Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 19, 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.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Ernest Rogers and Jane and Larry Maney, all of Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Glenda Boling, Homer, and Dan and Gail Boling, Baldwin; sister, Vernell Wilbanks, Claxton; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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 19, 2002

Willene G. Knight
Mrs. Willene Gerrell Knight, 66, of Baldwin, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at her son’s residence in Lake City, Fla., following an extended illness.
Mrs. Knight was born in Habersham County on June 30, 1935. She was a daughter of the late John S. and Lou Anner Nelms Gerrell.
Mrs. Knight was retired from Piedmont Cleaners, with 16 years of service, and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Knight, and two brothers, E.C. Gerrell and Harold Gerrell.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, in Baldwin Cemetery with the Rev. Luther Williams officiating.
Survivors include one son, Larry Knight, Lake City, Fla.; three sisters, Nellie Ivester, Cornelia, Mary Simmemon, Demorest, and Annie Bell Wade, Alto; two brothers, Lowell Gerrell, Baldwin, and Terrell Gerrell, Demorest; and four grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Bobby J. Wright
Bobby Joe Wright, 70, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at BJC Hospital, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Wright was born in Warrenton, but had lived in Hall County for a number of years. He was the son of the late James Talmadge Wright and Martha Ballew Wright.
Mr. Wright was a retired auto mechanic and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Willard Thomas officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Geraldine Wright, Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Penny Wright, Lula; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Tim Kuykendall, Talking Rock, Terri and Gene Sampson, Maysville, and Roxane and Michael Hadzimihalis, Cumming; step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Cathy and Phillip Ash, Pendergrass; brother, James Dorsey Wright, Alto; sister, Jean Green, Greenville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Daniel L. Strickland
Daniel Lee Strickland, 48, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Strickland was an employee of the City of Commerce, with 27 years of service. He was a son of the late Frank and Marjorie Shook Strickland, and was preceded in death by twin sons, Rodney and Ronnie Strickland.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeway Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Susan Ledford Strickland, of the home; one daughter, Angela Strickland, Commerce; three brothers, Frank Strickland Jr., Hull, David Strickland, Commerce, and Johnny Strickland, Nicholson; five sisters, Dorothy Webb, Joshua, Texas, Nell McDonald and Martha Ledford, both of Commerce, Mary Ann Gearing, Danielsville, and Helen White, Homer; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Bertha L. Wilbanks
Mrs. Bertha Lee Massey Wilbanks, 85, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002.
Mrs. Wilbanks was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a retired dietitian for Commerce High School and BJC Medical Center, Commerce. She was also a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilbanks was the daughter of the late Lester and Emma Alexander Massey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Sanford Massey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Terry Smith and Dr. Bill Ross officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Wilbanks is survived by her husband, Elwyn Wilbanks, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Grier Dawson, Athens; daughter, Nancy Lee Wilbanks, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Sandra Wilbanks, Commerce; grandchildren, David Watkins and Charles Watkins, Hull, Rodney Wilbanks, Commerce, and Angela Wilbanks Rodriguez, Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Kevin and Nicholas Wilbanks, Commerce, and Chloe Rodriguez, Gainesville; sisters, Gladys Chandler, Doraville, and Juanita Smith, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Sarah O. Bone
Mrs. Sarah Oliner “Poodle” Duncan Bone, 88, of Danielsville, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Bone was born November 2, 1913, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Johnny G. and Hester Whitfield Duncan.
She was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Liberty Community Church, Danielsville. Mrs. Bone was preceded in death by her husband, J. Howard Bone.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at Liberty Community Church with the Revs. Wendell Hanley and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Paul Bone, Danielsville; one daughter, Hazel Flynn, College Park; one brother, W.C. Duncan, Danielsville; one sister, Lunice Bonds, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

