The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Hook Mill Road, Leslie, Georgia. The Reverend Jesse Watts will officiate. Interment will follow in the Church cemetery.
Mr. Deriso was born December 6, 1941 to the late Homer Deriso and Lula Mae Brown Deriso. Two siblings, McArthur Deriso and Bobbie Mae Deriso, preceded him in death. He was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at the United Headquarters Holiness Church under the leadership of the late Overseer Aaron Snipes. After many years of dedicated services he retired as a vegetable farmer after being employed with Earl Bass and Powers Farm, Inc.
He was married to his one and only love of his life, Mrs. Gradean Denson Deriso, for fifty-seven loving years. He was the father of eight children, twenty eight grandchildren and a host of beloved great grandchildren.
He leaves a legacy of love and fond memories to his beloved family which include: his beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Gradean Denson Deriso, Americus, Georgia; his beloved children, Barbara Tatum, Covington, Georgia, Jacqueline Deriso Barnes, Claude Deriso, Jr. (Regina), Roscoe Deriso (Helen), Lisa Deriso all of Americus, Georgia, Tony Deriso (Wanda), Plains, Georgia, Brenda Wafford (Derrick), Americus, Georgia, Shawn Deriso (Latrena), Cordele, Georgia; twenty-eight grandchildren including three he reared, Kenisha Floyd, Taurus Deriso and Ronkeivous Deriso; and two who were very dedicated, Adrienne Reese and Crystal Deriso; one sister, Shirley Diann Deriso, Albany, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Pearlie Davis, Johnny Davis (Gwen), Terry Davis, Johnnie L. Davis and William Davis; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.