Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 10, 2002


J.H. Perdue
J.H. Perdue, 58, of Gillsville, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Perdue was born March 25, 1944, in Jackson County, to Mae Wilson Perdue, Gillsville, and the late H.D. Perdue.
He was a carpenter and a potter and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Gillsville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, at Liberty Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin and Shane Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Pine Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Perdue is survived by his wife, Kathy McCoy Perdue, Gillsville; son, James Wilson Perdue, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, Hugh Michael and Rachel Ann Perdue, Gillsville; brother, Archie Perdue, Gillsville; sister, Mittie McCoy Nash, Gillsville; and one granddaughter, Virginia Perdue.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

J.D. Shockley
J.D. Shockley, 86, of Baldwin, died Friday, July 5, 2002, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta.
Born in Hall County on December 7, 1915, Mr. Shockley was a son of the late Thomas Sr. and Jessie Osborne Shockley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Cathryn Pritchett Shockley.
Mr. Shockley was a retired mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and owned and operated Shockley’s Store for 35 years. He was a member of Hollingsworth Lodge #355 F & AM and was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Leatherwood Baptist Church with the Revs. James Morgan and James Harvey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Alawayne and Edwin Booth and Sandra and Clifton Ward, all of Baldwin; sister, Lois Christopher, Duluth; brothers, Woodrow Shockley, Homer, and Thomas Shockley Jr., Toccoa; and grandchildren, Doug and Sherry Ward, Christopher Ward and Saresa Booth.
Memorials may be made to WRAF Christian Radio, P.O. Box 780, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Archie L. Simmons
Archie L. Simmons, 77, of Alto, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Simmons was born October 22, 1924, in Banks County. He was the son of the late John J. and Sallie Davidson Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was retired from Cain Electric in Gainesville and attended Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Hammond Simmons, Perry Simmons, Ray Simmons and Leon Simmons, one sister, Virginia Payne, and two grandchildren, Mark Abernathy and Melissa Mobley.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. John Umberhant, Howard Payne and Delmar Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife, Ruby Bonds Simmons, Alto; daughter, Elaine Sullens, Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Jimmy Turner, Alto, and Karen and Clifford Spry, Cornelia; sisters, Betty Jordan and Connie Jamerson, both of Alto; brother, Dorsey Simmons, Gadsden, Ala.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Doris H. Fowler
Mrs. Doris Herring Fowler, 80, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Elbert County on October 15, 1921, Mrs. Fowler was the daughter of the late William Luther and Roxie Ruth Carrington Herring.
She was a 1939 graduate of Bowman High School and was retired from Gold’s Department Store. Mrs. Fowler was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church and a member of AARP.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oland Brown Fowler.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Revs. Marcus Martin, Wayne Smith and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include five daughters, Jean Wilbanks, Baldwin, Beth Spencer, Lawrenceville, Susan Dill, Jacksonville, Fla., Connie Kimsey, Norcross, and Angela Ogden, Cornelia; four sisters, Odessa Brock, Duluth, Anita York, Hayesville, N.C., Eloise York, Cornelia, and Linda Benfield, Flowery Branch; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Max J. Green
Max Jefferson Green, 85, of Cornelia, died Thursday, July 4, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Green was born July 31, 1916, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late William Edgar and Beulah Peeler Green. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Jeff and Kevin Green.
Mr. Green attended high school in Pacolet, S.C., and Commerce. He majored in textile engineering at Clemson University and taught textile math and manufacturing at Gainesville Mills while working as quality control technician, personnel and safety director, office manager and assistant secretary and treasurer. Mr. Green joined Chicopee Lumite Division in 1946 with the following jobs: office manager and purchasing agent, Buford and Cornelia, manager of Shade Fabrics and national sales manager.
He was the owner and operator of Farm Supply Company of Cornelia Inc. for 11 years. Mr. Green retired in 1976 to spend more time enjoying his favorite hobby, golf. He played regularly for 63 years and retired from playing at the age of 82 due to health problems.
Mr. Green was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was Scoutmaster of the Kiwanis Club Troop. He was also a member and chairman of the Youth Committee Chamber of Commerce and served as the county Heart Fund Drive Chairman. Mr. Green was a Mason and Shriner and was a member of the Cornelia Lodge #92 F&AM.
He joined Cornelia First Baptist Church in 1947, where he served as Sunday School teacher and Sunday School director. Mr. Green was also the Brotherhood President, Trustee and Board of Deacons Chairman and was a Training Union Director at the church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Drs. Mark Weaver and T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Green is survived by his wife, Claudine “Dink” Lenderman Green, Cornelia; two daughters, Sandra Elrod, Marietta, and Nancy Chandler, Cornelia; one son, Randall “Bud” Green, Lula; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Martha D. Meaders
Mrs. Martha Duncan Meaders, 57, of Alto, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Meaders was born July 15, 1944, in Hall County.
She was once a member of the Duncan Sisters and was employed by Ethicon. She was a member of Living Mission United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Meaders was preceded in death by her father, Paul Herman Duncan, and a sister, Erie Wade.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Living Mission United Methodist Church with the Revs. Edwin Smith and James Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Dolly Saxon Duncan, Lula; one daughter, Melissa Chapman, Cleveland; one son, Craig Meaders, Alto; two sisters, Jeanette Crocker, Lula, and Carol Wade, Alto; two brothers, Broadus Duncan, Gainesville, and the Rev. James Duncan, Homer; and four grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Clinton M. Mize
Clinton Marcus Mize, 18, of Commerce, died Friday, July 5, 2002.
A native of Commerce, Mr. Mize was a son of Mike and Pam Thomas Mize, Commerce.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce and a member of the Jackson County F.F.A. and F.B.L.A. Mr. Mize was named to Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Jeff Williams, David Bowen and John Wood officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Wade Mize, Commerce; one sister, Lauren Mize, Commerce; and grandparents, John and Mary Ann Thomas and Matt and Inez Mize, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Marcus
W. Fowler
Marcus Winford Fowler, 77, of Gainesville, died Thursday, July 4, 2002, at Emory East Side Heritage Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Fowler was born in Forsyth County, but had lived in Hall County most of his life. He was the son of the late James Marion Fowler and Millie Pate Fowler.
Mr. Fowler was a retired truck driver, with 35 years of service, and was a CB radio operator. He was known to his CB friends as “Plow Boy.”
Mr. Fowler was also a veteran of World War II.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Edwin English and Robbie Coleman officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vivian Fowler, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Darryl and Delaine Fowler, Milton, Fla.; son, Neil Fowler, Flowery Branch; daughter, Kim Ramsey, Gainesville; grandchildren, Joy McClellom, Maysville, and Tiffany Moss, Gainesville; step-grandchildren, Matthew Orenstein and Cherie Orenstein, both of Milton, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Brittany and Makayla McClellom, both of Maysville; mother-in-law, Lillian English, Cumming; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Care East Side Heritage Center, Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

