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OBITUARY PAGE - FEBRUARY 2, 2000 - HOMER, GA

BERTRANG
Infant
CARNESVILLE - Alison Leigh Bertrang, infant daughter of Shawn and Susan Burrell Bertrang, Carnesville, died Tuesday, January 25, 2000.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 27, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church with the Revs. Tommy Childress and Ryan Seawright officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include grandparents, Dennis and Alice Sims Burrell, Statham, and John and Jan Bellamy Bertrang, Carnesville; and great-grandparents, Ralph and Noils Ayers Bellamy, Carnesville, and Oscar E. Bertrang, Clearwater, Fla.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MRS. SHORT
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Maude Weaver Short, 85, died Wednesday, January 26, 2000.
Mrs. Short was born in Orlando, Fla., a daughter of the late Hampton Weaver and Lara Taylor.
She was a homemaker and a member of Dry Pond United Methodist Church. Mrs. Short was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Franklin Short.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 29, in the chapel of Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Orlando, Fla. Burial was in Glenhaven Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Norma Jean Weagraff and Sheila Marie Gilbert, both of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Charles Houston Short, Orlando, Fla., and Dennis William Short, Baldwin; one sister, Delaray Weaver, Jefferson, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of local arrangements, while Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements in Florida.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

UMBEHANT
Infant
MT. AIRY - Draven Payne Umbehant, infant son of Matt and Lori Payne Umbehant, Mt. Airy, died Wednesday, January 26, 2000, at Egleston Children's Hospital, Atlanta.
Umbehant was born Friday, January 21, in Hall County.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, John Vickers, Everett Umbehant, Curtis and Blanche Woodall Gastley and Thomas J. Sr. and Pauline Hardy Payne.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Mickey Umbehant officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Sean Curtis Umbehant, Mt. Airy; grandparents, the Rev. Eddie and Pam Vickers Umbehant, Mt. Airy, Thomas J. Jr. and Ann Gastley Payne, Cornelia, and Hal and Vivian Rose Vinson Pearson, Bowling Green, Ohio; and great-grandparents, Grace Vickers, Flowery Branch, Frances Umbehant, Cornelia, and Clinton and Mazell Vinson, Otto, N.C.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MR. GERRELL
Damascus Baptist member
CORNELIA - Odell Meeler Gerrell, 83, died Saturday, January 29, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Gerrell was born November 6, 1916, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late James Meeler and Etta Davis Deaton Meeler.
Mrs. Gerrell was retired from Carwood Manufacturing Company, Baldwin, with 32 years of service. She was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
Mrs. Gerrell was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Meeler, a sister, Annie Mae Meeler, and three half-brothers, John, Harve and Jake Deaton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 1, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Hal Cason and Alan Cole officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, E.C. Gerrell; one sister, Elsie Looney, Martin; and one brother, Robert Meeler, Augusta.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MR. KITCHENS
Father of countian
COMER - Terry Leonard Kitchens, 42, died Saturday, January 29, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Kitchens was a son of the late Lovic and Estelle Roberts Kitchens.
Graveside services were held Monday, January 31, in the Indian Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Franklin County.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Ruth Kitchens; two daughters, Kerry Marie Kitchens, Comer, and Amy Marie Mathis, Homer; one son, Timothy Leonard Kitchens, Commerce; two sisters, Ruth Vaughn, Homer, and Joyce K. Brock, Danielsville; one brother, James Edward Kitchens, Danielsville; and one grandson.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MRS. WILKIE
Homemaker
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Lillie Muriel Barrett Wilkie, 76, died Friday, January 28, 2000, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Wilkie was born April 27, 1923, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late William A. and Myrtle Allen Barrett.
Mrs. Wilkie was a homemaker and a member of Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Strickland officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Wilkie; two sons, Major William D. Wilkie, Hampton, Va., and Ronald S. Wilkie, Cleveland; one brother, Charles E. Barrett, Stockbridge; one sister, Bessie Wheeler, Danielsville; and eight grandchildren.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MRS. LLOYD
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Jessie Burke Lloyd, 96, died Sunday, January 30, 2000, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in White County, Mrs. Lloyd lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Taylor Lafayette and Lillie Robertson Burke.
Mrs. Lloyd was a homemaker and a member of Cool Springs United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Johnson, her second husband, Jess Lloyd, and two daughters, Ruth Loudermilk and Virginia Smart, and a son, James Lloyd.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 2, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Bobby Burke and Steve McIntyre officiating. Burial was in the Blue Creek Baptist Church cemetery, White County.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dean Sheetz, Cornelius, N.C., and Glenda and John Johnson, Tifton; son and daughter-in-law, Loy and Marion Johnson, Orlando, Fla.; sons-in-law, Paul Smart and Zeb Loudermilk, both of Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Polly Tench, Toccoa; brother and sister-in-law, Alley and Frances Burke, Clarkesville; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MR. LEACHMAN
Retired truck driver
HOMER - Coy E. Leachman, 70, died Monday, January 31, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Leachman was a son of the late Claude W. Leachman and Roxie Gosnell Leachman.
He was a retired truck driver.
Mr. Leachman was preceded in death by a sister, Charlie Lou Leachman.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Brenda Clark and David Garrison officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeway Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sue E. Leachman; two sons, Larry Leachman, Cornelia, and William Claude Leachman Jr., Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter, Linda Neisler, Commerce; six step-sons, Curtis McIntire and Steven Hagan, both of Nicholson, Frank McIntire, Louisville, Ky., Gary McIntire, Nashville, Tenn., J.C. Gable, Cornelia, and Roy W. Gable, Villa Rica; six step-daughters, Paula Underwood, Dawsonville, Teresa Marsingill, Dry Pond, Stephanie Hagan, Commerce, Shelia Norman, Louisville, Ky., Shirley Hagan, Nicholson, and Patsy Garrett, Flowery Branch; two sisters, Evelyn Baker, Maysville, and Bessie Mae Callaham, Athens; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000

MR. WRIGHT
Skilled craftsman
COMER - Michael Lee "Tink" Wright, 39, died Thursday, January 27, 2000.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Wright was a son of the late Freddy B. Wright and Hazel Ann Alexander Wright.
He was a skilled craftsman and a full-time father.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 6, on top of Currhea Mountain, Toccoa, with the Rev. Steve Welch officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy A. Bales, Nicholson; three daughters, Dustie Leeann Kitchen, Winder, and Mychael Tori Wright and Juanita Ann Wright, both of Comer; one brother, James H. Wright, Lexington; one sister, Nita Wright Phillips, Danielsville; and one granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Michael 'Tink' Wright" Memorial Fund, c/o Nita Phillips, Merchants and Farmers Bank, P.O. Box 520, Hull, GA 30646.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 6, at the home of Randy and Sherry Miller, Toccoa.
Cremation Society of the South, Austell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 2, 2000


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