Banks County Obituaries...

May 16, 2001


MRS. DALE
Unity Christian
Church member
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Bernice Dale, 80, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Dale was born January 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Charlie Greenway and Bessie Barnes.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Unity Christian Church, Maysville. Mrs. Dale was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Dale.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Unity Christian Church with Ministers Mark Kent and Dennis Harris officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby B. Dale and Tommy J. Dale, both of Maysville, and Ricky C. Dale, Oakwood; one daughter, Lethia Pethel, Gainesville; one brother, Jerry Greenway, Maysville; one sister, Meryl Garrett, Oakwood; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MRS. AUTRY
Cornelia Church
of God member
ALTO - Mrs. Beatrice Goss Autry, 73, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at her home in Alto.
A native of White County, Mrs. Autry was born December 1, 1927. She had lived most of her life in Habersham County.
Mrs. Autry was the widow of Leroy Autry and was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alma Goss, a sister, Mildred Stone, and two brothers, James and Arthur Goss.
Mrs. Autry was a very active member of Cornelia Church of God, being involved in all aspects of the church. She had a very special love for her pastor and his wife, the Rev. Wilmer and Elizabeth Ivester, it was stated. Mrs. Autry was also involved in activities at Rock Quarry C.H. Church and Lula Assembly of Praise.
Mrs. Autry was retired from Carwood Manufacturing, following many years of employment. She began working at a very young age to help support her family.
"Mrs. Autry was a very strong lady who took each difficult situation she encountered with grace and dignity, and along with her Lord Jesus Christ, she came through each one," said family members. "Even after having eye surgery to remove one eye, she kept right on working. God's grace was always sufficient to help her through."
"Mrs. Autry had been a special friend to many people in her lifetime, always giving encouraging words to help others along the way," family added. "One special friend to her was Dr. Robert Klassen, who was very dear to her heart. He was with her during one of the hardest times of her life."
A celebration of the life Mrs. Autry lived was held Tuesday, May 15, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Edward Hood, Wilmer Ivester and Kevin Magness officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Autry is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Bernice and Wayne Tench, Demorest, Lois and K.C. Chitwood Jr., Baldwin, and Elaine and Gary Simpson, Toccoa; son, Larry Autry of the home in Alto; granddaughters, Tracey Giles, Stacy Chambers, Wendy Simpson and Michelle and Kimberly Tench; great-grandchildren, Tori, Tyler and Austin Giles and Jonah Chambers; sisters, Thelma Alexander, Baldwin, Annie Helton, Gainesville, Pearl Blackburn and Hazel Marcus, Cornelia; brother, Joe Goss, Cornelia; sisters-in-law, Flora Belle Kirby, Cornelia, Myrette Bennett Hough, Cornelia, and Dot Rogers, Cleveland; brother-in-law, Hoyt Autry, Skylake.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MRS. MINISH
Berea Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eunice Evans Minish, 77, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Minish was born April 28, 1924, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Buff and Laura Trotter Evans.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Berea Baptist Church. Mrs. Minish was preceded in death by a son, Dembres Minish.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Terry James and Grady Jordan officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery.
Mrs. Minish is survived by her husband, J.D. Minish, Commerce; three sons, Gerald Minish, Terry Minish and Tommy Minish, all of Commerce; one daughter, Jean Hardman, Ocala, Fla.; one sister, Pauline Meadows, Danielsville; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MR. CRANE
Commerce native
ROCKDALE - James Nelson "Sonny" Crane, 70, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001.
Mr. Crane was born September 27, 1930, in Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Rosehaven Chapel of Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, with the Rev. Ken Stephens officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.
Mr. Crane is survived by one brother, Lannie Crane, Homer; one sister, Wanda Eubanks, Commerce; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and many friends.
Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MR. MCCLURE
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - James Daniel "Dan" McClure, 80, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mr. McClure was born April 19, 1921, in Stephens County, a son of the late John L. and Elizabeth Rothell McClure.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, and was a retired maintenance supervisor with Westclock. Mr. McClure was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. McClure is survived by his wife, Sara Minish McClure, Commerce; three sons, James Aubry McClure, Tullahoma, Tenn., John Michael McClure, Marietta, and Thomas Daniel McClure, Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Mr. McClure.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MRS. JACKS
Banks County native
WINTER GARDEN, FLA. - Mrs. Annie Ruth Jacks (Polly), 62, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, after a long bout with cancer.
Mrs. Jacks was born May 21, 1939, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Hoyt Martin, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 5, at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden, Fla.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Debbie Gum and Nancy Jacks, one son, Randy Jacks, and four grandchildren, all of Winter Garden, Fla.; two brothers, Swayne Martin, Cleveland, and Paul Martin, Woodbridge, Va.; and one sister, Mrs. Arthur G. Sears, Commerce.
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001


