Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 30, 2002


John F. Nation
John Franklin Nation, 59, of Homer, died Thursday, Octo-ber 24, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Mr. Nation was a son of Lucille Nation, Homer, and the late Lester Nation. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Nation, Athens.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Eddie Gordon, Terry Smith and Charles Crabbe officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter and son-in-law, Frankie and Tim Fouche, Nicholson; daughters, Haven Nation and Amanda Nation, both of Homer; brothers, Donald Nation, Maysville, and Dennis Nation and Ricky Nation, both of Commerce; sisters, Joann Lathan, Lugoff, S.C., Patsy Hudgins and Deborah Mason, both of Maysville, Joyce Hovator, Mena, Ark., Linda Allison, Lula, and Janice Ferguson, Cleveland; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Fouche, Nicholson.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Rodney F. Holcombe
Rodney Freeman Holcombe, 44, of Gainesville, formerly of Toccoa, died Saturday, October 26, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Holcombe was born April 9, 1958, in Stephens County. He had lived in the Gainesville area for 19 years and was employed by SKF Manufacturing. Mr. Holcombe was a member of Chicopee Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Freeman and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Holcombe.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 28, at Chicopee Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Collins and Gary Foster officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Kathy D. Holcombe, Gainesville; daughter, Brittany Holcombe, Gainesville; son, Joshua Thompson, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Kacee Thompson, Lula; grandson, Elijah Thompson, Lula; parents, Fred and Cerelle Holcombe, Martin; sisters, Kimberly Dawn Picou, St. Mary’s, Lori Denise Jarrell and Fredda Leigh Holcombe, both of Toccoa, and Julie Deanne Hall, Athens; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Louise Mooney, Ellijay; sisters-in-law, Angela Barrett and Rhonda Blackwell, both of Gainesville, and Tammy Wright, Chesnut Mountain; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Alfred Schreiber
Alfred Schreiber, 76, of Maysville, died Sunday, October 27, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Schreiber was born September 20, 1926, in Germany to the late Gustav and Mane Reinold Schreiber.
He was retired from the Federal German Railroad and was a member of St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission, Commerce.
A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission with Father Darragh Griffith officiating.
Mr. Schreiber is survived by his wife, Maria Grams Schreiber, Maysville; daughter, Christiana Rudio, Maysville; brother, Richard Schreiber, Germany; sister, Hilde Stehl, Germany; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Hazel S. Dodd
Mrs. Hazel Smith Dodd, 90, of Alto, died Monday, October 28, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Dodd was born February 2, 1912. She was a daughter of the late Wade Hampton Smith and Francis Smith.
Mrs. Dodd was a homemaker and of the Congregational Holiness denomination.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vasco Dodd.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the Alto Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Dodd, Las Vegas, Nev., and Edmond Dodd, Alto; one sister, Mollie Grant, Levittown, Pa.; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

James E.
‘Jim’ Mundy Jr.
James E. “Jim” Mundy Jr., 82, of Commerce, died Friday, October 25, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Mundy was born in Elbert County on February 21, 1920. He was the son of the late James E. Mundy Sr. and Lillie Wells Mundy.
Mr. Mundy was retired from the City of Commerce and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Bob Ramsey and David Bowen officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Mundy is survived by his wife, Eunice Lewis Mundy, Commerce; one daughter, Patricia Edwards, Huntsville, Ala.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Ann H. Martin
Mrs. Ann Holland Martin, 86, of Lula, died Thursday, October 24, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Martin was born in Hall County on March 16, 1916. She was employed as a furniture upholsterer and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, J.V. Martin, a son, Larry Joe Martin, her parents, Walter M. Holland and Della Ann Greenway Holland, a sister, Willie Mae Chaffin, and four brothers, Russell, John, Raymond and Marvin Holland.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Luther Williams and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include two sisters, Elsie Simpson, Mt. Airy, and Betty Albrecht, Lula; and one grandson, Anthony Kim Martin, and his fiancée, Jennifer Jones, Smyrna.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

