Banks County Obituaries...

June 27, 2001


CLOSS
Infant
GAINESVILLE - Carson Jack Closs, infant son of Johnathon and Amie Closs, Gainesville, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandparents, John and Cheryl Closs, Alto, and Darrell and Jaime Lawrimore, Gainesville; great-grandparents, Jim and Audrey Puckett, Gainesville, and Maylou Closs, Marietta; and several other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

MR. BLACKWELL
Maysville native
TREASURE ISLAND, FLA. - William Thomas "Tom" Blackwell, 89, died Thursday, June 21, 2001.
Mr. Blackwell was born July 16, 1911, in Maysville, a son of the late Thomas Horton and Blanche Turk Blackwell. He was married to the late Jean Hill Blackwell for 50 years until her death in 1982.
Mr. Blackwell was a former Atlanta Police Officer, who along with Captain Jack Malcom, started the School Patrol. While an officer on the Atlanta Police Force, he served as a bodyguard for many celebrities when they visited Atlanta, such as Mae West, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt and Olivia de Havilland, during the premiere of "Gone With The Wind."
During World War II, Mr. Blackwell built the burned roller coaster at Lakewood Park, which was destroyed years later during the filming of "Smokey and the Bandit." He also owned the Dodgem Cars, several concessions and the Club Casino Skating Rink.
Mr. Blackwell and his wife moved to Treasure Island in the 50's, and for several years they operated the cook house and pie car with Royal American Shows. For 38 years, he managed the Surf and the Sands motels and shopping center of Treasure Island. He retired at age 88.
Mr. Blackwell was a Mason with the Lakewood Masonic Lodge #443 and was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta, the Yaraab Shrine Temple in Atlanta and the Egypt Shrine Temple in Tampa.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Foster, and two brothers, Olin and George Blackwell.
"Happy," as his grandchildren like to call him, was a great cook, said family members. He will always be remembered for his warm smile and hardy laugh and for never meeting a stranger.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 25, at Westside Cemetery, Atlanta.
Survivors include his daughter, Tommie Jean Echols, Fayetteville; grandsons, Rusty Echols and wife, Snellville, and Chris Echols and wife, Paige, Hampton; two great-granddaughters, Kandace and Brooke Echols; sisters, Geneva Bourne, Atlanta, and Merdelle Revelle, Covington; brothers, Ralph Blackwell and wife, Jacksonville, Fla., and Bernard Blackwell and wife, Martha, Stone Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

REV. HOLMES
Purple Heart recipient
CLARKESVILLE - The Rev. Edward Maxwell "Max" Holmes, 80, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at his residence following a period of declining health.
Mr. Holmes was born in York County, S.C., on September 15, 1920. He was a son of the late Walter Hamilton Holmes and Martha Maxwell Holmes.
Mr. Holmes was a graduate of Furman University and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and had served as a Baptist minister for 50 years. His pastorates included: the First Baptist Church of Blairsville, Clarkesville Baptist Church, Elam Baptist Church, Millen, and the First Baptist Church of Moreland.
After his retirement, the Rev. Holmes served as an interim pastor of numerous churches in the Northeast Georgia area. He was a member of Clarkesville Baptist Church.
Mr. Holmes was a U.S. Army World War II veteran with rank of 1st Lieutenant. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon with four Battle Stars and the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Holmes also received the Purple Heart for injuries received during combat in Italy.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice Holmes.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Clarkesville Baptist Church with the Revs. David Turner and Furman Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery with military honors provided by the Honor Guard of Ft. McPherson.
The Rev. Holmes is survived by his wife, Iris Machen Holmes, Clarkesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Daniel Tankersley, Gainesville, and Ellen and Mike Irvin, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, H. Max and Susan Holmes, Macon; two sisters, Lou Mouchett, Charlotte, N.C., and Carol Grubbs, Simpsonville, S.C.; two brothers, Garth Holmes, Pawley's Island, S.C., and Joe Holmes, Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Lee and Todd Tankersley, Gainesville, Kelly and Amber Benfield, Clarkesville, and Walter and Stacie Holmes, Macon; two aunts, Grace Morrison and Sarah Maxwell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clarkesville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 667, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

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MR. WHITEHEAD
Poultry farmer
NICHOLSON - Jessie Frank Whitehead, 84, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born March 7, 1917, in Jackson County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Walter Thomas and Addie Brooks Whitehead.
He was a poultry farmer and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Mike Stowers officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by one brother, Olin Whitehead, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

MISS BROCK
Retired seamstress
COMMERCE - Miss Elyta Brock, 85, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
Miss Brock was born February 28, 1916, in Georgia, a daughter of the late Henry and Mittie Lee Smith Brock.
She was a retired seamstress with Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery, Homer, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Miss Brock is survived by a sister, Sue Weldon, Commerce; and three nieces.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

MR. LYNCH
Airplane mechanic
COMMERCE - Ronnie W. Lynch, 86, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Lynch was born January 16, 1915, in Mayo, Fla. He had been employed as an airplane mechanic with Lockheed Aircraft Co. and was a member of the Church of Christ in Commerce.
Mr. Lynch was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Lynch, and two brothers, Johnny Lynch and Harlie Lynch.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Minister Jeff Coalson officiating. Burial was in the Georgia Memorial Cemetery, Smyrna.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife, Emogene Lynch, Commerce; two daughters, Pam Brown, Woodstock, and Anne Cormack, California; one brother, R.V. Lynch, Darling Park, Fla.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

MS. LUTHER
Ohio native
COMMERCE - Ms. Mary Katherine "Kool-Aid" Luther, 40, died Friday, June 22, 2001, at Gwinnett Medical Center following an industrial accident.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Ms. Luther was born December 16, 1960, a daughter of the late Donald and Beverly Keith Luther.
She was employed as a truck driver with BFI.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Garland Dickens officiating. An additional service will be held Thursday, June 28, at Thompson Funeral Home in Youngstown, Ohio.
Survivors include her wife, Beverly Summers, Commerce; two daughters, Beth Summers and Brittany Joyce Summers, both of Commerce; one son, Christopher Summers, Commerce; four sisters, Beverly Bonilla, Campbell, Ohio, Katsy Heck and Donna McCrae, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and Bonnie Luther, North Carolina; three brothers, Donald Luther, Bessemer, Pa., Frank Luther, Youngstown, Ohio, and Thomas Luther, New Jersey; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001

MR. TONEY
Freedom Baptist member
COMMERCE - Chris Toney, 25, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Georgia on February 3, 1976, Mr. Toney was a son of Warren Kim Toney and Angela Denise Smith Thompson, both of Commerce.
He was employed with Roper Pump Co. and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Danny Green officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Heather Toney, Commerce; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Toney, Commerce, and Gene and Grace Smith, Social Circle; and great-grandmother, Alva Wiley, Toano, Va.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 27, 2001


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