Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 8, 2003


Floyce H. Denton
Mrs. Floyce Hazel Denton, 80, of Maysville, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mrs. Denton was a daughter of the late Richard Thomas and Lille Mae Williamson Drake. She was the wife of the late Buford Denton.
Mrs. Denton was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kevin Denton officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include four sons, Roy Denton, Gainesville, Paul Denton, Marietta, Tommy Denton, Maysville, and Jerry Denton, Homer; two daughters, Barbara Steed, Lawrenceville, and Brenda Denton, Maysville; one sister, Inez Murray, Commerce; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Ray A. Cox
Ray Arthur Cox, 47, of Maysville, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2003, in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Cox is survived by his mother, Mazie Carthern Cox, Maysville; one sister, Patricia McElhannon, Maysville; two brothers, Roger Carthern, Arcade, and David Carthern, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Ricky J. Parker
Ricky Jim Parker, 41, of Alto, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at Lanier Park Campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Parker was born August 29, 1961, in Hall County.
Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter officiating.
Mr. Parker is survived by his parents, George Kenneth and Annie Mae Gravitt Parker; two daughters, Natasha Martin and Tonia Parker, Dahlonega; two sisters, Martha Turner, Homer, and Faye Sullens, Louisiana; two brothers, Kenneth Parker and Douglas Parker, Alto; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Ricky Jim Parker Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 866, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Margie N. Pierce
Mrs. Margie Nell Kinsey Pierce, 65, of Toccoa, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a brief illness.
Born in White County on December 28, 1937, Mrs. Pierce was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruby Brewster Kinsey.
She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and of the Holiness denomination. Mrs. Pierce was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Pierce, a sister, Renee Kinsey, and a grandson, Stephen Pierce.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Pierce is survived by her husband, Bennie W. Pierce, Toccoa; daughter and son-in-law, Regina and James Lathan, Hartwell; son, Johnny Pierce, Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Wanda Pierce, Toccoa; brother, Everett Kinsey, Gillsville; sister, Cathy Stone, Oakwood; and seven grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

