Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 11, 2002


William F.
‘Bill’ Barron
William F. “Bill” Barron, 95, of Alto, died Friday, December 6, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Barron was born in Polk County on October 10, 1907. He was a son of the late William F. Barron Sr. and Eula Barnes Barron.
Mr. Barron was a former resident of Snellville, moving to Banks County in 1978. He was an artist and photographer and was retired from Lockheed Corporation. Mr. Barron was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Clarkesville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 9, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. George Deadwyler and Tommy Stowe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Wright Barron, Alto; daughter, Alice Cunningham, Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Andy Waldrop, Alto; and granddaughters and husbands, Eleanor and Steve Kilpatrick and Liesl and Mark Marmon.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 488, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

James T.
‘Bubba’ Bruce
James Terry “Bubba” Bruce, 53, of Lavonia, died Sunday, December 8, 2002, at his home.
Born in Jackson County on May 31, 1949, Mr. Bruce was the only son of Mrs. Lillie Gary Bruce, Homer, and the late James T. Bruce.
He was retired from 34 years of service with the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church, where he was active in the Explorer Sunday School Class, was a member of the Teller’s Committee, was a “Team Kid” Leader and was an inactive deacon of the church. Mr. Bruce was active in various Christian recreation leagues and had been active in years past with Little League as coach and in other positions. He was also a founding member of the Homer Fire Department, a former member of the Lavonia Fire Department and a former member of the Lavonia Lions Club.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, in the chapel of Hamby Funeral Home, Lavonia, with the Revs. Ted Kelley and Tommy Seay officiating. The Rev. Grant Myerholtz and Mrs. Penny Kelley ministered in music. Burial was in the Lavonia City Cemetery with Bishop Willard Fitzpatrick officiating at graveside. Larry Wertan, Winston Roberson, Harry Banks, William Bruce, Jimmy Myerholtz, Lanny Crain, David Dunson, Cliff Hill, Roy Holland, Sherill Mullinax, Jimmy Carroll and Bill Bowen served as pallbearers. Honorary escort consisted of employees of the Georgia Department of Transportation and active and inactive deacons of Abundant Life Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Bailey Bruce, of the home; and two sons, Wesley Bruce and John W. Bruce, both of the home.
Memorials may be made to Abundant Life Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Hartwell, GA 30643.
Hamby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

Kenneth L. Hart
Kenneth Larry Hart, 31, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 7, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Hart was born October 31, 1971, in Jackson County, a son of Larry and Hilda Long Hart, Commerce.
He was employed with Atlas Cold Storage.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Roy Neal officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hart is survived by his wife, Kimberly Hambrick Hart, Commerce; son, Kristopher Hart, Commerce; daughter, Kassady Hart, Commerce; and grandparents, Hugh and Louise Hart, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

Mogene G. Addis
Mrs. Mogene Gibson Addis, 70, of Demorest, died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on August 22, 1932, Mrs. Addis was a daughter of the late Arthur and Fannie Simpson Gibson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Addis was an avid quilter and genealogist.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at Double Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Wesley Purcell, Luther Williams and Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in the Welcome Home Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Addis is survived by her husband, Junior Addis, Demorest; daughter, Rebecca Ferguson, Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Bill Lindeman, Grayson, and Joann and Butch Culberson, Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Sandra Addis, Mt. Airy; sister, Elsie Proxmire, Conyers; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

Mattie Johnson
Mrs. Mattie Lou Starr Johnson, 92, of Commerce, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born October 9, 1910, in Franklin County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Claude C. and Vanna McDuff Starr.
Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Redford Raymond Johnson, a son, Redford Starr Johnson, and four sisters, Gladys Fricks, Eulalia Starr, Vehna Martin and Ethel Martin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 12, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Furman Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Rutledge City Cemetery, Rutledge.
Survivors include one daughter, Kay Francis Johnson, Commerce; and seven nieces and nephews, Polly M. Casey, Canon, Jeanette M. Lewis, Clarkesville, Sara M. Ayers and Jarrell Martin, Royston, Roger Fricks, Commerce, and Johnny Martin and Ray Martin, Jackson, S.C.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ginn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

