Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 12, 2003


Telvia Lewis
Telvia Sharp Lewis, 66, of Maysville, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Lewis was born May 4, 1936. He was a son of the late Sharp and Stella Wilbanks Lewis.
Mr. Lewis was a retired welder and a water operator for the City of Commerce. He was preceded in death by a brother, Regis Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Jeff Lewis, Commerce; one daughter, Lesa Duncan, Commerce; three brothers, Jack Lewis, Robert Lewis and Jerry Lewis, all of Maysville; three sisters, Mary Lou Glore, Mt. Airy, Henrietta Dorsey, Maysville, and Penny Jordan, Gainesville; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Juan A. Medina
Juan Angel Medina, 5, of Alto, died Sunday, February 9, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Juan was born September 5, 1997, in Habersham County, a son of Rigoberto and Maria Guillen Medina, Alto. He attended Habersham County Head Start and St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 13, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his parents, Juan is survived by his paternal grandparents, Manuel Medina and Margarita Medina; and his maternal grandparents, Felipe and Consuelo Guillen.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Charlston
‘Chile’ Evans
Charlston “Chile” Evans, 50, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Evans was a son of Frances Evans Fortson, Commerce, and the late Eddie Roe Evans.
He was a graduate of Commerce High School and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Evans is survived by two sons, Casey Evans and Chuck Evans, both of Commerce; one sister, Kay Brewer, Nicholson; his grandmother, Ruth Beck, Commerce; and a number of grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Addie L. Lackey
Mrs. Addie Loretta Stephens Lackey, 66, of Maysville, died Thursday, February 6, 2003, at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Lackey was the daughter of the late Noah Jackson and Nellie Mae Grindle Stephens.
She had worked as a nurse’s aide at Bell-Minor Nursing Home and had also been employed by Lathem Farms. Mrs. Lackey was preceded in death by her husband, James Spergon Lackey.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Frank Armour officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Sears, Homer; two sons, Noah “Dino” Lackey, Gillsville, and Timothy Lee Lackey, Commerce; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Tena Stephens
Mrs. Tena Stephens, 77, of Baldwin, died Friday, February 7, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Stephens was born February 4, 1926, in Crisp County, a daughter of the late A.J. and Bertha Johns Powers.
She worked with Tax-Aid, assisting in filing income tax, Helping Hands, the Habersham County Soup Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Stephens was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church and of AARP.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 10, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith and the Rev. George Deadwyler officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
Mrs. Stephens is survived by her husband, Joe Stephens Sr., Baldwin; one daughter, Pattie Stephens, Baldwin; one son, Joe Stephens Jr., Peachtree City; four sisters, Elweita Schultz, San Antonio, Texas, Lorena Griffin, Alapaha, Helen Newsome, Cordele, and Jean Sheridan, Centerville; three brothers, Paul Powers and James Powers, both of Cordele, and Wayne Powers, Swainsboro; and two grandchildren, Stefanie Stephens and Brett Stephens.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Johnita L. Robinson
Ms. Johnita Lynn Robinson, 36, of Cornelia, died Friday, February 7, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Ms. Robinson was born April 28, 1966, in Habersham County. She was a graduate of North Georgia Technical College and was a licensed practical nurse. Ms. Robinson was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her parents, S.C. and Ivalea Hooper Robinson, Cornelia; daughter, Bridgette Robinson, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Tina and David Combs, Jackson County; granddaughter, Brianna Goss, Cornelia; and a niece and nephew.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

James E. Kitchens
James Edward Kitchens, 69, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mr. Kitchens was a retired logger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Robinson Kitchens, and his parents, Lovic Leonard and Estelle Roberts Kitchens.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in the Indian Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James Aubrey Kitchens, Commerce, and Tim Kitchens, Homer; two sisters, Joyce Brock, Danielsville, and Ruth Vaughn, Homer; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

