Banks County Obituaries...

November 29, 2000


MR. WILLIAMSON
Retired poultry,
cattle farmer
BALDWIN - Johnny Williamson, 91, died Thursday, November 23, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following a short illness.
Mr. Williamson was born June 29, 1909, in Anderson County, S.C. He was a retired poultry and cattle farmer and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Mr. Williamson was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Wilson Williamson. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Graveside services were held Saturday, November 25, at Beaverdam Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Roy Rogers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Williamson is survived by one son, Arthur Williamson, Commerce; and two grandsons.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MR. GROOVER
Carpenter
COMMERCE - Albert Alfred Groover, 52, died Friday, November 24, 2000, at North Fulton Hospital.
Mr. Groover was born June 25, 1948, a son of Lenora Crocker Groover, Commerce, and the late John Groover.
He was a self-employed carpenter. Mr. Groover was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Groover.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Jordan Family Cemetery.
Mr. Groover is survived by his wife, Brenda Groover, Commerce; one son, Daryle Groover, Duluth; three daughters, Cindy Groover, Duluth, Michelle Hamilton, Talladega, Ala., and Robbie Hearn, Buford; two brothers, David Groover, Baldwin, and J.T. Groover, Commerce; two sisters, Joyce Groover and Sarah Groover, both of Commerce; and 11 grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MRS. DODD
Enon Baptist member
LULA - Mrs. Mary Alice Dodd, 61, died Friday, November 24, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dodd was born March 20, 1939, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Walter A. and Irene Chitwood Smith.
She was formerly employed with Mt. Vernon Mills and worked with her husband in Thurston Dodd Welding Company, Lula. Mrs. Dodd was a member of Lula Connection and traveled with the Happy Trails of Gainesville and Winder. She was also a member of Enon Baptist Church.
Mrs. Dodd was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Alice Stephens Smith and Oscar and Eliza Self Chitwood.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 26, at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith, Paul Morris and Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Thurston Dodd, Lula; daughter, Belinda Bryson, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jeanette Dodd, Lula; grandchildren, Tabatha and Brian Gerrin and Clifford Bryson, all of Cornelia, Keisha Dodd and Virginia "Ginger" Banks, both of Lula, and Bobbie S. Crumley, Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, the Rev. Ralph O. and Ruby Smith, Gainesville, Lester Marvin and Ernesteen Smith, Lula, Chillos and Gleniece Smith, Dawsonville, Clarence and Melba Smith, Cleveland, and Horace and Debbie Smith, Cumming; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary and Earnest Hopkins, Lillian Dodd, Milton and Letha Dodd, Dennis Dodd and Tommy Dodd, all of Alto; and nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MRS. LOGGINS
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ellen Gertrude Bryan Loggins, 89, died Monday, November 20, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Loggins was born October 25, 1911, in Greene County. She was a daughter of the late Mitchell and Janie Mapp Bryan.
Mrs. Loggins was a homemaker and was of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Loggins Sr.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Curtis Hammond officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Loggins is survived by two sons, Don Loggins, Commerce, and Fred Loggins Jr., Nicholson; four daughters, Johnnie Frances Howington and Louise Mauldin, both of Commerce, Evelyn Nix, Jefferson, and Nellie Sellers, Oakwood; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MR. CARTER
U.S. Air Force veteran
CORNELIA - Kenneth Carter, 55, died Thursday, November 23, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County, Mr. Carter was the son of the late Jim and Emma Burrell Carter.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Vietnam Conflict, and was the owner and operator of C & C Auto Sales. Mr. Carter was a member of Amy's Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 25, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. J.R. Elrod officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Susan Lovell Carter, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Kendra and Randy Redd, Dawsonville; son and daughter-in-law, John and Regina Carter, Cornelia; one brother, Jerry Carter, Clarkesville; one sister, Susan Crawford, Cornelia; and two grandchildren, Tinsley and Emily Carter, Cornelia.
Memorials may be made to the Habersham County Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MRS. FITZPATRICK
Homemaker
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Kathleen Wade Fitzpatrick, 90, died Thursday, November 23, 2000.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Ned and Nola Lord Wade.
She was a homemaker and a member of Ila Baptist Church. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was preceded in death by her husband, Doris Fitzpatrick, and a son, David "Pete" Fitzpatrick.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 26, at Ila Baptist Church with the Revs. Mark Anderson and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery. Mike Fitzpatrick, Leon Fitzpatrick, Reuben Fitzpatrick, Tim Fitzpatrick, David McGinnis and Marc Perry served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Lord Fitzpatrick, Bill Chandler and Darrell Coile.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick is survived by one daughter, Peggy Freeman, Danielsville; one brother, Grady Wade, Alto; and two grandchildren, Joy King and Michael Freeman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ila Cemetery Fund or to the Ila Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 203, Ila, GA 30647.
Brown's Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

