Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 4, 2002


Haley A. Dills
Haley Alexis Dills, infant daughter of Steve and Krystal Dills, Baldwin, died Friday, August 30, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Haley was preceded in death by grandparent, Louise Wilson, and great-grandparents, Hoyt Wilson and Raymond Gosnell.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 1, in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church cemetery, Alto, with the Rev. Roger Willis officiating.
In addition to her parents, Haley is survived by grandparents, Cindy and Dale Herbert, Lula, Jimmy and Angie Dill, Cornelia, and William Dills, Baldwin; and great-grandmothers, Ella Underwood Wilson, Cornelia, and Laura Gosnell, Athens.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Dola B. Cunningham
Mrs. Dola Bell Cunningham, 96, of Alto, died Sunday, September 1, 2002, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on August 31, 1906, Mrs. Cunningham was a daughter of the late Harold Lonzo (H.L.) and Miranda Ann (Randi) Anderson Thomas.
She was a retired nurse and a member of Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Lunsford, her second husband, Tom Cunningham, and seven brothers, Grady Thomas, Claude Thomas, Dozier Thomas, Roy Thomas, L.C. Thomas, Freeman Thomas and Ray Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Lester Haynes and Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, L.V. Lunsford, Alto; one sister, Myrtle Wade, Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Golden M. Hile
Mrs. Golden M. Hile, of Ashley, Ind., died Saturday, August 31, 2002, at her home.
Mrs. Hile was born December 23, 1932, in Banks County, to Charles and Bertha Purcell Wheeler.
She retired in 1995 after 37 years at Universal Tool & Stamping Co., Butler, Ind., and attended Ashley United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hile was a member of the Never Idle Home Ertension Club, the Office Bowling Team and the S.T.A.T.H.S. group for 20 years.
She married Rex E. Hile on June 4, 1949. He died July 20, 2001. Mrs. Hile was also preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, Ind., with the Rev. Ken Ludwig officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, James (Trionne) Hile-Dickerson, Ashley, Ind.; son and daughter-in-law, Troy (Jayne) Hile, Edgerton, Ohio; sisters, Gwynola Smitherman, Athens, Jetteree (Jackie) Hull, Spencerville, Ind., Vera Wheeler, Commerce, and Hazel Clark, Culpepper; grandchildren, Rachel Garman, Sarah Garman, Richard Garman III, Lindsey Hile and Michael Hile; foster grandson, Matthew; and step-grandchildren, Christina and Jamie Dickerson.
Memorials may be made to Ashley United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Jerry W. Patterson
Jerry Winford Patterson, 45, of the Bold Spring Community, Carnesville, husband of Deborah Ann Powers Patterson, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Patterson was born September 4, 1956, in Jackson County. He was the son of Rudolph Winford and Bonnie Sue Whitsel Patterson, Carnesville.
Mr. Patterson was a poultry farmer.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 29, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Chris Pritchett officiating. Burial was in Cary Memorial Gardens, in the Sandy Cross Community.
Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include two daughters, Leslie Patterson and Amanda Patterson, both of Carnesville; and one sister, Debbie Patterson Fitzpatrick, Carnesville.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Carl Colvard
Carl Colvard, 79, of the Neese Community, died Thursday, August 29, 2002, of a prolonged illness.
Mr. Colvard was the son of the late David Nelms Colvard and Minnie Lee Maynard Colvard.
He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson, but was attending Madison Street Baptist Church in Commerce. Mr. Colvard was retired from Roper Pump Company and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carol Ann Colvard.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. David Harbin and Stuart Lang and grandson, Nick Colvard, officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Colvard is survived by his wife and companion of almost 61 years, Edna Morrow Colvard; his children, Susan and Robert Colvard, Barbara and Tom Davis and Janet and Randall Colvard, all of Hull, Betty and Jimmy Lyle, Winder, and Sandra Colvard, Jefferson; grandchildren, Durin and Jim Eberhart and Brian Davis, all of Athens, Wendy and Jimmy Chambers, Jefferson, Tammy and Ron Hester, Commerce, Julie and Russ Davis and Nick Colvard, all of Hull, and Renee and Carey Cooper, Winder; great-grandchildren, Sam Eberhart, Hunter Cooper, Mitchel Chambers, Tom Eberhart and Megan Davis; sister, Kathleen Colvard Smith; and a number of very special nieces and nephews.
“He was blessed with many friends,” said family members.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 4, 2002

