Banks County Obituaries...

March 13, 2002


Trilla M. Bruce
Mrs. Trilla Mae Bruce Bruce, 79, of Homer, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Bruce was born July 9, 1922. She was a daughter of the late George Wesley and Emmie Seay Bruce.
Mrs. Bruce was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Eubanks, her second husband, Bill Butler, and her third husband, Carlton Bruce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Tommy Seay officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Paul Bruce and Young Bruce, both of Homer, Roger Butler, Commerce, and Frank Eubanks, Colbert; one daughter, Judy Brown, Commerce; one brother, Edgar Bruce, Commerce; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Rachel Turner
Mrs. Rachel Turner, 52, of Maysville, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Emory University Hospital.
Born in Clarke County on January 6, 1950, Mrs. Turner was a daughter of the late William Howard and Martha Dean Bond Parr.
She had been employed as a seamstress with Mt. Vernon Mills. Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by a brother, William Howard Parr Jr., and a sister, Judy Parr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Timmy L. Adams, Maysville; one daughter, Martha V. Emmett, Maysville; one step-son, Mark Turner, Homer; four brothers, Michael L. Parr, Lawrenceville, Steven T. Parr, Maysville, Paul A. Parr, Covington, and Tommy J. Parr, Athens; one sister, Elizabeth Nunn, Winder; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Ruveal M. Waters
Mrs. Ruveal Murray Waters, 74, of Carnesville, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at a private nursing home following a short illness.
Mrs. Waters was born April 16, 1927, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Mack and Lula Kesler Murray.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Damascus Baptist Church. Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by her husband, Corbin Waters, and a grandson, Chris Waters.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Gene Todd and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Roberts-Jackson-Murray Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Paulette Coley, Baldwin; three sons, Macklin Waters, Carnesville, Theron Waters, Baldwin, and Bryan Waters, Homer; grandson reared in the home, Brad Waters, Carnesville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Sarah E. Long
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Tiller Long, 80, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Long was born July 23, 1921. She was a daughter of the late Ed and Mae Vaughn Tiller.
Mrs. Long was a homemaker and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Dr. Ray Richardson and the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery, Ila.
Mrs. Long is survived by her husband, S.A. Long, Commerce; and two sisters, Beatrice Carter, Madison, and Mary Molis, Canton, Ohio.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Lucille N. Wilkinson
Mrs. Lucille Nunnally Wilkinson, 86, of Baldwin, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at her residence following a short illness.
Mrs. Wilkinson was born December 19, 1915, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late John and Annie Duckett Nunnally.
Mrs. Wilkinson was retired from Carwood Manufacturing, with 22 years of service, and was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rogers Wilkinson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Frank Sailers and Billy Burrell and Warren Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Lessie Caudell and Myrna Wilkinson, both of Baldwin; one sister, Mozelle Carlan, Baldwin; and one grandchild, Terri Cheek, Baldwin.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Georgia Affiliate, One Corporate Square, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Grace S. Stein
Mrs. Grace S. Stein, 88, of Gillsville, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Stein was born September 12, 1913, to the late Elmer and Grace Reed Spear in Cambridge, Md.
She had worked as a photographer with Hardy Studio in Gainesville and was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Mrs. Stein was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Stein.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Colbie Jones Stein, Gillsville; sister-in-law, Florence Hullfish, New Jersey; daughter in her heart, Leslie Spain, Jekyll Island; nephew and niece, Don and Harriette Hill, Boise, Idaho; and a number of other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Kenneth S. Payne
Kenneth Samuel Payne, 38, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Clarke County on March 16, 1963, Mr. Payne was a son of David and Brenda Hardy Sullivan, Homer.
He was a self-employed gunsmith and was a member of Homer Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer, with the Rev. Charles Crabbe officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, Sherry Hill Payne, Maysville; two sons, Emory Payne and Nigel Payne, both of Maysville; and grandmothers, Edna Hardy and Mammie Payne, both of Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Payne.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Mozell A. Ausburn
Mrs. Mozell Ausburn Ausburn, 82, of Piedmont, S.C., widow of Lawson Emory Ausburn, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Autumn Care Nursing Center, Saluda, N.C.
Born in Madison, Fla., Mrs. Ausburn was a daughter of the late William Terrell and Anna Farmer Ausburn.
She was retired from J.P. Stevens, Dunean Plant and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Piedmont, S.C., where she belonged to the Mother’s Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Leon Porter and Bill Foster officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty A. Meckley, Piedmont, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda A. and Brannon Chitwood, Clarkesville; brother, John Henry Ausburn, Homer; grandchildren, Belinda Laudermilk and Shannon Chitwood; and great-grandchildren, Breana Laudermilk, Shelby Laudermilk, Dawson Chitwood and Daniell Chitwood.
Gray Mortuary Inc., Pelzer, S.C., was in charge of arrangements, with McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Evelyn R. Hooper
Mrs. Evelyn Ruth McMichens Hooper, 83, of Commerce, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born March 6, 1919, in Fulton County, Mrs. Hooper was a daughter of the late William and Dosser Lowery McMichens.
She was the retired owner of a home improvement company.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Hooper is survived by her husband, James D. Hooper, Commerce; one daughter, Sheila Foster, Cleveland; two step-sons, David Hooper, Toccoa, and Larry Hooper, Lavonia; one step-daughter, Deborah McGinnis, Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Claude McMichens, Douglasville, and William McMichens, Decatur; one sister, Jewell Wyah, Decatur; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Rev. C.K. Wood
The Rev. C.K. Wood, of Hoschton, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at his home.
The Rev. Wood preached the gospel for 46 years, serving most of that time as pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church, Stone Mountain. He eventually relocated to Loganville.
“He was a loving father and a ‘Man of God’ who dedicated his life to serving God,” said family members.
The Rev. Wood was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Cora A. Wood, and a grandson, Greg Watts.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Snellville Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc. with the Revs. Preston Moore and Marshall Yancey officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his children, Janice and John Johnson, Maysville, Theresa and Sam Hulsey, Hoschton, Lamar and Becky Wood, Snellville, and Marvin Wood, Hoschton; sisters and brother, Essie Lewis, Ealer Archer, Montine Hall, Bernice Brewton and Ross Wood; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., Snellville Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Randall Smith
Randall Smith, 71, of Nicholson, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Jackson County on December 19, 1930, Mr. Smith was a son of the late George Ellis and Ina Eugene Wood Smith.
He was a retired poultry farmer and was a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, Dennis Kesler and J.D. Sosebee officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Gwynelle Barnett Smith, Nicholson; one son, Jerry Greene, Nicholson; one brother, Ray Smith, Nicholson; one sister, Ezzelle Wilson, Nicholson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

