Banks County Obituaries...

 March 22, 2000


MISS CUNNINGHAM
Retired school teacher
CORNELIA - Miss Alda Ann Cunningham, 65, died Wednesday, March 14, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Miss Cunningham was born October 2, 1934, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late George Perry Sr. and Annie Gertrude McCrackin Cunningham.
Miss Cunningham received an educational specialist degree from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the A.D.P Sorority and the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority.
She taught at South Habersham High and Habersham Central High Schools, retiring from the Habersham County School System with 40 years of service. Miss Cunningham was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church, three arts clubs and the Habersham Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, George Perry Cunningham Jr. and Thomas H. Cunningham Sr.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 16, at Cornelia First Baptist Church with the Revs. Marcus Martin, Richard Scoggins and Warren T. Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include sister-in-laws, Elizabeth H. Cunningham and Beulah Cunningham Stapleton, both of Cornelia; nephews and wives, George P. "Geep" III and Sue Ellen Cunningham, Toccoa, Thomas A. "Tac" and Linda Cunningham, McDonough, and Thomas H. Jr. and Cindy Cunningham, Cornelia; niece and husband, Dr. Cary and Dr. Greg Perry, Athens; great nephews, Perry, Bryan and Drew Cunningham, all of Toccoa, Tac Cunningham Jr., McDonough, and Jackson Thomas Perry, Athens; and great-nieces, Holly, Jamie and Haley, all of McDonough.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cornelia Building Fund or Bus Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MR. HARRIS
Mt. Zion Baptist
cemetery rites
NICHOLSON - Donald Keith Harris, 35, died Saturday, March 18, 2000.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Eddie Cane and Leon Arwood officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery, Suches.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Connie and Richard Jackson, Nicholson; his father and step-mother, Donald and Ritna Harris, Oakwood; four brothers, Mitchell Jackson, Homer, Jeremey Harris, Commerce, and Chris Harris and Isaiah Harris, both of Oakwood; three sisters, Regina Pilgrim, Commerce, Rhonda Jackson, Jefferson, and Marlena Twiggs, Oakwood; five nieces and five nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MR. MCEVER
Banks County native
MADISON, TENN. - Henry Wiley McEver, 92, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Tennessee Christian Medical Center.
Mr. McEver was born April 15, 1907, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Jake and Carrie Bruce McEver.
Mr. McEver was a retired pipefitter and was a member of Silver Spring Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katharine Wagner McEver.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Russ Stevens, Charles Hamlin and Al Adams officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Billy Rozerl, Madison, Tenn.; one daughter, Lucille Barrett, Madison, Tenn.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MRS. HANLEY
Artist
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Lydia Banks McCrary Hanley, 83, a cousin of Edith Banks, Homer, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas, following a sudden illness.
A native of Gainesville, Mrs. Hanley was born December 3, 1916. She was a daughter of the late Rafe and Alberta Banks.
Mrs. Hanley attended public schools, with art studies as a special student at Brenau College (now Brenau University). She later attended Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans. Mrs. Hanley spent 1938 in Paris for special art studies.
She later opened Renaissance II Studio in Gainesville, where she taught art for 30 years.
"I will always smell the paints and studio," said her son, Richard McCrary, Duluth. "Throughout my life, she carried her paints with her."
Mrs. Hanley helped enrich artistic circles, including the Quinlan Art Center and the Fine Arts Department of Brenau University. In 1999, Brenau University conferred an honorary degree on Mrs. Hanley.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville. Mrs. Hanley was preceded in death by her first husband, Captain Thomas A. McCrary.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Fred Jones officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her cousin and son, include her husband, Colonel Paul Hanley, San Antonio, Texas; sons, Thomas Andrew McCrary Jr., Fairfax, Va., and Rex McCrary, Yelm, Wash.; one daughter, Jenny McCrary Trappmann, Key Largo, Fla.; one sister, Leila Banks Burwell, Montgomery, Ala.; grandchildren, Thomas A. McCrary III, Falls Church, Va., Kathryn Gravat, Tampa, Fla., Stephen McCrary, Duluth, Brandon McCrary, Statesboro, and Jessica Trappmann, Key Largo, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Thomas A. McCrary IV and Luke McCrary, both of Falls Church, Va.
Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

