Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 4, 2002


Billy Stowe
Billy Stowe, 77, of Maysville, died Monday, December 2, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Stowe was born November 13, 1925, in Jackson County, a son of the late Jesse and Katie Gee Stowe.
A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Stowe retired from the Army on June 12, 1968. He entered the service on November 13, 1943, serving during World War II, the Mission in Congo, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam.
Mr. Stowe earned several awards and decorations, including Good Conduct Medals, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the World War II Victory Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He received several Letters of Appreciation from commanding officers, peers and patients.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Don Nix officiating. Burial will be in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson. Frankie Anglin, Chris Beatty, Raymond Beatty, Todd Collier, David Stowe, Jimmy Stowe, Carmel Weed and the Military Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Stowe is survived by his wife, Rena K. Stowe, Maysville; daughters, Yvonne Beatty, Jefferson, and Evelene Reidling, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Nancy Stowe, Montgomery, Ala.; grandchildren, April Goodrich, Cathy Reidling, Suzy Weed, Rebecca Collier, Jennifer Stowe, Chris Beatty, Tracey Anglin and Raymond Beatty; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, National Headquarters, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0303.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

I.J. Medders
I.J. Medders, 90, of Sylvester, died Sunday, November 24, 2002, at Palmyra Medical Centers.
Mr. Medders was born March 30, 1912, in Worth County, the son of the late Chester Marion and Myrtie Kizzie Reynolds Medders.
He lived in Worth County all of his life and was a retired farmer. Mr. Medders was also a retired surveyor of Worth County, with 22 years of service. During World War II, he served as supervisor of the Sweet Potato Dehydration Plant. He was the first in Worth County to receive the FFA American Farmer Degree in 1936.
Mr. Medders was a member and former chairman of deacons at Antioch Baptist Church, where he also served as former church treasurer and Sunday School teacher.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Llewellynn Medders.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, at Antioch Baptist Church with the Revs. Bruce Gordon and Jerry Cooper officiating. Burial was in Providence Cemetery. Brent Medders, Jeff H. Jones, Richie Duncan, Hugh Medders, Mike Garvey, Lee Medders and Tommy Lance served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Antioch Baptist Church.
Mr. Medders is survived by his wife, Gracie McCrary Medders, Sylvester; son, Byron Medders, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Harlan and Pat Medders, Doyle and Joyce Medders and Roger and Billie Medders, all of Sylvester; sister, Vesta Mae Calhoun, Sylvester; nine grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Medders would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on December 10.
Banks Funeral Home, Sylvester, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Virginia Watkins
Ms. Virginia Watkins, 68, of Alto, died Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Ms. Watkins was born in Habersham County on November 13, 1934, a daughter of the late William John Watkins and Lula Masinor Roper Watkins.
She was retired from Lee Arrendale State Prison as a correctional officer and was a member of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church. Ms. Watkins was preceded in death by a brother, William John Watkins.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Bobby Watson and Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Todd Doss and Dennis Doss, both of Mt. Airy; two sisters, Mary Davidson and Linda Kimbrell, both of Demorest; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas, 88, of Auburn, died Tuesday, November 26, 2002.
Mr. Thomas was born March 21, 1914, in Murray County, the son of the late Ira Stanford and Nora Leatherwood Thomas.
He resided in Barrow County for the past 30 years and was a retired residential carpenter. Mr. Thomas was a member of Long Swamp Baptist Church, Jasper.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Shuford Jones officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Cora Jones Thomas, Auburn; two daughters, Nora Lee Riggs, Homer, and Patsy Still, Auburn; four sons, Bud Thomas, Hoschton, Jerry Thomas, Canton, Donald Thomas, Auburn, and Rick Thomas, Bold Springs; one sister, Mary Trusty, Covington; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Dianne Bishop
Mrs. Dianne Bishop, 51, of Hull, died Saturday, November 30, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Bishop was a daughter of Vera Lorine Bishop and William Franklin Walls, Hull.
She was a sixth grade school teacher at Madison County Middle School, where she had been employed for 13 years. Mrs. Bishop was a member of Bethel Holiness Church, Ila.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Bethel Holiness Church with the Revs. David Taylor and Curtis Bishop officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Chris Beussee, Harrison Gresham, Lamar Bond, Tracy Gipson, Mark Gipson, Trent Holman, Rodney Baker and Greg King served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Wayne Bishop; son and daughter-in-law, Adam Wayne and Rebecca Bishop, Kellyville, Okla.; sisters, Helen Bond, Ila, Joyce Huff, Hull, Barbara Gipson, Carnesville, and Deborah Riddleberger, Mansfield; brothers, David Walls and Eugene Walls, both of Hull; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

