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“Derek was a real upstanding guy in high school. Really down to Earth and was very friendly. His kindness sticks out at the very thought of him and...Read More »
1 of 89 | Posted by: Nii Banfro - Norfolk, VA

“Ruby and Family, I myself am hurting with you.I pray that you all are doing well.I can't hardly stand the thought of going into Harvey's without...Read More »
2 of 89 | Posted by: Jason #718 (LLFD), Julie and Eric Noles - GA

“Ruby, I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss and that Mr. Derek was a good man. I worked with him at Harvey's a couple years ago and I...Read More »
3 of 89 | Posted by: Tracy Fender - Homerville, GA

“Jimmy our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at a time that no one can identify with unless you've lost a child. We can't begin to...Read More »
4 of 89 | Posted by: Bill and Katy Crane - stockbridge, GA

“Ruby, Pam and I are so sorry for your loss. We both loved all of ya'll. I realy enjoyed working with Derek in Ocilla. If we can help in any way call...Read More »
5 of 89 | Posted by: Doug Justice - Ocilla, GA

“We are praying each day for you to find peace and comfort during these hard days. ”
6 of 89 | Posted by: Jeff and Laura Fitch - Naylor, GA

“My prayers are with you. May God bless you. ”
7 of 89 | Posted by: Betty Cunningham - Homerville, GA

“To the family of Derek North, I don't know this family but I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for all of you and that you will get...Read More »
8 of 89 | Posted by: Angela Cone - Ray City, GA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Derek was a good man, with a big heart. I have nothing but positives things to say about him. He could always put a...Read More »
9 of 89 | Posted by: Cathy - Homerville, GA

“Ruby, Justin, Kelsey, and North Family, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, father, and friend. Not long ago I was telling...Read More »
10 of 89 | Posted by: Jill Martin Hobby - Wray, GA

“Ruby and family, we are so sorry for the loss of Derek. He will be missed very much around Homerville. I am glad to have known him. It was such a...Read More »
11 of 89 | Posted by: ERIC SUTTON - Dupont, GA

“I know this must be a hard time for you and I am sorry that anyone has to go through this. I pray that God will be with your family during your time...Read More »
12 of 89 | Posted by: Laura (Griffith) Harnage - GA

“We are so sorry for the loss of Derek. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You! ”
13 of 89 | Posted by: Marvin and Vickie Sherrod - GA

“Jimmy, Judy, Ruby and Family, Words cannot express the grief I have had in my heart for you and your family. I know he was a great man from all the...Read More »
14 of 89 | Posted by: Rhonda Stokes - Lakeland, GA

“I sat and thought of so many things to say about Derek,always so sweet and kind. Just what a son,husband,dad and friend should be. We are better...Read More »
15 of 89 | Posted by: Dianne Stith Mosby - Byron, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Ruby I know this is probably the hardest thing you will ever have to go through, but you are...Read More »
16 of 89 | Posted by: Barbara - Stockton, GA

“Dear Family, We cannot imagine what is going on in your hearts and heads right now, but know that my family is praying for you all and lifting your...Read More »
17 of 89 | Posted by: Holly Delk - Homerville, GA

“Derek was great co-worker, Like many of us high schoolers started working with Harvey's in Lakeland under Mr. Dennis Weband Derek was a hard worker...Read More »
18 of 89 | Posted by: Maria McQueen - statesboro, GA

“My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time. Love you ”
19 of 89 | Posted by: Teresa Branch - Chandler, AZ

“May God be with yall.Just remember that Derek was a good man and he will be miss at Harvey's. He always had a smile on his face. We are praying for...Read More »
20 of 89 | Posted by: Eric & Stacie Hendrix - GU

“Ruby and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss of a great man, husband, father, son, brother and friend. Keep your faith in God and turn to...Read More »
21 of 89 | Posted by: Curtis & Amber (Heard) Waldon - GA

“WE ARE SO VERY HEARTBROKEN ABOUT THIS TRAGEDY IN OUR SMALL COMMUNITY. YOU ALL ARE SUCH A WONDERFUL CLOSEKNIT FAMILY AND YOU WILL ALL NEED GOD,...Read More »
22 of 89 | Posted by: CHARLES & MARGARET BENNETT - GA

“Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you now and in days to come. Look to God and He will give you peace. ”
23 of 89 | Posted by: Doobie and Lindsey (Hamilton) Stone - GA

“Dear North Family, I am so very sorry for you loss. Derek was such a warm, kind man and was loved by everyone who knew him. He always took the...Read More »
24 of 89 | Posted by: Melissa Day - Homerville, HI

