Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 9, 2002


John F. Wallace
John Franklin Wallace, 46, of Maysville, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Wallace.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson, Steve Whisnant and Lloyd Reed officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife, Beth W. Wallace, of the home; his mother, Mrs. Claudia Wallace, Commerce; four sons, John Wallace and Jimmy Thompson, both of Maysville, and David Wallace and Dustin Wallace, both of Lula; four daughters, Miranda Blalock, Nicholson, Brittany Thompson, Maysville, and Ann Wallace and Latasha Wallace, both of Lula; two brothers, Carl Wallace, Hoschton, and Wayne Wallace, Homer; one sister, Marie Robinson, Homer; and seven grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Myrtle
‘Nanny’ Wise
Mrs. Myrtle “Nanny” Wise, 95, of Baldwin, died Friday, October 4, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wise was born August 30, 1907, in White County, a daughter of the late Francis Marion and Izora Staton Hulsey.
She was a retired clerk with the United States Postal Service, with many years of service, and was a homemaker. Mrs. Wise was a member of Harmony Baptist Church, where she was a member of the W.M.U.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Albert Broadus Wise, and two sons, James Hulsey Wise and Gordon Lee Haynes Jr. Mrs. Wise was the last member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 7, at Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Rice and Gene Todd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John and Barbara T. Wise, Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Shirley Wise Warren, Panama City, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Georgia Affiliate, One Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Leroy Flanagan
Leroy Flanagan, 60, of Cornelia, died Monday, October 7, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Flanagan was born September 14, 1942, in Habersham County. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and was a construction worker. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Flanagan was preceded in death by his father, Vance Flanagan, two sisters, Audrey Flanagan and Joann Flanagan, and a brother, Carl Flanagan.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Mickey Umbehant and Dr. Kenneth Franklin officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Flanagan is survived by his wife, Cheri Pardue Flanagan, Cornelia; his mother, Martha Erwin Flanagan, Cornelia; three daughters, Renee Burton and Rachel Flanagan, both of Cornelia, and Stacy Bennett, Mt. Airy; one sister, Rosalee Savage, Cornelia; five brothers, Junior Flanagan, Woody Flanagan and Jackie Flanagan, all of Cornelia, Guy Flanagan, Spartanburg, S.C., and Johnny Flanagan, Alto; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Scarlett Whelchel, 4050 Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Billy J. Westbrooks
Billy Joe West-brooks, 73, of Carnesville, a Purple Heart recipient, died Saturday, October 5, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mr. Westbrooks was born in Banks County on August 3, 1929. He was the son of the late Pless Marion and Ellie Mae Murray Westbrooks.
Mr. Westbrooks was retired from Robinson Furniture Company in Toccoa. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War and Korean Conflict. Mr. Westbrooks also served in the National Guard. He was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery with full military honors provided by the Rabun County Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15.
Mr. Westbrooks is survived by his wife, Violet Brady Westbrooks, Carnesville; daughter, Joyce Westbrooks Johnson, Kingsport, Tenn.; son, Ricky Westbrooks, Carnesville; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Maebell M. Ward
Mrs. Maebell Morris Ward, 83, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at Alzheimer’s Care, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Banks County, Mrs. Ward was the daughter of the late John Morris and Lucy Hubbard Morris.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband, L.B. Ward, a son, William Ward, and two brothers, Russell Morris and Hollis Morris.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Solid Rock Baptist Church, Maysville, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and Harvey Smith officiating. Burial was in the Wilson Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jimmie Lou and Jimmy Brown, Maysville, Judy and Randy Baird, Commerce, Brenda and Jimmy Allison and Vickie and Preston English, all of Helen, Frances and Buck Skelton, Hoschton, and Peggy and Steve Bosclair and Shirley and Dennis James, all of Homer; daughter, Frances Skelton, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Hilda Ward, Maysville; son, Lawrence Ward, Maysville; sisters, Kitty Roberts, Gainesville, Eulene King, Homer, Mary Lou Savage, Alto, and Ruby Buff, North Carolina; brothers, Walter Morris, California, and Junior Morris, Commerce; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to VistaCare Hospice, Athens.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Travis L. Echols
Travis Lee Echols, 56, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002.
Mr. Echols was born January 5, 1946, in Banks County to the late Andrew and Bertha Shubert Echols. He had lived in Hall County for the past 20 years.
Mr. Echols was a former supervisor with Milliken and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. He was preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. Doug Echols, and a sister, Lois Baggs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 3, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Echols is survived by his wife of 36 years, Annette Echols, Gainesville; daughters, Tammy Peterson and Trica Ritter, both of Gainesville; son, Ricky Echols, Gainesville; sisters, Dean Herbert, Atlanta, Dot Hill and Nancy Ledford, both of Commerce, and Joyce Carter, Clarkesville; brothers, Lloyd Echols, Gillsville, David Echols, Commerce, and Jimmy Echols, Danielsville; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a Clinical Depression Charity.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Hannah M. Gordon
Hannah Marie Gordon, infant daughter of Jeremiah Gordon and Lisa Marie Lynn, Commerce, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Hannah was born October 1, 2002.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 4, in the Cave Springs Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Chad Rising officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her grandparents, Wesly and Carolyn Lynn, Commerce, Pete Gordon, Homer, and Linda and Brady Spinks, Jefferson; and great-grandfather, Wesley Lynn, Commerce.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Harold D. Adams
Harold Dean Adams, 67, of Center, died Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Adams was born December 26, 1934, in Lakewells, Fla. He was a son of the late Alvin Reuben and Winnie Lucille Harvey Adams.
Mr. Adams was the owner of Adams Tile & Terrezzo Contractors and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Cryptside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens, with Guy Larkins officiating. Brant Adams, Josh Adams, Seth Adams, Cody David, Dustin David, Corey Jones and Joseph Jones served as pallbearers.
Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, LaRue Barber Adams, Nicholson; sons, Reuben Adams and Scott Adams, both of Center; daughters, Kay David and Kim David, both of Center, and Cindy Jones, Madison County; brothers, Jerry Adams, Center, and Melvin Adams, Dalton; sisters, Wynelle Gustin and Sherry Lee, both of Center; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