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William ‘Bill’ Abbs
William “Bill” Abbs, 39, of Rincon, died Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at Screven County Hospital following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
The North Carolina native was a member of Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church. He was employed with Lufkin Industries and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1, at Middle River Baptist Church, Carnesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Abbs, Rincon; four children, Alan Abbs and Tonya Abbs, Carnesville, and Danielle Abbs and Aaron Abbs, Rincon; mother and step-father, Mary and Terry Minesal, Commerce; father and step-mother, William E. and Linda Abbs, Carnesville; three brothers, Bob Abbs and Scott Abbs, Carnesville, and Wayne Abbs, Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the children’s College Fund, c/o Citizens Bank of Effingham, 600 S. Columbia Avenue, Rincon, GA 31326.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Ola P. Carson
Mrs. Ola Payne Carson, 91, of Cornelia, died Monday, December 2, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on October 20, 1911, Mrs. Carson was a daughter of the late Enoch and Etta Morris Payne.
She was a homemaker and a member of Good News Baptist Church. Mrs. Carson was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Carson, a brother, the Rev. John Payne, and three sisters, Alice Zimmerman, Vedia Carr and Lovella Gulley.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Good News Baptist Church with the Revs. Austin Kelley and Neil King officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Syvilla and Clay Poole, Cornelia, Rita and Buford Wade, Cleveland, Ann and Henry Grant, Flowery Branch, and Gail and Eddie Cobb, Westminster, S.C.; son, Kenneth Carson, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Phyllis Carson, Mt. Airy; brothers, Joe Payne, Alto, and Phil Payne, Cornelia; sisters, Daisy Rudeseal, Cornelia, Gladys Warren, Alto, and Winnie Grizzle, Titusville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Kenneth R. Nicholson
Kenneth Ray Nicholson, 53, of Commerce, died Friday, November 29, 2002, at Emory University Hospital.
Mr. Nicholson was born June 4, 1949, in Oconee County, S.C., a son of the late Leroy and Emma Rakin Nicholson.
He was a member of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Strickland officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Nicholson is survived by his wife, Evelyn Nations Nicholson, Commerce; four sons, Dale Leroy, Doug Leroy and Jeffrey Leroy, all of Commerce, and Joe Leroy, Carnesville; one daughter, Debbie Nations, Commerce; one brother, Wayne Nicholson, South Carolina; one sister, Sandra Tench, South Carolina; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

David L. Hauck
David Lamar Hauck, 57, of Clarkesville, died Sunday, December 1, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Hauck was born in Boonville, Mo., on July 3, 1945. He was a son of the late Emil and Doris Long Hauck.
Mr. Hauck was a graduate of Troup County High School and the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Alaska and Italy. Mr. Hauck was a court reporter for the Georgia Mountain Judicial Circuit for the past 29 years and recently received the Liberty Bell Award from the Mountain Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
A memorial mass was held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama and Father Thad B. Rudd officiating.
Mr. Hauck is survived by his wife, Lores Saponello Hauck, Clarkesville; sons, Christian Hauck, Leesburg, Va., and Norman Hauck, Chicago, Ill.; sisters, Karen Ward, Gainesville, Renee Daniels, Charlotte, N.C., and Susan Miller, Winder.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o Scarlett Whelchel, 4050 Hwy. 115 West, Demorest, GA 30535, or to St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 5410 Hwy. 197 South, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Vera E. Wheeler
Miss Vera Emiline Wheeler, 87, of Commerce, died Friday, November 29, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Wheeler was the daughter of the late Charlie A. and Bertha Purcell Wheeler.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Robert Flipo, Terry Ault and Eric Hahn officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sisters, Hazel Clark, Culpepper, Va., Jetteree Hull, Spencerville, Ind., and Gwynola Smitherman, Athens.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002

Cathy Gillen
Mrs. Cathy Gillen, 50, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Falls City, Neb., Mrs. Gillen was a daughter of the late Victor and Harriett Coats Wintz.
She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Gillen is survived by her husband, James D. Gillen, Cornelia; brother, Marty Wintz, Blue Springs, Mo.; sisters, Beth Jones and Vickie Wintz, Blue Springs, Mo., and Bridgete Myers, Tapawingo, Mo.; and three nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 4, 2002


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