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Lula Mae Moorehead
Lula Mae Martin Moorehead, 82, University Nursing and Rehab Center in Athens, formerly of Gainesville, died Friday, October 5, 2007, following a stroke suffered on November 20, 2001 at her residence.
She was born on August 29, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Fletcher and Birdie Martin in Banks County. She attended school in Banks County. At an early age she moved to Jackson County with her family to work as sharecroppers. Later she worked as a domestic in Jefferson. She worked for a number of years at J.D. Jewell Poultry Company in Gainesville and at the Coronet Carpet Company, retiring after 20 years of service.
She joined the Old St. Paul Baptist Church at an early age, the Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville, and the New Life Missionary Baptist Church, where she served until her health declined. She was known for her cornbread muffins and sour cream pound cake, loved ones stated. Mrs. Moorehead was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Charles Moorehead.
Survivors include adopted children, the Rev. and Mrs. R.E. Cooper; in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 10, at St. Paul First Baptist Church in Jefferson with the Rev. L.C. Teasley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
Jerry Holcomb
Jerry Holcomb, 41, of Jefferson, died Thursday, October 6, 2007.
Born in Gwinnett County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Ann Day Holcomb. He was a retired truck drive. Mr. Holcomb was preceded in death by a sister, Raenell Holcomb; brother, Jimmy “Mario” Holcomb; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Dorsey.
Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Edwinna Holcomb, Homer, Ronald Holcomb and Donald Holcomb, Danny Joe Holcomb, all of Hoschton, Joe and Renee’ Holcomb, Commerce, Tony and Julie Holcomb, Winder; sisters, Lera Dorsey, Shirley James and Jean Holcomb, all of Hoschton; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, including niece Hope Holcomb and great-niece, Alanna Dorsey.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 9, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Revs. Carroll Pruitt and Everest Carlisle officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton Cemetery.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
Phillip Cochran
Phillip Q. Cochran, 55, of Homer, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at a private care facility.
He was born on September 11, 1952, in Habersham County, and was the son of Mildred Aaron Cochran of Homer and the late Julian Cochran. He was a member of the Damascus Baptist Church and a former machine operator with Westinghouse Airbrake Company.
Survivors in addition to his mother include daughters, Quintina Dee Cochran Owens, Sugar Hill, Jennifer Leigh Cochran Addison, Toccoa; sons, Matthew Cochran and Jeremy Cochran, both of Mt. Airy; brother, James Cochran, Homer; grandchildren, Bryson and Kaine Addison, Toccoa.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 4, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Gene Todd officiating. Burial will follow in the Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Baptist Church Building Fund, 2493 Damascus Rd., Baldwin, Ga. 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
Randy Yarber
Randy D. Yarber, 44, of Baldwin, died Friday, October 5, 2007, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following an extended illness.
He was born in Hillsborough County, Fl., on May 7, 1963, and was the son of William and Florence Payne of Baldwin, and Robert and Pat Yarber, Old Towne, Fla. He was a member of the Higher Ground Baptist Church, and was a fulltime loving granddad, according to loved ones. Mr. Yarber was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Edward Yarber; maternal grandparents, Con and Mandy Vine Brock; paternal grandparents, Nell and Selma Yarber.
Survivors in addition to his parents, include a daughter, Kendra Leeann Yarber, Baldwin; sons, Bruce Reed Cheek and Kevin Theo Wright, both of Baldwin; sisters, Rachel Sikes, Norma Yarber and Alice Yarber, all of Tampa, Fla., Debbie Brown, Baldwin, Wanda Crowe, Demorest, Betty Ann Strout, Morganton; brother, Mitchell Payne, Demorest, Kenny Yarber, Old Towne, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 8, at Mt. View Baptist Church with the Revs. James Harvey and Donnie Balenger officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. View Baptist Church Fellowship Fund, C/o Truman Brown, 1035 Harmony Church Rd., Baldwin, Ga. 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
Katherine Bryant
Katherine Williams Bryant, 90, of Gillsville, formerly of Chamblee, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at her residence, following an extended illness.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she lived a number of years in Chamblee before moving to Gillsville. She was a retired registered nurse and was a member of Embry Hills United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alicia Lynn Clack.
Survivors include her husband, John W. Bryant, Chamblee; daughters and sons-in-law, Jill and Charles Rylee, Gillsville, Karen and Earl Wilkins, Athens; a son, Theodore “Ted” Bryant, Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Marcia Morris, Scott Couch and Jonathan Clack; one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were held Thursday, October 4, at the Embry Hills United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Sargent officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home.
