Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 15, 2002


Edith M. Johnson
Mrs. Edith Marsh Johnson, 88, of Maysville, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Johnson was born November 4, 1913, a daughter of the late William Wheeler and Minnie Morris Marsh.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Talmage Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Monte Paul Johnson.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Hall, Maysville; two grandsons, Brian Hall, Maysville, and Jimmy “Butch” Hall, Gainesville; two granddaughters, Donna Smith, Ila, and Debra White, Jefferson; and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

Emma J. Berrong
Mrs. Emma Jane Gibbs Berrong, 104, died Monday, May 13, 2002.
Mrs. Berrong was born in Jackson County near Commerce on February 16, 1898, but lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Leonard Hamilton Gibbs and Minnie Elizabeth Burns Gibbs, and was the last surviving member of her family.
Mrs. Berrong was an Alumna of Piedmont College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a teacher in the Habersham County school system for 16 years. She was the oldest living member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, where she served as organist and pianist during its early years. She later taught Adult Sunday School Class and Circle Bible Studies.
For nine years, Mrs. Berrong was a housemother at Brenau College and co-manager of the College Bookstore. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Joseph Leroy Berrong, a daughter, Lorraine Burns Berrong, and a son-in-law, Donald L. Rowlee.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia with the Rev. Blaine Walker officiating.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Wynne and James C. Davis Jr., Carlisle, Mass., Joanne Rowlee, Ellicott City, Md., Yvonne and Bomar Olds, Cornelia, Jane and Stephen Engquist, Mt. Airy, Elaine and Vaughn Earl Hartsell, Max Meadows, Va., and Phyllis and Charlie Gary, Alomogordo, N.M.; 13 grandchildren, Martha Burns Davis, James C. Davis III, Jane Davis Williams, Susan Rowlee Testoff, Barbara Rowlee Ford, David Rowlee, Derek Engquist, Benjamin Engquist, Rand Hartsell, Molly Hartsell Robosson, Paige Hartsell DuPont, Tamara Gary Swilley and Reid Gary; and 17 great-grandchildren, Simone Nicastro, James C. Davis IV, Page Wynne Williams, Gaelyn Williams, Bryn Williams, Aaron Testoff, Tucker Testoff, Johnathan Ford, Daniel Ford, Parker Kellner, Vaughn DuPont, Sukha DuPont, Elam Swilley, Matthew Swilley, Lauren Gary, Kayla Gary and Amber Gary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Global Missions, First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family was to have received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

Ruby P. Davidson
Mrs. Ruby Powell Davidson, 90, of Alto, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Born in Banks County on July 12, 1911, Mrs. Davidson was the daughter of the late Martin Luther and Lora Greenway Powell.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Davidson, a daughter, Mildred Malone, two sons, James Davidson and Daniel Davidson, five brothers, Arthur Powell, Charlie Powell, James “Pete” Powell, Swayne Powell and Willie Powell, and two sisters, Minnie Parson and Rosie Parson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial was in the Yonah Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald Davidson, Alto, and Douglas Davidson, Homer; three brothers, Ernest Powell, Lula, John Powell, Elberton, and Thomas “Tom” Powell, Royston; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

Bryant Tench
Bryant Tench, 79, of Cornelia, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on September 17, 1922, Mr. Tench was the son of the late John B. and Anna McConnell Tench.
He was retired from Coca-Cola Company, with 35 years of service, and was a member of Northside Baptist Church, Cornelia, where he served as a deacon and song leader. Mr. Tench was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Velma Mathis Tench, and two sisters, Hortense Loggins and Theresa Margaraitte Tench.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Leonard Gibbs officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Tench is survived by his wife, Marie Erwin Thompson Tench, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Tench, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Joel and Lynn Tench, Alto; step-daughters and husbands, Glenda and Herman Wiley, Patricia and James Bell, Elaine and Mike Henry, June and Jimmy Mize, Jeannie and Clayton Burrell and Susan Garrison, all of Cornelia; brother, Richard Tench, Rayle; sisters, Flora Maney, Christine Hughes and Charlotte Underwood, all of Cornelia; grandsons, Bryant Benjamin Tench and James Andrew Tench, and granddaughter and husband, Jenny and Ben Sanders; 16 step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

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Mary G. Toney
Mrs. Mary Grace Toney, 91, of Commerce, formerly of Marietta, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Toney was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. A native of White County, she was the daughter of the late John and Hassie Skelton Sorrow. Mrs. Toney was the wife of the late Alvin H. Toney.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Robert A. Hill officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Annette and Ben Osborne, Cumming, and Syble and Henry Boston, Dallas; daughter, Katherine Bohannon, Marietta; brothers, Claud Sorrow, Winterville, Noble Sorrow, Brunswick, and Charles Sorrow, Conyers; sisters, Montine Hardman, Commerce, and Johnnie Lou Spray, Arnoldsville; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

Charles R. Stanfield
Charles Raymond Stanfield, 69, of Nicholson, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Stanfield was born May 17, 1932, in Lees County, Fla., a son of the late Harold and Louise Stanfield.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Dillard and Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Stanfield is survived by his wife, Shelley Silvers Stanfield, Nicholson; four sons, Michael Stanfield, Nicholson, Spencer Stanfield, Tampa, Fla., Steven Stanfield, Daytona, Fla., and Charles Stanfield Jr., Memphis, Tenn.; three daughters, Jennifer O’Neal, Tampa, Fla., Rashell Stanfield, Nicholson, and Debbie Webster, Key Largo, Fla.; one brother, Jack Stanfield, Bogart; one sister, Linda Insignia, Simpsonville, S.C.; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

Clarence J. Whitehead Jr.
Clarence J. White-head Jr., 79, of Commerce, formerly of Greenville, S.C., died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Clarence J. Sr. and Willie Hodge Whitehead.
He was retired from the textile industry as senior vice-president of Harmony Grove Mill, Commerce, and from Woodside Mills, Fountain Inn, S.C. Mr. Whitehead was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Sixth Marine Division in the South Pacific.
He was a graduate of Clemson University Class of 1951 and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in Woodland Memorial Park, Greenville, S.C., with the Rev. Ron Davis officiating.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Barbara Matthews Whitehead, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Samuel E. and Susan R. Whitehead, Greenville, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Beth W. and Ray Mattox, Commerce; brothers, Billy M. Whitehead, Greenville, S.C., and Charles E. Whitehead, Jamestown, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, or to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Greenwood, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002

Modell C. Sorrow
Mrs. Modell Carrie Baker Sorrow, 72, of Crawford, died Sunday, May 12, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Sorrow was the daughter of the late Arvil and Cora Lee Watkins Baker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank T. Sorrow, a son, Frank (Bimbo) Norris, and a brother, Alfred Baker.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Crawford Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Doster officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Henry Paul Sorrow, Commerce, and Mark Thomas Sorrow, Crawford; two daughters, Janice Sheridan, Crawford, and Lawana Faye Sorrow, Athens; seven brothers, W.C. Baker, Commerce, Horace Baker, Lonnie Baker, Calvin Baker, Bob Baker and Wendy Baker, all of Maysville, and Shirley Baker, Alto; one sister, Jean Richey, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, Crawford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 15, 2002


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