Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 24, 2002


Betty J. Free
Mrs. Betty Jean Rumsey Free, 69, of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at her residence following a short illness.
Born in Banks County on June 17, 1932, Mrs. Free was a daughter of the late Russell and Lillie Pritchett Rumsey.
She was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing Company and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church. Mrs. Free was preceded in death by her husband, William Ford Free.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include four sons, Preston Free, Edward Simmons, Hawaii, and James Simmons and Bobby Simmons, both of Maysville; two sisters, Grace Simmons and Joyce Jordan, both of Maysville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Clara M. Williams
Mrs. Clara M. Williams, 77, of Commerce, died Friday, April 19, 2002, at BJC Nursing Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Williams was born July 11, 1924, in Franklin County to the late Claude L. Hart and Leila Slaton Hart.
She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her first husband, David E. Pace, and a brother, Charlie L. Hart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Freedom Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Green officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Williams, Commerce; two sons, Joseph E. Pace, Dahlonega, and Robert L. Pace, Gainesville; one daughter, Brenda P. Williams, Commerce; one brother, Hugh Hart, Commerce; and three grandchildren, Chad Williams, Sheila Pace and Syble Pace.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Edwin Hubbard
Samuel Edwin Hubbard, 92, of Carnesville, died Monday, April 15, 2002, at his home.
Born February 18, 1910, in Carnesville, Mr. Hubbard was the son of the late Joseph Edwin and Leila Aderhold Hubbard.
He was a graduate of Franklin County High School and Piedmont College. He married Jimmie Lou Henson on August 20, 1930.
Mr. Hubbard served as an educator for 31 years in Franklin, Banks, Hart and Blakley counties and was principal of Red Hill, Bowersville and Bold Spring Schools. He was also a farmer, having been born and living his entire life on the family farm. Mr. Hubbard was a Mason and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, serving for many years as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
He was preceded in death by seven sisters, Ethel McMurray, Bertha Hubbard, Marion Hubbard, Videau Harber, Lenora Gordon, Eddie Lee Williams and Evalyn Rutledge.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Michael Bell and Maurice DeFoor and Clarence Davis officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Hubbard is survived by his wife of 72 years, Jimmie Lou Henson Hubbard; son-in-law and daughter, the Rev. Bobby and Sammy Hubbard Jones, Carnesville; granddaughter, Janet Jones, Athens; grandson, William Jones, Athens; and sister, Ruby Lois Hubbard, Royston.
Memorials may be made to Cross Roads Baptist Church, 16144 GA Hwy. 59, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Morgan N. Tyler
Morgan Nicole Tyler, infant daughter of Jamie Douglas and Rita Eulene Hill Tyler, Clarkesville, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, in the New Liberty United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Tim Beasley officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a brother, Austin William Tyler, Clarkesville; grandparents, Thomas and Ramona Lewallen Hill, Homer, Lloyd Tyler, Alto, and Betty Jean Free Tyler, Clarkesville; and great-grandparents, James and Mary Tyler, Alto, and Geneva Free, Clarkesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Cleo B. Phillips
Mrs. Cleo Burrell Phillips, 93, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on September 10, 1908, Mrs. Phillips was the daughter of the late Tom and Callie Ledford Burrell.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her son, Garrison Mullinax.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Michael Franklin officiating.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Wilda L. Franklin
Mrs. Wilda L. Pool Franklin, 58, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born January 10, 1944, in San Diego County, Calif., Mrs. Franklin was a daughter of the late Harold and Eva Pool.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating.
Mrs. Franklin is survived by her husband, Robert Franklin Sr., Commerce; one son, Robert Franklin Jr., Ohio; three daughters, Lucinda Hampton and Vicky Ann Morales, both of Long Island, N.Y., and Sandy Westfall, Gilbert, Ariz.; one brother, Ronald Pool, Anniston, Ala.; one sister, Marge Bardowicks, Mesa, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Burton J. Gilstrap
Burton J. Gilstrap, 56, of Alto, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on February 7, 1946, Mr. Gilstrap was a son of the late Seaborn and Beulah Pless Gilstrap.
He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Mr. Gilstrap was preceded in death by two brothers, Troyce Gilstrap and Cline Gilstrap, and two sisters, Julia Riddle and Loraine Grier.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Rosita Glenn, Gainesville; one nephew, David Grier, Alto; one niece and nephew-in-law, Mary and Jeff Trigg, Cleveland; one great-niece, Alexis Trigg, Cleveland; and a special friend, Christy Martin, Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Richard K. Williams
Richard Kimsey Williams, 71, of Nicholson, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Madison County on September 27, 1930, Mr. Williams was a son of the late John Quilla and Hopie Chandler Williams.
He had been employed as a truck driver and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating.
Survivors include three sons, David Williams, New Orleans, La., Gary Williams, Commerce, and Jim Williams, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Kathy Coleman and Pat Williams, both of Athens; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Wallace Duncan
Wallace Duncan, of Demorest, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Wilda Higginbotham
Mrs. Wilda Ariail Higginbotham, 86, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born March 11, 1916, in Franklin County, Mrs. Higginbotham was the daughter of Robert and Ruby Mize Ariail, and the wife of the late James D. Higginbotham.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Bold Spring United Methodist Church, where she served as past secretary of the UMW.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Neal and Loise Bramlett.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Bold Spring United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Horne and Stewart Lang officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, June Blankenship, Commerce; grandson, Michael Blankenship, Athens; granddaughter, Michelle Hill, Montgomery, Ala.; and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to the Bold Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sybil Franks, 1970 Holbrook Road, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Ethel I. Truelove
