Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 26, 2002


Marty T. Crump
Marty Todd Crump, 32, of Baldwin, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Crump was born August 20, 1969, in Stephens County. He was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church.
Mr. Crump was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Crump, and his grandmother, Susie Crump.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Dan Eller and Mike Robertson officiating. Burial was in the Leatherwood Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Janice C. and Greg Waldrop, Toccoa; brothers, Rodney Wayne Crump, Toccoa, and Casey Dale Crump, Gainesville; grandfather, Glen Crump Jr., Baldwin; grandparents, Tommy and Doris Andrews, Toccoa; and five nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Wilburn
R. Pritchett
Wilburn Richard “Ricky” Pritchett, 43, of Homer, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at his residence.
Born November 4, 1958, in Stephens County, Mr. Pritchett was a son of Louvie Mae Ervin Pritchett, Homer, and the late James Wilburn Pritchett.
He was a construction worker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Pritchett was preceded in death by a son, Lucas Wilburn Pritchett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Childress officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Pritchett is survived by his wife, Tammy Annette Yearwood Pritchett; daughter, Jasmine Rhianna Pritchett, of the home; step-daughters, Miranda Elizabeth Yearwood, Cornelia, and Desiree’ Marcella Yearwood, Baldwin; sisters, Cindy Purdy, Baldwin, and Karen Stryker, McDonough; and brothers, Terry Pritchett and Nelson Pritchett, both of Homer, and Stanley Pritchett, Demorest.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Jennifer L. Harley
Jennifer Leigh Harley, infant daughter of Leroy and Carla Jo White Harley Jr., Maysville, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Diamond Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a brother, Alexander Lee Harley, Maysville; paternal grandfather, Leroy Harley Sr., Jacksonboro, S.C.; paternal grandmother, Beth Goolsby, Crawfordville; maternal grandparents, Bobby J. and Vickie J. White, Maysville; paternal great-grandmother, Leslie Quarles, Lincolnton; and paternal great-grandfather, Tommy and Dot Quarles, Augusta.
Memorials may be made to the Carla Jo Harley Fund in memory of Jennifer Leigh Harley, in care of Community Bank and Trust, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Annie B. Scogins
Mrs. Annie Belle Bennett Scogins, 80, of Commerce, died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Scogins was born in Franklin County on January 23, 1922. She was a daughter of the late Tom Claude and Neta Elizabeth Hayes Bennett.
Mrs. Scogins was retired from Gold Kist and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William D. “Lit” Scogins.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. J.L. Griffith officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Calvin Scogins, Homer; four daughters, Liz Baker and Linda Elrod, both of Commerce, Debbie Jones, Homer, and Grace McCoy, Comer; one sister, Gladys Waters, Commerce; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Billy
E. Martin
Billy Eugene “Gene” Martin, 48, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Martin was the son of the late David and Georgia Lou Evans Martin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Rusty Martin, of the home; son, Billy Eugene Martin Jr., Jefferson; daughter, Crystal Dawn Gueth, Jefferson; step-sons, Joe Bryson, Guston, Ky., and Ernest Martin Bryson, Maysville; step-daughter, Margret Annette Evans, Commerce; brother, David A. Martin, Gainesville; sister, Frances Martin, Jefferson; and six grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Rosalee W. Jones
Mrs. Rosalee Wilson Jones, 95, of Baldwin, formerly of Commerce, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Jones was born December 25, 1906, in Wilcox County. She was a daughter of the late Michael John and Pearl Kelley Wilson.
Mrs. Jones was retired from the Banks County School System and was a librarian with the Banks County Public Library. She also taught with the Banks County Adult Literacy Program. Mrs. Jones was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church, Homer, where she taught Sunday School, served as church pianist and was church clerk for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Warner Jones, a son, William Jackson Jones, and two sisters, Laura Dupree and Cortez Lomas.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Beckum officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, John Jones, Dublin; one brother, Thomas K. Wilson, Commerce; three grandchildren, Tom Jones, Alto, Mary Pat Beckum, Albany, and Linda Couey, Dublin; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Webbs Creek Baptist Church, 647 Webbs Creek Road, Homer, GA 30547.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

