Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 23, 2002


Torrey S. West
Mrs. Torrey Shannon West, 23, of Lula, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Emory Hospital.
Born in Hall County on December 15, 1978, Mrs. West was a daughter of Hubert Dale and Joyce Pittman Smelley, Lula.
She was employed as a sales clerk with Ameristeel Co. and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Craig Hubbard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. West is survived by her husband, Vernon Heath West, Lula; a sister, Shanda Smelley, Lula; and grandparents, Marvin and Edit Pittman and Hugh and Jurell Smelley, all of Lula.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Allie E. Collins
Miss Allie E. Collins, 55, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 20, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Miss Collins was born May 21, 1947, in Jackson County, a daughter of Pauline Benton Collins, Commerce, and the late Thomas Collins.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Curtis Greene officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Miss Collins is survived by a sister, Brenda Stowe, Commerce; niece, Lisa Ginn, Commerce; nephews, Mikel and Mathu Stowe, both of Commerce; and great-nieces, Summer and Savannah Ginn, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Opal E. Beacham
Mrs. Opal E. Beacham, 68, of Gainesville, died Monday, October 21, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Beacham was born November 16, 1933, in Hall County, a daughter of the late Ben and Mattie Belle Meeks Pierce.
She was retired from Alpha Office Products, where she was office manager, and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, where she was also a member of the Joy Sunday School Class. Mrs. Beacham was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Echols, and a brother, H.R. Pierce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with Dr. Steve Albanese officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Mrs. Beacham is survived by her husband, Jim Beacham, Gainesville; son, Jimmy Beacham Jr., Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sara Beacham, Gainesville; daughter, Jan Nichols, Gainesville; granddaughters, Chloe Beacham, Kaylie Beacham and Angel Nichols, all of Gainesville; grandson, Matt Nichols, Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, James Cohen and Margie Pierce, Gainesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley (Pierce) and Mike Canada, Gainesville, and Bobbie (Pierce) and Bobby Slaton, Oakwood; sister-in-law, Majorie Pierce, Gainesville; and brother-in-law, Lee Echols, Lula.
Memorials may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Wendy Rowden
Miss Wendy Rowden, 17, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, October 19, 2002, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Miss Rowden was born September 20, 1985, in Hall County. She was a student at North Georgia Technical College and worked part-time at K-Mart. She was of the Baptist denomination.
Miss Rowden was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Rowden, and great-grandfathers, Swayne Wood and John Barron.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Tony Goss officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery.
Miss Rowden is survived by her mother and step-father, Kay West Loudermilk and Dennis Loudermilk, Clarkesville; her father, Phillip Rowden, Clarkesville; two brothers, Jonathon Loudermilk, Toccoa, and Chase Loudermilk, Clarkesville; grandparents, William and Carol Barron, Clarkesville, and Shirley Rowden, Nicholson; and great-grandparents, Mildred Wood, Clarkesville, Evelyn Barron, Demorest, and Elizabeth Carey, Baldwin.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

John ‘B’ Smith
John Billy “B” Smith, 63, of Commerce, formerly of Gainesville, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Smith was born September 9, 1939, in Jackson County, a son of Harvey Smith, Dawsonville, and the late Lois Parr Smith.
He was employed as a maintenance supervisor with Millken Inc., Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include two sons, Micheal Smith and Steve Smith, both of Commerce; four daughters, Lisa Adams, Nicholson, Kathy Jackson, Jefferson, and Sue Zimmerman and Billie J. Overby, both of Gainesville; one brother, Billy Smith, Dawsonville; and 12 grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Julia E. Darnell
Mrs. Julia Elizabeth Darnell, 90, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Richmond County on August 22, 1912, Mrs. Darnell was a daughter of the late Walter Lee and Cora Lee Cowart Epps.
She was retired from the textile industry and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Darnell was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Darnell.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Vivian Darnell officiating. A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday following the chapel service in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.
Survivors include a son, Aubrey Darnell, Commerce; two sisters, Jessie Matteson, Hinesville, and Thelma Sizemore, Appling; four grandchildren, Michael D. Darnell, Commerce, Marilyn Strand, Crescent City, Calif., Shelia Samples, Jefferson, and Michelle Darnell, Dahlonega; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 23, 2002

