Banks County Obituaries...

April 11, 2001


MR. KING
Retired surveyor
BALDWIN - James Grover King, 85, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. King was born in Habersham County on December 18, 1915. He was a son of the late Joseph and Mamie Shore King.
He was a graduate of Baldwin High School and was formerly employed with E.J. DuPont Company. Mr. King was a retired surveyor and was a member of Baldwin Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dixie Welchel, and a brother, George King.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Larry Barnes officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. King is survived by his wife, Doris Hewell King, Baldwin; one sister, LaVerne Stanley, Smyrna; two brothers, W.A. King, Greenville, S.C., and Alton King, Florence, S.C.; one niece and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baldwin Baptist Church, P.O. Box 67, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

SEXTON
Infant
COMMERCE - Cody Scott Sexton, 4 months, son of Clayton Randall and Angela Mauldin Sexton, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Infant Sexton was born November 19, 2000, in DeKalb County, Ala.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Zachary Smith, Commerce; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Louise Mauldin, Commerce; paternal grandparents, Phil and Shirley Sexton, Danielsville, and Chris and Kathy Hansford, Ila; paternal great-grandparents, O.B. and Louise Sexton, Dabney Sorrow and Sarah Fortson, all of Danielsville; and a number of aunts and uncles.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MRS. DODD
Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church member
ALTO - Mrs. Christine Parker Dodd, 71, died Tuesday, April 3, at the residence of her daughter in Sugar Hill following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dodd was born June 8, 1929, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Fred and Minnie Carter Parker.
She was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Banks County. Mrs. Dodd was preceded in death by a son, Gary Dodd.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith and Pastor Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Randy Durnwald, Sugar Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Joyce Dodd, Cornelia; sisters, Sara Edge, Cumming, and Mary Pritchett, Toccoa; Estelle Sisk, Cornelia; brother, Ezra Parker, Mt. Airy; and grandchildren, Ted and Ashley Dodd and Austin and Connor Durnwald.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. MARTIN
Retired carpenter
COMMERCE - Mack A. Martin, 82, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Martin was born October 20, 1918. He was a son of the late Ernest and Nolia Lord Martin.
Mr. Martin was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a retired carpenter. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Lottrell Purcell Martin.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Billy Shirley officiating. Burial was in the Chandler Family Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one sister, Rachel Martin, Commerce; three nephews, Brian Martin, Gainesville, Curtis Martin, Monroe, and Justin Martin, Commerce; and one niece, Jennifer Seagraves, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MRS. LEWALLEN
Homer Baptist member
HOMER - Mrs. Thelma Duncan Lewallen, 92, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Lewallen was born January 25, 1909, a daughter of the late Alvin and Hattie Bray Duncan.
She was a homemaker and a member of Homer Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewallen was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff Lewallen, and a daughter, Doris Tucker.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer, with the Revs. Jim McClendon and Jerry Stowe officiating.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Lewallen, Homer; one brother, Hoyt Duncan, Commerce; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. PIERCE
World War II veteran
BALDWIN - William A. "Bill" Pierce, 78, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Pierce was born in Jackson County on June 12, 1922. He was a son of the late William Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Mize Pierce.
Mr. Pierce was a veteran of World War II, having served in U.S. Army.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church cemetery with the Revs. Mera Head and Warren Huddleston officiating.
Survivors include four sisters, Mary Frances Delamater, Beth Pierce, Connie Wilson and Jo Wilson, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. JORDAN
U.S. Army veteran
NICHOLSON - Otha L. Jordan, 87, died Thursday, April 5, 2001.
Born in Homer, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late James Pleasant and Mary Lou Cheek Jordan.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, and had worked at a filling station. Mr. Jordan was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Hoyt Johnson officiating.
Survivors include one son, James Wallace Jordan, Athens; two sisters, Burma Sue Smith, Danielsville, and Monti Ray Lu Allen, Commerce; two brothers, Allen Jordan, Ila, and Hayde Jordan, Orlando, Fla.; one grandchild, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MRS. TROWELL
Retired school teacher
COMMERCE - Mrs. Elizabeth Montgomery Trowell, 91, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Trowell was born February 23, 1910, a daughter of the late John Oliver and Ruby Alline Ritchie Montgomery.
She was a retired schoolteacher and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Trowell was also a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and the United Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Trowell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Mera Head officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Trowell is survived by a cousin, Dr. Jessie Julia Mize, Athens; a niece, Carol Paolin, Pennsylvania; and a number of other cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MRS. ELLER
Rabun County native
DEMOREST - Mrs. Caroline Eller, 72, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Eller was born in Rabun County on December 19, 1928, a daughter of the late Fred Scott and Viola Magness Scott.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Trent Smith and J.L. Elrod officiating. Burial was in the V.F.W. Cemetery.
Mrs. Eller is survived by her husband, D.D. Eller Jr., Demorest; four daughters, Sandra Hall, Sharon Moore, Charlotte Dodd and Debbie Eller, all of Demorest; one son, David Eller III, Clarkesville; two sisters, Geneva Gabrels, Tallulah Falls, and Barbara Williams, Lakemont; and six grandchildren, Tonya Loudermilk, Jennifer Reddell, Tammy Resediz and David Eller IV, all of Clarkesville, Matthew Moore, Demorest, and Ted Dodd, Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

