Banks County Obituaries...

December 5, 2001


Reuben H. Jordan
Reuben H. Jordan, 82, of Lula, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on July 7, 1919, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late Dock and Rose Crocker Jordan.
He was a retiree of Fieldale Farms and was of the Holiness faith. Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by three sisters, Ida Jordan, Lillie Watkins and Suler Wade.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Olsteen and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Viola Stowe Jordan, Lula; one son, Wendell Jordan, Oakwood; one sister, Christine Jordan, Lula; one brother, Roger Jordan, Lula; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Eddie McKinzie
Eddie McKinzie, 61, of Alto, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Gwinnett County on January 14, 1940, Mr. McKinzie was a son of the late Kelly and Doris McKinzie.
He was self-employed and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Melvin Stephens officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Ann Wells, Alto; one son, Eddie Earl McKinzie Jr., Homer; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Sara N. Seabolt
Mrs. Sara Nell Mabry Seabolt, 61, of Danielsville, died Saturday, December 1, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Seabolt was born June 29, 1940, a daughter of the late Anderson Goodrich and Vesta Elizabeth Bonds Mabry.
She was a retired postal worker and was a member of Hudson River Baptist Church. Mrs. Seabolt was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Seabolt.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, at Hudson River Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Anthony Seabolt, Danielsville, Greg Seabolt, Commerce, and Paul Seabolt, Hartwell; three daughters, Sheliah Mobley, Madison, and Rhonda Morrison and Nova Lee Seabolt, both of Danielsville; two brothers, Elbert Mabry, Maysville, and Goldman Mabry, Commerce; one sister, Elizabeth Benton, Powhatan, Va.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Lois M. Whitfield
Mrs. Lois Massey Whitfield, 80, of Gastonia, N.C., died Saturday, December 1, 2001.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Whitfield was the daughter of the late Lon and Ophelia Shannon Massey.
She was a retiree of Firestone Inc. and after retirement, worked at Hardee’s in Gastonia, N.C., as a hostess for several years. Mrs. Whitfield was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Gaston Memorial Hospital and was a member of Brightlight Baptist Church, Bessemer City, N.C.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the chapel of Ward Funeral Service, Gastonia, N.C., with the Revs. Wayne Reese and Rick Duncan officiating. Burial was held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, in the Line Baptist Church cemetery, Baldwin.
Mrs. Whitfield is survived by her husband, the Rev. Robert Broughton Whitfield, Gastonia, N.C.; two daughters, Robbie Beaver, Gastonia, N.C., and Judy Hicks, Kings Mountain, N.C.; two sons, Joel Whitfield, Wilmington, N.C., and Raymond Whitfield, Nebo, N.C.; two sisters, Bertha Jolly, Gastonia, N.C., and Betty Nall, Smyrna, S.C.; one brother, B.F. Massey, Kings Mountain, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ward Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements, with Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Cecil King
Cecil King, 87, of Alto, died Thursday, November 29, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 21, 1914, Mr. King was a son of the late William Garfield and Para Lee Waddell King.
He was self-employed and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Mr. King was preceded in death by his wife, Delia Coley King, a son, Lathan King, a grandson, Jeff King, four brothers, Henry, George, Sandy and Frank King, and two sisters, Maudie Jones and Vallie King.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Leon Brown and J. Clarence Reynolds officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Birdie King, Alto; one son, Ferris King, Hollingsworth; three brothers, James King, Alto, Hoyt King, Macon, and Ray King, Illinois; one sister, Dorothy Peters, Gainesville; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Frellie Lee
G. Johnson
Mrs. Frellie Lee Guynie Johnson, 83, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Carl Williams and Mary Williams.
She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Paul First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 30, at St. Paul First Baptist Church with the Rev. Marvin Simmons officiating. Burial was in the Paradise A.M.E. Church cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Harold Johnson; and two brothers, Hubert Williams, Jefferson, and C.B. Williams, Royston.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

