Banks County Obituaries...

March 14, 2001


MRS. CANTRELL
Homemaker
BALDWIN - Mrs. Blanche Wilson Cantrell, 85, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in White County on January 27, 1916, Mrs. Cantrell was a daughter of the late Will and Lillie Paralee Cannon Wilson.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Cantrell was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Claude Cantrell, and a daughter, Kita Cantrell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Revs. Connie Berry and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Darlene Demore, Macon, Juanelle Deitz and Regina Underwood, both of Clyde, N.C., and Rita Martin, Vienna W.Va.; four sons, Kenneth Cantrell, Charles Cantrell and Lanny Cantrell, all of Baldwin, and Rondald Cantrell, Cleveland; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and loving friends, Judy Simon and Jodi Madden.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MRS. MCDONALD
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Mildred McDonald, 76, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. McDonald was born in Georgia on September 29, 1924, a daughter of the late Clyde and Ida Black Westmoreland.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Daniel McDonald, Maysville, Phil McDonald, Commerce, and Dennis McDonald, Homer; two daughters, Elaine Lee and Janie Potts, both of Commerce; one brother, Otis Westmoreland, Maysville; one sister, Dorothy Tatum, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MR. EVANS
Retired logger
COMMERCE - D.T. Evans, 72, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Evans was born October 12, 1928, in Jackson County, a son of the late Traud and Mary Evans.
He was a retired logger.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Doug Duncan and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Christian Church cemetery.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Vernelle Beck Evans, Commerce; four sons, James Evans and Leon Evans, both of Commerce, Troy Evans, Jack, Ala., and Frankie Evans; two daughters, Shirley David, Jefferson, and Janet Morgan, Commerce; one sister, Rachel Massey, Jefferson; 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MR. SMITH
Father of countian
CORNELIA - Loyd Smith, 87, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was a son of the late John Henry and Emma Perry Smith, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille Loudermilk Smith, a daughter, Linda Grace Smith, a brother, Hoyt Smith, and a sister, Grace Brock.
Mr. Smith was a former city commissioner, serving two terms for the City of Cornelia, and was retired as captain of the Cornelia Police Department, with 20 years of service. He was also retired from the Habersham County Sheriff's Department, with 23 years of service. Mr. Smith was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Level Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Rice and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial was in the Hazel Creek Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Eric Shelton officiating at graveside.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Geneva Weaver Smith, Cornelia; five daughters, Deborah Pauline Koeller and Doris Blackburn, both of Cornelia, Betty Massey, Homer, Juanita Garrett, Riverdale, and Glenda Dotson, Dickinson, Ala.; one son, J.L. Smith, Cornelia; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 178 Hazel Creek Road, Mount Airy, GA 30563.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MR. FAULKNER
Retired postmaster
LAWRENCEVILLE - Edgar P. Faulkner, 91, died Monday, March 5, 2001.
A native of Lula, Hall County, Mr. Faulkner currently resided in Lawrenceville, and previously in Tucker. He began his 42-year postal career in Lula delivering as a rural carrier by horse and buggy. Mr. Faulkner also held positions in postal transportation service, terminal station transfer office, clerk and retired as postmaster of Tucker in 1969.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church Tucker, where he taught the men's Bible Class for several years. Six members of his class became ministers. Mr. Faulkner has been a lay speaker in churches throughout Georgia and was active in civic affairs in Tucker. He served on several boards, including: the National Association of Postmasters, the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, the Advisory Committee of National Investors Life Insurance of Georgia, the Tucker Community Association, the Peach Bowl Association, the Lions Light House Foundation, and participated in fund-raising efforts for the Cancer Crusade, Heart Fund and United Way. Mr. Faulkner served in all local Lions Club offices, was District Governor of Lions International of Georgia 18D and was a 50-year member of the Mason and Royal Arch Chapter in Homer.
Mr. Faulkner was also a member of the National Advisory Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C., under former Presidents Reagan and Bush, and recently was reappointed by President George W. Bush.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Gwinnett Chapel of Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, with the Rev. Mark Davis, of Yellow River Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include his bride of 65 years, the former Mary Ruth Mize, Homer, Banks County; daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Brinson (Nan), Lawrenceville, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Montrose (Donna), Lithia Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Childs (Rebecca), Roswell; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. His sister, Mrs. Carole Chapman, Baldwin, is the last surviving sibling.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Peachtree Christian Hospice, 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MRS. PAYNE
Homemaker
HOMER - Mrs. Eva Payne, 82, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Payne was born June 26, 1918, in Homer. She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include five daughters, Jean Betty, Guynell Southerla, Mary A. Carlan and Janet Payne, all of Homer, and Carolyn Harris, Gillsville; one sister, Alleene Sanders, Homer; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

