Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 1, 2003


Gerald W. Wilmoth
Gerald Wayne Wilmoth, 54, of Homer, died Monday, Decem-ber 23, 2002, at his residence of a sudden illness.
A native of Arkansas, Mr. Wilmoth was a son of the late Herschel and Mae Bell Wilmoth.
He was employed with Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Wilmoth is survived by his wife, Jewell Alline Wilmoth, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Vanessa Wilmoth, Hartford, Mich.; step-daughter, Donna Segall, Commerce; brothers, Bobby Wilmoth, Watervelet, Mich., Sam Wilmoth, Hartford, Mich., and Billy Wilmoth, Hartsville, Tenn.; sister, Janet Goucher, Hartsville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jacob and Isaac Wilmoth; and step-grandchildren, Matthew and Erica Segall.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Robert C.
‘Charlie’ Segers
Robert Charles “Charlie” Segers, 67, of Baldwin, died Monday, December 23, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Segers was born August 10, 1935, in Habersham County, a son of the late Clifton and Mary Pearl Higgins Segers.
He was employed by Pop’s Painting as a residential and commercial painter. Mr. Segers was preceded in death by two brothers, Nesbit “Pop” Segers and Lewis Segers, and a sister, Ovalene Holden.
Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer Segers, Cumming; three sisters, Sylvia Sanders, Comer, Rachel Segers, Cumming, and Paulette Brown, Newborn; and one brother, Wilkie Segers, Ellijay.
No funeral services are scheduled at this time.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Miriam L. Fowler
Mrs. Miriam L. Fowler, 56, of Cornelia, died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born April 26, 1946, in Baxley, Mrs. Fowler was a daughter of Matha Luke Lynn, Oakwood, and the late James Walter Lynn.
She was a retired weaver with Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Return Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, at Return Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Burrell officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery, Stephens County.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Fowler is survived by her husband, Jody C. Fowler, Cornelia; daughters, Angie Stinespring and Wanda Batson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; sons, Ronnie Fowler and Scott Fowler, both of Mountain City; brothers, Jimmy Lynn, Oakwood, David Lynn, Baldwin, and Kenneth Lynn and Roger Lynn, both of Pendergrass; sisters, Barbara Dayton, Cornelia, Kay Bowen, Pendergrass, and Sylvia Wood, Clarkesville; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Sam Roach Sr.
Sam Roach Sr., 58, of Cleveland, died Wednesday, December 25, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on October 7, 1944, Mr. Roach was a son of Leathey Shirley Roach, Cleveland, and the late Clemson Roach.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and retired after 20 years of service. Mr. Roach was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal with Silver Clasp, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals, the Army Occupation Medal (Berlin) and the National Defense Service Medal. He also received three Overseas Service Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, two O/S Bars, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Sharpshooter Badge Rifle M16, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster).
After his retirement from the military, Mr. Roach worked for the Vinnell Corporation for 12 years in Saudi Arabia. He was a member of VFW Post #7720 and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Roach was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Roach.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. W.A. Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the VFW Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Roach is survived by his wife, Diane Alexander Roach, Cleveland; son and fiancée, Samuel “Sam” Roach Jr. and Pam Carpenter, Cornelia; son, Perry Shirley, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, David and Marie Roach, Fredricksburg, Md.; daughter and son-in-law, Sonya and Reggie Hix, Alto; brother, Ellis “Benny” Roach, Comer; and grandchildren, Jake Shirley, Ashley Roach, Justin Roach, Easton Singleton, Samuel Roach III, Lauren Roach and Ashley Carpenter.
Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Robert L.
‘Bobby’ McEntire
Robert L. “Bobby” McEntire, 49, of Alto, died Wednesday, December 25, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on April 11, 1953, Mr. McEntire was a son of the late John Henry and Edith Eller McEntire.
He was employed as a broom winder with Cornelia Broome Company and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. McEntire was preceded in death by a brother, David McEntire.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, December 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Dennis Wade officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. McEntire is survived by his wife, Wanda Hogan McEntire, Alto; daughter, Donna Bradshaw, Cornelia; sons, Bobby Gibson, Alto, and Charles Gibson, Demorest; brothers, Troy McEntire, Cornelia, and Charles McEntire, Alto; sisters, Leola Worley and Kitty Herrin, both of Cornelia, and Joyce Wiley and Sylvia Dill, both of Alto; and three grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Woodrow
W. Shockley
Woodrow W. Shockley, 90, of Homer, died Tuesday, December 24, 2002.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Shockley was a son of the late Thomas Shockley Sr. and Jessie Osborne Shockley.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and was retired from Toccoa Service Gas. Mr. Shockley was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Shockley, and a son, Mike Shockley.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 26, at Whitlock Mortuary with the Revs. Gene Todd and Samuel Dorsey officiating. Burial was in the Zebulon Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Shockley is survived by his wife, Irene Keeling Shockley; step-daughter, Brenda R. Dooley, Wellington, Fla.; sister, Lois Christopher, Duluth; brother, Thomas Shockley Jr., Toccoa; one grandson, two step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

