Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 15, 2003


Roy T. Parks
Roy T. Parks, 77, of Maysville, died Thursday, January 9, 2003, at the Alzhei-mer’s Center in Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Parks was a veteran of World War II and had been employed with Roper Pump Co., with 30 years of service.
He was the son of the late Albert David Parks and the late Nellie House Parks, and was preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Parks.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 11, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Elmer Maddox and George Bowen officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Mr. Parks is survived by his wife, Ruth C. Parks, of the home; two sons, Thomas Parks, Danielsville, and Sammy Parks, Jefferson; two sisters, Nellie Mae Miller, Gainesville, and Martha Stiles, Murphy, N.C.; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Ruby B. Adams
Miss Ruby Belle Adams, 85, of Commerce, died Monday, January 6, 2003, of heart failure at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce.
A graveside service was held Thursday, January 9, at Wesley Chapel Church, Ila, with Dr. Kent Cranford, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Commerce, officiating.
Miss Adams was born August 13, 1917, to Griffin and Maude (nee Adams) Adams in Madison County, near Ila. Her mother died when she was 8-years-old, and she was raised in Commerce by her father and step-mother, Stella Allen Adams, whom her father married in 1927. Miss Adams shared the love of colonial furniture, handmade crafts and antiques that made her parents’ home on South Broad Street a standout among the Victorian-style homes of Commerce, according to family members.
She graduated from Commerce High School in 1935, and after training as a bookkeeper and secretary, worked for several businesses, including Wright Building Supply and the medical office of Dr. Johnny Rogers, continuing to live with her parents until their unrelated deaths in the same week of 1965.
After retirement in the mid-1970s, Miss Adams kept children for many families in the community and realized a lifelong dream by opening a craft shop, The Red Belle, which she ran for several years out of the family home. She spent the last seven months of her life at Northminster in Jefferson, where she became an immediate favorite of the caring staff and the other residents, whom she helped to engage in activities, family said. Miss Adams was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce, where she was active in the Mission Circle and nursery, until by her characteristically wry admission she “backslid out the backdoor,” though she remained faithful in spirit to the church.
Miss Adams was an avid and talented craftsperson, creating an abundance of crocheted dolls, linens and seasonal decorations, continued family members, noting that her extended family includes cousins in Georgia and Maryland, among them Marlene Mashburn, Athens, Syble Garrison, Homer, and Willa Baxter, Commerce.
She loved children, crafts and holidays, family added, but perhaps is best remembered for her bright eyes, quick wit and ability to spin a tale that took one back to the days when folk sat on the front porch, told stories and debated the matters of the world.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 1345 South Elm Street, Commerce, 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Maria G. Garcia
Mrs. Maria G. Garcia, 73, of Baldwin, died Saturday, January 11, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Born in LaBlanca, Texas, on April 16, 1929, Mrs. Garcia was a daughter of the late Cornelo and Guadalupe Rodriguez Garcia.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Garcia was preceded in death by her husband, Moises Garza.
A funeral mass was held Tuesday, January 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin. Additional services and burial will be held in Mexico.
Survivors include seven daughters, Maria Moreno, Irma G. DeLeon, Rosa Garza, and Enedelia DeLeon, all of Cornelia, Blanca Tamez, Louisiana, Eostolia Garza, Alto, and Celia Tovar, Cadereyta, N.L. Mexico; five sons, Gabriel Garza, Demorest, Daniel Garza, Baldwin, Samuel Garza, Cadereyta, N.L. Mexico, and Ismael Garza and Fidel Garza, both of Alto; two brothers, Jose Garcia, Dallas, Texas, and Fidanio Garcia, Monterrey, Mexico; 40 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Albert Kimsey Sr.
Albert Kimsey Sr., 93, of Gillsville, died Monday, January 13, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Kimsey was born August 9, 1909, in Hall County, the son of the late Sanders and Frances Hart Kimsey.
He was a farmer and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church. Mr. Kimsey was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Morgan Kimsey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Eugene Kimsey, Jefferson; four daughters, Mary Hasse, Gillsville, Betty Kilgor, Scottsbora, Ala., Inez McClain, Wauchula, Fla., and Gean VanLandingham, Com-merce; one sister, Mary Lou Akins, Jefferson; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Roberta ‘Bobbi’ Montgomery
Mrs. Roberta Lee “Bobbi” Montgomery, 56, of Demorest, died Sunday, January 12, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Miami, Fla., on June 27, 1946, Mrs. Montgomery was the daughter of the late Jack and Mary Green Alberry.
She was a receptionist at Regency Thermographers and attended Fairfield Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 16, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Keith Allison officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Montgomery, Demorest; sons, Steve Bishop, Seattle, Wash., Robert Bishop, Winder, Gary Bishop, LaFayette, Ind., and Bart Montgomery, Danville, Ill.; brothers, Roy Alberry, Demorest, and Bill Alberry, Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Circle of Hope, P.O. Box 833, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family will receive friends following the memorial service. The family is at the residence.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

