Banks County Obituaries...

February 28, 2001


MR. GOVE
Retired locksmith,
die-maker
BALDWIN - Wesley G. Gove, 94, died Friday, February 23, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Gove was born in Copley, Ohio, on June 24, 1906, a son of the late Elmer and Dora Randall Gove.
He was a retired locksmith and die-maker and was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 25, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Gove is survived by his wife, Bessie Gove, Cornelia; two daughters, Martha Baer, Vance, Ala., and Diana Slaton, Cornelia; one sister, Dolly Seese, Ohio; two brothers, Harvey Gove, Florida, and Bill Gove, Ohio; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MRS. MORRIS
Bethlehem Baptist
Church member
ALTO - Velma Prescott Morris, 73, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Morris was born November 5, 1927, in Ware County. She was a daughter of the late Hampton Prescott and Beulah Wildes Prescott Bessent.
Mrs. Morris was formerly employed with Orbit Manufacturing Company and Morris Sales and was a waitress for a number of years. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lula.
Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin Prescott and Berry Prescott.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Jewell Thomas and Wayne Strickland officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Morris is survived by her husband, William O. "Bill" Morris, Alto; two daughters, Mary Roberts Adams, Toccoa, and Phillis Free, Louisville, Ky.; four sons, Dawson Edenfield and Everette Edenfield, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Darrell Edenfield, Lula, and Edward Hall, Kennesaw; one half-sister, Wilma Jean Brady, Barnesville, N.C.; three brothers, Walter Prescott, Jacksonville, Fla, Norris Prescott, Waycross, and Thomas Prescott, Cowpens, S.C.; 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MR. MILFORD
Commerce businessman
COMMERCE - Jimmy Milton Milford, 59, a Commerce businessman, died Saturday, February 24, 2001.
Mr. Milford was born in Gilmer County on July 28, 1941, a son of Everette Massey Milford, Commerce, and the late Ernest Milton Milford.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Milford is survived by his wife, Beverly Minish Milford, Commerce; daughter, Suzanne Milford, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Marion Milford, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Barbara Milford, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Ken West, Commerce; one grandson, Blake Milford, Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MRS. ECHOLS
Quality control inspector
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Barbara Ann Echols, 59, formerly of Demorest, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, at a private nursing facility.
Mrs. Echols was born August 22, 1941, in Habersham County, a daughter of the late Rev. Charlie and Frances Tench Mote.
She was a quality control inspector at Hayes Micro-Computer Company and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 25, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Melvin Stephens officiating.
Mrs. Echols is survived by one daughter, Michelle Waite, Dawsonville; one son, Charles Echols, Alto; and one grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MR. COOPER
Retired warden
ALTO - Charles Douglas "C.D." Cooper, 84, died Saturday, February 24, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Cooper was born September 4, 1916, in Oconee County, a son of the late Hubert Doyle and Annie Belle Evans Cooper.
He was a retired warden with the Georgia State Prison System, with 33 years of service, and was a member of Belmont Baptist Church. Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his first wife, Ouida Cook Cooper.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Willard Baxter officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Cooper is survived by his wife, Katherine Hawthorne Cooper, Alto; two daughters, Diane Dennis, Columbus, and Linda Cathy, Dallas, Texas; one son, Michael Cooper, Gainesville; two step-sons, Charles Duke and Steve Duke, both of Gainesville; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MISS MURRAY
Coleman-Stapler
Cemetery rites
DALLAS - Miss Alma Sue Murray, 74, died Wednesday, February 23, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Murray was born November 28, 1926, a daughter of the late L.B. and Flora Bell McIntyre Murray.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 22, in Coleman-Stapler Cemetery, Nicholson, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating.
Miss Murray is survived by three sisters, Hazel Lee Murray, Milledgeville, Wilma E. Richey, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Frances D. Turnor, Dallas.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MRS. NICHELSON
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Bertha Nichelson, 73, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Nichelson was born in Habersham County on September 26, 1927, a daughter of the late Prelo and Emmaline Horne Fennell.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sunday, February 18, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Melvin Stephens officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Nichelson is survived by her husband, James Nichelson, Cornelia; one son, Michael Fennell, Kennesaw; one brother, Jack Fennell, Acworth; three sisters, Betty Leonard, Cleveland, and Doris Rumsey and Hazel Ludwig, both of Clarkesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