REV. BRYSON
North Carolina native
DEMOREST - The Rev. Hershel Odell Bryson, 74, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Bryson was born in Macon County, N.C., a son of the late Zeb and Margaret Watkins Bryson.
He had pastored in Rabun County and was a member of Cresent Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Bryson was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Ray Bryson, and a sister, Dorothy Bryson.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Cresent Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Nathan Nix, Donald Fuller and Furman Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Worley Bryson; daughters and sons-in-law, Frances and Kenneth Wigley, Dahlonega, Marie and David Eller, Toccoa, and Linda and Randy Carnes, Turnerville; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Lee and Drucilla Bryson, Mt. Airy, Wayne and Brenda Bryson, Randallman, N.C., and Clarence and Judy Bryson, Clarkesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hayward and Marie Bryson, Clarkesville, and the Rev. Paul and Bernice Bryson, Demorest; brother, Neville Bryson, Clarkesville; sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Paul Holt, Clarkesville; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rev. Hershel Bryson Memorial Fund, 255 Bryson Drive, Demorest, GA 30535.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

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MRS. LORD
Homemaker
WINTERVILLE - Mrs. Mary Brooks Lord, 62, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Lord was born July 6, 1937, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Lucy Ayers Brooks.
Mrs. Lord was a homemaker and a member of Family Worship Center.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 19, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jeff Burt officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Rebecca Martin, Gainesville, Brenda Funderburk, Jefferson, Michelle Rogers, Winterville, and Melanie Hudson, Clermont; two sons, James David Cannon, Carnesville, and Michael Cannon, Winterville; two brothers, John Brooks, Athens, and Scotty Brooks, Pendergrass; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MR. SAVAGE
U.S. Army veteran
HOMERVILLE - John Verdell Savage, 78, formerly of Habersham County, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Clinch County Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Savage was born in Habersham County, a son of the late John Thomas Savage and Bertie Mae Whitworth.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paris Whitworth, Donnie Elliott, Curtis Woods and Autry Gosnell officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Anna Savage; two daughters, Mary Glenn Smith, Homerville, and Cathy Cunningham, Alto; five sons, David Savage, Hoschton, Randall Savage, Homerville, Tony Savage, Oakwood, Danny Savage, Cornelia, and Roy Savage, Lula; two brothers, Lavaughan Savage and Samuel Lewis, both of Winder; two sisters, Denise Gragg, Toccoa, and Lillie Mae Nix, Demorest; 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MRS. BIRD
Retired seamstress
COMMERCE - Mrs. Rosie Benton Bird, 98, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bird was born November 17, 1901, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Wiley Benton and Maggie Ingram Benton.
Mrs. Bird was a retired seamstress with Blue Bell Inc., Commerce, and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neri Esli Bird.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Nell Segraves, Commerce; two brothers, Ollie Benton and Vernon Benton, both of Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MR. CHESTER
Retired carpenter
NICHOLSON - William T. Chester, 82, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Chester was born August 24, 1917, in Johnson County. He was a son of the late Isaac Tillman and Lula Vaden Brantley Chester.
Mr. Chester was a retired carpenter and was a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Isaac Thomas Chester.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, H.L. Moore and Howard Rhodes officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Cathel Mae Palmer Chester; four sons, Kenneth Christopher Chester, Jefferson, Oral Chester, Comer, and Ray LaVaughn Chester and William Randall Chester, both of Nicholson; four daughters, Pamelia Jan Daniel, Catherine Phyllis Vaughn and Wanda Elizabeth Weldon, all of Nicholson, and Barbara Jean Wilson, Watkinsville; one brother, Harrison Chester, Virginia; one sister, Mildred Ollis, Atlanta; 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000

MRS. TANKERSLEY
Alabama native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Tankersley, 53, formerly of Cumming, died Monday, March 20, 2000.
Mrs. Tankersley was born in Cullman, Ala. She had been employed at Corporate Printing, Cumming.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Cumming.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Tankersley; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Shane Kirby, Cumming; one son, Robby Tankersley, Commerce; one sister, Sandy Jeffries, Dallas; and one granddaughter, Taylor Kirby, Cumming.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 22, 2000


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