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Celebrating the life of
LaVerne Joseph South, III
March 31, 1952 - June 18, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Burial to follow in
  • Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 300 Greenwich Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

I am saddened to read of Vernie's departure from this world. I have fond memories of Vernie at Tybee. He was a wonderful person!

Joe Upchurch, Tega Cay, SC

My loving thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kim Ridgway Bennett

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May the friends and family of Mr. South, III find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

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RIP our dear friend!

Patti Pharis, Irmo, SC

Please accept my condolences for the loss of Vernie. God's word promises there will come a time on earth when there will be no pain, suffering, or death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises provide comfort in this time of sadness.

Jerry Kendrick, Savannah, GA

When we moved to Savannah in 1967, Vernie was one of the first BC boys I met. He was dating my friend's older sister, Debbie McDuffie. Later he dated my neighbor/friend, Jerri Ashmore. Vernie is the only man I know who was kind enough and game enough to let two teenage girls put mascara on his beautiful lashes. We had a good laugh that afternoon. I also remember his black Fury? with the red interior. So cool! My condolences to the South family and thanks for the happy memories.

Maureen Farrell Eason, Savannah , GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

MAY THE FOND MEMORIES AND PRAYERS ALWAYS BRING A SMILE WHEN THINKING OF VERNIE.

DAVID PAPPAS, BRUNSWICK, GA.

LaVerne was more than a friend to me. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity at Armstrong State College, where he attended beginning in 1970. He was my fraternity brother. I have never met anyone so selfless and caring as Vernie. And I doubt that at this point in my life, I ever will. I am so glad that he was part of my life for so many years. We did a lot of road trips together, particularly to Fort Lauderdale and Miami during Spring Break (we actually would skip St. Patrick's Day in Savannah to go down to Florida). He and I were roommates in Columbia for the summer and Fall of 1973. We worked together building condominiums on Lake Murray, SC. And we enjoyed chasing the ladies. We had a lot in common. We made a good team! There is no way to describe our connection, respect and love for each other. I am so thankful to Molly and Will for letting me spend time with Vernie before, during and after their wedding. We reminisced about our adventures or misadventures, if you will. We listened to music we used to listen to back in the day on our road trips. That brought him great memories. We laughed and cried together. I know one thing he said on the Sunday after the wedding: "I have lived a good life!" When we hugged one last time as I was leaving, I knew it would be the last time I would see him on this earth. He will forever own a piece of my heart. I send my strongest condolences to Molly, Will, Laverne IV, and the South family. You are so blessed to have had Vernie in your life. I never met anyone who disliked Vernie! After all, what was there to dislike. May God Bless his soul and may He grant the family and loved one the necessary strength to deal with this part of their journey.

Roan Garcia-Quintana, MAULDIN, SC

I LOVE U BIG BROTHER AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH,GATOR

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I LOVE U BIG BROTHER AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH,GATOR

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Molly, Will, and The South Family, I send prayers of peace and comfort for you all in the loss of your dearly beloved Vernie. He was truly one of a kind, a most generous man, who deserved all the love and affection you all gave to him throughout his life and especially during his illness. He was still beaming just last week talking about Molly’s wedding! His spirit remains around all he loved, for he loved greatly.

Joan Bragg, Judy Balcom’s sister, Pt Wentworth , Ga

This saddens me so much he will be greatly missed along with his sister Linda but at least the two of them are together neither are in any pain praise the Lord God speed love you both

Stehanie demilio, Savannah , Ga

Safe travels,good friend.

Arthur Weil, Sav., Georgia

Hello Dear Vernie, Molly, all the South Family and friends of 'Big Vernie', This is such a sad time for you all, and I wish I could be there to hug you and comfort you all in person. Please keep the good memories close and the fun memories even closer. L.J. and Molly, your daddy was a great guy and was his true self, no matter what. He always had a hug and smile (ok, smirk) for you and always made you feel comfortable, even if he was 'giving you a hard time' it was his way of making you feel 'loved' :) I cherish every time I was with able to be with him - and I am thankful he brought you two into the world with my lovely sister - You both are so special and such AMAZING people and I love you with all my heart! Much Love and Big Hugs from your Auntie E, Makayla and Raquelle!

Eileen Crowley, Phoenix, AZ

What a beautiful tribute to your precious father. Rich and I share our deepest condolences with Molly and her family. Susan and Rich Neal

The Neals, Tybee Island, GA

LaVerne Joseph South, III “Big Vernie”, 66, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at his home surrounded by his children, family and close friends.

Vernie was born in Savannah, GA on March 31, 1952 to LaVerne and Gertrude South. He graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1970. Vernie was a member of ILA Local 1475 Clerks and Checkers for the past 40 years. There he had the pleasure of working with many of his best friends, brothers and sisters. He spent his early years on Tybee Island renting floats on the beach and surfing with his best friend and cousin Kurt. Some of Vernie’s happiest times were spent sailing with his crew of pirates on the “Rampage", enjoying the most of what life had to offer. Recently he got to walk his daughter, Molly Elizabeth, down the aisle on her wedding day and his delight was unparalleled.

