Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 23, 2003


Thomas
‘Tommy’ Wood
Thomas “Tommy” Wood, 67, of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Kindred Hospital.
Born June 10, 1935, in Onion County, Tenn., Mr. Wood was a son of the late Roy Rush and Mary Lou Coleman Wood.
He was retired from dry wall construction and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Wood was preceded in death by two sons, Tony Wood and Phillip Pittman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Solid Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Thomas Wood, Maysville; four sons, Junior Pittman and Scott Wood, both of Maysville, Ralph Pittman, Jefferson, and Danny Wood, Cumming; one daughter, Wanda Atkins, Gainesville; one brother, Jack Wood, Dawsonville; one sister, Maybelle Aughtry, Honey Path, S.C.; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Johnny P. Howington
Johnny Paul Howington, 56, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Augusta.
Mr. Howington was born September 24, 1946, to the late Verner and Elizabeth Standridge Howington in Jackson County.
He was a retired package store owner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Gene Doss, Hoschton, and Dr. David Howington, Moultrie; two daughters, Debbie Cheatum, Jefferson, and Chris Shimkus, Woodstock; one sister, Rita Howington, Jefferson; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a niece, Carmen Gary, Jefferson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Ernest L. Powers
Ernest L. Powers, 72, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Powers was born March 31, 1932, a son of Ida Whitner Powers, Cornelia, and the late Robert Burns Powers. He was preceded in death by a sister, Alma Powers.
Mr. Powers was a general contractor and of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Curtis Woods officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include four daughters, Sue Deavers and Ann Powers, both of Marietta, Kathy Raven, Mt. Airy, and Kim Powers, Toccoa; one son, Timmy Powers, Cornelia; three brothers, Jack Powers and Howard Powers, both of Mt. Airy, and Jr. Powers, Cornelia; four sisters, Evelyn Dickerson, Alto, and Pat Brown, Joann Truitt and Barbara Mae Moss, all of North Carolina; several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Mary L. Arnold
Miss Mary Louise Arnold, 81, of Maysville, long-time columnist for The Jackson Herald and The Banks County News, former Maysville mayor and retired teacher, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Miss Arnold was born December 5, 1921, a daughter of the late Noah Avery and Tressie Hill Arnold.
She was a member of Maysville Baptist Church and a member of the Retired Teachers’ Association. She is remembered for devoting herself to teaching Sunday School in Maysville and Vacation Bible School throughout Georgia.
Miss Arnold attended elementary school in Maysville with her two older sisters, Helen and Hilda. She graduated from Maysville High School in 1939, then attended Piedmont College and Toccoa Falls College.
Like her mother before her, Miss Arnold also chose the teaching profession and spent her teaching years at Dry Pond, Gillsville and Alpharetta. She is remembered for “seeming to never forget a face, a name, or detail.” She returned to Maysville after retiring from teaching. After retirement, Miss Arnold served as the mayor of Maysville in the 1970s, and, in fact, was the first female mayor in Jackson County.
Also like her mother, who wrote a news column for many years for The Jackson Herald, Miss Arnold continued that family tradition. She incorporated stories of her students, her beloved Maysville community and general local news in her columns for both the Jackson and Banks county newspapers.
Miss Arnold frequently mentioned her friend and housemate, Medora Adams, her nephew Dr. John Arnold, her sister, Hilda Candler, and other family members and friends in her weekly writings, usually submitted to the newspaper as handwritten on yellow or white legal paper.
In recent Maysville News “social” columns, Miss Arnold encouraged Maysville residents to join in the effort to clean up the town, wrote about the town’s centurians, passed along information about who was ill at the time of writing and whose family had suffered a loss. She provided addresses for Maysvillians now living elsewhere, told who had entertained visitors or traveled out of town, and applauded the accomplishments of local students.
Miss Arnold’s final social column for The Jackson Herald and The Banks County News was published on March 26, 2003. It began: “The rain has really been making the grass grow fast. It is quite different from last year. Also it is very welcome in that we hope the summer won’t be a dry one.” After continuing with commentary on the Vidalia onion crop, a listing of visitors and an account of the previous Sunday’s sermon, Miss Arnold ended her column with a wish for the soldiers fighting overseas.
She wrote: “Our prayers go out to all the boys in the war and to their families. We who have lost loved ones know the real meaning of this.”
Miss Arnold, who remembered the World War II days, was featured in the Jackson and Banks county papers in 2001 commenting on the revival of a World War II cookbook that was organized during the early 1940s by the Maysville PTA and teachers, including her mother.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Robert Scruton officiating. Dr. John Hardin and Barbara Holcomb also participated. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Miss Arnold is survived by a sister, Hilda Candler, Rome.
The family suggests that any contributions in Miss Arnold’s memory be made to Maysville Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Diana ‘Cookie’ Galloway
Mrs. Diana Sue “Cookie” Galloway, 58, of Cornelia, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Gateway Health & Rehab following an extended illness.
Born September 30, 1944, in Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Galloway was a daughter of the late Herbert and Mabel Dyer Lewis.
She retired from Carwood after 24 years of service and was of the Baptist denomination. Family members said, “she loved to read.”
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. August Hauser officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Galloway is survived by her husband, Jim Galloway, Cornelia; daughter, Penny Petty, Mt. Airy; sons, Brian James Galloway, Atlanta, Craig Allen Galloway, Toccoa, and Roger Dale Lewis, Springfield, Ohio; sisters, Wanda Jean Lewis and Betty Rice, both of Springfield, Ohio; half-sisters, Carol Neville and Melvina Lookabaugh, both of Springfield, Ohio, and Edna Burba, Yellow Springs, Ohio; and several grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003
Ruth Daves
Mrs. Ruth Daves, 80, of Ila, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Daves was a daughter of the late Claude and Cora Eller Daniel.
She was employed with Harmony Grove Mills, Commerce, for 35 years, and was retired from Athens Heritage Nursing Home as a housekeeper. Mrs. Daves was a member of Ila Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Daves.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Albert Vaughn and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery. Dexter Calhoun, Ricky Daniel, Jimmy Bird, Junior McGee, Ronnie Williams and Tim Jackson served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Tim and Webb Gordon.
Mrs. Daves is survived by two sons, Larry Daves, Danielsville, and Scott Daves, Ila; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Fannie M. Greemon
Mrs. Fannie Maebell Greemon, 88, of Mt. Airy, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at her son’s residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on June 14, 1914, Mrs. Greemon was the daughter of the late Harley and Lillie Watkins Scroggs.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting and gardening and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Greemon was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Greemon, and brothers, Vermon Scroggs and Virgil Scroggs.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Alvin Burns officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Lloyd and Elizabeth Greemon, Mt. Airy; granddaughters, Vickie Dobbs and Diane Murphy, both of Mt. Airy; and great-grandchildren, Brent Dobbs, Justin Dobbs, Ashley Cash, Matthew Cash and Amanda Murphy.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Flora N. Wilkes
Mrs. Flora Nell Wilkes, 78, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Wilkes was born April 22, 1924, in Madison County. She was the daughter of the late Dave Berry and Lula Ann Thurmond Williams.
Mrs. Wilkes was retired from Wilkins Industries and was a member of Erastus Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Erastus Christian Church with Carl Beckham and the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie Wilkes, Athens; one daughter, Brenda Minish, Commerce; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Bobby N. Barrett
Bobby Nelson Barrett, 61, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Barrett was born April 6, 1942, in Jackson County, a son of Beulah Savage Barrett Archer, Hartwell, and the late Frank Barrett. He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Barrett, and a brother, Willis Barrett.
Mr. Barrett was a retired employee of the textile industry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Bible Way Church of God with the Revs. Carroll Griffin and Lonnie Bennett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Barrett is survived by a son, William Barrett, Toccoa; a daughter, Tiffany Smith, Toccoa; step-daughters, Paula Allen, Toccoa, Sharon Chappelear, Lavonia, and Kim Thompson, Eastanollee; brothers, Johnny Barrett, Grove Town, and Richard Barrett, Hull; sisters, Bertie Bagwell and Nizzie Mae Barrett, both of Commerce, Judy Baxter and Mary Lou Wynn, both of Hull, and Betty Bennett, Hartwell; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Thelma B. Weaver
Mrs. Thelma Barrett Weaver, 76, of Cornelia, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Weaver was born June 10, 1926, in White County, a daughter of the late Ernest and Clara Pennington Barrett.
She was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills with several years of service and attended New Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Weaver was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Barrett, and two brothers, Arnold Barrett and Frank Barrett.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Dennis Ledford officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Cleveland.
Survivors include two daughters, Mildred King, Mt. Airy, and Phyllis McConnell, Baldwin; five sons, Paul Weaver, Demorest, Eddie Weaver and Terry Weaver, both of Cornelia, and Bobby Weaver and Michael Weaver, both of Clarkesville; one brother, Clarence Barrett, Murrayville; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to B.J.C. Family Counseling, 70 Medical Center Drive, Commerce, GA 30529.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

