Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 19, 2003


James M. Doss
James M. Doss, 73, of Maysville, died Sunday, Feb-ruary 16, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Com-merce, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Doss was the son of the late Embry and Flonie Black Doss.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and was retired from James Short Ford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Mildred Jordan, Maysville; three nieces, Polly Godfrey, Melodee Hall and Henrietta Thrasher; and two nephews, Michael Jordan and Jeff Carr.
Memorials may be made to the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Bessie I. Ambrose
Mrs. Bessie Inez Streetman Ambrose, 70, of Homer, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Ambrose was born November 18, 1932, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Manual and Magnolia Streetman.
She was a homemaker and a member of Homer Alliance Church. Mrs. Ambrose was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Ambrose.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 14, at Homer Alliance Church with the Rev. George Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include two sons, William Nation, Homer, and Jimmy Truelove, Cornelia; four daughters, Elain Dixon, East Dublin, Ethel Gosnell, Homer, Pat Hensley, Athens, Tenn., and Dorothy Wilkerson, Macclenny, Fla.; one sister, Lillian Robiason, Douglasville; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Tom B. Black
Tom Bell Black, 61, of Flowery Branch, a native of Jackson County, died Friday, February 14, 2003.
Mr. Black was the owner of Black Auto Salvage Co., Flowery Branch, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laurie Mayer Black, Flowery Branch; two sons, Mitchell Black, Monroe, and Tommy Black, Flowery Branch; six daughters, Miss Jean Black, Atlanta, Mrs. Cindy Watkins and Mrs. Deborah Marlowe, both of Homer, Mrs. Crystal Adcock and Mrs. Kathy Grey, both of Buford, and Ms. Jena Black, Sugar Hill; two brothers, Randy Lamar Black and Bobby Black, both of Commerce; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Howard
‘Gray’ Lawrence
Howard “Gray” Lawrence, 58, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Lawrence was born July 1, 1944, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Bush and Dora Ausburn Lawrence.
Mr. Lawrence was a former sub-contractor with Gwinnett County and was a cattle farmer. He was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
Mr. Lawrence was preceded in death by three brothers, James Lawrence, Pete Lawrence and Rudolph Ausburn.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 14, at Damascus Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Glenda Segars Lawrence, Baldwin; daughter, Christy Lawrence, Baldwin; son and daughter-in-law, Stanley Gray and Kristy Lawrence, Baldwin; sisters, Isabelle Goss, Danielsville, and Latrelle Lawrence, Baldwin; half-sister, Ruby Carter, Carnesville; brothers, Dock Lawrence, Alto, and Wayne Lawrence, Homer; and grandson, Kenneth Lawrence.
Memorials may be made to Damascus Baptist Church, 2493 Damascus Road, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Roy E. Powell
Roy Edward Powell Sr., 81, of Commerce, died Friday, February 14, 2003.
Mr. Powell was born March 10, 1921, in Hart County, to the late Carl Benjamin and Janie Murray Powell.
He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated from the University of Georgia, receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Mr. Powell taught vocational agriculture before serving his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, he was a supervisor for the Veteran Farm Training Program and an area adult teacher. Mr. Powell ended his career as the supervisor of District III vocational agriculture.
Mr. Powell was awarded the Honorary Georgia Planter Degree and the Honorary American Farmer Degree by the Future Farmers of America. He received the Distinguished Service Award in Vocational Agriculture and the Outstanding Service Citation by the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. He was named a Charter Member of the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame.
Mr. Powell was a member of the Banks County Cattlemen’s Association, receiving the 1992 Cattleman of the Year Award, a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club, where he was named a George F. Hixson Fellow, a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and in many other leadership positions. He was a past Commander of the American Legion Post #215.
Mr. Powell is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie Carpenter Powell; son and daughter-in-law, R. Edward Jr. and Melinda H. Powell, Macon; grandchildren, Katie, Clare and Trey Powell, Macon; sisters and brothers, Louise P. Hickman, Hartwell, Carl B. Powell Jr., Atlanta, Betty P. Caton, Wilmington, N.C., Hugh A. Powell, Tallahassee, Fla., and James G. Powell, Hartwell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Ken Cranford and Ron Hinson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, The Georgia FFA, or to a vocational agricultural scholarship fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Christine
H. Jackson
Mrs. Christine Hardman Jackson, 69, of Commerce, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Jackson was born November 20, 1933, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Millard and Sally Hardman. She was the wife of the late Robert “Bobby” Jackson.
Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Jackson, Athens; two daughters, Debra Crawford, Murphy, N.C., and Betty Holloway, Commerce; two brothers, Millard Hardman, Kannapolis, N.C., and Ralph Hardman, Warner Robins; sister, Nancy Weir, Athens; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

