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Henry Sorrow
Henry Paul Sorrow, 51, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at his residence.
He was the son of the late Frank T. and Modell Bakes Sorrow. Mr. Sorrow was preceded in death by a brother, Frank (Bimbo) Sorrow.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Sorrow, Commerce; Christopher and Joshua Sorrow, Commerce; a grandson, Chase Austin Sorrow, Homer; sisters, Janice Sheridan, Crawford, Lawana Sorrow, Athens; and brother, Mark Sorrow, Crawford.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, at Danielsville Baptist Church.
Donations may be made to the family to help with expenses.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Roy Brand
Roy Lacy (R.L.) Brand, 95, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at BJC Nursing home.
Born in Cobb County, he was the son of the late O.B. and Elizabeth Lacy Brand and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. He was a retired rural mail carrier. Mr. Brand was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, William C. Smith and Charles Farrell.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Greene Brand, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen Smith, Commerce, and Rose Farrell, Covington, Joan and Edward Leichner, Shelbyville, Tenn., and Nancy and Jimmy Moore, Adel; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 11, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Dr. David Bowen officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce Sanctuary Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 755, Commerce, Ga. 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Harold London
Harold L. London, 76, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at an area medical center.
Born on July 15, 1931, in White County, he was the son of the late Joseph Franklin and Lola Smith London. He was a member of the Double Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 54 years. He was a retired inspector at Schnadig Corporation with 45 years of service. Mr. London was preceded in death by sisters, Martha Weaver, Della Mae London and Pearl Mogene London; and brothers, James F. London and Terrell Eugene London.
Survivors include his wife, Corene Tench London, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and James Mealer, Baldwin, Patsy and Glenn Rice, Demorest, and Portia and Ronnie Hill, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Edwin and Rolanda London, Cornelia; brothers, Robert London, Cleveland, Marvin London, Mt. Airy; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 11, at the Whitfield Funeral Home with the Rev. Royce Winters officiating. Burial was in the Demorest City Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiating at the graveside.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Winnie Seagraves
Winnie Seagraves, 77, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
She was born in Banks County on July 14, 1930, the daughter of the late Paul and Ora Vesta Wilson Davis. She was a homemaker and attended Harmony Christian Church. Mrs. Seagraves was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Seagraves.
Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Payne, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Vicki Seagraves, Carnesville; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bill Nunnally, Winterville; grandson and spouse, Brad and Brandi Seagraves, Carnesville; great-grandchildren, Bailee and Brylee Seagraves, Carnesville; sister, Hazel Bridges, Snellville; special friend, George Sailors.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was at Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Pearl Gunn
Pearl Teague Gunn, 54, of Demorest, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Emory University Hospital, following an extended illness.
Born in Union County on October 30, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Mary Linda Tow Teague. She was employed with Ethicon with 30 years of dedicated service, and was a member of The Torch and a volunteer with Operation Care. She also enjoyed golf, attending church and serving God, loved ones stated. Mrs. Gunn was preceded in death by her husband, William Gunn; and brothers, Jack, Loy and Earl Teague.
Survivors include a son, Douglas James Gunn, Baldwin; brothers, Lewis Teague, Cleveland, Edward Teague, Carnesville, Jerry Teague, Jefferson; sisters, Grapell Harkins, Blairsville, Lula Bell Davis and Shirley Adams, both of Dahlonega, Geneva Nix, Cleveland; grandchildren, April Gunn, Nathan Gunn, Shelby Gunn, Levi Gunn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, at The Torch with the Revs. James Franklin, Ronald Wilson, and Pastor Mike Franklin officiating. Burial was in the Demorest City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Care, 800 Cannon Bridge Rd., Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Robert Ausburn
Robert Neil Ausburn, 60, of Demorest, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at BJC Medical Center in Commerce.
He was born in Stephens County on June 14, 1947, the son of the late Dorsey and Evelyn Hicks Ausburn. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army in the Vietnam Conflict, retired from the United States Reserve. He retired as a uniform patrol sergeant with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, and formerly served as Major with the Baldwin Police Department.
Survivors include his wife, Verena Brown Ausburn, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Kenree and Michael Sampson, Cornelia; son, Cale Ausburn, Cornelia; sister, Nan Holleyman, Lakeland, Fla.; brother, Brian Ausburn, Clarkesville; two nieces; and one nephew.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, at Whitfield Funeral Home with Charles Chapman and the Rev. Luther Williams officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating and full military honors provided by the Habersham County American Legion Post #84 and Rabun County DAV Chapter 15.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Habersham County Animal Shelter, 4132 Toccoa Hwy., Clarkesville, Ga. 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16 2008.

Tina Price
Tina Lee Price, 52, of Jefferson, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at her residence.
She was born in Shawnee County, Kan., the daughter of the late Dana and Jeanette Tracey Allegree. She was employed with Southeast Toyota.
Survivors include her husband, George S. Price, Jefferson; son, Brandon Allman, Athens; daughter, Shannon Lester, Jefferson; brother, Daryl Allegree, Kansas City, Mo.; sisters, Myra Combes, Ft. Wayne, Ind., Georgia Poole and Debbie Harrell, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were held Monday, April 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy Tarkins officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Thelma Frazer
Thelma Crow Frazer, 78, of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following an extended illness.
She was born in Gwinnett County, the daughter of the late G.C. “Jim” Crow and Edith Kimbrell Crow and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Mr. Frazier was preceded in death by her husband, Myron Frazer.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Frazer and Jerrold Parks, Gillsville; son, Douglas Frazer, Flowery Branch; grandsons and spouse, Shane and Carol Parks, and Jackson Frazer; granddaughter and spouse, Shawn Parks and Jay Bowers, all of Flowery Branch; great-grandson, Trey Bowers and great-granddaughter, Heather Parks, both of Flowery Branch; brothers, Glennon Crow, Gainesville, Leon Crow, Ervin Crow and Marvin Crow, all of Flowery Branch; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 11, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Revs. Fulton Boswell and Ralph Smith officiating. Burial was in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Annie Kitchens
Annie Ruth Jones Kitchens, 44, of Danielsville, died Saturday, April 12, 2008.
She was the daughter of the late Talmadge Eugene and Winnie Blanche Smallwood Jones and was a cosmetologist. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Terry L. Kitchens.
Survivors include a daughter, Kerry Marie Kitchens, Danielsville; sisters, Judy Marie McCannon, Pendergrass, and Janice Kay Hart, Homer; her life partner, Janet Evans; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at 2 p.m., from the Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Chad Risen and Frank Walker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

