Banks County Obituaries...

January 10, 2001


MR. POOLE
Purple Heart recipient
BALDWIN - J.D. Poole, 75, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Poole was born June 6, 1925, in Banks County. He was a son of the late John Stovall Poole and Rosa Lee Sellers Poole.
Mr. Poole was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. He received the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart for injuries received in Italy.
He was a farmer and was a member of Line Baptist Church. Mr. Poole was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Roberts.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 7, at Line Baptist Church with the Revs. Garry Garrison and Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Roy Rogers officiating at graveside.
Mr. Poole is survived by his wife, Gladys Dalton Poole, Baldwin; one sister, Lola Mason, Gramerton, N.C.; and two brothers, Tom Poole, Alto, and Ed Poole, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. HENDRICKS
Mount Olive Baptist
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Annie Maude Hendricks, 83, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Hendricks was a daughter of the late Obe and Emma Okelly Chandler, and the wife of the late Hoyt H. Hendricks.
She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and was retired from Westclock and Commerce Sports Wear.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Brad Wilson and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Lamar and Sharon Hendricks, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ricky Cochran, Commerce; brother, James Smith, Atlanta; sister, Mary Ruth Brock, East Point; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MR. HILL
Retired farmer
CARNESVILLE - Fred Hill, 63, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at Ty Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hill was born July 28, 1937, in Franklin County, a son of the late Ben and Vetter Patrick Hill.
He was a retired farmer. Mr. Hill was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Hill, and a sister, Helen Norton.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Leon Carson officiating. Burial was in the Leatherwood Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Fannie Ruth Simmons Hill, Carnesville; two daughters, Barbara Morris, Carnesville, and Betty Trousdale, Commerce; five sisters, Blondine Baxter, Baldwin, Geraldine Doss, Martin, Ruby Smith, Alto, Mae Maney, Cornelia, and Jimmy Sue Thurmond, Athens; four brothers, Coleman Hill, Thomas Hill and Wayman Hill, all of Baldwin, and Ricky Hill, Homer; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fred Hill Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 866, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MR. BUTLER
Brother-in-law of countian
AUBURN - Dock Alvin Butler, 91, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000.
Mr. Butler was a native of Gwinnett County. He was a farmer and was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church, Auburn. Mr. Butler was also a member of the Auburn Masonic Lodge #230 F&AM.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2000, at Union Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Long officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Butler is survived by his children, Qullion and Guy Butler, Sue and Milton Turner, J.C. and Rosa Mitchell and Florene Masters, all of Auburn, James E. and Hilda Butler, Charleston, S.C., Charlotte and Buford Smith, Oakwood, and H.E. and Jewette Mitchell, Dacula; sisters-in-law, Rubye R. Keith, Hoschton, and Imogene Mills and Mary Waycaster, both of Baldwin; 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. BARNETT
Homemaker
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Nettie Montine Brock Barnett, 89, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Barnett was born May 10, 1911, in Franklin County, a daughter of the late William C. and Myrtle Gordon Brock.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Barnett was preceded in death by her husband, Jewette L. Barnett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 8, at the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, J.D. Sosebee, Dennis Kesler and Curtis Green officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include one son, Buck Barnett, Ila; four daughters, Ethelle Howington and Lautrelle Richey, both of Jefferson, and Eutelle Morgan and Gwynelle Smith, both of Nicholson; three brothers, Gordon Brock, Canton, J.W. Brock, Roswell, and Terry Brock, Griffin; four sisters, Viola Bianchi and Linda Jett, both of Griffin, Mellie Faye Brown, Dalton, and Lucille Moss, Roswell; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. CLARK
Retired account technician
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA. - Mrs. Ann C. Clark, 79, died Friday, December 8, 2000, at Hospice Care Center, Port Orange, Fla.
Mrs. Clark was born in Commerce and moved to the New Smyrna Beach area in 1970 from Marietta. In the 1940s, she modeled for Gaines Pressley's Hair Styling of Marietta and worked for Bell Bomber-Lockheed, where she designed and modeled the jumpsuits popularized by female factory assembly workers, referred to as "Rosie the Riveters" during World War II. Mrs. Clark owned the Ann Clark School of Dance, Marietta, and later taught dance to military dependents in Germany during the Occupation. Upon returning to America in 1953, she worked as an administrative assistant for the Marietta Daily Journal newspaper. Mrs. Clark retired in 1983 as an account technician for the Social Security Administration, Daytona Beach, Fla., and was a member of the First Christian Church, Marietta.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip Clark, Edgewater, Fla., and Ronald Carlan, Talking Rock; three daughters, Wanda Phinney, Janet Bowey and Elizabeth Goodson, all of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one brother, Jim Cheek, Commerce; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32127.
Dudley, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. CONGER
North Carolina native
CORNELIA - Mrs. Sue Hughes Conger, 64, died Sunday, January 7, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Conger was born January 5, 1937, in Swain County, N.C., but had lived most of her life in Cornelia. She was a daughter of the late Winfred and Mae Burchfield Hughes.
Mrs. Conger was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by a son, Harvey Charles Conger.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Walter Burrell officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Conger is survived by her husband, Harvey J. Conger, Cornelia; and one brother, Orris Hughes, Bryson City, N.C.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