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MR. WILSON
Father of countians
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Robert Michael Wilson, 51, died Saturday, May 12, 2001.
Mr. Wilson was a native of Gwinnett County.
He was a loving husband, brother and son, stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, in Wages Lawrenceville Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service with the Rev. Raymond Wilson officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Lynne Wilson, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Jeffery Wilson, Commerce, and Andrew Wilson, Toccoa; three daughters, Janie Garrett, Commerce, Jennifer Wilson, Toccoa, and Kimberly Drummond, Gillsville; his mother, Margaret B. Wilson, Bethlehem; one sister, Pat Hill, Bethlehem; one brother, the Rev. Raymond Wilson, Lawrenceville; and four grandchildren.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MRS. BURKE
Banks County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Sallie Veal Burke, 84, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Burke was born May 24, 1916, a daughter of the late Walt and Lillie Fricks Veal.
She was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Burke.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three daughters, Austine Adams, Thomasville, Wilma Barnett, Nicholson, and Lorell Ward, Cornelia; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MR. ROBINSON
U.S. Air Force veteran
BALDWIN - Jimmy Robinson, 46, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Robinson was born May 25, 1954, in Fulton County. He was a son of Eugene and Ann Carlan Robinson, Cornelia.
Mr. Robinson was a 1973 graduate of Habersham Central High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was employed with Ann's Flowers and Bait and Tackle Shop.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Robinson is survived by one sister, Jane R. Sanders, McDonough; and one nephew.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MRS. LIGHTFOOT
South Carolina native
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Bessie Lula Mae Lightfoot, 68, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Lightfoot was born March 7, 1933, in South Carolina. She was a daughter of the late Dewey and Mary Jane Kuykewdall Shipman.
Mrs. Lightfoot had been employed as a weaver and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Park, Atlanta.
Survivors include daughter and friend, Debbie Lightfoot and James Lynch, Maysville; sister, Ann Loggins, Conyers; grandchildren, Doug and Lisa Brogdon and Kyle Brogdon; and many loving family members through Georgia and South Carolina.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MRS. HAYNES
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Willie Mae Haynes, 93, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at BJC Nursing Center.
Mrs. Haynes was born April 7, 1908, a daughter of the late George and Cora Hill Sears.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Victory Church of God, Commerce. Mrs. Haynes was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Haynes.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Lonnie Bennett and Claude Terry officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Oscar Haynes and Pete Haynes, both of Commerce; three daughters, Estelle Denton, Homer, and Virginia Puckett and Jean Hooper, both of Commerce; two brothers, Arthur Sears and Jack Sears, both of Commerce; two sisters, Wreatha Nelle, Commerce, and Gertrude Satterfield, Greenville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001

MR. WILEY
Banks County High student
CARNESVILLE - Adonas Brent Wiley, 16, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A Georgia native, Mr. Wiley was born February 27, 1985, a son of Frankie and Donna Saye Wiley, Carnesville.
He was a student at Banks County High School and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Nails Creek Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wiley is survived by a sister, Misty K. Parks, Lula; maternal grandmother, Sallie Saye, Homer; paternal grandparents, Carey and Eddie Wiley, Homer; and maternal great-grandmother, Myra Briscoe, Homer.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 16, 2001


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