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Laura Frances Derrick Webb

April 7, 2018

Mrs.  Laura Frances Derrick Webb, entered into rest on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family under Hospice Care.

On April 7, 2018, the matriarch of the Brown-Derrick family came to rest when Laura Frances Derrick Webb went to her heavenly home.  Laura Francis Derrick was born to Rev. Joseph William and Mamie Brown Derrick on December 13, 1923.  Laura had two siblings, Mollie Louise and Sara Jeannette.  Mollie, the oldest, and her parents preceded her in death.

Laura was baptized at the age of fourteen by Reverend Clark at Beth Eden Baptist Church.  She worked faithfully and diligently for over 50 years serving in many capacities including fourteen years as superintendent of the Sunday School.  She later moved her membership to First African Baptist Church where she continued to express her Christianity through her work with the Brown Bags Program (a community grocery distribution program).

She was educated in the public schools of Savannah, GA. She attended Florence Street School, Cuyler Junior High School, and graduated from Alfred E. Beach High School in January of 1943.   After graduating, she served her country by making parts for fighter planes during WWII.  Later she was transferred from California to Washington D.C where she was employed at the Bureau of War Information until the war ended in 1945.  She received BS and MS degrees from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg and an Educational Specialist from Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia. Her educational itinerary includes Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and Savannah State University (Savannah, GA). 

Laura Webb was an educator.  She began her illustrious 42 year career educating students in Hogansville, GA and continued in the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools System until her retirement in 1986.

Her organizational life included: a Silver Life Membership in the NAACP,  life memberships in the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA) and the National Education Association.  She was also a member of the Majestic Social Club and the AARP.

Laura Frances enjoyed the company of her immediate and extended family.  She was loved by all of her family.  A Peacemaker; a nature lover; a powerhouse of energy and determination; a supporter of education, our Laura. She was loving, caring, unselfish, and generous as well as forgiving and inspirational. She loved animals and always had pets.  She chose to see the best in people and encouraged people to be their best.  She was truly an Earth Angel, our Laura!

Aunt Laura will always be remembered with love in the hearts of her family and friends.  She leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Sara Jeannette Derrick Herring; a nephew, Albert B. Cameron, Jr. (Pamela) of Mableton, GA; two nieces, Dr. Ava C. Herring-Wokoma, PhD. (Karibo) of Savannah, GA and Laura M. Cameron Woods (Vernon) of Jonesboro, GA; grand and great grand nieces and nephews; cousins and; many friends and neighbors.

Funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, April 14, 2018 at First African Baptist Church 23 W. Montgomery St. Savannah, GA

Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman, Pastor, Rev. Matthew Southall Brown, Jr. Presiding, Rev. Matthew Southall, Sr.,

Eulogist. Interment ~ Magnolia Memorial Gardens.

Sidney A. Jones and  Campbell Funeral Services 


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