Banks County Obituaries...

March 27, 2002


Cora L. Simmons
Mrs. Cora Lee Brock Simmons, 80, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.
Born in Banks County on March 11, 1922, Mrs. Simmons was a daughter of the late John and Fannie Higgins Brock.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Simmons, and three brothers, J.W. Brock, Estes Brock and Roy Brock.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Revs. James Harvey, Garry Garrison and Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Becky Simmons, Baldwin; grandson, Rhylan Simmons, Baldwin; and sisters, Lessie Simmons, Gainesville, and Estelle Simmons and Addie Lene Segers, both of Baldwin.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Frances L. Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Frances Louise Seagraves Fitzpatrick, 84, of Commerce, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born March 31, 1917. She was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Volia Allen Seagraves.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Fitzpatrick, a son, Lamar Fitzpatrick, and a daughter, Judy Standridge.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Revs. Carlton Peters and Wendell Hanley officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Phillip Fitzpatrick, Commerce, Weldon Fitzpatrick and Lorian Fitzpatrick, both of Danielsville, and William Fitzpatrick, Cornelia; three daughters, Mary Ann Bonds, Ila, Betty Fitzpatrick, Commerce, and Bonnie Hensley, Nicholson; one sister, Mary Helen Bumgarner, Kannapolis, N.C.; 13 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, 11 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Ila Cemetery Fund, c/o Lloyd Fitzpatrick, Ila, GA 30647, or to Vista Care, 767 Oglethorpe Ave., Athens, GA 30606.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Pauline Edwards
Mrs. Pauline Edwards, 87, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Georgia, Mrs. Edwards was born January 25, 1915. She was a daughter of the late Charlie and Nora Smith Brown.
Mrs. Edwards was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Billy Leachman, Commerce; three daughters, Vivian O. Hill, Jacksonville, N.C., Lillian Wilshire, Loganville, and Eva L. Jones, Sparks, Nev.; three brothers, James Brown, Tom Brown and Sam Brown, all of Commerce; two sisters, Francine Beck and Elizabeth Conley, both of Athens; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Herman R. Holden
Herman Rogers Holden, 64, of Jefferson, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A son of the late Joseph and Annie Laura Howington Holden, Mr. Holden was born March 23, 1938, in Jackson County.
He was retired for the Department of Transportation and was a cattle farmer. Mr. Holden was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Holden is survived by his wife, Frankie Massey Holden, Jefferson; daughter, Laura Holden, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh and Jim Purcell, Commerce; brother, Joe Holden, Jefferson; granddaughter, Elizabeth Purcell, Commerce; and grandson, Sam Purcell, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Dr. Wilton Duckett
Dr. Wilton Duckett, 77, of Demorest, died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County on September 25, 1924, Mr. Duckett was a son of the late Young and Worta Cash Duckett.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II. Mr. Duckett was a retired construction supervisor with Piedmont College and was a member of Demorest Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dolphus Duckett.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Dr. Tom Mewborn and the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Duckett is survived by his wife, Flois M. Duckett, Demorest; sons, Spencer S. Duckett, Baldwin, and Douglas W. Duckett, Alto; brothers, David Duckett and Stanley Duckett, both of Hollingsworth; sister, Deborah White, Lula; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and step-mother, Lila Duckett, Hollingsworth.
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 27, 2002

Johnnie R. Nabors
Mrs. Johnnie Ray Vandiver Nabors, 70, of Lavonia, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born February 1, 1932, in Longview, Texas, Mrs. Nabors was a daughter of the late O.P. and Jessie Morgan Vandiver.
She was a retired LPN with Cobb Memorial Hospital, a state certified EMT and was a homemaker. Mrs. Vandiver was a member of Lavonia Church of God and a member of the Eastern Star.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville. Burial was in Lavonia City Cemetery.
Mrs. Vandiver is survived by her husband, Ben Nabors; two daughters, Marie Reynolds and Terri Cheek, both of Lavonia; five sisters, Barbara Sosby, Imogene Maxwell, Yvo Walters and Darlene Mauldin, all of Lavonia, and Ann Redd, Commerce; and three grandchildren, Conice Reynolds, Nicholas Reynolds and April Brown.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Chester Whitmire
Chester “Kent” Whitmire, 44, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness.
Mr. Whitmire was born July 27, 1957, in Habersham County. He was a 1975 graduate of Habersham Central High School and attended Piedmont College, as well as corresponded with Tennessee Technical Institute. Mr. Whitmire was retired from Roper Pump Company, with 26 years of service, and was a member of Hazel Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Sue Laprade Whitmire, and a brother, Michael Dean Whitmire.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his father, Talmadge Whitmire, Mt. Airy; one daughter, Anna Whitmire, Alto; one son, Joshua Whitmire, Alto; and one brother, Clark L. Whitmire, Alto.
Memorials may be made to Hazel Creek Baptist Church, 243 Hazel Creek Road, Mt. Airy, GA 30563.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 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 27, 2002

Rita B. Barrett
Mrs. Rita Baugh Barrett, 64, of Lula, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Barrett was born March 27, 1937, in Hall County, a daughter of the late Giles and Mattie Cagle Baugh.
Mrs. Garrett was a member of Enon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, Syble Taylor.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Loyd Martin and Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Barrett is survived by her husband, Ed Barrett, Lula; two daughters, Jeanine Gabriel, Lula, and Tammy Roth, Marietta; one son, David Barrett, Roswell; four sisters, Sandra Grindle, Lula, Linda Cloer, Cleveland; Veronica Hogseed, Jefferson, and Valerie Wiley, Gillsville; two brothers, William Lance Baugh and Michael Anderson Baugh, both of Gainesville; and seven grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Clifford Elrod
Clifford Elrod, 82, of Bogart, a World War II veteran, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at his residence.
Born February 29, 1920, in Georgia, Mr. Elrod was a son of the late Lee and Eula Davis Elrod.
He was a retired carpenter with O.S. Garrison Lumber and was the founder and a member of the Homer Church of God. He also attended Redstone Methodist Church.
Mr. Elrod was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Nations Elrod, and his second wife, Fannie Clark Elrod.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Doug Conwell officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Athens.
Survivors include one son, the Rev. Odell Elrod, Bogart; three daughters, Virginia Barrett, Margie Guest and Linda Beusse, all of Hull; two brothers, Charles Elrod, Commerce, and Dale Elrod, Colbert; two sisters, Bessie M. Crawford, Commerce, and Ruth Salter, Hull; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Elaine M. Manus
Mrs. Elaine Myers Manus, 54, of Alto, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Manus was born in Habersham County on April 5, 1947. She was a paralegal professional with South Habersham Middle School and was a member of Alto Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Scott Ledbetter and Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Manus is survived by her husband, Joel Manus, Alto; sons, John Scott Manus, Alto, and Joel Douglas Manus, Clarkesville; her parents, John and Izora Coley Myers, Alto; brother, Hamp Myers, Alto; sisters, Geraldine Nunnally, Cornelia, Wanda Thompson, Sky Valley, and Carol Lord, Baldwin; and grandchildren, Joel Douglas Manus Jr., Kaleb Levi Manus and Alexa Desirea Manus.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002

Michael J. Allen
Michael Joe Allen, 47, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Jackson County on September 22, 1954, Mr. Allen was a son of Rachel Stowe Allen, Commerce, and the late Winfred Allen.
He was a carpenter and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Allen is survived by a brother, David Allen, Commerce; sister, Patricia Allen, and her husband, Joseph Caldwell, Commerce; and a nephew, Justin Caldwell.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 27, 2002


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