Justin Dereck Duff

April 26, 1979August 25, 2018

Justin Dereck Duff, age 39, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018 from injuries sustained in an airplane accident, in Swainsboro, Georgia.

Justin was a born in Cleveland, Tennessee and graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1997, where he was a stand out on the baseball field. He received a full scholarship to play baseball at Lee University in Cleveland and from there he went on to attend The Morning Star School of Ministry, in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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, North Carolina transferring to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he graduated with honors with his Bachelors of Science in Nursing. After completing nursing school, he began working in the Neuro ICU at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

After working in nursing for several years, Justin decided to follow is life-long dream of becoming a sky diver 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 to be a member of the United States Parachute Association. His work as the manager of The Jumping Place let him share his passion with others.

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

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

Justin 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; and father and step-mother, Dereck and Jeannie Duff all of Cleveland, Tennessee; brothers, David Duff and Judd Dawson both of Cleveland, Tennessee; sisters, Alexcia Duff and Zoey Duff both of Cleveland, Tennessee; Jill Wernke of Oxford, Alabama and Melinda Dawson of Nashville, Tennessee; niece, Glorie Medina of Oxford, Alabama and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 PM Saturday, September 1, 2018 in Statesboro New Covenant Church, immediately follow by the funeral service with Pastor David McLendon officiating.

Burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery.

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

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


  • Monika Anne Duff, Wife
  • Kian Duff, Son
  • Noah Duff, Son
  • Emma Duff, Daughter
  • Danette Headrick, Mother
  • Dereck and Jeannie Duff, Father and Step-mother
  • David Duff, Brother
  • Judd Dawson, Brother
  • Alexcia Duff, Sister
  • Zoey Duff, Sister
  • Jill Wernke, Sister
  • Melinda Dawson, Sister
  • Glorie Medina, Niece
  • Justin leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members and friends to cherish his memory.


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, September 1, 2018

Justin Dereck Duff

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Danette Headrick

September 23, 2018

My beautiful brilliant Son❣️I will always do my best Don to keep your life and legacy alive as you changed and touched so many peoples lives in the short time you were here ! I LOVED you deeply and now you know just how much❣️ Son to God goes ALL the glory ❤️

MOlly Patterson

September 1, 2018

I remember so clearly the days in preparation for Monika and Justin to be married.
I can see His face in the days before as we got everything sorted out and set up.
He was so ready to be Monika's husband and partner. Justin knew how to love deeply and with the love of God. And he knew that Monika was his gift.
Watching him walk out patience with the glitches, celebrate and laugh when they worked them out and stand ready to do whatever needed to be done so that he could marry his beloved.
So much laughter.
So much love.
So much life.

I was blessed to help with 2 moves for this precious family. It always seemed as if I was helping them move away from me, which I wan't always happy about... Each move showed me how once again what a man of God Justin was. How much he loved his family and how much he loved his life with them.

Robbie Winters

August 31, 2018

I had the pleasure of playing baseball with Duff both in high school and in college. The first thing you noticed about Duff was his arm. To this day, I've never seen a stronger arm from the behind the plate in high school or college. It was amazing. The more I got to know Justin the more I got to witness his sincere heart and love for others. Although I lost touch with him after our playing days, it is encouraging to see the legacy of faith that he left to his family. A man like Duff doesn't come around often...he will be missed. Thanks be to God for the hope we have in Christ Jesus of seeing him again.

Robbie Winters
Teammate at BCHS & Lee University

John Adams

August 29, 2018

I first met Justin when I arrived in Statesboro to conduct an Accelerated Freefall Instructor Rating Course.
It became obvious as we went through our introductions that we shared many common interests, including Cliimbing and the mountains,
With Skydiving being in the forefront.
His skill level became obvious as we began our jumps.
He quickly progressed to a skilled and knowledgeable Instructor.
It was a pleasure and an honor to meet and work with him.
He will be missed by many.
My heart and prayers go out to his wife and family.

Dan Gillis

August 29, 2018

Justin was my main instructor and mentor in my journey through my skydiving A license. He saw me through a bad jump early on, and forced me to get right back on the plane the next day. We shared laughs, stories, and his genuine love for the sport in the months that I would get in the plane with him and hang out with him every weekend. He was a great man and friend who truly loved what he did, and I am so sorry for your loss.