Banks County Obituaries...

 May 3, 2000


MR. WEST
World War II veteran
MAYSVILLE - Lamar E. West Sr., 86, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. West was a son of the late O.B. West Sr. and Annie Hood West.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was the former owner of West Insurance Agency in Gainesville.
Mr. West was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and a former member of Lakewood Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Gainesville Masonic Lodge #219 F & AM.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 27, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Peggy W. Porter, Cumming; one son, Dr. Lamar West Jr., Maysville; one sister, Janie Testerman, Sautee; two grandsons, Jason and Brad Porter, both of Cumming; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1546, Gainesville, GA 30503.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. NATION
Brother of countian
Thurmond N. Nation died Wednesday, April 26, 2000.
Mr. Nation was a native of Jackson County. He was a son of the late Gertrude and Otis Wilson, Commerce, and Nute Nation, Toccoa.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 28, at Wards Fairview Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Glennis Nation; two sons, the Rev. Danny Nation and Keith Nation, both of McDonaugh; one sister, Merry L. Scoggins, Homer; two brothers, Hershel Nation, Florida, and Roy Wilson; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Wards Fairview Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. BOYD
U.S. Navy veteran
MT. AIRY - Robert "Bob" Boyd, 70, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Boyd had lived most of his life in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Graham and Florence Frazer Boyd.
Mr. Boyd was a U.S. Navy veteran and had been employed as a real estate salesman for Hugh Rucker Realty. He was a member of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church and was a member of V.F.W. Post 7720 of Cornelia.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 1, at Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church with Father Daniel Brown and the Rev. William Boyd officiating. Burial was in the Church of Holy Cross Cemetery, Clarkesville.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Harris Boyd; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Jim Crunkleton, Thomson, and Lawana and Harold Pritchett, Baldwin; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Cathy Hogan, Acworth; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. William and Betty Boyd, Washington; sister and brother-in-law, Mary B. and Cecil Moore, Clarkesville; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 490, Clarkesville, GA 30523, or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Scarlett Whelchel, 4050 Hwy. 115 West, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MRS. CLARK
Homemaker
ALTO - Mrs. Lillie Pendergrass Clark, 86, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Clark was born April 22, 1914, in Oglethorpe County. She was a daughter of the late William Thaddius and Bessie Snipes Pendergrass.
Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Clark.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include one son, James Clark, Alto; one daughter, Mildred Heck, Maysville; two sisters, Ethel Gary, Nicholson, and Maybelle Mote, Porterdale; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. BAUGH
Retired farmer
LULA - John Ernest Baugh, 92, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Baugh was born March 10, 1908, in Hall County. He was a son of the late John and Mary Jenkins Baugh.
Mr. Baugh was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Croy Baugh, and two sons, Lamar Baugh and Carl Baugh.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 4, at Whitehall Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Garrison, Melvin Baugh and Clyde Holman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Eva Collins and Jimmie Wade, both of Alto; two sons, Arvil Baugh and Eddie "Spanky" Baugh, both of Lula; three sisters, Louise Lynch, Elsie Wilson and Viola Bates, all of Lula; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. CLARK
Retired crane operator
JEFFERSON - Bobby R. Clark, 60, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Clark was born March 22, 1940, in Jackson County. He was a son of Cassie Cain Owens, Gainesville, and the late J.C. Clark.
Mr. Clark was a retired crane operator with Roper Pump Co., with 22 years of service, and was a member of Maysville Baptist Church, where he was an ordained deacon.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 2, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Grady Carpenter, Jerry Smith and Richard Coppage officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery. Brandon Wilbanks, Larry Fleeman, Eric Shelton, Dean Ayers, Trent Ayers and Randall Shaw served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Martha Evelyn Mathis Clark; two sons, James Michael Clark, Homer, and Brian Keith Clark, Jefferson; one daughter, Jennie Wilbanks, Commerce; four sisters, Brenda Whitmore, Gainesville, Shelby Jean Langley, Lula, Cathy Marschburn, South Carolina, and Kay Belshire, Crawford; one brother, Ellis Whitmore, South Carolina; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