Ward Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
‘Jessie’ Lee
Alonzo “Jessie” Lee, 79, of Gillsville, died Saturday, October 6, 2007, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Born on September 27, 1928, in Jackson County, but had lived the past 43 years in Gillsville, he was the son of the late Garland and Noler Lee. He worked as a mechanic for Gainesville Mill and was Baptist.
Survivors include sons, Wesley Lee, Gillsville, Lamar Lee, Athens, and Wayne Lee, Jefferson; daughters, Brenda Pass and Bonnie Roberts, both of Jefferson, Martha Crane, Arcade, Berdie Hightower and Norma Pugh, both of Commerce, Murleen Mote, Cleveland; brothers, William Lee, Jefferson, Roy Lee, Gillsville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 9, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde Self officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens in Jefferson.
Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
Margaret Waldron
Margaret Howard Waldron, 48, of Cornelia, died Sunday, October 7, 2007, at Habersham County Medical Center, following an extended illness.
Born in Stephens County on February 8, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Claude Charlie Howard and Grace King Browner. She was previously employed with Cornelia Veneer Company and attended Shady Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and cooking, according to loved ones.
Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Waldron, Cornelia; daughters, Wendy Howard, Mt. Airy, and Ashlyn Nikesha Waldron, Cornelia; brother, Sammy Howard, Toccoa; sisters, Rebecca Howard, Toccoa, and Peggy Ann Dooley, Cornelia; nephews, Richard Puckerian and Rodney Howard, both of Alto, and Herman and Richard Howard, both of Toccoa; nieces, Hiley Howard, Atlanta, and Sharmanie Dooley, Cornelia.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 13, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernest Burns officiating. Burial was in Level Grove cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
J.C. Baker
J.C. Baker, 59, of Danielsville, died Sunday, October 7, 2007, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
He was born in Jackson County and was the son of the late Carl and Pauline Leachman Baker. Mr. Baker was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Helen Baker; and a brother, Ted Baker.
Survivors include his wife, Emily Smith Baker, Danielsville; daughters, Donna Baker Daniel and Callie Baker Smith, both of Jefferson; a son, Jason Baker, Danielsville; sisters, Juanita Bowles, Maysville, Judy Anne Segrest, Madison County; brother, Ronnie Baker, Ila, Douglas Baker, Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Jeff Looney, Terry Chambers and Dennis Kesler officiating.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.
‘Billy’ Smith
William “Billy” Joseph Smith, 80, of Mt. Airy, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007.
Born in Banks County on April 1, 1927, he was the son of the late William Joshua and Lucy Ward Smith. His father died weeks before his birth and his mother passed away when he was only a year old. Even during the difficult days of the Great Depression, Billy had a good childhood. His oldest brother, Hollis, made a promise to their mother that the family would not be separated. This group of orphaned children were wealthy beyond imagination, not with material things, but with love. Theirs was a bond that endures to this day extended to the cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Loudermilk Smith; brothers and sisters, Hollis Smith, Emma Smith, Zadie Smith Broome, Fannie Smith Simmons, Clarence Smith, Clyde Smith, Buford Smith, and Bernice Smith.
He worked for over 30 years with International Furniture (Schnadig Corporation) and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church for 47 years. He was a loving husband and father, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dogs, according to loved ones.
Survivors include five children and their families, Linda and Barry Church, Dwayne and Mary Smith, all of Mt. Airy, Eddie Smith, Clemson, S.C., Sherry and Marvin Hudson, Washington, Terry Smith, Cornelia; ten grandchildren, one of whom is Tyler Smith, Baldwin; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gladys Smith McCoy, Mt. Airy.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 5, at Camp Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Barrs, Dr. Harry Rudasill and the Rev. Donald Grizzle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007
Travis Ballew
Travis G. Ballew, 56, of Demorest, died Thursday, October 4, 2007, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born on February 25, 1951, in Habersham County, he was the son of Mary Lou Smelcer Ballew of Demorest and the late Eugene E. Ballew. He was a member of the Central Heights Baptist Church and an employee of Georgia Power with 32 years of service.
Survivors in addition to his mother include his wife, Brenda Wood Ballew, Demorest; step-daughter, Christy Gosnell, Clarkesville; son, Jacob Ballew, Clearwater, Fla.; step-sons, Billy Henson, Cornelia, and Scott Shirley, Lincolnton; sister, Scarlet “Star” Ballew, Demorest; grandchildren, Jalan Ballew, Drew Gosnell, Lindsey Gosnell, Tiffany Shirley and Brandon Shirley.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Fowler and Dr. Kenneth Franklin officiating. Burial was in Demorest City Cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 10, 2007.



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