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Evareen Brown
Evareen Whitfield Brown, 81, of Banks County, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at The Oaks at Limestone Nursing Facility.
She was born in Banks County on July 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mae Stowe Whitfield and was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Brown Sr.; and a son, Johnny Brown Sr.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Samples, Commerce, and Jeannette Smith, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Brown Jr. and Karen Brown, Lithia Springs, and Cliff and Marsha Brown, Euharlee; sisters and brother-in-law, Lois Savage, South Georgia, Linda and Lilburn Newsome, Baldwin, Margie Lou Broome, Homer; brother, Harold Whitfield, Clarkesville; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home with Dr. Kenneth Franklin and the Rev. Mike Mayfield officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4 2008.
‘Gene’ Meeks
James Eugene “Gene” Meeks, 69, of Lula, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following a brief illness.
He was born in Habersham County on September 12, 1938, the son of the late Clyde E. and Mary Corinthia Hurt Meeks. He was retired from the Georgia Department of Agriculture in the fuel and measurement division as a meter calibration inspector with 26 years of dedicated service. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Juanita Meeks; and a niece, Carrie Meeks. Mr. Meeks enjoyed fishing, camping, sports, and was an avid NASCAR fan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary-Jo “Jodi” Meeks, Lula; step-daughters and spouses, Vickie and Tony Casper and Julie and Brett Rogers, all of Flowery Branch; step-son, Rusty Bar, Clayton; brothers and sisters-in-law, William L. and Sue Meeks and Henry Joe and Cheryl Meeks, all of Mt. Airy, Roy H. Meeks, Cornelia; step-grandchildren, Courtney, Brandon and Stephen Rogers and Matthew Casper; niece, Kim Culpepper; nephew, Billy Sellers; great-nieces, Rebekah, Rachel, Carrie and Leah Culpepper; and great-nephew, Jesse Culpepper.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 3, at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Bradley Elliott officiating.
Memorials may be made to the James Meeks Memorial Fund established at any Wachovia or Habersham Bank location.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
Donald Smith
Donald L. Smith, 67, of Maysville, died Monday, May 26, 2008.
He was born on December 31, 1940, in Fulton County. He was retired from Gwinnett Daily Post as a transportation manager and was Baptist.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Brenda Smith, Maysville; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Jim Braun, Norcross, Janice and Clifford Earl, Flowery Branch, Tammy and James Rhea, Forest Park; sons and daughters-in-law, Teddy and Rosita Smith, Virginia Beach, Va., Andy and Ann-Marie Smith, Bethlehem; eleven grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Jack and Joy Smith, Buford, Jimmy Titshaw and Wesley Smith, both of Covington, Kenneth Smith and James Smith, both of Loganville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sarah and Johnny Walton, Covington, Jean and Mike Tabone, Loganville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Brother David Gates officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
Cecil Saylors
Cecil Loraine Saylors, 82, of Braselton, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at her residence, following an extended illness.
She was the daughter of the late William and Lizzie Standridge LeCroy and was preceded in death by her husband, Julian Saylors; a son, Larry Dooley; and daughters, Willie Bell Greenway and Sara LeCroy; and a brother, Edward LeCroy.
Survivors include sons, Luther Lee Dooley, Braselton, David Saylors, Commerce, and Daniel Saylors, Lavonia; daughters, Brenda Fitzgerald, Homer, Debra Peck, Pendergrass, Mattie Lou LeCroy, Townsville, S.C.; brothers, Gene LeCroy, Anderson, S.C., Curtis LeCroy, Townsville, S.C., and Jimmy LeCroy, Belton, S.C.; sisters, Louise Busby, Royston, Willie Mae Graham, Townsville, S.C., JoAnn Skelton and Shirley Holcombe, both of Anderson, S.C., Ruth Page, Belton, S.C.; 50 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 4, at Holy Ground Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Moore and Clinton Gooch officiating. Burial was in the Zion Baptist Church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
Laura Chandler
Laura Mealor Chandler, 79, of Commerce, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Moody Mem and Mary B. Marvin Mealor. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce and was a retired real estate broker. She was a member of the Jolly Agers and the Lost Arts Club.
