Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 6, 2002


Billy S. Patton
Billy S. Patton, 64, of Homer, a veteran of the Korean War, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mr. Patton was the son of the late Homer and Ida Whitsel Patton.
He was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 2, at Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. Tim Beasley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Greg Patton, Homer; a sister, Pearlie Sorrels, Atlanta; and a granddaughter.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Thomas K.
Kesler Sr.
Thomas K. Kesler Sr., 80, of Homer, died Sunday, November 3, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Kesler was born January 11, 1922, in Franklin County, a son of the late Russell D. and Dora Kelly Kesler.
He retired from Athens Tech and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Kesler also attended Homer United Methodist Church. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Kesler was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Ford Kesler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jim McLendon and Dr. Tommy Childress officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Tommy Kesler, Mobile, Ala.; three daughters, Susan Childress, Sylva, N.C., Sandra Garrison, Homer, and Elizabeth Williams, Nicholson; one brother, Curtis Kesler, Walnut Creek, Calif.; one sister, Celeste Spears, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and 12 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Otho Carter
Otho Carter, 79, of Alto, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Carter was born April 4, 1923, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Walter and Daisey Miller Carter.
Mr. Carter was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills. He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Carter, and two sisters, Zelma Chitwood and Mae Hutson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, November 1, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Billy Harris and Mike Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Enon Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Curtis Eller, Baldwin; sons, David Carter, Baldwin, Troy Carter, Alto, and Danny Carter, Carnesville; brothers, Ralph Carter and Roy Carter, both of Gainesville; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Gertrude
P. McAllister
Mrs. Gertrude Poole McAllister, 89, of Cornelia, died Monday, November 4, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on February 16, 1913, Mrs. McAllister was a daughter of the late Phillip and Rebecca Sellers Poole.
She was a homemaker and a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. McAllister was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil McAllister.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Harry Rudasill officiating at graveside.
Survivors include a daughter, Loyce Smith, Cornelia; two sons, Bruce McAllister, Mt. Airy, and Billy McAllister, Ingleside, Texas; two foster daughters, Dorothy Kesler, Homer, and Doris Brock, Mt. Airy; three foster sons, Alfred Galloway, Mt. Airy, Clifford Galloway, Alto, and Walter Galloway, Cornelia; two sisters, Lizzie Garrison, Cornelia, and Ophelia Heath, Mt. Holly, N.C.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Jewell M. Cook
Mrs. Jewell Mae Wade Cook, 78, of Alto, died Friday, November 1, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County on February 27, 1924, Mrs. Cook was the daughter of the late Tilman Wade and Sula Jordan Wade and the step-daughter of the late Josie Roberts Pierce Wade.
She was a supervisor at Carwood, later retiring from Mt. Vernon Mills. Mrs. Cook was a member of Alto Congregational Holiness Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Laymon Brady Cook, a son, Keith Cook, two brothers, Woodrow Wade and Tilman Wade Jr., a step-sister, Nettie McDuffie, and a step-brother, Marvin Pierce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Jackie Ballew and the Rev. J. Franks Sailers officiating. Burial was in the Yonah Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Linda McElroy, Carnesville, Joyce King, Baldwin, Beverly Shackelford, Lawrenceville, and Camilla Rumsey, Alto; sons, Larry Cook, Baldwin, and Kevin Cook, Cornelia; brothers, Randolph Wade, Cornelia, and Tony Wade, Alto; step-brother, Benny Pierce, Alto; sister, Allie Savage, Alto; step-sister, Betty Stewart, Alto; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Freddie L. Tebo
Freddie Lee Tebo, 46, of Commerce, died Saturday, November 2, 2002.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Diamond Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Minnie Lucas Tebo, Mineola, Texas; special friend, Debra Turpin, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Jermeny and Marsha Alford, Commerce; step-son, Edward Turpin, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Roger King, Danielsville; step-daughters, Jennifer Smith and Laci Sellers, both of Commerce; and sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Howard McKinney, Arlington, Texas.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Jeff Lewallen
Jeff Lewallen, 84, of Clarkesville, died Sunday, November 3, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Lewallen was born February 9, 1918, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late William Russell and Lula Segars Lewallen.
Mr. Lewallen was a sawmiller and was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing and International Outerwear. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Mr. Lewallen was preceded in death by three brothers, Jess Lewallen, Horace Lewallen and Carlton Lewallen, and two sisters, Roberta Lewallen and Clara Lewallen.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Revs. Raymond Payne and Brion Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. John Humphries officiating at graveside.
Mr. Lewallen is survived by his wife, Lucille Segers Lewallen, Clarkesville; two daughters, Jimmie Ruth Wood and Carol Jane Hollifield, both of Clarkesville; one son, Tommie Russell Lewallen, Mt. Airy; two sisters, Izora Stephens, Commerce, and Mary Howington, Monroe; two brothers, Bill Lewallen and Major Banks Lewallen, both of Homer; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Addie M. Stewart
Mrs. Addie Martin Stewart, 70, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Stewart was born in Banks County on June 16, 1932. She was a daughter of the late Burie D. Martin and Mae Reams Martin, and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Stewart, and a sister, Sally Hardy.
Mrs. Stewart was retired from Chicopee Lumite Division, with 15 years of service, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 1, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Wess Davis officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, Dwight A. Stewart and Bryan Stewart, both of Cornelia, and Bradley Stewart, Carnesville; three sisters, Bessie Dooley and Lucille Cagle, both of Homer, and Ruth Simmons, Cornelia; one brother, Roy Martin, Baldwin; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Abife P. Sutton
Mrs. Abife Pace Sutton, 84, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at St. Mary’s Longterm Care Center.
Mrs. Sutton was born in Jackson County on May 29, 1918. She was the daughter of the late Ed and Margie Pace Pace.
Mrs. Sutton was a homemaker and a member of Antioch United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Sutton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 1, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Sutton is survived by a number of cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

