Banks County Obituaries...

March 20, 2002


Thelma N. Kelley
Mrs. Thelma Newsome Kelley, 69, of Baldwin, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Kelley was born in Banks County on April 22, 1932. She was a daughter of the late Kermit and Mae Smith Newsome.
Mrs. Kelley was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Clarkesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Kelley.
Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating. Burial was in the Union Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Caplinger, Braselton; two sons, Randy Kelley, Baldwin, and Mark Kelley, Fayetteville, N.C.; three sisters, Lois Johnson, Doraville, Lila McClure, Cumming, and Estelle Sharpe, Summerville, S.C.; one brother, Ronald Newsome, Alpharetta; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Marion Cobb Sr.
Marion Cobb Sr., 78, of Alto, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the VA Hospital in Decatur, following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County on July 1, 1923, Mr. Cobb was a son of the late William Edward and Olive Childress Cobb.
He was previously employed as a chef at Toccoa Falls and was the former owner and operator of Cobb’s Restaurant in Stephens County. Mr. Cobb served in the U.S. Navy for 14 1/2 years, including service during World War II. He served on the USS Gleaves, USS Edwards, USS Kalinin Bay, USS Anacastia and the USS Stribling.
Mr. Cobb was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance prior to joining Hillside Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Gideons.
Mr. Cobb was preceded in death by a son, Michael Alexander Cobb.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Larry Free, Billy Harris and Robert G. Thompson officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Cobb is survived by his wife, Martha Frances Elkins Cobb, Alto; daughters, Lynn Cobb Wessinger, Dawsonville, Judy Cobb Mayer, Alto, and Colleen Cobb Stewart, Clarkesville; son, Marion Alexander Cobb Jr., Cumming; sisters, Dorothy Fryza, Jonesboro, and Olive McGinnis, Hot Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Thelma G. Hosch
Mrs. Thelma Galloway Hosch, 70, of Ft. Oglethorpe, formerly of Banks County, died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Hutcheson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hosch was born August 26, 1931, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William A. and Elizabeth McDuffie Galloway.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Temple Baptist Church. Mrs. Hosch was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hosch, a son, Johnny Pruett, and a grandson, Phillip Pruett.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Alan Madden officiating. Burial was in Hoschton Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Libby Teems, Ringgold, and Susan Davis, Lawrenceville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Talmadge Herrin
Talmadge Herrin, 73, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Herrin was born October 10, 1928, in Habersham County, a son of the late Rev. John Morris and Effie Watson Herrin.
He was previously employed with Chicopee and Carwood. Mr. Herrin was preceded in death by a brother, Erford Herrin, and two sisters, Ethel Fair and Ora Lee Martin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Roy Lee Mitchell, Clyde Garrison and Verner London officiating. Burial was in the Mud Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Herrin is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Sigers Herrin, Baldwin; daughters, Martha Galloway, Kay McCallister and Jean Breeding, all of Alto, Tanya Burkes, California, and Linda Wiggins, Cornelia; sons, James Herrin, Demorest, Clinton Herrin, Lula, and Watson Herrin, Homer; brothers, Aaron Herrin, Philippines, and Marshall Herrin, Alto; sisters, Beulah Mae Faulkner and Gladys Ferguson, both of Alto, and Naomi Mitchell and Laverne Slappy, both of Cornelia; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Marc A. Brown
Marc Alexander “Alex” Brown, four months, son of Mark and Michelle Tredway Brown, Commerce, died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Marc was born November 9, 2001, in Jackson County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Short Family Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Seth Brown and Timothy Brown, both of Commerce; grandparents, Jim and Kay Greene, Spartanburg, S.C., Jack Brown and Elaine Beauchamp, both of Commerce, and Linda Brown, Homer; and great-grandparents, Bill and Mary Morrison, Salem, Va., Myrtle Lee Brock, Bowman, and Linda McLennan and James and Grace Brown, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Mae L. Carroll
Ms. Mae Lou Cox Carroll, 93, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born August 4, 1908, in Brooklyn, Ky., Ms. Carroll was a daughter of the late William Marion and Mertie Herrell Cox.
She was the bookkeeper at A-1 Lock and Key Shop, Athens, from 1976 to 1986, and was a homemaker. Mrs. Carroll was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Cox.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Riverview Cemetery, Morgantown, Ky., with the Rev. Gary Magaufee officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie McCormick, New York, N.Y.; one son, Michael Carroll, Baldwin; and three granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Homes, 500 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Oscar N. Murphy
Oscar Newton Murphy, 87, of Pendergrass, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Murphy was born December 28, 1914, in Jackson County, to the late Walter and Estie Gaddis Murphy.
He was a farmer and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Murphy was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Morris Murphy, and two brothers, David Murphy and Freeman Murphy.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Revs. Johnny Knight and Larry Buffington officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Emma Reed, Maysville, and Betty Adams, Pendergrass; four sons, Johnny Murphy, Gene Murphy, Ike Murphy and Paul Murphy, all of Pendergrass; four sisters, Faye Duckett, Gertie Smith, Ruth Hosch and Ora Pearl Murphy, all of Gainesville; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Marie Ivester
Mrs. Marie Ivester, 78, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ivester was born September 21, 1923, near Teplice, Czech Republic. She was a daughter of the late Karl and Anna Kroupova Jicinsky, and was preceded in death by her first husband, William Stefankiewicz.
Mrs. Ivester came to America in 1949 and resided in Maryland and Georgia. She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Larry Whitfield officiating.
Mrs. Ivester is survived by her husband, Henry E. Ivester, Cornelia; two sons, Karl Stefankiewicz, Sachse, Texas, and Roger Ivester, Hoschton; three daughters, Barbara Mutolo, Greensboro, Md., Kathryn Hill, Aurora, Colo., and Karen O’Daire, Colonial Heights, Va.; two sisters, Anna Hortigova and Olga Pospisilova, both of the Czech Republic; four brothers, Joseph Jicinsky, Eric Jicinsky, Kaya Jicinsky and Milan Jicinsky, all of the Czech Republic; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hospice Fund, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501-9841, or to the Shirley Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at United Community Bank in Clarkesville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Doris G. Leachman
Mrs. Doris Gosnell Leachman, 57, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in North Carolina on September 16, 1944, Mrs. Leachman was a daughter of the late William and Addie Mae Gosnell.
She was a homemaker and was of the Holiness denomination. Mrs. Leachman was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Traywick Jr.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Mike Garrouette and Avery Mote officiating. Burial was in the Welcome Home Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Tina May, Cornelia; two sons, Paul William Gosnell, Trion, and Larry Leachman Jr., Clarkesville; one brother, James Gosnell, Alto; two sisters, Ola Lee Burrell and Joyce Lee, both of Alto; and nine grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Lillian V. Howington
Mrs. Lillian V. Howington, 76, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born July 26, 1925, in Banks County, Mrs. Howington was a daughter of the late Richard and Mittie Saville Boswell.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Howington is survived by her husband, Albert Howington, Commerce; and two sisters, Faye Brihn, Maysville, and Mary E. Seay, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

