Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 16, 2002


William L. White
William Leon White, 39, of Homer, died Sunday, October 13, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. White was born in Jackson County on September 8, 1963, a son of Leon White, Homer, and the late Linda Jane Wilder White.
He was employed as a telephone cable contractor and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, Commerce. Mr. White was also a flagman at Toccoa Speedway.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus and Doyle Cromer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Helen Strickland White, Homer; two step-sons, Bryan Dale Cromer and Dustin Lee Cromer, both of Homer; one brother, Jeff White, Homer; three sisters, Kathy Nation, Commerce, Pam Prichett, Carnesville, and Patricia Shubert, Royston; and three grandchildren, Cody Lee Cromer, Carnesville, and Jewelianna Bryant Cromer and Katlyn Cromer, both of Homer.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

Toy Darnell
Toy Darnell, 79, of Baldwin, died Friday, October 11, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Darnell was born in Jackson County on September 8, 1923. He was a son of the late Tom and Minnie Wilson Darnell.
Mr. Darnell was retired from Stovall Motor Company, with over 30 years of service, and retired from the City of Cornelia, with 10 years of service. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was a member of Grant Reeves Post #7720, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Darnell was also a member of Cornelia Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Darnell and Jewell Darnell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors at graveside provided by American Legion Post #84 and Rabun County DAV Chapter #15.
Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Huckaby, Williamsburg, Va.; and two granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to the Veterans Wall of Honor, 555 Monroe Street, Unit 20, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

James B. Hughes
James Billy Hughes, 68, of Maysville, died Saturday, Octo-ber 12, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Hughes was born April 2, 1934, in Georgia, a son of the late Thomas Boyd and Ruby Lee Hughes.
He was a retired self-employed tile and marble installer. Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Sampson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Charles Hardy officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass.
Mr. Hughes is survived by his wife, Dot Sampson Hughes, Maysville; three sons, Kevin Sampson, Centerville, Tenn., James Hughes, Atlanta, and Marvin Sampson, Maysville; five daughters, Casey Castleberry, Huntsville, Ala., Mitzt Richardson, Lyles, Tenn., Nancy Wilmont and Sherry Harding, both of Atlanta, and Billie Wade, Loganville; one brother, Preston Hughes, Camden, Ala.; three sisters, Jean Chafin, Gainesville, Hazel Reynolds, Homer, and Betty Pittman, Morrow; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

Dennis Herbert
Dennis Herbert, 47, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Herbert was born September 22, 1955, in Clarke County. He was a son of the late Olin and Runette Watkins Herbert.
Mr. Herbert was retired from Dupont and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 12, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Herbert is survived by his wife, Lynn Burroughs Herbert, Nicholson; three daughters, Shelley Herbert, Sonya Herbert and Tonya Herbert, all of Nicholson; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

Chadyenne Whitehead
Mrs. Chadyenne Opal Davis Whitehead, 74, of Carnesville, died Monday, October 7, 2002, at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Whitehead was born March 13, 1928, in Baxley, a daughter of the late Leon and Beryl Sellers Davis. She was the widow of Eugene F. Whitehead.
Mrs. Whitehead was retired from Gwinnett Medical Center and was a lifelong avid University of Georgia Bulldog fan. She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church and an active member of the church visitation committee.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, at Cross Roads Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Bell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, David F. and Robbie J.W. Lewis, Atlanta; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert F. and Vickie Whitehead, Dacula, and Richard Lee and Carol Whitehead, Carnesville; grandson, Robert F. Whitehead Jr.; granddaughter, Carla D. Whitehead; and brother, Roscoe Davis, Baxley.
Memorials may be made to Cross Roads Baptist Church, 16144 GA Hwy. 59, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

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Vernice B. Smith
Mrs. Vernice B. Smith, 69, of Athens, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at her residence following a long illness.
Born in Banks County on November 7, 1932, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Albert and Mittie Wiley Bray.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Hobe Smith, and a daughter, Patricia Dorsey.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, October 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Dr. Jim Caton officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include five sons, Danny Smith and Frankie Smith, both of Athens, Doug Smith and Jamey Smith, both of Commerce, and Dennis Smith, Lula; four daughters, Judy Smith, Brenda Thigpen, Tammy Gee and Shirley Smith, all of Commerce; one sister, Eunice Deal, Commerce; 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence of Eunice Deal, 89 Orchard Drive, Commerce, and 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, October 16, 2002

Kathryn
B. Saunders
Mrs. Kathryn B. Saunders, 85, of Homer, died Monday, October 14, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Saunders was born October 21, 1916, in Athens, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Arlie and Anna Hemsley Bobo.
Mrs. Saunders was employed by the Florida Board of Education, Food Service Division, with 10 years of service. She was a homemaker and a member of Homer United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Saunders was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Brannon Saunders, a son, Thomas B. Saunders Jr., a step-great-grandson, Chris Roberts, and two brothers, Jack E. Bobo and Arlie Bobo Jr.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, in Banks County Memorial Gardens with Jerry Payne officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Vento, Baldwin; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Saunders, Gainesville; a special friend, Helen Scales, Homer; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

Kenneth H. Hunter
Kenneth Henry Hunter, 59, of Cornelia, died Monday, October 14, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on February 16, 1943, Mr. Hunter was a son of the late Henry and Josie Garrett Hunter.
He owned and operated Hunter Masonry for 40 years and was a member of Mt. Airy Masonic Lodge #141 F.&A.M. and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Hunter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. P.J. Hulsey officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Anthony Hunter, Clarkesville, and Todd Hunter, Cornelia; three brothers, David Hunter and Bobby Hunter, both of Cornelia, and James Hunter, Gainesville; two sisters, Marie Purcell, Cornelia, and Pauline Chitwood, Mauldin, S.C.; and four grandchildren, Adam Hunter, Brian Hunter, Chad Hunter and Zane Cody Hunter.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

William O. Kraft
William Otto Kraft, 89, of Maysville, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Henry County, Mo., on January 4, 1913, Mr. Kraft was a son of the late George and Electra Emma Bell Kraft.
He was a machinist.
Memorial services were held at 6 p.m. Monday, October 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Michael George Kraft, New Alex, Pa., and Robert L. Kraft, Maysville; five daughters, Sherry Lynn Collisie and Susan Emma Ford, both of Saltsburg, Pa., Beverly Mae Ervin, Mechanicsville, Va., Cindy Lee Kraft, California, and Mona Lisa Martinez, Anaheim Hills, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002

Sarah L. Carter
Mrs. Sarah L. Carter, 73, of Cornelia, formerly of Apopka, Fla., died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born May 24, 1929, in Chambers County, Ala., Mrs. Carter was a daughter of the late William Andrew and Stella Smith Blanks.
She was a homemaker and a member of Baldwin Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Joy Club. Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her husband, William Otis Carter, and a son, David Wayne Carter.
Funeral services were held at noon Tuesday, October 15, in the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Gotha, Fla., with the Rev. Larry Barnes officiating. Burial was in Woodland Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter, Faye Short, Cornelia; two sons, Otis Dwight Carter and Phillip Dwain Carter, both of Apopka, Fla.; two step-sons, Gene Carter, Apopka, Fla., and R.O. Carter, Longwood, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Blanks, Apopka, Fla., and Patricia Battles, Caruthersville, Mo.; a brother, Carthel Blanks, Apopka, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 16, 2002


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