Banks County Obituaries...

AUGUST 14, 2002


Patricia A. Turpin
Mrs. Patricia Ann Turpin, 56, of Maysville, died Monday, August 12, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Turpin was a daughter of Viola Yarbrough Sheridan, Gainesville, and the late William Garney Sheridan.
She was a homemaker and a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Turpin was preceded in death by a son, John Anthony Turpin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 15, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, John Turpin, Maysville; sons, Scott Crane, Maysville, Alvin Crane, Baldwin, and Jason Turpin, Gainesville; daughter, Donna Pilgrim, Maysville; sisters, Elizabeth Black, Judy Robinson and Rebecca Barrett, all of Gainesville; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of other relatives.
The family was to have received friends after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the residence of her daughter, Donna Pilgrim, 2957 Unity Church Road, Maysville.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

Johnny F.
‘Frank’ Tyler
Johnny Franklin “Frank” Tyler, 66, of Cornelia, died Thursday, August 8, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Rabun County on March 18, 1936, Mr. Tyler was the son of the late Harve Pierce and Martha Smith Tyler.
He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Demorest Church of God. Mr. Tyler was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Tyler, a brother, Samuel Raymond Tyler, and two sisters, Nancy Beasley and Fannie Mae Watts.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, at Demorest Church of God with the Revs. Bill Cox and Darvin Slaton officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery, Tiger.
Mr. Tyler is survived by his wife, Betty Watts Tyler, Cornelia; daughters, Sandra Parrington, Westminister, S.C., and Lana Tyler, Cornelia; sons, Ken Tyler, Columbia, S.C., and Johnny Tyler, Cornelia; brothers, Cecil Tyler, Mountain City, James Tyler, Alto, and Robert Tyler, Homer; sisters, Sara Ruth Ridney, New York, Mary Virginia Taylor, Florida, Irene Whitfield, Cornelia, Martha Lillian Watts, Wiley, Lizzie Bell Moore and Clara Faye Baker, both of Tiger, Kathryn Davis, Macon, and Mildred Joann Varner, South Carolina; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

Ralph Chitwood
Ralph Chitwood, 80, of Gainesville, formerly of Banks County, died Wednesday, August 7, 2002, at the Peachtree Christian Hospice following an extended illness.
Mr. Chitwood was born June 15, 1922, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Felma and Annie Galloway Chitwood.
Mr. Chitwood was a U.S. Coast Guard World War II veteran. He was retired from Kroger, with over 30 years of service, and had been a self-employed homebuilder and developer since 1955. Mr. Chitwood was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Susie Crump and Lucille Hardman.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 10, at Tates Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Davis and Warren T. Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mr. Chitwood is survived by his wife, Mary Chitwood, Lilburn; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Larry Titshaw, Lilburn, and Shirley and Ken Aultman, Snellville; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Barbara Chitwood, Lawrenceville; brother, Junior Chitwood, Mauldin, S.C.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Georgia Affiliate, One Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

Captain Larry Long
Captain Larry Long, 44, of Baldwin, died Friday, August 9, 2002, at St. Joseph’s Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Long was born in Stephens County. He was a 1976 graduate of Habersham Central High School and was captain in charge of jail and road patrol with the Banks County Sheriff’s Department, with seven years of service. Captain Long was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church, Cornelia Lodge No. 92 F&AM, the Mountaineer Shrine Club and Yaraab Temple in Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his father, C.R. Long.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 11, at Level Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Rice and Chaplain Pat Duran officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Captain Long is survived by his wife, Kathy McEntire Long, Baldwin; mother and step-father, Faye Newsome Long Wright and Vermon Wright, Cornelia; daughter, Mary Long, Commerce; son, Billy Long, Baldwin; step-sisters, Joy Echols, Lula, and Jane Davis, Ellenwood; brother, Ronnie Long, Cornelia; step-brother, Richard Wright, Forest Park; and one grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