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Martha B. Wilkinson
Mrs. Martha Bramlett Wilkinson, 63, of Commerce, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Wilkinson was the daughter of the late Wilton and Ruth Varner Bramlett.
She was co-owner of Wilkinson Trucking Company and was a member of Bold Springs Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Bold Springs Methodist Church with the Revs. Gary Garrison and Gerald Beatty and Warren T. Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Wilkinson is survived by her husband, Bobby Wilkinson, of the home; one son, Bret Wilkinson, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Frank Self, Dunwoody; brother and sister-in-law, James and Jane Bramlett, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Bold Springs Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Peggy G. Wilson
Mrs. Peggy Gail Wilson, 61, of Commerce, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of the late Vadie and Tishie Hawks Burroughs.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
“She was a second mother to many neighborhood kids through the years,” stated family members. “She will be greatly missed and always loved.”
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, Leon Wilson, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Penny Wilson, Danielsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Jeff White, Homer, and LeAnn and Mike Ingram, Commerce; sisters, Becky Hix, Winterville, Jean Sweester, Athens, Frances Parker, Commerce, and Helen Carter, Jefferson; seven grandchildren, April and Kay C. Wilson, Danielsville, Allen and Tyler White, Homer, and Tonya and Amanda Ingram and Derrick Minish, all of Commerce; and four great-grandchildren, Mikela, Bryanna, Chaz and Kyle.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Gordon Haynes Jr.
Gordon Haynes Jr., 71, of Cornelia, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Haynes was born December 8, 1930, in Hall County.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Panama Canal during the Korean Conflict. He had been in used car sales in Cornelia since 1947, and owned Haynes-Gailey Pontiac since 1971. Mr. Haynes was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Elrod Haynes, his father, Gordon Lee Haynes Sr., and a brother, James Hulsey Wise.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Level Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Wise, Baldwin; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda Haynes Hughes and Pete Hughes, Mt. Airy; sons and daughters-in-law, Buddy and Jan Haynes and Robin and Donna Haynes, all of Cornelia; fiancée, Jerri Bell, Toccoa, and her children, Elizabeth Bell Lee and Thomas Bell; brothers, John Broadus Wise, Drewery Loggins, Emory Loggins, Billy Thompson and Noah Thompson; sisters, Laverne Tumlin and Joyce Worley; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067, or to the American Diabetes Association, Georgia Affiliate, One Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Ruth S. Baker
Mrs. Ruth Sims Baker, 80, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Baker was born May 27, 1922, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of the late J.C. and Florence Sheridan Sims.
Mrs. Baker was retired from Carwood Manufacturing, with 30 years of service, and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Homer Lodge.
Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her husband, Edd Baker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Leon Brown and Clarence Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Rose and Woody Coffee, Alto, and Bonnie and Larry Crocker, Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, Troy and Patsy Baker, Cornelia, and Winford and Phyllis Baker, Lula; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Sybil Sims, Gainesville; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2405 Hwy. 51 South, Lula, GA 30554.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Mary L. Wade
Mrs. Mary Louise Crawford Wade, 86, of Alto, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Mrs. Wade was born February 26, 1916, in Hall County, a daughter of the late Garnett and Pearl Eberhart McMillan.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Timberidge Baptist Church. Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her husband, Dupree Crawford Sr., and three brothers, Jimmy McMillan, Ralph McMillan and Clyde McMillan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Timberidge Baptist Church with the Rev. Dean Bryant and Mike Robertson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Betty Woodall, Murrayville, and Martha Pearl Crawford, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Hugh Lee Bennett, Gainesville, Roger and Mary Tanksley, Cornelia, and Becky and Carroll Andrews, Baldwin; son, William Gary Crawford, Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, Grady G. and Runnell Crawford, Marietta, Rodger and Dianne Crawford, Gainesville, Dupree Jr. and Sharon Crawford, Alto, Michael and Linda Crawford and Spot and Libby Crawford, all of Cornelia, and Edward L. and Brenda L. Crawford, Baldwin; 25 grandchildren, Mandiee and Megan Crawford, Bart Crawford and Serena York, Greg Crawford, Pam McClure, Suzanne Ladd, Tony Bennett, Kevin Woodall, Cynthia Brown, Jacob Andrews, Donald Crawford, Jerry Crawford, Chris and Tuesday Crawford, Darren, Brian and Jason Tanksley, Jason Blackburn, Bart Blackburn, Nick Loudermilk, Greg and Doug Harn and Rhonda and Allen McAllister; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Timberidge Baptist Church or to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

