Joseph S. Westberry


(MOSES JOSIAH3, JOSIAH2, MOSES1) was born May 13, 1870 in Wayne Co, Georgia, and died December 24, 1949 in Wayne Co, Georgia. He married MARY ANN DOUGLAS May 23, 1897 in Wayne Co, Georgia. She was born 1879 in Georgia, and died 1906 in Wayne Co, Georgia.

1900 Census, Wayne Co, Georgia.
Joseph Westberry, Jan. 1877; Mary, Aug. 1879; Otis, Oct. 1898.
1910 Census, Wayne Co, Georgia.
Josiah Westberry, 36; Lester, 11; Lavada-(AKA-Nevada), 7; Mayro- (son), 4.
1920 Census, Wayne Co, Georgia.
Joe S. Westberry, 49; Navada-(Lavada), 15; Mayroe, 11.

The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Wayne County, Ga., Thursday, September 26, 1918.

Cutting Affray Near Ritch
It is alleged that Joe S. Westberry and Henry Hillard engaged in a very exciting cutting affray on last Thursday night, which resulted in Hillard getting cut in eight places and to the hollow in one place.
Hillard was in his car with a young lady when stopped by Westberry. After the fracas Hillard and the young lady drove to Jesup where warrants were issued for Joe Westberry, charging him with assault with intent to murder, also one for Otis Westberry, son of Joe Westberry, as being implicated with the crime. The warrants were turned over to Sheriff L. W. Rogers, who went to the home of Joe Westberry and placed him and his son under bond to wait the November term of court.
*The State Vs. Otis Westberry and Joe S. Westberry, Indictment No. 9, returned at the November term 1918 of Wayne Superior ( Court, charging the offense of assault with intent to murder.)
The defendant, Joe S. Westberry waives being formally arraigned, and pleads not guilty. Alvin V. Sellers, Sol. Genl.
W. B. Gibbs & W. W. Bennett, Attys for Deft.
The following jury was impaneled and sworn to try this case, to-wit:
H. H. Roberson, S. M. Flowers, F. B. Johnson, H. M. Boyd, D. N. Barlow, T. A. Strickland, M. L. Aspinwall, J. P. Griffin, R. E. Breen, J. V. Robertson, B. H. Durden, J. C. Branch.

And returned the following verdict, to-wit:
We, the jury, find the defendant guilty of stabbing. 12/7/1918.
J. V. Robertson, Foreman.

The State. Vs. Joe S. Westberry. ( Indictment for Assault with intent to murder. Conviction of Stabbing. In Wayne Superior Court, Nov. Term, 1918.)

Whereupon, it is ordered, considered and adjudged by the Court that the Defendant Joe S. Westberry, be confined to hard labor in the chain gang on the public works for and during the term of Twelve Months. Said defendant may, however, be relieved of said imprisonment and at once discharged upon the payment of Two Hundred Dollars Fine, to include all Costs that have accrued in this case. Judgment signed this 7th. Day of Dec. 1918.
J. P. Highsmith, J S C BC.

*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, December 8, 1949.
Funeral Rites For J. S. Westberry. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday for Joseph S. Westberry, 79, who died Friday night of a heart attack. Services were conducted at the Flint Branch Baptist Church with Rev. H. C. Hodges, Rev. Frank Harris and Rev. Joe Kindred officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Rinehart Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Westberry is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edwin Godwin of Screven; two sons, Mayroe of Jesup, and Otis of Screven; one sister, Mrs. W. M. Smith of Folkston; three brothers, Alonzo and George of Jesup, and Randall of Doctortown, and six grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Roswell Solomon, Steve Cribbs, Rufus Thornton, Gus Thompson, O. F. Thornton and Harry Mullis. Honorary pallbearers W. C. Rogers, Walter Wasdin, Leroy Crosby, Dr. J. L. Tyre, Dr. J. L. Johnson, Otis Richardson, J. F. Harris and Ernest Knight.

*The Jesup Sentinel, Thursday, December 8, 1949.
Card Of Thanks. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the acts of kindness, messages of sympathy and beautiful floral offerings received from our friends and neighbors during our recent bereavement and the loss of our father, J. S. Westberry.
Children, Mrs. E. J. Godwin, Mayroe Westberry and Otis Westberry.


i. OTIS LESTER WESTBERRY, b. October 14, 1898, Georgia; d. July 13, 1962, Wayne Co, Georgia; m. (1) LALA MCCULLOUGH, October 20, 1920, Wayne Co, Georgia; m. (2) VIOLA LIGHTSEY; b. September 04, 1906, Georgia; d. January 13, 1987, Wayne Co, Georgia.

ii. LAVADA WESTBERRY, b. December 14, 1904, Wayne Co, Georgia; d. December 05, 1997, Wayne Co, Georgia; m. EVERETT J. GODWIN, September 28, 1928, Wayne Co, Georgia; b. February 06, 1908; d. December 02, 1976.

iii. CLIFFORD MAYRO WESTBERRY, b. April 17, 1905, Wayne Co, Georgia; d. June 20, 1968, Wayne Co, Georgia; m. (1) LETTIE MAE MCDONALD; b. December 03, 1910, Wayne Co, Georgia; d. February 18, 1944, Wayne Co, Georgia; m. (2) JOYCE WATSON; b. Abt. 1914; d. August 14, 2001, Brunswick, Georgia.


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