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Bertha S. Davidson
Mrs. Bertha Segars Davidson, 95, of Alto, died Friday, October 25, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on March 22, 1907, Mrs. Davidson was a daughter of the late William and Lou Ausborn Segars.
She was a homemaker and a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Davidson, three sons, Huewell Davidson, Eugene Davidson and Marvin Davidson, a brother, Hershel Segars, and five sisters, Rushie Jordan, Willie Jordan, Mellie White, Ruby Mote and Dessie Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Roy Lee Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Yonah Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, William Davidson, Baldwin, and Wilton Davidson, Alto; three sisters, Lessie Mote, Demorest, Ruth Loudermilk, Cornelia, and Reba Parker, Lula; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Clay Burrell
Clay Burrell, 81, of Cornelia, died Monday, October 28, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Burrell was born October 26, 1921, in Habersham County. He was the son of the late W.W. and Linnie Mae Davis Burrell.
Mr. Burrell was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, as well as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired warehouse manager with Lee Arrendale State Prison, with 25 years of service, and was a lifetime member of Grant Reeves V.F.W. Post #7720. Mr. Burrell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Burrell, and a sister, Annie Ruth Burrell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Burrell and David Terrell officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Wilmer Ivester officiating at graveside.
Mr. Burrell is survived by his wife, Ruby Brock Burrell, Cornelia; one son, John Clayton Burrell, Cornelia; four sisters, Winnie Lovell, Blue Ridge, Carolyn Stinespring, Cornelia, Betty Brannen, Chamblee, and Jean Bell, Athens; one brother, Wallace Burrell, Decatur; and five grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002
Lillian Pierson
Mrs. Lillian Lessie Thompson Pierson, of Lavonia, died Thursday, October 24, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Sugar Hill, Mrs. Pierson was a daughter of the late James and Etta Coker Turner Thompson.
She had been a secretary with the Fulton County Courts, the Fulton County Planning Department and the City of Atlanta Fire Department Signal Headquarters. Mrs. Pierson was a past resident of Decatur and Snellville and was a published poet and songwriter.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Thompson and J.W. Thompson, and three sisters, Annie Grace Nalley, Ethel King and Sara Thompson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 27, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with Dr. Joe Renfro officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Lavonia.
Mrs. Pierson is survived by her husband, Lamar Wilson Pierson; one son, Roy L. Pierson, Loganville; two daughters, Tamara Chapman, Marietta, and Deidre L. Singleton, Augusta; four grandchildren, Zach and Zoe Chapman and Taylor and Emma Pierson; one sister, Montine Thompson, Snellville; one niece, Annette Lee, Austell; and one nephew, Gary Nalley, Suwanee.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2625 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 205, Atlanta, GA 30339.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Lenzia E. Smith
Lenzia E. Smith, 72, of Commerce, died Saturday, Oct-ober 26, 2002, at his residence of an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Smith was the son of the late Chandler and Pearl Smith.
He retired from A&P after 26 years of service and was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. Mr. Smith was also a member of the Masons for 40 years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 28, at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Douglas Duncan and Jerry Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Rachel Woodle Smith, of the home; one daughter, Belinda Catlett, Ila; three sons, Randy Smith and Ralph Smith, both of Commerce, and Ronald Smith, Athens; five sisters, Mogene Wood, Williamston, S.C., Sally Brown, Anderson, S.C., Mary Matzel, Carnesville, and Vester Stewart and Linda Westmoreland, both of Commerce; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002

Alice R. Pittman
Mrs. Alice Rachel (Big Mama) Pittman, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Pittman was born October 22, 1919, to the late Andrew Mathis and Alice Carithers Mathis in Commerce.
She joined Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at an early age, where she served as a faithful servant and sang in the Senior Choir for over 50 years.
Mrs. Pittman served on many local committees where she received numerous awards for her good deeds throughout the community, said family members. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, as well as an outgoing, well known and much loved face throughout the community.
Mrs. Pittman was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Pittman, and a son, Bill Pittman.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Vivian (Archie Jr.) Chaney and Mrs. Mary Alice (the Rev. Willie Frank) Pattman, both of Commerce; four sons, Verner (Gwen) Kidd, Oliver (Margaret) Pittman, Leroy (Lula) Pittman and Larry (Antonia) Pittman, all of Commerce; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Phyllis Pittman, Commerce; one sister, Betty Mathis, Commerce; two cousins, Louise Boykins and Dorothy Kelley, both of Atlanta; 27 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces, nephews, admirers and friends.
The Banks County News, October 30, 2002


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