Banks County Obituaries...

December 26, 2001


Rob Walker
Rob Walker, 61, of Homer, died Friday, December 21, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Walker was born August 7, 1940, in Pahokee, Fla. He was a son of the late William Robert Sr. and Eleanor Avera Walker.
Mr. Walker had been a resident of Homer for the past 10 years. He was an avid saxophone player and musician, and was a very free spirited person, said family members.
Mr. Walker was preceded in death by a son, Rob Walker III.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Lisa Walker, Homer; one daughter, Cindy Adams, Orange City, Fla.; one son, John David Walker, Homer; one sister, Eleanor Schlechter, Bell Glade, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Dewey T. Poole
Dewey Thomas Poole, 84, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 23, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born February 25, 1917, in Banks County, Mr. Poole was a son of the late Henry Clay and Lucy Sorrow Poole.
He was retired from G.T.E. Telephone and was a member of Charity Baptist Church. Mr. Poole was also a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Gordon Poole.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 24, at Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanette Caudell, Commerce; one sister, Fannie Walker, Clarkesville; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Dr. John
W. Beach
Dr. John Wendell Beach, 89, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 22, 2001, at his home following an extended illness.
Born in Devilıs Lake, N.D., on November 19, 1912, Dr. Beach was the son of the late James C. and Ida Mae Price Beach.
Dr. Beach was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He married Edna Blanche McElroy, of Winder, in 1947.
He and Blanche moved to Commerce in 1959, where he began his chiropractic practice until 1987.
Dr. Beach was preceded in death by two sisters, Decotah Ruth Beach Brown and Virginia Beach Sherer, California, and two brothers, Russel Beach, Michigan, and Kyle Beach, North Dakota.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 23, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Commerce.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edna Blanche McElroy Beach; one daughter and son-in-law, Michael Edward and Ginny Beach Anderson; three grandchildren, Tiffany Marie Anderson, Amberly Michele Anderson and Dakota James Anderson, all of Commerce; and a number of relatives from Georgia, California and Minnesota.
Memorials may be made to the Grove Level Baptist Church Building Fund, 1702 Grove Level Road, Maysville, GA 30558.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Donald G. Williams
Donald G. Williams, 55, of Cornelia, died Saturday, December 22, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Williams was born on November 18, 1946, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late George Cole and Sara Ann Bruce Williams.
Mr. Williams was the owner of Williams Radiator Shop in Baldwin for 30 years and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church and the Mt. Airy Masonic Lodge F & AM #141. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Millard ³Bud² Vaughn, his grandmother, Blanche Williams and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Vaughn.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with David Terrell officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, June W. Williams, Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, Jake and Stephanie Williams, Clarkesville, and Jeff and Elaine Williams, Cornelia; three brothers, Jerry Williams, Randy Williams and Clint Williams, all of Cornelia; and two grandchildren, Nate Williams and Seth Williams.
Memorials may be made to George and Laura Westbook, 369 Wayside Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Richard R. Eller
Richard R. Eller, 66, of Clarkesville, died Friday, December 21, 2001, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Eller was born March 21, 1935, in Habersham County. He was a graduate of Mira Costa High School. Mr. Eller was a U.S. Navy veteran, earning the National Defense Service Medal and the Occupational Service Medal for service in Europe and China.
He was a retired electrician and plumber and was a member of Stonepile Baptist Church and a life member of Grant Reeves V.F.W. Post #7720.
Mr. Eller was preceded in death by his father, Herman Eller, and a step-son, Richard Keith Franklin.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 23, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Mike Irvin and Ronald Mote officiating. Burial was in the V.F.W. Memorial Park with military honors provided by Rabun County DAV Post #15.
Mr. Eller is survived by his wife, Virginia Church Eller, Clarkesville; his mother, Harriet Banning Eller, Clarkesville; two daughters, Marilyn Jeanie Wheeler and Pamela Lynn Wooley, both of Clarkesville; three sons, Rick Eller, Scott Eller and Wayne Franklin, all of Clarkesville; one sister, Barbara McGuire, Oklahoma; three brothers, David Eller, Germany, Jimmy Eller, Oklahoma, and Dale Eller, Cleveland; several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

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Nathanel J. Brock
Nathanel James Brock, infant son of C. Wayne and Wendy Brock, Commerce, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Ashley N. Brock, Commerce; paternal grandparents, Calvin and Maebelle Brock, Homer; maternal grandfather, Roger Dove, Canon; and maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Jackie and Steve Saylers, Royston.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Roland W. Sinquefield
Roland Wendell Sinquefield, of Maysville, died Sunday, December 23, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.

Dennis Shockley
Dennis Shockley, 77, of Lula, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Shockley was born January 17, 1924, in Hall County. He was the son of the late Sid and Izora Garner Shockley.
Mr. Shockley was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was a saw miller and was a member of New Haven Congregational Holiness Church.
Mr. Shockley was preceded in death by two daughters, Rosa Marie Shockley and Gladys Lewallen, four brothers, J.C., Clifford, Eugene and Delmus Shockley, and a sister, Carlene Boggus.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 21, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Wayne Hicks and Bobby Griffin officiating. Burial was in West View Cemetery with full military graveside rites provided by the Rabun D.A.V. Chapter #15.
Mr. Shockley is survived by his wife, Dorothy Smith Shockley, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Sue Shockley, Lula, and Jerry and Janice Shockley, Gainesville; brother, Homer Shockley, Lula; sisters, Betty Savage, Ware Shoals, S.C., Flora Shockley, Forsyth, Wille Cee Garrett, Douglasville, Myrtle Bell, Cumming, Sybil Burns, Alto, Gaynell Shockley, Mt. Airy, and Aetna Ivester, Hollywood; grandchildren, Bobby Shockley, Dwayne Lewallen, Shane Shockley, April Berry, LaRae Russell and Stephen Shockley; great-grandchildren, Ashley Shockley and Justin Berry; and step-great-grandchildren, Anthony Gerrin, Amber Palmer and Matthew Chambers.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Roy L. Martin
Roy Lee Martin, 57, of Bostic, N.C., formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, December 20, 2001, at his residence.
Born September 12, 1944, in Georgia, Mr. Martin was a son of Frances Martin Adams, Commerce.
He was employed as a clerk with Commerce Hardware and was of the Methodist denomination. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Sammy Martin, Bostic, N.C.; one half-brother, Don Whitehead, Jefferson; three sisters, Lavonne Adams and Ann Anderson, both of Commerce, and Shirley Wilson, Nicholson; and five grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001

Clarice F. King
Mrs. Clarice Free King, 91, of York, S.C., formerly of Habersham County, died Friday, December 21, 2001, at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, S.C.
Mrs. King was born November 21, 1909, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Benjamin L. and Edith Morrison Free.
Mrs. King was a graduate of the Georgia 9th District A & M School and Rabun Gap College. She was a homemaker and was a member of Oakey Mountain Baptist Church.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband, George B. King, and an infant son.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, at Oakey Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Free officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Leota Blevins, Jacksonville, Fla., Audrey Brock, Terrell, N.C., and Vera Ramsey, Smyrna, S.C.; two sons, Patrick King, Sharon, S.C., and James King, Chester, S.C.; one sister, Evelyn Fry, Clarkesville; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 26, 2001


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