Banks County Obituaries...

October 25, 2000


MR. UNDERWOOD
U.S. Army veteran
MT. AIRY - Buford Lee Underwood, 77, died Tuesday, October 24, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Underwood was born November 24, 1922, in Habersham County, a son of the late Author and Viattie Irvin Underwood.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and had been employed with Reeves Hardware. Mr. Underwood was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther Underwood and Eugene Underwood.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 26, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Skelton, Henry Grady Barnes and Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Underwood is survived by his wife, Betty Jean McConnell Underwood; three brothers, Noah Underwood, Homer, Loy Underwood, Mt. Airy, and Charles "Buddy" Underwood, Lula; and two sisters, Ruby Thompson, Blacksburg, S.C., and Mozelle Thomas, Augusta.
The family is at the residence and 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, October 25, 2000

MRS. LACEY
Harmony Christian
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Helen Tucker Lacey, 85, of 188 B. Wilson Road, died Monday, October 23, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Lacey was retired from Gold Kist and was a member of Harmony Christian Church.
She was a daughter of the late William Allen and Julia Wilson Tucker Sr., and was the wife of the late Roy R. Lacey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at Harmony Christian Church with Jerry Payne and Dennis Harris officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Otis Hiland, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Peggy Lacey, Evans, and Colie and Judy Lacey and Mike and Jean Lacey, all of Commerce; brother, Gene Allen, Detroit, Mich.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one preborn great-grandchild.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Dennis and Lynn Free Harmony Christian Church, P.O. Box 382, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MR. HANLEY
World War II veteran
NICHOLSON - William Franklin Hanley Sr., 89, died Wednesday, October 18, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Hanley was a born September 25, 1911, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late John P. and Lettie Mealor Hanley.
Mr. Hanley was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a retired auto salesman and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Kenneth Dillard and Howard Garrison officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Hanley is survived by his wife, Willie Rice Wardlaw Hanley; one son, William F. Hanley Jr., Nicholson; one brother, Doyle Hanley, Commerce; one sister, Ruth Ingram, Commerce; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MR. MCGINNIS
U.S. Army veteran
JEFFERSON - George Wesley McGinnis, 76, died Monday, October 23, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. McGinnis was born April 4, 1924, in Hall County. He was a son of the late Guy Rueben and Nellie Lou Crisler McGinnis.
Mr. McGinnis was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a retired welder. He was a Mason and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 25, in the Wilson United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Larry Wilbanks officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Greg McGinnis, Jefferson, Mike McGinnis, Winneconne, Wis., and Tim McGinnis, Omro, Wis.; two brothers, Guy McGinnis, Toccoa, and Harold McGinnis, Commerce; two sisters, Lucille Sims, Maysville, and Dorothy Trammell, Pine Mountain; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon International, or to the charity of one's choice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

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MRS. BROWN
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Kathleen Brown, 72, died Saturday, October 21, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born October 26, 1927, in Homer. She was a daughter of the late Ed and Tonni Whitlock Parsons.
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Brown.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Curtis Green officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown is survived by one son, Henry Brown, Commerce; one sister, Mildred Parsons, Commerce; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MRS. O'KELLEY
Retired supervisor
COMMERCE - Mrs. Irene Hartley O'Kelley, 87, died Thursday, October 19, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. O'Kelley was born January 16, 1913, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of W.D. "Bud" Hartley and the late Annie Bryan Hartley.
Mrs. O'Kelley was a retired supervisor with Commerce Sportswear and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton O'Kelley.
Graveside services were held Sunday, October 22, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Donald E. O'Kelley, Homer, and Mike O'Kelley, Hoschton; one daughter, Patricia Roper, Jackson, Miss.; two sisters, Hortence Felker, Jacksonville, Fla., and Bernice Scott, Commerce; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MRS. CARR
Florida native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eunice Virginia Williams Carr, 81, died Sunday, October 22, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Carr was born February 20, 1919, in Bonifay County, Fla. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Meddie Capps Williams.
Mrs. Carr was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include five sons, Billy Carr, Milton, Fla., Bobby Ray Carr, Port Smith, Va., Daniel Carr and Joseph Carr, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Frank Carr, Deer Park, Texas; two daughters, Annette Potter, Commerce, and Loleeta Smith, Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Chancey Williams, Roopville, and Porter Williams, Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Lois Hilstrom, Williamsburg, Va.; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MR. GRESHAM
U.S. Air Force veteran
ATLANTA - James P. Gresham Jr. died Monday, October 23, 2000.
Mr. Gresham was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1952 to 1956.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 25, in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Lula, with the Revs. Ralph Smith and J.L. White officiating.
Mr. Gresham is survived by his wife, Sandra Gresham; one daughter, Lisa Buxton, Marietta; one son, Mark Gresham, Marietta; three sisters, June Pappalardo, Decatur, and Mary Underwood and Susan Williamson, both of Rome; two brothers, Robin Gresham and David Gresham, both of Rome; and grandchildren, Ashley, Heather, Chad and Matthew.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000


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