Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 25, 2002


Nellie M. Brown
Mrs. Nellie Mae Wheeler Brown, 97, of Maysville, died Friday, December 20, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born May 20, 1905, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Daniel J. Wheeler Sr. and Bernice Doss Wheeler.
She was a retired school teacher and was retired from Blue Bell. Mrs. Brown was a member of Oconee Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Brown, and a son, Bill J. Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Daniel J. Wheeler Jr., Commerce; one sister, Wilda “Bill” Martin, Maysville; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

Samuel T. Nichols
Samuel T. Nichols, 76, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in York County, S.C., on September 24, 1926, Mr. Nichols was the son of the late Teal Caldwell and Beulah Smith Nichols.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clover, S.C. Mr. Nichols was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memory Gardens, York, S.C.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Sarah Wallace Nichols, Nicholson; son, Steve Nichols, Nicholson; sister, Jane N. Falls, Blacksburg, S.C.; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

John W. Bradford
John W. Bradford, 81, of Bogart, formerly of Buford, died Sunday, December 22, 2002.
Mr. Bradford was a native of Gwinnett County, the “Duncan Creek Community.” He was a retired automotive mechanic and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by his wife, May Bradford, and his father, Willie Bradford.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Cedric Banks officiating. Burial was in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Willie J. and Jimmie Bradford, Buford, William and Deborah Bradford, Bogart, and Ricky and Nina Bradford, Flowery Branch; daughters and sons-in-law, Joann and Harold Brannon, Ethelene Powers, Brenda and Jerry Seabolt and Renee and James Terry, all of Buford, and Janice and Henry Knight, Flowery Branch; mother, Mrs. Omie Davis Bradford, Hoschton; sisters and brother-in-law, Mrs. Doris Bradford McCranie, Norcross, and Quinne “Tina” and J.W. Wright, Watkinsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed and Ellen Bradford and Morris and Elizabeth Bradford, all of Hoschton, C.W. “Dub” and Doris Bradford, Auburn, Junior and Wilma Bradford, Winder, and Kelly Bradford, Maysville; 26 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

Bill A. Hodges
Bill A. Hodges, 73, of Baldwin, died Sunday, December 22, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Decatur.
Born in Coats, N.C., on October 29, 1929, Mr. Hodges was a son of the late Adell and Susan Brown Parker Hodges.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and was retired from the heating and air conditioning industry. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Hodges was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Henry, and a brother, Charles Lewis Hodges.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin. Burial was in the Leatherwood Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife, Beverly Vaughan Hodges, Baldwin; daughters, Dorothy Bunnell, North Carolina, Tammy L. Byrd, Baldwin, and Kay Hodges, Fayetteville, N.C.; sons, Billy A. Hodges, Michael Hodges, Billy Ray Hodges and Richard Hodges, all of Fayetteville, N.C., and Jaycen A. Hodges, Gainesville; sister, Shirley Brady, Dacula; brother, Bobby Parker, Atlanta; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

Tom W. Poole Sr.
Tom W. Poole Sr., 80, of the Hollings-worth Community, Alto, a World War II veteran, died Saturday, December 21, 2002, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville.
Born in Banks County on August 18, 1922, Mr. Poole was a son of the late John Stovall Poole and Rosa Lee Sellers Poole.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired farmer. Mr. Poole was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Moss Poole, two grandchildren, Shea Marie Poole and Tom Joseph Poole, a brother, J.D. Poole, and two sisters, Lola Mason and Louise Roberts.
Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating at graveside. Military honors were provided by the Honor Guard from Ft. McPherson.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean Cox, Judy Garrish and Janice Tatum, all of Alto; one son, Tom Poole Jr., Alto; one brother, Ed Poole, Baldwin; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

