Celebrating the life of

Duncan "Russ" Priestley

Passed away on September 27, 2021


On Monday, September 27th, 2021, Duncan Russell Priestley of Savannah passed away at his home at the age of 62. Rusti was a graduate of Groves High School and Savannah Technical School. He worked as a mechanic and later became a carpenter. He was an avid Civil War reenactor who spent many years volunteering at Fort Jackson as a soldier and blacksmith.

Rusti was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Priestley, of Savannah.

He is survived by his mother, Melba M. Priestley, of Savannah, and his brother, Robert L. Priestley, of Twin City, GA.

Visitation will be held at Fox & Weeks Islands Chapel on Friday, October 1st, from 5pm to 7pm. Graveside service will be held at the Moseley Family Cemetery in Uvalda, GA, on Saturday, October 2nd, at 3pm.

Those wishing to make memorials may do so to the Melba Priestley Scholarship at Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, 1615 West 92nd Street, Kansas City, MO, 64114, to assist students majoring in education to enter teaching careers.



Dear Melba and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Rusty's passing. I know what a shock it must have been to you. My heart and prayers are with you. May the Lord bring you comfort and peace.

- Carol Ogle, Pooler, GA

Rusty was a great friend to me,my wife Vickie ,sister Liz and my brother John. Rusty and John always got mistaken for brothers because of their red hair and beards. I am so sorry for your loss Melba and Robbie.

- james roberson, guyton, Georgia

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are sent to you and your family.

- Katherine D Garlington, SAVANNAH, GA

Dear Melba and Rob, We are so sorry to learn of Rusty's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. We will miss chatting with him on our neighborhood walks. Bruce & Sarah

- Bruce and Sarah Spradley , Savannah , Ga

Melba, I am sorry for your loss. May precious memories of days gone by bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. My prayers are with all of you.

- Sherry McKie , North Augusta , SC

Dear Melba and Rob We were shocked to hear of Russ’ passing. We know what a loss this is for you and the family. Please know we send our deepest condolences. We will be praying for you all.

- Andrea and Sebastian Verdis, Savannah, Ga

We are so sorry. You are surely in our prayers

- Mike and Elizabeth Ware, Savannah , Ga

So very sorry to hear this sad news! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

- Ruth Walsh, Mystic , CT

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel