Lifelong resident of St. Marys, John Pacetti DuBose passed away mid-morning on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was married to Madge Joiner DuBose (deceased October of 1990) for 43 years. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 at the young age of 16. He served in the Philippines during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Shortly after, he began working at Gilman Paper Company as a Maintenance Millwright and was later promoted to Maintenance Supervisor until he retired in 1989.
John P. joined Masonic Lodge 476 in November 1948 and was raised to a Master Mason within a month. He was honored to serve as a Mason for 60 years, receiving 25 and 50-year pins and 50 and 60-year aprons. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in St. Mays, where he taught Sunday School for several years. He became a deacon of the church in November of 1990, served as Deacon Chairman for a year, and was later named an honorary deacon.
He loved to fish and shrimp all his life; you could always find him out at the North Jetty or on the St. Marys River. John P. was a hard-working man who could fix just about anything that was broken. He will be remembered as a generous and loving man who always put his family first.
He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne (Jerry) Hawkins of Woodbine; his sons, Ronald (Patricia) DuBose of St. Marys, John E. (Diane) DuBose of St. Marys, and Charles (Peggy) DuBose of St. Marys; his sister, Willie Joiner; his grandchildren, Chad (Jenn) DuBose of St. Marys, Dana (Derek) Bellisle of Kingsland, Stephanie DuBose of Tampa, FL, Joshua DuBose of Falls Church, VA, and Sarah DuBose of St. Marys; his great-grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, Loren James, Landen Bellisle, and Brody DuBose. In addition to his family, he is also survived by his dedicated caregivers Janet Turner, Barbara Little, Lindsey Wiseman, and Seth Collins.
Visitation for John P. will be Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland. The funeral service will be Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church St. Marys. He will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery following the service.
Pallbearers will be Chad DuBose and Joshua DuBose, grandsons, Ted DuBose and Lee DuBose, nephews, Roger Giddens and Stuart Sullivan, family friends. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Masonic Lodge 476 and members of his Trapnell Memorial Sunday School class. Special honorary pallbearers will be Landen Bellisle and Brody DuBose, great grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church of St. Marys or Heartland Hospice of Brunswick.
August 11, 1927 – July 22, 2012