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OBITUARY PAGE - JANUARY 5, 2000 - HOMER, GA

MR. HEWELL
U.S. Marine Corps veteran
MAYSVILLE - Eric Llewellyn Hewell, 40, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000, at Stephens County Hospital.
Mr. Hewell was born September 15, 1959, in Orange County, Calif. He was a son of Henry and Pat Kelty Hewell, Commerce.
Mr. Hewell was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed with American Wood Mark. He was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church and was an avid folk art potter.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Lisa Barber Hewell; two sons, Bradley Lamar Hewell and Travis Joel Hewell, both of Jefferson; one step-son, Brian Savage, Maysville; one brother, Kurt Hewell, Hollywood; and three sisters, Tracy Alexander, Denise Jordan and Priscilla Wofford, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MR. AYERS
Farmer
HOMER - David Lee Ayers, 38, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Ayers was born September 16, 1961, in Lexington, N.C. He was a son of David C. and Gladys Anderson Ayers.
Mr. Ayers was a farmer and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Hayesville, N.C.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 6, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Larry Barnes and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial was in the Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two sisters, Ann Trexler, Spring City, Tenn., and Cathy Martin, Homer; four brothers, John Ayers, Tim Ayers and Nat Ayers, all of Homer, and Jeff Ayers, Lula.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MRS. MCELROY
Rogers Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Lottie Belle Williams McElroy, 78, died Friday, January 7, 2000.
Mrs. McElroy was a daughter of the late Dave Berry and Lula Ann Thurmond Williams.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church.
Mrs. McElroy had been married three times, first to the late Buford Dorsey Hix, second to the late Walker Mitchell Clegg, and third to the late Charles A. McElroy.
She was preceded in death by six brothers, Dorris Bennett Williams, Thurmond David Williams, Young Monroe Williams, Bernice Williams, Hoyt Williams and Ernest Williams, and one sister, Mattie Lee Fitzpatrick.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 9, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Petters and William Puckett officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, David Hix, Jefferson, Clay F. McElroy, Commerce, and Randy L. McElroy, Ila; three daughters, Wanda Horne, Commerce, and Vickie Eubanks and Inya Russell, both of Comer; one brother, J.D. Williams, Thomasville, N.C.; one sister, Flora Nell Wilkes, Commerce; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MRS. HOOPER
Retired seamstress
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Willie Emmett Hooper, 81, died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hooper was born August 27, 1918, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Will Hope and Pearl Lewallen Emmett.
Mrs. Hooper was a retired seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Hooper.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Ann Davis, Maysville, and Nadine Wardenga, Cleveland; two sisters, Mary Barnes and Doris McDonald, both of Commerce; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MRS. WHITFIELD
Jackson County native
ALTO - Mrs. Dorinda Renee Cochran Whitfield, 30, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Whitfield was born July 16, 1969, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Kenneth and Joan White Cochran, Commerce.
Mrs. Whitfield was employed with Baker & Taylor Company, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, at Rock Springs Baptist Church, Lula, with the Revs. Chris Webb and Tony Goss officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Barry Whitfield; one son, B.J. Whitfield, Alto; one daughter, Brittany Whitfield, Alto; two sisters, Kendra Cochran and Dianne McQuillen, both of Commerce; and grandparents, Frances White and J.L. White, both of Lula.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MRS. MCDUFFIE
Nursing Assistant
ALTO - Mrs. Nettie McDuffie, 66, died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. McDuffie was born February 28, 1933, in Hall County. She was a daughter of Josie Wade, Alto, and the late Arthur Pierce.
Mrs. McDuffie worked as a nursing assistant for a number of years at Scenic View Health Care Center and was a member of Alto Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy McDuffie.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, at Alto Baptist Church with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Michael Parker officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ernest Ivester officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include four daughters, Jane Ivie Harrison and Janice Ivie Pitts, both of Cornelia, Jean Ivie Savage, Homer, and Kathy Ivie Duncan, Alto; one son, Jimmy Ivie, Cornelia; two sisters, Betty Stewart and Allie Savage, both of Alto; one step-sister, Jewell Cook, Alto; three brothers, Benny Pierce, Alto, Marvin Pierce, Gainesville, and Tony Wade, Maysville; one step-brother, Randolph Wade, Cornelia; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MR. PACE
