Banks County Obituaries...

June 13, 2001


MRS. DUFFELL
White Plains Baptist Church member
BALDWIN - Mrs. Ruby Faye Duffell, 90, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at Scenic Health Care Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Duffell was born October 15, 1910. She was a daughter of the late Henry William "H.W." Healan and Dovie Selina Smith.
Mrs. Duffell was a homemaker and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace B. Duffell.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruby Nell Allen, Jefferson; four step-daughters, Del Turner, Stockbridge, Eula Smith, Commerce, Maggie McClain, Jefferson, and Glennie Brookshire, Atlanta; three step-sons, Allen Duffell, Carnesville, George Duffell, Jefferson, and Horace Duffell, Beaufort, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MRS. WORLEY
Banks County native
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Geneva Worley, 83, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, following injuries sustained in an accident.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Worley had lived in Hall County since 1967. She was a daughter of the late W.A. and Sallie Wade Chandler.
Mrs. Worley was retired from Warren Featherbone Company, where she worked as an inspector for many years, and was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, said family members, and was loved by all who knew her.
She was also known for her beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments, family added. "She is going to make God's garden so beautiful."
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Riverbend Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Payne, Bucky Kennedy and Danny Newbern and Dr. Tom Smiley officiating, along with the eulogy by Capt. Shane Lazenby. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Mrs. Worley is survived by her husband, Lonnie Worley, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Maxine and Dudley Trapnell and Elaine and Stanley Sexton, all of Gainesville, and Judy and Colie Lacey, Commerce; sister, Hilda Chasteen, Commerce; grandchildren, Keith and Laura Lacey, Mansfield, Texas, Kelly and Kirk Barrett and Cheri and Alvin Turk, all of Gainesville, Gail and John Beauchamp, Nicholson, Jennifer and Shane Lazenby, Fayetteville, N.C., and Kristi and Greg Simmons, Winder; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MR. TYLER
Father of two
GILLSVILLE - Raymond Tyler, 61, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Rabun County on September 9, 1939, Mr. Tyler was a son of the late Harve Pierce and Martha Smith Tyler.
He was employed in the textile industry with Orbit Manufacturing and attended Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church. Mr. Tyler was preceded in death by a grandson, Gregory Daniel, and two sisters, Nancy Beasley and Fannie Mae Watts.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mr. Tyler is survived by his wife, Dorothy Chitwood Tyler, Gillsville; two daughters, Elaine Phillips, Demorest, and Kathie Irvin, Cornelia; four brothers, Cecil Tyler, Mountain City, Frank Tyler, Cornelia, James Tyler, Alto, and Robert Tyler, Homer; eight sisters, Sara Ruth Ridney, New York, Mary Virginia Taylor, Florida, Irene Whitfield, Cornelia, Martha Lillian Watts, Wiley, Lizzie Bell Moore and Clara Faye Baker, both of Tiger, Kathryn Davis, Macon, and Mildred Joann Varner, South Carolina; and four grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MR. LORD
Purple Heart recipient
APPLING - Herman Roger Lord Sr., 79, husband of Mrs. Mae Lord, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at University Hospital.
A native of Commerce, Mr. Lord had been an Augusta area resident since 1962.
He retired from Georgia Power as a foreman and was a member of the Georgia Power Ambassadors Club, along with the Martinez Lodge #710 F. & A.M. Mr. Lord was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in the chapel of Platt's Funeral Home, Evans. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Patrick Lord and Roger Lord Jr., both of Evans; one step-son, Robert Garasic, Augusta; one daughter, Katy Stanley, Lubbock, Texas; three step-daughters, Veronica Chalker, Augusta, Barbara Daniel, Black Mountain, N.C., and Linda Cummins, Brunswick; two sisters, Helen Jackson, Lincolnton, and Mildred Barrett, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to Dunn's Chapel United Methodist Church, where Mr. Lord was a member.
Platt's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MR. SCHEEL
Engineer with
Santa Fe Railroad
COMMERCE - Clifford G. Scheel, 71, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born June 26, 1929, in Emporia, Kan., Mr. Scheel was a son of the late Clifford J. and Golda Mae Olgenburg Scheel.
He had been employed as an engineer with Santa Fe Railroad and was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Athens. Mr. Scheel was also a lifetime member of the Handyman Club.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Hart officiating. A private burial will follow.
Mr. Scheel is survived by his wife, Karen Dee Scheel, Commerce; three sons, David Scheel, Jefferson, Robert Scheel, Belton, Mo., and Dennis Scheel, Commerce; one daughter, Tammy Tremblay, Commerce; and six grandchildren.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and memorials be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 800 West Lake Drive, Athens, or to Jackson County Rescue, P.O. Box 445, Jefferson, GA 30549.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MRS. HAMPTON
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Carrie Martin Hampton, 85, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born July 21, 1915, in Statesboro, Mrs. Hampton was a daughter of the late Riley A. and Mattie Pearl Bowles Martin.
She was a homemaker and was retired from Carwood Manufacturing, with 37 years of service. Mrs. Hampton was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she served as a former Sunday School teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. "Bill" Hampton, and a son, David Hampton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. G.A. Lawson and Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Vicie Truelove, Dahlonega; and several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