M. Wallace
W. Forrester
Mrs. M. Wallace Wilson Forrester, 93, of Mt. Airy, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at her daughter’s residence in Young Harris, following a sudden illness.
Born in Habersham County on March 23, 1908, Mrs. Forrester was a daughter of the late Henry Hudson and Lou Allen Wilson. She was a retired post master with the Mt. Airy Post Office, with 41 years of service, and was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the WMU. Mrs. Forrester was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, County Home Makers and AARP, and served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Forrester, and seven brothers.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Byron R. McEachern and Dr. Mark Weaver officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Forrester is survived by a daughter, Margaret Forrester, Young Harris; a son, David Forrester, Rome; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Lee J. Stephens
Lee Jackson Stephens, 71, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Stephens was born March 5, 1931, in Stephens County. He was a son of the late Lando Berry and Sally Edmonds Stephens.
Mr. Stephens retired from Mt. Vernon Mills, with 20 years of service, and was a member of Alto Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Bell Tidwell Stephens, a son, Daniel Lee Stephens, and a brother, Ralph Stephens.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Alto Baptist Church with the Revs. Ronnie Thurmond and O.L. McCollough officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Gail Kastner, Cornelia; four sons, Jack Stephens, Athens, David Stephens and Roger Stephens, both of Clarkesville, and Mark Stephens, Alto; three sisters, Mae Heimberger and Bernice Armour, both of Alto, and Grace Carter, Toccoa; one brother, Junior Stephens, Lula; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Ruby B. Mealor
Mrs. Ruby Banks Mealor, 98, of Gunner, Texas, formerly of Commerce, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Hilltop Haven Nursing Home.
Mrs. Mealor was born October 13, 1903, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Edgar Power and Lucy Murray Banks.
Mrs. Mealor was a homemaker and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Comer Mealor.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Fenn, Commerce, and Pat Nuckols, Sherman, Texas; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Edgar C. Dailey
Edgar Coleman Dailey, 89, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Dailey was a son of the late Nesby and Eula Coleman Dailey.
He was retired from Commerce Sportswear. Mr. Dailey was preceded in death by a step-son, Donald Sailors.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at New Covenant Worship Center with the Revs. J.D. Sosebee, Howard Conine and Mack Goddard and Beth Stephens officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Dailey is survived by his wife, Sarah Frances Hardy Dailey, Nicholson; one son, Eddie Dailey, Macon; one daughter, Jean Thomas, Nicholson; two step-sons, Jerrell Minish, Athens, and Thomas Minish, Nicholson; six step-daughters, Vickie Kittle and Connie Archer, both of Nicholson, Brenda Boring, Jefferson, Linda Crumley, Commerce, Jackie Griffith, Homer, and Jimie Hulsey, Buford; one brother, J.H. Dailey, Tucker; 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002

Savannah L. Booth
Savannah Lauren Booth, 21 months, of Nicholson, died Friday, March 15, 2002.
Savannah, a native of Jackson County, was born June 11, 2000. She was the daughter of Todd and Rhonda Booth, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Stowers and Phillip Parks officiating. Burial was in Nicholson Cemetery, Nicholson. Tracy Booth, Tim Booth, Warren Standridge, Pierce Nelms, Tony Nelms and Lamar Watkins served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one brother, Trevor Booth, Nicholson; grandparents, Bobby and Peggy Booth and Dwight and Sara Nelms, all of Nicholson; and great-grandparents, Emmett and Sara Duran, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Playground Fund, P.O. Box 398, Nicholson, GA 30565, in memory of Savannah Booth.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 20, 2002



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