James W. Rensing
James W. Rensing, 84, of Alto, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Rensing was born in Bronx, N.Y., on October 21, 1918. He was a son of the late John and Christine Vogelmann Rensing.
Mr. Rensing was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and was retired from IT&T as a computer supervisor, with 46 years of service. He was a member of VFW Post #6467, Bergenfield, N.J.
Mr. Rensing was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine VanPelt Rensing, and eight brothers and sisters. He was the last member of his immediate family.
A private funeral service will be held.
Survivors include a daughter, Marion Pratt, Tigard, Ore.; sons, Richard Rensing, Alto, and Robert Rensing, Burlington, N.C.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family requests that flowers be omitted.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Fumiko
‘Ikey’ Foster
Mrs. Fumiko “Ikey” Foster, 76, of Maysville, formerly of Ashtabula, died Saturday, December 28, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Foster was born June 19, 1926, in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of Kiyokatsu and Naoko (Ito) Nozawa. She had been an Ashtabula resident for 50 years before moving to Georgia in 1999.
Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Foster worked for RMI Sodium Plant as a seamstress. She was previously employed with YMCA as a masseuse.
A three-year dialysis patient at Gambro Health Care Center in Athens, Mrs. Foster attended Montgomery Heights Baptist Church and was a member of Harris Memorial Presbyterian Church, Ashtabula.
“She enjoyed shopping, flower gardening and cooking,” said family members.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1985, her former husband, Denzil Brenwald, and several brothers and sisters in Japan.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003, in the chapel of Ducro Funeral Home, Ashtabula, with the Rev. James Dumas, pastor of Montgomery Heights Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Saybrook Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Harry Brenwald and Roy Brenwald, both of Maysville, and Tony Brenwald, Ashtabula; one daughter, June Retkofsky, Maysville; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the family.
Ducro Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Wilma G. Cagle
Mrs. Wilma Greenway Cagle, 80, of Gainesville, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at New Horizons West Personal Care Facility, Gainesville, following a period of declining health.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Cagle was a daughter of the late J.A. and Peral Hopkins Greenway.
She was a homemaker and a member of White Hall Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. Mrs. Cagle was a graduate of Airline High School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Cagle, and a brother, Willie Greenway.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Howard Collins and Matthew Stephens officiating. Burial was in the White Hall Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Vance Cagle, Gainesville, and Denver Cagle, Lula; one sister, Inez Woodring, Gainesville; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Philip M. Krause Sr.
Philip Martin Krause Sr., 83, of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Krause was born July 5, 1919, in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Joseph and Ida Hillary Krause.
He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Marine Corps Band. In 1940, he joined the U.S. Army. A Master Sergeant, Mr. Krause was a veteran of the Normandy invasion and the European Campaign during World War II. He later worked in civil service with the U.S. Army Topographic Command.
Mr. Krause was a map maker and a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Landover Hills, Md. He was also a member of the VFW Post #8950, Lanham, Md., and the American Legion Post #108, Cheverly, Md.
Mr. Krause was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Anderson Krause, three sisters, Dorothy Bell, Ruth Streets and Helen Caruso, and three brothers, Fred Krause, Karl Krause and Norman Krause.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. James McLendon officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Krause is survived by his wife, Evelyn Allie Paksyla Krause; three sons, Philip M. Krause Jr., Fort Washington, Md., Paul Krause, Carnesville, and John Krause, Maysville; two daughters, Carol Garrett, Maysville, and Peggy Garrett, Carnesville; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Rev. Samuel
I. Dorsey
The Rev. Samuel Issac Dorsey, 68, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
The Rev. Dorsey was a son of Grace S. Dorsey, Commerce, and the late Hillard Dorsey.
He retired from Roper Pump Company and served as a minister at the Baptist Tabernacle, Nicholson. The Rev. Dorsey was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jean Bowles Dorsey, and a sister, Frances Richey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, at the Baptist Tabernacle with the Revs. Henry Bennett and Doug Duncan officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Elizabeth B. Dorsey, of the home; daughter, Cindy Shockley West, Commerce; step-sons, Ricky Waldrop, Jefferson, Greg Waldrop, Toccoa, and Jeff Waldrop and John Waldrop, both of Commerce; step-daughter, Sherry Crane, Commerce; brothers, Edward Dorsey Sr., Commerce, and Curtis Dorsey, Nicholson; sisters, Sybil Kitchens, Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Jefferson; grandson, Christopher Shockley; five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Blondine W. Nelms
Mrs. Blondine Wood Nelms, 68, of Demorest, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Nelms was born February 25, 1934, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Dewey and Julia Davis Wood.
Mrs. Nelms was a homemaker and attended the Cornelia Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. James Gunn officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Nelms is survived by her husband, Frank Nelms, Demorest; two daughters, Donna Winn, Mt. Airy, and Carol Wilson, Alto; two step-daughters, Julie Killingsworth, Colbert, and Mimi Trest, Athens; five brothers, Charlie Wood, Bill Wood, Guy Wood, Herman Wood and Paul Wood, all of Demorest; one sister, Mary Gunn, Royston; three grandchildren, Scott Moore, Demorest, and Jody Wilson and Katie Wilson, both of Alto; four step-grandchildren, Jeff Trest, Quitman, Frank Trest, Athens, Julianna Trest, Raleigh, N.C., and Wendi Killingsworth, Colbert; three step-great-grandchildren, Griffin Trest and Chase Trest, both of Athens, and Steven Trest, Quitman.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Minnie McDaniel
Mrs. Minnie McDaniel, 91, of Winder, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. McDaniel was a daughter of the late Elijah King and Iva Clark King. She was the wife of the late Hoyt McDaniel.
Mrs. McDaniel was a member of the Marietta Church of God of Prophecy.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2003, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Ned Davis officiating. Burial was in Kennesaw Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Phillip McDaniel, Lilburn; one grandson, Phillip Sutton; one great-grandson, Jonathan Lee; one brother, C.L. King, Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Wendy T. Leachman
Mrs. Wendy Truett Leachman, 22, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Leachman was born July 22, 1980, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of Wanda Whitehead Clark, Commerce, and the late Charles Timman Truett.
Mrs. Leachman was employed as a stock clerk at Wal-Mart, Commerce, and attended Living Word Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Richard James and Kenny Baker officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Gene Leachman, Commerce; one sister, Sheila Clark, Commerce; and two brothers, Terry Clark and Tommy Clark, both of Commerce.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

George W. Ledbetter
George Washington Ledbetter, 89, of the Hudson River Church Community, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Ledbetter was born February 17, 1913, in Hart County, a son of the late John Raford and Alphia Lee Grubbs Ledbetter.
Mr. Ledbetter was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a retired dairy farmer and school bus driver, and was a member of Hudson River Baptist Church, Commerce.
Mr. Ledbetter passed away on his 54th wedding anniversary.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the Hudson River Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Moon officiating.
Mr. Ledbetter is survived by his wife, Velma Chandler Ledbetter, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Col. George Hope Ledbetter and Col. Carmen Mezzacappa, Alexandria, Va.; daughter, Ester Ledbetter Wilson, Commerce; one brother; five sisters; and one grandson, Phillip Wilson, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Hudson River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ester Ledbetter, 91 Nowhere Road, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