George
V. Brewer
George Verner Brewer, 79, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002.
Mr. Brewer was born December 17, 1922, in Banks County, a son of the late Farris and Clara Adamson Brewer.
He was a retired Civil Service employee from DLA in Lake City, Fla., and was a former Deputy Sheriff of Banks County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the VFW and was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Brewer is survived by his wife, Helen Kesler Brewer, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Deedra Brewer, Winder; son, David Brewer, Lake City, Fla.; sister, Bonnie Massey, Commerce; and grandsons, Kyle and Jacob Brewer, both of Winder.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

James H. Wilson Sr.
James Harry Wilson Sr., 62, of Commerce, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born August 30, 1939, in Baltimore County, Md., Mr. Wilson was a son of the late Charles Earl and Bertha Wilson.
He was retired from Folks Restaurant and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Julia Dobbs Wilson, Commerce; two sons, Charles Earl Wilson III, Jefferson, and James Harry Wilson Jr., England; one daughter, Donna Green, Commerce; one step-son, Raymond Dobbs; two brothers, Carroll Wilson and Scott Wilson, both of Baltimore, Md.; and three sisters, Elya Chachulski and Marilyn Heacock, both of Baltimore, Md., and Verna Kasarda, Fayetteville, N.C.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Emma L. Gibbs
Mrs. Emma Lord Bennett Gibbs, 82, of Pleasant Garden, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Gibbs was born June 25, 1919, in Banks County, the daughter of Henry Simeon Lord and Beulah Emmett Lord.
She was a seamstress for several textile mills in Greenville, S.C., was an avid gardener and enjoyed quilting. Mrs. Gibbs was a member of Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church and Rose Chapter 178 Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.A. Gibbs, a daughter, Julia Linda Bennett, and a son, Billy O’Neal Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church with Dr. Steve Martin officiating. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in Greenville Memorial Gardens, Greenville, S.C.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Bennett Fowler, Culpepper, Va., and Lea Bennett Wilder, Greenville, S.C.; two sons, Jerry Douglas Bennett, Bennettsville, S.C., and Henry Wayne Bennett, Greenville, S.C.; two sisters, Ruth Crane, Monroe, and Ina Peppers, Eatonton; seven step-children, 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

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Edna M. McEntire
Mrs. Edna Mearle Austin McEntire, 57, of Danielsville, died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Madison County on January 17, 1945, Mrs. McEntire was a daughter of the late Wiley and Mary E. Scoggins Austin.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Little Country Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ardis Anglin officiating. Burial was in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mrs. McEntire is survived by her husband, Benny Lamar McEntire, Danielsville; one son, Roger McEntire, Danielsville; three daughters, Sonya Bales, Joni Mize and Donna Whitlock, all of Danielsville; four brothers, Melvin Austin, Easley, S.C., Robert Austin, Commerce, William Austin, Maysville, and J.B. Vaughns, Winder; two sisters, Susie Cobb, Wahalla, S.C., and Minnie Turner, Newry, S.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

