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Charlie Smith
Charlie Ellington Smith, 83, of Baldwin, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at a private care facility, following an extended illness.
He was born in Pickens County, S.C., on August 15, 1924, the son of the late George Earl and Mary Elizabeth Anderson Smith. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Banks County. He served his community faithfully in law enforcement, having retired as Chief of Police with the Demorest Police Department and formerly served in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Cornelia Police Department. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Tench Smith; brothers, George Earl Smith Jr., Raymond Smith, Walter Smith; and sisters, Sadie and Annie Nations.
Survivors include daughters, Sandra and Billy Joe Barrett, Hollingsworth, Phyllis Smith and special friend, Steve Sosby, Toccoa, Wanda and Phil Perry, Cornelia, Denise and Steve Holland, Hollingsworth; sister, Rachel Davis, Gastonia, N.C.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Smith and Larry Whitfield officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Banks County.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Freder Wade
Freder Roberts Wade, 84, of Alto, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on March 19, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Ben Roberts and Lou Eller Wade. She attended the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow B. Wade; a brother, Lonnie Roberts; and sisters, Mae Wade, Maude Dodd, Leler Goodson, Montine Purdy, Josie Wade and Inez Roberts.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Archie Browning, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Brenda Boling Wade, Alto, and Benford and Jennifer Lee Wade; sister, Pauline Thomas, Alto; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and special granddaughter, Melinda Wade Mull.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 16, at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church with Pastors Mike Franklin and Pennie Eddy, and the Revs. Danny Masters and Carlton Bates officiating. Burial was at Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Don McLean officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Freder Wade Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Mark Bounxayseng
Mark Souk Bounxayseng, 65, of Baldwin, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness.
He was born on August 6, 1942, in Nongkhai, Thailand, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Verne Bounxayseng. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills with 20 years of dedicated service and was a member of the Wat LaoKhambouengheung in Baldwin. Mr. Bounxayseng was preceded in death by a son, Phet Bounxayseng.
Survivors include his wife, Phou Bounxayseng, Baldwin; daughters, Sai Bounxayseng and Amy Bounxayseng, both of Baldwin; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Jacob and Joseph Bounxayseng.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, at the Whitfield Funeral Home with the Monks from the Wat LaoKhambouengheung officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, May 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, May 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Mattie Sears
Mattie Roberta Wideman Sears, 73, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 18, 2008.
She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Selma Wideman and was a homemaker. Mrs. Sears was preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne Sears; a daughter, Kathy Sears; brothers, Ralph Wideman, Jim Frank Wideman; and sisters, Maude Wideman Dallas and Cleo Wideman Brewer.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Ava Sears, Allardt, Tenn., Jerry and Karen Sears, Carnesville, and Phillips Sears, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Brent Jennings, Greenwood, S.C., Eva and Jerry Peek and Tina Sears, all of Commerce, Tammie and Tommy Pinnell, Lula; brothers, Thomas Wideman and Mason Wideman, both of McCormick, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Danny Oliver and David Carithers officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Freddie Wood
Freddie Alma Short Wood, 96, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
She was born on September 20, 1911, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Thomas Coy and Hettie Moss Short. She was the oldest female member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she had been a member since joining at age 11. She was a retired Seamstress from Commerce Sportswear and Oxford. Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Brown Wood; and a sister, Ada Fay Webb.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Raymond Adams, Chamblee, and Marie and Wendell Perry, Gainesville, Carolyn Hayes, Sautee-Nacoochee; sister, Jane Short Irvin, Gillsville; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. Derry Oliver and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Judy Pafford
Judy Bradberry Pafford, 63, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Connie W. and Pauline Hogan Bradberry. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and was employed as an assistant manager in sales at the Lodge Cast Iron.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Pafford, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Rhett and Jessica Childers, Commerce, Travis and Donna Childers, Bogart; daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Robert Faulkner, Statham; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Bobby Bradberry, Nicholson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 16, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Donald Clark officiating. Burial was at Union Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Rd., Bogart, Ga. 30622.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Russell Koons
Russell Koons, 35, of Tellico Plains, Tenn., formerly of Maysville, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008.
