Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 29, 2003


Charles E. Purcell
Charles E. Purcell, 73, of Homer, died Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Purcell was born December 5, 1929, in Stephens County. He was a son of the late C.C. and Addie Cash Purcell.
Mr. Purcell was formerly employed with Chicopee Manufacturing and was a poultry and cattle farmer most of his life. He was the owner of Purcell Backhoe and Dozer for 30 years and was a charter member of Charity Baptist Church.
Mr. Purcell was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Charles Purcell, and two brothers, Bill Purcell and Curtis Purcell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 30, at Charity Baptist Church with the Revs. Vaughn Howington, Larry Joe Wilbanks and Billy Burrell officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Purcell is survived by his wife, Wansa Whitfield Purcell, Homer; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Dale Ayers and Karen Ann aand Chris Bolton, all of Homer; sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Diane Purcell and Anthony and Tammy Purcell, all of Homer; sister, Loutrell Norton, Alto; brother, John Purcell, Cornelia; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Thomas A.
Davison III
Thomas A. Davison III, 82, of Nicholson, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Davison was born in Sumter County on November 29, 1920, the son of the late Thomas A. Davison Jr. and Lottie Hill Davison.
A Pearl Harbor survivor, Mr. Davison was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II 25th Infantry, serving in the South Pacific and Korea. He was retired from the State of Georgia as a security guard at the World Congress Center and was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church. Mr. Davison was a volunteer chaplain at the Veterans Hospital in Decatur for eight years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ralph Easterwood and Terry Smith officiating.
Mr. Davison is survived by his wife, Betty Nadine Jenkins Davison, Nicholson; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gary Underwood, Kingston Springs, Tenn.; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas A. Davison IV and Andre Davison, Fort Myers, Fla., Malcolm and Leslie Davison, Independence, Kan., William and Muriel Davison, Cumming, and Charles and Denise Davison, Columbia, S.C.; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry William and Anne Owen, Arlington, Wash., Bryan Wayne Owen Sr. and Brenda Owen, Stockbridge, Jefferson Douglas Owen Sr. and Marcela Owen, Milstead, and Christerfer Berry and Kelly Jo Owen, Nicholson; 24 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Nicholson Baptist Church Building Fund, 71 Church Street, Nicholson, GA 30565.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Willie R. Hawkins
Mrs. Willie Ree Miller Hawkins, 88, of Lula, died Sunday, January 26, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Hawkins was born in Banks County on September 19, 1914. She was a daughter of the late Leonard and Almeadie Davidson Miller.
Mrs. Hawkins was a homemaker and a member of Enon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Benjamin Hawkins, a sister, Mae Dodd, and a brother, Robert Miller.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 27, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Joseph C. and Rita Irvin Hawkins, Lula; granddaughter, Courtney Jo Hawkins; and brother, Deck Miller, Lula.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Chev S. Vang
Chev Shoua Vang, 70, of Commerce, died Sunday, January 19, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Laos, Mr. Vang was a son of the late Chue and Ying Yang Vang.
He was a member of Hmong Alliance Church.
Funeral services were held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, January 24-26, and at 10 a.m. Monday, January 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Wang Lee Moua, Wang Chue Yang and Pang Yer Xiong officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Vang is survived by his wife, La Lee, Commerce; daughters, Mao Vang Heu, France, Sho Vang Xiong, Detroit, Mich., and Ploua Vang Heu, Commerce; sons, James Chong Vang, Lacross, Wis., and Travis Vang, Commerce; brothers, Song Yee Vang, Milwaukee, Wis., Jou Lor Vang, Greenbay, Wis., and Moung Vang, Laos; and 25 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Dorian W. Davis
Dorian Walter Davis, 42, of Maysville, died Sunday, January 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Davis was born August 2, 1960, in Ingham County, Mich., a son of Harold Eugene and Augusta Mae Kapp Davis, Leslie, Mich.
He was employed as a Jackson County Corrections Officer with the Road Department and was a member of Unity Christian Church, Maysville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Unity Christian Church with Ministers Rick Dunn and Sid Tiller officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Cathy Anglin Davis, Maysville; two sons, Justin Anglin and Jeremy Westmoreland, both of Maysville; one brother, Bill Davis, Lansing, Mich.; two sisters, Xaehnae Bearsley, Austell, and Chris Davis, Lansing, Mich.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Unity Christian Church, 70 Unity Church Road, Maysville, Ga., in memory of Dorian Davis for the Family Life Center.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Sara E. Murphy
Mrs. Sara Easterbrooks Murphy, 42, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Murphy was born in Pennsylvania on January 13, 1961. She was the lawn and garden manager at Wal-Mart, where she was employed for 13 years, and was a member of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church. Mrs. Murphy was an avid gardener and loved horses, said family members.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 30, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Father Dan Brown, the Rev. Blaine Walker and Father Doug Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Murphy is survived by her husband, Leslie E. Murphy, Cornelia; daughter, Victoria Murphy, Cornelia; parents, Dr. Lincoln H. and Mrs. Norma Plimpton Easterbrooks, Cornelia; sisters, Cheryl Easterbrooks, Philadelphia, Pa., and Sandra Easterbrooks, Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Susan E. and Dewey Troutman, Gainesville; niece, Sara Shiver; nephews, Brian Shiver and William Troutman; great-nephew, Isaac Shiver; and mother-in-law, Eulene London Murphy, Cornelia.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
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. The family is at the residence of Eulene London Murphy, 1705 Pea Ridge Road, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

