The founder of Duplin Winery has died.
D.J. "Jiggs" Fussell of Rose Hill passed away Tuesday, just a week before he turned 97 years old.
In 1972, Fussell and his two sons planted ten acres of Muscadine grapes. Three years later Duplin Winery was founded. Today it's the largest winery in the south and produces over a million gallons of wine a year.
Fussell's funeral will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Rose Hill United Methodist Church. The family will greet guests following the service.