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MR. ROGERS
Purple Heart recipient
GAINESVILLE - Horace Rogers, 84, died Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Rogers was a son of the late Frank and Ruby Bailes Rogers.
He fought during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart, as well as several other medals, and retired on April 1, 1979, from the maintenance department of Georgia Tech. Mr. Rogers was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Gainesville, where he was a member of the Sunshine Sunday School Class, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Marie Sims Rogers.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 16, in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, with the Revs. Barry Barron and Charles Barrett officiating.
Survivors include daughter, Linda Rogers, Gainesville; step-daughter, Nancy Redlus, Marietta; sister, Virginia Clark, Gillsville; step-grandchildren, Angela Nistal and Bill Redlus, both of Marietta; step-great-grandchild, Nicholas Nistal, Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund in the memory of Mr. Rogers.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MR. TATE
Lockheed retiree
CUMMING - Frank Hubert Tate, 85, formerly of Jackson County, died Saturday, February 24, 2001, at Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mr. Tate was born June 4, 1915, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Robert and Julia Hulsey Tate.
Mr. Tate was retired from Lockheed and was a member of Chattahoochee Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Tate is survived by his wife, Lottie Mae Tate, Cumming; two daughters, Delores Lashley, Cumming, and Delaine McCarthy, Roswell; two sons, Benny Darrell Tate, Acworth, and Eddie Tate, Lilburn; two sisters, Lillie Mae Ferguson, Gillsville, and Maggie Pethel, Talmo; two brothers, Howard Tate, Eastman, and Otis Tate, Talmo; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MR. DAVIS
Tow truck driver for
Peach State Speedway
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lamar Davis, 53, died Monday, February 26, 2001.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Leon and Florene Davis.
He was employed as a tow truck driver for Lance Wrecker Service, with 35 years of service, and also worked for several years as a tow truck driver for Peach State Speedway, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Rolland Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. All employees of Lance Wrecker Service and affiliates with Peach State Speedway will serve as honorary escorts.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Lanetta Mundy Davis, Lawrenceville; children, Kevin Davis, Kathryn Davis and Keith Davis, all of Lawrenceville; sisters, Rita Dean and Gloria Moon, both of Lawrenceville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MRS. BAXTER
Retired dietician
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Frances Baxter, 52, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Baxter was born August 30, 1948, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Mamie McKie Baxter, Nicholson, and the late Willie Baxter.
Mrs. Baxter was a retired dietician and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Kenneth Segars officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three brothers, Billy Baxter, Bishop, J.D. Baxter, Washington, and Jerry Baxter, Nicholson; three sisters, Debbie Baxter and Betty Silman, both of Nicholson, and Mary Hix, Toccoa; and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MRS. GEARING
Clarke County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Mary "Elizabeth" Matthews Gearing, 56, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Gearing was born May 27, 1944, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of Thomas H. and Estelle Sorrow Matthews, Athens.
Mrs. Gearing was a homemaker and was a member of Living Waters Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. William Whitfield and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Center United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Gearing is survived by her husband, Ray Gearing, Nicholson; two brothers, Herbert Matthews, Danielsville, and James H. Matthews, Jefferson; four sisters, Dianne Compton, Comer, Edna Landrum and Louise Marlow, both of Athens, and Martha Patrick, Danielsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001

MRS. CASH
Father of countian
WINDER - Mrs. Jeannette Irene Cash, 68, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001.
A native of Blue Island, Ill., Mrs. Cash was a daughter of the late Matthew Breault and Irene Witt.
She was employed with AT&T and was of the Lutheran faith.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, in the chapel of Wise-Connolly Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cash is survived by her husband, Carley Cash; two daughters, Nancy Smith, Bethlehem, and Jennifer Mitchell, Duluth; four sons, William Buice, Bethlehem, James Buice, Winder, Timothy Buice, Columbia, S.C., and Brian Cash, Banks County; two sisters, Carol Miller, Columbia, and Darlene Lohse, Arizona; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 28, 2001


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