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MR. LOUDERMILK
U.S. Army veteran
CORNELIA - William A. "Sam" Loudermilk, 83, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born April 2, 1917, in Wilkes County, Mr. Loudermilk lived most of his life in Habersham County. He was a son of the late William Cannon and Velma Ophelia Holt Loudermilk.
Mr. Loudermilk was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as mess sergeant during World War II. He was retired from Schnadig Corp. and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Loudermilk was also a member of the Mt. Airy Masonic Lodge #141 F. & A.M.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Woodrow Hix and Gene Batson officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Masonic graveside rites were conducted by the Mt. Airy Masonic Lodge #141 F. & A.M.
Mr. Loudermilk is survived by his wife, Mae Leonard Loudermilk, Cornelia; one daughter, Jeanne Tallent, Blairsville; five brothers, Joe Loudermilk, Decatur, O'Neill Loudermilk, Birmingham, Ala., W.C. Loudermilk and James Loudermilk, both of Ellijay, and Billy Ray Loudermilk, Perrine Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Wealthamae "Bill" Karr, Smyrna, Dorothy Edwards, Griffin, Eloise Carpenter, Ellijay, and Evelyn Batson, Cleveland; two grandchildren, Jamie Tallent, Cornelia, Jana Hemphill, Blairsville; and one great-grandson, Kanon Daniel Hemphill, Blairsville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MR. HERRING
U.S. Navy veteran
DEMOREST - Wilburn "Frosty" Herring, 77, died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Malone, Fla., Mr. Herring lived most of his life in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Wallace and Ola Helms Herring.
Mr. Herring was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a retired block mason and owner of Herring Grave Services. He was a member of the Cornelia Church of God and a member of the Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F. & A.M.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. James Gunn, Wilmer Ivester and Geoffrey Dillard officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Herring is survived by his wife, Winnie Gunn Herring, Demorest; two sons, Charles Keith Herring Sr. and Ty Lydon Herring, both of Demorest; two brothers, W.C. Herring and Kenneth Herring, both of Bainbridge; one sister, Loray Perkins, Bainbridge; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MR. DAVIS
Southern Railroad retiree
DEMOREST - Ross Franklin Davis, 99, died Monday, November 20, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Cornelia on January 15, 1901, Mr. Davis was the son of the late Cicero Bartow and Georgia Celeste Ivie Davis.
He attended B.C. Grant and Baldwin Schools, and at the age of 17, was bonded as agent and telegraph operator for the Tallulah Falls Railroad. After managing stations at Prentis, Otto and Franklin, N.C., Mr. Davis was assigned to the Demorest Station from 1934 to 1954 when he was transferred to the dispatchers position at Cornelia until the railroad was discontinued in 1961.
During the years of World War II, he did additional work as bookkeeper for the Demorest Broom Co. and later for the Flor Saddle Tree Co. In 1964, Mr. Davis was appointed Relief Agent for the Southern Railroad on the Piedmont Division and served 39 different stations until his retirement in 1971.
As a member of Cornelia First Presbyterian Church, Mr. Davis served as deacon, trustee and elder, and was named Elder Emeritus. Active in community affairs, he was chairman of the school board, treasurer of the Demorest Men's Civic Club and treasurer for nine years of the Cornelia Kiwanis Club. Mr. Davis was a member of Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F.&A.M., where he received his 50-year pin. He was a mason for over 75 years.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 25, at the Cornelia First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Blaine Walker, Richard Scoggins and Lester Palmer officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Cornelia Lodge #92 F.&A.M.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Margie Amanda Gray Davis, of their home in Demorest; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Celeste and Oland Garrison, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Howard Franklin and Lucy Davis, Toccoa; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucy and Elmer Crawford, Asheville, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Virginia Baldwin, Franklin, N.C., and Janette Gray, Stroudsberg, Pa.; grandchildren, Susanne Garrison Hoder and husband, John Hoder, Barrington, R.I., Stanley D. Garrison and wife, Debbie Garrison, Atlanta; Sandra Garrison Reyna and husband, Darryl Reyna, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Clayton Howard Davis, Atlanta; and six great-grandchildren, Ross and Frank Hoder, John and Celeste Reyna, and Christopher and Kelly Garrison.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MRS. HUGHES
Double Springs Baptist Church member
DEMOREST - Mrs. Audrey Carol Hughes, 44, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, at Liberty Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Hughes was born June 19, 1956, in Habersham County, a daughter of Charles and Christine Tench Hughes, Demorest.
She was an honor graduate of the nursing program at North Georgia Technical College and was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Luther Williams and Weseley Purcell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include two sons, Richard Charles Warwick and Travis Lee Wade, both of Demorest; one brother, Charles Farrell Hughes, Demorest; one sister, Shelia Dale Hughes, Demorest; and a special aunt, Pat Hughes, Demorest.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000

MRS. WORLEY
Homemaker
ILA - Mrs. Lola B. Acree Worley, 79, died Monday, November 27, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Worley was born August 18, 1921, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Grover B. and Pearl Louise Johnson Acree.
Mrs. Worley was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Worley.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 29, at Community Baptist Church with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and George Pate officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Worley is survived by four daughters, Barbara Brock, Commerce, Linda Haley, Ila, Patricia Hill, Danielsville, and JoNell Payton, Durant, Miss.; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 29, 2000


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