Banks County Obituaries...

 May 31, 2000


MR. MORRIS
B.C.H.S. coach
LULA - Bobby James Morris, 48, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Morris was born December 10, 1951, in Jackson County. He was a son of Robert and Minnie Ruth Reid Morris, Lula.
Mr. Morris was a teacher and coach at Banks County High School. He attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 28, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Doris Delean Meeler Morris; one son, Reggie Morris, Lula; one daughter, Ashley Bachelor, Maysville; and one sister, Linda Wehunt, Gainesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MARLOW
Infant
MAYSVILLE - Silas David Marlow, infant son of Alvin and Tonya David Marlow, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Bayleigh Marlow, Maysville; grandparents, Steve and Vickie David and Coy and Montez Marlow, all of Maysville; great-grandparents, Pearl Veal, Commerce, Buddy Veal, Gainesville, and Marshall and Clar David, Maysville; and great-great-grandmother, Louise Snipes, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MR. PEYTON
Silver Shoals Baptist rites
HOMER - Jerry Lee Peyton, 41, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Peyton was born July 17, 1958, a son of Geneva Peyton, Homer, and the late Rudolph Peyton.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 28, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Parson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Peyton is survived by one brother, Michael Peyton, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MR. WOODWARD
World War II veteran
ALTO - Leeman Edward Woodward, 78, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at the U.S. Naval Home in Gulf Port, Miss., following a brief illness.
Mr. Woodward was born August 28, 1922, in Lubec, Maine. For 42 years he was married to Eileen LaVerne Vreeke Woodward, known as "Toddy" in her hometown of Sheboygan, Wis. They had three children. Mrs. Woodward died in November 1987.
During World War II, he began his 25-year military career in the United States Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of master gunnery sergeant and in 1967 retired from the USMC as a "Top." During his career, Mr. Woodward served in the World War II-Asiatic-Pacific Area and the Korean Conflict. MGYSGT Woodward saw action with the Second and Third Marine Divisions. He was an Iwo Jima Survivor, having been a member of the pre-invasion forces of this grueling assault. His peacetime assignments included bases in Japan, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Woodward moved to Habersham County in 1967 and worked for the Ralston Purina Company. Later, he became a rural letter carrier for post offices in Banks and Gwinnett Counties. He delivered mail in these counties for 10 years. Mr. Woodward was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia. He belonged to and supported several organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Second and Third Marine Divisions Associations, and the Christian Children's Fund. Mr. Woodward enjoyed traveling and he visited Mexico, China, Europe, the Caribbean and other places after he retired from the post office. He had recently moved to the U.S. Naval Home in Gulfport, Miss.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 29, at Cornelia First Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron McEachern officiating. Burial was in the VFW Memorial Park Cemetery, with full military honors provided.
Survivors include three children, Linda W. Nunez, Hollywood, Fla., Bradlee E. Woodward, Newport, N.C., and Brian L. Woodward, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Joshua L. Nunez, Woodstock, Kyle Woodward and Kerri Eileen Woodward, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cornelia Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000
MISS WOOD
Antioch UMC rites
NICHOLSON - Miss Kristi Diane Wood, 26, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Wood was born August 30, 1973, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of Nancy Williamson Farmer and Charles William Wood, both of Nicholson. Miss Wood was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 31, at Antioch United Methodist Church, Nicholson, with the Rev. Howard Rhodes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her step-father, Larry Farmer, Nicholson; one brother, Kelly Farmer, Nicholson; two sisters, Traci Banks, Homer, and Shannon Glines, Commerce; and grandmothers, Jean Williamson and Sally Wood, both of Nicholson, and Sara Duren, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MRS. CHAMBERS
Homemaker
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Winnie Griffin Chambers, 90, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Columbia Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Chambers was born January 20, 1910, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Asa and Nancy Jane Chambers Griffin. Mrs. Chambers was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Chambers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Swayne Cochran, Perry Smith and Charles Crabb officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by a nephew reared in the home, Norman Williams, Maysville; and sister-in-law, Mary Griffin, Maysville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MR. GAMBLIN
U.S. Army veteran
MAYSVILLE - Lewis G. Gamblin, 75, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Gamblin was born November 14, 1924, in Union County. He was a son of the late L.E. and Hattie Lunsford Gamblin.
Mr. Gamblin was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked as a mechanic. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Crestlawn, Atlanta.
Survivors include one son, Eugene Gamblin, Atlanta; one daughter, Teresa Turco, Maysville; two step-sons, Larry Hill, Lithia Springs, and Jerry Noles, Peachtree City; two step-daughters, Jo Lynn Flynn, Villa Rica, and Brenda Mills, Maysville; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MR. EVANS
O.C.H.S. student
STATHAM - Collin Evans, 17, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, in Oglethorpe County.
Mr. Evans was a son of Wendell and Shirley Evans, Statham. He was a student at Oconee County High School.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 27, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Drew Kinsey, Maysville; grandparents, Relle Drewry, Statham, and Margie Lord, Hoschton; and great-grandmother, Minnie Ruth Kirk, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Collin Evans Memorial Fund at the Peoples Bank in Statham.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MRS. WOOD
Homemaker
DEMOREST - Mrs. Onie Irene Wood, 55, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wood was born August 31, 1944, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Ray and Ada Bell Turpin Smith. Mrs. Wood was a homemaker and a member of Demorest Church of God.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1, at Demorest Church of God with the Revs. William Cox, James Gunn and Wilmer Ivester officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Guy "Cigar" Wood; one daughter, Gail Williams, Baldwin; one son, Jason Wood, Cornelia; one step-son, Shane Wood, Demorest; two brothers, Jay Smith, Cumming, and Bud Smith, Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Stella Smith, Greenville, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MR. PURVIS
Retired textile executive
CORNELIA - Harry H. Purvis, a retired textile executive, researcher, poultry pioneer and entrepreneur, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Purvis was born September 30, 1906, in Atlanta. He was a son of Scottish emigrant George H. Purvis and his wife, Mary Hardwick.
Mr. Purvis was raised in Rockdale County, East Point and Gainesville, then schooled at Bingham Military Academy, Ashville, N.C., and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a degree in textile engineering from Georgia Tech in 1926 and began working for Callaway Mills in LaGrange as a statistician. In 1927, he began an illustrious career with Chicopee Manufacturing Company and the subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Mr. Purvis worked as plat superintendent of Chicopee Manufacturing for 19 years, except for a one year period in 1940 when Johnson & Johnson sent him to Saõ Paulo, Brazil to help establish a plant and train workers there. In 1943, Purvis began to experiment with the weaving of Dow Company synthetic filaments. His first product involved a contract with the United States Armed Forces to weave mosquito netting. Following World War II, the demand for Lumite products grew tremendously. In 1946, because of his reputation and experience, Mr. Purvis was selected by General Johnson to establish a new division of the corporation. He chose a site in Cornelia where he oversaw plant construction and the training of a workforce. Mr. Purvis served as general manager and vice president of Chicopee's Lumite (a name he coined) Division in Cornelia until he semi-retired in 1959. He was soon involved in the study of rocks, minerals and wild flowers, hobbies that consumed his interest until his death.
Active in civic, church and social organizations, Mr. Purvis was a past president of the Cornelia Kiwanis Club and the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce. He served two terms as a Cornelia City Commissioner and for 12 years as chairman of the Habersham County Hospital Authority. In 1971, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Hospital Association. Mr. Purvis served on the Administrative Boards of the Chicopee and Cornelia United Methodist Churches. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Community Bank & Trust (then Cornelia Bank) in 1956, a position he held for 44 years. He also served as a director of Community Bankshares Inc., Financial Supermarkets Inc. and Financial Properties Inc. In 1997, Mr. Purvis was recognized by the Atlanta Athletic Club as one of its oldest active members.
The mother of his five daughters, Frances Baldwin Purvis, preceded him in death, as did a son-in-law, Robert B. Church III, and two sisters, Minnie Callaway and Alice Bryan.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene Davis and Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Sallie York Powell Purvis; daughter, Anne P. Church, Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Henry O. Ward, Gainesville, Sue and Dr. Edwin Speir, Athens, Peggy and David Eash Sr., Alto, and Franny and Dr. William "Bill" Robinson, Cornelia; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 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, May 31, 2000

