Banks County Obituaries...

July 3, 2001


MR. AYERS
Poultry farmer
ALTO - Levi Ayers, 90, died Sunday, July 1, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Ayers was born May 15, 1911, in Banks County, a son of the late Jim and Mary Ayers Ayers.
He was a poultry farmer and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Sims Ayers, and four sons, Alvin, David, Henry and Donald Ayers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Claudine Lewallen, Lula, and Leola Edwards, Commerce; four sons, Frank Ayers and Coy Ayers, both of Lula, J.T. Ayers, Flowery Branch, and Doug Ayers, Alto; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001

MRS. GARRETT
Cornelia C.H.C. member
ALTO - Mrs. Glenda L. Garrett, 55, died Saturday, June 30, 2001.
A native of Towns County, Mrs. Garrett was a daughter of the late Thomas B. and Grace Lee Beck Garrett.
She was a former employee of Carwood Manufacturing and Scovill Manufacturing, and was also employed with Garrett's Trucking Company. Mrs. Garrett was a member of Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 2, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South, Baldwin, with the Revs. Ronald Mote, James Kennedy and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Garrett is survived by her husband, Ernest Garrett; daughter, Cindy Lee Kitchens, Baldwin; sisters, Virginia Ross, Baldwin, and Barbara Adams, Cleveland, and twin sister, Brenda Foster, Cleveland; brother, James Garrett, Cornelia; half-brothers, Lee Garrett, Thomas Garrett and Junior Garrett, all of Cornelia, Ben Garrett, Cleveland, and Tony Garrett, Nicholson; and one grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001

MRS. GORDON
Nails Creek Baptist
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Sarah Gordon, 80, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Gordon was born January 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Groover Carlan and Elizabeth Ayers Gordon.
She retired from Westinghouse, where she had worked as an assembly line technician, and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Commerce. Mrs. Gordon was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Gordon, and a son, Wayne Gordon.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan, Ben Johnson and James Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Gordon, Lula, and Wayne Gordon; two daughters, Carol Lott, Commerce, and Elaine Yoder, Toccoa; two sisters, Jean Gordon, McDonough, and Ossie M. O'Kelley, Carnesville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001

MR. BENTON
Banker, WWII veteran
COMMERCE - Thomas Frazer Benton, 80, died Saturday, June 30, 2001.
Mr. Benton was a farmer and president of Commerce Milling Company for many years. In 1956, he became affiliated with Commerce Building and Loan, and in 1972 became president and CEO. After a merger with Athens First Bank and Trust, Mr. Benton served as vice president, branch manager and served on the board of directors until his retirement in 1983.
He was a graduate of Martin Institute, attended Emory at Oxford and received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia. Mr. Benton was a World War II veteran, where he served in the 517 Regimental Combat team; European Theatre. He was a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club, the BJC Hospital Authority, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church Administrative Board. Mr. Benton was a former member of the Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM, the Tumbling Waters Society, served as former chairman of the Commerce Board of Education and was a 30-year member of the Jackson County Planning and Development Commission.
Mr. Benton was the son of the late T.T. and Sallie Kate Frazer Benton. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Benton Shi.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston, Dan Maxey and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Benton is survived by his wife, Matilda Housch Benton, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Karen Benton, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen Benton and Jimmy T. Hooper, Maysville, and Matilda Benton and Robert Wangerien, Turlock, Calif.; daughter, Elizabeth Benton, Commerce; grandchildren, Leigh Ann Benton Weaver, Dalton, Thomas H. Benton Jr., Jefferson, Frances Hooper Whitlock, Buford, Wyatt Benton Hooper, Maysville, and John Terrell, Turlock, Calif.; great-grandson, Samuel Thomas Weaver, Dalton; niece, Katherine Shi Parsons, Phoenix, Ariz.; and sister-in-law, Marion Housch Hutcheson, Rossville.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce or to the National Brain Tumor Foundation.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001

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SMITH
BCES student
COMMERCE - Miss Heather Elizabeth Smith, 8, died Thursday, June 28, 2001, at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.
Miss Smith was born October 7, 1992, a daughter of Phillip Allen and Helen Smith, Commerce.
She was a second grade student at Banks County Elementary School and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Chad Rising and Pastor Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Kimberly Hebert, Melisa Hebert, Jessica Smith and Michelle Smith, all of Commerce; grandmother, Gloria Bourgeois, Alto; and grandfather, Mel Vlasic, Atlanta.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001

MR. PARKER
Jackson County native
JEFFERSON - Stephen Michael Parker, 51, died Friday, June 29, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Parker was born October 31, 1949. He was a son of Marion Elizabeth Wilson Holland and the step-son of Buck Holland, Hull.
Mr. Parker was a lumber yard worker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Charles Elrod and Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother and step-father, include his wife, Rita Faye Denton Parker, Jefferson; one son, Michael Jones, Commerce; three daughters, Melissa Denton, Hoschton, Brandie Parker, Commerce, and Ginnie Ruark, Jefferson; one sister, Leta Ann Privette, Charlotte, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001

MRS. KOLLEN
Fulton County native
WOODSTOCK - Mrs. Martha Anglin Kollen, 65, died Monday, July 2, 2001.
Mrs. Kollen was born May 2, 1936, in Fulton County, a daughter of the late Clyde and Susie Lord Anglin.
She was self-employed in cleaning services and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Boggess officiating. Burial will be in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Boggess, Paris, France, and Betty Scearce, Kennesaw; one brother, Jimmy Anglin, Maysville; five sisters, Freada Baxter and Patricia Holt, both of Maysville, Nancy Roberts, Winterville, Mary Wade, Norcross, and Alice Whitener, Danielsville; and six grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 4, 2001


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