Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 27, 2002


Odessa H. Bowman
Mrs. Odessa Hart Bowman, 87, of Alto, died Friday, November 15, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Franklin County on December 31, 1914, Mrs. Bowman was a daughter of the late George C. and Myrtie Smith Hart. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. D.C. Bowman.
Mrs. Bowman was a homemaker and a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Verner London officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four sisters, Mary Dove and Mildred Moore, both of Gainesville, Jessie Hart, Carnesville, and Helen Mitchell, McDonough; and two brothers, Delbert Hart, Smyrna, and Dan Hart, Loganville.
Memorials may be made to Mud Creek Baptist Church, c/o Lawton Erwin, 4438 Mud Creek Road, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Julie S. Crowe
Mrs. Julie Savage Crowe, 54, of Clarkesville, died Friday, November 22, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Crowe was born on October 27, 1948, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Randolph and Bessie Mae Simmons Savage.
Mrs. Crowe was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing and Baldwin Garment Company and was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Crowe is survived by her husband, Larry Crowe, Clarkesville; one daughter, Tina Barrs, Clarkesville; one son, Jamie Crowe, Cornelia; two sisters, Jearline Savage and Janette Savage, both of Cleveland; one brother, James Savage, Alto; and five grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Andrea J. Allen
Mrs. Andrea Joy Allen, 26, of Lula, died Wednesday, November 20, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Allen was born in Hall County on August 6, 1976. She was a 1994 graduate of White County High School and received a diploma in computer background from Lanier Tech. Mrs. Allen was a student at Gainesville College working on a certificate program for information systems.
She was employed as an information systems specialist with Habersham Bank and was a member of Baldwin Church of God, where she sang in the church choir and taught the senior high school Sunday School class. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Andy Adams and Barney and Katherine Garner West.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 22, at the Baldwin Church of God with the Revs. Michael Franklin and Ken Coomer officiating. Burial was in the Zion Interdenominational Church cemetery.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Josh Anthony Allen, Lula; her parents, Ricky and Margaret Adams West, Cleveland; sister, Cynthia West, Cleveland; mother-in-law, Brenda Lovell Allen, Baldwin; father-in-law, Tony Allen, Lula; sister-in-law, Julie Allen, Athens; and grandmother, Mabel Adams, Cleveland.
Memorials may be made in memory of Andrea Allen, 416 Westmoreland Road, Lula, GA 30554.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Ida E. Oliver
Mrs. Ida Elenor Cook Oliver, 88, of Alto, died Saturday, November 23, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Oliver was born in Habersham County on December 6, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Chalsey Shubert Cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Oliver, two sons, Edward Oliver and Artis Oliver, a daughter, Ellen Armour, a granddaughter, Gwendolyn Armour, two sisters, Bertha Gragg and Pearlie Oliver, and a brother, Lewis Cook.
Mrs. Oliver was a homemaker and was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills with several years of service. She was a member of Alto Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with the Revs. Leon Brown, W.A. Jenkins and Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter officiating at graveside.
Survivors include three daughters, Genell Armour, Helen Grier and Dorothy Wood, all of Alto; one son, Richard Oliver, Cleveland; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002
Ronald C.
Cochran Sr.
Ronald Cecil Cochran Sr., 50, of Maysville, died Thursday, November 21, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Cochran was born November 22, 1951, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Cecil and Edna Sue Weldon Cochran.
Mr. Cochran was the owner of Cochran’s Small Engine Repair and was a member of Maysville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 22, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Cochran is survived by his wife, Debra Payne Cochran, Maysville; son, Ronald C. Cochran Jr., Maysville; daughters, Tammy Gallman, Cornelia, and Christy Hubbard, Maysville; brothers, Al Cochran and David Cochran, both of Maysville, and Tim Cochran, Crawford; sister, Yvonne Payne, Homer; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

David Straka
David Straka, 38, of Cornelia, died Monday, November 18, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Straka was born October 26, 1964, in Winsor Ontario, Canada.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed as an engineer. Mr. Straka was of the Christian faith.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Friday, November 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Steve Dyer and Chad Parker officiating.
Mr. Straka is survived by his girlfriend, Susan Garrison, Cornelia; his mother, Ethel Tucker Straka, Toronto, Canada; brother, Erich Straka, Tennessee; sister, Ann Straka, Michigan; and nieces and nephews, Erika Straka, Halston Straka, Anya Straka and Jazzelle Straka.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