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W. Paul Gibson Sr.
W. Paul Gibson Sr., 77, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Gibson was born March 16, 1925, in Fulton County, a son of the late Cleveland and Blanche Stevens Gibson.
He was a graduate of Atlanta Christian College and was the owner of Cleveland Avenue Amoco. A part-time minister, Mr. Gibson was a member of Snellville Christian Church. He started Forest Park Christian Church and was instrumental in starting Cleveland Avenue Christian Church, Gresham Park Christian Church and Roswell Christian Church, all in the Atlanta area. Mr. Gibson also served as Chaplain at Stone Mountain Correctional Institute for several years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kennon Gibson, and a twin sister.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Mike Portwood and David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife, Elsie Butler Gibson, Cornelia; daughter, Sandra Lennette Gibson, Jonesboro; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Larry Stephenson, Marietta, Joyce and Butch Joyner, Jonesboro, and Carole and Jim McCollum, Baldwin; son, Bill Gibson, Decatur; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Vivian Young, Fayetteville; sister, Corine Summers, Palmetto; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Cornelia Christian Church, 1244 Hwy. 441 By-Pass, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to Snellville Christian Church, 2485 Scenic Hwy., Snellville, GA 30578.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Bert Partain
Bert Lee Partain, 69, of the Nails Creek Community, Carnesville, died Monday, February 17, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Partain was born May 6, 1933, in Hart County, a son of Mattie Cotton Partain, Cornelia, and the late Farrell Partain.
He was a retired sewing machine mechanic. Mr. Partain was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Partain, and a sister, Kay Lonsberry.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Tommy Childress officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Partain is survived by his wife, Winnie Franklin Partain; three sons, David Partain, Royston, Dewey Partain, Toccoa, and Dennis Partain, Carnesville; two daughters, Diane Brock, Bogart, and Dena Partain, presently deployed in the U.S. Navy; one brother, Bill Partain, Tifton; four sisters, Pearlie Paulk, Moultrie, Ruth Segars, Carnesville, Lynn Wilbanks, Baldwin, and Nell Goss, Cornelia; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

Wendy
L. Harris
Ms. Wendy Leann Harris, 22, of Com-merce, died Saturday, Feb-ruary 8, 2003, at Atlanta Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Ms. Harris is survived by her mother, Barbara Ann Couch Harris, Commerce; three daughters, Ashley Brooke Lewallen and Amber Lynn Lewallen, both of Homer, and Alisa Ivey Harris, Commerce; and one sister, Teresa Lynn Crumley, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003


Joyce R. Chandler
Mrs. Joyce Roaden Chan-dler, 60, of Commerce, died Sunday, Feb-ruary 16, 2003.
Mrs. Chandler was a native of Kentucky. She was retired from the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross.
Mrs. Chandler was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacie Amelia Chandler.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Jerry Payne and Dr. Kent Cranford officiating.
Survivors include her mother and father, Jesse and Eula Roaden, Greenville, S.C.; her husband, Billy Chandler, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Chandler Crocker and Jeff Crocker, Gainesville; granddaughters, Kennedy Amelia Crocker and Katherine Chandler Crocker, Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Judy Roaden, Frisco, Texas, Glenn and Kay Roaden, Greenville, S.C., David and Sandra Roaden, Simpsonville, S.C., and Roy and Diane Roaden, Aiken, S.C.; five nieces and one nephew.
Memorials may be made to the Department of Family and Children Services Medicine Fund, 456 Athens Street, Jefferson, GA 30549, or to the First Baptist Church of Commerce Relay for Life Fund, 1345 South Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003

‘Bum Mama’
Dora Ford
“Bum Mama” Dora Jeanette Minish Ford, 62, of 542 Piedmont Road, Com-merce, died Saturday, Feb-ruary 15, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Ford was born September 4, 1940, a daughter of the late David Roland Minish and the late Reba Hanley Minish.
She was a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Lackey, and a nephew, John Michael Bellew.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Tommy Ford, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Dannette and Kenny Flint, daughter, Sandy Ford Hardy, grandchildren, Loren Flint, Kenny “Bugg” Flint and Clay Hardy, all of Commerce; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Betty Minish and Leon and Peggy Minish, all of Commerce; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Terry Cadwell, Conyers, Helen and Tommy Adams, Hull, Naomi and Andy Denton, Charlotte, N.C., Sylvia Cochran, Commerce, and June and John Bellew, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, at Erastus Christian Church with Pastor Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the Minish Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Deanna Minish Richards, Brittany Whitfield, Raymond Daniel, Kevin “Gomer” Dean, Stacey Denton, Kenny “Bugg” Flint, Eddie Minish, Justin Whitfield and Wesley Adams.
Contributions may be made to the Minish Perpetual Care Fund, P.O. Box 1496, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 19, 2003


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