Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 26, 2003


Gary Brown
Gary Brown, 43, of Homer, died Friday, February 21, 2003, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County on October 16, 1959, Mr. Brown was a son of Ruth Gudger Mason, Homer, and the late Ernest Brown.
He was an electrician, an avid fisherman and a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by two brothers, Keith and Bruce Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 24, at Timber Ridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris York and Jesse Savage officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Edwina Simmons Brown, Mt. Airy; sister, Carol Baker, Gainesville; grandparents, Bell Gudger, Clarkesville, and Carrie Brown, Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Curtis H. Head
Mrs. Curtis Hulsey Head, 89, of Lula, died Sunday, February 23, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Head was born in Hall County on November 8, 1913. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Omie Farmer Hulsey.
Mrs. Head was a homemaker and a member of New Bridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Head.
Private funeral services will be held.
Survivors include four daughters, Cecile London, Cleveland, Winell Seabolt and Gladys Baugh, both of Cornelia, and Cathy Campbell, Lula; two sons, Jerry Head, Lula, and Forrest Head, Dahlonega; three brothers, Wiley Hulsey, Jason Hulsey and Jimmy Hulsey, all of Cleveland; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Louise E. Frady
Mrs. Louise E. Frady, 65, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at a private residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Frady was born in Habersham County on April 9, 1937. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Lawrence and Belle Childs Frady.
Mrs. Frady was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Bethesda Fellowship Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, T.L. Frady, and a sister, Ester Burrell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Bethesda Fellowship Church with the Revs. Clarence Reynolds and Kevin Jones officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Crow, Mt. Airy, and Shirley King, Alto; one son, Calvin Frady, Lula; two sisters, Ada Mae Gibson, Turnerville, and Betty Garrett, Commerce; one brother, Robert Frady, Virginia; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Timothy Topa
Timothy Topa, 16, of Com-merce, died Saturday, Feb-ruary 22, 2003, at Athens Re-gional Medical Center.
Timothy was born June 9, 1986, in Jackson County. He was a son of Ronald Topa, Sugar Hill, and Susan Thompson Topa, Commerce.
Timothy was a student at James Madison High School and was a member of Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses with the Rev. Sam Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Isiah Topa, Commerce; a sister, Sohia Topa, Commerce; grandparents, Charles and Venita Thompson, Maysville, and Elsa Voight, Germany; and great-grandparents, Thelma Crumley, Commerce, and J.W. and Catherine Thompson, Iva, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Almera L. Palmer
Mrs. Almera Lord Palmer, 88, of Nicholson, died Friday, February 21, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Palmer was born June 5, 1914, in Madison County, a daughter of the late George Earl and Mary Berrong O’Kelley.
She was retired from Thomas Textile and was a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her first husband, William French Lord, her second husband, Frank Palmer, and a son, Ronald Lord.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the River of Life Worship Center with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, Dennis Kesler, Mike Stowers, Charles Hardy, Aubrey McIntire and Marty Smith officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Lord, Nicholson, and Harry Palmer, Watkinsville; three brothers, G.E. O’Kelley, Carnesville, and Henry O’Kelley and Wilburn O’Kelley, both of Nicholson; one sister, Joyce Moore, Atlanta; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Norma A. Williams
Mrs. Norma Ann Williams, 77, of Demorest, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in New Jersey on June 23, 1925, Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Edward and Anna Teut Richterich.
She was retired from Sears, where she worked in accounts payable. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Williams, and a brother, Edward Richterich Jr.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, in Level Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating.
Survivors include her children, Michelle Toth and Warren Kirchoff, both of Demorest, Kathleen Czajkowski, Howell, N.J., Anna Bache, Washington State, and John Kirchoff, New Jersey; sisters, Thelma Greenwald, Catskill, N.Y., and Diana Kirchoff, Carteret, N.J.; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