L.B. Ariail
L.B. Ariail, 92, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Ariail was born October 5, 1909, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late John and Ola Huff Ariail.
Mr. Ariail was the owner and operator of Ariail Tire and Automotive Service, with 63 years of service, and was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church. He was also a member of Woodmen of the World.
Mr. Ariail was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Stephens Ariail, and a daughter, Sandra Kay Ariail.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith and the Rev. Roy Lee Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. C.D. Humphries Jr., Woodstock; one son, Lloyd Edward Ariail, Cornelia; one sister, Ossalee Ariail, Milledgeville; one brother, Marvin Ariail, Toccoa; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Thomas Seay
Thomas Seay, 78, of Com-merce, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Seay was born October 3, 1923. He was a son of the late Dan and Willie Cleghorn Seay.
Mr. Seay was a retired machinist with Roper Pump and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Seay is survived by his wife, Dot Seay, Commerce; one son, Lloyd Seay, Danielsville; one daughter, Joyce Crumley, Commerce; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Edwin L. Smith
Edwin Lee “Bubba” Smith, 41, of Middleburg, Fla., died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Orange Park Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on July 14, 1960. He was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School and owned and operated Edwin Smith Flooring Company. Mr. Smith was an avid fisherman and golfer and was of the Baptist denomination.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin P. Smith, his brother, Jeffery, and his grandparents, Hut and Gracie Segars and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. J.L. White officiating. Burial was in the Rock Springs Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Michelle Caldwell Smith, Middleburg, Fla.; his mother and step-father, Margaret Segers Jackson and John Jackson, Middleburg, Fla.; four daughters, Christi Smith, Jenniffer Smith, Natili Smith and Gracie Smith, all of Middleburg, Fla.; five sons, Edwin Smith Jr., Jesse Smith, Doug Smith, Daniel Smith and Matthew Smith, all of Middleburg, Fla.; and one sister, Connie Craven, Jacksonville, Fla.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002

Milton K. Adams
Milton Kytle Adams, 76, of Nicholson, died Sunday, March 10, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Adams was a son of the late Joseph Alvin and Mary Blanche Henderson Adams. His wife, Ernestine Hutchins Adams, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Adams was a retired radio terminal tester with Southern Bell and was a member of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bill Adams, Nicholson; one daughter, Tracy Bales, Madison County; one brother, Joseph B. Adams, Madison County; one sister, Juanita Houston, Blackley; three grandchildren, Stacy Bales, Stephanie Bales and Willis Bales; and two great-grandchildren, Laney Bales and Haley Bales.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 13, 2002


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