Banks County Obituaries...

January 3, 2001


MR. MOTE
Habersham County native
DEMOREST - Hoyt Rufus Mote, 64, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Mote was born August 24, 1936, in Habersham County, a son of the late Rev. Charlie and Frances Tench Mote.
He worked at Orbit Manufacturing and was of the Baptist faith.
A memorial service was held Sunday, December 31, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Melvin Stephens officiating. Mr. Mote's body was donated to science.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Joan McEntire Mote, Demorest; two daughters, Marcia Elaine Ramey, Cleveland, and Mary Ann Lawrence, Homer; one son, Michael Mote, Demorest; one sister, Barbara Ann Echols, Demorest; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. SEGERS
Habersham Co. deputy
CORNELIA - Jerry Lee Segers, 44, died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Segers was born August 24, 1956, in Fulton County. He was a deputy with the Habersham County Sheriff's Department and was employed by Wal-Mart in Cornelia. Mr. Segers was a member of Harold Grove Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Henley Kimbrell.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 2001, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Garry Garrison officiating. Burial was in the Mt. View Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Segers is survived by his wife, Sharon Ann Kimbrell Segers, Cornelia; father and step-mother, Nesbit and Addie Lene Brock Segers, Baldwin; mother and step-father, Gladys Hicks Allen and Elmer Allen, Cleveland; one brother, Jimmy Ray Segers, Cumming; two half-brothers, Michael Allen, Alabaster, Ala., and Randy Allen, Oxford, Ala.; one step-brother, Milton Smith, Alto; one step-sister, Diane Garrison, Cornelia; mother-in-law, Imogene London Kimbrell, Cornelia; nieces, Shelley Segers, Cumming, and Amanda Garrison, Cornelia; nephews, Jeremy Allen and Chandler Allen, both of Oxford, Ala., Graham Garrison, Cornelia, and Zackary Smith, Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. UMBERHANDT
Evergreen Cemetery rites
SYLCAUGA, ALA. - Lewis David Umberhandt, 79, died Sunday, December 31, 2000.
Mr. Umberhandt was born in Habersham County, a son of the late Jessie and Lucy Ella Jackson Umberhandt.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda McCarthy.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, in the chapel of Radney-Smith Funeral Home, Sylacauga, Ala. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Sylacauga, Ala.
Mr. Umberhandt is survived by his wife, Peggy Umberhandt, Sylacauga, Ala.; four sons, Ronald Umberhandt, Clarkesville, Billy Umberhandt, Baldwin, and David Umberhandt and James Umberhandt, Toccoa; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MRS. SEYMOUR
Retired account analyst
GILLSVILLE - Mrs. Betty Sue Seymour, 70, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Seymour was a daughter of the late Gober and Lucy Booth Hall.
She moved to Hall County in 1984 after living in Bowman for a number of years. Mrs. Seymour was retired from Liberty National Insurance Company as an account analyst and had been employed with J&J Foods. She was a member of Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church.
Mrs. Seymour was preceded in death by a sister, Delray H. Sockwell.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Fulton Boswell officiating. Burial was in the Deep Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Dewy Rose.
Mrs. Seymour is survived by her husband, Perry Seymour, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, James Keith and Sheila D. Dickerson, Gillsville; daughter and son-in-law, Karen D. and Ronnie H. McDowell, Bowman; one brother, Carl Hall, West Minister, S.C.; one sister, Winnie Looney, Morrow; two grandsons, Andy McDowell, Lavonia, and James Kyle Dickerson, Gillsville; and a number of other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. PRITCHETT
Owner of Glendale
Angus Farm
CORNELIA - Robert E. "Bob" Pritchett, 82, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born June 28, 1918, in Habersham County, Mr. Pritchett was a son of the late Ed and Victoria Crow Pritchett.
He was retired from North Georgia Wholesale Company, with 46 years of service as a salesman in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Mr. Pritchett was the owner and operator of Glendale Angus Farm until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church and a member of the American Angus Association. Mr. Pritchett was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalena Giddens Pritchett.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Harris and Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in the Alley's Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Glenda P. and Lewis H. Moore, Cornelia; brother, J.C. Pritchett, Gainesville; and one grandson, Rob Moore, Cornelia.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, or to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MISS LACKEY
Enon Baptist member
LULA - Miss Margie Lackey, 99, died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Miss Lackey was born March 28, 1901, in Banks County, a daughter of the late James Thomas and Margaret Baugh Lackey.
She was a homemaker and a member of Enon Baptist Church. Miss Lackey was the last member of her immediate family, which consisted of 12 children.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 2001, at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Morris, Loyd Martin and Dean Bryant officiating. Burial was in the Timber Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.
Miss Lackey is survived by a nephew raised in the home, David Adamson, Lula; as well as other nephews and nieces.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. WHITESIDE
Habersham County native
CORNELIA - J.B. Whiteside, 56, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta, following an extended illness.
Mr. Whiteside was born May 3, 1944, in Habersham County, a son of Catherine Greemon Flynn, Alto, and the late Hoke Whiteside.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. O.L. McCullough and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Whiteside is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Davidson, Alto, and Rachel Rice, Lula.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MRS. LOUDERMILK
Music teacher
CORNELIA - Mrs. Willie C. Loudermilk, 100, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Loudermilk was born January 15, 1900, a son of the late Thomas and Emma Collins.
She was a homemaker and a music teacher and was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church. Mrs. Loudermilk was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Loudermilk, and a son, Hollis P. Loudermilk.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Luther Williams officiating. Burial was in the Loudermilk Family Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Evelyn Sexton, Cornelia; four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 711 Dorsey Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MRS. WILBANKS
Homemaker
MT. AIRY - Mrs. Winnie Ruth Smith Wilbanks, 80, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Franklin County, Mrs. Wilbanks had lived most of her life in Mt. Airy. She was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Minnie Elizabeth York Smith.
Mrs. Wilbanks was a homemaker and a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Wilbanks.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Billy Harris officiating. Burial was in the Rock Springs Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jewell Wilbanks, Mt. Airy; one son, Miles Wilbanks, Demorest; two brothers, Milton Smith and Jack Smith, both of Clarkesville; one sister, Carolyn Banks, Clarkesville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