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MR. HEATON
Franklin County native
CORNELIA - Christopher Scott Heaton, 35, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Heaton was born August 23, 1965, in Franklin County. He was a member of the American Diabetes Association and the Emory Transplant Center and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Heaton was preceded in death by his father, Chandler Heaton, grandfathers, Guy Heaton and Noah Williams, and step-grandparents, Neil and Juanita Garrett.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with David Terrell and the Rev. Bruce Moore officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Heaton is survived by his wife, Denise Burdette Heaton, Cornelia; mother and step-father, Janette and Walter Garrett, Alto; one daughter, Melinda Nicole Armour, Cornelia; one son, Christopher Bryan Heaton, Cornelia; two brothers, Ricky Heaton, Lavonia, and Bill Heaton, Gainesville; grandparents, Geneva Heaton, Toccoa, and Frances and Ralph Phillips, Toccoa; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Also surviving is his Seeing-Eye Dog, "Gypsy."
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse for the Blind, 1775 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. RUCKER
Banks County kin
ATLANTA - Horton Blackwell Rucker, 75, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Rucker was born in Statesboro on May 12, 1925. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech, and until his retirement, worked as a professional engineer.
Following college, Mr. Rucker served in the U.S. Navy as an aerial photographer. He was a Civil War historian who enjoyed studying the battles of the Civil War.
Mr. Rucker was instrumental in establishing the Living History Gun Crew at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, where he held the rank of 1st Sergeant. He developed and presented the narration on firing demonstrations by the Living History Gun Crew at the park, and also assisted in the development of the National Park Service standards for the handling and storing of black power in the context of dealing with historic weapons.
Mr. Rucker was related to the Blackwells and Ruckers of Banks County.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the First Baptist Church of Chattahoochee, Atlanta.
Mr. Rucker is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Kenady "Doty" Rucker, Atlanta; one son, Robert Rucker, Winchester, Mass.; two daughters, Susan Fuller, Kennesaw, and Cathie Griffin, Cartersville; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Rucker Fund, 600 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152.
Cremation Society of the South was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. GARRETT
Baldwin Cemetery rites
MARIETTA - Ronnie E. Garrett, 20, died Thursday, April 5, 2001.
Mr. Garrett was born July 5, 1980, in Clayton County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Mike Lindsey officiating. Burial was in Baldwin Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, William Higginbotham Jr. and Tina Higginbotham, Mt. Airy; one sister, Tabitha Higginbotham, Cleveland, Tenn.; five brothers, Robert Anderson, Taylor Higginbotham, Josh Higginbotham and Charlie Higginbotham, all of Mt. Airy, and Justin Higginbotham, Acworth; grandparents, Tom Anderson and June Proxmire, both of Fayetteville, and Roxie Gravitt, Marietta.
Memorials may be made to the Ronnie E. Garrett Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 866, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. BATHURST
Automotive mechanic
HOMER - Gregory Bathurst, 54, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Bathurst was born March 9, 1947, in Olian, N.Y. He was a son of the late Howard and Anna Bathurst.