“Derek North was truly an inspiration in my life. I will definitely miss him! I wish the best for his family. God Bless! ”
25 of 89 | Posted by: Joseph Walker - Homerville, GA

“The North Family, You all will be in our thoughts and Prayers! My family and I will continue to pray for you all during this time and afterwards. ”
26 of 89 | Posted by: Emily Delk & Family - Homerville, GA

“This message comes with a sad heart and many fond memories of Derek. I can not even imagine the sorrow of the family at this time of tragedy. For...Read More »
27 of 89 | Posted by: Leo Lankford - Homerville, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the department and family members of Derek. This was truly a tragic event and we pray that the lord will give you...Read More »
28 of 89 | Posted by: Rio Grande Fire Department - OH

“We were so sad to hear the news about Derek. I can only imagine what you are all going through. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
29 of 89 | Posted by: Jerry and Darla Roberts - Naylor, GA

“I remember Derek when I first started teaching as being one of "my Boys". Just a great kid. As he graduated and move on up with Harvey's, I would...Read More »
30 of 89 | Posted by: Kevin Moore - Naylor, GA

“To the entire North family, we all worked with Derek in years past, and we were and still remain extremely saddened by his sudden passing. Derek was...Read More »
31 of 89 | Posted by: Luke and Kristy Roberts Lee Reynolds Lawrence Collins - GA

“Judy, Jim and Family, I am so sorry for this tragic loss. Judy, having worked with you at DFCS I know how much you love your family and just know...Read More »
32 of 89 | Posted by: Missie Smith Dillingham - GA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know this is a great loss in your life, put your trust in God. Derek as well as the rest of your...Read More »
33 of 89 | Posted by: Caroline Stith - Stockton, GA

“Trust in GOD for he is too great to make a mistake. I know you are going through a trying time but put your faith and trust in HIM and HE will direct...Read More »
34 of 89 | Posted by: Ron Chisholm - Valdosta, GA

“This is such a terrible tragedy & our hearts go out to your entire family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
35 of 89 | Posted by: Corey & Bridget Spikes - Lakeland, GA

“Ruby and Children, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and my heart breaks for you. May you keep your memories close to your heart and know when you...Read More »
36 of 89 | Posted by: Tina Tidwell Munroe - Tallahassee, FL

“Ruby, Kelsey, and Justin, Words can not express the sorrow you are going through right now and how much our hearts ache for your family. Derek was a...Read More »
37 of 89 | Posted by: Timmy and Amy (Mullis) Allen - GA

“North family, My heart goes out to you. I cannot even begin to imagine such a tragedy in my own family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
38 of 89 | Posted by: Rebekah (Posey) LaBouff - OK

“We are writing to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. We know Derek will be missed very much. You are in our thoughts and prayers....Read More »
39 of 89 | Posted by: Campbell & Joni W. Ingram - VA

“I knew Derek,Bryan and Chad when I delivered magazines to Harveys a few years back. Chad delivered bread to the old store in Ocilla and would gladly...Read More »
40 of 89 | Posted by: Melissa Brown - Ray City, GA

“RUBY AND FAMILY DEREK WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN..YOUR FAMILY WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AN PRAYORS *KEEP AN EYE ON US COACH* ”
41 of 89 | Posted by: kevin & brandy benefield - naylor, GA

“It was a great honor to coach with and become friends with Derek during the Lanier County All-Stars last year. He exemplified his love and...Read More »
42 of 89 | Posted by: Tommy, Gayla, Kendall, and Thomas Adcock - NC

“Very sorry to hear about the loss of Derek. Your family is in our thoughhts and prayers. ”
43 of 89 | Posted by: Davey and Crystal Allen - GA

“I am sorry to hear about the loss of Derek. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
44 of 89 | Posted by: Douglas Watson - Smyrna, GA

“Derek always had a kind word and a smile on his face.He set a good example for all fathers by sharing the outdoors with his wife and kids as well as...Read More »
45 of 89 | Posted by: Ricky Roberts - GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
46 of 89 | Posted by: Jim Watson & Kelley Watson Carnley - GA

“Ruby and children, Judy, Jimmy and brothers: Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Derek. We will always remember his beautiful smile and great...Read More »
47 of 89 | Posted by: Donald Seckinger family - GA

“Ruby and family, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May your precious memories bring you...Read More »
48 of 89 | Posted by: Sonya (Wood) Miley - Lakeland, GA

