Banks County Obituaries...

November 8, 2000


MRS. CROWDER
Mt. Pleasant UMC
cemetery rites
HOMER - Mrs. Vivian Claudia Crowder, 79, died Friday, November 3, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Crowder was born January 8, 1921, a daughter of the late Pete and Lula Coker Whitfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy B. Crowder, and a daughter, Rosemary White.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 5, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Ferguson and Rick Hartline officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Andy J. White, Jacksonville, Fla., Garland White, George O. White, Amarillo, Texas, and Leon White, Homer; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

BURGHOFF
Banks Co. Memorial Gardens rites
HOMER - Ms. Michelle Adair Burghoff, 28, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Ms. Burghoff was born January 22, 1972, a daughter of Lila (Couch) Couch, Homer, and the late William Douglas Gray.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two sons, Douglas Axl Gray and Victor George Gray, both of Homer; two brothers, Kimsey Lamar Gray, Jefferson, William Richard Gray, Carnesville; and two sisters, Connie Denise Fountain, Homer, and Kathy Ann McIntyre, Toccoa.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MRS. THOMAS
Hudson River Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Clara S. Purcell Thomas, 84, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Thomas was born April 1, 1916, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William Morgan and Ellie Duncan Purcell.
She was a member of Hudson River Baptist Church. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Hoke Thomas.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Troy Herbert, Henry Webb and Ronnie Moon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by two sons, Billy Dean Thomas, Gainesville, and Joe Thomas, Commerce; two daughters, Lois Bridges and Mary Fricks, both of Commerce; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2000

MR. KIMBRELL
Retired mechanic
CORNELIA - Henley Kimbrell, 71, died Thursday, November 2, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Kimbrell was born May 6, 1929, in Stephens County, a son of the late Messer and Lucy Gully Kimbrell.
He was a U.S. veteran, having served during the Korean War Conflict and was a retired mechanic from Ethicon. Mr. Kimbrell was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Fay Ward and Bernice Little.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Kimbrell is survived by his wife, Imogene London Kimbrell; one daughter, Sharon Kimbrell Segers, Cornelia; three sons, Johnny Kimbrell, Baldwin, and Donny Kimbrell and Kenneth Kimbrell, both of Cornelia; three brothers, Ray Kimbrell, Demorest, Denver Kimbrell, Alto, and Donald Kimbrell, Mt. Airy; one sister, Dorothy Aiken, Cornelia; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MR. RAY
Funeral director
COMMERCE - William H. Ray, 81, died Thursday, November 2, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ray was born March 14, 1919, in Commerce. He was a son of the late Henry Grady and Ellis Sellers Ray.
Mr. Ray was a funeral director and was a member and past master of the Hudson Masonic Lodge Number 294 in Commerce, where he had served as director of work of the lodge. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a York Rite Mason and was district deputy to the Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District, State of Georgia. Mr. Ray was also a Shriner.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd Ray, Dallas; two daughters, Cynthia Ann Adams and Vivian Williams, both of Toccoa; two sisters, Emma Virginia Lankford, Douglasville, and Catherine Price, Commerce; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MR. WATKINS
U.S. Army veteran
NICHOLSON - Donald Pete Watkins Sr., 71, died Friday, November 3, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Watkins was a son of the late Roy and Pauline Potts Watkins.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, and was a retired poultry farmer and school bus driver.
Mr. Watkins was a Christian member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church, where he served as a deacon for 25 years, as Sunday School superintendent and as church usher.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Runnette Herbert.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 5, at the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, Dennis Kesler and Junior Sosebee officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Hilder Palmer Watkins, a long-time correspondent for The Jackson Herald; sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Deborah Watkins, Commerce, and Lamar and Pam Watkins, Nicholson; son, Bryan Watkins, Nicholson; and two granddaughters, Erin and Ashley Watkins, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MRS. WILLIAMSON
Faith Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Sallie Mae Williamson, 90, died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Williamson was born August 6, 1910, in Jefferson, a daughter of the late John Moses and Lizzie Graham Qualls.
She was retired from Jefferson Mills and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Richard Williamson, a son, David Williamson, and a daughter, Annie E. McGinnis.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 6, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lizzie B. Beatty, Pendergrass; one son, James C. Williamson, Jefferson; one sister, Mattie Thompson, Homer; one brother, Sam Qualls, Homer; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MR. BROWN
Banks County native
RALEIGH, N.C. - Claud Wilburn "C.W." Brown, 87, died Friday, October 27, 2000, in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Mr. Brown was born in Banks County, a son of Claud A. Brown and Nina Lord Brown.
Services were held Monday, October 30, in Raleigh, N.C. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Ovelia Brown, Raleigh, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Harriett Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Tommy Burns; four brothers, Gilbert B. Brown, W. Harold Brown, John C. Brown and Truitt Brown, all of Commerce; and two grandchildren.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