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Nesbit L.
‘Pop’ Segers
Nesbit L. “Pop” Segers, 72, of Baldwin, died Thursday, October 31, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Segers was born in Hall County on June 7, 1930. He was a son of the late Clifton and Mary Pearl Higgins Segers, and was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Segers, a sister, Ovalene Holden, and a brother, Lewis Segers.
Mr. Segers was a member of Duluth Masonic Lodge and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. He was self-employed as a painter and was a former employee of Cornelia Mill and Feed for 14 years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 2, at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Revs. Garry Garrison, Clyde Garrison and James Harvey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Segers is survived by his wife, Addie Lene Brock Segers, Baldwin; daughter and son-in-law, Diane Smith Garrison and the Rev. Garry Garrison, Alto; daughter-in-law, Sharon Kimbrell Segers, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Ray and Deborah Segers, Cumming; son, Milton David Smith, Alto; sisters, Sylvia Sanders, Comer, Rachel Segers, Alpharetta, and Paulette Brown, Newborn; brothers, Wilkie Segers, Ellijay, and Charlie Segers, Baldwin; grandchildren, Shelly Segers, Cumming, Graham and Laurel Garrison, Buford, and Zackary and Barbara Smith and Amanda Garrison, all of Alto; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Roy Hardy
Roy Hardy, 89, of Gastonia, N.C., died Tuesday, October 15, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Hardy was a son of the late M.L. and Bessie Bennett Hardy.
Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Thelma Daily Hardy; one son, Tim Hardy, Gastonia, N.C.; two daughters, Mary Emory and Jean Collier, both of Gastonia, N.C.; one sister, Eva Hardy Toney, Commerce; and three brothers, Talmadge Hardy, Commerce, Albert Hardy, Jefferson, and Charles Hardy, Nicholson.
Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Grace W. Jeffers
Mrs. Grace Wyman Jeffers, 61, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Jeffers was born in Chatham County on July 14, 1941. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Peele.
Mrs. Jeffers was a supervisor with Scovill Fasteners, with 23 years of service, and attended Demorest Baptist Church. She was a member of Habersham Chapter #480, Order of the Eastern Star.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at Demorest Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Mewborn officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Alisa and Richard Byrum, Hartwell, and Rebecca and Jamie Free, Alto; daughters, Christal Carey, Bowman, and Jini Jeffers, Cornelia; sisters, Pam Bennett, Barnwell, S.C., and Mary Peele, Grant, Ala.; and five grandchildren, Megan Whitfield and Mollie Byrum, both of Hartwell, Marlia Arrendale and Bailee Burton, both of Bowman, and Jonah Free, Alto.
Memorials may be made to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 703 Pier Avenue, Suite B309, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3943.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Donald L. Boisclair
Donald Lewis Boisclair, 50, of Mt. Airy, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Wayne County, Mich., on June 26, 1952, Mr. Boisclair was a son of the late Richard and Guynell Parham Boisclair.
He was a machinist with Scovill and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Gainesville, with the Rev. Maurice Witt officiating.
Mr. Boisclair is survived by his wife, Betty Stewart Boisclair, Mt. Airy; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Jon Williams, Alto; sons, Donnie Boisclair, Guy Boisclair and Bobby Boisclair, all of Mt. Airy; brothers, Steve Boisclair, Baldwin, and Kenny Boisclair and David Boisclair, both of Alto; and grandchildren, Christina Williams, Little Jon Williams and Lexus Leann Boisclair.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Vira Podmanicky
Mrs. Vira Brewer Payne Podmanicky, 96, of Cornelia, died Monday, November 4, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Podmanicky was born January 31, 1906, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Will and Louvina Jenkins Brewer, and was preceded in death by her husbands, Francis Berkley Payne, and John Podmanicky, a son, Eddie Podmanicky, and a daughter, Edna McAllister.
Mrs. Podmanicky was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Raymond Payne officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Zinke, Cornelia, and Alma Groom, Panama City, Fla.; two sons, Howard Payne, Clarkesville, and William Payne, Cornelia; one sister, Maggie Brewer Wiley, Lula; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Thomas J.
‘Slim’ Carroll Jr.
Thomas J. “Slim” Carroll Jr., 64, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, November 3, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on September 4, 1938, Mr. Carroll was a son of the late Thomas J. Carroll Sr. and Gladys Jackson Carroll.
He had been employed as a scale operator with Wayne Farms for 28 years and was a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Maysville. Mr. Carroll was preceded in death by two daughters, Gladys Ann Latimer and Betty Ruth Adkins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Maysville, with the Rev. Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Carroll, Pendergrass; two sons, Donnie Lamar Carroll and Ricky Junior Carroll, both of Homer; two daughters, Holly Leann Carroll, Pendergrass, and Wanda Jane Pendley, Talmo; two brothers, Buck Carroll, Gainesville, and J.L. Carroll, Pendergrass; four sisters, Mary Carroll, Ruth Parks, Grace Pittman and Zelma Turpin, all of Maysville; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002

Martha L. Weaver
Mrs. Martha London Weaver, 73, of Cornelia, died Saturday, November 2, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in White County on March 10, 1929, Mrs. Weaver was the daughter of the late Frank and Lola Smith London. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. (Jim) Weaver, two brothers, James London and Terrell London, and two sisters, Della Mae London and Pearl London.
Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and was a member of Return Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, November 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Wilmer Ivester officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Dottie Carlan, Homer, Glenda Smith, Cornelia, and Shirley Meyn, Demorest; three brothers, Robert London, Cleveland, Harold London, Demorest, and Marvin London, Sharpsburg; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 6, 2002


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