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Obituary - John William "Bill" Self Jr.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
John William "Bill" Self Jr.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Bill Self departed this earth for his heavenly home on Monday, May 24, 2021, after an extended illness.
    Born February 18, 1940, in North Augusta, S.C., to the late John William Self Sr. and Francis Cartledge Self, he married his high school sweetheart, Gwen Bragg Self.
    He graduated from North Augusta High school, where he lettered in football and baseball. He was self-educated, having attended schools and seminars sponsored by Belk Stores, including several presented by the American Management Association.
    He worked for Belk Department Stores in Augusta as shoe buyer and floor manager for six years.
    He and Gwen had two young children, Debbie and Will, when he moved to Statesboro as manager of Belk Department Store in 1966.
    He worked at Belk Stores in Augusta, Statesboro and Gainesville, Ga. for a total of over 39 years. He was manager of the Statesboro store for 26 years and was manager when Belk opened the current Statesboro Mall store in 1971 and expanded it in 1989.
    He retired after serving seven years as manager of the Gainesville, Ga., store. He was awarded Belk’s highest achievement award (pacesetter) three times in Statesboro and two times in Gainesville.
    He retired from Belk Stores in 1998.
    Upon retirement, he and Gwen returned to make their home in Statesboro. He has served as president of The Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Forest Heights Country Club, Statesboro Kiwanis Club and Statesboro Mall Merchants Association.
    He enjoyed golfing, salt-water fishing and traveling, in particular, cruising the Caribbean Islands, Alaska and the Northeast coast to Quebec with good friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father, John William Self Sr.; mother, Francis Cartledge Self; brothers, Thomas Henry Self and David Wayne Self.
    Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Gwen Bragg Self; daughter, Debbie Self Smith; son-in-law, J.L. Smith of Waycross; one son, George William "Will" Self; daughter-in-law, Misty Parker Self of Statesboro; one grandson, William Trent Self; and four sisters-in-law, Gail Bragg Driscoll, Tampa, Fla.; Cheryl Bragg Murtaugh, Greer, S.C.; Vicki Bragg Neupauer, Citrus Springs, Fla.; and Eulaween Self Sheldon of North Augusta, S.C.
    A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 27, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with Dr. William Perry and Dr. John Waters officiating.
    Honorary pallbearers will be the First Baptist Church Open Door Sunday School Class members.
    Interment will be private.
    The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
    Friends may sign the online register book at
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, May 27, 2021

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