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MRS. BRUCE
Mother of seven
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Addie Sue Bruce, 59, died Thursday, November 2, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bruce was born September 15, 1941, in White County. She was a daughter of the late Abraham Lincoln and Leola Major Satterfield.
Mrs. Bruce was retired from Mitsubishi and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, at Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Randall Cooper, Greg Evans, Clay Satterfield, Joey Satterfield, Mark Satterfield, Tracy Satterfield and Darrell Watson served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bruce is survived by her husband, Horace Bruce; four sons, Barry Bruce, Jason Bruce and Todd Bruce, all of Pendergrass, and David Bruce, Nicholson; three daughters, Michelle Hardy and Jada Rooks, both of Jefferson, and Janet Mangum, Maysville; two sisters, Estelle Cooper, Chestnut Mountain, and Jean Steele, Griffin; three brothers, Charles Satterfield, Jefferson, Harold Satterfield, Talmo, and Walter Satterfield, Pendergrass; and 13 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MR. BROWN
Machinist
COMMERCE - Gilbert Boley Brown, 90, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Brown was born November 1, 1909, a son of the late Claude and Nina Lord Brown.
He was a machinist. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Clisby Lord Brown.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 31, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by one son, Travis Brown, Commerce; three brothers, Harold Brown, John Brown and Truitt Brown, all of Commerce; and two grandchildren, Bressa Brown and Brad Brown.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

CARROLL
Infant
JEFFERSON - Donnie James Carroll, infant son of Donnie and Cheryl Carroll, Jefferson, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at a local hospital.
Graveside services were held Thursday, November 2, at Crooked Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a step-sister, Destiny Burdick, Jefferson; paternal grandparents, Vicky Moore, South Carolina, and Donnie Brail Carroll Sr., Jefferson; maternal grandparents, Larry Crouch, Homer, and Patricia Worley, Florida; and several great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MRS. MANEY
Homemaker
CLARKESVILLE - Mrs. Ruby Franklin Maney, 75, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Maney was born February 2, 1925, in Habersham County, a daughter of the late Paul and Bessie Winstead Franklin.
She was a homemaker and of the Church of God faith. Mrs. Maney was preceded in death by her husband, Voice Joseph Maney.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Ernest Hunter and Wilmer Ivester officiating. Burial was in the Rock Springs Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean Key, Clarkesville, Eula Maney, Demorest, and Betty Moore, Cornelia; two sons, Ralph Maney, Dalton, and Johnny Maney, Alto; one brother, Harold Franklin, Mt. Airy; one sister, Doris Frady, Clarkesville; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Ruby Maney Trust Fund, c/o Community Bank & Trust Demorest Branch, 546 Georgia Avenue, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MRS. LEFFEW
Homemaker
DALLAS - Mrs. Mildred Irene Cooper Leffew, 79, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at Kennestone Hospital.
Mrs. Leffew was born February 26, 1921, in Cobb County. She was a daughter of the late James Horace and Lena Sue Brown Cooper.
Mrs. Leffew was a homemaker and was a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Leffew.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Don Voyles officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include four sons, Donald Leffew and Timothy Leffew, both of Cartersville, Joseph Leffew, Commerce, and Stephen Leffew, Colorado Springs, Colo.; four daughters, June Brown and Valerie Francisco, both of Mableton, Ellen Cantrell, Powder Springs, and Judy Smith, Lula; one sister, Louise Adams, Ellijay; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

DR. PIERLEONI
U.S. Army veteran
WINTER PARK, FLA. - Dr. Ernest Pierleoni, 76, died Friday, November 3, 2000, at Winter Park Hospital following an extended illness.
Dr. Pierleoni was born February 10, 1924, in Celano, Italy, a son of the late Luigi and Felicia Verna Pierleoni.
He served in the U.S. Army and doctored in internal medicine and cardiology. Mr. Pierleoni was of the Roman Catholic faith and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #7720 in Cornelia.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 9, at the V.F.W. Memorial Park, Cornelia, with the Rev. Mike Freeman officiating.
Dr. Pierleoni is survived by his wife, Bess Pierleoni; two daughters, Paddie Hawkins, Oakwood, and Felicia Cordier, Gainesville, Fla.; four sons, John Franklin Pierleoni, Orlando, Fla., Allen Pierleoni, Sacramento, Calif., David Pierleoni, Ocala, Fla., and Louis Pierleoni, Winter Park, Fla.; one brother, Dario Pierleoni, Rochester, N.Y.; one sister, Gloria DellaPorta, Rochester, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Camille Franklin, Teresa Franklin, Susan McLaren, Gus Hawkins and Gina Pierleoni; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Nichols and Cory Elizabeth Hawkins.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000

MR. SIMMONS
Grey Hill Cemetery rites
ATHENS - Dave Gordon Simmons, 21, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Simmons was born January 10, 1979, a son of June Elrod Ramos, Athens, and Bobby Simmons, Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Larry Gailey officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Simmons is survived by a daughter, Mercedes Seay, Danielsville; one brother, Robert Simmons, Athens; and one sister, Brandy Simmons, Athens; maternal grandmother, Ruth Elrod, Commerce, and paternal grandmother, Betty Free, Homer.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 8, 2000


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