Survivors include her husband, Stoy Chandler, Commerce; a daughter, Mary Ann Upchurch, Waterloo, Iowa; brothers, John D. Mealor and James H. Mealor, both of Commerce; sister, Virginia M. Barnes, Commerce; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Ritchie officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
Lisa Kilgore
Lisa Hayes Kilgore, 45, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 26, 2008.
She was the daughter of Eileen Carlyle Hayes of Jefferson and the late Junior Hayes. She was born on January 13, 1963, in Gwinnett County and was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church in Hoschton, where she was active in the Youth Choir.
Survivors in addition to her mother, include daughters and sons-in-law, Christie Kilgore and Brian Walls, Flowery Branch, Cindy Kilgore and Cary Way, Baldwin, Kerri Kilgore, Lawrenceville, Nicole Kilgore, Jefferson; nine grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Donald Murphy, Hoschton, Shirley and Henry Satterfield, Flowery Branch; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Ellen Hayes, Flowery Branch; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Carlyle and Ollie V. Hayes officiating. Burial and graveside services were held in Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Everest Carlyle officiating.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
Elmer McClurg
Elmer Henry McClurg, 75, of Cleveland, died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at an area medical center.
He was born on August 8, 1932, in Wedowee, Ala., the son of the late Jesse and Gladys Mitchell McClurg. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, was formerly employed with Johnson Motor Lines and ABF Motor Lines, and was a mason. Mr. McClurg was a veteran, having served in the United States Armed Forces, during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela McClurg, Alto; sisters, Joyce Logue and Helen McClurg, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Bobby McClurg and Wayne McClurg, both of Alabama; three grandchildren, Rylan, Dana and Evan Moody.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 4, at the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
N. Otis King
N. Otis King, 67, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
Born in Banks County, he was the son of Lois Howington King of Commerce and the late William Wiseman King. He was a long time employee of the textile industry at the Mt. Vernon Mill of Harmony Grove Mills, was a past member of the Commerce Jaycees, a former member of the Commerce City Council, a former pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle of Commerce, and was an avid golfer and fisherman. Mr. King was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Todd King; and brother, Paul King, Commerce.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include a twin brother, Odell and Jean King, Ila; children and spouses, Amanda French, Commerce, Lynn and Randy Poole, Lula, Melanie and Kevin Lawhorn, Apple Valley, and Adam Matthews, Athens; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; golfing partner of 25 plus years, Hollis Ray, Jefferson; and long time friend and companion, Dianne Matthews, Commerce.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with Johnny Klugh and the Revs. Curtis Greene and Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial will be in the Grey Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and at other times at the residence at 183 Brookwood Ave., Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
James Davis
James Logan Davis, infant son of James Brian Davis and Amber Olvey of Snellville, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Emory Eastside.
Survivors in addition to his parents, include grandparents, James and Robin Davis and Dorothy Kimbrell, all of Commerce, Sherry Olvey, Decatur, Bruce Maddox, Helen, Gaylon and Barbara Rainwater, Conyers, and Judith Davis, Jefferson.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 2, at Adam’s Place in Banks County with the Rev. Rusty Davis officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.
‘Mike’ Stewart
James Michael “Mike” Stewart, 47, of Cornelia, died Monday, June 2, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Born in Stephens County on December 22, 1960, he was the son of Sara Stewart Shore of Cornelia, and was Baptist. He had been employed with American Bedding as a truck driver, and was a veteran, having served his country in the National Guard.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include a sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Darrell Dodd, Clermont; special aunt, Midge Ledford, Clarkesville; special friends, Dennis and Kathy King, Alto, and Roger Stewart, Clarkesville; and nephews, Conner and Casey Dodd.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Denver Gunn officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 4, 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, June 4, 2008.
Patricia Gunter
Patricia L. Gunter, 61, of Carlton, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Elbert Memorial Hospital.
A native of Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Julia Chandler Drake and was a member of Macedonia Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Gunter was preceded in death a son, Grover Towe; brothers, Michael Drake and James Drake.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Gunter; daughter, Bertie Gunter, Carlton; sons, Junior Towe, Salisbury, N.C., Tommy Towe, Royston, David Gunter, Athens; step-sons, Marion Gunter, Carlton, Leon Gunter, Athens; 10 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 2, at Macedonia Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery with the Rev. Artis England officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2008.



 

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