Banks County Obituaries...

MARCH 12, 2003


David C. Nix
David C. Nix, 66, of Gillsville, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of a sudden illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Nix was a son of the late Floyd Nix and Jane Taylor Nix.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Nix was Past Master of Phi Delta Masonic Lodge and Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star.
He was preceded in death by two daughters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Perry Smith and Donald Tritt officiating. Burial was in Gillsville Cemetery.
Mr. Nix is survived by his wife, Ruby Nix, of the home; one son, Kenneth Nix, Gillsville; one daughter, Linda Nix, Gillsville; his step-mother, Imogene Nix, Gainesville; four brothers, Charles Nix and Earl Nix, both of Gillsville, Herman Joe Nix, Charleston, S.C., and Timmy Nix, Lavonia; one sister, Betty Passmore, Homer; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Louise L. Short
Mrs. Louise L. Williams Short, 94, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Jackson County on February 13, 1909, Mrs. Short was a daughter of the late Thurston and Florence Prickett Williams.
She was a homemaker and a member of Wilson United Methodist Church. Mrs. Short was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Short.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Wilson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Grady Wigley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Howard Short and James Short, both of Maysville; three daughters, Betty Brooks and Pat Nix, both of Maysville, and Dorothy Davidson, Grayson; one sister, Annette Holden, Greensboro, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

George W. Gerrells
George W. Gerrells, 79, of Cleveland, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in White County on October 3, 1923, Mr. Gerrells was a son of the late Oscar and Lela Bell Nelms Gerrells.
He retired from Mt. Yonah Lumber Company and attended Macedonia United Methodist Church in White County.
He loved to hunt and fish, family members said.
Mr. Gerrells was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Kinsey Gerrells, his second wife, Bertie Kinsey McCallister Gerrells, a daughter, Eliane Gerrells, two brothers, Herman Gerrells and John Gerrells, and a sister, Molly Gerrells.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Macedonia United Methodist Church with the Revs. Lester Haynes and Garvis Kinsey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Gerrells Morris, Baldwin; a son, William Ricky Gerrells, Cleveland; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Clay H. Poole
Clay H. Poole, 75, of Mt. Airy, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on July 2, 1927, Mr. Poole was the son of the late Freeman and Estelle Woods Poole.
He retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator, with 35 years of service. After retirement, he also worked for Danny Smart Construction. Mr. Poole was a charter member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.
He loved to train and ride horses in his early years, stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Donald Grizzle and Sam Ragan officiating. Burial was in the Gethsemane Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Poole is survived by his wife, Vera Wilson Poole, Mt. Airy; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and James Smith and Lola and Kerry Mote, all of Mt. Airy; sisters, Betty Tanksley, Cornelia, and Lucy Poole and Emma Poole, Baldwin; grandchildren, Leah Smith Colbert and Holly and Melannie Mote; and great-grandchild, Courtney Marie Colbert.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