Throughout his life, Vernie had a special way of identifying those who needed help the most, by providing love and support with no expectation of reciprocation. To be an acquaintance of Vernie’s was to be loved by him. He had a ferocious personality and a heart to match. Vernie was a purveyor of good times and good feelings, and it was nearly impossible to not have a smile on your face when you were near him. The spirit of LaVerne Joseph South III will live on in each and every one of us full steam ahead. We will know that when our sails are full and we hear that old familiar hum faint in the distance, that he is always with us.

He is survived by his son LaVerne J. South IV; his daughter and son-in-law, Molly and William Curry; father, LaVerne J. South, Jr.; brothers, Stephen South, David South (Kathy), Michael South (Allison), Dennis South (Robbi Ann); nieces, Lauren Hodges, Ashlee South; many cousins, other family members and his loving dog Jack.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Gertrude Murphy South and loving sister, Linda South Hodges.

A Celebration of his life will be held after Internment at the Tybee MRS Shack, 2 Old US HWY 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328 from 1:30 – 5:00pm. All are welcome. (Vernie’s Request: Casual Attire for celebration)

The family suggests any remembrances be made in his memory to Georgia Hospice Care.

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I am saddened to read of Vernie's departure from this world. I have fond memories of Vernie at Tybee. He was a wonderful person!

Joe Upchurch, Tega Cay, SC

My loving thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kim Ridgway Bennett

, ,

May the friends and family of Mr. South, III find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

, ,

RIP our dear friend!

Patti Pharis, Irmo, SC

Please accept my condolences for the loss of Vernie. God's word promises there will come a time on earth when there will be no pain, suffering, or death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises provide comfort in this time of sadness.

Jerry Kendrick, Savannah, GA

When we moved to Savannah in 1967, Vernie was one of the first BC boys I met. He was dating my friend's older sister, Debbie McDuffie. Later he dated my neighbor/friend, Jerri Ashmore. Vernie is the only man I know who was kind enough and game enough to let two teenage girls put mascara on his beautiful lashes. We had a good laugh that afternoon. I also remember his black Fury? with the red interior. So cool! My condolences to the South family and thanks for the happy memories.

Maureen Farrell Eason, Savannah , GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Chad Rogers — Georgia

MAY THE FOND MEMORIES AND PRAYERS ALWAYS BRING A SMILE WHEN THINKING OF VERNIE.

DAVID PAPPAS, BRUNSWICK, GA.

LaVerne was more than a friend to me. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity at Armstrong State College, where he attended beginning in 1970. He was my fraternity brother. I have never met anyone so selfless and caring as Vernie. And I doubt that at this point in my life, I ever will. I am so glad that he was part of my life for so many years. We did a lot of road trips together, particularly to Fort Lauderdale and Miami during Spring Break (we actually would skip St. Patrick's Day in Savannah to go down to Florida). He and I were roommates in Columbia for the summer and Fall of 1973. We worked together building condominiums on Lake Murray, SC. And we enjoyed chasing the ladies. We had a lot in common. We made a good team! There is no way to describe our connection, respect and love for each other. I am so thankful to Molly and Will for letting me spend time with Vernie before, during and after their wedding. We reminisced about our adventures or misadventures, if you will. We listened to music we used to listen to back in the day on our road trips. That brought him great memories. We laughed and cried together. I know one thing he said on the Sunday after the wedding: "I have lived a good life!" When we hugged one last time as I was leaving, I knew it would be the last time I would see him on this earth. He will forever own a piece of my heart. I send my strongest condolences to Molly, Will, Laverne IV, and the South family. You are so blessed to have had Vernie in your life. I never met anyone who disliked Vernie! After all, what was there to dislike. May God Bless his soul and may He grant the family and loved one the necessary strength to deal with this part of their journey.

Roan Garcia-Quintana, MAULDIN, SC

I LOVE U BIG BROTHER AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH,GATOR

, ,

I LOVE U BIG BROTHER AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH,GATOR

, ,

Candle tribute lit by Patti Ward Neidlinger — Georgia

Molly, Will, and The South Family, I send prayers of peace and comfort for you all in the loss of your dearly beloved Vernie. He was truly one of a kind, a most generous man, who deserved all the love and affection you all gave to him throughout his life and especially during his illness. He was still beaming just last week talking about Molly’s wedding! His spirit remains around all he loved, for he loved greatly.

Joan Bragg, Judy Balcom’s sister, Pt Wentworth , Ga

This saddens me so much he will be greatly missed along with his sister Linda but at least the two of them are together neither are in any pain praise the Lord God speed love you both

Stehanie demilio, Savannah , Ga

Safe travels,good friend.

Arthur Weil, Sav., Georgia

Hello Dear Vernie, Molly, all the South Family and friends of 'Big Vernie', This is such a sad time for you all, and I wish I could be there to hug you and comfort you all in person. Please keep the good memories close and the fun memories even closer. L.J. and Molly, your daddy was a great guy and was his true self, no matter what. He always had a hug and smile (ok, smirk) for you and always made you feel comfortable, even if he was 'giving you a hard time' it was his way of making you feel 'loved' :) I cherish every time I was with able to be with him - and I am thankful he brought you two into the world with my lovely sister - You both are so special and such AMAZING people and I love you with all my heart! Much Love and Big Hugs from your Auntie E, Makayla and Raquelle!

Eileen Crowley, Phoenix, AZ

What a beautiful tribute to your precious father. Rich and I share our deepest condolences with Molly and her family. Susan and Rich Neal

The Neals, Tybee Island, GA


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