Jackson County native
NICHOLSON - Gilbert Pace, 74, died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Pace was born July 12, 1925, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late William Haynes and Maude Reynolds Pace.
Mr. Pace was retired from Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Bradford Pace officiating. Burial was in the Antioch United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Michael Pace, Nicholson; granddaughter, Michelle Funderburk, Nicholson; grandson, Bradford Pace, Nicholson; two great-grandchildren and two nieces.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MR. WILBANKS
Former
Baldwin councilman
CORNELIA - Lane L. Wilbanks, 76, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Mr. Wilbanks was born November 30, 1923, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Guy L. and Berdie Lane Wilbanks.
Mr. Wilbanks was the owner and operator of Wilbanks Used Cars for 50 years and was a former councilman for the City of Baldwin. He was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church and was a member of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith and the Rev. E.L. Aiken officiating. Burial was in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Marcia L. Hubbell, Downingtown, Pa.; one son, Marlan B. Wilbanks, Atlanta; four sisters, Frances Duncan, Cornelia, Betty Pruitt, Baldwin, Mary Amig, Otto, N.C., and Guynelle Creighton, Canton; one brother, Donald Wilbanks, Alto; and two grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Egleston Children's Hospital, 1405 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MRS. CARTEY
Banks County native
ATHENS - Mrs. Ruth Massey Cartey, 83, died Saturday, January 8, 2000.
Mrs. Cartey was born June 2, 1916, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Lon and Nancy C. Brown Massey.
Mrs. Cartey was retired from Macy's Department Store, with 30 years of service, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil M. Cartey Sr.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Tom Lang officiating. Burial was in Oconee Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Cartey's nephews and great-nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Maurice and Rosana Cartey, Athens, and Phil and Cathy Cartey, Watkinsville; five grandchildren, Beth Cartey, Jenny Cartey, Ricky Rice, Mark Rice and Debbie Barecky; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MR. BANKS
Retired merchant
BROWNSVILLE, TENN. - John Patterson Banks, 93, formerly of Carnesville, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, at Methodist Healthcare, Brownsville, Tenn., following an extended illness.
Mr. Banks was born October 23, 1906, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late William Jackson and Maude Elizabeth Means Banks.
Mr. Banks was a retired merchant and was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Azilee Dalrymple Banks.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 11, in the chapel of Brownsville Funeral Home, Brownsville, Tenn., with the Revs. Scott Alford and Stan Walden officiating. Burial was in Brownsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Pat Banks and Webb Banks, both of Brownsville, Tenn., and William Jackson Banks, Ollala, Wash.; one brother, Charles Banks, Florida; two sisters, Bessie Ruth Ayers, Carnesville, and Edith Banks, Homer; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin, announcing for Brownsville Funeral Home.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MR. HOLLIS
Pond Fork Baptist member
PENDERGRASS - Stanley Hollis, 44, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hollis was born July 15, 1955. He was a son of the late L.J. and Annie Maude Crane Hollis.
Mr. Hollis was employed in dry wall construction and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was on the Pond Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Hollis; one daughter, Stacy Hollis, Jefferson; one step-daughter, Amy Jo Edwards, Jefferson; three sons, Shane S. Hollis, Todd Hollis and Jason Hollis, all of Pendergrass; four sisters, Irene Funderburk and Judy Owens, both of Jefferson, Betty Hamilton, Maysville, and Debbie Poole, Gainesville; four brothers, J.D. Hollis, Lexington, and Hoyt Hollis, Danny Hollis and Jimmy Hollis, all of Pendergrass; and 11 grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000

MRS. CROCKER
First UMC member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Elaine Crocker, 54, died Monday, January 10, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Crocker was a daughter of Ethel Gibson Slayton, Comer, and the late Matt Slayton.
She was employed with Baker & Taylor, Commerce, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Joe "Arkey" Crocker; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Scott Martin, Commerce; granddaughter, McClaine Martin, Commerce; and two special friends, Mary Evans and Roberta Bolton, both of Commerce.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 12, 2000



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