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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you! ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Fran and Glenn Arnsdorff - GA

“Our sincere sympathy goes to the entire Derst Family. ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Tapp and Joyce Cowart - GA

“My love and prayer's for you and the family,please take care love gloria and family ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: Gloria Goad - savannah, GA

“We wish to express sincere condolences to the family upon your sad loss. Mr. Derst was a kind gentleman, whom we will always remember with much...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Deborah I. Friedman, President, Save-A-Life, Inc. - GA

“Morgan, Ed, and family, I was sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I have many fond memories of your Dad while I worked At Derst Company....Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Wayne (Sam) Woods - Metter, GA

“Morgan and Family we are sorry to hear about your dad our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss. Chris and Lisa Gay ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Lisa Gay - Pooler, GA

“It is with much sadness that we learned of Mr Derst's passing. He was a generous and wonderful Gentleman. Our prayers are with his family. ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Mysterious Santa Program and Jim Wilson - GA

“My heartfelt prayers and condolences for the Derst family during this time. Mr. Derst will always have a special place in my memories. A devout...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Janice Graves McKim - Bluffton, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Mr Derst will always be remembered fondly in our hearts. -Beth Miller...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Elizabeth Miller Darieng - GA

“We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You, ...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Genell and Dale Hendrix - GA

“We are so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We will keep you in our prayers. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Beth and Sid Boone - Savannah, GA

“I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Derst. Please except my condolences and prayers. Bobby, Susan and girls ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Bobby Nunnally - Columbia, SC

“WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY ON THE LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND. PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFCULT TIME. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: MILLIE ROMAN - SAVANNAH, GA

“Morgan and Ed, I am sorry for the loss of you dad. He was a great man, who has made a very positive impact on our industry and his community. My...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Allen Shiver - Thomasville, GA

“All my prayers are with the Derst family at this time of sorrow. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Richard Hester - Savannah, GA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Derst was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Jimmy and Ursla Anestos - GA

“Morgan and Family Im so sorry to hear of your loss. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the lord. He finally can rest in...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Moe McGray - Daytona Beach Shores, FL

“Marsha and I along with the total family at Flowers Bakeries, were saddened to hear of Mr. Derst's passing. He was well known and repsected in our...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Gene Lord - Thomasville, GA

“Morgan and family, Linda Jo and I are very sorry for your loss, you remain in our prayers. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Stephen Marinella - FL

“Betty, I was sorry to see Edward's death notice this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dot Wallace ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Dorothy C. Wallace - Savannah, GA

“Morgan, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Lisa ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Lisa Purvis - Metter, GA

“Edward and family I am sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family. Mack and Mary Alice Faulkner ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Mack Faulkner - Beaufort, SC

“Edward,Morgan,Cathy & Michael, We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Just remember all the good times with him. Our love and prayers to the...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: FRANCES THOMSON KENNEDY - GA

“My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to all of the Derst family. Mr. Derst hired me to work at Derst in August of 1967 himself, and I have...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Herb Hilderbrand - Savannah, GA

“Debbie and I are thinking of you in this time of loss and sorrow. Sorry we can't be there . Our prayers are with you . ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Mark E. Harrison - Savannah, GA

“I am so sorry to hear of your husband/father/grandfather's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Susan Purvis Reese - Savannah, GA

“Edward and Morgan, What a truly great guy your father was! I only knew him as an Exhausted Rooster but he was a pleasure to talk to. My thoughts...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: William Barrett - Bluffton, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Derst's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Fred & Taffy Douglas - Savannah, GA


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.

Please sign our on-line guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com

Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

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