Banks County Obituaries...

August 1, 2001


Mr. Howe
U.S. Navy Veteran
LULA - Thomas Vincent Howe, 63, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001.
A native of Miami, Fla., Mr. Howe was born October 10, 1937. He was the son of the late Thomas Regis Howe and Virginia Morton Howe Bartholomew.
Mr. Howe received his education in electrical engineering at Purdue University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 through 1978, serving in many roles, including Navy Seal, before retiring as a recruiter.
Memorial services were held Saturday, July 28, at Hebron Presbyterian Church in Carnesville.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Ann Howe; his step-mother, Mary Elizabeth Howe; three brothers, David Bartholomew, Jacksonville, Fla., Wayne Bartholomew, Plano, Texas, and Gary Howe, LaFayette; one sister, Susan Hastings, Ft. Worth, Texas; two step-sons, Dean McDowell and Kevin York; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MR. KING
Mount Vernon Mills retiree
COMMERCE - Ernest B. King, 60, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mr. King was born July 9, 1941, a son of Eulene Morris King, Homer, and the late Willie P. King.
He was retired from Mount Vernon Mills, Alto, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Tritt and Charles Elrod officiating. Burial was in the Veal Family Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. King is survived by his wife, Eleanor Veal King, Commerce; one son, James Lamar King, Commerce; one daughter, Angela Reaves, Danielsville; two brothers, Charles Lee King, Commerce, and Dennis Ray King, Nicholson; three sisters, Wanda Faye Baker and Elizabeth Veal, both of Maysville, and Dianne Freeman, Cannon; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. BREWER
Homer native
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA. - Mrs. Bernice Hill Brewer, 96, formerly of Lanier Gardens, Athens, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001.
A native of Homer, Mrs. Brewer was a daughter of the late John Daniel and Lucy Elizabeth Mason Hill.
She was a college music teacher, formerly teaching at Brenau College in Gainesville, and was a member of Gateway United Methodist Church, formerly Boggs Chapel Church, in Athens. Mrs. Brewer was also a member of the Athens Garden Club and served as head regent of the Elijah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Atlanta for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Brewer Sr.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Jerry Varnado officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Harold J. Brewer Jr., New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Anne Clarke, Keene, N.H., and Russell Brewer, Dallas, Texas.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. EPPERSON
Banks County native
MONROE - Mrs. Edna Ruth Epperson, 82, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001.
Mrs. Epperson was born June 5, 1919, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Mattie Eubanks Wiley and the late Henry Wiley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Blount and Dr. Charles Forrester officiating. Burial was in Hill Haven Cemetery. Eli Gulsby, Jed Gulsby, Michael Blaylock, Doyle Ashe, Gene Culbreath and Joey Gulsby served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Epperson is survived by her husband, Johnnie Epperson, Monroe; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Tip McConnell, Monroe, and Jean and Jack Wright, Monroe; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Crysti and Wes Blaylock, Monroe; sisters, Mary Chitwood, Baldwin, and Nettie Louise York, Gainesville; brothers, William Wiley, Commerce, Kenneth Wiley, Homer, and J.D. Wiley, Gainesville; and three great-grandsons.
Meadows Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. HILL
BJC Medical Center retiree
COMMERCE - Mrs. Mary Frances Hill, 72, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Hill was born March 4, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Hatch S. and Frances Sims Martin.
Mrs. Hill was retired from BJC Medical Center, Commerce, and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don L. Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Hill is survived by a son, Steve Hill, Hull; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MR. VAUGHN
Commerce native
ROME - Aubrey A. Vaughn, 89, of 405 Kingston Avenue, died Thursday, July 19, 2001, at the residence of his son, Bob Vaughn, in Acworth.
A native of Commerce and Banks County, Mr. Vaughn was born February 19, 1912, a son of the late Howard and Ida Brown Vaughn. He attended school in Athens.
Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Lawrence Vaughn, in 1994.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, C.R. "Bob" and Donna Vaughn, Wayland Circle, Acworth.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MR. GERRIN
Habersham County native
CORNELIA - Ted T. Gerrin, 62, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Well Star Cobb Hospital following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on August 28, 1938, Mr. Gerrin was a son of the late Robert B. and Ruby Elrod Gerrin.
He was self-employed and of the Protestant faith. Mr. Gerrin was preceded in death by a brother, R.B. Gerrin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 20, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Ronald Mote and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Temple Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Victoria Brown, Cumming; one brother, Harold Gerrin, Baldwin; and one sister, Jean Black, Demorest.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MR. MANUS
Jackson County native
NICHOLSON - Thomas Ronald Manus Sr., 55, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, in Augusta.
Born September 28, 1945, in Jackson County, Mr. Manus was a son of Dorothy Cordelia Edwards Stephens, Nicholson, and the late Rome Jefferson Manus Jr.
He was employed as a house painter.
Mr. Manus was preceded in death by a son, Johnny L. Manus, a brother, Dean Stephens, and his step-father, Charles Stephens.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Thomas Ronald Manus Jr., Mansfield; three daughters, Margie Carney, Gainesville, Tammy Messer, Social Circle, and Tracey Dale Welden, Homer; two brothers, Lamar Manus and Rome J. Manus, both of Nicholson; two sisters, Martha Baker, Maysville, and Theresia Newman, Brooklet; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. STONE
Homemaker
HOMER - Mrs. Janie Hobby Stone, 83, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a brief illness.
Mrs. Stone was born May 7, 1918, in Worth County, a daughter of the late Jessie Clarence Hobby and Rena Eugenia Hall Hobby.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the Assembly of God faith.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 2, in the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point. Entombment will follow in College Park Mausoleum.
Mrs. Stone is survived by her husband, Arvin Joseph Stone, Commerce; one son, Gerald Lee Barnes Sr., Maysville; two daughters, Barbara Eugenia Patterson, Homer, and Janie Marie Elam, Newnan; two brothers, Oris Hobby, Tifton, and Alvin Hobby, Stockbridge; four sisters, Eria Hart, McDonough, Mary Tuggle, Silver Creek, Ruby Hancock, Macon, and Betty Hall, Newnan; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, 2968 East Point Street.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

