Banks County Obituaries...

AUGUST 28, 2002


Larry J. Caudell
Larry James Caudell, 54, of Homer, died Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Banks County on June 8, 1948, he was the son of James Buford and Mary Odell Martin Caudell, Homer.
Mr. Caudell was a 1966 graduate of Banks County High School and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1970 with a degree in civil engineering. He later returned to Georgia Tech and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering.
Mr. Caudell recently retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation as a district construction manager. After his retirement from the DOT, he went to work at KCI Technologies as a Georgia operations manager.
Mr. Caudell was an avid quail hunter and was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 23, at Homer Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Crabbe officiating. Burial was in Homer Memorial Gardens with employees of the Georgia Department of Transportation serving as honorary pallbearers.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Caudell is survived by a daughter, Misty Caudell, M.D., Tampa, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Ponda and Lou Wood, Roswell; and a niece and nephew, Melissa Wood and Jim Wood, both of Athens.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

Gladys Kinley
Mrs. Gladys Kinley, 66, of Athens, died Thursday, August 22, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Kinley was a native of Jackson County and the daughter of the late Boyd and Lucille Pendergrass Parr. She was retired from Woolworth.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 24, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in the Wilson United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Henry Kinley, Athens; one son, Dean Shirley, Athens; one daughter, Tammy Sexton, Ocklawaha, Fla.; one brother, Boyd Parr Jr., Gainesville; two sisters, Elaine Beachamp and Betty Shirley, both of Commerce; three grandchildren, Chance Sexton, Michael Dean Shirley and Alexis Shirley; a special friend, Helen Pelfrey, Athens; and three step-children.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002
Elsie C. Arnold
Miss Elsie Christine Arnold, 36, of Demorest, died Thursday, August 22, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Miss Arnold was born in Jackson County on February 27, 1966, to William “Buck” Arnold, Cornelia, and the late Elsie Wilson Arnold.
She was of the Holiness faith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Otis Dalton officiating. Burial was in the Demorest Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include three sisters, Emma Nell Davidson and Kathleen Baugh, both of Lula, and Marilyn Simpson, Toccoa; and five brothers, John Ambrose, Billy Ambrose and Frank Ambrose, all of Homer, Donald Ambrose, Gainesville, and Rupert Ambrose, Pelham.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

Arvel
‘Bud’ Allen
Arvel Coleman “Bud” Allen, 79, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, August 24, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in White County on February 17, 1923, Mr. Allen was the son of the late Arvel West and Nell Power Allen.
He was retired from North Georgia Technical School as cafeteria supervisor and was owner of Allen’s Antiques for 27 years. Mr. Allen was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II. He was a member of Amy’s Creek Baptist Church.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Herbert Allen, and a sister, Jean Nation.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 25, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Greg Peters officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Helen Dixon Allen, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Ken Curtis, Demorest; son, Coleman Allen, Sautee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Janie Allen, Demorest, and Frank and Pearl Allen and Doug and Jeannette Allen, all of Clarkesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna and Herman Black, Demorest, Yvonne and Charles Lindsey, Clarkesville, and Thelma Chase, Atlanta; and one grandson, Drew Coleman Allen, Athens.
Memorials may be made to the Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Vermon Banks, 633 Fairview School Road, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

Hoyt B. Reeves
Hoyt B. Reeves, 82, of Toccoa, formerly of Buford, died Thursday, August 22, 2002.
Mr. Reeves was a Cherokee County native. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was a retired barber from Sugar Hill and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Acworth.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, with the Rev. McHoyt Moore officiating.
Survivors include his former wife, Virginia Phillips Reeves, Jefferson; daughters, Wanda Reeves Fleniken, Royston, and Maggie Guerrero, McDonough; sons and daughters-in-law, Ted W. and Lesa Reeves, Cleveland, Carlton P. Reeves and Elwood and Sherry Reeves, all of Jefferson, and Ricky and Vickie Reeves, Oakwood; sister, Lula Belle Sharpe, Byron; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and one niece.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

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Betty Greene
Mrs. Betty Dean Johnston Greene, 73, of Dallas, formerly of Clarkesville, died Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County on August 30, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lela Bell Brown.
Mrs. Greene was a retired hairdresser and a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Donald Grizzle officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Steve Shelnutt, Dallas; two brothers, Alton Bell, Mt. Airy, and Edwin Bell, Clarkesville; and grandchildren, Joseph, Benjamin and Jessica Shelnutt.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

Helen C. Leet
Mrs. Helen C. Leet, 97, of Demorest, died Saturday, August 24, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Leet was born on May 13, 1905, in Chrisman, Ill. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Gertrude Boling Storm, and was preceded in death by her husband, John Luke Leet, and her son, John Lawrence “Larry” Leet.
Mrs. Leet moved to Demorest when she retired. There, she helped organize and establish the Auxiliary at the Habersham County Medical Center. She was a member of the Demorest Women’s Club and an active member of Demorest Methodist Congregational Federated Church.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 29, at Demorest Methodist Congregational Federated Church with Drs. Susan Taylor and John Bridges and Jo Nell Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Sara Fink, Demorest, and Linda Sue Leet, Hollywood, Mich.; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Habersham County Medical Center, Love Light Tree, P.O. Box 37, Demorest, GA 30535.
The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour on Thursday.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

Howard
Shannon Jr.
Howard Shannon Jr., 61, of Carnesville, died Monday, August 26, 2002.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Shannon was a son of the late Howard Shannon Sr. and Corine Shannon.
He was retired from BJC Medical Center and James Short Ford and was a member of Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church. Mr. Shannon was preceded in death by two sons, Rodney Shannon and Ralph Shannon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, at Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Arthur Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Shannon is survived by his wife, Willie Mae Watson Shannon; eight daughters, Theresa Maxwell, Julia Wiley, Gloria Owens, Delores Walker, Yvonne David, Josephine Shannon, Melissa Shannon and Rene Shannon; two sons, Arthur Shannon and Marshall Shannon; two sisters, Geneva Rucker, Commerce, and Annette Carson, Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Lowell Shannon, Morris Shannon and Ralph Shannon, all of Chicago, Ill.; 28 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002

Betty A. Johnson
Mrs. Betty Ann Johnson, 57, of Forest Park, died Wednesday, August 14, 2002.
Mrs. Johnson was born December 17, 1944, in Commerce. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, August 17, at New Salem Methodist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Rylee officiating. Burial was in New Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Duane Johnson, Forest Park; two daughters, Rhonda (David) Eason, Covington, and Donna Bishop, Tampa, Fla.; one son, Michael (Karen) Bishop, Sagle, Idaho; three step-children, Duane (Connie) Johnson Jr., Acworth, Bonnie (Russell) Sappington, Kalispell, Mont., and August Johnson, Atlanta; two sisters, Linda Dozier and Lee Jackson, both of Fayetteville; one brother, Bobby Rylee, Riverdale; and six grandchildren.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 28, 2002


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