Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 25, 2002


Todd Harrison
Todd Harrison, 32, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Mr. Harrison was born in Habersham County on July 25, 1970. He attended Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church.
Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.T. Ivie, Nettie McDuffie and Spider and Lois Harrison, and his great-grandmother, Josie Wade.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, in Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Bobby Griffin officiating at graveside.
Survivors include his mother, Jane Ivie, Baldwin; his father, Charles Harrison, Alto; sister, Sharea Duncan, Cornelia; brother, Len Harrison, Baldwin; two nieces and two nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002

Richard J. Kennedy
Richard John Kennedy, 70, of Maysville, died Sunday, September 22, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 9, 1932, Mr. Kennedy was the son of the late John Richard and Ethel Bruckner Kennedy.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. Mr. Kennedy was a recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star Combat Medals, as well as Air Troopers and Combat Infantry Badges. He was a retired engineer with Jeep/Chrysler and was a member of the American Legion Post #7, Gainesville, and the VFW Post #8452, Gainesville. Mr. Kennedy was also a lifetime member of the NRA and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 26, at Homer Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Crabbe and Swayne Cochran officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Banks Memorial Park with full military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Eleanor Griffin Kennedy, Maysville; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Gary Engel, Palm Coast, Fla., and Debbie and Michael Poole and Pauline and Joe Bielicki, all of Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael John and Kim Kennedy and Gerald and Janet Kennedy, all of Kettering, Ohio, and Richard Jr. and Annette Kennedy, Longmont, Colo.; son, Norman Williams, Maysville; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Charles Chappell, West Chester, Ohio; nephew, John Chappell, West Chester, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Homer Baptist Church Building Fund, 5028 Hwy. 441 South, Homer, GA 30547.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002

Montine P. Head
Mrs. Montine Patton Head, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Head was a daughter of the late Marshall and Flora Terrell Patton.
She retired from Jacksons Flowerland, and later founded Lanier Florist in Gainesville. Mrs. Head was a member of Central Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. Head.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. David Gravitt officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include a son, Billy Head, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Charles Ivey, Gainesville; grandson, Tim Ivey, Gainesville; brother, Owen Patton, Gainesville; sister, Juanita McDonald, Gainesville; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002

John D. ‘JD’ Loudermilk
John Dewey “JD” Loudermilk, 77, of Mt. Airy, died Monday, September 23, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 25, 1925, Mr. Loudermilk was the son of the late Dewey and Laura LaCount Loudermilk.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, who volunteered at the age of 17, and served during World War II.
Mr. Loudermilk was a retired businessman and was a member of the City Council for the town he loved so much, Mt. Airy, from 1958-1991, said family members.
He was a member of VFW Post #7720 and Mt. Airy Baptist Church. Mr. Loudermilk was preceded in death by five brothers, Lester, Bruce, Thomas, Franklin and Cecil Loudermilk.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 26, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Dr. B.V. Franklin and the Rev. Ronnie Thurmond officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ruth Keller Loudermilk, Mt. Airy; daughter, Brenda Loudermilk Kinsey, Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Yovonda Loudermilk, Mt. Airy; brothers, Telford Loudermilk and Virgil Loudermilk, both of Mt. Airy; sisters, Laura Westbrook, Cornelia, Henrietta Faulkner, Lula, and Lois Keller and Wallace Craven, both of Mt. Airy; granddaughters, Jessica and Emilee Loudermilk, Mt. Airy; grandsons, Robert and Rhett Loudermilk and Chris and Chase Kinsey, all of Mt. Airy; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Chad and Lisa Kinsey, Mt. Airy; great-grandchildren, Savannah and John Kinsey, Mt. Airy; and many nieces and nephews.
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.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002

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Allan C. Torgesen
Allan Creel Torgesen, 58, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born February 17, 1944, in Plainfield, N.J., Mr. Torgesen was a son of the late Walter Theodor and Clair Elizabeth Creel Torgesen.
He was a manufacturing supervisor and a member of the National Society of The Sons of The American Revolution, the Mark Twain Society and the Habersham Historical Society. He was also a member of Cornelia First Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Torgesen was preceded in death by a brother, Walter “Scott” Torgesen.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, at Cornelia First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Blaine Walker officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Torgesen Brumbalow and Christy Marie Torgesen, both of Cornelia; one son, Casey Creel Torgesen, Cornelia; and two sisters, Randi T. Hallford, Cornelia, and Lela T. Wade, Alto.
Memorials may be made to Cornelia First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002

Mary L. Davidson
Mrs. Mary Landers Davidson, 47, of Alto, died Thursday, September 19, 2002, at Lanier Park Hospital.
Mrs. Davidson was born May 16, 1955, in Fulton County. She was a member of Demorest Baptist Church.
Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her father, Merida W. Landers Jr.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Landers Cemetery.
Mrs. Davidson is survived by her husband, Dean Davidson, Alto; mother and step-father, Nancy and Stan Palmer, Demorest; one daughter, Brandy Reeves, Alto; two sons, Bronson Palmer, Demorest, and David Heddleson, Alto; three brothers, Michael Landers, Baldwin, Merida Landers III, Mt. Airy, and Mitchell Landers, Okaniwa, Japan; and three grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002
Rose L. Van Horn
Mrs. Rose Lee Van Horn, 71, of Duluth, formerly of Alto, died Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Born March 15, 1931, in White County, Mrs. Van Horn was a daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Carter McAllister.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Meadow Baptist Church. Mrs. Van Horn was preceded in death by a brother, Gene McAllister, and a sister, Ruth McAllister.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Lawson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Van Horn, Houston, Texas, Nancy Moore, Dunwoody, and Patricia Van Horn, Duluth; one brother, Ray McAllister, Cornelia; three sisters, Barbara Pitts and Janie Thomason, both of Cornelia, and Linda McAllister, Augusta; and three grandchildren, Mitchell Van Horn, Rachel Moore and Michael Moore.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 25, 2002


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