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Max M. Davis
Max Marvin Davis, 85, of Demorest, died Friday, December 6, 2002, at a private nursing home.
Mr. Davis was born on August 16, 1917, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Charlie Ross and Susie Henry Davis, and was preceded in death by his wife, Louella Skelton Davis, two brothers, James Benjamin Davis and Robert Henry Davis, and a sister, Elsie Kate Smith.
Mr. Davis was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and was the owner of Davis 5 & 10 Store in Cornelia. He was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Wayne Smith, Marcus Martin and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Gladys Scott Oliver, Toccoa, and Sarah Francis Martin, Buford; one brother, Charles Roy Davis, Demorest; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

Patricia F. Sweat
Mrs. Patricia Foley Sweat, 70, of Commerce, died Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Massachusetts, Mrs. Sweat had lived in Duval County, Fla. She was the daughter of the late Phillip and Rose Small Foley and the widow of O.W. Sweat.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at Rivermeade Hardedge-Giddens Chapel, Orange Park, Fla. Burial was in Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry Van Orman, Spokane, Wash., Rob Smith, Apple Valley, Calif., Ron Smith, Pine Bluff, N.C., and Steve Griffeth, Hutchinson, Kan.; two daughters, Anne Williams, Orlando, Fla., and Arae Lyn Summersill, Commerce; three brothers, Billy Foley, Melbourne, Fla., Jim Foley, Manchester, N.H., and John Foley, Coco, Fla.; one sister, Phyllis Shaughnessy, Coco, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

Willeree Watkins
Mrs. Willeree Armour Wilbanks Watkins, 74, of Cornelia, died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Oglethorpe County on August 8, 1928, Mrs. Watkins was a daughter of Vadie Thomas Armour, Alto, and the late Dee Armour.
She was a retired inspector with Fieldale, an avid gardener and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her first husband, J.H. Wilbanks, and two brothers, William Armour and Howard Armour.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at B.C. Grant Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Woodrow Hix officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Watkins is survived by her husband, John L. Watkins, Cornelia; daughter, Helen Wilbanks Thomas, Alto; step-sons, Anthony Watkins, Mt. Airy, and Marion Watkins, Homer; brothers, D.W. Armour, Demorest, and Faye Armour, Batesville; sisters, Bessie Wade, Alto, and Judy Clark, Mississippi; grandchildren, Barry Len Thomas and April Celeste Thomas, both of Alto; and great-grandchildren, Seth Harold Thomas and Kayla Marie Thomas.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002

James Varner
James Joel Varner, 79, of the Bold Springs Community, Carnesville, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born June 29, 1923, in Franklin County, Mr. Varner was the son of the late Muncey Eugene and Edna Susan Ford Varner. He was preceded in death by a brother, Alton Varner.
Mr. Varner was a retired school bus driver and mechanic for the Franklin County School System and had been employed with the Georgia Department of Transportation. A U.S. Army veteran, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and was a longtime member of the Bold Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Varner was also an active member of Bold Springs United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, at Bold Springs United Methodist Church with the Revs. Stephen Horne and Tom Arnold officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Varner is survived by his wife, Eva Myra Hambrick Varner; daughters and sons-in-law, Mike and Vicki Seagraves and Philip and Myra Haley, all of Carnesville; grandson and wife, Brad and Brandi Seagraves; grandsons, Blake Haley and Brennon Haley; granddaughters, Bailee and Brylee Seagraves; brother, Edwin Varner, Rydal; and sister, Katherine Phillips, Loganville.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Franklin County Camp #1009.8, P.O. Box 297, Franklin Springs, GA 30639.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 11, 2002


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