Banks County Obituaries...

January 30, 2002


Kenneth D. West
Kenneth Douglas West, 56, of Maysville, died Friday, January 25, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born June 5, 1945, in Barrow County, Mr. West was a son of the late Dewey and Lucille Herbert West.
He was employed as a staff manager with American General Life Insurance and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m Sunday, January 27, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. West is survived by his wife, Julie West, Maysville; two sons, Kasey West and Shane West, both of Maysville; and one sister, Linda West, Athens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Eloise R. Ray
Mrs. Eloise Rucker Ray, 85, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Ray was born April 6, 1916, a daughter of the late Fred J. and Fannie Manolia Henderson Rucker.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Homer Baptist Church. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Ray.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at Homer Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Crabbe and Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie Ray, Commerce; one daughter, Charlotte Massey, Commerce; four sisters, Mildred Allison, Margaret Chambers, Frances Cox and Lee Miller, all of Gainesville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Homer Baptist Church, P.O. Box 499, Homer, GA 30547, or to the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center, 19 Darnell Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Ruby P. Segars
Mrs. Ruby Purcell Segars, 90, of Commerce, died Friday, January 25, 2002, at Alzheimer¹s Care of Commerce.
Mrs. Segars was born December 15, 1911, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Robert P. and Lula Wiley Purcell.
Mrs. Segars was a former field representative for the American Cancer Society and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elvin Segars, and a son, Larry Segars.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at New Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James Segars, Lawrenceville, and Nelson Segars, Stone Mountain; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Beatrice Shelnut
Ms. Beatrice Shelnut, 59, of Gillsville, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Ms. Shelnut was born in Habersham County on November 23, 1942. She was a homemaker and a member of Silver Shoals Baptist Church. Ms. Shelnut was preceded in death by grandparents, Mary and Andrew Nation, and a nephew, Andy Poole.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church with the Revs. Perry Smith and David Bowen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a special niece, Nancy and Ralph Poole, Gillsville. Mrs. Shelnut had lived in their home since 1979.
Other survivors include nephews, Randy and Steve Poole, Gillsville; nieces, Tina Pritchett, Carnesville, and Anita Dale, Gainesville; her mother, Annie Belle Arrowood, Cleveland; half-brothers, Johnny Arrowood, Lula, and Robert and Danny Arrowood, Cleveland; half-sisters, Ellene Brown, Gainesville, and Ann Helton, Jannie Canup and Lucille McDuffie, Cleveland.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Kelly D. Anderson
Mrs. Kelly Denise Wood Anderson, 30, of Crawford, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, after an extended bout with cancer (leukemia and lymphoma).
A native of Oconee County, Mrs. Anderson attended school in Oconee County where she served as the school mascot during part of her high school years. She was a born-again Christian and was a member of Crawford Pentecostal Church. Mrs. Anderson was the daughter of Ola Stevens Wood, formerly of Banks County, Watkinsville, and Lawrence Wood Sr., Watkinsville.
She was a loving Christian wife, mother, homemaker and floral designer, said family members. She was extremely well loved and will be sorely missed.
Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Stig Stevens.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Athens. Burial was in Crawford Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Tracy Anderson Sr., a disabled former Watkinsville Police Officer; two daughters, Brittany Anderson, 8, and Brooke Anderson, 6; one son, Tracy Anderson Jr., 4; and one brother, Judson Wood (U.S. Air Force, Warner Robins), Fort Valley. In addition to her other relatives, local relatives include one half-sister, Karen Noell, Braselton; two nieces, Michelle Noell, Braselton, and Chelsea Wood, Watkinsville; one nephew, Christopher Noell, Braselton; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Izora Stevens, Commerce (Banks County); two uncles, John and Linda Stevens, Commerce, and Lester and Lynn Stevens, Danielsville; five aunts, Bessie and Payton Minish, Commerce, Betty and Bob Harris, Jefferson, Nora and Curtis Waters, Toccoa, Mary and Dave Allen, Danielsville, and Mildred and Ricky Bell, Watkinsville; and a number of cousins.
Donations for the family in Kelly¹s memory and to help pay her medical expenses can be made to the ³Kelly Anderson Fund² in care of Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Millard Pruitt
Millard Pruitt, 66, of the Nails Creek Community, Carnesville, died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Pruitt was born on April 12, 1935, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late Ralph and Janie Ruth Means Pruitt.
Mr. Pruitt was employed a number of years with North Georgia Wholesale and the Nails Creek Gas Company. He was a member of the Hebron Lodge #564 F & AM in Commerce and a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Pruitt was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Brady Pruitt, a son, Johnny Pruitt, and a brother, Joel Pruitt.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Robertson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Masonic rites provided by members of the Hebron Lodge #564 F & AM.
Survivors include four brothers, Dillard Pruitt, Demorest, Dempsey Pruitt, Homer, and Wallace Pruitt and Steve Pruitt, both of Carnesville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Fannie A. Tench
Mrs. Fannie Allen Tench, 68, of Cleveland, died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County, Mrs. Tench was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mattie Thompson Allen.
She was retired from Cleveland Sports Wear and was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Wesley Purcell officiating. Burial was in the Hills Crossing Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Tench is survived by her husband, Louis Tench, Cleveland; daughter, Pamela K. Tench, Washington; sons, Andy Tench, Alto, and Edward Tench, Hiawassee; sisters, Delvina Marcus and Drotha Marcus, Demorest; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