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MR. WARD
World War II veteran
BALDWIN - J.D. Ward, 77, died Sunday, December 31, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Ward was born February 5, 1923, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Lemuel and Nettie Payne Ward.
Mr. Ward was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was a member of Grant Reeves Post #7720, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, and the AARP. Mr. Ward was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing Company and was retired from Grady Garment Company.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rachel Blalock Ward, and a son, Steven Ward.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating at graveside.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Pat Payne Ward, Baldwin; three daughters, Carol Elrod, Mt. Airy, Cathy Rogers, Lula, and DeAnn Downer, Cornelia; three sons, David Ward, Mt. Airy, Kirby Ward, Calhoun, and Milton Ward, Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, Tom Ward, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Nails Creek Baptist Church, 2721 Highway 51 N., Homer, GA 30547, or to Level Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MRS. CARPENTER
Homemaker
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. - Mrs. Minnie Lee Batson Carpenter, 84, formerly of Cornelia, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Aventura Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Carpenter was born June 21, 1916, a daughter of the late Walter Grady and Tabitha Woodall Batson.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Miami Beach, Fla.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Gene Batson officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James Melvin Carpenter, Union Point; two brothers, James D. Batson, Cornelia, and the Rev. Gene Batson, Cleveland; one sister, Betty Bell, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and one grandchild, Leanne Dowdell, Rutledge.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MRS. ELLIOTT
Grove Level Cemetery rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Adell P. Elliott died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
Mrs. Elliott was a daughter of the late H.C. Parr and Cora Ledford Elliott. She was the wife of the late Guy Elliott.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 2001, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Grove Level Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Glorila Elliott, Griffin; brother, Clyde Parr, Commerce; sister, Ruth Bingham, Maysville; grandchildren, Connie and Jeff Carden, Zebulon, Randy Elliott Sr. and Rebecca Elliott, both of Griffin, and Rachel and Mark Henson, Winder; and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. DEWATERS
Salesman
COMMERCE - John Dewaters, 67, formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., died Friday, December 29, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Dewaters was born May 15, 1933, in Staten Island, N.Y., a son of the late Abram and Rose Mooney Dewaters.
He had been employed as a salesman.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Dewaters is survived by his wife, Marion Dewaters, Commerce; four sons, Arthur Dewaters, Welaka, Fla., Don Dewaters, New London, Conn., Raymond Dewaters, Louisiana, and Thomas Dewaters, Commerce; two daughters, Deann Dewaters, Hull, and Dorinda Hall, Maysville; one brother, James Dewaters, Staten Island, N.Y.; one sister, Mary Peters, Norwick, Conn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

