Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 17, 2002


Billy R. Epps
Billy Ray Epps, 65, of Statham, died Monday, April 15, 2002, at his residence.
He was a member of Bethabara Baptist Church. Epps retired from General Cable in 1992. He was the son of the late John Epps and Grace Blackmon Epps. He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Epps, and a sister, Imogene Drake.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Smith Funeral Home’s Memory Chapel, Winder, with the Revs. Frank Johnson and Asa Thomas officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Lou Pursley Epps, Statham; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Rose-mary Epps, Homer; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Ricky Collins, Nicholson, and Lesia and Charles Weaber, Statham; mother-in-law, Lona Mae Sanders, Statham; one brother, Johnny Epps, Watkinsville; one sister, Jeanette Smith, Winterville; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, Ga., 30606.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Ruth A. Holcomb
Mrs. Ruth Allen Holcomb, 71, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in White County on November 16, 1930, Mrs. Holcomb was a daughter of the late Frank and Cona Berrong Allen.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Nacoochee Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. David Harbin and Terry M. Rice officiating. Burial was in the Nacoochee Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Holcomb is survived by her husband, J.D. Holcomb, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and James Short, Maysville, and Teresa and Ricky Simmemon, Alto; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Debbie Holcomb, Demorest, and Wayne and Wilda Holcomb, Baldwin; son, Phillip Holcomb, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Velma A. and Charles Jenkins, Decatur; sister, Frankie Allen, Sautee; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Catherine S. Cole
Mrs. Catherine Savage Knight Cole, 76, of Baldwin, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on April 30, 1925, Mrs. Cole was a daughter of the late J. Tyrus and Ida Jane Greenway Savage.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Baldwin Baptist Church. Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Waldon, five brothers, Freeman Savage, Fred Savage, John Savage, T.J. Savage and J.B. Savage, and a grandson, Tim Waldon.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Larry Barnes and Luther Williams officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Terry Taylor, Toccoa, and Gloria and Marvin Smith, Baldwin; brothers, Otis Savage, Mt. Airy, Jack Savage, Toccoa, and Harold Savage, Mauldin S.C.; sister, Mildred Davidson, Morrow; and grandchildren, Brandy and John Taylor and Anna and Tyrus Smith.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Chevis F. Worley
Chevis F. Worley, 73, of Homer, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at BJC Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County on Sept. 9, 1928, he was the son of the late Huey T. and Dessie Lou Smith Worley, He was retired from the Department of Transportation with 34 years of service as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Worley.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Damascus Baptist Church with the Revs. Gene Todd, Harold Ledford and Roy Rogers officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Mealor Worley, Homer; sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Angelia Worley and Cecil and Patti Worley, all of Homer; brothers, Hoyt Worley, Toccoa, and J.C. Worley, Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

J.B. Byers
J.B. Byers, of Maysville, formerly of Canton, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Byers was a retiree of Timken Co. in Canton, Ohio.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Sunrise Cemetery, Mays-ville, with the Rev. Phillip Banister officiating.
Mr. Byers is survived by his wife, Shirley Byers, Maysville; his mother, Katie Bruce, Lawrenceville; two sons, Jay B. Byers Jr., Canton, Ohio, and Arthur Byers, Maysville; two daughters, Tammy James and Pamela Young, both of Maysville; four brothers, Frank Byers and Sonny Byers, both of Canton, Ohio, Verlin Byers, Commerce, and Terry Byers, Maysville; two sisters, Lois Jean Henson, Mt. Airy, and Shirley Brownlee, Lawrence-ville; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Essalene S. Wheeler
Essalene Smith Wheeler, 87, of Lula, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at BJC Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County, Sept. 5, 1914, she was the daughter of the late William Sheldon and Thanie Cagle Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Bellton Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Bellton Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Nix, Paul Morris and Cecil Thomas officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Wheeler, Lula; three daughters, Wanda Poole, Lula, Hilda Hood, Cleveland, and Wilma Parker, Toccoa; son, Delmer Wheeler, Jefferson; brothers, Troy Smith and Leroy Smith, both of Lula; sister, Lucille Smith, Lula; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Robert E. Whatley Sr.
Robert Edward Whatley Sr., 60, of Maysville, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born December 20, 1941, in Elbert County, he was a son of the late Lena Hix and Albert Whatley.
Mr. Whatley was a safety and training coordinator for Jackson EMC. Family members said, “Bob was and is a child of God.” He was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
The funeral was at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2002, at the Galilee Christian Church family life center, with minister Tom Plank and Harold Huff officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Benny Bagwell, Bill Burns, Tim Burns, Jim Smith, Phil Strickland and Jeff Vogt. Honorary pallbearers were Jackson EMC employees and Bob Whatley Sunday School Class members.
Survivors include Mr. Whatley’s wife, Betty Maxey Whatley, Maysville; two daughters, Lyn Farmer, Jefferson, and Laura Whatley, Maysville; a son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Cherry
Whatley, Maysville; two brothers, Robert Davis, Commerce, and Tommy Davis, Hull; one sister, Diane McGinnis, Commerce; his wife’s mother, Mildred Maxey, Watkinsville; a cousin, Harold Huff; three sisters-in-law; five grandchildren; and an “inherited mother,” Mrs. Susie Davis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Rev. Robert B. Whitfield
The Rev. Robert Broughton Whitfield, 84, of Gastonia, N.C., formerly of Banks County, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at his residence.
The Rev. Whitfield was born in Banks County, a son of the late James Elmen and Margie Murray Whitfield.
He was a retired machinist with Gastonia Roller Flyer Machine Company and was an ordained minister. The Rev. Whitfield was a charter member of Beech Avenue Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher and played guitar for a number of years. He was also a former radio evangelist with WLTC Radio for 17 years.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Ward Funeral Service Chapel, Gastonia, N.C., with the Rev. Rick Duncan officiating. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Line Baptist Church cemetery, Baldwin, with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond Whitfield, Nebo, N.C., and Joel Whitfield, Wilmington, N.C.; two daughters, Judy Hicks, Kings Mountain, N.C., and Robbie Beaver, Gastonia, N.C.; one brother, Hardman Whitfield, Alto; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

James E. Collins
James E. “Rat” Collins, 82, of Commerce, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Hall County on January 20, 1920, Mr. Collins was a son of the late George H. and Clementine Boggs Collins.
He was the founder and the owner of Collins Cleaners for 42 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mr. Collins was also a mail carrier and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy.
He was a former Commerce City Councilman and served on the Commerce City Board of Education.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Don Paulson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Louise Kidd Collins, Commerce; one son, Ricky Collins, McDonough; two daughters, Rhee Brown, Watkinsville, and Rosalyn Morris, Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, Charles E. Collins, Commerce; a special cousin, Kenneth D. Culp, Watkinsville; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3120 Raymond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 17, 2002

Saralene M. Brooks
Mrs. Saralene M. Brooks, of Commerce, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Brooks had been a floral designer and a homemaker, and she taught floral design through continuing education at Gainesville College.
“She enjoyed writing poetry, drawing and painting,” said family members.
A native of DeKalb County, Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of the late Will and Sarah Daniels Moore. She was a member of St. Catherine’s Laboure Catholic Mission, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by her husband of 54 years, Judge James L. Brooks, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Conley, Colbert; and two grandchildren, Hillary and James David (J.D.), both of Colbert.
Memorials may be made to St. Catherine’s Catholic Mission, 708 State Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 11, 2002


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