Mrs. Ethel Inez Truelove, 85, of Gainesville, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, following a brief illness.
A native of Cherokee County, Mrs. Truelove was a daughter of the late Pinkney Albert and Mary Barrett Lancaster.
She retired from Gainesville Mills and was a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church, Gillsville.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Truelove was preceded in death by her husband, Julian Truelove.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Donald Miller officiating. Burial was in the Timber Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Tritt, Gainesville; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Frank L. Barden
Frank Lee Barden, 82, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on September 22, 1919, Mr. Barden was a son of the late Frank G. and Annie Turpen Barden.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II, and was previously employed with T.F. Railroad, the Cornelia Post Office and Fieldale. Mr. Barden was a lifetime member of VFW and was a member of the Cooties, Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F.&A.M., the International Order of the Odd Fellows and Cornelia United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Mae Ivie Barden, and two daughters, Rebecca Barden Wright and Jeanne Barden.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Level Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Marcus Martin officiating. Full military honors were provided by the D.A.V. Chapter #15 of Rabun County.
Survivors include daughters, Tia Ann Cornelius, Doylestown, Ohio, and Emily Cornelius, Baldwin; son, Edward Lee Barden, Alto; brothers, Bill Barden, Cornelia, James Barden, California, and Dan Barden, Ohio; sisters, Lena McGahee, Cornelia, Mary Ann Caudell, Mt. Airy, Claudine Tomlin, Demorest, Louise Morgan, North Augusta, S.C., and Doris Goldman, Natchez, Miss.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Joyce Wilkerson
Mrs. Mary Joyce “Bootie” Farr Rogers Wilker-son, 63, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wilkerson was born December 21, 1938, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Charles Luther and Pearl Mayellen Wofford Farr.
Mrs. Wilkerson was a homemaker and was a member of Pendergrass Baptist Church, Pendergrass. She was also a member of the Pendergrass City Council for 11 years.
In addition, Mrs. Wilkerson volunteered her time by raising funds to benefit Cerebral Palsy and the American Cancer Society.
Family members said, “she was a dedicated, loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren.”
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating.
Mrs. Wilkerson is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, R.C. Wilkerson, Pendergrass; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Ron Monday, Baldwin, Judy Rogers and Jane Nichols, Gainesville, and Rachel and Travis Gabriel, Pendergrass; sons and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Susan Rogers, Spartanburg, S.C., and Charles Rogers, Commerce; step-daughters, Barbara Morrow and Donna Pearson; sisters, Lorene Benefiel and Janice Thompson, both of Gainesville, and Doris Wallace, Flowery Branch; brother, Zeke Farr, Gainesville; seven grandchildren, Andrea Faulkner and Cassie Monday, both of Baldwin, Derrek Moody, Athens, Dylan and Austin Rogers, Spartanburg, S.C., and Whitney and Vanessa Gabriel, Pendergrass; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandson, Evan Faulkner, Baldwin; and a beloved friend, Sandy Beck, Pendergrass.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 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, Mr. Whatley was a son of the late Albert and Lena Hix Whatley.
He was a safety and training coordinator for Jackson EMC and was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
Family members said, “Bob was and is a child of God.”
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Galilee Christian Church Family Life Center with Minister Tom Plank and Harold Huff officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Benny Bagwell, Bill Burns, Tim Burns, Jim Smith, Phil Strickland and Jeff Vogt served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jackson EMC employees and members of the Bob Whatley Sunday School Class.
Survivors include Mr. Whatley’s wife, Betty Maxey Whatley, Maysville; daughters, Lyn Farmer, Jefferson, and Laura Whatley, Maysville; son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Cherry Whatley, Maysville; brothers, Robert Davis, Commerce, and Tommy Davis, Hull; sister, Diane McGinnis, Commerce; his wife’s mother, Mildred Maxey, Watkinsville; a cousin, Harold Huff; three sisters-in-law; five grandchildren, Dustin, Michael, Cameron, Brianna and Zachary; and an “inherited mother,” Mrs. Susie Davis.
Memorials may be made to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Kathleen S. Sears
Miss Kathleen Shirley Sears, 45, of Commerce, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Sears was born in Gainesville on February 3, 1957, a daughter of Mattie Wideman Sears, Commerce, and the late Dwayne H. Sears.
She was preceded in death by a niece, Susan Tiffany Sears.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Carithers officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Karen Sears, Carnesville, Larry and Ava Sears, Cleveland, and Phillip Sears, Commerce; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eva and Jerry Peek, Tammie and Tommy Pinnell and Tina Sears, all of Commerce, and Carolyn and Brent Jennings, Greenwood, S.C.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002

Clyde D. Martin
Clyde David Martin, 82, of Talmo, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Hancock County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Posey and Florene Martin.
He was retired from New Holland Textile Mill and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Clack Stubbs and Brian Malcom officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Clyde Martin, Talmo; daughter, Doris Friar, Watkinsville; son, Theron Martin, Talmo; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sandra Martin, Lula, Douglas and Shelia Martin, Jefferson, and Buddy and Judy Martin, Lawrenceville; brother, Carl Martin, Talmo; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 24, 2002


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