Mr. Bathurst was an automotive mechanic and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Blood Warriors Motorcycle Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Mr. Bathurst is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bathurst, Homer; one daughter, Rebecca Chapman, Toccoa; two brothers, Ronnie Zelle, Phoenix, Ariz., and Bill Bathurst, Olian, N.Y.; one sister, Letha Wilbanks, Saint Joe, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. CAIN
Retired logger
COMMERCE - Waymon Cain, 68, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Cain was a son of Mattie Cain Lord, Commerce, and the late George W. Cain. He was a retired logger.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Troy Herbert, Donald Wilson and Mark Poston officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Jefferson.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Cain is survived by his wife, Louise E. Cain, of the home; one son, Ricky Cain, Commerce; five daughters, Kathy Sosebee, Betty Denton, Linda Kitchens, and Pam Weldon, all of Commerce, and Carolyn Wolfe, Cherokee, N.C.; one step-son, Dennis Bonds, Homer; two step-daughters, Kathy Strickland and Denise Wiley, both of Homer; two sisters, Willie Collins, Commerce, and Martha Carson, Baldwin; grandchildren, Shavone, Kim, Elaine, Chris, Latasha, Myranda, Christy, Heather, Tiffany, Amanda, Steven, Michael, Chasity, Jason, Jennifer, Dustin and Justin; and great-grandchildren, Misty, Kayla, Ashley, Autumn, Brandon, Kristian, Corbin, Jordan and Jared.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MRS. GUINN
Homemaker
MADISON - Mrs. Betty Guinn, 65, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Newton General Hospital.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Guinn was born December 3, 1935, a daughter of the late John and Mary Norris Grindle.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Roger Whitley and Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial was in the Diamond Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Guinn is survived by her husband, Roger Guinn, Madison; five sons, Anthony Grindle, Gary Grindle, Stephen Grindle, Danny Grindle and Mitchell Grindle, all of Madison; one daughter, Sherry Rider, Gillsville; one brother, Randall Grindle, Gainesville; two sisters, Dorothy Nalley, Gainesville, and Shirley Nalley, Maysville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MRS. LEWIS
Grove Level Baptist member
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Stella Lewis, 88, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Scenic View Health Care Center.
Mrs. Lewis was born April 13, 1912, in Georgia, a daughter of the late Oliver D. and Lula Hooper Wilbanks.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, Sharp Lewis, and a son, Regis Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Mize officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Jack Lewis, Robert D. Lewis, Jerry L. Lewis and Telvia S. Lewis, all of Maysville; three daughters, Henrietta Dorsey, Maysville, Penny Jordan, Gainesville, and Mary L. Glore, Mt. Airy; one sister, Lois Harper, Rutledge; 29 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001

MR. OWENSBY
World War II veteran
LILBURN - Roscoe Herbert Owensby, 78, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Owensby was born September 15, 1922, in Georgia, a son of the late Roscoe Herbert and Hettie Bell Barrett Owensby.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and had worked as a mechanic with Northwest Airlines. Mr. Owensby was a member of Lilburn First Baptist Church, Lilburn.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Owensby is survived by his wife, Geraldine Owensby, Lilburn; one son, Steven Owensby, Fayetteville; two daughters, Cathy Lord, Maysville, and Sandra Scoggins, Dacula; one brother, Bobby J. Owensby, Lincolnton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2001


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