Banks County Obituaries...

MARCH 19, 2003


John D. Brooks
John Doyle Brooks, 74, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Brooks was born June 21, 1928, in Jefferson County, Ala. He was a son of the late John W. and Effie McCormack Brooks.
Mr. Brooks was a graduate of Corner High School and was a retired truck driver with the United States Postal Service, with 20 years of service. He was a member of Tates Creek Baptist Church.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Tates Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerrell Beatty and Garry Garrison officiating.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife, Dorothy A. Brooks, Baldwin; sons, Gary D. Brooks, Vienna, Va., and Steven D. Brooks, Atlanta; sisters, Louise DePalma, Brockton, Mass., and Martha McCurry, Warrior, Ala.; and brother, Jimmy Brooks, Warrior, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the Tates Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 4258 GA Hwy. 184, Toccoa, GA 30577.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Louise B. Lynch
Mrs. Louise Baugh Free Lynch, 101, of Lula, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Lynch was born September 23, 1901, in Hall. She was a homemaker and the oldest member of Whitehall Baptist Church.
Mrs. Lynch was preceded in death by her husbands, Willie Free and Arthur Lynch, a daughter, Lillie Mae Campbell, a son, Donald Free, and four brothers, Ernest, Julian, Hedley and Wiley Baugh.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in the Whitehall Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a step-daughter, Rudene Turner, Carrollton; daughter-in-law, Geraldine Free, Lula; step-sons, Lamar Lynch, Dahlonega, Jarrell Lynch, Dover, N.H., and Lafayette Lynch, Lula; sisters, Viola Bates and Elsie Wilson, both of Lula; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Doris Nabers
Mrs. Doris Clementine Nabers, 73, of Athens, died Friday, March 14, 2003.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Nabers was a daughter of the late James Carl and Eunice Clementine Prickett Sparks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Nabers, a daughter, Marsha Nabers, and two brothers, James Sparks and Bob Sparks.
Mrs. Nabers was a member of Forest Heights Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. Leigh Sparks, niece of Mrs. Nabers, and the Rev. Mike Ricks officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Brantley Davis, Matthew Davis, Jimmy Sparks, Drew Sparks, Darrell McGinnis and Sam Cutler served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Jeff Davis, Athens; sisters, Sylvia Sewell, Carnesville, and Kathleen McGinnis, Commerce; brothers, Donald Sparks, Kennesaw, David Sparks, Jonesboro, and Bill Sparks, Doraville; grandchildren, Brantley Davis, Hannah Davis and Matthew Davis; great-grandchildren, Lee Davis and Whit Davis; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Briarwood Baptist Church Youth Mission Trips.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Luther
‘Reeves’ Thomas
Luther “Reeves” Thomas, 100, of Commerce, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Thomas was born September 3, 1902, in Madison County, a son of the late Ollie and Lou Smith Thomas.
He was a retired row crop farmer and a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Hughes Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Odell Thomas, Commerce; one daughter, Mozelle Dabbs, Commerce; one brother, Howell Thomas, Commerce; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Nathaniel A. Westmoreland
Nathaniel A. Westmoreland, 26, of Nicholson, died Friday, March 14, 2003.
Mr. Westmoreland was born May 6, 1976, in Hall County, a son of Christopher and Jenny Lord Westmoreland, Nicholson.
He was employed in waterline construction and was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Center Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Westmoreland is survived by two brothers, Joseph C. Westmoreland and Noah A. Westmoreland, both of Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Ethel D. Owenby
Mrs. Ethel Davis Owenby, 72, of Mt. Airy, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Stephens County Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on November 4, 1930, Mrs. Owenby was a daughter of the late Dorsey D. and Georgey Roberts Davis.
She was a homemaker, a seamstress and an avid gardener and camper. Mrs. Owenby was a member of the Golden Apple Club at Community Bank and Trust, as well as a member of Hazel Creek Baptist Church, where she was active in the Men and Ladies Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Clyde Owenby, and two brothers, Earl W. Davis and Perry L. Davis.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Trent Smith and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Dr. B.V. Franklin officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirlean Smith, Martin; son, Thomas Lee Owenby Jr., Mt. Airy; brothers, Glen C. Davis and Kermit B. Davis, both of Mt. Airy; sisters, Gladys D. Pitts, Pauline Underwood, Juanita Lovell, Agnes Moore and Mildred Stephens, all of Mt. Airy, Elane Echols, Alto, and Anna Quillen, Romulus, Mich.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Imogene V. Patterson
Mrs. Imogene Velda Patterson, 77, of Comm-erce, died Thur-sday, March 13, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Mrs. Patterson was a daughter of the late Johnce and Mattie Davis McGill. She was the widow of Oscar Patterson.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Steven Horne and Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Bold Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include nephews, Edward McGill, Ty McGill and Casey McGill, all of Commerce, and Paul McGill, Athens; and niece, Annette Carey, Royston.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Gladys
‘Dell’ Mangum
Mrs. Gladys “Dell” Mangum, 74, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Mangum was born April 8, 1928, in Floyd County. She was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Lydia Watkins McDougald, and was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Mangum.
Mrs. Mangum was a homemaker and a member of Sugar Hill Baptist Church, Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Dyer and Sandra Ivie, both of Gainesville; two sons, Gilbert Lee Mangum, Gainesville, and Chris Marvin Mangum, Habersham Mills; one sister, Betty Jean Humphries, Gainesville; one brother, Joseph William McDougald, Commerce; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Louise M. Palmisano
Mrs. Helen Louise Mize Galloway Palmisano, 92, of Athens, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at St. Mary’s Long Term Care.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Palmisano was a daughter of the late Frances Patterson “Bud” and Toccoa Ward Mize.
She lived in Athens most of her life and was retired from Add Drug Store, where she was known and loved by the many lunch counter customers, it was stated.
Mrs. Palmisano was a long time member of Central Baptist Church and more recently Prince Avenue Baptist Church. She had also been a resident of Lanier Gardens for seven years.
Mrs. Palmisano was preceded in death by her first husband, Dawson D. Galloway, her second husband, Leonard A. Palmisano, two brothers, Charlie Mize and Paul Mize, and three sisters, Willie Mize, Ruth Mize Conley and Mary Mize Pierce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating.
Survivors include nephews and nieces, Joe and Pam Mize, Athens, Connie Wilson, Beth Pierce, Billie Jo Wilson, Mary Frances Delamater and Matt Mize, all of Commerce, Joy Harris, S. Pittsburgh, Tenn., Jann Leverett, Lincolnton, Bobby Conley, Franklin, N.C., and Eddie Galloway, Nicholson; sister-in-law, Viola Galloway Ellison, Athens; 19 great-nieces and nephews and 20 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Prince Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1112, Athens, GA 30603, or to the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 120 Florida Ave., Athens, GA 30605.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Willie J. McLendon
Mrs. Willie Jewel McLen-don, 84, of Commerce, died Wednes-day, March 12, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. McLendon was a daughter of the late Willie and Rosa Lee Davis. She was the widow of Bill McLendon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Duncan and Andy Bond officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Jimmy McLendon, Robert McLendon, Albert McLendon and Tommy McLendon, all of Commerce; one sister, Sara Culpepper, Commerce; 8 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