MR. WILEY
Banks County native
COVINGTON - C.T. Wiley Sr., 78, nephew of Louise Smith, Commerce, died Monday, February 7, 2000, at Rockdale Hospital, Conyers.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Wiley was a son of the late Hurbert Festus and Julia Canary Bellamy Wiley.
He had lived in Atlanta as a child and in Covington for the past 18 months. Mr. Wiley was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Merchant Marines.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 10, in the chapel of Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home with Dr. Alan Posey officiating. Burial was in Mellwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain.
Survivors, in addition to his aunt, include his wife, Evelyn S. Wiley; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ray Czentnar, Loganville; daughters, Elaine Tompkins, Covington, and Lynne Wiley, Loganville; son and daughter-in-law, Neal S. and Amy Wiley, Covington; son, Chester T. Wiley Jr., Alpharetta; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000

MR. POOLE
Retired carpenter
CARNESVILLE - Willard Walton Poole, 81, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Poole was born August 28, 1918, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Francis Marion "Frank" and Lula Jane Ward Poole.
Mr. Poole was a retired carpenter and a member of Allens United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, W.C. "Pete" Poole, and six sisters, Irene Atkinson, Vilee Poole, Gertrude Thurmond, Sue Canady, Willie Mae Andrews and Virginia Foster.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 8, in the chapel of B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel at Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Ernest Ivester officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Lee Garrison Poole; three sons, Jack Poole, Martin, Jerry Poole, Carnesville, and Mike Poole, Eastanollee; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 31, 2000


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