Banks County Obituaries...

November 28, 2001


Ray H. Lancaster
Ray H. Lancaster, 90, of Gillsville, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Lancaster was born February 7, 1911, in Hall County, to the late D.J. and Cynthia Hudgins Lancaster.
He retired from MARTA, where he was employed in Transpor-tation Operations, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Gainesville, where he served as a deacon for 30 years. Mr. Lancaster was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Gladys Langford Lancaster, three brothers, Guyton, Lewis and D.J. Lancaster, and three sisters, Ann Perkins, Ruby Bradberry Lancaster and Eva Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Williams and John Latty officiating. The body will lie in state from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Lancaster is survived by his wife, Lillian Simpson Lancaster, Gillsville; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Bobbie Lancaster, Dahlonega, and Jack and Beckie Lancaster, Gainesville; son, Gene Lancaster, Gainesville; step-children, James and Betty Simpson, Gainesville, Jacky and Virginia Simpson, Commerce, Jeffery and Mozelle Simpson, Cleveland, Linda S. and Frank Harrison, Bartlesville, Okla., and Gloria S. and Glenn Jones, Dahlonega; brother-in-law, Frank Perkins, Seneca, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Bernidete Lancaster, Dunwoody, and Imogene Lancaster, Gainesville; grandchildren, Tonia and Chris White, Jefferson, Jackie and Mike Simpson, Winder, Kevin Lancaster, Greenville, S.C., Jeff and Janice Lancaster, Alpharetta, Lance Lancaster, Orlando, Fla., and Laura Lancaster, Raleigh, N.C.; step-grandchildren, Gus Simpson, Greg Simpson and Angela Simpson, all of Gainesville, Doug Simpson and Melissa Kent, both of Commerce, Gabe Jones, Dahlonega, Blaine Harrison, Pittsburgh, Texas, Amy Crane, Jeffery Simpson and Erica Simpson, all of Cleveland, and Carrie Simpson, Jefferson; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville.
All deacons of Calvary Baptist Church are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and to assemble at the church at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 1370 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507.
Hillside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

Herbert Hulsey
Herbert Hulsey, 79, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on December 19, 1921, Mr. Hulsey was a son of the late W.E. and Eunice Perry Hulsey.
He retired from the Georgia Power Company, with 32 years of service, and was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church. Mr. Hulsey was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Kelly Hulsey, his second wife, Ruby Jenkins Hulsey, and a son, James Hulsey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Smith officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Elder, Athens; one son, Dr. David H. Hulsey, Athens; five brothers, Rudolph Hulsey, Minuard Hulsey, Jeff Hulsey and Julian Hulsey, all of Mt. Airy, and Everett Hulsey, Athens; four sisters, Clara Rudeseal and Thenia Tilson, both of Mt. Airy, Jean Purcell, Athens, and Margie Barnett, Mocksville, N.C.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

Mamie V. Baxter
Mrs. Mamie Vastine McKie Baxter, 77, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Baxter was born August 24, 1924. She was a daughter of the late Robert and Cynthia Ayers McKie.
Mrs. Baxter was a homemaker and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Baxter, and a daughter, Frances Baxter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Kenneth Segars officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Billy Baxter, Bishop, J.D. Baxter, Washington, and Jerry Baxter, Nicholson; three daughters, Debbie Baxter and Betty Silman, both of Nicholson, and Mary Hix, Toccoa; one sister, Reba Segars, Toccoa; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

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Joyce R. Stewart
Mrs. Joyce R. Muckus Stewart, 66, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Stewart was born July 2, 1935, in Summit County, Ohio. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Irma Hagelbarger Muckus.
Mrs. Stewart was a homemaker and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, Commerce.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, at Freedom Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Green officiating.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her husband, Albert L. Stewart, Commerce; one son, Jeffrey Stewart, Commerce; two daughters, Susan Gerry, El Paso, Texas, and Cindy Watson, Murrayville; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 20732 U.S. Hwy. 441 S., Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

J.D. Crow
J.D. Crow, 76, of Tallulah Falls, died Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in Augusta, following an extended illness.
Born May 18, 1925, in Banks County, Mr. Crow was a son of the late Grover and Mallie Garrison Crow.
He was a retired contractor and a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II. Mr. Crow was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis and Roy Crow.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 23, in the chapel of MaGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Steve McIntyre and Hubert Shirley officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Crow is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Shirley Crow, Tallulah Falls; three daughters, Brenda Sosebee, Clarkesville, Teketa Grinstead, Tennessee, and Renee Shirley, Hollywood; three sons, Rhondall Crow, Hollywood, Alan Crow, Eastanollee, and Tony Crow, Martin; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

Eva M. Owensby
Mrs. Eva Mae Waters Owensby, 77, of Commerce, died Thursday, November 22, 2001, at her residence.
Born September 8, 1924, in Clarke County, Mrs. Owensby was a daughter of the late Arthur and Minnie Cowart Waters.
She was retired from Waters Cafe and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Owensby was preceded in death by her husband, Otha Owensby, and a son, Mike Owensby.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin and Tom Lang officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Dwayne Owensby, Commerce; one sister, Lucille Jordan, Commerce; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

Minnie D. Bowles
Mrs. Minnie Dell Leachman Bowles, 73, of Commerce, died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at her residence.
Born in Jackson County on July 17, 1928, Mrs. Bowles was a daughter of the late George and Ella O'Kelly Leachman. She was a homemaker and was a member of Baptist Tabernacle Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, at Baptist Tabernacle Church with the Revs. Sam Dorsey, Mike Hudman and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Bowles is survived by her husband, Frank Bowles, Commerce; three sons, Carson Bowles, Commerce, Donald Bowles, Danielsville, and Steve Bowles, Salem, Ark.; four daughters, Deborah Biova, Dell Cowart and JoAnn Teatue, all of Commerce, and Peggy Hill, Maysville; two brothers, Curtis Leachman and Howard Leachman, both of Commerce; one sister, Maybell Wilkes, Hartwell; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001

Shirley J. Hazlegrove
Mrs. Shirley Junita Matthews Hazlegrove, 55, of Nicholson, died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Hazlegrove was born March 9, 1946, in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Hazlegrove is survived by her husband, SGM (Retired) Donald Hazlegrove, Nicholson; one son, Donald Hazlegrove Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Michelle Looney, Jefferson; her mother, Hallie Matthews, Nicholson; one brother, Martin Kesler, Jefferson; three sisters, Mary Nell Ivie, Jefferson, Marie Kesler, Nicholson, and Louise Martin, Dahlonega; and six grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 28, 2001


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