Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 7, 2003


Dovie E. Garrish
Mrs. Dovie Elsie Crocker Garrish, 81, of Alto, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Garrish was born February 18, 1922, in Banks County. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Caroline Holland Crocker, and was preceded in death by a son, Arnold Emory Garrish, a grandson, Ronnie Neal Purvis, a brother, Chalmas Crocker, and a sister, Emma Belle Jordan.
Mrs. Garrish was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiating at graveside.
Mrs. Garrish is survived by her husband, Tommy Garrish, Alto; two daughters, Linda Love, Athens, and Margaret Willette Liles, Alto; two sons, Edward Garrish and William Garrish, both of Alto; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1921 Century Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

John C. Erwin
John Coleman Erwin, 86, of Cornelia, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Erwin was born December 26, 1916, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late John Candler and Margie Morris Erwin.
Mr. Erwin was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was the former owner of Mud Creek Grocery. He was also formerly employed with Short Manufacturing and was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Mr. Erwin was preceded in death by three sisters, Maybell Ivie, Fannie Tilson and Pauline Batson, and two brothers, James L. Erwin and Willie Erwin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Chris York and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Erwin is survived by his wife, Beatrice Cantrell Vinson Erwin, Cornelia; four step-daughters, Brenda LaCount, Alto, Linda Bateman, Hartwell, and Libby Shackleford and Darlene Coley, both of Mt. Airy; two step-sons, Roger Vinson, Cornelia, and Eddie Vinson, Alto; three sisters, Ethel Smith, Ollie Thompson Tench and Lovenia Simmons, all of Cornelia; two brothers, Homer L. Erwin, Cornelia, and Ray E. Erwin, Homer; 18 step-grandchildren and 21 step-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

Pauline R. Nunn
Mrs. Pauline Redmon Nunn, 77, of Maysville, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born September 22, 1925, in Banks County, Mrs. Nunn was a daughter of the late Joe and Mandy Baker Redmon.
She retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Nunn was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Nunn.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. David Bailey and Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three nieces, Martha Cotton, Homer, Joyce Griffin, Maysville, and Wilma Abney, Kennesaw; and three nephews, Billy Griffin and Bobby Griffin, both of Athens, and Jerry Griffin, Oakwood.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

Carole B. Dillard
Mrs. Carole B. Dillard, 69, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Dillard was born June 10, 1933, in Banks County, the daughter of the late Olin Roscoe and Gussie Lou Segers Borders.
She attended Davis Academy and the University of Georgia, and retired from Banks County High School as a teacher with 32 years of service. Mrs. Dillard was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, a member of the AARP and a member of the Cornelia United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh C. “Bud” Dillard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, Perkins Memorial Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Wayne Smith and Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Tara Dillard, Cornelia; brother, Jack Borders, Commerce; grandchildren, Heather Loggins and Shaun Ramsey; and a great-grandchild, Ty Loggins.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2062 GA Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535, or to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

Herschell
Blalock
Herschell Blalock, 68, of Alto, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County on May 9, 1934, Mr. Blalock was a son of the late Albert and Mahala Nix Blalock.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in the Korean Conflict, and was a retired loom technician with Mt. Vernon Mills. Mr. Blalock was also an avid bee keeper and was of the Holiness denomination.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kelton Blalock and Edgar Blalock, and two sisters, Elizabeth Blalock and Cornabell Morris.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Lester Haynes and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with the Rev. Calvin Crocker officiating.
Mr. Blalock is survived by his wife, Marie Davidson Blalock, Alto; daughter, Karen Sexton, Alto; son, Kenneth Blalock, Alto; brothers, Albert Blalock, Cornelia, and Paul Blalock, Ninety-Six, S.C.; sister, Birdell Wade, Cornelia; and six grandchildren.
The body is at the residence, 5466 Yonah Homer Road, Alto, GA 30510, where the family was to have received friends after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

