Banks County Obituaries...

April 4, 2001


MRS. ANDERSON
Beaverdam Baptist
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Johnnie McElroy Anderson, 85, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Anderson was born May 7, 1915, a daughter of the late Albert Benton and Mary Elizabeth Carson McElroy.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Currie Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beaverdam Baptist Church with the Revs. Marshall Smith and Chad Payne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one step-son, Bill Anderson, St. Petersburg, Fla.; one step-daughter, Ann Urbanski, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Felix McElroy, Athens; one sister, Roberta Sparks, Commerce; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. PURCELL
World War II veteran
DEMOREST - Luther Purcell, 80, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a short illness.
Mr. Purcell was born in Banks County on May 22, 1920. He was a son of the late Dave and Gertrude Worley Purcell.
Mr. Purcell was formerly employed with Chicopee Manufacturing Company and was retired owner and operator of Soque Cabinet Shop. He had served on the Board of Directors of Habersham Electric Membership Corporation for a number of years and was an Emeritus Director. Mr. Purcell was a member of Cornelia Lodge #92, F & AM and was life member of Grant Reeves Post #7720, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Mr. Purcell was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Services rendered in Luzon and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Luzon. He was also a member of Double Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Mr. Purcell was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Smith Purcell, and a brother, Haskel Purcell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Double Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Lamar Purcell, Wesley Purcell and Luther Williams officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Honor Guard from Fort McPherson.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and Larry Segars, Toccoa, and Drucilla and Johnny Justus, Demorest; sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley and Judy Purcell, Cornelia, and Lamar and Betty Purcell, Gainesville; sisters, Reba Staton, Dallas, and Lucille Nowling, Clarkesville; brothers, Riley Purcell, Demorest, and Roy Purcell, Cornelia; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. WATKINS
World War II veteran
CORNELIA - John Watkins, 83, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Watkins was born in Banks County on October 4, 1917. He was a son of the late William and Ethel Watson Watkins.
Mr. Watkins was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, having served in New Guinea, Guadalcanal, North Solomons and the Philippines. He was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a bronze star and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with four bronze stars. Mr. Watkins was the retired owner and operator of Watkins Trucking Co. and was a member of Lamar Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Honor Guard from Ft. McPherson.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Pauline Barrett Watkins, Cornelia; one son, Gerald Watkins, Cornelia; two sisters, Lucille Cook, Alto, and Janell Watkins, Baldwin; three brothers, Clyde Watkins, Demorest, Fred Watkins, Mt. Airy, and Wilton Watkins, Baldwin; and one grandson.
Memorials may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. SCHUETZ
New York native
BALDWIN - Christopher W. Schuetz, 29, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Schuetz was born August 31, 1971, in Smithtown, N.Y. He was a son of Konrad and Meline Lohner Schuetz, Baldwin.
Mr. Schuetz was a member of the Association for Retarded Citizens and was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church.
A funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, at St. Mark's Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Gisela Johnson, Rindge, N.H.; one brother, Kurt Schuetz, Quincy, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Association for Retarded Citizens, c/o Jane McFerrin, 299 Ostrich Drive, Cleveland, GA 30528.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. MINISH
Jackson County native
COMMERCE - Lenward L. Minish, 77, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Minish was born November 28, 1923, in Jackson County, a son of the late Foster and Lottie Richey Minish.
He was retired from the auto business and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Minish is survived by his wife, Margaret Lord Minish, Commerce; two sons, Dennis Minish, Commerce, and Sam Thurmond, Maysville; five daughters, Linda Hendrix and Cynthia Sorrow, both of Commerce, Cathy Minish, Gainesville, Dianne Mooney, Huntland, Texas, and Linda Kay Reed, Sumitt, Utah; one brother, Columbus O. Minish, Charles City, Va.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MRS. WHITSEL
Homemaker
HOMER - Mrs. Lera Whitsel, 95, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Whitsel was born January 23, 1906, in Georgia, a daughter of the late John and Alice Roberts.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Dewitt Whitsel, Comer, and Odell Whitsel, Homer; two daughters, Hazel Hemrick, Demorest, and Magalyn Vaughn, Homer; one sister, Bertha Tench, Walhalla, S.C.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