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Annie G. Dial
Mrs. Annie Grace Powell Dial, 86, of Temple, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dial was born July 25, 1916, in Carroll County, a daughter of the late John Howard Powell Sr. and the late Lois Irene Payne Powell.
She was retired from the hosiery mill, with 43 years of service.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dial was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Eugene Dial, on October 6, 1989, a son, Donald Norton Dial, and two sisters, Virginia Powell Agan and Mary Ellen Turner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 19, in the chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Villa Rica, with Brother Roger Luke officiating. Burial was in Star of Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Sue Miller, Bowdon; sons, the Rev. Charles E. Dial, Lula, and Jerry Wayne Dial, Panama City, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, William Ray and Elizabeth Dial, Temple; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy Nell and Vernon Carpenter, Hixon, Tenn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Howard Jr. and Reva Powell, Calhoun, and James Roy and Lily Powell, Lindale; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Jones-Wynn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

Felix ‘Buck’ Jones
Felix “Buck” Jones, 71, of Alto, died Saturday, December 21, 2002, at Rabun Memorial Hospital, Clayton.
Mr. Jones was born in Habersham County on April 19, 1931. He was a son of the late Lester and Evie Ferguson Jones.
Mr. Jones retired after 31 years as a carpenter and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, in Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Ronnie Norton officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Taylor, Seneca, S.C., and Sue Simmemon, Cornelia; two sons, Jimmy Jones, Cornelia, and Kenneth Jones, Alto; one brother, Marvin Jones, Alto; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

Rachel C. Daniel
Mrs. Rachel Clark Daniel, 61, of Homer, formerly of Suwanee, died Saturday, December 21, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Gwinnett County on November 22, 1941, Mrs. Daniel was a daughter of the late Dillard and Bernice Blalock Clark.
She was a homemaker and a member of Damascus Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Daniel was preceded in death by a son, Scottie L. Daniel, a brother, Harmon Clark, and three sisters, Shirley Clark, Sara Coggins and Ethlene Moncrief.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 23, at Damascus Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Ken Allen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating at graveside.
Mrs. Daniel is survived by her husband, Bobby Daniel, Homer; three daughters, Angela Whidby and Janet Pass, both of Carnesville, and Donna Parr, Homer; one son, Bobby Wayne Daniel, Homer; three sisters, Doris House, Duluth, Pat Stiles, Buford, and Frances White, Hiawassee; two brothers, Ralph Clark, Hoschton, and Jack Clark, Eatonton; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Damascus Baptist Church Building Fund, 2826 GA Hwy. 198, Baldwin, GA 30511; the American Cancer Society, Suite 114, 1565 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501; or to the Arthritis Foundation of Georgia, Suite 550, 550 Pharr Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

George W. Elston Jr.
George William Elston Jr., 77, of Gillsville, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born June 15, 1925, in Marion County, Ind., Mr. Elston was a son of the late George William Elston Sr. and Bertha Mae Bartley Elston.
He was a member of Peachtree Corner Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Elston was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Cleveland.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19, in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Lula, with the Rev. John Wood officiating.
Mr. Elston is survived by his wife, Faye Highsmith Elston, Gillsville; two sons, Blake Elston and George William Elston III, both of Gillsville; one daughter, Cheryl Sanders, Gillsville; one brother, Richard D. Elston, Plant City, Fla.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002

Wilbern W. Jones
Wilbern W. Jones, 63, of Lula, died Thursday, December 19, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Habersham County on February 5, 1939, Mr. Jones was a son of Hazel Coley Jones, Alto, and the late Rev. Wiley Jones.
He was employed with Magnavox in Henderson, N.C., and attended Alto Congregational Holiness Church. Mr. Jones was preceded in death by a grandson, William Stephens, and a brother, C.N. Jones.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 22, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Leon Brown and Tim Beasley officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Lucy Thomas Wiley Jones, Lula; daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Donald Partin, Cleveland, Rhonda and Barry Brookshire, Clarkesville, and Lisa and Danny Whitlock, Lula; son, Casey Jones, Cleveland; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Sheila Jones, Demorest, and Wesley and Nancy Jones, Hendersonville, N.C.; brother, William Jones, Alto; sisters, Paralee Anderson, Oakwood, and Glenda Hix, Alto; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 25, 2002


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