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MRS. KENSY
Mother of four
MT. AIRY - Mrs. Bounheung Kensey, 51, died Monday, May 21, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Kensy was born in Laos on April 2, 1950. She was employed with Fieldale Corp. and was of the Buddhist faith.
Services were held at noon Saturday, May 26, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
Mrs. Kensy is survived by her husband, Phiang Kensy, Mt. Airy; three daughters, Anna Kensy and Joann Kensy, Mt. Airy, and Mickie Kensy, Wisconsin; one son, Noy Kensy, Mt. Airy; and four grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MR. GUDGER
Maintenance retiree
CLARKESVILLE - J.C. Gudger, 63, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Gudger was born June 22, 1937, in Habersham County, a son of Belle May Gudger, Clarkesville, and the late Andrew Gudger.
He retired from Scovill Inc., working in maintenance for 43 years, and was a member of Return Baptist Church. Mr. Gudger was also a member of the Still Gate Hunting Club.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Donald Grizzle and Russ Barker officiating. Burial will be in the Return Baptist Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Gudger is survived by his wife, Lear Mae Franklin Gudger, Clarkesville; three sons, Donnie Gudger, David Gudger and Jesse Gudger, all of Clarkesville; four sisters, Thelma Thomas and Mildred Smith, both of Demorest, Ruth Mason, Hollingsworth, and Doris Rigdon, Clarkesville; and two grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MR. FREEDMAN
World War II veteran
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Isaac Freedman, 85, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001.
Born in Savannah, Mr. Freedman lived in Cornelia for over 50 years before moving to Jacksonville one year ago.
He served in General Patton's Army, the 662nd Company of Field Artillery during World War II. Mr. Freedman was a member of Congregation Ahavath Chesed.
Graveside services were held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in King David Cemetery (Greenlawn Cemetery) with Rabbi Michael Matuson officiating.
Mr. Freedman is survived by his wife, Sally G. Freedman, Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Rae Lee Masin, Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Fla., was in charge of arrangements, with McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MR. RYLES
U.S. Air Force retiree
CLARKESVILLE - Leonard L. "Pete" Ryles, 65, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Ryles was born in Wilkinson County, July 10, 1935. He was a son of the late Levi and Daisy Quinn Ryles.
Mr. Ryles was retired from the U.S. Air Force, with 24 years of service, and was retired from Russell Corporation, with 15 years of service. He had also been employed with Winn-Dixie and Ingles.
Mr. Ryles was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the Demorest Church of God.
He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Ryles, and two brothers, Roger Ryles and Charlie Ryles.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Demorest Church of God with the Revs. Bill Cox, Darvin Slaton and Phil Pierson officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Ryles is survived by his wife, Marilyn Coalley Ryles, Clarkesville; one son, Lee Ryles, Mt. Airy; one daughter, Pam Daniel, Mt. Airy; three brothers, Ronnie Ryles, Rockledge, Gene Ryles and J.W. Ryles, both of Wetumpka, Ala.; two sisters, Sarah Davis, Ashburn, and Mattie Kitchens, Milledgeville; and five grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001

MRS. WITHROW
Retired schoolteacher
CLARKESVILLE - Mrs. Edna Lee Dillard Withrow, 79, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a short illness.
Born January 2, 1922, in Fannin County, Mrs. Withrow was a daughter of the late Joseph Homer and Elizabeth Amanda Ross Dillard.
She was a graduate of Young Harris College and received a bachelor of science degree from Piedmont College. Mrs. Withrow retired from the Habersham Board of Education after teaching for 31 years.
During her career, she was selected "Teacher of the Year" twice. Mrs. Withrow was a member of the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Education and the Georgia Retired Teacher's Association. She was a 50+ year member of the Mary Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Fannin County, and was a member of Habersham Baptist Church. Mrs. Withrow served as a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years and had served as a chairperson for the Hostess Committee for 16 years.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith McKinney, and a brother, Max Dillard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Charles Taylor and Tim Burpee officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Withrow is survived by her husband, William N. "Bill" Withrow Sr., Clarkesville; sons and daughters-in-law, William N. "Bill" Jr. and Cindy R. Withrow, Atlanta, and Thomas J. "Tommy" and Angie M. Withrow, Demorest; two sisters, Blanche Cruse, Blue Ridge, and Beatrice Thomas, Morganton; and five grandchildren, Emily, Joel and Alexander Withrow, all of Atlanta, and Kyle and Mark Withrow, both of Demorest.
Memorials may be made to the Habersham Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 412, Habersham, GA 30544.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 13, 2001


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