Banks County Obituaries...

September 13, 2000


MRS. COKER
Homemaker
BALDWIN - Mrs. Carrie Croy Coker, 94, died Saturday, September 9, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Coker was born July 9, 1906, in Forsyth County. She was a daughter of the late George W. and Roxie Blalock Croy.
Mrs. Coker was a homemaker and was a member of Beaver Run Baptist Church, Forsyth County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan S. Coker, two sons, James H. Coker and Bobby Coker, and a grandson, Ronald D. Davis.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 11, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Bobby Watson officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Effie Coker Davis, Bradenton, Fla.; three sons, Clarence Claude Coker, Demorest; Lawrence Randall Coker, Dublin, and Charles Dewitt Coker, Eatonton; two sisters, Kate Garmon and Bonseal Black, both of Gainesville; 14 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MRS. LEWALLEN
Webbs Creek Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Evelyn Shubert Lewallen, 80, died Sunday, September 10, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Lewallen was born November 11, 1919, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late John T. and Etta Wood Shubert.
She was a homemaker and a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewallen was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Lewallen.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Lewallen is survived by a daughter, Betty Langston, Commerce; two grandchildren, Tammy Seagraves and Mark Langston; and three great-grandchildren, Macy, Landis and Heidi.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MRS. SHANKLE
Former school teacher
MILLEDGEVILLE - Mrs. Virginia Louise Bunch Shankle, 89, died Tuesday, September 5, 2000, in Atlanta.
A native of Guyandotte, W.Va., Mrs. Shankle was a 1930 graduate of Glynn Academy and a 1933 graduate of Georgia State College for Women. She married on May 30, 1942.
Mrs. Shankle taught first grade for many years in many places, including Commerce, Naples, Italy, Ohio and Maryland, before moving to Milledgeville in 1969 from Bethesda, Md. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville and a member of the Ret. Officers Wives Club.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville with Dr. Harold Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Baldwin Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mrs. Shankle is survived by her husband, Willard M. Shankle; son and daughter-in-law, Willard M. Shankle Jr. and Carolyn B. Shankle, Atlanta; daughter, Mrs. Virginia Shankle Bales, Atlanta; and three grandchildren, Carrie Ann Shankle, Kelly Marie Shankle and Charles C. Bales IV, all of Atlanta.
Moores Funeral Home, Milledgeville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MISS RYLEE
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Miss Juanita Sarah Rylee, 85, died Wednesday, September 6, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Miss Rylee was born November 2, 1914, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Auther and Ella Whitfield Rylee.
Miss Rylee was a homemaker and a member of New Salem United Methodist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Luis Ortiz officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church cemetery.
Miss Rylee is survived by two sisters, Frances Chitwood and Bernell Rylee, both of Commerce; and nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MRS. BOLICK
Banks Co. Memorial Gardens rites
Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16, at Banks County Memorial Gardens, Homer, for Addie Bell Thompson Bolick.
The Rev. Jim McLendon will officiate.
Mrs. Bolick was a daughter of John Thompson and Mrs. Ola Blackwell Thompson.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Eddy and Mary Bolick, Orlando, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, John and Helen Thompson, Homer; sister-in-law, Wilma Chandler, Homer; three grandchildren; and niece, Elaine Jones, Ila.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000


MRS. LEWALLEN
Banks County native
LULA - Mrs. Reba Hopper Lewallen, 80, died Friday, September 8, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Lewallen was a daughter of the late Hazzel and Mellie Standridge Hopper.
She was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination.
Mrs. Lewallen was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Lee Lewallen.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Jewell Thomas and Drewery L. Loggins officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Melba and A.W. Wiley, Lula; one brother, James Hopper, Gainesville; two sisters, Eva Swift and Thelma Merck, both of Lula; sisters-in-law, Ora Bell Hopper, Gillsville, and Blanche Lewallen and Leo Cagle, both of Lula; one grandson, Jonny Wiley, Lula; and a number of nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MR. MYERS
World War II veteran
CEDARTOWN - Robert Earl Myers, 79, formerly of Akron, Ohio, died of heart failure on Saturday, September 9, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Myers was a veteran of World War II, having served in China, Burma and India. He was a member of the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers, 308th Bomber Group, where he was awarded five Bronze Stars.
Mr. Myers had worked as an engineer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., with 45 years of service. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Zeh Myers, in 1974, and his second wife, Helen Myers, in 1997.
A private burial will be held in Ohio.
Mr. Myers is survived by four children, Robert Myers II, Phoenix, Ariz., Susan Boyd, Kent, Ohio, Janet Rzewnicki, Newark, Del., and Joyce Phillips, Commerce; and a sister, Dorothy Bushey, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Mr. Myers' memory.
Gammage Funeral Home, Cedartown, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MRS. GARNER
New Bridge Baptist member
CLEVELAND - Mrs. Lessie Dalton Garner, 94, died Friday, September 8, 2000, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Garner was born March 2, 1906, in White County. She was a daughter of the late Freeman and Elena Tomlin Dalton.
Mrs. Garner was a homemaker and was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Garner.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 11, at Chattahoochee Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Palmer and Dr. Bob Cain officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Allene Stovall and Barbara Palmer, both of Cleveland, Louella Garner Barrett, Cornelia, and Katie Jane Pitts, Demorest; three sons, Vernon Garner, Baldwin, and Ezra L. Garner and Jerry Garner, both of Cleveland; two sisters, Frances Caudell, Cornelia, and Nettie Dixon, Cleveland; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

MRS. COLEMAN
Old Union Cemetery rites
CORNELIA - Mrs. Bonnie Kerby Coleman, 97, died Monday, September 11, 2000, following an extended illness.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, September 13, at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with graveside services at Old Union Cemetery, Young Harris. The Revs. Wayne Smith, Ryan Seawright and Bob Ramsey officiated.
Mrs. Coleman, wife of the late Dr. Robert T. Coleman, Young Harris, is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie Coleman Martin and the Rev. Marcus Martin, Cornelia; sister, Mrs. Cora Lee Garland, Badin, N.C.; grandsons and wives, Robert Marcus and Joan Martin, Athens, and Dr. W. David Martin and Janet Martin, Lawrenceville; granddaughter, Marcia L. Martin, Clarkesville; four great-grandchildren, Tonia M. Godoy, and Christopher Martin, Olivia Martin and Cordelia Martin; two great-great-grandchildren, Alex Cole Godoy and Christian Godoy; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church or to the Habersham Home East Activity Fund, Demorest.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 13, 2000

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