‘Gran-Ruby’ Betsill
Ruby “Gran-Ruby” Betsill, 100, of Fayetteville, died Saturday, April 12, 2008.
Mrs. Betsill was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; children, Clarence, Davis, Herman, Marjean, Horace and James; and two granddaughters.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jo and Albert Fuller, Homer; son, Paul Betsill, Fayetteville; 24 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and 49 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her faithful dog, Prissy II.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, in the chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with the Revs. David Hart and Ken Magnus officiating. Burial was in Banks Cemetery.
Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Mary Caudell
Mary Odell Martin Caudell, 78, of Homer, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at a private health care facility, following an extended illness.
She was born in Banks County on October 28, 1929, the daughter of the late Tom and Ethel Martin. She was retired from Blue Bell Wrangler as a plant manager with 40 years of service. She was a member of Homer Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening and sewing, according to loved ones.
Mrs. Caudell was preceded in death by a son, Larry Caudell; sister, Willie Martin; and brothers, Tommy, Henry, Cohen, James and Gene Martin.
Survivors include her husband, Buford Caudell, Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Ponda and Lou Wood, Roswell; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Imogene Martin, Trenton, and Ferd and Sara Martin, Duluth; sister, Gatha Barrett, Homer; grandchildren, Melissa Tirico, Jim Wood, and Misty Caudell; great-grandchildren, Ella Marie Wood and Sophia Melissa Tirico.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, at Homer Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Crabbe officiating. Burial was in the Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Homer Baptist Church, P.O. Box 499, Homer, Ga. 30547.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Donnie Maney
Donnie Lee Maney, 55, of Atlanta, formerly of Cornelia, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
He was born on August 23, 1952, in Habersham County, the son of the late Sterling and Margaret Cochran Maney. He was a member of the First Metropolitan Community Church, and was a commercial engineer with Cendant Hotel Franchise.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Joe Smelcer, Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, James and Darla Maney, Mt. Vernon, Wash.; special friend, William Payne, Atlanta; nieces, Lisa Harper, Cornelia, Darcie Koski, Salt Lake City, Utah; nephews, Joey Smelcer, Cornelia, and Darin Maney, Alexander, Va.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Brian James officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 145, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.
T

om Brady
Tom Henry Brady, 76, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at the Habersham County Medical Center.
He was born on November 28, 1931, the son of the late Claude and Sallie Caudell Brady. He was a member of the Level Grove Baptist Church, was retired from the United States Postal Service as a city mail carrier with 31 years of service, was a member of the Mt. Airy Lodge #141 F.&A.M. and the Scottish Rite of Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Brady was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He was preceded in death by a son, Tom Henry Brady Jr.; sisters, Demie Gailey, Mae Gibby and Ozell Gibby; and brothers, Clell Brady, Hollis Brady and Joe Brady.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Forrester Brady, Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Debbie Brady, Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Edith Knudsen, Sunnyville, Calif., Katie Williams, Clarkesville; sister-in-law, Pearl Williams, Cornelia; brother, Watt Brady, Demorest.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 11, at the Level Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Rice and Chris York officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Brian James officiating at the graveside.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

ulla Brock
Sulla Mae Mealor Brock, 91, of Cornelia, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on October 4, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William and Artimissie “Missy” Poe Mealor. She was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing as a sewing machine operator and was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church. Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Estees Brock; sisters, Nettie Worley, Lillie Sims, Francine House, Margie Caudell and Mona V. Simmons; and brothers, Harrison, Warren, Joe and Will Mealor. She enjoyed traveling and gardening, loved ones stated.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Wayne Andrews, Baldwin, and Sue and Ray Wade, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Anna Brock and Preston and Marie Brock, all of Walla Walla, Wash.; a sister, Ossie Mae Sanders, Boca Raton, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, at Mt. View Baptist Church with the Revs. Deron Crocker and Kent Barrett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.

Owen Brady
Owen Brady, 89, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on May 24, 1918, he was the son of the late William and Nancy Kelly Brady. He was a self-employed farmer and was Baptist. Mr. Brady was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Bridges; a son, Wade Brady; and several brothers and sisters. He enjoyed bee keeping, gardening, fishing, hunting, and repairing automobiles, according to loved ones.
Survivors include his wife, Etheline Brady, Baldwin; daughters, Joyce Blair, Danielsville, Cathy Stewart, Demorest, Beverly Stergous, Cornelia, and Judy Patterson, Mt. Airy; sons, Junior Brady, Baldwin, and Bruce Brady, Homer; a brother, Boyce Brady, Baldwin; sister, Lillie Mae Pitts, Mt. Airy; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Revs. Wade Bridges and Wendell Handley officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The family is at the residence.
McGahee-Griffin Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2008.



 

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