Banks County Obituaries...

October 24, 2001


Christopher
M. Merk
Christopher Michael Merk, 19, of Maysville, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an accident.
Mr. Merk was born April 5, 1982, in Clarke County. He was a son of Mike Merk, Maysville, and Diana Kesler Merk, Jefferson.
Mr. Merk was a 2001 graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church, Jefferson. He was active with the Jackson County F.F.A. and was a member of the Harrisburg Fire Department. Mr. Merk was entering the Georgia National Guard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 22, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Barrett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Joey Barrett, Larry Barrett, Rob Sander, Jeremy Smith, Jonathan Stancil and John Watson served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Harrisburg Fire Department and Kyle Presley.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Chad Merk, Maysville; and grandparents, Walter and Alice Kesler, Jefferson, and Emory and Carolyn Merk, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Oconee Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Merk, 241 Mitchell Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

Lynn Marlow
Lynn "Chig" Marlow, 77, of Maysville, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Marlow was born February 15, 1924, in Jackson County, a son of the late Delone Dickson and Woodie Brown Marlow.
He was a farmer and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dennis Harris, Ed Voyles and Martin Prather officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Cora Anderson, Maysville, and Kate Ingram, Birmingham, Ala.; and one brother, Dee Marlow, Pendergrass.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

Leon E. Williams
Leon E. Williams, 65, of Mt. Airy, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at his residence following a short illness.
Born September 26, 1936, in Habersham County, Mr. Williams was a son of the late Clyde and Lonie Nunnally Williams.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a landscape maintenance worker with Fieldale Fabrication. Mr. Williams was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Williams.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 22, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery. Full military honors were provided by the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 15.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen W. McCallister and Kathy L. Folwell, both of Lula; one son, Keith E. Williams, Lula; one sister, Betty Cragg, Alto; one brother, Roy Williams, Mt. Airy; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

Onel M. Littlefield
Onel M. Littlefield, 80, of Commerce, died Monday, October 22, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Waldo County, Maine, Mr. Littlefield was a son of the late Manson G. and Rose Larrabee Littlefield.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church and was a World War II veteran and a retired machinist and mechanic. Mr. Littlefield was a past Mason and a member of the American Legion.
He made a lot of furniture, as he loved working with wood, said family members. He also always had a garden to work in.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Littlefield is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion Littlefield, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Oneal and Debbie Littlefield, Edinburg, Texas; daughter, Irene Marion Littlefield, Margate, Fla.; brother and wife, Ernest and Jane Littlefield, Lincolnville, Maine; sisters, Mary Littlefield and Winifred Stanley, both of Canden, Maine; two granddaughters, Deanna Littlefield and Debra Schmidt, both of Massachusetts; and two great-granddaughters.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

Versa Reese
Mrs. Versa Reese, 82, of Homer, died Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a brief illness.
Mrs. Reese was born February 7, 1919, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Turk.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Toby Stokes officiating. Burial was in the Homer Presbyterian Church cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Willard and Alton Matthew Reese, both of Homer; one daughter, Judy Lynn Reese Dingler, Lanett, Ala.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

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Willie J. Dills
Willie J. Dills, 68, of Jefferson, died Thursday, October 18, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Dills was born November 10, 1932. He was a son of the late Claude Levi and Inez Dalton Dills.
Mr. Dills was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and worked as a machine operator for CSX Railroad. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lou McClain Dills.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include four sons, Brian Dills, Jerry Dills and Mike Dills, all of Jefferson, and Roger Dills, Cumming; one daughter, Regina Dills, Jefferson; one brother, Dave Dills, Homer; one sister, Mildred Giles, Gainesville; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

Worth W. Arowood
Worth William Arowood, 84, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at St. Joseph's Mission in Asheville, N.C., following an extended illness.
Born in Towns County on October 29, 1916, Mr. Arowood was the son of the late Jimmy and Letha Keyson Arowood.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II and was retired from Hogan Lumber Company. Mr. Arowood was a member of Blue Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Eller, and a son, Bud Arowood.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Kenneth Pilcher and Leon Arowood officiating. Burial was in the Blue Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Iva Lee Pilgrim, Gillsville, Betty Lou Croy, Cornelia, Lula Bell Watson, Dalton, Gracie Mae Powell, Cumming, and Linda Tomlin, Cleveland; four sons, Bobby Arowood, Lula, Leon Arowood, Dahlonega, Charles Arowood, Cleveland, and Harvey Arowood, Toccoa; one brother, Dewey Arowood, Cleveland; 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

Willie A. Smith
Mrs. Willie Azalee Mason Smith, 82, of Royston, died Thursday, October 18, 2001.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Earley Lee and Mamie Winn Smith.
Mrs. Smith had been employed in the textile industry. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Grady Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Malcolm Herndon officiating. Burial was in the Vanna United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Connie Moncrief, Anderson, S.C.; one son, Douglas Smith, Athens; one sister, Pauline Blalock, Maysville; two brothers, Carswell Mason, Oxford, and Elmer Mason, Douglas; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001
Lola M. Johnson
Mrs. Lola Mae Johnson, 78, of Athens, died Thursday, October 18, 2001.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Liza Newton.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two daughters and a son.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 21, in the chapel of Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Edna Bankston, Athens, and Peggy Martin, Atlanta; one son, Troy Newton, Athens; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001

James G. Patrick
James Gregory Patrick, 29, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Patrick was born September 23, 1972, in Georgia.
He was employed with Southeast Toyota and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife, Tammy Patrick, Commerce; son, Cade Patrick, Commerce; daughter, Taylor Patrick, Commerce; mother and step-father, Alene and Aruthur Duncan, Commerce; father and step-mother, Edward and Deborah Patrick, Commerce; and two sisters, Michelle Harrison and Shannon Patrick, both of Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 24, 2001


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