Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 16, 2003


Dorothy L. Barron
Mrs. Dorothy Lyle Barron, 88, of Maysville, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Barron was born April 22, 1914, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late James John and Rosalie Sims Lyle.
Mrs. Barron was retired from the state department of education and was a member of Maysville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Erenus “Red” Barron.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in the Clarkesville City Cemetery.
Mrs. Barron is survived by a brother, Joseph Lyle, Maysville; a sister, Roselyn Hunt, Commerce; a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Newell Crumley, Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Maysville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 329, Maysville, GA 30558.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Cora L. Mills
Mrs. Cora Lee Dayton Mills, 85, of Jonesboro, formerly of Alto, died Friday, April 11, 2003, in a private health care facility.
Born in Anderson, S.C., on March 24, 1918, Mrs. Mills was a daughter of the late Julious L. Dayton and Cora Colbert Dayton. She was the wife of the late Howard E. Mills.
Mrs. Mills was a retired nurse and of the Baptist denomination. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the VFW Memorial Park with the Rev. Steve Doran officiating.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Tschudy, Jonesboro, Glenda Childers and Brenda Tarbell, both of Stockbridge, and Melanie Askarian, Roswell; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Alene A. Wilkinson
Mrs. Eliza Alene Ayers Wilkinson, 87, of Carnesville, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at her residence.
A daughter of the late John Franklin and Myrt Wood Ayers, Mrs. Wilkinson was born January 4, 1916, in Franklin County, where she lived her entire life.
She worked as a second grade school teacher for many years, having retired from Carnes Creek Elementary School, and was a lifetime member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where she was the church treasurer for a number of years, and also where she was a member of the Administrative Board. Mrs. Wilkinson was preceded in death by her husband, William “Seaburn” Wilkinson, three sisters, Corene McFarlin, Sue Ayers and Genelle Andrews, and a brother, John Franklin Ayers Jr.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ryan Seawright and Warren Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mark Barrett, R.N. Bellamy, Mark Wilkinson, Randy Crump, Jerry Wilkinson, Lewis Hallford, Steve Hallford and Danny Ayers served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sisters, Octie Ayers, Nolie Bellamy and Dot Bellamy, all of Carnesville; one brother, Darvin Ayers, Carnesville; niece and husband, Jan and John Bertrang, Carnesville; nieces, Jennifer Andrews and Asalene Hallford; nephew, Darrius McFarlin; great-nieces, Amy Crump, Kathy Ann Barrett and Charli Ann Bellamy; great-nephews, Lewis Hallford, Steve Hallford, Shawn Bertrang and R.N. Bellamy; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Wilkinson’s memory to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Steve Hallford, 100 Conley Road, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Linda M. Angel
Ms. Linda Morris Angel, 50, of Alto, died Friday, April 11, 2003, at her residence.
Ms. Angel was born March 21, 1953, in Augusta, a daughter of the late Virgil and Louise Cranfill Morris.
She was a member of the Baldwin Church of God.
Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, in the Baldwin Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Franklin officiating.
Survivors include four sons, Anthony Canup, Gainesville, Dale Canup, Hollywood, Brian Canup, Alto, and Micah Canup, Clarkesville; three sisters, Ann Adams, Gary, Ind., Myrna Morris, Gainesville, and Virgil Stephenson, Alto; one brother, Chuck Morris, Eldorado, Kan.; and six grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Brawner
M. Garrison
Mrs. Brawner Martin Garrison, 99, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at a private health care facility following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on August 27, 1903, Mrs. Garrison was the daughter of the late James Bartow and Freeman Acree Martin.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia. Mrs. Garrison was her Class Valedictorian at Baldwin High School, and was a member of the AARP and the Missionary Circle.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fletcher Allister Garrison.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the First Baptist Church of Cornelia with the Rev. Byron McEachern and Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn and William Walker, Columbus, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. F. Oland and Mary Garrison, Cornelia; son, Michael Kent Garrison, Gainesville; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to the Habersham Christian Learning Center, P.O. Box 427, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Trixie A. Thomas
Mrs. Trixie Armour Thomas, 90, of Alto, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at a private health care facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Thomas was born in Hall County on February 21, 1913, a daughter of the late Lester and Amanda Louella Whitlock Armour.
She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and quilter and a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church.
Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, William Travis Thomas, two sons, James Thomas and Jewell Thomas, two great-grandsons, Timmy Colbert and Shane Miller, five brothers, Royster Armour, Giles Armour, Clarence Armour, Ernest Armour and Archie Armour, and a sister, Cozetta Pittman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Leon Brown, Woodrow Hix and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Beatrice Sullens, Alto, and Lucy Wiley Jones, Lula; daughters-in-law, Eva Mae Thomas, Dawsonville, and Shirley Savage, Clermont; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Sarah J. Whitfield
Mrs. Sarah Jean Smith Whitfield, 59, of Demorest, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on September 7, 1943, Mrs. Whitfield was a daughter of the late William Isaac Smith and Saidy Chitwood Smith. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Smith and Earl Smith.
Mrs. Whitfield was formerly employed with Global Tech and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Revs. James Harvey and Clarence Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Whitfield is survived by her husband, Roger D. Whitfield, Demorest; sons, Allen Whitfield, Cornelia, and Jamie Whitfield, Demorest; brothers, Frankie Smith, Demorest, Junior Smith, Hollywood, Bobby Smith, Toccoa, and Arthur “R.A.” Smith, Banks County; and two grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Letha T. Dodd
Mrs. Letha Thomas Dodd, 59, of Alto, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 9, 1944, Mrs. Dodd was a daughter of Dessie Merl White Thomas, Alto, and the late Ray Thomas.
She was a homemaker and folk artist and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the Dodd Family Cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Dodd is survived by her husband, Milton Dodd, Alto; daughters, Elizabeth Harrelson and Brandy Nicole McCallister, both of Alto; son, Ricky Dodd, Alto; brothers, Harold Thomas, Leslie Thomas, Eugene Thomas and Dexter Thomas, all of Alto; sisters, Ruby Wade, Alto, and Hazel Thomas, Lula; and nine grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