Born on March 23, 1973, he was the son of Mary Koons of Vonore, Tenn. and the late Bob Koons. Mr. Koons was preceded in death by a baby son, Ryan Koons.
Survivors include his wife, Kim; a son, Andrew Koons, Acworth; daughter, Jenna, Tellico Plains, Tenn.; step-daughter, Jessica, Tellico Plains, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Kathy Koons, Madisonville, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Felicia and Thomas Moon, Maysville; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held at Biereley-Hale chapel and burial was in Coppinger Cemetery in Tellico Plains, Tenn.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
‘Bud’ Parham
J.G. “Bud” Parham, 87, of Cornelia, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
He was born June 29, 1920, in Clarke County, the son of the late J.B. and Alice Dalton Parham. He was a graduate of Homer High School and a 1939 graduate of Habersham College. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army overseas in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in Europe during World War II, having earned the rank of sergeant. He was an active member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for 46 years. He was retired from Lee Arrendale State Prison as vocational instructor with 17 years of service. He was a life member of the Grant Reeves V.F.W. Post #7720 in Cornelia.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Effie Clark Parham, Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Pat Parham, Cornelia, Larry and Janet Parham, Mt. Airy; sister-in-law, Frances Parham, Monroe; grandchildren, Alice and Grant Gunter, Cornelia, Brittany Parham, Mt. Airy.
Mr. Parham was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Parham.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at the Cornelia First Baptist Church with the Revs. David Turner and Greg Walton officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Peyton Erwin
Peyton Lee Erwin, infant son of Joseph and Crystal Erwin of Gainesville, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, following a brief illness.
He was born in Hall County on April 27, 2008.
Survivors in addition to his parents, include maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Merrifield, Alto; paternal grandparents, Randall and Linda Erwin, Clarkesville; godparents, Scott and Kathy Costley, Gainesville; uncles, Gregory Erwin, Gainesville, Richard Erwin, Clarkesville; aunts, Elisa Moore, Clarkesville, Kim Martin and Dawn Self, Winder.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21, in the chapel of McGahee Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Revs. Johnny Brady and Larry Free officiating. Burial was at Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Peyton Lee Erwin Memorial Fund at Regions Bank, 241 Larkin St., Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
‘Pete’ Jenkins
Ernest “Pete” Jenkins, 86, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following a brief illness.
He was born in the New Holland Community and was the son of the late James and Mae Tucker Jenkins. He was retired from Milliken and was a member of Riverbend Baptist Church. He was currently a bailiff for the Hall County Superior Court and was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Old Timers and a member of the Hall County Mill League. Mr. Jenkins was preceded in death by brothers, Hoyt Jenkins, Jack Jenkins, Ray Jenkins and Charles Jenkins; sisters, Estelle Webb and Imogene Brown.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Margaret Adams Jenkins, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Jim Aulick, Buffalo, Minn., Robin and John Hahn, Lula; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Revs. Wilburn Peeples and Matt Wethington officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made the Riverbend Baptist Church Building Fund, 1715 Cleveland Hwy., Gainesville, Ga. 30501, or Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Pkwy., Gainesville, Ga. 30501.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Tommy Dale
Tommy Junior Dale, 65, of Maysville, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born in Hall County, he was the son of the late Tom and Bernice Greenway Dale. He worked 36 years at Milliken, New Holland Plant and was an active member of Unity Christian Church in Maysville. He loved fishing, Nascar Racing, football and writing poetry. His favorite thing was racing grandsons to the mail box and back, loved ones stated.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Dale, Maysville; a son, Steve Dale, Commerce; daughters, Cynthia Bradburn, Flowery Branch, Crystal Hughes, Jefferson; brother, Bobby B. Dale, Maysville; sister, Lethia Pethel, Gainesville; grandchildren, Parker, Clayton and Abigail Hughes, Avery, Thomas, Anna and Jonathan Dale, Isaiah Stephenson, Dawson and Kaylah Paige Bradburn; and a special little friend, Isabella Smith.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21, at the Unity Christian Church in Maysville with the Rev. Mike Thompson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Tommye Nicholas
Tommye J. Nicholas, 78, of Baldwin, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at a private care facility.