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Grover L. Stewart
Grover Lee Stewart, 77, of Alto, died Sunday, January 5, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Greene County on September 28, 1925, Mr. Stewart was a son of the late Arlin B. and Catherine Laura Vinson Stewart.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II, where he was disabled and a recipient of three Purple Hearts. Mr. Stewart was a former councilman and served as Mayor of Alto for many years. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7720 and Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter #15 and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by three brothers, Norman Stewart, Marvin Stewart and Harvey Stewart, and a son-in-law, Renee Willis.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. J. Clarence Reynolds and Ronnie Thurmond officiating. Burial was in VFW Memorial Cemetery with military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter #15 and Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Betty Pierce Stewart, Alto; daughter, Elizabeth Willis, Rome; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Marshall Chosewood and Patsy and Jesse “Rip” Keef, all of Alto; brothers, J.B. Stewart, Fort Wayne, Ind., J.C. Stewart, Covington, and Joe Stewart, Madison; sister, Mary S. Howell, Madison; and grandchildren, Kristie and Paul Smart, Mistie Chosewood, Wendy Willis, Kimberly Willis, Dan Keef, Matt Keef and Paul Stewart Willis.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Martin L. Ledford
Martin Luther Ledford, 78, of Talmo, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Ledford was born in Hall County, where he lived all his life. He was a son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Ledford.
Mr. Ledford was a U.S. Army veteran, and at the time of his death was working at the Cresent Drive Compactor Site. He was of the Holiness denomination.
Mr. Ledford was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Marell Ledford, and a son, James “Butch” Ledford.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Bryan Malcom and Paul Wade officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Ray Gunter, Braselton, and Clara and Lamar Cooper, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Tammy Ledford, Talmo; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Ledford, Talmo; sister, Ruth Shelton, Talmo; brothers, Richard Ledford, Clermont, Jack Ledford and Jimmy Ledford, both of Pendergrass, Johnny Ledford, Cleveland, and Fredrick Ledford, Gainesville; special friend, Cullie Minish, Gainesville; grandchildren, Danny and Tammy Gunter, Jefferson, Jeff and Amy Cooper, Gainesville, Steven and Kristy Cooper, Gillsville, and Tammy and Mike Norris, Kathy and Chuck Jarrard, Starr and James Gaines and Tonya and Jon Wilkes, all of Talmo; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Ruth R. Rucker
Mrs. Ruth R. Rucker, 68, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 4, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Rucker was a daughter of Thelma David Reed and the late Robert Reed.
She was employed with Bassett Walker Co. and was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Patman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Gail Collins (Barnett) and Crystell Rucker, both of Commerce; two sons, Fate Rucker, Henderson, Ky., and Keith Rucker, Commerce; four sisters, Bonnell Allen, Geneva Rucker (Billy) and Louise Banks, all of Commerce, and Victoria Daniel (Jewel), Nicholson; three brothers, Robert Lee Reed, Banks County, and John Reed and Samuel Reed (Shirley), both of Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Kenny Elrod
Kenny Elrod, 69, of Winder, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002.
Mr. Elrod was born in Barrow County, the son of the late Arthur and Nettie Cook Elrod.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Korean War, and was a retired truck driver. Mr. Elrod was a member of New Pentecost United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Rusty Newman officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Elrod is survived by his wife, Reba Sauls Elrod, Winder; son, Chuck Elrod, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Edna and Tom Stafford, Winder; grandchildren, T.J., Cody and Kaylee Staford, Winder, and Abbey Elrod, Gainesville; and sisters, Clara Haynie, Baldwin, and Mary Brown, Dink Sailors and Shirley Thornton, all of Winder.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-9813.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Evelyn M. English
Mrs. Evelyn Mize English, 83, of Clarkesville, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. English was born in Banks County on June 16, 1919, a daughter of the late Ernest D. Mize and Icie Ayers Mize.
She worked as a secretary in Atlanta during World War II and served as a substitute teacher with the Habersham County School System for a number of years. Mrs. English was a homemaker and was an active member of Clarkesville Baptist Church, where she was very involved in church activities.
“She loved other people and enjoyed helping others,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. David Turner officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. English is survived by her husband, Luther Eugene English, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa English Dean and Frank Dean, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Eugene and Jan English, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; brother, Henry Mize, Homer; and four grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth English and Andrew Scott English, Laguna Niguel, Calif., and David English Dean and Sloan Franklin Dean III, Atlanta.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Louisa W. Loudermilk
Mrs. Louisa Worley Burrell Loudermilk, of Cornelia, died Monday, January 6, 2003, at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Loudermilk was a daughter of the late Ricie Clinton Worley and Malinda Purcell Worley Smith.
She was a high school teacher for the Banks County School System, with 33 years of service, and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Loudermilk was also a member of Level Grove Baptist Church and of AARP.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard R. Burrell, and her second husband, Tilman E. Loudermilk.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 9, in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Terry Rice and Michael Jarrett officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Nancy D. and Tony Norris, Gainesville; sister, Lena Pendergrass, Cornelia; five sisters-in-law; grandchildren, Lisa Dawn Pruitt, Eve Denise Martin and Anthony Paul Norris; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Mickey Thompson
Mickey Thompson, 56, of Pendergrass, formerly of Sugar Hill, died Monday, January 6, 2003.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Thompson was a son of the late D.A. and Zeo Thompson.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was self-employed in the grading construction business. Mr. Thompson attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sugar Hill.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Thompson, and a niece, Deborah Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Charles Pirkle officiating.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane Johnson Thompson, Pendergrass; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Tracy Beckett, Pendergrass, and Tammy Mosley and Chris House, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rhonda Thompson, Buford; grandchildren, Leslie, Brandon, Kyle, Katie, Kayla, David, Cody and Preston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vickie and Dwight Pierce, Commerce, and Becky and Jerry Payne, Alpharetta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack Thompson, Mableton, Ricky and Judy Thompson, Maysville, and Steve and Beth Thompson, Buford; sister-in-law, Shirley D. Thompson, Sugar Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Omie O. Freeman
Mrs. Omie Oree Dodd Freeman, 92, of Commerce, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born July 15, 1910, in Clarke County, Mrs. Freeman was the daughter of the late Marcus Miles and Lenor Freeman Dodd.
She was a homemaker and a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her husband, Johnson Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Jack Freeman, Oakwood; two daughters, Johnnie Bryson and Helen McCoy, both of Commerce; two brothers, Edward Dodd, Athens, and Jackson Dodd, Marietta; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

