Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 13, 2002


Roy Payne
Roy Payne, 83, of Homer, died Wednesday, November 6, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Payne was born July 20, 1919, a son of the late John and Byrd Hope Payne, in Banks County.
He was a graduate of Banks County High School, and was a retired poultry and cattle farmer and a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Mr. Payne was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Payne, two nieces, Carolyn Harris and June Patton, and a nephew, Ralph Griffin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with the Revs. Brian David and Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Phil Ferguson officiating at graveside.
Survivors include his wife, Irma Griffin Payne, Homer; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Gary Whitfield, Carol and Steve Ayers and Penny and Darrel McMahan, all of Homer; sister, Julia Williams, Homer; brothers, Guy Payne and William Payne, both of Homer; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four nieces and two nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Carol Ayers, P.O. Box 70, Homer, GA 30547.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

June A. White
Mrs. June Andrews White, 65, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, November 6, 2002, at Stephens County Hospital following a sudden illness.
Mrs. White was born June 19, 1937, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Andrews and Viola Ward Andrews, and was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers, Carmon Andrews and Lincoln Andrews, and a sister, Mildred Andrews.
Mrs. White was a retired employee of Fieldale Farms, with 22 years of service, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Lamar Christian Church, where she was a member of the Adult Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 9, at Lamar Christian Church with Mike Robertson, Tommy Wilkinson and David Terrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Garner White, Baldwin; one daughter, Trudy Baird, Toccoa; one son, Darrell White, Baldwin; three sisters, Rumyrthe Wilbanks, Christine Wilkinson and Mary Parker, all of Baldwin; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Baird Fulbright, Andrea Baird and Allison White.
Memorials may be made to Lamar Christian Church or to the charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Reeves Hill
Reeves Hill, 77, of Cornelia, died Sunday, November 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A son of the late Jay Douglas and Bertha Dixon Hill, Mr. Hill was born in Habersham County on September 26, 1925.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Mr. Hill was a retired controller with Habersham Mills and attended Habersham Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, H.A. Wilson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Tim Burpee and Gary Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Habersham Cemetery.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Doris Wilson Hill, Cornelia; daughters, Barbara Jane Hill and Holly Ann Hill, both of Duluth; adopted daughter, Sandie Humphries, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Tammy Hill, Alto; brother and sister-in-law, Edward “Boots” and Joyce Hill, Demorest; brother, Charles Hill, Demorest; sisters, Doris Ledbetter, Dahlonega, and Margaret Batson, Baldwin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Dewey Thompson, Clayton, and Lois and Lewis Walls, Ruth and Danny Goss, Peggy and Dan Burke and Jan and John Barnette, all of Clarkesville; and mother-in-law, Monteen Skelton Wilson, Lula.
Memorials may be made to the Habersham Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 412, Habersham, GA 30544, or to the Habersham Cemetery Fund.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Warren R. Thomason
Warren R. Thomason, 48, of Maysville, died Tuesday, November 5, 2002, at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 7, 1954, Mr. Thomason was a son of Janie McAllister Thomason, Cornelia, and the late Gerald Reynolds Thomason.
He was employed as a para-medical examiner for insurance companies and was an avid fisherman. Mr. Thomason was a member of Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church.
He was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Thomason.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, November 8, at Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Eugene Campbell and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Thomason is survived by his wife, Tammie Mote Thomason, Maysville; daughters, Faith Segers, Clarkesville, and Brandy Pope, Mt. Airy; sons, Seth Thomason and Joe Williams, both of Maysville, Jake Williams, Mt. Airy, and Johnathan Thomason, Baldwin; brothers, Glenn Thomason and Gerald Thomason, both of Cornelia; sister, Sheila Allen, Demorest; father-in-law and mother-in-law, General and Mollie Moore Mote, Baldwin; and grandchildren, Christopher Thomason, Breeleigh Thomason, Logan Thomason, Dylan Thomason and Hannah Pope.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Larry L. Garrett
Larry Lee Garrett, 43, of Winder, died Wednesday, November 6, 2002.
Born in Hall County, Mr. Garrett was the son of Roy Lee and Florence Irene Clark Garrett.
He was a member of Romans Road Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 8, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Roger Hardy officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Chasity Garrett, Bethlehem; one grandchild; three sisters, Jo Anne Ward and Diane Ford, both of Winder, and Carolyn Mathis, Gillsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Romans Road Baptist Church Mission Fund, 6933 Winder Highway, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Retired Colonel Howard G. Whatley
Retired Colonel Howard G. Whatley, 67, of Alto, died Tuesday, November 5, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Born November 30, 1934, in Texas, Mr. Whatley was a son of the late Howard Hiram and Mattie Mae Whatley.
He was a Retired Colonel with the U.S. Army, having served two tours in Vietnam, and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7720. He was instrumental in launching the Wall of Honor.
Mr. Whatley was a former city manager of Cornelia, served as past president of the Cornelia Kiwannis Club and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 7, in the chapel of MaGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Harris and Richard Scoggins officiating. Burial was in the VFW Memorial Park with full military honors.
Mr. Whatley is survived by his wife, Faye Bonds Whatley, Alto; daughters, Marion Hannah and Carole Hannah, both of Atlanta, Lynn Witcher, Nashville, Tenn., Tera Westbrook, Baldwin, and Celeste Jarrard, Cornelia; sons, Gregg Whatley, Richmond, Va., Randy Whatley, White River Junction, Vt., Brian Whatley, Athens, and Stuart Cunningham, Dahlonega; brother, Wesley Whatley, Witchita, Kan.; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Wall of Honor, 555 Monroe Street, Unit 20, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Freddie L. Tebo
Freddie Lee Tebo, 46, of Commerce, died Friday, November 1, 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, Maysville.
Mr. Tebo was preceded in death by his father, Robert Tebo.
Survivors include his fiancée, Debra Turpin, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Marsha Alford, Commerce; step-son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Dori Turpin, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Roger King, Danielsville; step-daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Smith and Jimmy Buffington, Carnesville; step-daughter, Laci Sellers, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Sandi and Howard McKinney, Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Hannah and Mason King, Ron and Hunter Alford, Blake and Brandon Turpin, Dillon and Brittany Smith and Cory Shuler; and many nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, with Jimmy “Digger” Waldroup and Doug Allen assisting with burial.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