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Basil E. Benton
Basil E. Benton, 75, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Benton was born May 14, 1926. He was a son of the late Edgar E. and Sarah Wood Benton.
Mr. Benton was a retired carpenter and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Bell Wood Benton.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, January 28, in the Friendship Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby, Matt Mize and Mike Mize officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Bennett, Commerce; one brother, Claude E. Benton, Easley, S.C.; three sisters, Sara Brister and Pauline Collins, both of Commerce, and Betty Ann Minish, Royston; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Eliza W. Roach
Mrs. Eliza Wade Roach, 82, of Demorest, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at a private nursing home facility following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on August 6, 1919, Mrs. Roach was a daughter of the late Henry B. and Lee Etta Fortenberry Smith.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Return Baptist Church.
Mrs. Roach was preceded in death by her husbands, Roosevelt Wade and James Roach, brothers, Grady, Jim and Chester Smith, and sisters, Lizzie McNabb and Lois Wade.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, at Return Baptist Church with the Revs. Walter Burrell, Richard Horn, Keith Allison and Charlie Hopkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Blanche and Ivan Boggs, Demorest, and Doris and Perry Shubert, Alto; daughter, Evelyn Garrett, Demorest; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

James W. Hill
James Walter Hill, 61, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Hart County on February 13, 1940, Mr. Hill was a son of Evelyn Graham Cheek Hill, Canon, and the late Cleo Hill.
He was retired from the Commerce City School System and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Verlin Reese officiating. Burial was in the Sardis Baptist Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Mary Schiflet Hill, Commerce; two sons, Brian Hill, Hartwell, and Chris Hill, Commerce; one daughter, Angela Short, Hartwell; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Roberta A. Humphrey
Mrs. Roberta Amanda Baker Humphrey, 81, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Humphrey was born July 6, 1920. She was a daughter of the late James Franklin and Lillian Amanda Dye Baker.
Mrs. Humphrey was a retired secretary and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Lloyd Goethals Humphrey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Dr. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Lloyd and Kathy Humphrey, Flowery Branch; daughter, Vivian Humphrey, Athens; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

L.C. McDaniel
L.C. McDaniel, 80, of Jefferson, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. McDaniel was born December 13, 1921, in Hall County, a son of the late Felt and Mattie Maddox McDaniel.
He was a farmer and logger and was a member of Zion Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Brother Larry Lee and the Rev. John Mullinax officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery, Hoschton.
Mr. McDaniel is survived by his wife, Betty Jean McDaniel, Jefferson; seven daughters, Janie Andrews, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Margie Kemper and Helen Morrison, both of Commerce, Jennifer McDaniel, Lula, Carolyn Roberts, Statham, Louise Smith, Maysville, and Mattie Smith, Jefferson; two sons, L.C. McDaniel, Cartersville, and Paul McDaniel, Jefferson; two sisters, Estelle Carter, Braselton, and Ardell King, Winder; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Sue T. Funk
Mrs. Sue Thrasher Funk, 102, of Sarasota, Fla., died Friday, January 25, 2002, in Athens.
Mrs. Funk was born October 17, 1899, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Rev. John B. and Tallulah Quillian Thrasher.
She lived in Sarasota during World War II after her husband, Brig. General Arnold J. Funk, was captured on Bataan and became a Japanese Prisoner of War. After the Japanese surrender and his release, her husband continued his military service in the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1952.
The Funks settled in Sarasota for the remainder of their lives, where they were active in numerous military, social, civic and charitable organizations.
Mrs. Funk was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was an Honorary Lifetime Member of The Retired Officers Association and The Retired Officers Club of Sarasota.
Graveside services will be conducted by an Army Chaplain at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will be buried beside her husband.
Survivors include one brother, Col. Warren A. Thrasher, Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one¹s choice.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002

Jewel Watkins
Mrs. Jewel Watkins, 95, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, January 29, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, in the Nicholson Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Glaze officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Miguel and Pam Dempsey, Nicholson; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Tully Westmoreland, Nicholson; brothers, John A. Miller, Jefferson, and Grady Miller, Nicholson; sister, Mae Bell Brock, Nicholson; three grandchildren, Edmon and Joseph Dempsey and Dillard Westmore-land; one step-grandson, Robert Moore; and three great-grandchildren, Jessica Cain and Elizabeth and Jonathan Dempsey.
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Sheriffs Boys Ranch or to the Homer Church of God, Box 89, Homer, Georgia.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 30, 2002


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