Banks County Obituaries...

November 15, 2000


MR. COKER
U.S. Army veteran
HOMER - Oliver Glen Coker, 70, died early Monday, November 13, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Coker was born March 6, 1930, in Banks County to the late Earl Coker and Lula Vaughn Coker.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was an employed LP Gas driver. Mr. Coker was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
He was married to the late Kathleen Kitchens Coker.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Gordon Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Coker is survived by two sons, Wayne Earl, Ohio, and Gregory Michael, Homer; one brother, Odell Coker, Toccoa; one sister, Betty Manley, Macon; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

MR. IVIE
Established Ivie
Funeral Home
COMMERCE - John Kelly Ivie, 78, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Ivie was born January 1, 1922, in Cornelia, Habersham County. He was a son of the late Paul and Malinda Ivie.
Mr. Ivie graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater as part of the Airsea Rescue Unit.
Mr. Ivie moved from Cornelia to Commerce in 1953 and was employed by Sanders Funeral Home until 1963, at which time he purchased and established Ivie Funeral Home.
He was a member of the Lion's Club of Commerce and a member of the Hudson Masonic Lodge #294 F.A.M. for over 50 years. Mr. Ivie served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Commerce and was retired from the Commerce Volunteer Fire Department. He served on the Commerce Board of Education and had been a Commerce City Councilman for many years.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Don Paulson, Kent Cranford and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Grace Black Ivie, Commerce; daughters, Kathy Marshbank, Greenville, S.C., Kay Buechler, Acworth, and Kelly Woodham, Gainesville, and sons-in-law; sister, Mrs. Frank Haslett, Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, John Buechler, Joy Epps and Bob Whitehead; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

MRS. MEISTER
Habersham County native
BALDWIN - Mrs. Verdina V. Meister, 72, died Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Meister was born June 1, 1928, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Gordon and Vesta Gibbs Kimsey.
Mrs. Meister was the owner and operator of J.C.'s Bait and Tackle Shop, Baldwin. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Meister was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Meister, and a daughter, Helen Meister.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Ken Coomer, Larry Barnes and Hoyt Skelton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, David Meister, Alto; two granddaughters reared in the home, Lisa Bohannon, Clarkesville, and Amy Goldsmith, Baldwin; one brother, Elbert Kimsey, Baldwin; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
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. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

MR. CASH
Hillside Baptist member
CORNELIA - Mrs. Zelma Brady Cash, 83, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Cash was born November 7, 1917, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Asa and Bessie Carpenter Brady.
Mrs. Cash was retired from Belk's Department Store as a sales person in the children's department, with 21 years of service. She was a member of Hillside Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and also taught Children's Church.
Mrs. Cash was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Cash.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 14, at Hillside Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Harris and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Marshall Cash, Demorest, and Lynn Cash, Clayton; one sister, Vera Stowe, Cornelia; one brother, O.H. Brady, Columbia, S.C.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

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MRS. STRICKLAND
Maysville UMC member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Nellie Grace Strickland, 79, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Strickland was born May 31, 1921, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Harry Wright and Clara Belle Dills Craig.
Mrs. Strickland was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Maysville United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurston Strickland, and a daughter, Virginia Strickland.
Funeral services were held November 10, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Robbie Fields, Cassidy Kesler, Phillip Kesler, Rodney Kesler, Andy Strickland, Carey Strickland and John Strickland served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of Unity Lodge #36.
Mrs. Strickland is survived by two sons, Doyle Strickland, Homer, and Dugar Strickland, Jefferson; two brothers, Edgar Craig, Commerce, and Herman Craig, Homer; one sister, Mazie Venable, Jefferson; 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

MRS. PATTON
Homemaker
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Jessie Jeanette Patton, 73, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Patton was born December 13, 1926, in Towns County. She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Ellie Mae Cannon.
Mrs. Patton was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Talmo. She had lived in Jackson County for most of her life.
Mrs. Patton was preceded in death by three sons, James, Junior and Wayne Patton.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 10, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Patton is survived by her husband, Garnett Patton; two daughters, Jean Patton and Judy Patton, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Barbara Patton, Pendergrass; one sister, Alice Chadwick, Alto; two brothers, Jimmy Cannon, Commerce, and Danny Patton, Pendergrass; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

MR. WILSON
U.S. Army veteran
CORNELIA - Alvin Eugene "Gene" Wilson, 66, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at a private nursing center following an extended illness.
Mr. Wilson was born July 30, 1934, in Banks County, a son of the late Hallie and Fannie Merritt Wilson.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Cathcart Moving Company, Atlanta. Mr. Wilson had also worked at Duckhead Apparel, Baldwin, and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Wilson, and a sister, Claudie Craven.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 9, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Swayne Cochran, Shane Wilson and Charlie Hopkins officiating. Burial was in the Gillsville Cemetery.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Cochran Wilson; three step-daughters, Sheryl Chase and Sandy Booth, both of Gainesville, and Donna Severn, Oak Park, Calif.; one step-son, Durwood Pepper, Gainesville; two brothers, Donald Wilson and William Wilson, both of Lula; two sisters, Ruby Wiley, Lula, and Barbara Payne, Flowery Branch; one step-sister, Maudie Bennett, Tucker; seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000

MR. MORRIS
U.S. Marine Corps veteran
GASTONIA, N.C. - Byron Morris, 93, formerly of Cornelia, died Friday, November 10, 2000, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Morris was born May 3, 1907, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Dillard B. Morris and Beaulah Davis Morris.
Mr. Morris was a graduate of Cornelia High School and Business College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two years in the South Pacific, and was retired from Southern Railway, where he had worked as chief clerk.
Mr. Morris was a member and life deacon of East Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C., and had served four years as a general board member of East Gaston Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Gary Morris officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Morris is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anna Mae Ivey Morris, Gastonia, N.C.; one sister, Eula Robinson, Virginia Beach, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 15, 2000


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