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Ivola P. Barrett
Mrs. Ivola Peck Barrett, 72, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 8, 2003, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
Born April 1, 1930, in Hall County, Mrs. Barrett was the daughter of the late Howard Edward and Jessie Mae Anglin Peck.
She was a homemaker and a member of Little Country Church. Mrs. Barrett was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Barrett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Jimmy Owensby and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Tony Martin and Tommy Tanner, both of Commerce, and Danny Shuler, Tallahassee, Fla.; two daughters, Rhonda Coffee, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jennifer Collins, Commerce; two step-daughters, Jamie Cassai, Sparta, and Shirley Stephenson, Commerce; and six grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

John C. Widener
John C. Widener, 75, of Cornelia, died Sunday, January 12, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Widener was born in Atlanta on November 20, 1927. He was a son of the late Perry Comfort Widener and Martha Jane Covington Widener.
Mr. Widener was retired from the Smithsonian Institution as chief exhibit specialist in the Natural History Museum. He served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Widener was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Greer.
A memorial service was held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, at Piedmont College Library.
Mr. Widener is survived by his wife, Angela Crabb Widener, Cornelia; step-children, Whitney McDowell and Jordan McDowell, both of Clarkesville; nephew, David Greer, Clarkesville; great-niece, Taylor Greer, Demorest; and great-nephew, Gladwyn Greer, Cleveland.
Memorials may be made to Elachee Science & Nature Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Ida L. Crumley
Mrs. Ida Lee Crumley, 97, of Commerce, died Saturday, Jan-uary 11, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Crumley was the daughter of the late John and Minnie Leachman Brown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walker Crumley, and two daughters, Francine Haynes and Evelyn Sears.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, January 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include four sons, William Crumley and Bobby Crumley, both of Commerce, and Frank Crumley and Dickie Crumley, both of Danielsville; four daughters, Deanie Sears, Ada Hammond and Loretta Barnes, all of Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Danielsville; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Willie Mae Collins
Mrs. Willie Mae Hunt Collins, 94, of Cornelia, died Monday, January 13, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Collins was born in Clayton County on January 1, 1909. She was a daughter of the late Elijah and Emma Belle Cooper Hunt.
Mrs. Collins was the former owner of Mays Grocery in Ft. Valley, for 17 years. She was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church.
Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Collins.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Wes Davis officiating. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery, Thomaston.
Mrs. Collins is survived by one sister, Irma Teague Pettingill, Toccoa.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Florence L. Harden
Mrs. Florence Louise Daniel Harden, 104, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Harden was born January 13, 1898, in Clarke County, the daughter of the late Dr. Clarence Lamar Daniel and Mattie Hall Daniel.
She was a retired school teacher with the Banks County and Commerce City School Systems and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Harden was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge “Tot” Harden.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Harden is survived by a daughter, Marianne Wylly, Milledgeville; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 S. Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003

Michael L. Stacey
Michael L. Stacey, 52, of Hampton, Va., formerly of Cor-nelia, died Monday, January 6, 2003.
A native of Hampton, Va., Mr. Stacey lived in Cornelia for 25 years before returning to Hampton. He was a 1969 graduate of Hampton High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during Vietnam.
He loved the knowledge he gained from his love of reading books, said family members, and was especially fond of science fiction. He was very proficient with computers, excelling in digital photography.
Mr. Stacey was previously employed with Cooper Vision in Chesapeake, Va. He was preceded in death by his mother, Montine Martin Stacey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 9, in the chapel of R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton, Va. Burial was in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Survivors include a son, Travis D. Stacey, Alaska; his father, Albert B. Stacey Jr.; sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Brian Hames, Poquoson, Va.; brothers, Christopher M. Stacey, Hampton, Va., Jeffrey L. Stacey, Georgia, and Jonathan W. Stacey, Newport News, Va.; three nieces, two nephews, one great--niece and one great-nephew.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Boulevard, Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, announcing for R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.
The Banks County News, January 15, 2003


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