Reba Rayburn
Mrs. Reba Rayburn, 66, of Auburn, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Rayburn was a daughter of Cleo Evans, Baxter, Tenn., and the late Charles Evans.
She was a retired administrative specialist from the Georgia Department of Human Resources and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Richard Cole officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Rayburn is survived by her husband, John Rayburn; three daughters, Judy Rayburn, Duluth, Lynda Nix, Winder, and Cindy Fear, Bethlehem; two sisters, Peggy Cho, Cookeville, Tenn., and Jean Stapleton, Homer; two brothers, David Evans, Washington, D.C., and Robert Evans, Nashville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

J.D. Minish
J.D. Minish, 86, of Commerce, a veteran of World War II, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Minish was born April 14, 1917, in Madison County, a son of the late Isom and Florence Langston Minish.
He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Harmony Grove Mills. Mr. Minish was a member of Berea Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Evans Minish, and a son, Dembres Minish.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Grady Jordan and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Gerald Minish, Terry Minish and Tommy Minish, all of Commerce; one daughter, Jean Hardman, Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

William C.
‘Bill’ Smith
William C. “Bill” Smith, 72, of Commerce, a U.S. Air Force veteran, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mr. Smith was born July 24, 1930, in Lanier County, a son of Beulah Moncrief Corbitt, Lakeland, and the late Chester Smith.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Smith was a registered forester and retired director of First Commerce Bank. He was also the owner of W.C. Smith Pulpwood Co. and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. David Bowen, Warren Huddleston and Jimmy Moor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Ellen Brand Smith, Commerce; two daughters, Kellie Baxter, Athens, and Kim Savage, Commerce; one brother, Michael Smith, Jordan, Utah; three sisters, Jeanette Cook and Margaret Singletary, both of Lakeland, and Rosemary Lunsford, Newton, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Jed and Blaine Baxter, Athens, and Katie and Jessie Savage, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

Beulah Bradshaw
Mrs. Beulah Bradshaw, 62, of Mt. Airy, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Bradshaw was born September 27, 1940, in Gwinnett County. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Etta Martin Saylors.
Mrs. Bradshaw retired from Regency Thermographers and was a member of Hazel Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Helen Bass, Mt. Airy; one son, Dale Bradshaw, Demorest; one sister, Lola Atkinson, Lawrenceville; and two grandchildren, Rhonda Ray and Christy Bass.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

Emily E. Ellison
Miss Emily E. Ellison, 95, of Cornelia, and formerly of Atlanta, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Born October 5, 1907, in Greenville, S.C., Miss Ellison was a daughter of the late Robert M. and Mary Thrasher Ellison.
She retired after many years with the US Children’s Bureau in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the AARP. Miss Ellison was also a member of the Cathedral of St. Phillips Episcopal Church and the E.C.W.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jessie M. Ellison and Victor A. Ellison, and a sister, Nellie A. Ellison.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, with the Rev. Cannon Carolynne Williams officiating.
Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Curtis S. (Patricia E.) Martin, Cornelia; three great-nephews, Kenneth S. Martin, Cornelia, W. Victor Martin, Plano, Texas, and Robert E. Martin, Atlanta; and a great-great-niece, Caroline Martin, Plano, Texas.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

John R. Morris
John Robert Morris, 66, of Demorest, and Hobe Sound, Fla., died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Trumbull County, Ohio, on January 18, 1937, Mr. Morris was a son of Stephen and Mary Knapic Morris.
He was employed as a shop foreman with Sutton Service and was of the Catholic faith.
Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Joann Morris, Demorest, and Hobe Sound, Fla.; daughters, Mary Nunn, California, Debra Sutton, Demorest, Robin Morris, Hobe Sound, Fla., and Sherrice Morris, Stuart, Fla.; son, Robert Stephen Morris, Stuart, Fla.; brothers, Thomas Morris and Harvey Carson, both of Warren, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 7, 2003

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