Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 2, 2003


Velma T. Walls
Mrs. Velma Taylor Walls, 88, of Baldwin, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Walls was born in Towns County on September 23, 1914. She was a daughter of the late George and Ruby Berrong Taylor.
Mrs. Walls retired as a sales clerk with Williams Dress Shop and was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church, Cornelia. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jean Woerner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn DeBolt, Alto; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Level Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Sara E. Webb
Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Webb, of Mt. Airy, formerly of Mays-ville, died Wed-nesday, March 26, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Webb was a daughter of the late P.D. and Clara Bell Cotton, and the wife of the late Woodrow Webb.
She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church, Clarkesville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Garroutte and Linda Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Melvin Webb and Perry Webb, both of Winder, Richard Webb and John Webb, both of Gainesville, and Paul Webb, Maysville; two daughters, Carolyn Joyce, Clarkesville, and Elaine Webb, Baldwin; three brothers, Bill Cotton, Marietta, Butch Cotton, Homer, and Charles Cotton, Nicholson; and four sisters, Grace Crane, Maysville, and Pat Crane, Jo Wilbanks and Judy Wilson, all of Homer; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Geraldine B. Shirley
Mrs. Geraldine Brookshire Shirley, 93, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Shirley was born August 24, 1909, in Habersham County, a daughter of the late Henry Kimsey and Della Anderson Brookshire.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia. Mrs. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Harrison Shirley, a son, Henry Shirley, a brother, Frank Brookshire, and a sister, Rachel Loggins.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Dr. T. Logan Smith and the Rev. Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in Demorest Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Alma and J.B. Brewer, Cornelia; daughter, Dorothy Cooper, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Homer and Margaret Shirley, Baldwin; daughter-in-law, Ann Shirley, Cornelia; brother, Paul Brookshire, Alabama; sisters, Leota Mullinax, Clarkesville, and Margaret Wilbanks, Cornelia; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Ruby A. Glover
Mrs. Ruby Autry Glover, 82, of Alto, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Glover was born August 30, 1920, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Curley Beaty Autry.
Mrs. Glover was a homemaker and a member of Alto Congregational Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Watson Glover, and a son, Dennis Glover.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the V.F.W. Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Dolores Glover and Dixie Glover, both of Alto; one brother, Grady Autry, Alto; three grandsons, Kelly Held, Bradley Held and Lance Cpl. Ethan Held, USMC; and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Jewel Held.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, c/o Mountaineer Shrine Club, P.O. Box 596, Demorest, GA 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Mozelle S. Lord
Mrs. Mozelle Sarah Lord, 65, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Lord was a daughter of the late William Harrison and Chester Parr Seay.
She was a retired school bus driver and para-professional for the Commerce City School System and was a member of Harmony Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Jerry Payne and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Lord is survived by her husband, Paul Lord, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Toby Evans, Laura and Steve Boswell and Lisa Black, all of Commerce; grandchildren, Brandi Morrison, Dusty Black and Blakeley Whitmire, all of Commerce, and Carter Boswell, Denver, Colo.; brothers, Fred Seay, Gainesville, and Joseph Seay, Maysville; and sisters, Lucille Jacks, Maysville, and Mary Sue King, Bonaire.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