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Grace S. Burkett
Mrs. Grace Sanders Burkett, 100, of Mebane, S.C., formerly of Atlanta and Athens, died Thursday, December 26, 2002.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bridges Funeral Home, Athens.
Otho H. Whitfield
Otho Hardman Whitfield, 74, of Alto, died Wednesday, December 25, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Whitfield was born February 19, 1928, in Banks County. He was a son of the late James Elmer and Margie Murray Whitfield.
Mr. Whitfield was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was a retired residential and commercial painter, with 30 years of service. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church. Mr. Whitfield was preceded in death by a brother, Broughton Whitfield, and three sisters, Eva Holman, Ruth Parson and Patricia Whitfield.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Garrison, Glover Morgan and Lloyd Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Emmett Dale officiating at graveside.
Mr. Whitfield is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fannie Ruth M. Whitfield, Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and “Buddy” Cantrell, Alto; sons and daughters-in-law, Rickey and Carolyn Whitfield, Alto, and Randy and Lori Whitfield, Buford; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Clara M. Gailey
Mrs. Clara Mae Chambers Gailey, 90, of Lula, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County on July 8, 1912, Mrs. Gailey was a daughter of the late Marion L. and Ada Chapman Chambers.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula. Mrs. Gailey was preceded in death by her husband, James Garland Gailey, a daughter, Marilyn Gailey, two sons, John and Wendell Gailey, and two brothers, Otha and Walter Chambers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Bethel Midgett and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Willene Dyer and Judy Covington, Lula; son, Phillip L. Gailey, St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Rosa Gailey, Lula; sister, Thelma C. Brewer, Lula; sisters-in-law, Margaret Chambers, Gainesville, and Leola Chambers, Gastonia, N.C.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, 2405 Hwy. 51, Lula, GA 30554.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

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 Ina 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 a brother, Daniel J. Wheeler Jr., Commerce; a sister, Wilda “Bill” Martin, Maysville; a daughter-in-law, Ann Brown, Cochran; three grandchildren, Andy Brown, Woodstock, Greg Brown, Sandersville, and Christy Brown Beddenfield, Macon; and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

James B. Delk Sr.
James Benjamin Delk Sr., 77, of Stockbridge, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at Ports Bridge Hospice in Conyers, following an extended illness.
Born in LaGrange on March 4, 1925, Mr. Delk was a son of the late Benjamin Holliman and Dera Foster Delk. He was a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II. Mr. Delk was a retired automobile salesman and was of the Lutheran faith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Neal Delk.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter #15 and Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. Delk is survived by his wife, Laverne Wilbanks Delk, Stockbridge; daughters, Melody Koppe, Palmetto, Trina Heath, Sharpsburg, Wendy Sheffield, Jonesboro, Melissa Markle, Marietta, Alison Zubach, Flowery Branch, Tina Parson, Baldwin, Lynn Meyer, Winterville, Hope Blankenship, Cornelia, Marlene McEntyre, Stockbridge, and Brittany Cole, Flovilla; sons, James Delk Jr., McDonough, and Jeff Martin, Lakeland, Fla.; sisters, Ruth Hunnicutt, North Carolina, Martha Campbell, Lincolnton, N.C., and Opal Purvis, Thomaston; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Mountaineer Shrine Club, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003

Madge L. McClure
Mrs. Madge Lee Hollingsworth McClure, 90, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. McClure was born December 3, 1912, in Morgan County. She was a daughter of the late George Lester and Beulah Mason Hollingsworth.
Mrs. McClure was retired from Blue Bell and was of the Presbyterian denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas David McClure.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. McClure is survived by a daughter, Martha McClure, Commerce; and a sister, Joy Perry, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 1, 2003


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