William B.
‘Dub’ Minish
William Berry “Dub” Minish, 88, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Minish was born in Jackson County on October 10, 1914. He was a son of the late R.A. and Cammie Segars Minish.
Mr. Minish was a retired brick mason and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #294 F&AM.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Minish is survived by his wife, Agatha Minish, Commerce; son, Wilburn Minish, Atlanta; daughters, Jestean Faulkner and Beverly Milford, both of Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Thurmond Alewine, Athens, and Wanda and Robert Purcell, Lilburn; brothers, Frances Minish and Jake Minish, both of Commerce; sisters, Sarah Holden, Greensboro, N.C., Dorothy Pritchett, Anderson, S.C., and Jane Williams, Lakemont; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Ed Shorpshire, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 South Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529, or to the Vista Care Foundation, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Chester Palmer
Chester Palmer, 80, of Demorest, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on June 1, 1922, Mr. Palmer was a son of the late Wiley Robert and Frances Effie Herring Palmer.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II, and was a recipient of three Bronze Stars. Mr. Palmer was employed with the State of Georgia for 20 years and was an avid fisherman. He served as a deacon at Victory Baptist Church, where he was a charter member.
Mr. Palmer was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Palmer, and a brother-in-law, Jr. Moody.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. David Nix, Brian James, Connie Berry and John Humphries officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife, Mary Ell Bramlett Palmer, Demorest; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Emory Waycaster, Buford; sister, Lorene Moody, Cornelia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Kenneth Jarrell, Clarkesville, and Frances and Jerry Farmer, Toccoa; granddaughter, Heather Austin; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Charity and Steve McKee; and great-grandsons, Jacob Austin and Nicolas Austin.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Willie P. Watkins
Mrs. Willie Pearl Watkins, 84, of Demorest, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Born in White County on April 11, 1918, Mrs. Watkins was a daughter of the late D.J. “Doc” and Mary Elizabeth Sosebee Freeman.
She was the owner and operator of Country Inn Restaurant for several years, and was a homemaker and a member of New Bridge Baptist Church. Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her husband, Barney Lewis Watkins, brothers, Talmadge Freeman and Millard Freeman, sisters, Cora Powell, Ruby Wilbanks and Margie Crow, and a son-in-law, Earl Lovell.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at New Bridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Lloyd Martin and Verner London officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice Lovell, Batesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Charles Rumpel, Tampa, Fla., and Lanell and Scott Woodall and Betty and Telford Dalton, all of Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Elora Watkins, Cornelia; brother, J.C. Freeman, Cleveland; sister, Lola Freeman, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

Delores R.
‘Nanu’ Hernandez
Mrs. Delores Rabon “Nanu” Hernandez, 71, of Baldwin, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hernandez was born November 20, 1931, in Charleston, S.C., and was raised in Florida. She lived in Fulton County for 29 years before moving to Banks County in 1986. Mrs. Hernandez was retired from the Fulton County Board of Education as a bus driver, with 21 years of service. She was also retired from Sears, with 27 years of service, and was a member of Free Chapel Worship Center, Gainesville.
She was a volunteer at the Banks County Senior Citizens Center; there she worked with Legacy Link. Mrs. Hernandez was preceded in death by her father, Henry Williams, her mother, Johnnie D. Crane, and her husband, Sam Hernandez.
“Hallelujah to the King! Delores has gone home to her precious Lord! Praise God! She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who taught all her children to love the Lord and one another,” said family members. “She was a joyous lady full of life, love and the Lord. Her passion was riding horses and loving all of her children. She was giving and thoughtful.”
Memorial services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Pendleton Brown, Charles Honea and Gordon van der Noord officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Rasene and Ken Pickle, Toccoa; daughters, Samantha Miller, Baldwin, and Carlette Skiver, Mableton; grandchildren, Jerome Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Raybon Miller, Della Miller, Lee Mac Catoe, Shawn Catoe, Johnathon May, Nick Pickle and Shannon Pickle; three great-granddaughters; best friend of 30 years, Beverly McCormick; and many other family members and special friends.
Memorials may be made to the Banks County Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 187, Homer, GA 30547.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 19, 2003

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