Banks County Obituaries...

July 18, 2001


MR. DENTON
Line Baptist member
BALDWIN - Fred Denton, 85, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on November 18, 1915, Mr. Denton was a son of the late Robert "Bob" and Nettie Jane Whitfield Denton.
He was retired from Ethicon Inc., with 25 years of service and was a member of Line Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Denton was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Lewallen Denton, a son, Fred Denton Jr., and a daughter, Rachel Denton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Line Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth McEntire and Garry Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include six daughters, Jewel Poole and Teresa Way, both of Baldwin, Mary Ann Roberts, Gillsville, Berta Clark, Mt. Airy, Claudette Denton, Alto, and Melinda Conley, Gainesville; three sisters, Laurene Huckaby, Gainesville, Ora Bell Hopper, Gillsville, and Bobbie Wilkins, Hoschton; one brother, David Denton, Gainesville; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MRS. MIZE
Mt. Olive Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Blatz Faulkner Mize, 93, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Mize was born May 2, 1908, a daughter of the late Candler Allen and Mary Pittman Faulkner.
She was retired from the Loveable Company and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Mrs. Mize was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Thompson, and her second husband, Swayne Mize.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Mount Olive Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Mize is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MR. CHEEK
Banks County native
CARNESVILLE - Loyd Cheek, 69, of the New Bethel Community, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at his residence.
Born December 12, 1931, in Banks County, Mr. Cheek was a son of the late James Harrison and Inez Ward Cheek.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a retired brick mason. Mr. Cheek was a lifetime member of VFW 4346 Post of Toccoa and was a member of Tates Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Howard, Roy J. Jewell, Eugene, Clyde and Wilton.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Tommy Childress and Larry Cheek officiating. Burial was in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Cheek is survived by his wife, Faye Higgins Cheek; one son, Billy Cheek, Lawrenceburg, Ky.; one daughter, Cathy Cheek, Lawrenceburg, Ky.; one step-son, Tyrus Deal, Canton; two brothers, Ralph Cheek, Eastanollee, and Dewey Cheek, Toccoa; three sisters, Corine Pless and Sue Scott, both of Toccoa, and Bertie Mae Fitzgerald, Tucker; sister-in-law, Mary Judith Crawford, Covington; one grandson, one step-grandson, one great-grandson and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MR. LEWALLEN
Former Baldwin mayor
BALDWIN - Owen Lewallen, 66, died Friday, July 13, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on October 18, 1934, Mr. Lewallen was a son of the late James and Madge Coffee Lewallen.
He served as former mayor and councilman for the City of Baldwin for 17 years and was a former employee of Byrson Auto Parts and Haynes Gailey Pontiac. Mr. Lewallen was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Fair, and a sister, Jeanette Watkins.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m Sunday, July 15, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Larry Barnes and Roy Lee Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin City Cemetery with Charles White officiating at graveside.
Mr. Lewallen is survived by his wife, Helen Lewallen, Baldwin; two daughters, Joan Lewallen Jones, Mt. Airy, and Donna Lewallen White, Hartwell; one sister, Ruzelle Patterson, Homer; four brothers, Ray Lewallen, Clay Lewallen and Nelson Lewallen, all of Baldwin, and Swayne Lewallen, Homer; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MR. DUNCAN
Farmer
DANIELSVILLE - Robert Eugene Duncan, 59, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001.
Born in Oconee County, Mr. Duncan was a son of Mattie Bell Hackett Duncan and the late Homer Alford Duncan.
He was a farmer with Vaughns Chicken Farm and was of the Holiness faith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Mike Hudmon officiating. Burial was in the Macedonia Holiness Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Duncan is survived by his wife, Doris Evelyn Gaddis Duncan; surrogate daughter, Evelyn Gossett, Neese; sisters, Margaret Duncan, Alto, and Magaleen Duncan, Alto; brothers, Johnny Duncan, Levinton, Ky., and Chris Duncan, Gainesville; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MR. LOVE
Forklift operator
COMMERCE - Brandon Thomas Love, 25, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Love was born September 10, 1975, in Hall County. He was a son of Thomas Love, Jefferson, and Joyce Edwards Martin, Maysville.
Mr. Love was employed as a forklift operator with Hitachi Manufacturing Co. and was a member of Pendergrass Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Vince Mercardante and Roger Hardy officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Jeff Bruce, Bryan Bruce, Jay Nelms, Graham McCown, Michael Thurmond, Craig Hiland, Dustin Edwards and Jeff Westmoreland served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include four brothers, Billy Wayne Benson and Luke Love, both of Jefferson, Marty Edwards, Commerce, and Heath Martin, Buford; one sister, Julie Pickens, Buford; and grandmother, Gladys Edwards, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to the Jackson County High School Wrestling Program, c/o Phil Thurmond, Jackson County High School, 1668 Winder Hwy., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