“praying for the north families ”
49 of 89 | Posted by: verl & louise sherrod - GA

“North family, I was saddened by the news of Derek's death and I can really only imagine your pain and sorrow. My prayer is that God will give you...Read More »
50 of 89 | Posted by: Jodi Odden - Sylvester, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in the loss of your husband, father, son and brother. The entire community shares in your loss. May God...Read More »
51 of 89 | Posted by: Jay & Katie Mosier - Lakeland, GA

“To the family of Derek North: Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. I always enjoyed chatting with Derek when I saw him. ...Read More »
52 of 89 | Posted by: Billy Register - Homerville, GA

“Ruby, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
53 of 89 | Posted by: Tonya (Jones) Mathis - Lakeland, GA

“Dear North Family...I heard about your loss from friends who are still in the area...I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
54 of 89 | Posted by: Crystal Murphy - San Francisco, CA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. ”
55 of 89 | Posted by: kevin tichy - Oakdale, LA

“North Family; On behalf of the entire team at the J.H. Harveys Company, please accept our hearlfelt condolences on Derek's passing. As a lifelong...Read More »
56 of 89 | Posted by: Tom Robinson - nashville, GA

“Aunt Pooh, Kelsey & Justin our love and prayers go to you and the rest of your family. Hang tough, we love you ... Julia, Jessie, Riley, Taylor,...Read More »
57 of 89 | Posted by: Julia Phillips - Lakeland, GA

“PLEASE KNOW THAT OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME OF SORROW. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. LOVE, ...Read More »
58 of 89 | Posted by: STEVE/ROSE - STOCKTON, GA

“Ruby,Children,James,Ms. Judy and Brothers. Our hearts are broken as we share in your loss. I have always had a special conection with Derek and Ruby...Read More »
59 of 89 | Posted by: Dennis & Renna Webrand - Lakeland, GA

“Kelsey, I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that I only coached you for a short time but your family...Read More »
60 of 89 | Posted by: Bethany Callaway - GA

“To the North Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Chad and I graduated together and I knew Derek also. He always had...Read More »
61 of 89 | Posted by: Mary Folsom - Lakeland, GA

“Ruby, Kelsey and Justin: We want you to know that we are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of you for comfort and strength. If you...Read More »
62 of 89 | Posted by: DWAINE AND LYNN CRUMMEY - GA

“Ruby and Family, We are So sorry to hear about Derek. Please know we are thinking about you and praying for you during this very difficult time. If...Read More »
63 of 89 | Posted by: Donnie and Rebecca Mathis - GA

“Words cannot express how much our hearts ache for your family. Although we can not personally sympathize in the loss of a spouse, a child, or a...Read More »
64 of 89 | Posted by: Libby (Johnson) Bennett & Brad Bennett - GA

“I wanted to pass my condolences on to Derek's family and friends. Although I had only met Derek a few times, he was always a great guy to talk to...Read More »
65 of 89 | Posted by: Jake Powell - Savannah, GA

“Derek was a great person and will surely be missed by alot of people. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
66 of 89 | Posted by: Jason and Heather Webrand - GA

“God only takes the best is what comes to mind when I remember all my many encounters with Derek. Not only did I have a chance to work with him, I...Read More »
67 of 89 | Posted by: Billie Dent Tichy - Naylor, GA

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Derek's passing and offer my sincere condolences to the North Family and friends. I met Derek through his work at...Read More »
68 of 89 | Posted by: Marc Yats - GA

“Our hearts go out to you and your family. We don't know you personally, but we appreciate what your family does for our community. Your family is a...Read More »
69 of 89 | Posted by: Tina & Steven Dansereau - GA

“Miss Judy, Mr. Jimmy, Bryan, Ryan, Chad, and Ruby we have you all in our hearts and minds. We are here for you in any way you need us. We love all...Read More »
70 of 89 | Posted by: Will Collie and Family - Valdosta, GA

“When you are a Postmaster in a small community, you are priviledged to get to know all of your customers and they become a part of your extended...Read More »
71 of 89 | Posted by: Marianne Northrop - Waterville, OH

“Hey Kelsey&family, This is Erica Bennett. I just wanted to tell you that I am so sorry and I am praying for you and I am here for you if you need...Read More »
72 of 89 | Posted by: Erica Bennett - Lakeland, GA

“To the North Family, My heart aches for your loss. I also know what a strong support system you have in your brothers and sisters of the Fire...Read More »
73 of 89 | Posted by: Debbie (Mosier) Mullin - Lakeland, GA