Hugh E. Price
Hugh Edward Price, 85, of Demorest, formerly of Douglasville, died Sunday, October 20, 2002.
Mr. Price was born in Douglas County on June 10, 1917. He was a son of the late Joseph Robert Price and Fannie Mae Arrington Price.
Mr. Price was co-owner of Price Brothers Well Drilling Company and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Winston. He was also a member of Mableton Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Price was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Dutton Price, three brothers, William Price, Kenny Price and Guy Price, and two sisters, Clara Price and Jewell Camp.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, at Friendship Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Price is survived by his wife, Eula Mae Nation Wheeler Price, Demorest; son, James Edward Price, Mableton; step-daughters, Barbara Shook, Cornelia, and Maevrie English and Pat Roberts, both of Demorest; step-sons, Jimmy Wheeler, Clayton, Henry Wheeler, Johnny Wheeler, Chester Wheeler and Clifford Wheeler, all of Demorest, and Donald Wheeler, Clarkesville; brothers, Paul Price, Douglasville, and Frank Price, Lithia Springs; 24 step-grandchildren, 22 step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Bobby L. Archer
Bobby Lee Archer, 77, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Archer was born in Madison County on April 21, 1925. He was a son of the late David Anderson and Carrie Savannah Pace Archer. Mr. Archer was the owner of Archers Garage and Wrecker Service and was a member of Center Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Archer, and a daughter, June Archer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at Red Stone Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Archer is survived by his wife, Nell Gibson Archer, Jefferson; three sons, David Archer and Dean Archer, both of Athens, and Eddie Archer, Jefferson; two daughters, Barbara Campbell, Greensboro, and Helen Rider, Fort Worth, Texas; one brother, Ralph Archer, Nicholson; one sister, Mozelle Jackson, Commerce; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