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Helen W. Thomas
Mrs. Helen Wilbanks Thomas, 55, of Alto, died Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on November 17, 1947, Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late James Haden “J.H.” Wilbanks Jr. and Willeree Armour Wilbanks Watkins.
She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and reader and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 6, at Crossroads Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Harold Thomas, Alto; daughter, April Celeste Thomas, Alto; son, Barry Len Thomas, Alto; step-father, John Lamon Watkins, Cornelia; step-brothers, Anthony Watkins, Mt. Airy, and Marion Watkins, Homer; grandmother, Vadie Thomas Armour, Alto; and grandchildren, Seth Harold Thomas and Kayla Marie Thomas.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Frances R. White
Mrs. Frances Ruth Crisp White, 75, of Lula, died Sunday, February 9, 2003, at her daughter’s residence of Parkinson’s PSP.
Born in Fulton County on July 25, 1927, Mrs. White was a daughter of the late Harley Crisp and Alta Whitworth Crisp Lavin.
She was retired and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, Lula. Mrs. White was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kevin Webb and Dorinda Cochran, and two sisters, Eunice Crisp and Murriel Jean Harper.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris Webb, Tony Goss and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. White is survived by her husband, J.L. White, Lula; daughters, Carolyn Mote, Lula, Brenda Webb, Cumming, Joan Cochran, Commerce, Peggy Lovell, Gainesville, and Delores Goss, Clarkesville; son, Johnny White, Lula; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 726 Rock Springs Road, Lula, GA 30554.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Ernest A. Welborn
Ernest Avery Welborn, 85, of Gillsville, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Welborn was born May 8, 1917, in Banks County, a son of the late Harve and Maggie Eller Welborn.
He was retired from the Department of Transportation and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula. Mr. Welborn served as a former deacon and Sunday School teacher.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 10, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith, Swayne Carlan and Shane Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Welborn is survived by his wife, Estelle Reid Welborn, Gillsville; one son, Willis Welborn, Comer; one daughter, Janice Manly, Alto; one brother, Alfred Welborn, Gillsville; one sister, Ruth Anderson, Toccoa; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Zuline T. Smith
Mrs. Zuline Thompson Smith, 95, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Smith was born June 22, 1907, in Madison County, to the late Frank and Laura Morris Thompson. She was the wife of the late Selwyn Smith.
Mrs. Smith was retired from Blue Bell and was a member of Hull Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dean Hill officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Larry Smith, Brooks; daughters and sons-in-law, Hilda and Charles Hill, Commerce, and Guelda and Al Granade, Conyers; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268-9904, or to the Commerce Public Library, 1344 S. Broad Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003


Rev. Donald
N. Paulson
The Rev. Donald N. Paulson, 67, of Commerce, died Monday, February 10, 2003, at his residence.
The Rev. Paulson was born June 17, 1935, in San Diego County, Calif., a son of the late William Oniel and Louise Wood Paulson.
He was a retired Baptist minister and a retired Lt. Commander U.S. Navy Chaplain. The Rev. Paulson also served as the Chaplain of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and was a member and Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. He was also a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 13, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Kent Cranford and Mark Fite and Dr. Huey Perry officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
The Rev. Paulson is survived by his wife, Cecelia Gayle Mann Paulson, Commerce; two sons, Christopher Nels Paulson, Commerce, and Michael William Paulson, Opilaka, Ala.; one brother, William Oniel Paulson, Attallu, Ala.; and two grandsons, Keith Paulson and William Paulson, both of Opilaka, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mulberry Baptist Association New Growth Foundation, P.O. Box 1086, Auburn, GA 30011, the Commerce First Baptist Church General Fund, 1345 S. Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529, or to The Atlanta Union Mission, P.O. Box 1807, Atlanta, GA.
The family was to have received friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003

Ellis ‘Benny’ Roach
Ellis “Benny” Roach, 60, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at a private healthcare facility in Comer following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on March 31, 1942, Mr. Roach was a son of Leathey Shirley Roach, Cleveland, and the late Clemson Roach.
He was a painter and of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Roach was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Roach and Sam Roach.
No services are planned. Mr. Roach’s wishes were to be cremated.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Diane Alexander Roach, Cleveland.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 12, 2003


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