Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 18, 2002


Mildred M. Sims
Mrs. Mildred Meeks Sims, 82, of Lula, died Sunday, September 15, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on November 11, 1919, Mrs. Sims was a daughter of the late Mel C. and Mae Pritchett Meeks.
She was a retired seamstress with Carwood Manufacturing and Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula. Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Sims, two sons, Dan Davis and Michael Davis, and a sister, Irene Morris.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula, with the Revs. James Duncan and Shane Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Mazel Garrison and Robbin Chitwood, both of Lula, Joyce Peyton, Alto, and Melody Wilson, Helen; sons, Phillip Davis, Talmo, Dwayne Davis, Dahlonega, and Jeff Davis, Cleveland; brother, Ferd Meeks, Lula; sister, Jurelle Smelley, Lula; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

Larry E. Myers
Larry Edward Myers, 49, of Tignall, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002.
Mr. Myers was born in Athens, Clarke County, a son of the late Grady Lee and Marie Payne Myers.
He was self-employed as a mobile home repairman and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 13, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Jim Edwards and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Temple United Methodist Church cemetery. Ruff Smith, Carl Beach, Joe Alewine, Marvin Partain, Jeremy Warren and Dave Wilson served as pallbearers.
Mr. Myers is survived by his wife, Sherell Young Myers, Tignall; one daughter, Penny T. Myers Kerns, Madison County; four step-daughters, April Lynn Darling, Ladston, S.C., Angie Louise Kelly, James Island, S.C., Andrea Lorraine Rhodes, Tignall, and Charline Leigh Rhodes, Madison County; one son, Wesley Myers-Marguina, Madison County; one sister, Agnes Marie (Peno) Jawkowsky, Madison County; one half-sister, Edna Garrish, Maysville; one brother, Johnny Lee Myers, Danielsville; and six grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

Donna Fountain
Ms. Donna Fountain, 42, of Covington, died Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, of a brief illness.
Ms. Fountain was born February 16, 1960, to the late Owen Fountain and Maudie Lee Dunson Fountain.
She was a homemaker.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Sanders officiating.
Survivors include one son, Daniel Walker, Homer; one daughter, Brandy Yates, Douglasville; three brothers, Danny Fountain, Homer, David Fountain, Jefferson, and Dale Fountain, Commerce; one sister, Diane Fountain, Homer; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

Fannie P. Walker
Mrs. Fannie Pool Walker, 75, of Clarkesville, died Monday, September 16, 2002, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on February 17, 1927, Mrs. Walker was the daughter of the late Henry and Lucy Sorrell Pool.
She was a homemaker and an avid gardener and cook. Mrs. Walker was a member of AARP and Union Hill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy Arrowood, and a son, Quinton Arrowood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Jerrell Beatty officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband, Willard L. Walker, Clarkesville; sons, Henry Arrowood, Clarkesville, and Mark Arrowood, Toccoa; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002
Phillip W. Thomason
Phillip Warren Thomason, 29, of Lavonia, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002, in Habersham County.
Mr. Thomason was born in Habersham County on July 4, 1973. He was a construction worker and was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. John Forbes officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Thomason is survived by his wife, Becky Spears Thomason, Lavonia; daughter, Breeligh Thomason, Lavonia; sons, Logan Thomason, Lavonia, Dylan Shope, Cornelia, and Christopher Lee, Gillsville; father and step-mother, Warren and Tammy Mote Thomason, Homer; mother and step-father, Peggy (Thompson) and Bruce Payne, Alto; brothers, Jonathan Thomason and Jake Williams, both of Baldwin, Seth Thomason and Joe Williams, both of Homer, and Corey Payne, Alto; sisters, Brandy Pope, Mt. Airy, Christy Payne, Atlanta, and Faith Segers, Cornelia; and grandparents, Mary Jane Thomason, Cornelia, and General and Molly Mote, Baldwin.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