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Felton A.
‘Doc’ Ariail
Felton A. “Doc” Ariail, 85, of Alto, died Monday, February 24, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Ariail was born December 7, 1917, in Franklin County, a son of the late Claude and Vastie Bellamy Ariail.
He was retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer. Mr. Ariail was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Anglin Ariail.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Robertson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Don Ariail, Lawrenceville; two brothers, Kermit Ariail and Olin Ariail, both of Carnesville; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Allen C. Dixon Sr.
Allen Charles Dixon Sr., 63, of Clarkesville, died Friday, February 21, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on May 17, 1939, Mr. Dixon was a son of Mildred Tench Strait, Clarkesville, and the late Charlie Dixon.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Dixon was a truck driver and of the Baptist denomination.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Faye Dixon, and a brother, Haven Dixon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. L.G. Howard and Paul Flynn officiating. Burial was in the Harvest Christian Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two daughters, Myra Broome, Gainesville, and Vivian Turner, Alto; one son, Allen C. Dixon Jr., Clarkesville; two brothers, Anthony Dixon and David Dixon, both of Clarkesville; one sister, Elaine Gerrells, Demorest; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

Edgar D. Smith
Edgar David Smith, 54, of Lula, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Smith was born in Hall County on December 30, 1948. He was a 1966 graduate of Banks County High School and was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Truck Division, as an enforcement officer. Mr. Smith was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Paul Morris and Luther Williams officiating. Burial was in the Belton Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Cecil Thomas officiating at graveside. Full military honors were provided by Rabun County DAV Post #15, the Habersham County American Legion Post #84 and the Honor Guard from Fort McPherson.
Survivors include his parents, Leroy and Mary Ruth Crumley Smith, Lula; one daughter, Amanda Dawn Smith Gaddy, Alto; one son, Ryan Lee Smith, Lula; and four brothers, Royce Smith, Murrayville, Willard Smith, Baldwin, and Joel Smith and Baxter Smith, both of Lula.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003
Bradly L. Fields
Bradly Logan Fields, 5-month-old son of Roseanna Burel Griffith and Jody Randall Fields, both of Commerce, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at his residence.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 21, at Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson, with the Revs. Ray Banks and Walter Venable officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his parents, Bradly is survived by two sisters, Candice Fields, Jefferson, and Brittany Elrod, Commerce; three brothers, Cody and Cory Fields, Jefferson, and Brently Fields, Commerce; grandparents, Janice Fields, Commerce, Johnny Fields, Jefferson, Troy Griffith, Gillsville, and Ginger Kennerly, Jefferson; great-grandparents, Gladys Ray, Pendergrass, Alviree Fields, Betty Beatty and Troy Griffith Sr., all of Jefferson, and Peggy Nolan, Athens; and great-great-grandmother, Bertha Hyde, Gainesville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003

James T. Evans
James Timothy Evans, 49, of Commerce, died Thursday, February 20, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Evans was a son of Norine Hayes Evans, Commerce, and the late William V. Evans. He was preceded in death by a grandchild.
Mr. Evans was a retired truck driver.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include three sons, David Evans, Cody Evans and Justin Evans, all of Commerce; three daughters, Sherry Williams, Hull, and Tina Evans and Marie Evans, both of Ellijay; one brother, William Larry Evans, Danielsville; and six grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003
Wanda C. Montgomery
Mrs. Wanda Christean Montgomery, 40, of Com-merce, died Saturday, Feb-ruary 22, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Segars officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Montgomery is survived by her husband, Wayne E. Montgomery, of the home; two sons, James and Matthew Montgomery, both of Commerce; one daughter, Krystal Montgomery, Commerce; her mother, Ruth Knight, Spartanburg, S.C.; one brother, Randy Free, Union, S.C.; four sisters, Dorothy Knight, Texas, and Ella Horne, Anita Rose and Patti Rogers, all of Union, S.C.; and one grandson, Todd Guy Henderson.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 26, 2003


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