Banks County Obituaries...

November 14, 2001


Grady
B. Wade
Grady B. Wade, 81, of the Line Community, Alto, died Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at a private nursing home following a short illness.
Born June 25, 1920, in Jackson County, Mr. Wade was the son of the late Edward and Nora Lord Wade.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, and was a member of Line Baptist Church.
Mr. Wade was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at Line Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth McEntire and Gary Garrison officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating at graveside.
Mr. Wade is survived by his wife, Edith Wade, Alto.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Floy R. Elliott
Mrs. Floy R. Elliott, 75, of Mansfield, died Monday, October 15, 2001.
Mrs. Elliott was born September 11, 1926, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Grover and Burnice Lewallen Rylee.
Mrs. Elliott was a member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, in the chapel of J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home with Dr. Sidney Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Dodson Family Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, William T. and Paula Elliott, Kennesaw; sister, Miss Lucille Rylee, Mansfield; grandchildren, Miss Lisa Elliott, Miss Stephanie Elliott, William T. Elliott III, and Miss Jessica Elliott; and several nieces and nephews.
J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Austin S. Helton
Austin Scott Helton, infant son of Scott and Dawn Carpenter Helton, Clarkesville, died Friday, November 9, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Austin was preceded in death by a sister, Alexandria Dawn Helton, and great-grandparents, Robert H. and Louise Chastain, Sarah and Henry C. Helton and Clifford D. Carpenter.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 11, in Burch Cemetery, Hiawassee.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include grandparents, Carol Wilkes and Keith Carpenter, both of Soperton, and Lucille and Dean Helton, Mt. Airy; and great-grandmother, Margie Carpenter, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

James L. Neave
James Lloyd Neave, 62, of Carlton, died Sunday, November 11, 2001.
A native of Zion, Ill., Mr. Neave was a son of the late William and Clara Neave. He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Neave, a sister, Mary Birky, and a brother, Edward Neave.
Mr. Neave was a member of New Town Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at New Town Baptist Church with the Revs. Chuck Black and John Guest officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Neave is survived by his wife, JoAnn Perry Neave; two sons, Jeff Neave, Homer, and Michael Neave, Seneca, S.C.; one daughter, Sheila Westbrook, Carnesville; four step-children, Wanda Barnes, Laurens, S.C., Connie Owens, Carlton, James Owens, Athens, and Jerret Hill, Carlton; six sisters, Myrtle Carpenter, Baltimore, Ohio, Hannah Geary and Rachel Geary, both of Wauconda, Ill., Dorthy Hales, Rocky Mt., N.C., Margorie Maltingley, Starke, Fla., and Gladys Martin, Alameda, Calif.; one brother, David Neave, Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Grady P. Drake
Grady P. Drake, 55, of Hull, died Wednesday, November 7, 2001.
Born in Madison County, Mr. Drake was a son of Luther and Edna Bowman Drake.
He attended Macedonia Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10, at Macedonia Holiness Church with the Rev. Ardis Anglin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Shirley Waldrop Drake; two daughters, Sharon Drake, South Carolina, and Angela Drake, Ohio; one son, Kelly Drake, Hull; four sisters, Patsey Stephens, Alice Sorrell and Virginia Drake, all of Danielsville, and Debbie Lesueur, Hull; two brothers, David Drake, Alto, and Roy Lee Drake, Athens; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

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Jose Garcia
Jose Garcia, 2, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Jose was born on August 8, 1999, in Clayton.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 9, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Silvio Vigo officiating. Burial was in East View Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Prima Garcia, Cornelia; his father, Jose Luiz Espirutu, North Carolina; and two sisters, Daisey Espirutu and Yamilex Negrete, both of Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Betty N. Morris
Mrs. Betty Nelms Morris, 59, of Toccoa, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
Born May 26, 1942, in Franklin County, Mrs. Morris was a daughter of the late Clifton and Carrie Welborn Elrod. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Max Elrod and Sam Elrod.
Mrs. Morris was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Darvin Slaton officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South, Royston.
Mrs. Morris is survived by her husband, J.A. Morris, Cornelia; two daughters, Sheryl Mitchell, Lavonia, and Shannon Nelms Jordan, Eastanollee; one step-daughter, Arnetta Goss, Cornelia; one son, Scott Norris, Toccoa; one step-son, Mack Morris, Lula; four sisters, Collis Carter and Sara Thompson, both of Lavonia, Mary Jarrett, Bowersville, and Blanche Smith, Willoughby Hills, Ohio; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Rev. Charles
D. Palmer Sr.
The Rev. Charles Dester Palmer Sr. died Saturday, November 10, 2001.
Born June 19, 1918, the Rev. Palmer was a lifelong and contributing resident of Habersham County, living most of his life in Demorest in a house he built as a returning veteran of World War II.
Along the way, Mr. Palmer served his country, raised a family and became an ordained Baptist minister. He went willingly to the U.S. Navy with honorable service on an aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic. In doing so, he acknowledged his obligation to his country and this time remained as one of the most meaningful periods of his life.
The Rev. Palmer came late in life to the call of the ministry, pastoring small local churches while continuing his working life. He retired from full-time work at the age of 62 and spent the past 20-plus years building structures, serving the church and community and pursuing his lifelong passion of fishing the lakes of North Georgia.
The greatest joy in his life was his relationship with God, said family members. He loved the simple things of life, never had or required many material things and knew the value of honest work. He also enjoyed the unqualified love of his family and the respect of all who knew him.
Mr. Palmer was preceded in death by two children, Faith Elaine and Charles Dester Palmer Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 12. Graveside service followed in the Demorest City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, the former Lucille Thomason; three daughters, Rosemond Ruth Kramedjian, Carolyn Joy Lineberger and Marie Elizabeth Greenway; two sons, Mark Anthony and John Timothy; a twin brother, James Lester Palmer Sr.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Margie P. Brown
Mrs. Margie P. Brown, 85, of Nicholson, died Sunday, November 11, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born April 9, 1916, in White County, a daughter of the late Robert and Dora Wiley Pittman.
She had worked as a seamstress. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her first husband, Odell Barrett, and her second husband, Luke Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include three sons, Amory Barrett and Wilburn Barrett, both of Nicholson, and Virgil Barrett, Greenwood, S.C.; two daughters, Syble Beck, Nicholson, and Rachel Roberts, Homer; one sister, Vernlene Wiley, Commerce; 19 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001

Maxie Gowder
Maxie Gowder, 66, of Commerce, died Friday, November 9, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Gowder was born September 3, 1935, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Lon and Emma Westbrook Gowder.
Mr. Gowder was employed as a contractor in construction.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include three daughters, Maxine Evans and Linda Standridge, both of Athens, and Elaine Meeler, Nicholson; one brother, Billy Gowder, Athens; three sisters, Fredna Jackson and Lorene Toney, both of Athens, and Ester Whitlock, Homer; and eight grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 14, 2001


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