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Celebrating the life of

John D. Bragg

Passed away on August 30, 2023

John D. Bragg

John Donovan Bragg, 71, passed away Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, at his home on Wilmington Island. John was a native of Tybee Island and spent most of his life at his home on Horsepen Creek. John was a 1969 graduate from Jenkins High School. He later graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in History in 1976. John spent 25 years as an educator for SCCPSS and dedicated much of his career teaching at-risk youth. During this time, he also achieved his Master Captain 100 ton certificate and operated charters in his retirement. John was a lifelong Waterman and spent most of his free time on a boat in the coastal waters around Tybee.

He was an avid fisherman, shrimper, and crabber and gained some notoriety for his sometimes-unorthodox approaches. John never met a stranger and often would make friends anywhere he went. John lived for adventure with his family and often took his wife and children to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and as far as Sydney, Australia. In addition, he was an adopted and honorary member of the Fakawe Tribe and West Afrikan.

He was a loving father, uncle, and grandfather. His mother Marguerite Teeple Barbour Bragg, father, John Bragg, and brother David Bragg preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Wendy Pierce Bragg, sister Catherine Fulp, sons Donovan Pierce Bragg, Robert Matthew Cail, Tyler Donovan Bragg, Brian Spencer Cail, daughter Lindsay Bragg Weishaar, son-in-law Doug, daughters-in-law Danyse and Lauren, and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Fox & Weeks, Islands Chapel.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Fox & Weeks, Islands Chapel.  




We are so sorry for your loss .

- Michael A. Hall, Savannah , Georgia

Sorry to hear about my good friend.

- Ed Johns, Savannah, GA

My condolences to learn of John's passing yesterday. May he Rest in Peace.

- Joe, St. Helena Island, SC

Wendy, It is with a sad heart that I learned of John's passing. Sympathy and condolences to you and the family.

- Sherry G Belford, Lakeland, FL

Wendy, I'm so sorry to hear about John. He was a wonderful, and very interesting, person.

- Ron Fargason, Savannah, GA

RIP my dear friend. You were my ‘fun’ co-teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed your class. You will be missed…

- Kathie Banks, Savannah, GA

Wendy and family we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill & Tricia Lewis

- The Lewis’, Tybee Island , GA

I’m so sorry for your loss. John was one of a kind and he will be missed.

- Joan Sasser, Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

So sorry for your loss.

- Dennis and Cheryl, Tybee Island, GA


- JOE BERRY, Savannah, GA

Wendy we were so sorry to hear of John’s passing and we are praying for Gods comfort to you and family during this difficult time. Andy and Lori Parrish

- Andy Parrish, Jacksonville, Fl

Sending thoughts and prayers your way so sorry for your loss .

- Baker, Savannah , Ga

So sorry for your loss. Prayers and best wishes to you and your family.

- Katherine Garlington, Wilmington Island, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Debbie Coolidge, Savannah , Georgia

John was a good one. We were neighbors on Horse Pen Creek in the mid 90's. Every time he would ride by in his red Jeep, if I was out on my dock, we would holler at each other "I love you man". (From the Bud Light TV ad.) And every time I would try to get past his dock in my boat on the way to the Back River, I was assured of a drenching from his hose. My friends thought he was a nut. He was. John, I love you man.

- Matt Powers, Wilmington Island, GA, Georgia

Grew up w/ John in Thunderbolt & remember him as traveling to beat of his own unique drum. Sorry didn't keep up with him in later years as we could have enjoyed the water together. My condolences.

- GEORGE HIERS (Len, Thunderbolt, GA

What fun we had,,it's mostly a blur these days,but John stood out and we loved it,,few of us achieve what he did and I can only be green with envy,,as the great Bob Hope would say Thanks for the you John

- Robert Louis Poole, Savannah, Georgia

Wendy and family, this is sad news. I am sorry to hear of John's death. You are a dear friend, and you have my deep sympathy.

- Linda Herman, Dahlonega, GA

So sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed my time with the family at Johnson High. Checking the perimeter was awesome to make a bad day into laughing. Prayers to the whole family. You are all super amazing people who he was blessed to have such a beautiful and amazing, beautiful family. Prayers for peace!

- Renee Trabue, Savannah, Ga

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Cathy Thornton Berry, Jensen Beach, FL

Rip Mr Bragg you were my kids teacher when I needed you to be character witness you were there were the best may God strengthen your family you were a great teacher and a great man. ..

- Valerie Johnson Frazier, Savannah , Georgia

Rest In Peace Mr Bragg, you were one of my greatest history teacher. Wherever you are up there I know you’re on that cat sailing about.

- Jon Le, Lawrenceville, Ga

A candle has been lit!

I enjoyed working with Mr Bragg at Johnson. He was a great teacher. Wendy, my prayers are with you during this time.

- Jennifer Boutwell , Claxton, Ga

Donovan and family, we are so very sorry for your loss, we could not begin to imagine what you are going through. We are always here for you. We are keeping y’all in our thoughts.

- Christine, Helen, Ga

Wendy, I was so very sorry to hear this news. Mr. Bragg was such a character, and I remember my time working with you both so fondly. I am praying for strength and comfort for your family now and in the days to come.