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Frank Eller
Frank Eller, 44, of Cleveland, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Eller was born September 13, 1958, in Rabun County. He was a restaurant worker and was of the Baptist denomination.
No services will be held. Mr. Eller’s wishes were to be cremated.
Survivors include caretakers, Kay and Jerry Thomas, Gainesville; and friends, Glenda and Kenny Nix, Cleveland, and Neil and Mary Bromley, Homer.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Edna S. Hope
Mrs. Edna Sue Garrison Hope, 89, of Lula, died Thursday, January 23, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County on November 29, 1913, Mrs. Hope was the daughter of James Edward and Cora Ayers Garrison.
She was retired from the postal service in Lula and was a member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, where she was very active. Mrs. Hope was an avid gardener.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Charles Eddy and Pennie Eddy officiating. Burial was in Lula Belton Cemetery.
Mrs. Hope is survived by her husband, Howard B. Hope, Lula; brother, Hoke S. Garrison, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister-in-law, Mattie Clark Garrison, Lula; nephew, Jimmy Hope, Homer; and nieces, Linda Hickman, Lula, Elaine Dawson, Williamsburg, Va., Maria Poole, Commerce, Peggy Etheridge, Lavonia, and Katheryn Sweiger and Jane Evans, both of Gainesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Christine
M. Caudell
Mrs. Christine McClure Caudell, 69, of Lula, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on February 11, 1933, Mrs. Caudell was a daughter of the late Archie T. and Hattie Martin McClure.
She was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Belton Baptist Church.
Mrs. Caudell loved to travel, said family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 27, at Belton Baptist Church with the Revs. Cecil Thomas, Robert Nix and Emmett Dale officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating at graveside.
Mrs. Caudell is survived by her husband, Harold Caudell, Lula; sisters, Clara Mae Wright, Alto, Eunice Berry, Clarkesville, and Hazel Nicholson, Detroit, Mich.; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Harold J. Griffith
Harold J. Griffith, 78, of Maysville, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mr. Griffith was born August 5, 1924, in Gwinnett County. He was a son of the late William Thomas and Burel (Bird) Peppers Griffith.
Mr. Griffith was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, and had been employed in maintenance with Athens Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wives, Rosemary Dalton Griffith and Azalee Smallwood Griffith, a sister, Sallie Mae McCollough, and three brothers, Ray Griffith, Billy Joe Griffith and George Griffith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two sons, Kent Griffith, Commerce, and Tommy Griffith, Homer; one daughter, Dillis Whitmire, Maysville; one step-son, Billy Griffith, Walnut Grove; two step-daughters, Mary White, Norcross, and Betty Worley, Jefferson; one sister, Ann Million, Irwinton; three half-sisters, Mary Denham, Jeanette Herrin and Janie Watson, all of Eatonton; four brothers, Jack Griffith, Johnny Griffith and Scott Griffith, all of Eatonton, and Troy Lee Griffith, Gillsville; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Patricia P. Langford
Mrs. Patricia Pittman Langford, 55, of Maysville, died Monday, January 27, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Langford was born in Jackson County on September 13, 1947, a daughter of the late Dr. Oliver Chandler Pittman and Frances Elizabeth Adair Pittman.
She was a teacher at Commerce Elementary School and a member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Commerce Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Langford is survived by her husband, Richard Langford, Maysville; three daughters, Lynn Fyffe and Ann Langford, both of Maysville, and Cindy Steinbrecher, Atlanta; one brother, Tim Pittman, Commerce; one sister, Mary Adair Mullin, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003

Lloyd E. Reems
Lloyd Edward Reems, 79, of Alto, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville.
Mr. Reems was born December 22, 1923, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Lloyd Reems and Emma Dodd Reems Wade.
Mr. Reems was a graduate of Baldwin High School and was the owner and operator of Reems Grocery for several years. He retired from Lee Arrendale State Prison in 1988 after 20 years of service, and was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Revs. Wayne Smith and Marcus Martin officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bob Ramsey officiating. Mr. Reems’ grandsons and nephew served as pallbearers.
Mr. Reems is survived by his wife, Woodie Shannon Reems, Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Bill DeHart, Powhatan, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Brenda Reems, Alto; sister, Issaqueena Sparks, Alto; brother, Hoyt Wade, Alto; five grandchildren, Keith, Brent and Neil Reems and Greg and Kim Smith; and four great-grandchildren, John Moore, David Smith, Katelyn Reems and J’Isaac Reems.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 29, 2003


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