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Odis W. Crocker
Odis William Crocker, 89, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on June 12, 1913, Mr. Crocker was the son of the late Will and Annie Jordan Crocker.
He had previously worked at New Holland Mill, as well as the Department of Transportation and was of the Holiness denomination. Mr. Crocker was preceded in death by two brothers, Castalow “Doc” Crocker and Paris Crocker, and a sister, Emma Irvin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Avery Mote, Sanford Kimbrell, Bill Trotter and Michael Franklin officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Crocker is survived by his wife, Gladys Dodd Crocker, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Roger Shirley and Frances and W.J. Clark, all of Mt. Airy, and Virginia and Avery Mote, Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Joyce Crocker, Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, Marlowe and Lois Crocker, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Charlie Davis, Cornelia; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Theron L. Smallwood
Theron L. Smallwood, 72, of Danielsville, died Thursday, October 3, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Com-merce.
Mr. Smallwood was born December 14, 1929, in White County, a son of the late Howell and Montine Dailey Smallwood.
He was retired from Westington House, where he worked as a coil winder. Mr. Smallwood was preceded in death by his wife, Ladine Looney Smallwood.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Leon Smallwood, Hull, and Randy Smallwood, Homer; one daughter, Sandra J. Maney, Danielsville; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Donald D. Millwood
Donald D. Millwood, 66, of Buford, died suddenly Tuesday, October 1, 2002.
Mr. Millwood was a lifelong resident of Gwinnett County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed as an aircraft develop mechanic for Lockheed. Mr. Millwood was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Buford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 4, in Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, with the Revs. Mark Whiting and Paul Wade officiating. Burial was in the Zion Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Anne Millwood, Buford; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Paul Mitchell, Auburn; son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Sherry Millwood, Homer; six grandchildren; brother, R.C. Millwood, Conyers; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Dewitt Whitsel
Dewitt Whitsel, 75, of Comer, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Whitsel was a son of the late Asbury and Lera Roberts Whitsel.
He was a farmer and was a resident of the area for over 25 years. Mr. Whitsel was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Elizabeth Ginn Whitsel, and a daughter, Cathy Scoggins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 4, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Colliers Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan McClain, Comer; two sons, Danny Whitsel, Athens, and John Whitsel, Comer; two sisters, Mageline Vaughn, Homer, and Hazel Whitsel, Toccoa; one brother, Odell Whitsel, Homer; and 10 grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Jacqueline
E. Nicholson
Mrs. Jacqueline Elaine Wilkenson Nicholson, 51, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 5, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Nicholson was born March 18, 1951, in Marion County, Ind. She was a daughter of Ruth Greene Wilkenson, Indianapolis, Ind., and the late Warren Wilkenson.
She was retired from Lucent Technology/OFS and was a member of Homer Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph Goss officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Gilbert Nicholson, Commerce; three sons, Aaron Daniel, Darren Daniel and Eric Daniel, all of Commerce; two step-sons, Russell Nicholson, Westminster, S.C., and Shane Nicholson, Gainesville; one step-daughter, Gail Looney, Jefferson; two brothers, Jay Wilkenson and Randy Wilkenson, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; and eight grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002

Rosa P. Robertson
Mrs. Rosa Pope Parks Robertson, 85, of Athens, died Sunday, October 6, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Robertson was a daughter of the late Floyd Andrew and Pearl Sanders Park. Her first husband, Hoyt Robertson, and her second husband, J. Chalmers Vinson, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Robertson was a retired secretary from The Georgia Center for Continuing Education and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Athens for 65 years, where she was superintendent of the Primary Division and the Children’s Division for a number of years.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, at the First United Methodist Church of Athens with the Rev. Grady Wigley and Dr. Bill Britt officiating. Burial was in the Maysville Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Myrna Rose Robertson, Athens; a son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Debbie Robertson, Windsor, Nova Scotia; and a granddaughter, Jeannie Robertson, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 484 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, GA 30606, or to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002
Maude B. Simpson
Mrs. Maude Barber Simpson, 82, of Cornelia, died Thursday, October 3, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Westminster, S.C., on February 25, 1920, Mrs. Simpson was the daughter of the late O.A. and Hattie Mae Bookout Barber.
She was a homemaker and a member of Walhalla Eastern Star Chapter 134 and Cornelia United Methodist Church. Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by a grandson, William Ned Simpson II, a brother, Broadus Barber, and three sisters, Lola Mae Medlin, Lillie Mae Hunnicutt and Ruth Adams.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5, in Eastview Cemetery, Westminster, S.C., with the Revs. Wayne Smith and Garry Garrison officiating.
Mrs. Simpson is survived by her husband, William Benjamin “Ben” Simpson, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, William Ned and Nancy Simpson, Walhalla, S.C.; and adopted family, Kent, Robbie, Zane and Alyson Stewart, all of Alto.
Memorials may be made to Eastview Cemetery, c/o Business World Inc., P.O. Box 151, Westminster, SC 29693.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 9, 2002


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