James L. Erwin Sr.
James Lewis Erwin Sr., 88, of Cornelia, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Erwin was born in Habersham County on August 20, 1914. He was a son of the late John C. and Margie Morris Erwin.
Mr. Erwin was a retired farmer and a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Erwin, and four sisters, Maybelle Ivie, Caroline Watkins, Pauline Batson and Fannie Tilson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and J.R. Elrod officiating. Burial was in the Mud Creek Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Verner London officiating at graveside.
Mr. Erwin is survived by his wife, Norena Gulley Erwin, Cornelia; daughters, Mary Waldrip, Lawrenceville, Joan Gerrin, Clarkesville, Annie Ruth Banks, Demorest, and Jean Gailey, Baldwin; sons, James L. Erwin Jr., Cornelia, Jimmy D. Erwin, Mt. Airy, and Randall Erwin, Clarkesville; sisters, Ollie Marie Thompson Tench, Lovenia Simmons and Ethel Ivester Smith, all of Cornelia; brothers, John Coleman Erwin and Homer Lee Erwin, both of Cornelia, and Ray Erwin, Homer; 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Mud Creek Baptist Church, c/o Lawton Erwin, 4438 Mud Creek Road, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Martha H. Heaton
Mrs. Martha Helen Palmer Heaton, 55, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Heaton was born March 25, 1947, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late George and Helen Whitehead Palmer.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Living Word Worship Center with the Revs. Richard James, Howard Rhodes and Mike Stowers officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Heaton is survived by her husband, J.D. Heaton, Nicholson; one son, James Heaton, Athens; two daughters, Darlene Briscoe, Royston, and Shanda Meacacke, Nicholson; two brothers, Clayton Palmer and William Palmer, both of Nicholson; one sister, Gayle Barnett, Nicholson; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Myrtle
‘Maggie’ Bruce
Mrs. Myrtle Magdalene “Maggie” Jones Bruce, 82, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bruce was born September 4, 1920, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late John and Margaret Harrington Jones, and was preceded in death by her husband, Odis Lee Bruce, a daughter, Barbara Haynes, sisters, Mamie Jones Dykes and Roberta Jones, and brothers, Earnest E. Jones and John Jones Jr.
Mrs. Bruce attended Young Harris College and Piedmont College. She taught school at Hickory Flat School, taught piano lessons, and was a writer for the Banks County Journal for many years. She was a member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church with Bishop Bevel Jones III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Brenda Lee Jameson, Hartselle, Ala., Rebecca Warfield, Canton, Texas, Dorcas Williams, Maysville, and Faythe Willis, Buford; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and her closest cousins, Christine Harris and Nelle Jones, both of Lula.
Memorials may be made in her honor to Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, 3409 Hwy. 51 South, Lula, GA 30554.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003
James W. Morris
James W. Morris, 82, of San Diego, Calif., died Saturday, March 1, 2003.
Born in Georgia, Mr. Morris was a civil service sheet metal worker for North Island Naval Air Station.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, Calif.
Survivors include his daughters, Bonnie Madore and Bobbie Garcia, San Diego, Calif., Sharon Galarneau, San San Marcos, Texas, and Deborah Kaucher, Elgin, Texas; sisters, Kittie Roberts, Gainesville, Minnie Eulene King, Homer, Mary Lou Savage, Lula, and Ruby Buff, Cherryville, N.C.; brother, John Morris Jr., Commerce; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Greenwood Mortuary, San Diego, Calif., was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Mary O. Wilson
Mrs. Mary Oliver Wilson, 79, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Born in Toccoa, Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of the late John Oliver and the late Ora Ragsdale Oliver, Franklin County.
She attended Banks County High School and graduated from the former Davis Academy. After 30 years of employment as a supervisor with the Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., she resided in Ft. Pierce for 20 years.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Wilson; three brothers, Horace Oliver and Ralph Oliver, both of Atlanta, and Lamar Oliver, former Toccoa Mayor.
A memorial service was held Sunday, February 16, at Hospice of the Treasure Coast Chapel, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Survivors include a son, Donald J. Wilson, Ft. Pierce, Fla.; a daughter, Carol A. Wilson, Tampa, Fla.; a brother, John O. Oliver, Helen; and one grandchild.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Doris W. Davis
Mrs. Doris Wright Davis, 92, of Cornelia, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Davis was born September 5, 1910, in Commerce. She graduated from Commerce High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1927.
Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and a member of Friends of the Library and the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Volunteer Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ethel Shirley Wright, and her husband, Ulysses Davis.
She was a dedicated mother, said family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, with Dr. T. Logan Smith, Ronnie Parham and Wink Verdery officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jane Davis Foster and Blake Foster, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, John Wright Davis and Jean Davis, Cornelia; sister, Lucille Singleton, Dillard; brothers, James Wright, Cornelia, and Bill Wright, Commerce; grandchildren, Allison Davis Smith, Joshua Kennon Davis and Emily Doris Foster, all of Cornelia, and John Wright Davis Jr., Atlanta; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Food Service Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003

Wretha J. Baxter
Mrs. Wretha Jeanette Adams Baxter, 89, of Commerce, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Baxter was born August 5, 1913, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Young and Willie Lindsey Adams.
Mrs. Baxter was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh M. Baxter, and a son, Hugh Jerrell Baxter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Morning Star Baptist Church with Dr. Clif Crews, the Rev. Rick Lane and David Poston officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Nathan Baxter, Commerce; three brothers, Dewitt Adams and Odine Adams, both of Thomasville, N.C., and Talmadge Adams, Roseboro, N.C.; three sisters, Reba Baxter and Edna Klugh, both of Smyrna, and Betty Joyce Hanley, Commerce; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Morning Star Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 12, 2003


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