Gone But Not Forgotten


If you have ever been to the South magazine office, you know that from Bull Street, it appears to be just a door. A slim frame, snug between the cute primary colors of the Soda Pop Shop and the minimalistic aesthetic of Harper’s boutique, it is entirely unassuming. But for a moment, consider the many distinguished figures that have crossed that simple entryway, climbed a flight of 19 stairs, and emerged into a storm of writers, graphic designers, marketers, and editors, all ready and working to make something amazing. This is a description of every day for the past ten years. How many faces have we seen through that glass door pane, on their way up for an interview, a photo shoot, or just to stop by and say hello? These people are what make our publication not just a magazine but a masterpiece - they provide the depth, profundity and interest that not only sells issues, but spreads stories, opens hearts and inspires great ideas. In gratitude for their inclusion in South, we want to highlight some of these celebrated Southerners that have since passed away. They stepped through that modest doorway on Bull Street into the pages of South magazine, as well as the hearts of all our readers. They will not be forgotten.

Remembering the jogfather, Robert Espinoza - Featured on the cover of Issue #42, Photography: Ryan Gibson

Few people had as much an impact on health, fitness, and community in Savannah as Robert Espinoza. Crowned “The Jogfather” in our Dec/Jan 2012 issue, this local running guru and Savannah kingpin revolutionized the Savannah running scene with races, events and his brainchild running store, Fleet Feet.  His charitable contributions, connection to the community and passionate vision will never be forgotten.

1. Jay Hiers 

“He was the kind of guy who walked into a room and was like a magnet. Everyone just wanted to be around him.“ Jay Hier’s cousin, Bobby Deen, remembers “Jay Bird” as the life of the party. His outgoing and magnetic personality played a huge role in his responsibilities as a manager of his aunt Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, as well as in his interactive role in the community. This Georgia native and SCAD grad will always be remembered as one of the greatest hosts of the south, as well as a great friend to South magazine.

2. Ben Tucker 

The opener of a jazz club in Savannah called Hard-Hearted Hannah's, a regular at the Westin hotel, where he played the Sunday jazz brunch, and a man whose impact could be felt deeply in fields like broadcasting, music publishing, and Saturday-morning television, Ben Tucker was an icon in the Savannah’s music community. But Ben Tucker's legacy reached beyond jazz clubs and T.V. jingles. "One of the most interesting things about playing with Ben was he was so beloved by so many people in Savannah,” said Howard Paul, a jazz guitarist who played and recorded with Tucker for more than 20 years. Tucker is remembered today as a good man, a talented musician and a longstanding influence on the Savannah jazz scene.

3. Robyn Reeder 

Let me tell you about a woman who worked, performed, and lived with cancer for 11 years. Let me tell you about a woman who fiercely, playfully, and passionately pursued her ideas, interests and inclinations. Robyn Reeder was a wild ball of whimsy, spontaneity and industrial drive focused on executing a creative vision. Some people achieve an idea in an instance or a flash but Reeder lived in a perpetual state of brainstorming. She threw parties, performed as a drummer in two bands and ran her downtown art shop, Primary Arts Supply, with a fantastic  artistic and professional finesse - all amidst a raging battle with cancer. Reeder claimed that she “had this series of goals that really helped [her] keep going.” "Civvies", another local favorite, in addition to the origin of the coolest arts store Savannah has ever known had Robyn at her core as an artist, a visionary, and in the world of her close friend Kevin Rose, "A force
of nature."

4. Ron Higgins 

Ron “Hollywood” Higgins brought a greater appreciation of film and film history to the Savannah community. The founder of Savannah Movie Tours, Higgins was an inspirational and charitable part of Savannah. With his 16-seater coach, unparalleled enthusiasm and entrepreneurial flair, he traversed the Savannah movie scene, transformed the Savannah tourism industry and guided our community to a greater knowledge and love of film. 

5. William Webb

Voted one of the South’s greatest kids in our Oct/Nov 2014 issue, William was a truly unique and sweet spirit. After his 11 month battle with cancer and tragic passing in 2015, his gentle goodness is still felt today by those who were lucky enough to know him, as well as those who have been participating in the nonprofit organization inspired by him and his fight against neuroblastoma: The Warriors for William Foundation. William’s 2014 title still holds true today; he will forever be one of the South’s greatest kids. 

6. Al St. Lawrence 

Serving and protecting Chatham County for six decades, St. Lawrence was a fighter in every sense of the word. After being honorably discharged in 1956 from the Air Force, St. Lawrence decided to make Savannah his home. His zeal, will and valor were the backbone of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. In the midst of his battle with cancer, St. Lawrence continued to serve the community. His illness made no difference in his career. St. Lawrence showed that life has to be lived well, no matter what the circumstances. 


Notable for his laid-back and unruffled demeanor, Uga VII had a successful year and ended his first season with a record of 10-3. Unfortunately, his tenure ended abruptly, near the end of his second season, when he passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 19, 2009 of heart-related causes. It was the Thursday before the final home game of the 2009 season and rather than have a live mascot at the game, the Bulldogs placed a wreath on Uga VII's doghouse, and the players wore a special Uga VII decal on their helmets to remember the lovable, 56-pound furball.  


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Greatest Bosses 2019

Featuring the greatest bosses with enthusiastic nominations from their own employees, those fine working folks who make the dreams possible.

Greatest Dads 2019

Show your dad some love and enter him in the South's Greatest Dads contest and get him some votes!
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Events Calendar

  • Free Oral Health Screenings

    Apr 11, 2019
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Sandfly Family Dental

     In recognition of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon will offer free...

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums hosts the first museum survey of the work of visionary videogame designer Keita Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1975). Takahashi is noted...

