Banks County Obituaries...

July 25, 2001


MRS. PURDY
Homemaker
ALTO - Mrs. Monteen Roberts Purdy, 83, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on July 2, 1918, Mrs. Purdy was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Lou Ella Wade Roberts.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Purdy was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Braxton Purdy.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Marty Murphy, Leon Brown and Charles Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Crossroads Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Ellen Bates, Lula; two sons, William Willard Purdy Sr., Lula, and James Purdy, Alto; one brother, Joe Wade, Alto; three sisters, Maude Dodd, Eatonton, Pauline Thomas, Alto, and Freda Wade, Baldwin; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

MR. GORSKI
Milwaukee native
MAYSVILLE - Dean J. Gorski, 46, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 19, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Gorski was born in Milwaukee on May 13, 1955, to the late Joseph and Esther (Nee: Heidt) Gorski.
He attended St. John's Military Academy and was employed in Georgia as an electrical engineer.
On August 18, 1979, he married Gail (Nee: Weiss) Gorski.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gorski was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Barbara Garcia.
Funeral services were held at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, Wisconsin, with Deacon Gene Kempka officiating.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 22 years, Gail Gorski, Maysville; sister, Nancy (Jerome) Strasser, West Allis; aunt, Orphia Grain, and cousin, Michael Grain; sisters-in-law, Doreen (Patrick) Douglas and Michelle (Steve) Osburn, both of Waukesha; brother-in-law, Charles (Jill) Weiss, Waukesha; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family members say that in lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.
Randle-Dable Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

DAY TWINS
Infants
COMMERCE - Andy Alan Day and Alison Ann Day, infant twins of Hardy and Debra Day, Commerce, died Friday, July 20, 2001.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to their parents, include two brothers, Nathan and James Day, both of Commerce; two sisters, Amber and Christina Day, both of Commerce; maternal grandparents, Joan White, Social Circle, and Joe Dyer, Commerce; and paternal grandparents, James and Doris Day, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

MRS. FLEEMAN
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eva Tolbert Fleeman, 79, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Fleeman was born March 30, 1922, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Johnny and Flora Sailors Phillips.
Mrs. Fleeman was a homemaker and was a member of Freedom Church of God, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren C. "Red" Tolbert, and her second husband, Watson Fleeman.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Freedom Church of God with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Tim Garrett and Thomas Whitfield officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Bobby Tolbert, Commerce, Harold Tolbert, Newnan, Jimmy Tolbert, Forsyth, and Warren Tolbert, Nicholson; two daughters, Carol T. Benton and Joyce Standridge, both of Commerce; one brother, Grady Phillips, Greenwood, S.C.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

MRS. MARTIN
Homemaker
HOMER - Mrs. Emma Frances Martin, 56, died Thursday, July 19, 2001, at her residence.
A native of South Carolina, Mrs. Martin was born December 28, 1944. She was a daughter of Trudy Burke Stone, Commerce, and the late Herman Reed.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Willard Martin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Perry Smith officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include sons, James J. Martin, Homer, Chuck Cox, Gillsville, and Steve Cox, Commerce; daughters, Stacy Durham, Liberty, Ky., Tracy Ervin, Winder, and Linda Anderson, Vero Beach, Fla.; step-sons, Randall Martin, Commerce, Perry Martin and Thomas McCrackin, both of Homer, and Eric Mitchell McCrackin, Walhalla, S.C.; step-daughters, Michelle Martin, Commerce, and Tracey Morris, Gillsville; brothers, Jerry Reed, Homer, and James Reed, Seneca, S.C.; sisters, Jean Brown and Helen Johnson, both of Seneca, S.C., and Tammy Stevens, Commerce; step-sisters, Becky Reed and Rachel Reed, both of Seneca, S.C.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

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MRS. WILBANKS
Art teacher
HARRIMAN, TENN. - Mrs. Teresa Susan Sims Wilbanks, 50, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilbanks was a daughter of Lucille McGinnis Sims, Maysville, and the late Billy Sims.
She was an art teacher with Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, Tenn., and was a member of Childs Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilbanks was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Sims.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Wilbanks is survived by her husband, Larry Joe Wilbanks, Harriman, Tenn.; one son, Charles Jason Wilbanks, Knoxville, Tenn.; two daughters, Kimberly Moore, Eastman, and Alissa White, Hendersonville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oliver Springs High School Art Dept., P.O. Box 309, Oliver Springs, TN 37840, to establish a scholarship in her name.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

MR. GALBRAITH
Illinois native
COMMERCE - Donald Ray Galbraith, 67, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Christian County, Ill., on January 31, 1934, Mr. Galbraith was a son of the late Luther and Ruth Mansville Galbraith.
He was retired from Gibson Music Company.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ruth Dnby officiating.
Mr. Galbraith is survived by his wife, Erika Helm Galbraith, Commerce; one son, Christopher Galbraith, Commerce; one daughter, Jennifer Boyer, Commerce; one brother, Raymond Galbraith, Kincaid, Ill.; two sisters, Jerry Lesko, Kincaid, Ill., and Leola Miller, Anaheim, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

MR. VAUGHN
Banks County native
ROME - Aubrey A. Vaughn, 89, died Thursday, July 19, 2001, at the Acworth residence of his son following a short illness.
A native of Commerce and Banks County, Mr. Vaughn was born February 19, 1912, to the late Harold and Ida Brown Vaughn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Inez Lawrence Vaughn, in 1994.
Mr. Vaughn moved to Rome in 1930 and spent most of his life as owner and operator of a Standard Oil Service Station. He was a member of North Rome United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in the Heritage Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home. Burial was in the Lawrence Family plot in Lafayette City Cemetery.
Mr. Vaughn is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Donna Vaughn, Acworth; three grandchildren, Wendi Covert, Athens, Tracy Blackwell, Woodstock, and Scott George, Valdosta; and five great-grandchildren.
Jennings Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

MRS. BLACKBURN
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. DeLoris C. Blackburn, 80, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Blackburn was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on November 8, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Samuel Jesse Cherry and Mary Nettie Burnette Cherry.
Mrs. Blackburn was a homemaker and was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church and the 3L Sunday School Class of the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. Blackburn Sr.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Steve Doran officiating. Burial was in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Carol Blackburn, Gainesville; grandchildren, Kevin Blackburn and Karen Blackburn, both of Gainesville; and sisters, Lucille Wright, Mt. Airy, and Doris Bradley, Hendersonville, N.C.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 25, 2001

 


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