Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 11, 2002


John E. Ambrose
John Edgar Ambrose, 60, of Homer, died Monday, September 2, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
A son of the late Areen Ambrose and Elsie Wilson Ambrose Arnold, Mr. Ambrose was born June 2, 1942, in Evans County.
He worked as a sawmiller, was of the Baptist denomination and attended Homer Alliance Church.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. George Tubbs officiating.
Survivors include his step-father, William “Buck” Arnold, Cornelia; three sisters, Emma Nell Davidson and Kathleen Baugh, both of Lula, and Marilyn Simpson, Toccoa; and four brothers, Billy Ambrose and Frank Ambrose, both of Homer, Donald Ambrose, Gainesville, and Rupert Ambrose, Pelham.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

C.P. Hutchins Jr.
C.P. Hutchins Jr., 77, of Commerce, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Hutchins was born October 15, 1924, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Charlie and Mary Destie Drake Hutchins.
Mr. Hutchins was retired from Gold Kist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Scoggins Hutchins.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Dale Hutchins, Danielsville, and Ricky Hutchins, Commerce; one daughter, Mary Ann Phillips, Danielsville; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

Irvin R. McEntire
Irvin Russell McEntire, 63, of Martin, died Friday, September 6, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on August 2, 1938, Mr. McEntire was a son of the late Claude and Vivian Edwards McEntire.
He was a retired mechanic with Cottrell and was a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 9, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. McEntire is survived by his wife, Josie Dodd McEntire, Martin; daughters, Amanda McEntire, Toccoa, Jennifer Martin, Gainesville, and Tina Bearden, Demorest; sons, Kim McEntire, Toccoa, and Richard Doss, Martin; brothers, Randolph McEntire, Commerce, Lamar McEntire, Ila, and Phillip McEntire, Flowery Branch; sisters, Barbara Mote and Laverne Cook, both of Cornelia, and Elizabeth Cook, Alto; and nine grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 9, 2002

Hubert Durham
Hubert Durham, 83, of Baldwin, died Friday, September 6, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born August 8, 1919, in Greenville, S.C., Mr. Durham was a son of the late Thomas Edward and Cora Ida Bell Southerland Durham.
He retired from the maintenance department of Habersham Broom Company after eight years of service and was a member of Bethesda Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 8, at Bethesda Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. J. Clarence Reynolds, John Umberhant and David Rudeseal officiating. Burial was in the Tate’s Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Durham is survived by his wife, Sybil Maxwell Durham, Baldwin; sons, Ray Durham, Gainesville, Al Durham, Cornelia, the Rev. David Rudeseal, Demorest, and Chad Rudeseal, Hollingsworth; brother, Calvin Edward Durham, Stockbridge; sisters, Irene Morgan, Lawrenceville, and Alice Riggins, Forest Park; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

Raymond Quinn
Raymond Keith Quinn, 69, of Carnesville, died Sunday, September 8, 2002, at his residence.
Born August 21, 1933, in Eton, Mr. Quinn was the son of Viola Morris Quinn, Greenville, S.C., and the late William Quinn. He was the husband of the late Vause Ette Andrews Quinn.
Before retirement, Mr. Quinn served as a deputy sheriff of Franklin County for 13 years and was a Georgia title consultant. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea, and was a member of the VFW in Cornelia.
Mr. Quinn was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Quinn.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Vernon Grimes officiating. Burial was in the Union Ground Christian Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Norris Quinn, Commerce, and Clinton Quinn, Carnesville; two daughters, Rita Burch and Nita Burch, both of Gainesville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Waters, Greenville, S.C.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

Irene W. Kyle
Mrs. Irene Wuthrich Merck Kyle, 92, of Cornelia, died Monday, September 9, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on September 1, 1910, Mrs. Kyle was the daughter of the late John and Lou Carpenter Wuthrich.
She was a homemaker and an avid gardener. Mrs. Kyle was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Louise Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Graham Woodall, Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, John (Sonny) and Jo Merck, Cumming, Jimmy and Susan Kyle, Cornelia, and Doug and Victoria Kyle, Mt. Airy; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family is at the residence of daughter, Kathleen Woodall, 829 Wayside Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

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Stephen Kasper
Stephen Kasper, 54, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, September 7, 2002, at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Kasper was born in Bristol, Conn., on July 31, 1948. He was a son of the late Stephen and Lucy Yanke Kasper.
Mr. Kasper was a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School, Cheshire Academy and Piedmont College. He received his master’s degree from North Georgia College. Mr. Kasper was a teacher in the Banks County School System for 28 years, where he also coached boy’s basketball and tennis. He was a board member of the Habersham County Credit Union for more than 10 years and was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Toccoa, where he served on the Stewardship Committee.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 9, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roger A. Schwartz, pastor, and the Revs. Greg Walton and Geary Byrd officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Debra B. Kasper, Clarkesville; two daughters, Caron Lynn Cottle, Augusta, and Lori Shannon Kimsey, Cleveland; two brothers, John Carl Kasper, Mills River, N.C., and David Thomas Kasper, Indianapolis, Ind.; and two granddaughters, Candler Kimsey and Karson Kasper Kimsey.
Memorials may be made to the Steve Kasper Memorial Fund at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1154, Toccoa, GA 30577, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

Lee R. Miller
Mrs. Lee Rucker Miller, 93, of Lula, died Monday, September 9, 2002, at Bell-Minor Nursing Home.
Born December 20, 1908, in Banks County, Mrs. Miller was a daughter of the late Fred J. and Fannie Manolia Henderson Rucker.
She was a homemaker and a member of Enon Baptist Church, Lula.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Deck Miller, Lula; three sons, Dwight Miller, Gillsville, Norman Miller, Conyers, and Roy Miller, Flowery Branch; one daughter, Marie Welborn, Lula; three sisters, Mildred Allison, Margaret Chambers and Frances Cox, all of Gainesville; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

Ernest R. Hopkins
Ernest R. Hopkins, 64, of Alto, died Saturday, September 7, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mr. Hopkins was born in Macon County, N.C., on February 18, 1938. He was a son of the late Sam and Mattie Sorrells Hopkins.
Mr. Hopkins was a former employee of Lee Arrendale State Prison and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 9, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Phillip Yarber officiating. Burial was in the Dodd Family Cemetery.
Mr. Hopkins is survived by his wife, Mary Dodd Hopkins, Alto; daughter, Diane Thomas, Gainesville; sons, Jessie McClellan, Lula, and James McClellan, Alto; sisters, Mary Wilson and Etta Tallent, both of Franklin, N.C., and Lucille Potts, Greenville, S.C.; brothers, John D. Hopkins, Howard Hopkins and Ralph Hopkins, all of Franklin, N.C.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002

Marion Davis
Marion F. Davis, 62, of Crawford, died Monday, September 9, 2002.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Davis was a son of Frances Jackson Davis, Statham, and the late R.B. Davis.
He was a route salesman with Lance Foods and was a former employee of Flowers Bread Company. Mr. Davis was a member of Welcome Avenue Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 12, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Bruce Kesler, Bud McDonald and Wesley Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Mike Hardy, Marlon Hardy, Scot Allen, Coe Allen, Owen Keeler and David Dotson will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Lynn Hardy Davis; children, Jane Davis Edwards and Melissa Davis Beard, both of Danielsville, Michael Glenn Davis, Statham, James Brooklyn Davis, Karlee Virginia Bowman and Jessie Megan Bowman, all of the home, and Lydia Breann Davis, Crawford; brother, Herbert Davis, Statham; six grandchildren, Krystie, Whisper, John, A.J., T.J. and William; and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 11, 2002


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