Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 29, 2002


Banks County death notices
May 29, 2002

Leon M. Ray
Homer mayor
Leon M. Ray, 62, of Homer, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Emory Hospital, Atlanta.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Ray was the son of Jimmie Pritchett Ray, Homer, and the late Ottis Ray.
Mr. Ray was the Mayor of Homer and a member of Homer Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Georgia Mountain Development Committee and a member of the Banks County Cattleman’s Association.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at Homer Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Crabbe and Jerry Stowe officiating. Burial will be in Banks Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Ray is survived by his wife, Bonnie Whitlock, Homer; son and daughter-in-law, Mitch and Kristen Ray, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Timmy Duckett, Hollingsworth Community; sisters, Joyce Boswell and Jane Hardman, both of Homer; and grandchildren, Ethan and Brittani Duckett, Hollingsworth Community.
Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be made to the Homer Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 499, Homer, GA 30547.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002

Rev. Hoyt O. Tench
The Rev. Hoyt O. Tench, 79, of Alto, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
The Rev. Tench was born on August 4, 1922, in Habersham County. He was the son of the late George W. and Dora Erwin Tench, and was preceded in death by a son, Tony Tench, brothers, Ted Tench, J.C. Tench and Bobby Tench, and a sister, Mildred Smith.
The Rev. Tench was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was a retired minister, having pastored and helped form several churches in Georgia and Virginia. He had also been on missions trips to Arizona ministering to Indians. The Rev. Tench was also retired from Southern Railway as an engineer, with 30 years of service. He was also employed by the Tallulah Falls Railway as an engineer and fireman.
The Rev. Tench was a member of the Cornelia Masonic Lodge F & AM #92 and the Mountaineer Shrine Club. He was also a member of the International Police Chaplains and one of the first chaplains to serve at Habersham County Medical Center. He also served as a board member on the Depot Restoration Committee and as a board member of Rails to Trails. The Rev. Tench was a chaplain for the Habersham Chapter #480 Order of the Eastern Star and was the Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Georgia.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Level Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Burrell and John Humphries officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating at graveside.
The Rev. Tench is survived by his wife, Catherine Dalton Tench, Alto; two daughters, Linda Denmon, Powder Springs, and Cheryl Gordon, Demorest; four sisters, Cleo West, Cleveland, Ora Lee Nicholson, Clarkesville, Marie Ledford, Gastonia, N.C., and JoAnn Meloy, Lawrenceville; two brothers, George Lester Tench, Gastonia, N.C., and Mike Tench, Belmont, N.C.; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Rails to Trails (Tallulah Falls).
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002

Lonnie B. Chambers
Mrs. Lonnie Belle English Chambers, 87, of Commerce, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Houston County, Mrs. Chambers was born January 15, 1915, a daughter of the late Will and Fannie Cotton English.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Chambers was preceded in death by her husband, John Chambers.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, in the Riverside Baptist Church cemetery, Maysville, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating.
Survivors include two sons, James Chambers, Homer, and Johnny Chambers, Commerce; three daughters, Myrtle Cowart and Betty Minish, both of Commerce, and Eloise Gregory, Fairmont; one brother, Floyd English, Hawkinsville; 15 grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002
Mildred J. Henderson
Mrs. Mildred Jean Henderson, 59, of Com-merce, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at her residence following a brief illness.
Mrs. Henderson was born September 16, 1942, in Jackson County, to the late Robert Lee Embrick and Annie Fedricks Embrick.
She was a retired cook and was a member of Berea Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Len Bernat officiating.
Mrs. Henderson is survived by her husband, Howard Henderson, Commerce; two sons, Eugene Henderson, Maysville, and Bruce Clayton, Commerce; two daughters, Michelle Henderson, Commerce, and Melissa Henderson, Watkinsville; two brothers, Charles Embrick, Lexington, and Harold Embrick, Commerce; two sisters, Dot Austin, Commerce, and Venice Roberts, Athens; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002

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Jack W. Worley
Jack W. Worley, 71, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Gwinnett Medical Center.
Born in Banks County, Mr. Worley was a son of the late Reuben and Carrie Davis Worley.
He had resided in Barrow County for most of his life and was a former resident of Athens. Mr. Worley was a barber and was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Terry Hawkins and Jack Burgess officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Worley is survived by his wife, Sue Fleeman Worley, Hoschton; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Shelli Craig, Hoschton, and Donnie and Becky Parker, Oxford; grandson, Seth Craig, Hoschton; sisters, Ruby Standridge, Jefferson, Mildred Greene, Hull, and Myrtle Lawson, Nicholson; and two brothers, Roy Worley, Helen, and Bobby Worley, Commerce.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002

James E. Mintz
James Ellery Mintz, 65, of Maysville, died Monday, May 27, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Banks County, Mr. Mintz was born November 15, 1936, to the late Watson “Tood” Mintz and Bessie Jane Hooper Mintz.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a retired truck driver. Mr. Mintz was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Helen Hinsley.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dwayne Ryals and Paul Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Mintz-Anderson Cemetery.
Mr. Mintz is survived by his wife of 44 years, Juanita Mealor Mintz, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Wanda Mintz, Lula, Mike and Katrina Mintz, Maysville, and Jeff and Terri Mintz, Oakwood; daughter, Patricia Mintz Patrick, Maysville; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Eula Mae Mintz, Maysville; brother-in-law, Doug Hinsley, Maysville; special friend, Johnny Thomas, Oakwood; sisters and brothers-in-law, Hilda and Lewis Ward, Maysville, and Texas and James Hortman, Roberta; sister, Joyce Denton, Maysville; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002

Kasey M. Leachman
Kasey Marie Leachman, infant daughter of Walter Leachman and Sherry Embrick, Hull, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Kasey was born January 21, 2002, in Clarke County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one brother, Jonathan Howard Leachman, Hull; two sisters, Britney Kay Embrick and Paige Bloom, both of Hull; maternal grandparents, Leonard and Diane Embrick, Bogart; paternal grandmother, Hazel Lee Leachman, Maysville; and paternal great-grandfather, Howard Walter Leachman, Maysville.
Memorials may be made to a Trust Fund at Athens First Bank and Trust Company in care of Leonard Embrick or Sherry Embrick.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 29, 2002


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