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Betty R. Edwards
Mrs. Betty Ruth Poole Edwards, 69, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Edwards was born May 29, 1933, in Banks County, a daughter of the late James Wilson and Florence Louticia Poole.
She was a retired seamstress with Warren-Featherbone and was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church, Gainesville. Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Edwards, a granddaughter, Aimee Fleeman, a sister, Annie Sue Greenway, and three brothers, Howard Poole, Billy Poole and Mitchell Poole.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Robbie Ledford and Chris Segars officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery. Johnny Pursley, Tim Harper, Greg McDonald, Kerry Farmer, James Dumas and Josh McClain served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shelia and Chris Lane, Jefferson, and Melinda and Joe Satterfield, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Pam Edwards, Commerce, and Phillip and Nan Edwards, Jefferson; sisters, Virginia Pruitt, Homer, Myrtle Lewallen, Rachel McNabb and Linda Chapman, all of Baldwin, Francine Elsner, Carnesville, and Julia McConnell, Cornelia; brothers, Rudolph Poole and Kenneth Poole, both of Baldwin, and Donald Poole, Cornelia; grandchildren, Eddie Fleeman, Sierra, Jamie and Tara Wheeler, Brantley Prickett, Brittany and Breelee Satterfield, Christopher Lane, Taylor Satterfield, and Cole and Chelsea Edwards; and a special friend, Frances Vandiver, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Mildred Filyaw
Mrs. Mildred Filyaw, of Augusta, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Filyaw was a daughter of the late Grady and Mattie Parr Barrett.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Poteet Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel, Augusta, with the Rev. Mickey Umbehant officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Filyaw is survived by her husband, George D. Filyaw; sons, Rodney Borders and Bobby Borders, both of Augusta, and Larry Borders, Edgefield, S.C.; brothers, James Barrett, Rex, and Johnny Barrett, Bobby Barrett, Donnie Barrett, Billy Joe Barrett, Jerry Barrett, Terry Barrett, Steve Barrett and Jimmy Barrett, all of Cornelia; sister, Betty Williamson, Baldwin; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Poteet Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Ruby Irvin
Mrs. Ruby Irvin, 81, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs. Irvin was a daughter of the late Jennings Hulsey and Mellie Charlotte Oliver Hulsey.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Clemmons’ Chapel Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Irvin, four sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. J.R. Savage Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Skitts Mountain Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda McDonald and Deborah Jarrard, both of Gainesville, and Carmen Simmons, Pendergrass; three sons, Byron Irvin, Gainesville, and Charles Irvin and Joseph Irvin, both of Lula; mother-in-law, Vallie Irvin, Lula; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Mary V. Speight
Mrs. Mary V. Speight, 83, of Loganville, formerly of Maysville, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Speight was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Pricilla Watson Sego. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charlie Lewis Kennedy, and her second husband, Fred T. Speight.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ron Glaze and James Richter Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, L.J. Kennedy, Cresent City, Fla.; three daughters, Dorothy M. Boss, Loganville, Evelyn Tomlin, Ellenwood, and Sandra Kennedy, Cresent City, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Olin S. Whitehead
Olin S. Whitehead, 89, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born November 11, 1912, in Jackson County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Walter Thomas and Addie Brooks Whitehead.
He was retired from Gold Kist and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Howard Rhodes officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002

Ruth Sears
Mrs. Ruth Sears, 61, of Nicholson, died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Sears was a daughter of the late Hubert and Grace Vaughn Owensby.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Center Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Prater and Vaughn Howington officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Caudell, Homer, and Tammy Wynette Prater, Commerce; three sons, Robert Lewis Payne, Nicholson, William Allen Payne, Tucker, and David Anthony Payne, Maysville; three sisters, Lois Middleton and Helen Watts, both of Commerce, and Jane Gaines, Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Dillard Owensby, Madison County, and James Owensby, Homer; and eight grandchildren.
The family requests that all flowers be sent to Center Baptist Church, 9368 Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607, by noon on Friday.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 19, 2002


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