James B. Swink
James Bud Swink, 72, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at his residence.
Born August 13, 1929, in Jackson County, Mr. Swink was a son of the late Frank and Lois Swink.
He was employed as a truck driver. Mr. Swink was preceded in death by two sisters, Buleah Swink and Minnie Swink.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two brothers, Melvin J. Swink and Robert J. Swink, both of North Carolina; and two sisters, Mary Gibson and Evelyn Roper, both of North Carolina.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Monnie J. Lewallen
Mrs. Monnie Jordan Lewallen, 77, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lewallen was born February 17, 1925, in Madison County, a daughter of the late James and Mary Cheek Jordan.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewallen was preceded in death by her first husband, J.H. Hooper, and her second husband, Jessie David Lewallen.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha Jordan, Athens, and Hilda Massey, Commerce; two brothers, Allan Jordan, Ila, and Heyward Jordan, Winter Park, Fla.; one sister, Berma Sue Smith, Danielsville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Carol B. Thomas
Mrs. Carol Barnes Thomas, 57, of Dalton, died Friday, June 21, 2002, at Hamilton Medical Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of the late Luther and Ila Barnes, Jefferson.
Mrs. Thomas taught first grade for 33 years with Dalton Public Schools and was a member of Dalton Baptist Tabernacle Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Dalton Baptist Tabernacle Church with the Rev. Wilburn Thomas officiating. Burial was in United Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Wilburn Thomas, Dalton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sara and Don Long, Homer, and Judy and John Key, Columbus; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Dalton Baptist Tabernacle Church, 113 N. Grimes Street, Dalton, GA 30721.
Love Funeral Home, Dalton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Chris Fortenberry
Chris Fortenberry, 42, of Cornelia, died Monday, June 24, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on May 19, 1960, Mr. Fortenberry was a son of J.C. Fortenberry, Demorest, and the late Martha Loudermilk Fortenberry.
He was disabled and was a member of Return Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Burrell officiating.
In addition to his father, Mr. Fortenberry is survived by his wife, Patsy Turner Fortenberry, Cornelia; step-son, Terry Turner, Helen; and brothers, James Fortenberry and Timothy Fortenberry, both of Cleveland, and Daryl Fortenberry and Farian Fortenberry, both of Demorest.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Curtis A. Dills Sr.
Curtis Andrew Dills Sr., 94, of Nicholson, died Monday, June 24, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Dills was born March 27, 1908, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late Andy and Roxie Ann Mealor Dills.
Mr. Dills was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Whitlock Dills.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula, with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, David Dills, Jerry Dills and Roger Dills, all of Jefferson, and Curtis Dills Jr., Athens; six daughters, Hazel Brewer, Athens, Carolyn Hill, Maysville, Jeanette McDonald, Bogart, Shirley Roberts, Fordina Beach, Fla., Betty Thurmond, Statham, and Martha Whelchel, Jefferson; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Mary B. Collins
Mrs. Mary Blanchie Collins, 90, of Mt. Airy, and formerly of Barwick, died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Collins was a retired licensed practical nurse with Archbold Hospital and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Barwick Seventh Day Adventist Church with the Rev. Sam Ball officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and James Brady, Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Fredine Collins Sr., Cleveland; grandchildren, Doug Brady, Cindy and Bill Fulford and Raymond Collins Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Zeke Fulford and May Francis Fulford.
Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home, Quitman, was in charge of funeral arrangements, with McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Pauline N. Eller
Mrs. Pauline Nation Eller, 78, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Eller was born February 8, 1924, in White County. She was a daughter of the late James Harve and Sinda Ledford Nation.
Mrs. Eller was a homemaker and was a member of Amy’s Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt M. Eller, a son, James Eller, and two sisters, Flonie Herron and Flora Bell Pardue.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Kenneth Pilcher and Jerry Marcus officiating. Burial was in the Amy’s Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances West, Cleveland; one son, Charles R. Eller, Clarkesville; two sisters, Katie Mae Franklin, Clarkesville, and Estelle Marcus, Belton, S.C.; one brother, James “J.C.” Nation, Clarkesville; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002

Lois L. Segars
Mrs. Lois Lawrence Segars, 90, of Elberton, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Segars was a daughter of the late J.A. Lawrence and Anna Lawrence.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Elberton Church of God. Mrs. Segars was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Segars.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Coggins officiating. Burial was in Elmhurst Cemetery. Jon Carroll, Adam Fleeman, Chad Evans, Tony Evans, Jason Boggs and Jessie Boggs served as pallbearers.
Survivors include five daughters, Linda Odell and Genell Powell, both of Elberton, Imagene Brown, Calhoun Falls, S.C., Barbara Jordan, Hartwell, and Roberta Segars, Abbeville, S.C.; three sons, James Grover Segars, Charles Segars and Douglas Segars, all of Elberton; 21 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.
Berry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 26, 2002


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