K.C. Chitwood Sr.
K.C. Chitwood Sr., 79, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at his residence after a brief illness.
A native of Habersham County, Mr. Chitwood was retired from the City of Cornelia. He attended Alto Congregational Holiness Church for several years.
“He loved going to church, and although he attended church, he would tell you he wasn’t serving God like he needed to,” said family members. “But on March 13, 2003, his son was able to take his father’s hand and lead him back to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Even though the family knew the illness could take his life, only God would have his soul,” it was added. “What a great comfort that is to them. He was a wonderful husband and father to his family.”
Mr. Chitwood was preceded in death by his parents, Kimsey and Eunice Watkins Chitwood, sisters, Rizznora Scroggs, Minnie Greemon and Annie Mae Turpin, and a brother, Weymon Chitwood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Leon Brown and Scott Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Chitwood is survived by his wife, Mary Wiley Chitwood, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, K.C. Chitwood Jr. and Lois, Baldwin; sister, Sara Chitwood, Cleburne, Texas; sister-in-law, Nancy Chitwood, Dahlonega; and many nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Gwen Murphy
Gwen Murphy, wife of Jerry Murphy, of Carnesville, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville.
Ginn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Roberts
Joseph Michael Roberts, 8, of Royston, died Thursday, March 27, 2003.
Michael was born in Jackson County on November 5, 1994. He was the son of Joseph Roberts, Royston, and the late Lillie Marie Shelton Roberts.
Michael was a second grader at Providence Academy and was active in the Commerce Pee-Wee Baseball League.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Rev. Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his grandparents, George and Wyvonia Bryson, Homer, and Charles and Rose Shelton, Griffin; and great-grandparents, Joe and Jean Blount, Stockbridge, Dessie Davis, Griffin, and Betty Bryson, Cumming.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003
Betty P. Tanksley
Mrs. Betty Poole Tanksley, 72, of Cornelia, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on August 30, 1931, Mrs. Tanksley was a daughter of the late Freeman W. and Estelle Wood Poole. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Hill Baptist Church in Banks County. Mrs. Tanksley was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar L. Tanksley Jr., and a brother, Clay Poole.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Roy Lee Mitchell and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Nancy Tanksley, Cornelia, and Tim and Sherry Tanksley, Alto; sisters, Lucy Poole and Emma Poole, both of Baldwin; grandchildren, Michael, Jessica and Jana Tanksley; and step-grandchildren, Bradley and Justin Smith.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Wayne Davis
Wayne Davis, 58, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
Born November 19, 1944, in Gilmer County, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Elmer and Alice Totherow Davis.
He was self-employed and a member of County Line Baptist Church. Mr. Davis was also a member of the Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F.&A.M., the Mountaineer Shrine Club, the Yaarab Shrine Temple and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dwayne Davis, and a sister, Gaynell Hulsey.
Entombment was at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Yonah View Gardens, Cleveland, with the Rev. Donald Tritt officiating, and with full Masonic services provided by Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F.&A.M.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mary C. Davis, Baldwin; sons, Keith Cawthon and Kendell Cawthon, both of Cornelia; brothers, Henry Charles Davis, Orlando, Fla., and Roy Davis, Cleveland; sisters, Gladys Wheeler and Faye Payne, both of Cleveland, and Trula Cantrell, Jasper; and two grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003
Amy C. Koerner
Mrs. Amy Cunningham Koerner, 83, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Koerner was born in Habersham County on October 18, 1919, a daughter of the late Allen and Martha Sisk Cunningham.
She was a graduate of Baldwin High School and was a retired beautician and homemaker. Mrs. Koerner was preceded in death by her husband, Howard V. Koerner.
Entombment was at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Sylvania Hills Mausoleum in Rochester, Pa.
Survivors include one brother, Joe Cunningham, Summerfield, Fla.; two nieces, Genny Dean, Cornelia, and Helen Tyke, Pensacola, Fla.; and two nephews, James Dockery, Cornelia, and Marvin Gregory, Fingerville, S.C.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Robert G. Petitt
Robert Gordon Petitt, 74, of Cleveland, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in White County on March 6, 1929, Mr. Petitt was a son of the late James H. and Lou Thomas Petitt.
He worked as a body and fender repairman, was an avid hunter and attended Union Grove Congregational Holiness Church. Mr. Petitt was preceded in death by a brother, J.D. Petitt.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Paul Flynn officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Petitt is survived by his wife, Sophronia Wade Petitt, Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Janet (Petitt) and Sam Craven, Cleveland; brothers, Eli Petitt, Clarkesville, John Petitt, Cornelia, and L.G. Petitt, Cleveland; and sisters, Rose Gooch, Mae Loggins, Mary Lou Skelton and Pauline Blakney, all of Cleveland.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Edna C. Tucker
Mrs. Edna Cornwall Tucker, 92, of Alto, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003.
Born in Canada, Mrs. Tucker was a daughter of the late Clement and Florence Greenwood Cornwall.
She was a retired commercial artist and of the Episcopal faith.
“She loved to read and held an active interest in politics,” said family members. “She was also an avid painter and gardener who loved flowers and birds.”
Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by her husband, Mittford Tucker, and a brother, Barry Cornwall.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, F. Gregory and Pauline McCollum, Waynesville, N.C.; sister, Helen Cornwall Dallas, Greensboro, N.C.; granddaughter, Barbara Catz; great-granddaughters, Michelle Catz and Daniele Vazquez; and cousins, William A. Shore, Greensboro, N.C., Phillip C. Shore, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Christy McEvilly, Wilmington, Del., and Barry Cornwall Jr., Marshfield, Mass.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family is at the residence.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Bertie L. Brooks
Mrs. Bertie Lee Adams Brooks, 100, of Elberton, formerly of Maysville, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Elbert Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Brooks was born March 6, 1903, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Gus and Dessie Reynolds Adams.
She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Brooks, a daughter, Frances Brooks, and a number of brothers.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Robert Scruton officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by a son, James Roy Brooks, Maysville; a daughter, Louise B. Irvin, Elberton; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003

Marie Roberts
Mrs. Lily Marie Shelton Roberts, 26, of Royston, died Thursday, March 27, 2003.
Mrs. Roberts was born November 21, 1976, in Clayton County. She was a daughter of Charles and Rose Blount Shelton, Griffin, and the mother of the late Joseph Michael Roberts.
Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Rev. Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, Joseph Roberts, Royston; brother, Joey Shelton, Griffin; sisters, Becki Henley, Griffin, and Debbie Roberts, Carnesville; and grandparents, Joe and Jean Blount, Stockbridge.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 2, 2003


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