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Raymond
‘Hollis’ Catlett
Raymond Hollis Catlett died Saturday, October 19, 2002.
Born April 26, 1920, Mr. Catlett was a son of Thomas Gibson and Belle Chrisler Catlett. He grew up in Commerce and finished high school in Boca Grande, Fla. Mr. Catlett joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and traveled around the world by rail, boat and plane. He served overseas during World War II and again during the Korean Conflict.
After receiving his degree from the University of Georgia, Mr. Catlett met and married Louise Lester Clark, Sanford, Fla. He began working at Lockheed Aircraft Company at what had previously been the Bell bomber plant in Marietta. Mr. Catlett spent his entire career at Lockheed, serving as a manager on the Jet-Star, C-130, C-141 and C-5A programs.
After retiring from Lockheed in 1985 as plant manager, he designed and built his home on the family land in Maysville. While there, Mr. Catlett took time to enjoy his family, gardening, landscaping, canoeing and sharing his cuttings and vegetables with friends and neighbors.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the Wilsons Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Elaine Standridge officiating.
Mr. Catlett is survived by Les and their three adult children and their families, Reed Catlett and John Stern, Atlanta, Ray, Carole and Christina Catlett, California, and David Catlett, Rhode Island, as well as Cristina and Marcelo Silva, Atlanta, and Pete. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Sizemore, Maysville, and Elizabeth Smith, Cordele; and one brother, Ralph Catlett, Cleveland.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Nellie L. Lacey
Mrs. Nellie L. Lacey, of Knoxville, Tenn., mother of Millie Gray, Maysville, died Thursday, October 17, 2002. Mrs. Lacey had just undergone surgery. She would have been 72 in December.
Mrs. Lacey had been employed with a hospital in Tennessee many years ago, but left work to raise her family. Her husband, the late Bill Lacey, who preceded her in death in 1990 of cancer, grew up with Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff.
Mrs. Lacey never learned how to drive a car, said family members, and said she didn’t want to. She was a good Christian woman.
“We had just talked to her Wednesday night,” said son-in-law, Jim Gray. “She said her faith was with Jesus. We will miss her.”
Survivors, in addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gray, Maysville, include daughter, Sandra Angel, Tennessee; sons, Stan Lacey, Kenny Lacey and Mark Lacey (a fireman with Knox County), all of Tennessee; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Donald R. Fischer
Donald R. Fischer, 68, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Fischer was a native of Allegheny County, Pa. He was the son of the late Fredrick A. Fischer and Susanna Davies Fischer and the step-son of the late John S. Shafer.
Mr. Fischer was a retired vice president in charge of operations at Baker & Taylor Co., Commerce, and was a member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club and the Athens Country Club, and was named “Kiwanian of the Year” this year by the Commerce Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24, at Commerce First United Methodist Church with Dr. Tom Lewis and the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife, Loette Craft Fischer, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Andrea Fischer and Michael and DeLisa Fischer, all of Commerce; granddaughter, Ashley Fischer, Commerce; and grandson, Jackson Fischer, Commerce.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Jerry Whitmire
Jerry Whitmire, 55, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, October 17, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Whitmire was born February 5, 1947, in Dawson County, a son of the late William McKinly and Lula Carolyn Carnes Whitmire.
He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, serving in the Vietnam Conflict, was a carpenter and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Dawsonville. Mr. Whitmire was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Cahill and Edith Lillian Whitmire, and a brother, William McKinly Whitmire Jr.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. J.R. Elrod officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Ashley Whitmire, Gainesville, Fla.; two sons, Ken Whitmire and Brandon Whitmire, both of Gainesville, Fla.; seven sisters, Ellen Hammond, Opal Hammond, Martha Jean Johns, Joy Dixon, Lynn Sims and Darlene Church, all of Clarkesville, and Josephine Nix, Gainesville; three brothers, Talmadge Whitmire and Gerald Whitmire, both of Mt. Airy, and Emmitt Whitmire, Demorest.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Nelson Bramlett
Nelson Bramlett, 81, of Demorest, died Saturday, October 19, 2002, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Born August 12, 1921, Mr. Bramlett was the son of the late James Tolbert and Lula Pearl Smith Bramlett.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, and was a member of Clarkesville Masonic Lodge #325 F.&A.M. Mr. Bramlett was self-employed and was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Gene, Jim, Roy and Stoy Bramlett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 21, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Dr. Tom Mewborn and the Rev. Brian James officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Bramlett is survived by his wife, Dorothy Carpenter Bramlett, Demorest; daughters, Gail Bramlett Moore, Demorest, and Sandra Bramlett Lee, Cornelia; son, Tolbert Bramlett, Cornelia; sisters, Jessie Mae Williams, Clarkesville, and Mary Palmer, Demorest; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Robert L. Hicks
Robert L. Hicks, 86, of Marietta, died Sunday, October 20, 2002.
Born in Habersham County, Mr. Hicks was a resident of Marietta since 1953. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and was retired from Lockheed. Mr. Hicks was a charter member of Central Baptist Church, Marietta, where he served as a deacon, and was a member of the church’s Senior Citizen’s Group.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, at Central Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Daniels and T.J. McHan officiating. Graveside services followed at 3 p.m. in Habersham Mills Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Campbell officiating.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Hicks, Jonesboro; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002

Kinney Gee
Kinney Gee, 66, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Gee was born June 7, 1936, in Jackson County, a son of the late Narville and Nell Smith Gee.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the National Poultry Federation and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Michael Jarrett officiating. Burial will be in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass. Tim Franklin, Randall Griffith, Terry Hix, Dean LaMarque, Chris McEver, David Sailors and Durand Turner will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Bowen, Ronald Canup, Joel Davis, Dover Gooch, Keith Hall, Ed McKinney and Doug Parks.
Mr. Gee is survived by his wife, Sarah B. Gee, Jefferson; two sisters, Alma Fulbright, Carnesville, and Deanie Richardson, Hoschton; two brothers, Calvin Gee, Jefferson, and Narville Gee Jr., Pendergrass; a special friend, Malina Turner, Cleveland; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson, the American Heart Association or to the American Kidney Foundation.
The family was to have received friends from noon until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 23, 2002


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