Banks County Obituaries...

MARCH 26, 2003


Elizabeth S. Peck
Miss Elizabeth Sara Peck, 22, of Maysville, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Peck was the daughter of Eddie Peck, Maysville, and the late Ruby Carter Peck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include her step-mother, Debra Peck, Maysville; maternal grandmother, Sadie Carter, Hoschton; step-brother, Kenneth Bryson, Homer; and step-sisters, Sandy King, Maryville, Tenn., and Michelle Bryson, Maysville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Mary C. Timms
Mrs. Mary C. Timms, 76, of Maysville, formerly of Gwinnett County, died Thursday, March 13, 2003.
Mrs. Timms was a native of Banks County. She was a homemaker and attended Welcome All Congregational Holiness Church, Norcross.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel.
Mrs. Timms is survived by two sons, Troy Timms, Sugar Hill, and Johnny Timms, Maysville; four daughters, Pat Hart, Comer, Cathy Pines and Judy Sanders, both of Sugar Hill, and Sherry Evans, Pageland, S.C.; one brother, Calvin Crocker, Lula; two sisters, Nora Groover, Commerce, and Cara Mae Edison, Dacula; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Bill Head Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Carrine P. Crosby
Mrs. Carrine Purcell Crosby, 77, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, February 3, 2003, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., following a brief illness.
Born in the Broad River Community of Banks County, Mrs. Crosby graduated from Baldwin High School in 1943. Some years later, the family moved to Baxley in south Georgia.
Mrs. Crosby was a homemaker, a member of Lake Forest Baptist Church and a volunteer at Riverview Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Darris W. Crosby; her parents, Hancel and Hattie Purcell, Baxley; and a sister, Estelle Purcell Kesler, Baxley.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in Greenlawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla., with the Revs. Braxton Hunter and Alvin Polland officiating.
Survivors include four children, Barbara L. Kicklighter (Donnie), Gary W. Crosby (Michelle), Janice M. Kelley (Mike), and Bruce E. Crosby (Robin); seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives in Banks and Habersham counties.
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Annie R. Sims
Mrs. Annie Reed Sims, 73, of Gillsville, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Sims was born March 17, 1930, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Dillard and Annie Lee Ferguson Morris.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris Humphries and Ray Newman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Sims is survived by her husband, John Sims, Gillsville; son, Nathan Sims, Gillsville; daughters, Jan Hulsey, Flowery Branch, and Joyce Miller, Gillsville; brothers, Benny Morris, Gillsville, and James Morris, Center; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

J.B. Nix
J.B. Nix, 78, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Northeast Georgia - Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on March 18, 1925, Mr. Nix was a son of the late Joe Henry and Mamie Lou Robinson Nix.
He was a retired contractor and carpenter and had recently accepted God into his life. Mr. Nix was preceded in death by a daughter, Dollie Michelle Nix, a son, David Lee Nix, a grandson, Earnest Lancer Nix, and a brother, Boyce Nix.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and James Holden officiating. Burial was in the Nix Family Cemetery.
Mr. Nix is survived by his wife of 60 years, Willene Mote Nix, Cornelia; son, Earnest Junior Nix, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Winnie Louise and Eddie Armour, Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Shirley Nix, Cornelia; brothers, Joe Nix, Mt. Airy, Charlie Nix, Little Elm, Texas, Bruce Nix, Lompoc, Calif., and Bill Nix, Anchorage, Ala.; sisters, Orvalenia Marion and Joyce Nix, both of Santa Maria, Calif., Christine Shimek and Sue Triechiet, both of Redmond, Ore., and Brenda Hanna, Langlois, Ore.; grandchildren, Bobby Chappell, Leighann Lopez, Jeff Nix, Kim Nix and Melissa Pitts; and great-grandchildren, Arabia Bailey, Tristian Nix and Judd Pitts.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Elsie Lunsford
Mrs. Martha Elsie Hambrick Lunsford, 71, of Carnesville, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Born April 20, 1931, in Franklin County, Mrs. Lunsford was the daughter of the late Rollind James and Sallie Mae Bolman Hambrick.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Lunsford was preceded in death by a brother, Royce Melvin Hambrick.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, in Carey Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jewell Gaines officiating.
Mrs. Lunsford is survived by her husband, Ernest Lunsford; one son, Roger Dale Lunsford, Lavonia; one granddaughter; and one brother, Opel Hambrick, Gainesville.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Cora M. Umberhandt
Mrs. Cora Mae Simpson Umberhandt, 79, of Cornelia, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Umberhandt was born January 3, 1924, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late John J. and Vesta Baker Simpson, and was preceded in death by her husband, John Howard Umberhandt, and two brothers, Phil Simpson and Adolph Simpson.
Mrs. Umberhandt was a member of Hillside Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and John Umberhandt officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John Daniel and Shirley Umberhandt, Cornelia; and a sister, Ruby Dooley, Toccoa.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Huey A. ‘Popa Huey’ Patterson Sr.
Huey Alfred “Popa Huey” Patterson Sr., 68, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Patterson was born in Franklin County on May 5, 1934. He was a son of the late J.D. and Minnie Andrews Patterson, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Jewell Lunsford and Ruby Dean.
Mr. Patterson was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and was retired from Florida Power and Light Company, with 20 years of service. He was a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy and was retired as a Sergeant with the Cornelia Police Department, with 22 years of service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Paul Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Carnesville.
Mr. Patterson is survived by his wife, Myrtle Wetherington Patterson, Baldwin; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and William Knight, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Huey Jr. and Cynthia Patterson, Cornelia; sisters, Ruville Beck, Sara Patterson and Bernice Drake, all of Athens, Bobbie Wade, Gainesville, and Dorothy Benson, Toccoa; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Betty Jo D. Free
Mrs. Betty Jo Dalton Free, 65, of Demorest, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in White County on August 31, 1937, Mrs. Free was the daughter of Cora Madeline Humphries Dalton, Demorest, and the late Ray Harvey Dalton.
Mrs. Free retired from Habersham Mills, with 43 years of service, and was a member of Habersham Baptist Church.
“She loved spending her time with family and friends,” it was stated.
Mrs. Free was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Jeanette Humphries.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paris Whitworth, James Holden, Lester Haynes and Madison McCrackin officiating. Burial was in Habersham Cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Free is survived by her husband, Bill Free, Demorest; step-daughter, Rebecca Pierce, St. Mary’s, Ohio; brother, Buddy Dalton, Demorest; brother and sister-in-law, Harvey and Joyce Dalton, Demorest; nephews, Ricky Dalton, Suwanee, Mark and Tony Dalton, Lawrenceville, and Perry Dalton, Demorest; niece, Sherry Dalton, Demorest; and great-nephew, Dennis Dalton, Suwanee.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

Roy D. Stephens
Roy Davis Stephens, 87, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Stephens was born July 4, 1915, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Russ and Emma Cash Stephens, and was preceded in death by his wives, Eddy Stephens and Georgie Wood Stephens.
Mr. Stephens was employed by the United States Forestry Service and was a member of Alley’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Alley’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Ramsey officiating.
Survivors include three step-daughters, Linda C. Wright, Martin, Mary Kelley, Toccoa, and Evelyn Burke, Hartwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Alley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Teresa Wade, Treasurer, 3769 Alee Mountain Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 26, 2003

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