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Sarah F. Richey
Mrs. Sarah Frances Richey, 55, of Commerce, died Sunday, September 1, 2002, at her daughter’s residence in Gillsville of an extended illness.
Mrs. Richey was born in Jackson County to Grace Standridge Dorsey, Commerce, and the late Hilliard Dorsey.
She was employed with Baker and Taylor as an office clerk and was a member of the Baptist Tabernacle, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastors Tommy Watson and Milford Daniels and friend, June Anderson, officiating. Burial was in the Blacks Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Misty Rodriguz, Commerce, and Kristy Hewell, Gillsville; three brothers, Edward Dorsey and Samuel Dorsey, both of Commerce, and Curtis Dorsey, Nicholson; two sisters, Syble Kitchens, Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Jefferson; and grandchildren, Clay McDaniel, Amber McDaniel and Blake McDaniel, all of Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Elizabeth F. Arnold
Mrs. Elizabeth Franklin Arnold, 83, of Athens, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Arnold was born April 15, 1919, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Joseph Frank and Lula Mae Churchwell Potts.
Mrs. Arnold was retired from Stitchcraft and was a member of Redstone United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Arnold.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Jessie Mealor and Doug Conwell officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Frankie Arnold, Hope Arnold and James Arnold, all of Athens; one daughter, Kay Page, Athens; five brothers, Dwight Potts, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Hal Potts, Jefferson, James Potts, Elizabeth City, N.C., Lionel Potts, Cumming, and Malcolm Potts, Atlanta; one sister, Eleanor Jackson, Jefferson; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Ina J. Williams
Mrs. Ina Jean Williams, 70, of Commerce, died Monday, September 2, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Williams was born April 1, 1932, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Otis and Ruth Watson Phillips.
She was retired from Oxford and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Amory Williams.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jeff Williams officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Phil Williams, Danielsville; one daughter, Martie Morrison, Commerce; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

William ‘Bill’ Dabbs
William H. “Bill” Dabbs, 71, of Commerce, died Monday, September 2, 2002, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
Mr. Dabbs was born March 4, 1931, in Franklin County, Tenn. He was a son of the late James W. and Bertha M. Dabbs.
Mr. Dabbs was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin, Stuart Lang and Mike Sarna officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Mozelle Thomas Dabbs, Commerce; three daughters, Tina Bennett, Commerce, Debbie Klar, Lawrenceville, and Susie Sarna, Comer; three brothers, Eddie Dabbs and Lewis Dabbs, both of Asheboro, N.C., and Jim Dabbs, South Carolina; three sisters, Carolyn Browder, Kingsport, Tenn., Elaine Lane, Sumter, S.C., and Chris Nixon, Asheboro, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Madison Street Baptist Church Mission Team, 188 Madison Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Mildred D. Goolsby
Mrs. Mildred Davis Goolsby, 84, of Athens, died Thursday, August 29, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Goolsby was the daughter of the late Raymond and Versie P. Hawk Davis. She was the wife of the late Elmer Goolsby, and was also preceded in death by a son, John Davis Craig.
Mrs. Goolsby traveled extensively after her retirement from the Civil Service, where she worked for 43 years. She was of the Methodist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 1, at Oconee Hill Cemetery with Dr. Miller Huckabee officiating.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Pat Davis, Athens; and a nephew, Eddie Washington.
Memorials may be made to Prince Avenue Baptist Church, 595 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002

Marcus Moore
Marcus Mitchell “Mark” Moore, of Lakeland, Fla., died Monday, August 26, 2002, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center following an accidental electrocution, while performing his job as a lineman for Lakeland Electric. He was 31.
Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 7, 1971, Mr. Moore moved to Lakeland in 1975. He was employed with Lakeland Electric for the last eight years. Mr. Moore attended First Baptist Church at the Mall.
He was the grandson of the late Jessie Oliver Wilson, Red Hill, Fla.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, at First Baptist Church at the Mall.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Tracy D. Moore; sons, McLain D. Moore and McCoy D. Moore, both of Lakeland, Fla.; brother, Michael M. Moore, Walstonburg, N.C.; parents, Mickey “Mike” Moore and Rebecca S. Moore, Trenton, N.C.; and great aunts, Susie Oliver Randall, Red Hill, Fla., Margie Oliver and Ruby Oliver, both of Toccoa, and Bonnie Oliver, Buford.
Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland, Fla., was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville.
The Banks County News, September 4, 2002


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