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MRS. CARTER
Webbs Creek Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Cleo McCoy Carter, 82, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Carter was born February 17, 1918, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Willie Herman and Etta Craig McCoy.
Mrs. Carter was retired from the Banks County Department of Family and Children Services and was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Carter.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bob Hill and Ronald Hinson officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Tim Carter, Commerce; three sisters, Jimmy Brown, Commerce, Addie Pearl Sanders, Atlanta, and Sara Segars, Homer; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. PACE
Retired building contractor
COMMERCE - J.C. Pace, 73, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at his residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Pace was a son of the late John and Cora Stewart Pace.
He was a retired building contractor and was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hilton Purvis officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Gaynell Williams Pace; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Carol Pace, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Ronald Shore, Commerce; two brothers, Rogers Pace and Horace Pace, both of Commerce; three sisters, Louise Hart, Genevieve Burke and Oneal Pace, all of Commerce; three granddaughters, Tina Blalock and Jill Wilbanks, both of Commerce, and Sherry Holman, Hull; and two grandsons, Thomas Pace, Lula, and Russell Shore, Jefferson.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MRS. BARNETT
Retired high school teacher
COMMERCE - Mrs. Frances Armour Barnett, 87, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Peachtree Plantation.
A native of Wilkes County, Mrs. Barnett was a daughter of the late Earl W. and Nan Wall Armour.
She was a graduate of Washington High School and of the University of Georgia. Mrs. Barnett was a retired high school English teacher, and after retirement served as a supply teacher for Toccoa and Commerce High Schools. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, the Ruth Naomi Sunday School Class UMW and Circle One. Mrs. Barnett was also a member of the D.A.R., the Commerce Ladies Study Club and the Commerce Garden Club.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce with the Revs. Hoyt Allen and Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery, Washington, Ga.
Survivors include her husband, William Merriwether Barnett; brother-in-law, Thomas L. Barron, Atlanta; one niece, Nan Harpole, Duluth; one nephew, Tommy Barron Jr., Snellville; three great-nieces, two great-nephews and five great-great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to Alzheimer's Disease Research.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. STRAUGHN
U.S. Army veteran
SUWANEE - Robert J. "Johnny" Straughn, 78, died Sunday, April 30, 2000.
Mr. Straughn was a native of Greenville, S.C. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, receiving two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
Mr. Straughn was a retired electronics salesman, a member of the Baptist church and a member of the V.F.W. in Atlanta.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 3, in Ward's Stone Mountain Chapel with the Revs. Sondra Jones and Eric Morphis officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Wanda Straughn, Suwanee; and three grandchildren, Melissa, Krista and Lindsey Straughn.
Horis A. Ward, Inc., Stone Mountain Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. WELLMAN
Retired T/Sgt. U.S. Air Force
COMMERCE - Max Wellman, retired T/Sgt. U.S. Air Force, 78, died Sunday, April 23, 2000.
A native of Hart, Oceana County, Mich., Mr. Wellman was a son of the late E.Z. and Viola Loncor Wellman.
Mr. Wellman entered the service prior to World War II and remained until his retirement.
He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War. Mr. Wellman was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Hudson Lodge 294 and the Yaarab Temple. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. A. Calvin Forrester and Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Masonic rites.
Survivors include his wife, Blondine Herbert Wellman; one son, C.E. Wellman, Colleyville, Texas; two daughters, Reabecca DeGruson, Pittsburg, Kan., and Viola Weisinger, Leavenworth, Kan.; two step-sons, Charles Westmoreland, Commerce, and Scott Westmoreland, Coral Springs, Fla.; six grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000

MR. PATRICK
U.S. Air Force veteran
CORNELIA - Charles Joseph "Chuck" Patrick, 59, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Patrick was born in Kingsport, Tenn., to the late O.H. and Ella Neeley Patrick.
He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a medical salesman and home builder. Mr. Patrick was a member of Cornelia Christian Church and a member of the Winter Park, Fla., Masonic Lodge.
He served as a deacon and teacher and was a builder in the Christian Church Movement in Florida.
Memorial services were held Monday, May 1, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with David Terrell and John Hasty officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Jean P. Patrick; one daughter, Ashley Patrick, Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Brett Patrick, Cleveland; two half-brothers, Eugene Neeley, Kingsport, Tenn., and John Neeley, Middleburg, Fla.; three half-sisters, Ann Bradley, Johnson City, Tenn., Margaret Lusker, Oldsmarr, Fla., and Dolly Nagel, Wichita, Kan.; and one grandchild.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 1525 Shoup Court, Decatur, GA 30031.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 3, 2000


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