Banks County Obituaries...

October 17, 2001


MR. PARKER
B.C. Grant Baptist member
BALDWIN - David "Junior" Parker (J.R.), 65, died Sunday, October 14, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Born April 19, 1936, in Habersham County, Mr. Parker was a son of the late David Pearson Sr. and Cloia Darnell Parker. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Pearson Parker, a brother, Winfred Parker, and a sister, Jean Parker.
Mr. Parker was retired from Fieldale Farms, with 21 years of service, and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church.
He was lovingly known as "Papa," said family members.
Mr. Parker was a former member of North Georgia Rejects C.B. Club, where he was known as "Mr. J.R."
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, at B.C. Grant Baptist Church with the Revs. Rich Hardeman, Ed Aiken and Charles Hopkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Hunnicutt Parker, Baldwin; two daughters, Shebra Parker Ramirez, Baldwin, and Jean Parker, Alto; one son, Marvin Moore, Toccoa; three brothers, Lloyd Parker, Demorest, Sammy Parker, Cornelia, and Lamar Parker, Baldwin; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MR. TURNER
World War II veteran
HOMER - Ralph Turner, 80, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Turner was born in Banks County on April 7, 1921. He was a son of the late Byron and Sallie Chambers Turner.
Mr. Turner was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He spent his lifetime in law enforcement, serving as a Habersham County Deputy Sheriff for five years and retiring from the Banks County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy Sheriff, with 35 years of service. Mr. Turner was a member of the Banks County American Legion Post, a member of Phi Delta Lodge #148 F & AM, a member of the Georgia Peace Officers Association and was a Royal Arch Mason. He attended Homer Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Turner was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Croker, and a brother, Jarvis Turner. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, October 15, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, with full military honors provided by the Banks County American Legion Post.
Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Mary Chapman Turner, Homer; one daughter, Donna Turner Funk, Homer; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, c/o Anelia C. Chambers, 243 Carlan Road, Commerce, GA 30529-6837.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MRS. MEEKS
Homemaker
ALTO - Mrs. Oliwee Lackey Meeks, 83, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Meeks was born March 10, 1918, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Isaiah and Missouri Miller Lackey.
She was a homemaker and attended Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Meeks was preceded in death by her husbands, George King and Donnell Meeks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Frank Armour officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Meeks is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MR. PARSON
Retired building contractor
GILLSVILLE - Hoyt Lee Parson, 71, died Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital following a short illness.
Mr. Parson was born in Banks County on December 30, 1929. He was a son of the late Henry and Lucile Vaughn Parson, and was preceded in death by a brother, Lam Parson, and a half-brother, Bobby Parson.
Mr. Parson was a retired building contractor and poultry farmer. He was a Mason and a member of Phi Delta Lodge #148, Order of the Eastern Star and was a member of Silver Shoals Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church with the Revs. Perry Smith and Luther Campbell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Masonic graveside services provided by Phi Delta Lodge #148, F & AM.
Mr. Parson is survived by his wife, Ruth Harris Parson, Gillsville; daughters, Carolyn Standridge and Willene Boyle, both of Gillsville; sons, Kenneth Parson and Bradley Parson, both of Gillsville, and Larry Stewart, Homer; half-sisters, Etta Mae Powell, Lois Snipes, Barbara Ann Trotter and Lou Jean Waddell, all of Maysville; half-brother, Lloyd Parson, Maysville; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Silver Shoals Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Building Fund, c/o Jan Parks, 939 Antioch Road, Lula, GA 30554.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MRS. TENCH
Retired educator
ALTO - Mrs. Jessie Mae Robinson Tench, 90, died Tuesday, October 9, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Tench was born in Habersham County on December 13, 1910. She was a daughter of the late William W. and Mary Harper Robinson.
Mrs. Tench was a graduate of Cornelia High School and attended college. She was a retired educator, teaching special education for several years. Mrs. Tench was a member of Habersham Chapter 480, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Alto Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Garnett Martin and Paul J. Tench.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 11, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Hal Cason and Ed Aiken officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Dodd, Alto; one son, Bill Martin, Cornelia; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

