Justin Dereck Duff

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Justin Dereck Duff, of Statesboro, Ga., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was born on April 26, 1979.

Justin, 39, died from injuries sustained in an airplane accident, in Swainsboro Ga.

Justin was a born in Cleveland, and graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1997, where he was a standout on the baseball field. He received a full scholarship to play baseball at Lee University, and from there he went on to attend The Morning Star School of Ministry, in Charlotte, N.C., where he received his Ministerial Degree and met his wife, Monika.

Wanting to further his education, Justin began nursing school at Central Piedmont Community College, in Charlotte, N.C., transferring to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he graduated with honors with his bachelor's of science in nursing. After completing nursing school, he began working in the Neuro ICU at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After working in nursing for several years, he decided to follow is lifelong dream of becoming a skydiver, and this is what brought him to Statesboro just over a year ago. It was this dream that led him to become a tandem instructor, a parachute rigger, an AFF instructor and  a member of the United States Parachute Association. His work as the manager of The Jumping Place let him share his passion with others.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved adventure. In addition to being a skydiver, he was an avid rock climber, snowboarder, and loved to mountain bike, and hike.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father, who loved the Lord and lived to honor Him with his life!

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Monika Anne Duff of Statesboro; children: Kian Duff, Noah Duff and Emma Duff, all of Statesboro; mother, Danette Headrick; father and stepmother, Dereck and Jeannie Duff, all of Cleveland; brothers, David Duff and Judd Dawson, both of Cleveland; sisters, Alexcia Duff and Zoey Duff, both of Cleveland; Jill Wernke of Oxford, Ala., and Melinda Dawson of Nashville; niece, Glorie Medina of Oxford, Ala.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Statesboro New Covenant Church, immediately followed by the funeral with Pastor David McLendon officiating. Burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery.

Please visit our online memorial at www.hodgesmoore.com to sign the guest book and share fond memories with the Duff family.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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