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MRS. CHILDERS
Liberty Baptist member
ALTO - Mrs. Rosa Nell Childers, 71, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Childers was born in Hall County on May 4, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Jim and Christine Brookshire Gravitt.
Mrs. Childers was retired from Fieldale Corporation and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Hooper.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Childers is survived by her husband, John H. Childers, Alto; one daughter, Louise Thomas, Alto; two sisters, Pairlee Young, Gainesville, and Annie Mae Parker, Homer; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MRS. CRANE
Banks County native
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Jimmie Lou Garrison Crane, 76, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at New Horizon Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Crane was born in Banks County, but had lived in Hall County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Nellie and Tencie Sheridan Garrison.
Mrs. Crane retired from Georgia Chair Company and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Crane.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the chapel of Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Clifford Allen officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery, Lumpkin County.
Survivors include four sons, Marvin Crane, Gene Crane and Larry Crane, all of Gainesville, and Lee Roy Crane, Jefferson; one brother, George Alvin Garrison, Jackson County; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ward's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MRS. DODD
Seamstress
DEMOREST - Mrs. Oudia Armour Dodd, 57, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at her residence following a brief illness.
Born in Hall County on June 14, 1943, Mrs. Dodd was a daughter of the late Albert and Rosie Lackey Armour.
She worked as a seamstress with Carwood Manufacturing and was a member of Harvest Vision Worship Center. Mrs. Dodd was preceded in death by a brother, Arnie Armour, and a sister, Susie Forrester.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Harvest Vision Worship Center with the Rev. Frank Armour and Pastor Ryan Smith officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Tony Dodd, Mt. Airy; four brothers, Erby Armour, Eastanollee, Ralph Armour, Athens, and Mitchell Armour and Frank Armour, both of Gainesville; and two sisters, Ellen Brown, Clayton, and Edna Jones, Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. CRUNKLETON
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - James M. Crunkleton, 82, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Crunkleton was born September 7, 1918, in Rabun County. He was a son of the late Joseph H. and Lilly Mae Wall Crunkleton.
Mr. Crunkleton was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He had been employed as a salesperson and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Whitlock Chapel.
Mr. Crunkleton is survived by his wife, Eleanor Artemis Pappas Crunkleton, Commerce; two sons, Robert J. Crunkleton, Orlando, Fla., and Wayne Crunkleton, Silver Spring, Md.; one daughter, Penelope Crunkleton, Silver Spring, Md.; one brother, J.H. Crunkleton, Tiger; and one sister, Lauren Cabe, Tiger.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. MARTIN
World War II veteran
MACON - George Martin, a World War II veteran and native of Jackson County, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Georgia War Veteran Home in Milledgeville following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Martin was a son of the late Lee O. and Leila Tolbert Martin.
He served in the European Theater of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Mr. Martin was a retiree of Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins.
Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Martin is survived by one daughter, DeJuan Neilson, Gray, two grandsons, Cliff Holmes and T.J. Neilson, both of Gray; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Spencer, Athens; and one brother, W.L. Martin, Maysville.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home, Macon, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MRS. BOREN
Homemaker
ATHENS - Mrs. Irene Katie Boren, 82, died Saturday, March 31, 2001.
Mrs. Boren was born September 11, 1918, in Georgia. She was a daughter of the late Mac C. and Bertha Louise Murphy Boren.
Mrs. Boren was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in Gillsville Cemetery with the Rev. Terry James officiating.
Mrs. Boren is survived by a brother, Robert Boren, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MR. CARLAN
World War II veteran
VALDOSTA - Ulysses Grant Carlan, 87, died Thursday, March 15, 2001.
Born in Banks County, Mr. Carlan was a son of the late Cashmir Pulaski Carlan and Theresa Mae Brooks Carlan.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlilse Barracks, Penn., received his J.D. at Georgetown University and his B.S. at the University of Georgia. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Carlan retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Carlan.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 19, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home, Valdosta, with the Rev. Robert Willis officiating. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.
Mr. Carlan is survived by his wife, Dorothy Davison Carlan; one son, Stephen James Carlan, Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Col. Laura Elizabeth Carlan Battle, Valdosta; two sisters, Bertha Thomas, Jefferson, and Kathleen Pruitt, Homer; and six grandchildren.
Carson McLane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001

MRS. ELROD
Mother of 10
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ruth G. Elrod, 70, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Elrod was born in Georgia on March 5, 1931. She was a daughter of the late Johnny Dalton and Lillian Dill Baker.
Mrs. Elrod was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include five sons, Bamm Bamm Elrod and Dennis Elrod, both of Homer, Chris Elrod and Branham Elrod, both of Commerce, and Davy Elrod, Starr, S.C.; five daughters, Barbara Clark, Lula, June Ramos, Athens, Sandara Willis, Homer, Katina Elrod, Commerce, and Ruth Ann Smith, Baldwin; 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 4, 2001


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