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DR. MIZE
Lifelong educator
BOGART - Dr. Jessie Julia Mize, 90, died Sunday, July 15, 2001.
She was born in Commerce on September 14, 1910, the only child of Charles and Leila Ritchie Mize.
Dr. Mize graduated from Commerce High School in 1926 and attended the Georgia State Teachers' College, Athens, for two years. Following this, she studied at the University of Georgia, receiving the following degrees: Bachelor of Science (Physics) 1930; Master of Science (Mathematics) 1931; and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1932. She held a graduate teaching assistantship in the Physics Department with the University of Georgia during 1930-1931. Later graduate study was at Columbia University, New York City, N.Y., Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, and Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. From the latter institution she received the degree Doctor of Philosophy in June 1952.
Dr. Mize was a lifelong educator. From 1932-1934, she taught in rural Berrien County, and from 1934, she served in various county and district positions with the Farmers' Home Administration in Georgia. She was executive secretary, Georgia Nutrition Committee, during part of World War II, under the War Food Administration. From 1945 until 1949, she held various county and special assignments with the Georgia Agricultural Extension Service, Home Demonstration work. From 1952 until her retirement from the University of Georgia in May of 1974, she was the Head of Housing and Home Management Department in the College of Home Economics.
Dr. Mize was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta. She was also a 50 plus year member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as Regent and Honorary Regent in the Elijah Clark chapter and held many leadership positions on the state and national levels. Dr. Mize served as president of the Daughters of Colonial Wars in Georgia. She was an active member of the Georgia and American Family and Consumer Services Association and of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, as well as the Alumni Association of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Dr. Mize was a genealogist who authored family histories, as well as "History of Banks County 1858-1976," "The History of the Home Economics Department at the University of Georgia" and "The History of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Georgia."
Dr. Mize held a lifelong membership at the Commerce Presbyterian Church and was an affiliate member at the First Presbyterian Church of Athens since 1925.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with Dr. Tom Lewis, of Commerce Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial followed at 12:30 p.m. in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Dr. Mize is survived by cousins and many friends in Athens.
Memorials may be made to the Thornwell Home for Children, 300 S. Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325, or to the Jessie Mize Legislative Aide Fund, 224 Dawson Hall, Athens, GA 30602; make checks payable to the UGA Foundation.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MS. WARDLAW
Lawyer
FAYETTEVILLE - Ms. Karen Natacha Wardlaw, 61, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, at Fayetteville Community Hospital.
Born October 8, 1939, in Jackson County, Ms. Wardlaw was a daughter of the late Thomas Edward Watson Wardlaw and Helen Dillard Wardlaw.
She was a lawyer and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Kenneth Dillard and Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Ms. Wardlaw is survived by one son, Wade Gebara, Williamstown, Mass.; one daughter, Renee Carnegie, Fayetteville; two brothers, Lionel Wardlaw, Hull, and Randall Wardlaw, Nicholson; special friend, Joe Griswold, Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MRS. LOMAS
Schoolteacher
PENDLETON, S.C. - Mrs. Cortez Wilson Lomas, 96, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at Anderson Area Medical Center.
Mrs. Lomas was the daughter of the late Michael John and Annie Pearl Kelley Wilson, Commerce, and the widow of Clarence Harmon Lomas Sr.
She was a 1922 graduate and class valedictorian of Commerce High School and was a graduate of Georgia State Teachers College. Mrs. Lomas taught in Georgia and in Statesville, N.C., at John dela Howe Home and at Pendleton Elementary School.
She was an active member of Pendleton First Baptist Church, where she sang in the adult choir and taught Sunday School for 50 years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Pendleton First Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Clarence H. Lomas Jr., Clemson, S.C.; one brother, Thomas Kelley Wilson, Banks County; one sister, Rosalee Wilson Jones, Banks County; grandchildren, Stephen Michael Lomas and Susan Lomas Kelly, both of Pendleton, S.C., and Sandra Lynn Lomas, Atlanta; and four great-grandchildren.
Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001

MRS. ARMOUR
Homemaker
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Tracey Renae Etris Armour, 35, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Born in Jackson County on May 4, 1966, Mrs. Armour was a daughter of Ben F. Etris and Gladys J. Crane Etris, both of Maysville.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Unity Christian Church, Maysville. Mrs. Armour was preceded in death by a sister, Evette L. Etris.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Wade Bell officiating. Burial was in the Homer Presbyterian Church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Armour is survived by her husband, Hubert Mack Armour, Maysville; one son, Joshua David Denton, Maysville; one daughter, Kristi Renae Denton, Maysville; one sister, Naja M. England, Maysville; and grandmother, Hettie Etris, Homer.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 18, 2001



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