J.C. Ramey Sr.
J. C. Ramey Sr., 92, of Cornelia, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on January 28, 1911, Mr. Ramey was a son of the late Joseph Brown and Theresa Louvenia Shubert Ramey.
He retired from Western Fruit Growers Railroad, Spokane, Wash., and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Ramey was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Crumley.
Mr. Ramey’s wishes were that his body be donated to Science. No services are planned.
Mr. Ramey is survived by his wife, Ilone Ivester Ramey, Cornelia; daughters, Barbara Toole, Fairhope, Ala., Carolyn Thompson, Lithia Springs, Mary Petzen, Lakeland, Fla., and Sue Walley, Valier, Mont.; son, J.C. “Bull” Ramey Jr., Cornelia; brother, Roy Ramey, Defuniak Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Ethan M. Cosby
Ethan Matthew Cosby, infant son of Roger Matthew and Tracey Michele Brady Cosby, Nicholson, died Thursday, April 10, 2003.
Graveside services were held Sunday, April 13, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Revs. Joe Reagan and Bill Mounts officiating. A 4 p.m. service was held at Friendship Presbyterian Church following the committal service.
In addition to his parents, Ethan is survived by two brothers, Collin Benjamin Cosby and Nicholas Brady Cosby; his grandparents, Marvin and Olivia Brady, Toccoa, and Robert Benjamin and Barbara Bailey Cosby, McDonough; and great-grandparent, Boyce Brady, Homer.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Horace M. Mize
Horace Matt Mize, 81, of Commerce, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Mize was born February 12, 1922, in Clarke County, a son of the late Luther B. and Ola Wilbanks Mize.
He was the owner of City Radio and T.V. and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, where he served as Sunday School Secretary for 30 years and served with the church tape ministry. A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Mize was also a member of Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM and the Mended Hearts B.J.C. Chapter 171.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marty Mize, and a grandson, Clint Mize.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. David Bowen, Hoyt Allen and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Mize is survived by his wife, Inez Barron Mize, Commerce; two sons, Mike Mize and Todd Mize, both of Commerce; four grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, or to the Mended Hearts B.J.C. Chapter 171.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 16, 2003

Anthony P.
‘Tony’ Kesler
Anthony Parks “Tony” Kesler, 52, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Kesler was born May 2, 1950, in Banks County. He was employed as the preparation spinning supervisor with Mt. Vernon Mills, Commerce, and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Roy Rogers officiating.
Mr. Kesler is survived by his wife, Lane Hill Kesler, Carnesville; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Dianna Kesler, Carnesville; son, Matthew Kesler, Carnesville; his mother, Dorothy Maxine Bell Kesler, Carnesville; his father, Parks Kesler, Hartwell; brothers, Doug Kesler, Carnesville, and Henry Kesler, Robert Kesler and David Kesler, all of Hartwell; and a grandson, Seth Kesler.
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, April 16, 2003

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