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MRS. LEWALLEN
Belton Baptist
Church member
LULA - Mrs. Blanche Saxon Lewallen, 88, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in White County, Mrs. Lewallen had lived in Hall County for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Jim and Mary Etter Hicks Saxon.
Mrs. Lewallen was a homemaker and was a member of Belton Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jasper "Will J." Lewallen, and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Lewallen.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, at Belton Baptist Church with the Revs. Emmett Dale, Paul Morris, Robert Nix and Cecil Thomas officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Garland and Reba Lewallen, Baldwin, Jimmy and Virginia Lewallen, Marvin and Joyce Lewallen, David and Shelby Lewallen and Danny and Peggy Lewallen, all of Gainesville, and Bobby and Carolyn Lewallen, Talmo; daughter and son-in-law, Winnie and Roy Thomas, Lula; brother, Claude Saxon, Lula; sisters, Carrie Jackson, Dollie Duncan and Gertrude Armour, all of Lula; sister-in-law, Leo Cagle, Lula; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren and four step-great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MRS. WILLIAMSON
Madison County native
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Wreatha Adams Williamson, 84, of Danielsville, died Thursday, October 11, 2001.
Born in the Rogers Community of Madison County, Mrs. Williamson was a daughter of the late Albert and Ethel Watson Adams. She was the wife of the late Guy Williamson, and was preceded in death by a son, Lamar Williamson, and a brother, Weldon Adams.
Mrs. Williamson was a member of Danielsville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Dayton Logan officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Williamson's grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane W. West, Gainesville; one son, Kenneth Williamson, Danielsville; grandchildren, Steve and Vicki Williamson, Eatonton, Kim and Mike Spain, Alto, Chad Davidson, Baltimore, Md., David and Jackie Williamson, Comer, and Josh Williamson, Danielsville; and seven great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MRS. INGRAM
Blue Bell Mfg. retiree
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ruth Hanley Ingram, 84, died Friday, October 12, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born April 21, 1917, in Franklin County, Mrs. Ingram was a daughter of the late John Pink and Lettie Mealor Hanley.
She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Ingram was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey G. Ingram.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Melvin and Pat Ingram, Commerce; daughter, Barbara Wood, Commerce; brother, Doyle Hanley, Commerce; grandchildren, Keith Ingram, Kellie Miller and Barbara Ann Wood, all of Commerce; and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MR. BRAMLETT
Former director of Gold Kist
CARNESVILLE - Marvin Ryan Bramlett, 94, died Friday, October 12, 2001, at his residence.
Born December 25, 1906, in Franklin County, Mr. Bramlett was a son of the late Josiah Durant and Clara Hutcherson Bramlett. He was the husband of the late Loise Ariail Bramlett.
Mr. Bramlett was a graduate of Franklin County High School and was a retired farmer and mail carrier. In the community, he served as past chairman of the Franklin County Board of Education, served on local and county ASC and FHA committees and served as director of the Franklin County Farm Bureau and Gold Kist in Commerce. Mr. Bramlett had also served as a director of the Hart County EMC for over 23 years and was a member and past trustee of Bold Spring United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Harold Ryan Bramlett and Robert Nelson Bramlett, a grandson, Timothy Ryan Hall, and three brothers, Wilton, Lovic and Hal Bramlett.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Bold Spring United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Horne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Lanelle B. Hall and Beverly B. Eavenson, both of Carnesville; one brother, Dan Bramlett, Winterville; one sister, Sara Lynn Whittemore, Athens; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Bold Spring United Methodist Church, c/o Sybil Franks, 1970 Holbrook Road, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001

MR. DUNCAN
U.S. Navy veteran
CLARKESVILLE - Dewey Duncan Jr., 74, died Sunday, October 14, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Duncan was born in Fulton County on November 21, 1926. He was a son of Bessie Gabrels Duncan, Clarkesville, and the late Comer Dewey Duncan Sr.
Mr. Duncan was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II, and was the owner of Duncan Oil Company. He was a member of Clarkesville Baptist Church and a member of the Clarkesville Masonic Lodge and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. David Turner and Dr. Jerome Smith officiating. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Audrey Benefield Duncan, Clarkesville; one son, Joey Duncan, Cornelia; three sisters, Dorothy Dinstuhl, New Orleans, La., Mary Gonia, Sandy Springs, and Bess Hodkinson, Clarkesville; one brother, Robert Duncan, Clarkesville; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Clarkesville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 667, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 17, 2001


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