Banks County Obituaries...

April 18, 2001


MS. ELROD
Homemaker
MAYSVILLE - Ms. Mary Lois "Herring" Elrod, 77, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Ms. Elrod was born September 14, 1923, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Wake and Winnie Black Elrod.
Ms. Elrod was a homemaker and a member of Pope Drive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Eddie Herring, Maysville; one sister, Willie Mae Chell, Freemont, Ohio; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MR. CROY
Father of four
ALTO - Oliver James Croy, 67, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Croy was born May 2, 1933, in Hall County. He was a son of the late James Jim Croy.
Mr. Croy had worked at Fieldale Inc. at one time in his life and was of the Holiness faith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Enon Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Bishop, Alto; three sons, James Croy and Terry Croy, both of Clarkesville, and Jerry Croy, Mt. Airy; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MR. MCCURDY
Entrepreneur
UNION CITY - Claude Johnson "Mac" McCurdy Jr., 87, formerly of Chamblee and Danielsville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Christian City Convalescent Center of complications from Alzheimer's Disease.
Mr. McCurdy was born January 26, 1914, in Banks County, the fourth of seven children, to Blonnie Chambers McCurdy and Claude J. McCurdy Sr.
He spent most of his working years in the paint manufacturing industry. Mr. McCurdy was an entrepreneur who founded Maxi-Kote Paint Company and Mercury Spray Equipment in Chamblee, where he lived with his family for 30 years.
He was a devoted member of the Lions Club and served in various positions on the board. Mr. McCurdy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chamblee, and later Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, Danielsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Rosemary Speir McCurdy, his oldest son, C.J. McCurdy III, a grandchild, a brother, and a sister.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at at H.M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, Atlanta. Burial was in North Atlanta Memorial Park.
Mr. McCurdy is survived by his wife, Lyla Bennett McCurdy, Union City; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Glenn Jones, Norcross, and Margaret and Ernest Saunders, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, William and Anita McCurdy, Daytona Beach, Fla.; step-daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Steven Ekstrom, Paris, Texas; sisters, Monteen Winkleman, LeHigh Acres, Fla., and Blondine Andrews, Rainesville, Ala.; brothers, William McCurdy, Braselton, and George Wesley McCurdy, Royston; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Christian City Convalescent Center in Union City, Ga., or to the Alzheimer's Association.
H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MR. CANTRELL
Habersham County native
DEMOREST - J.C. Cantrell, 50, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Austell Health Services.
Born April 21, 1950, in Habersham County, Mr. Cantrell was a son of the late Harley Cantrell and Mary Ivester Cantrell Baty.
He was a former meat processor and an installer of hardwood flooring.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Wilmer Ivester officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Donna Blackburn, Baldwin; one sister, Inez Cantrell Gordon, Travelers Rest, S.C.; six brothers, Marvin Cantrell, Mt. Airy, James Cantrell, Eastanollee, L.C. Cantrell, Carnesville, and Calvin Cantrell, Earl Cantrell and Ray Cantrell, all of Toccoa; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the J.C. Cantrell Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 866, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001


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MRS. LONG
Madison Street Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Mary Ann Herbert Long, 55, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Long was born May 21, 1945. She was a daughter of Mae Bell Nunn Herbert, Commerce, and the late Noil Herbert.
Mrs. Long was retired from General Times and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. David Harbin, John Webber and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include one brother, David Herbert, Alpharetta, and a special friend, Richard Melton, Elberton.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MR. HEMBREE
Owner of
Hembree Grading Co.
NICHOLSON - Randy Lee Hembree, 43, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Hembree was born in Clarke County on September 20, 1957, a son of Tommy Cowart, Winterville, and Betty Jo Hopkins Smith, Nicholson.
He was the owner of Hembree Grading Company.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Howard Rhodes officiating. Burial was in the Porterfield Family Cemetery.
Mr. Hembree is survived by his wife, Susan Jackson Hembree, Nicholson; one son, Joseph Lee Hembree, Nicholson; one daughter, Kimberly Hembree, Nicholson; two brothers, Marty Hembree and Johnny Smith, both of Nicholson; and a number of half brothers and sisters.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MRS. FORRESTER
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Lola Colbert Forrester, 91, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Forrester was born January 13, 1910, in Habersham County, a daughter of the late Benjamin Harris and Lila Brown Colbert.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia. Mrs. Forrester was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hezekiah Forrester, a daughter, Ann Tolar, and a son, Donald Forrester.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Neil Forrester, Gainesville; three grandsons and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MR. BUCHANAN
Vietnam War veteran
LULA - Donald Buchanan, 59, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Buchanan was a son of the late Charlie and Jewell Coleman Buchanan.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Buchanan also served in the Air Force Reserves for 27 years. He was a graduate of Putnam County High School, Eatonton, and was a graduate of Lanier Technical Institute, where he received a degree in electrical maintenance. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with Chaplain Bryan Bordelon officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Buchanan is survived by his wife, Lorene E. Buchanan, Lula; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lisa Adamson, Young Harris; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Ray Adamson, Gainesville; two sisters, Gail Humphries, Gainesville, and Laverne Reece, Stockbridge; one brother, Billy Buchanan, Stockbridge; granddaughters, Amber, Alicia and Kristian Adamson; and a number of other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 18, 2001

MR. TURPIN
Carpenter
COMMERCE - West Turpin, 36, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Turpin was born May 16, 1964, in Commerce. He was a son of the late Luther and Annie Mae Chitwood Turpin.
Mr. Turpin was employed as a carpenter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Otis Scroggs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jeff Looney officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Mr. Turpin is survived by his wife, Cindy Turpin, Commerce; son, Luke Turpin, Commerce; step-son, Kevin Hall, Commerce; daughter, Nicole Turpin, Commerce; brothers, Johnny Scroggs, Nicholson, Robert Scroggs, Columbus, William Wiley, Commerce, and Kenneth Wiley, Homer; and sisters, Cathy Barnes, Atlanta, and Kathleen Clark, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 18, 2001


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