She was born on October 30, 1929, in Fulton County, the daughter of the late Thomas Elmer and Mary Anna Akin Reeves. She was a member of the Mableton First Christian Church and was retired from Benefits and Service Records Company with 15 years of service.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, William Nicholas, Baldwin; sons, Marvin Wayne “Butch” Nicholas, Knoxville, Tenn., Edward Thomas “Bubba” Nicholas, Baldwin; and two grandchildren.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Habersham Home East, P.O. Box 37, Demorest, Ga. 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Thomas Souther
Thomas Watson Souther, 90, of New Horizons Nursing Home, Gainesville, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, following an extended illness.
He was born in Union County, the son of the late Rev. Jasper Gilliam Souther and Stella Ruth Watkins Souther. He was retired from Chicopee and was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae McIntyre Souther; brothers, Aaron, Isaiah, Oliver, Arvil and John Souther; sisters, Ulmer Dyer, Willie Turpin and Frankie Cowart. He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Gainesville and was also a charter member of East Hall Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Roger Allen, Gainesville, Delores Edge, Flowery Branch, and Frances and Ronnie Spain, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Lois Souther, Gainesville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Hart, Gainesville; brothers, Paul Souther, Cleveland, and L.D. Souther, Gainesville; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Revs. Jack Pierce, Bobby Jones and Farrell Presley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Martha Mason
Martha Lianne Mason, 40, of Lavonia, died Thursday, May 15, 2008.
Born in Clarke County, she was the daughter of father and step-mother, Robert and Rachel Mason of Covington, and mother, Patty Barnes Mason, Athens. She worked for Home Depot as an inventory clerk.
Survivors include daughters, Amber Mize, Jordon Mize and Hayley Mize, all of Lavonia; brother, Ricky Mason, Covington; sisters, Debbie Williams, Winder, Bonnie Mason, Athens, and Elizabeth Mason, Covington; aunts and uncle, Martha Forney, Oxford, and John and Janice Barnes.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the children of Lianne Mason at any BB&T Bank.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
James Ogletree
James Robert Ogletree, 57, of Gainesville, died Friday, May 16, 2008, following a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Billie N. Ogletree and step-father, Dan Stringer, of Homestead, Fla., and the late Bennie Ogletree. He was a truck driver. Mr. Ogletree was preceded in death by a brother, Bennie “Skipper” Ogletree Jr.; sister, Jo Ann Ingram; and nephew, Chad Whirlow.
Survivors include his wife, Patti Ogletree, Gainesville; daughters and son-in-law, Melissa and Kevin Savage and Crystal Little, all of Lula; sister and brother-in-law, Kay and John Whirlow, Flowery Branch; brother and sister-in-law, William “Bill” and Jane Ogletree, Clermont; grandchildren, Hayden, Logan and Karsyn Savage, Caleb and Haley Little; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, in the Memorial Park Chapel with the Revs. William Baker and Ernest Fuller officiating. Burial was in Center Grove Baptist cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.
Margaret Mathis
Margaret Mathis, 82, of Winder, died Monday, May 19, 2008.
She was born in Barrow County, the daughter of the late Hiram S. and Stella Edwards McDaniel. Her first job was at Carwood Manufacturing Company and she retired from Cherokee after many years. She was a member of Dove Creek Holiness Church. Mrs. Mathis was preceded in death by her husband, Jerdine L. Mathis.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby L. and Stacey Mathis, Baldwin; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Moore officiating. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 21, 2008.



 

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