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Jimmie H. Boyd
Mrs. Jimmie Harris Hogan Boyd, 78, of Mt. Airy, died Friday, November 8, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Boyd was born in Banks County on April 23, 1924. She was a daughter of the late Henry Cleveland and Bessie Funk Harris. She was preceded in death by husbands, J.F. Hogan and Robert G. Boyd, brothers, Odell, Joe and Ernest Harris, and sisters, Willie Mae Moore and Emma Lou Jones.
Mrs. Boyd was former owner and operator of Jimbo’s Restaurant in Cornelia, and later worked as a demonstrator at Bi-Lo. She was a member of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Father Bill Boyd and the Rev. Dr. James K. Yeary officiating. Burial was in the Welcome Home Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Lawanna and Harold Pritchett, Baldwin, and Brenda and Jim Crunkleton, Thomson; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Cathy Hogan, Acworth; sister, Imogene Simpson, Mt. Airy; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Rennie Fry, Mt. Airy; grandchildren, Ken Crunkleton, Susan Ivester, Rhonda Key, Tamara Prince, Jason Pritchett and Damon Hogan; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, Hunter and Spencer Crunkleton, Jay Ivester, Hannah, Joel and Elijah Pritchett and Victoria Prince.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Patsy K. Dyer
Miss Patsy Kaye Dyer, 55, of Toccoa, died Sunday, November 10, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Miss Dyer was born July 20, 1947, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late John Patrick and Shirley Califf Dyer.
She was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. David Bowen and Charles M. White officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Miss Dyer is survived by a sister, Shirley Parham, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