BLAND
Infant
NICHOLSON - Paigelyn Bland, infant daughter of Anthony and Darlene Wright Bland, Nicholson, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 2001, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Maxwell Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a brother, Anthony Christopher Bland Jr., and sister, Christian Nicole Bland, both of Nicholson; grandparents, Roger and Pamela Pressley, Nicholson, Patricia Wright and Phillip Snead, Maysville, and Johnny William Wright Sr., Homer; great-grandparents, William J. and Vador H. Cauthen, Nicholson, Lonie Pressley, Maysville, and Minnie Bland, Chester, S.C.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. CASH
U.S. Army veteran
CARNESVILLE - Nelson Cash, 81, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Mr. Cash was born June 20, 1919, in Banks County, a son of the late Elijah and Nelar Purcell Cash.
He served on the Democratic Committee for 16 years, and was the Justice of Peace for 16 years. Mr. Cash was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.
At the age of 17, he began work as a poultry farmer, retiring after 64 years. Mr. Cash was a member of Damascus Baptist Church and a member of the Georgia Poultry Federation.
He was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Roy Rogers, Warren Wilkinson and the Rev. Loyd Martin officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Cash is survived by his wife, Emily Stowe Cash, Carnesville; three daughters, Ann Cash Rooks, Flovilla, June Cash Collins, Cleveland, and Bonnie Cash Meeler, Maysville; one son, Nelson Loyd Cash Jr., Commerce; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Gideons International, c/o Habersham South Gideons, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MRS. LAMB
Homemaker
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Eva Lou Tiller Fitzpatrick Lamb, 89, died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Cobb Health Care Center, Comer.
Mrs. Lamb was born May 9, 1911, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Eddie Lee and Lillie Mae Vaughn Tiller.
Mrs. Lamb had worked as a switchboard operator with Saint Joseph's Hospital and was a homemaker. She was a member of Ila Baptist Church.
Mrs. Lamb was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph G. Fitzpatrick, her second husband, D.T. Lamb, and a sister, Lucy Lester.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, at Ila Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Survivors include one daughter, Faye Hopson, Afton, Tenn.; four sons, Donald Fitzpatrick, Sanford, N.C., Edward Y. Fitzpatrick, Maryville, Tenn., Robert M. "Bob" Fitzpatrick, Carnesville, and Jimmy R. Fitzpatrick, McDonough; three sisters, Beatrice Carter, Madison, Mary Hooper Molis, Navaree Village, Ohio, and Sara Long, Commerce; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001

MR. STEPHENS
U.S. Army veteran
ATHENS - Willard Stephens, 73, died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Stephens was a son of the late Alexander and Cleo Weathers Stephens.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from Champion Dairy Pak. Mr. Stephens was a member of Oconee Heights Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the V.F.W.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Spratlin Stephens.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Tom Lang officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Richard Horne, Johnny Stephens, Norman Cockrell, Larry Landrum, Ricky Nixon and Dan Harrell served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Kim Stephens, Athens, and Gene Stephens, Maysville; two daughters, Terry Evans and Tina Blount, both of Athens; one brother, J.C. Stephens, Greenwood, S.C.; two sisters, Gertrude Fields and Deloris Horne, both of Athens; grandchildren, Kristy Gee and Jackie Evans, both of Athens, and Nick Stephens, Maysville; great-grandchildren, Shane and Amber Gee, Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 3, 2001


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