Clarence ‘Chip’ Crawford Jr.
Clarence “Chip” Crawford Jr., 48, of Tybee Island, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, in a fall at a work site.
Mr. Crawford was born December 17, 1954, in Athens, a son of C.W. Crawford Sr. and Bess Scales Crawford, Homer.
He was a graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., where he attended on a football scholarship. Mr. Crawford was a former North Georgia resident, working as an English teacher and insurance agent before moving to Tybee Island where he operated a construction company.
He was an active member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Tybee Island, and was well known in the community for both his work as a contractor and carpenter. Mr. Crawford was also known for his “ebullient personality and love for literature and life,” said family members.
He was a member of the Home Builders Association of Savannah, was a musician and played in bands called Mid-Life Crisis and The Rhythm Devils.
Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by a brother, Kelly Crawford, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Crawford and Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Scales Sr.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 21, at All Saints Episcopal Church, Tybee Island.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah Shelledy Crawford; two sons, Clarence Crawford III, Tybee Island, and Christopher Crawford, a student at the University of Georgia; and two brothers, Kevin Curtis Crawford, Tybee Island, and Wallace Stanley Crawford, Helen.
Memorials may be made to the Christopher Crawford Scholarship Fund, c/o Savannah Bank, P.O. Box 188, Savannah, GA 31402, or to the All Saints Church Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 727, Tybee Island, 31328, Attention: Rev. Otto Immel.
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 23, 2003

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