George T. Chapman
George Thomas Chapman, 67, of Murrayville, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Decatur, following a period of declining health.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Chapman was a son of the late Thomas Wilbur and Goldie Stevens Chapman.
Mr. Chapman was a 1954 graduate of Sardis High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959-1961. Mr. Chapman was a member of The River Community Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 5, at The River Community Church with the Revs. Scott Smith, Darrell Lovell and Bobby Hattaway and Jerry Ray officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Edna Chapman, Murrayville; daughter and son-in-law, Angela Marie and Edmond Bouffard, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, George “Tommy” and Melissa Chapman, Murrayville, and Anthony Todd and Tina Chapman, Lula; grandchildren, Kimberly Chapman, Jeremy Ball, Shawn Chapman, Bradley Chapman, Kaleb Chapman, Isaiah Chapman, Canaan Chapman, Priscilla Norris, Hannah Chapman and Rebecca Chapman; great-grandchildren, Malachi Chapman, Ethan Chapman and Dawson Ball; and a number of other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Byron Sartain
Byron Carson Sartain, 47, of Carnesville, died Sunday, January 5, 2003, at Southwest Hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Sartain was born January 5, 1956, in Franklin County, a son of Nancy Dobbs Sartain, Royston, and the late Carson Sartain.
He was a 1973 graduate of Franklin County High School and was self-employed. Mr. Sartain owned and operated Bargain City in Carnesville, and had been a mechanic and a van and auto dealer. He was an avid racer, owning several dirt and stock cars. Mr. Sartain was a member of Faith Christian Fellowship.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Ware.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Kenneth Hendrix and David Coker officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South, Royston.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sartain is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Reid Sartain; two daughters, Ginger Powell, Hartwell, and Mandy Sartain, of the home; one granddaughter, Amber Powell; one brother, Larry Sartain, Elberton; and one sister, Linda Phillips, Maysville.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003

Reba H. Minish
Mrs. Reba Hanley Minish, 81, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Minish was a daughter of the late Charlie Lee Hanley and Minnie Hanley Hanley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Roland Minish, a daughter, Shirley Lackey, and a grandson, John Michael Bellew.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, at Erastus Christian Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Jim Jacobs and Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in Minish Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ernest Minish and Leon Minish, both of Commerce; six daughters, Jeanette Ford and Sylvia Cochran, both of Commerce, Mary Jane Cadwell, Conyers, Helen Adams, Hull, June Bellew, Nicholson, and Naomi Denton, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Paul Hanley and Bill Hanley, both of Commerce; three sisters, Cornelia Poe and Ruby Evans, both of Commerce, and Jane Schultz, Newnan; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Minish Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, c/o Jeanette Ford, P.O. Box 1496, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 8, 2003


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