- Stacy Daniel, Savannah , GA

You was a great man MR. Bragg ! I remember when I went to Johnson high school you were there ! You were so funny and full of life ! You will be missed sleep in peace .

- olivia johnson, Savannah, GA

Rest in peace Mr. Bragg. One of my favorite people at Jenkins back in the early 20s. Great sense of humor and love his students. May your soul have peace

- Niecey , Savannah , Ga

I was saddened to hear this news. John was a neighbor for most of the 29 years on South Campbell. He always had a kind word and a smile on his face. Always saying hello and communicating in his own way. Thoughts and prayers to Wendy, children, and extended family.

- Chandler Kinsey, Savannah, GA

John & I worked together and partied and fished ,boated and explored the many creeks & islands around . I met him on the creeks at 10 years old..he was an individual and a half !

- Alan Roach, Tybee , Ga

John & I worked together and partied and fished ,boated and explored the many creeks & islands around . I met him on the creeks at 10 years old..he was an individual and a half !

- Alan Roach, Tybee , Ga

John & I worked together and partied and fished ,boated and explored the many creeks & islands around . I met him on the creeks at 10 years old..he was an individual and a half !

- Alan Roach, Tybee , Ga

A candle has been lit!

- Patti Ward Neidlinger, Tybee Island , GA

RIP to one of my favorite teachers. Rest easy Mr. B.

- AJ Lingard, Jacksonville , North Carolina

and are thinking of you. We were happy when you stayed at #5 11th St. at Tybee in 2015. With our sympathy, Chuck and Ann Seyle

- Seyle, savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

Wendy, I am so very sadden to learn of the loss of John. John was a unique character who cruised at his own pace. He was the chief of the SCJ Village when it came on campus. He brought a little of the TyB paradise to his unit at the Village. His banana trees could be seen swaying in the breezes from the windows. His humor/laughter will be missed as he sure knew who to brighten one's day. I am happy to have known him. My sincere thoughts are with your family. Hugs to you.

- Mary Ford Parian, Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

A friend from our days in high school to our days of teaching in the high school, you were always bringer of smiles. You will be missed, my condolences to family and friends.

- Bili Sigmon, Savannah , GA

Wendy & Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord carry you through this difficult time in your life. Love to all, Debi & Ricky Lanier

- Ricky & Debi Lanier, Savannah, GA

Hands down my most favorite CO worker at Johnson. We would go check the perimeter during planning together after he hit a few golf balls out into the football field. We would fish at Bonaventure and go see boats at the marinas around the area. He was one of my most favorite humans ever!

- Koren Tonkin, Savannah , Ga

Dear Wendy and family, I am truly saddened to hear of John’s passing. I’ll always fondly think back on the many days we fished the Back River and the many surrounding creeks. They were fun days. On occasion, John would share some of his life’s stories with me and I’ll tell you… I laughed far more than I fished. We always had a fine time fishing! John sure knew how to get the most out of the simplest moments in life. I really liked John and I for one will miss him. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Danny Weatherly, Tybee / Wilmington Island, GA

Coach Bragg and I worked together at Myers Middle School for many years. He was a kind and compassionate teacher to his students. With sympathy to John’s family. Pam Finland

- Pamela Finland, Savannah, GEORGIA

Wendy, My thoughts and prayers are with you. John will surely be missed by so many! He was one of the most entertaining people I had the pleasure to know. He was full of life! I am so sorry that we have lost such a dynamic friend but I am so blessed to have shared laughter and smiles with him. Prayers to you and the entire fanily.

- Marie Darling, Indialantic, FL

Worked with John @ Spanky's Southside what a colorful character. May his memory be a blessing.

- John Ritzert, SAVANNAH, GA

I am sorry to hear of John's passing. What a great man. We worked together in the school system. I loved watching him connect with children. He definitely had a wonderful spirit. He always shared his great dive adventures as well as boat days out in the river. He will truly be missed. May you rest easy. Until we meet again myfriend. Prayers to all of the family. SRO Sgt.Dori Sessoms

- Dori G. Sessoms, Savannah, GA

To one of the GREATEST MAN that I have had the pleasure of knowing. You were as great of a mentor and a great friend. Do know you will be missed. You will always have a special place in my heart. Until We meet again, my forever friend. My prayers and condolences to Wendy and Family.

- La Tosha Jones, Savannah, Ga

So sorry for your loss.. he was a great teacher, RIP Mr.Bragg ....Myers and Johnson

- Stephen Hadden , Savannah , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

Mr. Bragg

- Lori Waters , Savannah, GA

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Debbie Kuharik, Savannah, GA

We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. God’s blessings on you and your family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

- Donahoo-Tolbert, Savannah, GA

My deepest condolences to you and your family. I met Mr. Bragg as I called him when we both taught at Myers Middle School. We bonded over our hand injuries when he had a fishing accident while in Australia visiting his sister if my memory serves me and I broke my hand while doing the laundry at home , his response was HOW?

- Robert L.and Bernice G. Miller, Savannah, GA

John's journey through Myers MS, left us with memories for a lifetime. The joy's he share wih staff & students alike left us with joys, humor, and courage in ways will will never forget. RIP - John Braggs.

- Wonita Smith , Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel