Banks County Obituaries...

July 11, 2001


MRS. O'KELLEY
BJC Medical Center retiree
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Henri Quinn McElroy O'Kelley, 81, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. O'Kelley was born January 15, 1920, a daughter of the late Lester Brantley and Paulina Safrona Vaughn McElroy.
She was a retired purchasing agent for BJC Medical Center and was a member of Maysville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Maysville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Grady Jordan and Dugar Strickland officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. O'Kelley is survived by her husband, James A. O'Kelley, Maysville; one son, Guy Hudson, Wrightville, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MR. CHESHIRE
U.S. Army veteran
ALTO - Robert W. Cheshire, 72, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at the Habersham Home, Demorest, following an extended illness.
Mr. Cheshire was a native of New York City, N.Y. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had been employed in production work.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two sisters, Edna Beauchamp, Brooksville, Fla., and Elle San Martino, Norcross; and one brother, Frank Cheshire, Dacula.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MR. BECK
DOT retiree
BRASELTON - Homer Lee Beck, 80, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. Beck was a son of the late John Roland and Pearl Howington Beck.
He was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation, with 34 years of service, and was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church where he served as a former deacon.
Mr. Beck was preceded in death by his wife, Amanda Loggins Beck, and a brother, L.C. Beck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Jack Pierce officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Gayla Beck, Suwanee, and Ronnie and Denise Beck, Watkinsville; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Neal Watkins, Lula; granddaughters, Brandi Beck, Hailey Beck, Allie Beck and Stacey Witham; grandsons, Beau Beck, Chris Beck, Whit Beck, Scott Watkins, Kevin Watkins and Patrick Conway; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and J.B. Mitchell, Flowery Branch; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MCLANE
Infant
COMMERCE - Michael David McLane, infant son of Molly Sears and Joshua McLane, Commerce, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include maternal grandparents, Cherryl Burrow, Commerce, and Michael Sears, Homer; paternal grandparents, Rick and Tammy Davis, Walhalla, S.C., and Greg and Nita McLane, Maysville; maternal great-grandmothers, Ruth Hambrick and Mary Sears, both of Commerce; paternal great-grandparents, David and Martha McLane and Doc and Ethel Standard, all of Anderson, S.C.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MRS. WATTS
Homemaker
CLARKESVILLE - Mrs. Linda Watts, 43, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Watts was born April 29, 1958, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of Louise Whitfield, Turnerville, and the late Harrison Whitfield.
Mrs. Watts was a homemaker and was a member of Chopped Oak Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Chopped Oak Baptist Church with the Revs. Alvin Burns and Ken Fonclara officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Watts is survived by her husband, Jerry Oliver Watts, Clarkesville; one daughter, Heather Phillips, Toccoa; three sons, Chris Watts, Luke Watts and Mark Watts, all of Turnerville; one step-son, Stuart Watts, Mt. Airy; three sisters, Mary Sue Wooten and Ruth Farmer, both of Turnerville, and Dorothy Wooten, Lula; and nine grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MR. BROWN
Chatham County native
COMMERCE - James Grant Brown Jr., 76, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Chatham County on December 25, 1924, Mr. Brown was a son of the late James Grant Brown Sr. and Carol Buckner Brown.
He was retired from Atlanta Gas Light Company and was a member of Commerce Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and past treasurer. Mr. Brown was also a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Commerce Presbyterian Church with Dr. Tom Lewis officiating.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Lou Davis Brown, Commerce; one son, Grant Brown, Nicholson; one daughter, Tish Lashley, Lilburn; and one grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce Presbyterian Church, 89 Lakeview Drive, Commerce, GA 30529, or to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MR. EDWARDS
Retired from Roper
Pump Company
COMMERCE - Loy M. Edwards, 85, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Edwards was born December 10, 1915, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Jim and Molly Short Edwards.
Mr. Edwards was retired from Roper Pump Company and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Tharra Varner Edwards, Commerce; one brother, Stoy Edwards, Commerce; and one sister, Maryleen Evans, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MR. STEPHENSON
Reliance Electric retiree
COMMERCE - Benny Leon Stephenson, 65, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Stephenson was born December 11, 1935, a son of the late Willie Odell and Johnnie Sue Wood Stephenson.
He was retired from Reliance Electric and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Stephenson was preceded in death by a son, Bobby "Bird" Stephenson, and a sister, Joan Stephenson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Greene and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Cowart Stephenson, Commerce; two sons, Josh Stephenson, Danielsville, and Mickey Stephenson, Commerce; four brothers, Bobby Stephenson, David Stephenson, Jimmy Stephenson and Tommy Stephenson, all of Commerce; three sisters, Linda Adams, Nicholson, Shirley Bell, Jefferson, and Kay Franklin, Horton, Ala.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

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MRS. EVANS
Retired from nursing
DEMOREST - Mrs. Virginia D. Evans, 79, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Evans was born November 2, 1921, in Nashville, Tenn. She was a member of the U.S. Army Nursing Corps during World War II, serving at Oakridge, Tenn. Mrs. Evans was retired from nursing at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Atlanta, as head nurse of outpatient care.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh S. Evans.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Veuleman, Montego Bay, Jamaica; one son, W. Richard Evans, Demorest; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1841 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MRS. WARD
Banks County native
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Lois Beatrice Chambers Ward, 86, died Friday, July 6, 2001.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Ward was a daughter of the late Melvin and Lillie Patton Chambers. She was the wife of the late Jack Ward.
Mrs. Ward was retired from North Georgia College and State University, where she worked in the Bookstore. She was a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Robert Green officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bill Gerspacher, Gainesville; granddaughter, Kristan De La Rosa, Alpharetta; grandson, Mark Gerspacher, Bremen; great-grandchildren, Claudia De La Rosa and Thomás De La Rosa, both of Alpharetta, and Allison Gerspacher, Bremen; and sister, Robbie Sue Conner, Tampa, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church, Commerce, or to Dahlonega Baptist Church, Dahlonega.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MISS ELLARD
Former librarian
CORNELIA - Miss Kathryn Louise Ellard, 79, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Miss Ellard was born May 13, 1922, in Daytona, Fla. She was a daughter of the late Pope Barrow and Laura Mae Martin Ellard.
Miss Ellard was a graduate of Furman University, Greenville, S.C., and was a librarian at the Carnegie Library, Atlanta. She was a member of the choir at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and at the First Baptist Church of Cornelia and served as pianist for the children's choirs in these respective churches. Miss Ellard was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include sister-in-law, Edna R. Ellard, Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, P. Martin and Elizabeth Snowden Ellard, Gainesville; and nieces and nephews and great-nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MRS. GARY
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Willie Lee Gary, 82, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Gary was born February 2, 1919, a daughter of the late John Wade and Annie McGalliard Wade.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Harmony Christian Church. Mrs. Gary was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Fats" Gary.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the First Baptist Church of Nicholson with the Revs. Terry Smith and Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include: five daughters and sons-in-law, Sara and Tommy Mitchell, Carnesville, Peggy and Harold Price and Pat and Lamar Sellers, all of Commerce, Easter and Johnny Smith, Nicholson, and Lib and Linton Little, Stephens; one son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Sarah Gary, Commerce; one sister, Freddie Ruth Bray, Monroe; 13 grandchildren, Angie Gary, Amanda Myler, Shane and Heather Price, Jimmy Smith, Linda Love, Nick and Charles Little, Vickie Varner, Brenda Hill, Michelle Sears, Pam Gary and Jenny Reid; 15 great-grandchildren, Sheila McClure, Tim Varner, Kimberly and Tiffany Hill, Nicole, Christine and Doug Sears, Shannon Morris, Andrew Reid, Cody Price, Zack, Caleb and Ethan Smith and Daniel and Seth Love; and one great-great-grandchild, Ruby Varner.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001

MRS. GORDON
Nails Creek
Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Sarah Gordon, 80, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Gordon was born January 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Grover Carlan and Elizabeth Ayers Carlan.
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. Saturday, June 30, 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 one son, Jerry Gordon, Lula; two daughters, Carol Lott, Nicholson, 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 11, 2001

MR. STOCKTON
Retired engineer
COMMERCE - Ralph Douglas Stockton, 56, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, following a short illness.
Mr. Stockton was born February 4, 1945, in Jackson County, a son of the late Wiley Stockton and Zelma Voyles Stockton.
He was a retired engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Larry Henderson officiating. Burial was in the Dry Pond Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin Stockton, Commerce, and Jeff Stockton, Watkinsville; two daughters, Tina Turpin, Watkinsville, and Stacy Stockton, Arcade; one brother, James Stockton, Jefferson; two sisters, Ruth Hudson, Maysville, and Kathy Stockton, Ila; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 11, 2001


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