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Addie L. Sorrow
Mrs. Addie Lucille Sellers Sorrow, 67, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Sorrow was born May 8, 1934, in Abbeville County, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Malvin and Jessie Howington Sellers.
Mrs. Sorrow had been employed with Benton Elementary School and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Sorrow, and a grandson, Avery Sorrow.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Paul Sorrow, Commerce; one daughter, Mary Beck, Commerce; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Mae P. Skelton
Mrs. Mae Parsons Skelton, 86, of Cornelia, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Born May 3, 1915, in Banks County, Mrs. Skelton was a daughter of the late Cleve and Onie Nunnley Parsons.
She was the former owner of The Flair for Fashions and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cornelia. Mrs. Skelton was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Skelton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with her family conducting the service. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ron Cope officiating at graveside.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Sauls, Greensboro, and Norma Braun, Clermont; one brother, Buck Parsons, Cornelia; one granddaughter, Kelley Braun, Atlanta; one grandson, Alton Brown, and his wife, DeAnna, Marietta; and one great-granddaughter, Zoey Brown, Marietta.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia Church of Christ, P.O. Box 97, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Emily H. Coker
Mrs. Emily Hill Coker, 38, of Rome, died Friday, November 30, 2001.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Coker was the daughter of Ralph Hill, Maysville, and Billy and Phyllis Jones, Commerce.
She was a member of Enon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at noon Monday, December 3, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Fowler officiating, assisted by the Rev. Ralph Jenkins. Burial was in East View Cemetery, Rome.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Coker is survived by her husband, Hoyt Coker, of the home; one son, Ryan Coker, Rome; maternal grandmother, Maryleen Evans, Commerce; and paternal grandmother, Mozelle Hill, Maysville.
The Heritage Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home, Rome, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Homer Gunn
Homer Gunn, 74, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, December 1, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center of a brief illness.
Mr. Gunn was born January 21, 1927, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Raymond and Minnie Williams Gunn.
Mr. Gunn was a carpenter and attended The House of Worship.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Bill Free and James Holden officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Gunn is survived by his wife, Lucille Free Gunn, Clarkesville; eight daughters, Kathy Canup, Robin Matthews and Karen Cash, all of Clarkesville, Audrey Wilson, Lula, Shelia Williams, Demorest, Deborah Bow, Gainesville, Cathy O’Nean, Charlotte, N.C., and Gina Rudeseal, Mt. Airy; two sons, Anthony Gunn and Ricky Gunn, both of Clarkesville; one brother, Ross Gunn, Demorest; one sister, Ruth Justus, Demorest; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Annie M. Payne
Mrs. Annie Mae Williams Payne, 86, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Floyd Jackson and Lula McKie Williams. She was the wife of the late Malcom Payne.
Mrs. Payne was a retired LPN and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Franklin County.
Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Horace and Mamie Lou Williams, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Pearl and M.D. Powers, Jacksonville, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Jerry and Judy Williams, Gainesville, Earl and Evelyn West, Middleburg, Fla., and George and Doris Homes, Winder; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Commerce Fellowship Hall Fund, P.O. Box 755, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001

Roxie M. Chambers
Mrs. Roxie Mayberry Chambers, 77, of Athens, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at her residence.
A native of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Mrs. Chambers was the daughter of the late J.W. and Josephine Sparks Mayberry.
She was a homemaker, a devoted and faithful wife, mother and friend, said family members.
Mrs. Chambers had lived in Athens for the past 50 years. She was a member of the Athens Country Club and the First Baptist Church of Athens, and a past member of the Bobbin Mill Garden Club. Mrs. Chambers had participated in the Love and Laughter Cancer Program sponsored through the Loran Smith Cancer Center in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Adolphus Chambers.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 30, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Ross of First Baptist Church officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Marie “Patti” Chambers, Athens, and Augusta, and Barbara Lynn Chambers, McLean, Va.; one step-son, William Edward Chambers, Watkinsville; one step-daughter, Betty June Chambers Garrison Strickland, Homer; two sisters, Mrs. Joyce Mayberry Billings, Lomax, N.C., and Mrs. Corda Mayberry Ellis, McGrady, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and her special friend for over 46 years, Mrs. Irene Barnett Cross.
Memorials may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 5, 2001


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