W.C. Brown
W.C. Brown, 86, of Ila, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Brown was born October 28, 1915, in Madison County, a son of the late Leonard and Daisy Hammond Brown.
He was a retired peddler and was a member of Galilee Pentecostal Fire Baptized Holiness Church, in which he helped build 60 years ago. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Smith, seven sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 8, at Galilee Pentecostal Fire Baptized Holiness Church with the Revs. Larry Dyer and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Grace Kittle Brown, Ila; five sons, Jerry Brown, Hull, Jimmy Brown, Carnesville, Johnny Brown, Nicholson, Mike Brown, Commerce, and Steve Brown, Baldwin; seven daughters, Beverly Barnett and Pam Freeman, both of Ila, Shirley Burkhalter, Athens, Alisa Carter and Angela Hale, both of Nicholson, Lorena Gilbert, Lenoir, N.C., and Nancy Whitehead, Crawfordville; 38 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002

Dorothy
M. Millstead
Mrs. Dorothy Meeks Millstead, 75, of Athens, died Sunday, July 7, 2002.
A native of Lincolnton, N.C., Mrs. Millstead was a daughter of the late Edward and Ola Craven Meeks. She was the wife of the late George R. Millstead.
Mrs. Millstead was employed as a registered nurse with St. Mary’s Hospital for 34 years before she retired. She was a member of Friendship Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Millstead was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sailers.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Friendship Presbyterian Church with Dr. Joe Reggin officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Danny Cheek, Athens; brothers, James M. Meeks, Maysville, and Billy Meeks, Lula; sisters, Virginia Elmore, Lincolnton, N.C., Mildred Sailers, Jacksonville, Fla., Edna Gowder, Maysville, and Peggy Gordon, Homer; and grandchildren, Daniel G. Cheek and Patrick B. Cheek, both of Athens, and Amber Petty, Surfside, S.C.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 10, 2002


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