Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 3, 2002


Douglass
E. Hubacek
Douglass Earl “Doug” Hubacek, 68, of Gillsville, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002.
Mr. Hubacek was born September 12, 1933, in Limestone County, Texas. He was a son of the late Virginia Douglass Hubacek Means, Gillsville, and Charlie J. Hubacek, Alvin, Texas.
Mr. Hubacek attended school in San Diego, Calif., and graduated from San Diego High School in 1950. He was employed with Decca Association as a manager of Blue Trace Groves in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Hubacek retired in 1996 and returned to his home in Gillsville. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Hubacek was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating.
Mr. Hubacek is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sue Ford Hubacek; daughters and sons-in-law, Terresa and Jeff Shubert, Commerce, and Dione and Sam Massey, Dacula; three grandchildren, Derick Blalock and Madison and Andrew Massey; and several cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Suite B2, 1060 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605, or to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Suite 222, 2150 Limestone Road, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Harry J. Wilson Sr.
Harry James 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 Harry James Wilson Jr., England; one daughter, Donna Green, Commerce; one step-son, Raymond Dobbs; two brothers, Carroll Wilson and Scott Wilson, both of Baltimore, Md.; three sisters, Elva Chachulski and Marilyn Heacock, both of Baltimore, Md., and Verna Kasarda, Fayetteville, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Rodney L. Wade
Rodney Lee Wade, 35 of Demorest, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Wade was born April 13, 1967, in Habersham County.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mack Wade.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Pastor Bobby Griffin and the Rev. Tim Beasley officiating. Burial was in the Amy’s Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Wade is survived by his wife, Juanita Canup Wade, Demorest; his mother, Ruby Thomas Wade, Alto; two daughters, Maggie Wade and Jessica Wade, both of Gillsville; one step-daughter, Crystal Wade, Demorest; three sons, Clayton Wade, Travis Lee Wade and Rusty Daniel Wade, all of Demorest; and one sister, Melissa Wade, Lula.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge or arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Michael D. Scott
Michael Derrick Scott, 58, of Charlotte, N.C., died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Carolinas Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Scott was born October 12, 1943, in Maysville, to Lorene Scott, Commerce, and the late Jack T. Scott.
He was employed in textile sales for S & C Sales Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
“He was a loving husband and father who leaves behind many cherished memories,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel, Indian Trail, N.C. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, Kathleen Scott; one daughter, Lisa Scott Almond, Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Jeffery and Derrick Scott, both of Concord, N.C.; one brother, Russell Scott, Atlanta; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 500 E. Morehead Street, Suite 211, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Melvin Norton
Melvin Norton, 73, of Mt. Airy, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, following a brief illness.
Born in Stephens County on January 23, 1929, Mr. Norton was the son of the late Lawrence and Hassie Eller Norton.
He retired after 21 years as a master craftsman with Standard Telephone Company and was a member of the Farm Bureau Soil and Water Conservation. Mr. Norton was also a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Luther Williams, Billy Burrell and Warren T. Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Norton is survived by his wife, Stella Burrell Norton, Mt. Airy; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Marsha Norton, Mt. Airy, and Douglas and Sue Norton, Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Dot Reed, Oakwood, and Mildred Norton, Royston; and grandchildren, Christopher, Charles and Eric Norton.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

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Howard L. Copeland Jr.
Howard L. Copeland Jr., 77, of Rex, died Friday, June 28, 2002, at Southern Regional Hospital, Riverdale, following an extended illness.
Born in Fox Hill, Va., on December 17, 1924, Mr. Copeland was the son of the late Howard L. Copeland Sr. and Mattie Spencer Copeland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Wright Copeland, and a brother-in-law, Amos Wright.
Mr. Copeland was retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the Korean Conflict and World War II. He was a member of Mt. Zion Church in Douglasville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Ross Bryant, Rex; son, Ed Copeland, Kennesaw; brother, Carl Copeland, Yorktown, Va.; sisters, Bertha Sears, Molly Holloway and Harriett Carter, all of Fox Hill, Va.; brothers-in-law, Lawrence and Carvin Wright, both of Alto, and Vermon Wright, Cornelia; sisters-in-law, Floyce Mallory and Lucille Rudeseal, Cornelia, and Reba Lee Barry, Milton, Fla.; and grandchildren, Jamison, Mattie and Jenna Bryant.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Dora P. Sellers
Mrs. Dora Pitts Sellers, 78, of Cornelia, died Saturday, June 29, 2002, at Newton General Hospital, Covington, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Sellers was born in Wilkes County on April 16, 1924. She was a daughter of the late Arthur and Zona Whitworth Pitts.
Mrs. Sellers was a homemaker and was formerly employed in the suture department at Chicopee Manufacturing Co. She was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church.
Mrs. Sellers was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sellers, and a daughter, Penny Sellers.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Harris officiating. Burial was in the Welcome Home Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Sarah Langston and Mary Gibson, both of Cornelia, Ruth Bowen, Seneca, S.C., Martha Addison, Homer, and Gail Baird, Winder; two sons, Ray Sellers and Larry Sellers, both of Cornelia; two brothers, Clyde A. Pitts, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Eugene Pitts, Indiana; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Olivia L. Dorsey

Mrs. Olivia Lucille Bennett Dorsey, 75, of Toccoa, died Saturday, June 29, 2002.
A native of Lula, Mrs. Dorsey was a daughter of the late Henry and Cora Wade Bennett. She was the wife of the late William Burlon Dorsey.
Mrs. Dorsey was a longtime resident of Stephens County and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the chapel of Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Revs. Gerald Roach and Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in Bennett Cemetery, Alto. Stephen Robert Cottrell II, Jonathan Cottrell, Tony Bennett, Timmy Dorsey, Ricky Bennett and Anthony Burdge served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheila Cottrell, Sharon, Tenn.; one son, William Dorsey, Toccoa; one sister, Elnora Gailey, Baldwin; four brothers, Horace Bennett and Lathan Bennett, both of Alto, Paul Bennett, Cornelia, and Doyle Bennett, Commerce; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002

Harry L. Downer
Harry Lee Downer, 67, of Cornelia, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Downer was born March 3, 1935, in Lilesville, N.C. He was the son of the late Joe and Maggie Bailey Downer.
Mr. Downer retired from Habersham Hardware Home Center as the paint store manager, with 32 years of service. He was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church. Mr. Downer was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Downer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Mt. View Baptist Church with the Revs. James Harvey, Racheo Lacey and Michael Welch officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Downer is survived by his wife, Patsy English Downer, Cornelia; one daughter, Pam Kinney, Cornelia; three sons, Thomas Mitchell Downer and William Douglas Downer, both of Cornelia, and Brian George Downer, Mt. Airy; four sisters, Diane Welch, Carol Freeman and Ruth Paul, all of Wadesboro, N.C., and Mary Frances Poe, Mt. Gillead, N.C.; two brothers, Joe Downer, Demorest, and Herbert Allen Downer, Palm Coast, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 3, 2002


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