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MR. STOVER
U.S. Army veteran
CLARKESVILLE - Paul E. Stover, 72, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Stover was born in Gilmer County on September 2, 1928, a son of the late Roland and Daisy Holden Stover.
He was retired from Scovill Manufacturing and was a member of Unity Baptist Church. Mr. Stover was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict, receiving the Good Conduct Medal.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Toy Stover, Woodrow Stover, Charlie Stover and Howard Stover, and three sisters, Bertha Johnson, Ovie Coffee and Ollie Cochran.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paris Whitworth, Truitt Phillips and Richard Horn officiating. Burial was in the Unity Baptist Church cemetery, with full military honors conducted by Rabun County DAV Chapter #15.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Kay Stover, Toccoa, Sherry Franklin, Mt. Airy, and Donna Brown, Clarkesville; four sons, Randy Stover and Terry Stover, both of Clarkesville, Jerry Stover, Toccoa, and James Franklin, Mt. Airy; one sister, Pauline Simmons, Chatsworth; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. WHEELER
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Cora Lee Wheeler, 92, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Wheeler was born in Habersham County on December 22, 1908. She was a homemaker and of the Church of God faith.
Mrs. Wheeler was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Wheeler, three brothers, John L. Vinson, Charlie Vinson and Lyman Vinson; two sisters, Bertha Brown and Annie Mae Savage; two infants; and a grandson, Jerry Eugene Rogers, killed in Vietnam.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paris Whitworth and Charles Morrison officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include six daughters, Andrea Catlett, Blondine Tomlin and Rosa Lee Whitworth, all of Demorest, Nellaree Ellison, Clarkesville, Dot Hill, Ocean City, Md., and Linda Sanders, Mt. Airy; five sons, Douglas J. Wheeler, Willie Dee Wheeler and Paul W. Wheeler Sr., all of Demorest, David C. Wheeler Jr., Oakwood, and Randy Wheeler, St. Louis Park, Minn.; two sisters, Inez Eller, Hines City Park, Fla., and Louise Payne, Cornelia; 30 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MR. HARRIS
World War II veteran
DEMOREST - John W. "Bill" Harris, 79, died Friday, January 5, 2001, at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Harris was born September 15, 1921, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Johnny Alexander Harris and Martha Jane Whitfield Harris.
Mr. Harris was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was a life member of Grant Reeves Post #7720, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired after 25 years of service with Schnadig Corporation and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by two brothers, Carlo Harris and Roscoe Harris, and two sisters, Ora Mote and Cora Fincannon. He was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Skelton and Telford Tanksley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Austin Kelley officiating at graveside.
Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Flossie Tench Harris, Demorest; one daughter, Edith Irvin, Cornelia; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. JONES
Cornelia First Baptist Church member
CORNELIA - Mrs. Jewell Lee Black Jones died Friday, January 5, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Jones was born February 6, 1918, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Dyer and Pauline Black.
Mrs. Jones had worked as a production supervisor at Lockheed Inc., as a secretary at Habersham Metal Products and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse L. Jones Sr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl Adams, Greenville, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Jesse Lee and Debi Kytle Jones, Cornelia; one brother, Truett Black, Cornelia; and two grandchildren, Josh and Kalan Jones, both of Cornelia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001

MRS. OWENSBY
Former Commerce High School counselor
GRIFFIN - Mrs. Louise Tumlin Owensby, 83, formerly of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at Southland Nursing Home.
Mrs. Owensby was a graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. She earned her master's degree in counseling from the University of Georgia in the 1960s and was the only counselor at Commerce High School until her retirement in 1985.
Mrs. Owensby was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, as well as a member of many civic groups.
She moved to Griffin in 1993 and attended the First United Methodist Church of Griffin. Mrs. Owensby was active in the Senior Citizens Organization, First Friends and Pink Ladies at Spalding Regional Hospital.
A native of Forsyth County, Mrs. Owensby was a daughter of the late Candler and Isabella Tumlin, and the wife of the late Dr. William A. Owensby. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles William Owensby, and a sister, Emma Lee Orr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Sam Storey officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Owensby is survived by children, John and Evelyn McGavin, Griffin, and James "Jim" and Deborah Owensby, Douglasville; grandchildren, Erin, Andrea and Jonathan McGavin, all of Griffin, and Meridith and Matthew Owensby, Douglasville; sister, Virginia Martin, Tucker; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Robison, Carrollton; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce Organ Fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 10, 2001


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