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Virginia
‘Peanut’ G. Irvin
Mrs. Virginia “Peanut” Gabrels Irvin, 74, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, November 21, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Irvin was born July 31, 1928, in Habersham County, a daughter of the late Marvin and Carolyn Wood Gabrels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil “Skip” Irvin Sr.
Mrs. Irvin was the retired secretary and treasurer of Clarkesville Motor Company, with 30 years of service. She formerly worked with the Rape Crisis Center and the Methodist Women, and was a physical education assistant at North Habersham Junior High. Mrs. Irvin was a member of Clarkesville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Joy Brown and Russ Barker officiating. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Jan Springsteen, Woodville, Ala., and Patti Reeves, Alto; three sons, C.E. “Skip” Irvin Jr., Acworth, David Irvin, Mt. Airy, and Sam Irvin, Clarkesville; one brother, Marvin Gabrels Jr., Lakemont; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Clarkesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 365, Clarkesville, GA 30523, or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Lunice M. Bonds
Mrs. Lunice M. Bonds, 86, of Commerce, died Friday, November 22, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Bonds was a daughter of the late Johnny G. and Hester E. Whitsel Duncan, and was the widow of Carlton Bonds.
She was retired from Harmony Grove Mill.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23, in the Liberty Methodist Church cemetery with the Revs. Wendell Hanley and Douglas Duncan officiating.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry Bonds, Ila, Johnny Bonds, Danielsville, and Early Bonds and C.W. Bonds, both of Commerce; six daughters, Helen Mabry, Blanche Maddox, Shirley Snead and Beverly Bowles, all of Commerce, Carolyn O’Kelley, Maysville, and Brenda Johnson, Hartwell; one brother, W.C. Duncan, Danielsville; 25 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Edith E. Hanley
Mrs. Edith Evelyn Rice Hanley, 89, of Danielsville, died Saturday, November 23, 2002.
Born in Franklin County, Mrs. Hanley was a daughter of the late Judge Rice and Addie Ruth Keasler Rice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Spurgeon Hanley, and a son, Ray Hanley.
Mrs. Hanley was a homemaker and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Wendall Hanley officiating. Burial was in the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Dale, Danielsville; two sons, Homer Wallace Hanley, Winterville, and Larry R. Hanley, Danielsville; three sisters, Mary Gordon, Mt. Airy, Avis Jeffery, Stockbridge, and Carol Dale, Homer; one brother, Carmon Rice, Loganville; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and two step-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Donald Gordon
Donald Gordon, 73, of Monroe, died Sunday, November 24, 2002, at Georgia War Veterans Home, Milledgeville, following an extended illness.
Born in Walton County on May 18, 1929, Mr. Gordon was a son of the late Felton and Drucilla Samantha Garrison Gordon.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict, and was a self-employed plumber and electrician. Mr. Gordon was a member of Braswell Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Sorrells Gordon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, at Braswell Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Frank A. Gordon, Gillsville; sisters, Mable Williams, Norcross, and Marel Burrell, Duluth; and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Howard
‘Shorty’ Martin
Howard “Shorty” Martin, 79, of Commerce, died Tuesday, November 19, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Martin was born October 25, 1923, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Henry and Mattie Martin.
Mr. Martin was retired from R.C. Cola.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Stuart Lang officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Martin is survived by a daughter, Brenda Gail Allen, Commerce; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002

Ned Kimsey
Ned Kimsey, 81, of Braselton, died Tuesday, November 19, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Kimsey was a son of the late Sandy and Frances Kimsey.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Pond Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Kimsey is survived by his wife, Bertie Kimsey, of the home; one son, Stevie Kimsey, Gillsville; four daughters, Carolyn Aikens and Diane Brock, both of Braselton, Elizabeth Gabiel, Carrolton, and Doris Jenkins, Monroe; one brother, Albert Kimsey, Gillsville; one sister, Mary Lou Aikens, Pendergrass; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 27, 2002


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