Jimmie L. Bryant
Mrs. Jimmie Lee Bryant, 75, of Commerce, formerly of Athens, died Thursday, September 12, 2002.
A native of New Holland, Mrs. Bryant was the daughter of the late Rufus C. and Guynell (Bob) Tilley Smith.
She was a homemaker and a member of West End Baptist Church, Athens. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Bryant.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at West End Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Elliott and the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Randall Hanley, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Gerri Bryant, Hull; son, Randy Bryant, Athens; grandchildren, Christy Belcher, Kenneth Hanley and Rhonda Barber; great-grandchildren, Rand and Will Belcher and Brandon and Dillon Barber; and close friend, Mrs. Willie Crawford.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 890 Boulevard, Athens, GA 30601.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

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Hubert
S. Cotton
Hubert Stewart Cotton, 78, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Maysville, brother of Morgan Cotton, Homer, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002, of lung cancer at Piedmont Hospital.
At the age of 17, Mr. Cotton bought a truck and began hauling vegetables and fruit. In 1954, he founded Fulton Trucking Co., which as recently as 1995 was running 50 trucks and 175 trailers to deliver clothes and food nationwide.
“He was successful because he had good common sense and worked long hours, often putting in 13-hour days,” said his brother, Ben Cotton, East Point.
Steve Birchfield, vice president of operations, said, “For him, running the trucking business was like taking a vacation. There was nothing he would rather do.”
Mr. Cotton’s trucking business had to be put on hold during World War II, when he joined the Army and became a gunner in the European Theater. He fought in northern France, including the D-Day invasion at Normandy, earning two Purple Hearts. He spent a year recuperating from gunshot wounds in England before returning to his trucking business in 1946.
Besides his Atlanta-based trucking company, Mr. Cotton also owned a hotel and restaurant for 10 years.
He was the husband of Carol Cotton.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 13, at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta.
Survivors, in addition to his brothers, include a son, Don Cotton, Conyers; a step-son, Mark Patton, Suwanee; a daughter, Susan Garrett, Snellville; a step-daughter, Natalie Mallard, Lawrenceville; two sisters, Ruth Filley, Kansas City, Mo., and Elizabeth Chester, Duluth; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A.S. Turner & Sons was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

Castellaw Denton
Mrs. Castellaw Denton, 83, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at Crystal Springs Nursing Home of an extended illness.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Denton was a daughter of the late John Burke and Sally Prichett Burke.
She was retired from Oxford Sportswear Industries and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Denton was preceded in death by her husband, Willford Denton.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Jessie Mealor, Donald Wilson and David Garrison officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Geneviene Burke, Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Commerce, or to Gideon’s International.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002
Rev. Ken Fonclara
The Rev. Ken Fonclara, 64, of Cornelia, died Friday, September 13, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on July 12, 1938, Mr. Fonclara was the son of the late Frank Fields Fonclara and the late Inez Simmons Fonclara Stroud.
The Rev. Fonclara was in the ministry for 33 years and pastored at Christian Baptist Church and North Clayton Baptist Church. He was currently the pastor of Welcome Baptist Church, Eastanollee, and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Mr. Fonclara was also a retired machinist from Winn Smith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 15, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. P.J. Hulsey, Ernest Nichols and Telford Tanksley officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Linda G. Tench Fonclara, Cornelia; daughter, Robin Lorina Fonclara, Jefferson; sons, Cole Fonclara, Clarkesville, and Flint Fonclara, Savannah; and two grandchildren, Lance and Daniel Fonclara.
McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002

Doris E. Roberts
Mrs. Doris Elliott Roberts, 93, of Cornelia, died Thursday, September 12, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Spaulding County on April 18, 1909, Mrs. Roberts was the daughter of the late Clarence Thornton and Daisy Reynolds Elliott.
She was a retired clerical worker and a member of Griffin Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Burch Joiner Roberts, and three brothers, Raymond Elliott, Donald Elliott and Clayton Elliott.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 14, in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Carl Loggins officiating.
Survivors include her guardian, Dollie Loggins, Cornelia; step-daughter, Sarah R. Hancock, Smyrna; and four step-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002
Eunice F. Anthony
Miss Eunice Faye Anthony, 76, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home of an extended illness.
Miss Anthony was born November 14, 1925, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of the late Mack C. Anthony and Mary Jackson Anthony.
Miss Anthony was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Roy Smith officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one brother, J.W. Anthony, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 18, 2002


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