  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums exhibits nine prints by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970), together for the first time since they were acquired by the museum...

  • "Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience" at Telfair Museums

    Mar 15, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition contains 21 etchings by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583-1633). These works highlight...

  • “Jaume Plensa Talking Continents” Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Mar 01, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) is one of the world’s foremost living sculptors. He is widely known for large-scale public artworks and more...

  • Rembrandt Exhibit

    Mar 15, 2019
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Rembrandt lived and worked in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Although most residents of Amsterdam during...

  • Make Savannah Spring Roundtable

    Apr 25, 2019
    5:30 AM - 7:00 PM @ Savannah Bee Company

      Make plans now to join us for our Spring roundtable hosted by Make Savannah members, Savannah Bee Company! You’ll learn how...

  • Marjorie Young to Speak at Buy Local Savannah April Meeting

    Apr 25, 2019
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Cohen Retreat

    Buy Local Savannah will host Marjorie Young at their monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 25. Young, an experienced public relations consultant and...

  • Telfair Museums Presents An Afternoon With Martha Stewart

    Apr 25, 2019
    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Historic Savannah Theatre

    Telfair Museums presents lifestyle expert, garden guru, and author Martha Stewart to Savannah on April 25th at 2:30pm at the Savannah Theatre....

  • Remembering the Chinese Railroad Workers

    Apr 25, 2019
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Bull Street Library

    Trace the footsteps of history through the journey of the Chinese railroad workers who constructed the First Transcontinental Railroad. Presented...

  • SCAD BACK40 VIP Reception

    Apr 25, 2019
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Join SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace for a private tour of the university's eight-hive bee colony and all-seasons garden, which gives...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

    Apr 25, 2019
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and...

  • 10th Annual Bid for PAL Online Auction

    Apr 25, 2019
    All Day @ www.PALauction.org

    Shop the Lowcountry and beyond from the comfort of your couch! With the "Bid for PAL" Online Auction you can splurge on a golf package, a spa...


    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Poetter Hall

    Enjoy a private gathering of SCAD friends and VIPs for dinner, live music and the first look at 360-degree immersive exprience, SCADstory, created...

  • SCAD40 Block Party

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Bull Street at Madison Square

    Fête this milestone anniversary with entertainment and art installations where is all began.

  • 2019 Tybee Wine Festival

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Sip international wines and sample fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights at the Tybee Wine Festival. Now in its 11th year, the Tybee...

  • BBQ Cook Off on BBQ Road

    Apr 26, 2019
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Silver Coast Winery

    Think you have what it takes to be the King of the grill? Come to the 3rd annual BBQ Cookoff on BBQ Road. There will be a free wing competition on...

  • NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens

    Apr 26, 2019
    All Day @ Savannah

    The 44rd Anniversary of NOGS (North of Gwinnett Street) is the perfect time to visit Savannah, Georgia, the largest urban landmark Historic...

  • 2019 Komen Savannah Race for the Cure

    Apr 27, 2019
    6:00 AM @ Ellis Square

    6:00 a.m. Packet Pickup and Registration 7:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks 7:45 a.m. Survivor Processional 8:30 a.m. 5K Start

  • 2019 Sand Gnat Challenge

    Apr 27, 2019
    7:30 AM @ 17 South Rod and Gun Club

    Our 3rd year with the Sand Gnat Challenge IDPA match! Back Up Gun Compact Carry Pistol

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Scenes of the South

The Clyde

The Clyde Venue is Savannah’s newest, most modern, wedding venue located in the Historic Landmark District. The space has been completely renovated, and a work in progress for more than a year. The venue is 5,200 square feet and includes a grande room, large marble bar, catering prep area, and restrooms. It’s located at 223 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The Fire Ball

IAFF Savannah Firefighters gathered together at Savannah Station March 15th to celebrate with friends and family. They welcomed their newest members, honored those that recently retired and acknowledged departments joining from around the world! The event was a blast. From 6pm-10pm guests danced to live music, sampled premium foods and even played with local puppies up for adoption.

Savannah's Newest Hot Spot Opens

SEED Eco Lounge, Barrelhouse South and Rogue Water welcomes a new addition to the family. Vice is located on Broughton at Saya's former location. Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than music. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. Amazing DJs get the crowds moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see and socialize with. This sleek and sexy underground spot is sure to be one of the best spots for Savannah's night life.

The Royal Flush Casino Night Presented by Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah hosted “The Royal Flush Casino Night” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Savannah Station, with all of the proceeds going to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. The casino-themed party will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, dancing and complimentary casino.

The Telfair Ball

The 39th annual Telfair Ball celebrated the 200th anniversary of the remarkable architecture of Telfair Museums historic buildings and the pioneering legacy of Mary Telfair. This year the Ball was held in Forsyth Park among a myriad of carnival performers and fanciful nymphs. Hundreds of Savannah locals and many visitors came together to celebrate a love of art and South Eastern heritage. The ball supports the future of the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, and the Jepson Center. Proceeds directly fund the museum's educational outreach, exhibitions, and release activities, bring the benefits of art to over 190,000 people each year.

Hearts for Healing Gala

The Faith Equestrian's Annual Hearts for Healing Gala at Tybee Wedding Chapel on Friday evening started out with a bang as the Free Spirit Orchestra' violin twins played their rendition of some of the greatest musical hits. The attendees were reminded what the event was all about as the founder Bonnie Rachael was recognized after story after story was shared to a room of teary eyed party-goers. Congrats to event director Bonnie Karr and her amazing team for a job well done!

Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association's 22nd Annual Southern Heart Ball took place on February 2, 2019 and celebrated all the life-saving advances made so far while raising funds to continue to further AHA's mission. The black-tie gala brought together more than 400 guests to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.