Banks County Obituaries...

September 26, 2001


MR. WALDROP
Employee of Alltel
ALTO-Lewis Waldrop Jr., 45, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Marietta, he was born April 14, 1956, and was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Waldrop Sr. He was employed with STC-Alltel with 16 years of service. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Phillips Waldrop, Alto; mother, Dorothy "Dot" Waldrop, Alto; one daughter, Melissa Bell, Locust Grove; one son, Dustin Waldrop, Athens; three sisters, Janie Morris, Cornelia, Eve Marks, Dunwoody, and Lynn Williams, Clarkesville; and one brother, Andy Waldrop, Alto.
The funeral was held Sept. 21 at Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Robbie Bailey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church Shepherd Ministry, 5223 U.S. Hwy. 441 North, Baldwin, GA., 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, Sept. 26, 2001

Mr. ECHOLS
Vietnam veteran
ALTO-Howard H. Echols, 63, died Saturday, September 22, 2001, at his daughter's residence following an extended illness.
Born on May 11, 1938, in Banks County, he was the son of the late Henry Harrison ands Eunice Eloise Kimsey Echols and was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Echols. He was formerly employed with Habersham Hardware, Ken-Bar Manufacturing and Kangaroo Stores. Mr. Echols was a United States Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War and the Army Reserves from 1960 to 1981. He was a member of the AARP and Enon Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Margaret Mason Echols, Alto; father-in-law, Sherman Mason, Alto; one daughter and son-in-law, Maria Echols Wilson and Edward Wilson, Baldwin; three sisters, Jane Murphy, Alto, Dorothy Merle Turner, Lula, and Martha Kinsey, Mt. Airy; two brothers, Thomas H. Echols and Wendell Echols, both of Alto; one granddaughter, Wendi Danielle Wilson, Baldwin.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 25, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Morris and the Rev. Lloyd Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to: Enon Baptist Church Building Fund; c/o the Rev. Paul Morris, 200 Wright St., Alto, Ga. 30510.
Whitlfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, Sept. 26, 2001.

MRS. SHORE
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Vassie Ree Seabolt Shore, 82, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Shore was born August 25, 1919, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William A.J. and Mattie Adel Bond Seabolt.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Shore was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Shore.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Dianne Martin, Commerce; two brothers, Grady Seabolt and Verner Seabolt, both of Commerce; one sister, Alma Dickinson, Pottstown, Pa.; one grandson and one granddaughter.
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, Sept. 26, 2001

MR. LOONEY
World War II veteran
MT. AIRY-Walter R. Looney Sr., 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, he was born May 20, 1918, the son of the late Charlie and Lizzie Durham Looney. He was a self-employed businessman. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II. He served in the second armored division having fought in North Africa, Belgium, England, France and Germany. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #7720 and a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Linda Brown, Covington; one son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Brenda Looney Jr., Mt. Airy; one step-son, Jerry Vanhorn, Augusta; one brother-in-law, Homer McDonald, Baldwin; one sister and brother-in-law, Gwendolyn and Paul Felts, Toccoa; one sister, Mildred Corley, Conyers; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Friday, September 21, at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin-Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Scroggins and the Rev. Ken Corley officiating. Burial was in East View Cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin-Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, Sept. 26, 2001

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MR. COOK
Retired real estate
salesman
OTTO, N.C. - William Joseph Cook, 87, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Britthaven Nursing Home.
Mr. Cook was born August 14, 1914, in Spartanburg County, S.C., a son of the late William Price and Elsie Leigh Blackwell Cook.
He was a retired real estate
salesman.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 21, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating.
Mr. Cook is surived by his wife, Milda Priscila Tennant Cook, Otto, N.C.; one son, Jim Cook, Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter, Betty Wilkerson, Atlanta; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, Sept. 26, 2001

MR. WHITLOCK
Fork lift operator
COMMERCE - Keith Daniel Whitlock, 40, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Whitlock was born April 26, 1961, in Jackson County, a son of Sylvia Jean Jordan Whitlock, Commerce, and the late Benson Whitlock.
He was employed as a fork lift operator for Louisiana Pacific.A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr.
Whitlock is survived by his wife,
Karen Gary Whitlock, Commerce; two brothers, Robert Whitlock, Comer, and William Dean Whitlock, Commerce; one sister, Donna Kay Whitlock, Commerce; one step-son, Gary Scales, Commerce; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and two great-nieces.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, Sept. 26, 2001

 

MR. BELL
Retired farmer
BRASELTON - Jesse Dean Bell Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Sep- tember 18, 2001, at Pine Oak Health & Rehab Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Bell was born in 1917, a son of the late Jesse Thomas and Eula Lott Bell.
He volunteered for the U.S. Army, following the Pearl Harbor attack, and served in North Africa during World War II. Mr. Bell was a cattle and chicken farmer for many years, and in the 1940s was employed by Mason & Dixon, Atlanta. He also worked for the Jackson County Agricultural Stabili-zation and Conservation Services, where he measured cotton land all over Jackson County.
Mr. Bell was a member of Zion Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, was a member of the local board of education and P.T.A. in Braselton and was a charter member of the West Jackson Lions Club. He was also a member of the Rockwell Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Bell served as director of the Jackson County Farm Bureau for 30 years and served as a Notary Public and Ex-Officio Justice of the Peace in the 1765 G.M. District from 1981 until 1985. He was appointed Jackson County Sheriff in the early 1960s by Governor Lester Maddox.
Mr. Bell was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Bell Deaton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 20, at Zion Baptist Church, Braselton, with the Revs. Mike Phillips and Don Leaptrott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Billy Ray Deaton, Matt Case, Robert Reed, Joel Deaton, Russell Bell and Jesse Wheeler will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Zion Baptist Church and members of the Jackson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Mr. Bell is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geraldine Deaton Bell, Braselton; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Jean Bell, Hoschton; sons, Jesse Dean Bell Jr. and Douglas Charles Bell, both of Braselton; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Bobby Wheeler, Braselton; daughter-in-law, Teresa Cronic Bell, Braselton; brother and sister-in-law, Etsel and Bertie Canup Bell, Winder; and grandchildren, Russell Levi Bell, Daniel Jesse Bell, Jesse Robert Wheeler and Stephanie Michelle Wheeler. Memorials may be made to the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 401 Zion Church Road, Braselton, GA 30517.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News Sept. 26, 2001

MR. WILLIAMS
Building supervisor
HULL - Garnett Carnell "DD" Williams, 64, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Williams was born December 9, 1936, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Martin and Esther Howington Williams.
Mr. Williams had been employed as a building supervisor with the University of Georgia and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Landreth Williams, Hull; sons, Greg Carithers, Watkinsville, Ted Williams, Hull, and Tim Williams, Conyers; daughters, Terry Boswell and Tracy Saxton, both of Commerce, Sandy Venable, Hull, and Therese Wilson, Athens; brother, Phillip "BO" Williams, Athens; sisters, Sue Jane Anthony and Sara Lee Epps, both of Athens, and Diane McKinney, Warner Robins; grandchildren, Dylan and Julia Wilson and Izabella and Peyton Carithers, all of Athens, Michael and Josh Williams, Nicholson, Ashleigh and Zach Saxton and Taylor, Brooke and Abbe Boswell, all of Commerce, Nathan and Brandon Myers, Danielsville, Codi Carithers, Royston, and Zak and Tate Venable, Hull.
Memorials may be made to Rogers Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, Sept. 26, 2001


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