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 MR. RAMEY
General Motors retiree
NICHOLSON - Leon Wilburn Ramey, 59, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, following an extended illness.
Mr. Ramey was born in Hall County, where he lived most of his life before moving to Nicholson. He retired from General Motors, with 25 years of service, and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Ramey was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Winford Page officiating.
Mr. Ramey is survived by his wife, Barbara Ramey, Nicholson; daughters, Kelli Norris and Joy Watkins, both of Gainesville, Shina Shubert, Lula, Dawn Harris, Harrison, Ohio, and Patti Parker, Nicholson; his father, Wilburn Ramey, Blairsville; his mother, Myrtle Dyer Ellenberg, Gainesville; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. HERBERT
Mt. Zion Baptist member
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Lena Mozelle Brooks Herbert, 85, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Herbert was born June 9, 1916, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Oscar David and Vevie Lovern Brooks.
She worked in the textile industry and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Mrs. Herbert was preceded in death by her husband, Olin Oneal Herbert, a daughter, Louise Herbert Bruce, two sisters, Margaret Gurley and Willie Maude Cook, and two brothers, Otto Brooks and Johnny Brooks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Herbert's grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, the Rev. Troy Herbert, Commerce, Oneal "Neal" Herbert, Monroe, and Michael Herbert, Danielsville; one sister, Mary McElreath, Danielsville; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. BORIE
Michigan native
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Sandra K. Borie, 39, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, in St. Louis.
Mrs. Borie was born January 13, 1962, in Lansing, Mich., a daughter of Albert James and Christine A. Crowell Brunner.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1978.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Dodge Funeral Home, Middleton, with the Rev. James Kendall officiating.
Mrs. Borie is survived by her husband, William Borie, St. Louis; three daughters, Misti Michele Denman and Monica Lynn Cramer, both of Middleton, and Marjorie Nicole Borie, St. Louis; mother and step-father, Christine and Robert Abbs, Carnesville; two sisters, Tammy Jo (Wayne) Abbs and Tina Lynn (Stan) Husky, both of Commerce; and grandparents, Gaylord and Gerladine Crowell, St. Johns.
Dodge Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. MARTIN
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Velma S. Martin, 82, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Martin was born November 7, 1918, in Stephens County. She was a daughter of the late John and Effie Elrod Sheriff.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina Gee and Wanda Jean Martin, both of Jefferson, and Katie Sue Lord, Maysville; five sons, Billy O. Martin, Cornelia, and Charles L. Martin, Jackie Martin, Johnny F. Martin and Kenneth E. Martin, all of Jefferson; three sisters, Ozelle Cathran, Marine Grover and Carrie Smith, all of Toccoa; one brother, Robert Sheriff, Comer; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. CASH
Homemaker
BUFORD - Mrs. Grace V. Cash, 97, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Cash was a native of Stephens County. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore R. Cash, and a daughter, Troyce C. Dailey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, in the chapel of Tapp Funeral Home, Buford, with the Revs. Charles Pirkle and Kenneth S. Allen and Dwayne Cash officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Vernon D. and Maxine Cash, Buford; grandchildren, Dwayne and Teresa Cash, Robert and Judy Perkins, Joan and Jimmy Perkins, Sandra and Ron Daniel, Ricky and Lori Dailey, Kim and Tony Wolfe and Deborah and Bill Smith; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou Banks, Elberton, Guynelle Elrod, Carnesville, and Wylene Verner, Hartwell; and a brother, Wade Verner, Tucker.
Tapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. HOGAN
Seamstress
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Grace Phillips Hogan, 71, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the Winder Health Care Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Hogan was born November 4, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Thomas and Florence Smith Phillips.
Mrs. Hogan had been employed as a seamstress in the textile mill industry and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hogan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at White Plains Baptist Church with the Revs. Kevin Page and Henry Loggins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Jeffrey Bell, Charles Boone, Dorsey Cooper, Jerry Cooper, Danny Hutson and Otis Skelton Jr. served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Sharon Hogan, David and Terry Hogan and Larry and Mary Ann Hogan, all of Jefferson; three grandchildren, Kelli Hogan and Joe Hogan, both of Jefferson, and Kati Hogan, Homer; and two sisters, Annie Anthony, Pickens, S.C., and Johnnie Hutson, Conley.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001

MRS. STEPHENSON
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Brenda Stephenson, 55, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Stephenson was born September 7, 1945, in Commerce. She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Jurrelle Gowder McClure.
Mrs. Stephenson was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Green and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three daughters, Stefanie McCannon, Watkinsville, Shawn Williams, Homer, and Candance Stephenson, Maysville; two brothers, Darrell McClure, Commerce, and William McClure, Danielsville; three sisters, Dorothy Leachman and Wilda Martin, both of Commerce, and Catherine Neisler, Taylors, S.C.; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 1, 2001


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