Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 12, 2002


Edward L. McDonald
Edward Louis “Ed” McDonald, 86, of Homer, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. McDonald was born September 7, 1915, in Franklin County, to the late Harrison D. McDonald and Lulu J. Calloway McDonald.
He was a retired antique and grocery store owner and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Freedom Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Green officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Vinnie Caryle McDonald, Homer; one son, E.J. McDonald, Commerce; two brothers, Homer McDonald, Commerce, and H.D. McDonald, Indiana; one sister, Lobada Carter, Commerce; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Ralph Campbell
Ralph Campbell, 66, of Gillsville, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at the VA Medical Center in Decatur following a brief illness.
Born in Hall County on January 16, 1936, Mr. Campbell was the son of the late Homer Andrew and Lessie Stover Campbell.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of Stone Masonic Lodge #715. Mr. Campbell was also a member of Yaarab Shrine Temple Motor Corp, where he served as an executive aide, and a member of New Holland Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Early Campbell.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paul Morris and James Early Campbell officiating.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife, Evelyn Parker Campbell, Gillsville; daughters, Sherryl Gillette, Newport News, Va., Karen Moore, Gillsville, Lena Blackburn, Cornelia, and Marie Morse, Comer; son, Jerry Whitfield, Gillsville; brothers, Arthur Rudolph Campbell and Odis Milton Campbell, both of Lula; sister, Lou Ella Wood, Gainesville; eight grandchildren; nephews, Jimmy Wood, Gainesville, Dean Campbell, Randolph Campbell Jr. and the Rev. James Early Campbell, all of Lula, and Milton Campbell, Danielsville; and nieces, Dianne Crawford and Carol Latty, both of Gainesville, Janice Campbell and Linda Turner, both of Lula, Catherine Long, Atlanta, and Francine Thompson, Gainesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Ralph Campbell to the Yaarab Shrine Temple’s Hospital Fund, 400 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30365.
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.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Dorsey Poole
Hugh Dorsey Poole, 85, of Toccoa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Stephens County Hospital.
The son of the late Phillip and Rebecca Sellers Poole, Mr. Poole was born October 12, 1916, in Banks County.
Having lived most of his life in Stephens County, he was retired from Toccoa Casket Company, with 35 years of service, and was a member of Hill Street Baptist Church. Mr. Poole was also the owner and operator of Poole’s Upholstering Shop for a long number of years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a former member of the American Legion.
Mr. Poole was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Barnes Poole, who passed away in 1996, and by a son, Tony Poole.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Hillcrest Chapel of Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, with the Revs. Paul Garrison and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers included L.G. Bond, Odell Coker, Odell Crooks, W.T. Segars, Bill Ayers and Lamar Walters, from Hill Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn McCollum, Toccoa, and Sara Coker, Swannanoa, N.C.; two sons, Larry Poole, Toccoa, and Donald Poole, Oakwood; three sisters, Gertrude McAllister and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Garrison, both of Cornelia, and Ophelia Heath, Mt. Holly, N.C.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hill Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box B, Toccoa, GA 30577.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Fanneal G. Boling
Mrs. Fanneal Gailey Boling, 89, of Homer, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Boling was born April 7, 1913, in Banks County. She was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Lucy Lane Gailey.
Mrs. Boling was a teacher at Rock Springs School and was a homemaker. She was a member of Charity Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and a Bible School teacher.
Mrs. Boling was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Boling, a son, Dwayne Robert Boling, a brother, Garland Gailey, and two sisters, Fay Gailey and Jeanette Samples.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Charity Baptist Church with the Revs. Vaughn Howington and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Charity Baptist Church Building Fund, 1302 Hwy. 51 North, Homer, GA 30547.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

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Vance E. Gunter
Vance E. Gunter, 76, of Lula, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Gunter was born September 24, 1925, in White County, a son of the late Elmer and Mary Skelton Gunter.
He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Mr. Gunter was a retired farmer, was disabled and was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred Gunter, Ray Gunter, Charlie Gunter and Vernon Gunter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include one sister, Louise Campbell, Lula; three brothers, Ralph Gunter, Lula, Eugene Gunter, Gastonia, N.C., and Guy Gunter, Lula; and a special niece, Nikki Gunter, Lula.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Eric K. Palmer
Eric K. Palmer, 39, of Alto, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Palmer was born July 28, 1962, in Alton, Ill. He was the son of the late Donald and Carol Ann Newkirk Palmer.
Mr. Palmer was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife, Janice Turner Palmer, Alto; and two brothers, Nick Palmer and Chris Palmer.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Nicholas A. Spears
Nicholas Anthony Spears, 3, of Carnesville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Stephens County Hospital of an extended illness.
Nicholas was born January 7, 1999, in Hall County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Childers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Shane and Angela Bray, Carnesville; one brother, Lucas Spears, Carnesville; two sisters, Katie and Emily Bray, both of Carnesville; maternal grandparents, Linda and Thomas Spears, Maysville; paternal grandparents, Mark and Gail Sullivan, Maysville, and James and Tracy Bray, Eastanollee.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Joe C. Dyer
Joe C. Dyer, 93, of Danielsville, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in White County on March 10, 1909, Mr. Dyer was the son of the late Joe and Maude Smith Dyer.
He was a farmer and was a member of Full Gospel Holiness Church. Mr. Dyer was preceded in death by his wife, Clifford Thomas Dyer, and a son, Charlie Dyer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Full Gospel Holiness Church with the Revs. Lanier Tatum, Woodrow Hix and Stanley Dyer officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two daughters, Lucille Hooper and Ethelene Meadows, both of Commerce; three sons, Hubert Dyer, Lula, Hershel Dyer, Commerce, and Dewey Dyer, Blacksburg, S.C.; 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Willie R. Brooks
Willie Rufus Brooks, 83, of Royston, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Born August 4, 1918, in Franklin County, Mr. Brooks was the son of the late Omer A. and Adelide Abbott Brooks.
He was a farmer and was a member of Middle River Baptist Church. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Phillips.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. John Swanger and Barry Reese officiating. Burial was in the Middle River Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four brothers, Jewell Brooks, Greenville, S.C., Charles Brooks, Williamston, S.C., Benjamin Brooks, Mauldin, S.C., and Paul Brooks, Royston; and four sisters, Ruby Willis, Travelers Rest, S.C., Sara Davison, Royston, Mary Elrod, Hull, and Jeanette McCurry, Atlanta.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002

Matthew E. Hunnicutt
Matthew Elijah Hunnicutt, 32, of Winterville, formerly of Maysville, died Monday, June 10, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hunnicutt was the son of Charles Emory Pruitt and Hazel Sanders Hunnicutt.
He had attended Bible Baptist Christian School in Royston and was associated with Matthew’s Gifts and Design in Maysville. Mr. Hunnicutt was a member of Maysville Baptist Church, where he had served as pianist for two years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mamie and Arthur Sanders, Maysville, and Toy and Cleo Pruitt, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Chad Rising officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. Tony Pruitt, David Lee, Jeff Sanders, Bert Sanders, Darrin Cain and Johnny Pruitt will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Melissa Cain, Loganville.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 12, 2002


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