“Dear Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts truly ache for you all. Derek was such a nice person who was there for our family when we...Read More »
74 of 89 | Posted by: Brandi Steedley - Homerville, GA

“I am so sorry about the loss of such a wonderful young man. He was an inspiration to so many. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
75 of 89 | Posted by: Jane & James Sirmans - Lakeland, GA

“Ruby & Family, I am so sorry to hear about Derek. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. John, Andrea (Webrand), & Andrew May ”
76 of 89 | Posted by: Andrea Webrand May - Sparks, GA

“Dear Ruby and Family, I have no idea the pain you all are going through just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Everything happens for...Read More »
77 of 89 | Posted by: Champagne, Tyler , and Family - GA

“NORTH FAMILY,WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF DEREK.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. ”
78 of 89 | Posted by: JOANN & RICHARD WYERS - STOCKTON, GA

“NORTH FAMILY,WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF DEREK.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. ”
79 of 89 | Posted by: JOANN & RICHARD WYERS - STOCKTON, GA

“I got to know Derek through my daughters employment at Harveys. It will not be the same without seeing him there.He always could make me laugh.My...Read More »
80 of 89 | Posted by: Brenda Spivey - Homerville, GA

“Going into Harvey's will never be the same again. I didn't know Derek personally, only from occassional grocery store trips, but my husband, Jim,...Read More »
81 of 89 | Posted by: Jim & Bridgett Colley - GA

“So sorry for the loss Derek, I got to know him at Harveys and as a fellow fireman. He will surely be missed. Will be keeping you all in our prayers. ”
82 of 89 | Posted by: Lushin Braswell - Fargo, GA

“Words cannot describe what we are feeling for you all at this time. You guys are like family to us and we love you very much. Derek was a wonderful...Read More »
83 of 89 | Posted by: The Vaggalis Family - Lakeland, GA

“God bless you all. Our prayers are with you. Love in Jesus. ”
84 of 89 | Posted by: Charles & Linda Mock - Valdosta, GA

“Derek will be missed by the Fire Dept. and community. It's sad he left us doing a job he loved....from eddie herrin/ valdosta fire department. ”
85 of 89 | Posted by: eddie herrin - valdosta, GA

“Ruby and kids, Jimmy, Judy, and family, Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of Derek's death. Our boys always enjoyed comparing...Read More »
86 of 89 | Posted by: Karen and Larry North - Hahira, GA

“RUBY,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family,We will never forget how kind he was to KAsey his 1st year of baseball.love ,The...Read More »
87 of 89 | Posted by: James and Kim Beck - Lakeland, GA

“Ruby, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the children during this difficult time. Derek will be missed. It has been a while since I saw the...Read More »
88 of 89 | Posted by: Jean and Debbie Bolling - GA

“I offer my sincere condolences to every member of the North Family, and to all his friends. I have known Derek for several years, and met him...Read More »
89 of 89 | Posted by: Michael Shaw - Waycross, GA


Of Stockton, passed way Monday afternoon February 23, 2009 after the fire truck he was riding in over turned while responding to a fire. He was born December 26, 1974 in Lowndes County, Georgia to James "Jimmy" and Judy Ann Floyd North. While in High School he began to work at Harvey's Supermarket. This became his only place of employment, and he worked with them for 18 years. His latest position was the store manager at the Homerville, GA location. He was a member of the Lanier County/Stockton Volunteer Fire Department, EMT B-Training, and Reedy Creek Hunting Club. He was an outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Edward Floyd and his mother-in-law Joyce Cooper Gray
Survivors include:
WifeRuby Regina Gray NorthStockton, GA
DaughterKelsey Ann NorthStockton, GA
Son Justin Edward NorthStockton, GA
ParentsJimmy & Judy NorthStockton, GA
3 Brothers & Sister-In-LawsChad North & Christy BurgessStockton, GA
Bryan & Ashleigh NorthStockton, GA
Ryan & Ginger NorthStockton, GA
GrandmotherLillian Guthrie FloydMcAlpin, FL
Father-In-LawJames Richard GrayLakeland, GA
Brother-In-LawDonnie GrayMoultrie, GA
Sister-In-Law & Brother-In-LawBetty Sue & Gene TaylorCartersville, GA
A number of Aunts, Uncles and other relatives
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2009 in The Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland, with burial following in Wayfare Cemetery in Echols County. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers accepted or contributions to the Derek North Memorial Fund, Lanier County Fire Department, P.O. Box 68, Lakeland, GA 31635.

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