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MISS COVINGTON
Former medical
laboratory technician
ATLANTA - Miss Cleo Eugene Covington, formerly of Jefferson, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Crawford W. Long Medical Center following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Covington was a daughter of the late Lee W. and Beuluh Estelle Adams Covington.
She had worked as a medical laboratory technician for 50 years and was a member of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church, Atlanta. Miss Covington was preceded in death by three sisters, Inez Crocker, Mildred Covington and Gertielou Marlow, and a brother, Hoke Covington.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Taylor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Lee Crocker, Mark Crocker, Jeff Gower, Bobby Gower, Buster Covington, Al Davis, Scott Mitchell and Horace Covington served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one sister, Willo Nell Blackstock, Jefferson; three brothers, J.C. Covington, Jefferson, Ralph Covington, Homer, and Horace Covington, Conyers; and several nieces and nephews.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MR. HOLCOMB
Detention officer
WINDER - Jimmy "Mario" Holcomb, 43, died Friday, March 9, 2001.
Born in Fulton County, Mr. Holcomb was a son of the late Virgil and Ann Day Holcomb.
He had resided in Barrow County for the past 11 years and was employed as a detention officer with the Barrow County Sheriff's Department. Mr. Holcomb was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Flowery Branch. He was preceded in death by a sister, Raenell Holcomb.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Carroll Pruitt and Robbie Black officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton City Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter, Tiffany Holcomb, Winder; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lera and Jim Dorsey, Hoschton, and Shirley and Bobby James, Winder; sister, Jean Holcomb, Braselton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Edwinna Holcomb, Homer, and Tony and Julie Holcomb, Statham; brothers, Ronald Holcomb and Donald Holcomb, both of Hoschton, Joseph Holcomb, Hollywood, and Jerry Holcomb, Braselton; nephew, Danny Joe Holcomb, Hoschton; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MRS. LORD
Commerce
Sportswear retiree
COMMERCE - Mrs. Pauline Hix Lord, 87, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at the University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Lord was born February 1, 1914, a daughter of the late Joseph Carlton and Sara Martin Hix.
She was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Mrs. Lord was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Lord.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Lord is survived by one son, Mike Lord, Commerce; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MR. AUSTIN
Welder
COMMERCE - Michael Rogers Austin, 46, died Wednesday, February 28, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Austin was born December 24, 1954, in Jackson County, a son of the late Dewey W. and Willie Mae Akins Austin.
Mr. Austin was employed as a welder and was a member of Little Country Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Little Country Church with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Austin is survived by his wife, Linda Faye Motes Austin, Flowery Branch; two daughters, Kara Austin, Winder, and Mandy Austin, Jefferson; four step-sons, John Davidson, Winder, Michael Davidson, Danielsville, Ray Jones, Flowery Branch, and Jason Smith, Trion; seven brothers, Billy Austin, Hull, Filix Austin, Jefferson, Jeffery Austin, Statham, Kimsey Austin and Leon Austin, both of Danielsville, and Pete Austin and Sonny Austin, both of Commerce; three sisters, Elizabeth Easterwood, Vero Beach, Fla., Gail O'Kelly, Commerce, and Mildred Whitlock, Danielsville; and five step-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001

MR. ELLARD
Partner in Adams,
Ellard & Frankum law firm
CORNELIA - Glenn Wilson "Jack" Ellard, 88, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A life-long resident of Habersham County, Mr. Ellard was a son of W.B. Ellard and Ida Melissa Franklin Ellard.
A 1929 graduate of Cornelia High School, he attended Piedmont College from 1931 to 1933 and received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1935. Mr. Ellard joined the U.S. Army in March of 1942 as a private, served as an artillery officer in World War II and rose to the rank of captain before receiving an honorable discharge at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1946. He served as provost marshall in post-war Germany.
In the fall of 1946, Mr. Ellard and John E. Frankum formed the law firm of Frankum and Ellard in Clarkesville. The firm merged with the practice of Jack F. Adams in June of 1973 and still exists today as the law firm of Adams, Ellard & Frankum, P.C.
In November, 1946, Mr. Ellard married Edna Mae Kemmish Reeves and they took up residence in Cornelia.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, where he served as a deacon, and was a member of Kiwanis, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi and the Gridiron Society. He was also a Mason and Shriner, and had received many awards recognizing his service to his community.
Through his continued law practice with the firm of Adams, Ellard & Frankum, P.C., Mr. Ellard continued his community service until February 2001.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at the First Baptist Church of Cornelia with Dr. T. Logan Smith and the Rev. Richard Scoggins officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Ellard is survived by his wife, Edna, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 14, 2001


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