for fifty-six years, retiring as Chairman of the Board Emeritus. He was member of Solomon's Lodge #1, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a charter member of the German Heritage Society. He served for three years in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Mr. Derst was a loving husband and father, excellent businessman, and generous benefactor to many.

Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Elizabeth Morgan Derst; sons, Edward John Derst, III and his wife, Mildred Deal Derst, David Morgan Derst, daughter, Catherine Derst Miller and her husband, George Edward Miller, Jr., sisters, Josephine Derst Haar, Florence Derst Austin, like a son, Rev. Charles Michael Chastain, eight grandchildren, Edward John Derst, IV, David Boston Derst, Kelly JoAnne Derst, Catherine Courtenay Miller, Elizabeth Courtenay Miller, George Edward Miller, III, Linda MacKenzie Derst and Elizabeth Morgan Derst.

Visitation: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

Graveside Service: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009 in Laurel Grove Cemetery with The Reverend Gavin G. Dunbar, officiating.

Remembrances: In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Edward J. Derst, Jr. to, St. John's Church, 1 West Macon St., Savannah, GA 31401, Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416, The Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital-Tampa Unit, 12502 Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33612.

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