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Walter R. Moore
Walter R. Moore, 60, of Baldwin, died Monday, August 5, 2002, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Moore was born May 25, 1942, in Habersham County. He was the son of the late Cecil B. and Susie Shirley Moore.
Mr. Moore was retired from Wilbanks Lumber Company, with 32 years of service, and attended Higher Ground Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank W. Moore, and a sister, Clara Ruth Gamez.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Dophine Moore, Baldwin; a sister, Emma Maxwell, Mt. Airy; two brothers, Billy Joe Moore, Mt. Airy, and Phil Moore, Baldwin; and four grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

L.T. Dalton
L.T. Dalton, 82, of Homer, died Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Dalton was born in Banks County on April 21, 1920. He was a son of the late Lester and Lillie Meeks Dalton.
Mr. Dalton was a retired farmer and a member of Damascus Baptist Church. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Lakemont.
Mr. Dalton was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Pruitt, Myrtle Woodring and Vassie Long.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 9, at Charity Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Young Dalton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating.
Mr. Dalton is survived by his wife, Louise Roberts Dalton, Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Jerry Boling, Homer; son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Mellisa Dalton, Homer; sister, Francine Spencer, Indianapolis, Ind.; brothers, Cranford Dalton, Homer, and the Rev. Young Dalton, Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Greg Boling, Vicki Leo, Ros Dalton, Mandy Dalton and Millie Dalton; and great-grandchildren, Megan Boling and Daulton Boling.
Memorials may be made to the Charity Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Billy Poole, 499 Damascus Road, Homer, GA 30547.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

Eugene T. Fowler
Eugene Talmadge Fowler, 57, of Cornelia, died Sunday, August 11, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Fowler was born July 26, 1945, in Oglethorpe County. He was a son of the late Alvin Edward Fowler and Doris Alford Gaines.
Mr. Fowler was employed by Pepsi Cola Co., with four years of service, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wade Fowler, Cornelia; two daughters, Telisha Fowler, Cornelia, and Tammy Burgess, Atlanta; one son, Billy Joe Fowler, Atlanta; one step-son, Anthony Wade, Cornelia; three sisters, Linda Holman, Jefferson, and Vickie Fowler and Kathy Bryson, both of South Carolina; five brothers, Jerry Fowler, Comer, and Wayne Fowler, Noel Fowler, James Fowler and Bobby Fowler, all of South Carolina; one half-brother, Matt Gaines Jr., Madison County; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Eugene Fowler Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 866, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

Russell Morris
Russell Morris, 70, of Homer, died Wednesday, August 7, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Morris was born May 23, 1932, in Banks County. He was a son of the late John and Lucy Hubbard Morris.
Mr. Morris was retired from Carnes Construction. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Parker Morris.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include three sons, Clarence Morris, Dawsonville, and James Morris and Otha Morris, both of Commerce; one daughter, Theresa Morris, Homer; two brothers, Walter Morris, San Diego, Calif., and John Morris Jr., Commerce; five sisters, Ruby Buff, Cherryville, N.C., Euline King, Homer, Kitty Roberts, Gainesville, Mary Lou Savage, Alto, and Maybelle Ward, Commerce; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002

Eva B. Collins
Mrs. Eva Betty Baugh Collins, 64, of Alto, died Monday, August 5, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Collins was born in Hall County on May 23, 1938. She was a daughter of the late John Ernest Baugh and Lillie Mae Croy Baugh.
Mrs. Collins was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of White Hall Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Joseph Collins, a son, Dwayne Collins, and two brothers, Carl Ernest Baugh and Lemar George Baugh.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, at White Hall Baptist Church with the Revs. Scott Ledbetter, Anthony Shore and Ronald Mote officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Campbell, Alto, and Pamela Painter, Cornelia; one son, Bruce Collins, Gainesville; one sister, Jimmie Ruth Wade, Alto; two brothers, Arvil Baugh and Eddie “Spanky” Baugh, both of Lula; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 14, 2002


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