Banks County Obituaries...

January 16, 2002


Sandra E. Payne
Mrs. Sandra Elizabeth King Payne, 56, of Homer, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Union County, Mrs. Payne was born March 1, 1945, a daughter of the late Clayton Doyle and India Estelle Helton King.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the House of Prayer.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Blairsville, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Payne is survived by her husband, Arlie Payne, Homer; one son, Darren Payne, Homer; one daughter, Kim Ledford, Commerce; two brothers, Buddy King and Charles King, both of Blairsville; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Laynette Fincher
Mrs. Laynette Fincher, 52, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Fincher was born May 20, 1949, in Vallejo, Calif. She was a daughter of Deloris Miller Massey, Commerce, and the late Wilton Ernest Massey.
Mrs. Fincher was employed as a manager with Presto BP Station, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Jim McLendon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Mark Fincher, Commerce; two daughters, Charman Baker, Maysville, and Tammy Williamson, Commerce; one brother, William Massey, Commerce; and 10 grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Martha M. Miller
Mrs. Martha Mazelle Dye Miller, 77, of Nicholson, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Miller was born May 26, 1924, in Oglethorpe County, a daughter of the late Emory W. and Susie Moore Dye.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and David Strickland officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Grady Miller, Nicholson; one son, Michael Miller, Nicholson; three daughters, Regina Adams and Elaine Highfield, both of Commerce, and Janice Manus, Nicholson; one sister, Brady Sue Coile, Winterville; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

John D. Stancil
John D. Stancil, 92, of Cornelia, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Born in Rabun County on August 9, 1909, Mr. Stancil was a son of the late Babe and Isabell Turpin Stancil.
He was retired from the railroad and was a member of Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.
Mr. Stancil was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Mae Kelly Stancil, a daughter, Myrtle Wilkinson, three brothers, two sisters and a grandson, Sammy Stancil.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 11, at Joy Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Goss officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Ella Mae Stamey, Demorest, and Elizabeth Jordan, Cornelia; three sons, Sam Stancil, Alto, Carl Stancil, Gainesville, and Johnny Stancil, Cornelia; 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Ruth M. May
Mrs. Ruth M. May, 83, of Dalton, formerly of Alto, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on December 18, 1918, Mrs. May was a daughter of the late Hugh and Carrie Bridges Murphy.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. May was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lee May, and sisters, Elsie Murphy, Ressie Bell Murphy, Ruby May and Faye Butler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Frankie Tyson and Paul Fillers officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Godfrey, Dalton, and Ann McLaughlin, Toccoa; five sons, Jr. May, Gainesville, Bobby Earl May, Dalton, Marvin May, Canon, Richard May, LaFayette, and Lum May, Alto; 34 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Lozie A. Miller
Miss Lozie A. Miller, 88, of Alto, died Friday, January 11, 2002.
A native of Habersham County, Miss Miller was a daughter of the late Andrew and Nancy Wilson Miller.
She was the owner and operator of Miller Convenience Store and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 13, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paul Morris and Wayne Strickland officiating. Burial was in the Enon Baptist Church cemetery.
Miss Miller is survived by two nieces, Clara Mae Armour and Betty Craig, both of Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

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Nancy S. Meadows
Mrs. Nancy S. Meadows, 56, of Danielsville, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Meadows was born June 2, 1945, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Roy and Annie Sue Bridges Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Tim Garrett officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Meadows is survived by her husband, James Meadows, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, William and Kathryn Booth, Commerce; sons, Clifford Paul Booth, Commerce, and James Mitchell Meadows and Dennis Michael Meadows, both of Danielsville; brothers, Leroy Hill and Paul Donald Hill, both of Danielsville, and Ralph Hill, Athens; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Guy S. Miller
Guy Suddath Miller, 88, of Maysville, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at Southern Pines Personal Care Home, Maysville.
Born in Maysville on January 8, 1914, Mr. Miller was a son of the late Thomas K. and Ethel Suddath Miller. He had spent several years in Rabun County.
He was educated at Maysville High School, the Monroe A&M Prep School and the University of Georgia. Mr. Miller was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre of Operations.
He was a professional baseball player, having played in the Texas League, the South Atlantic League and the Pacific Coast League.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Jones Miller.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy Miller, Panama City Beach, Fla., and Tim Miller, Athens; one daughter, Melodee Taylor, Meritt Island, Fla.; one sister, Evelyn Gurnee, Lake Worth, Fla.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home, Clayton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Henry J. Dokter
Henry John Dokter, 87, of Baldwin, died Monday, January 7, 2002.
A native of Holland, Mich., Mr. Dokter was a son of the late Clarence and Henrietta Singer Dokter.
He was a retired electrician and was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Cornelia First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Blaine Walker officiating. A private graveside service was held in Baldwin Cemetery.
Mr. Dokter is survived by his wife, Bernice Zuverink Dokter; two daughters, Karen Sprayberry, Cornelia, and Janice White, Wilton Manors, Fla.; one son, Jack Dokter, Atlanta; two brothers, Clarence Dokter and Marienus Dokter, both of Holland, Mich.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Carroll Allen
Carroll Allen, 80, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at Gwinnett Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Towns County on May 26, 1921, Mr. Allen was a son of the late John and Ida Berrong Allen.
He was the owner and operator of Cornelia Florist for 28 years and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the South Pacific. Mr. Allen was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church and the Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F. & A.M. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #7720.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by a son, William Henry Allen.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Billy Harris and Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in the V.F.W. Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Rabun County DAV Chapter #15.
Survivors include two sons, Stanley Allen, Cornelia, and John Allen, Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Cleta Burrell, Cornelia; and four grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002

Clyde W. Watson
Clyde Wallace Watson, 83, of Commerce, died Monday, January 14, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mr. Watson was the son of the late John and Effie Berrong Watson. He was born in Madison County on July 7, 1918.
Mr. Watson was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 16, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Carlton Peters and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Leata Mae Bennett Watson, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Ray Jones and Karen and Tony Davis, all of Commerce; and five grandchildren, Nicole Davis, Shae Davis, Carrie Savage, Tobie Jones and Tate Jones, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 16, 2002


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