S.D. Scroggs
S.D. Scroggs, 83, of Cornelia, died Thursday, November 7, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Scroggs was born July 31, 1919, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Samuel Damascus Sr. and Della Martin Scroggs.
Mr. Scroggs was retired as owner and operator of Scroggs Tire Company and was a farmer. He was also retired from the Habersham County School System as a bus driver, with 28 years of service.
Mr. Scroggs was a member of Soque Wheelers Square Dancers, the Sheriff’s Posse, and enjoyed camping and traveling. He was also a member of Level Grove Baptist Church and the Caleb’s Clan Sunday School Class.
Mr. Scroggs was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Scroggs, three brothers, Earl Scroggs, Ray Scroggs and Howard Scroggs, and two sisters, Blanche Stephens and Ola Belle Herrin Hallford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Scroggs is survived by his wife, Elsie Harrison Scroggs, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Marcia S. and Lecil Sorrow, Colbert; son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Jackie Scroggs, Alto; brother and sister-in-law, Bascomb and Mathilda Scroggs, Cornelia; and grandson, Casey Scroggs, Alto.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Scarlett Whelcel, 4050 GA Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Edward J. Oliver
Edward James Oliver, 69, of Alto, died Sunday, November 10, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Oliver was born August 30, 1933, in Habersham County, to Eleanor Cook Oliver, Alto, and the late Clyde “Bud” Oliver. He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Oliver, and a sister, Ellen Armour.
Mr. Oliver was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and was employed with Meeks Plumbing Inc. He was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Charles Dial, Lester Haynes and Woodrow Hix officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery with military honors provided by the Raban Co. D.A.V. and American Legion Team.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Louise Armour Oliver, Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Stan Walls, Gainesville, and Sandy and Buddy Battles, Clermont; sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Brenda Oliver, Clarkesville, and Randy and Charlene Oliver, Englewood, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Joanne Oliver, Cleveland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanell and L.D. Armour, Alto, and Dorothy and Lamar Woods, Lula; sister, Helen Grier, Alto; grandchildren, Stevie, Shelby, Samantha, Brittany, Kevin, Brian and Chelsey Oliver, Courtney Battles and Jacob Walls; and great-grandchildren, Adam and Sheila Flynn.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

J.D. Evans
J.D. Evans, 62, of Statham, died Saturday, November 9, 2002.
Mr. Evans was born in Dawson County, a son of the late Leo and Justin Ophelia Wilkins Evans.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Jim Stevens officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Peggy Jane Evans, Statham; three sons, Dennis “Butch” Evans and David Leo Evans, both of Winder, and Gordon Bernie Watson, Maysville; two daughters, Febe Evans Bradshaw and Edie Evans Carter, both of Winder; four brothers, Neal Evans, Marietta, Tim Evans, Winder, and Leroy Evans and Ted Evans, both of Auburn; three sisters, Betsy Tims, Jefferson, Dell Evans, Winder, and Brenda Evans Engall, Centre, Ala.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Peggy Evans, c/o Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 561, Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Ora Mae Arrowood
Mrs. Ora Mae Lewallen Arrowood, 89, of Cornelia, died Monday, November 11, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Arrowood was born in Banks County on October 1, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Walter Brofford Lewallen and Harriet Farmer Lewallen.
Mrs. Arrowood was a retired nursing assistant and was a member of Line Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie William Arrowood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, in Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Eugene Campbell officiating. Burial was in the Line Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Austin Kelley officiating at graveside.
Survivors include a daughter, Eva Moore, Cornelia; sons, Jimmy Arrowood, Cornelia, and Frank Arrowood, Mt. Airy; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002

Ernest Ross
Ernest Ross, 70, of Cornelia, died Friday, November 8, 2002, at a private nursing home following a brief illness.
Born in Duanesburg, N.Y., on September 28, 1932, Mr. Ross was the son of the late Theron A. and Virginia Nolan Ross.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict, and was formerly employed with Fieldale Farms. Mr. Ross was a member of VFW Post 7720 and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 11, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in VFW Memorial Park with military honors provided by the Ft. McPherson Funeral Detail Team.
Survivors include four daughters, Michelle Ross, Cornelia, Beverly Schoeffler and Debra Ross, both of New York, and Carol Gaito, Arizona; one son, Kenny Ross, Florida; three brothers, Raymond Ross, Florida, and Ralph Ross and Theron Ross, both of New York; three sisters, Violet Whitbeck and Shirley Laven, both of New York, and Aleta Martin, Florida; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 13, 2002


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