Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 4, 2003


Gail McCoy
Mrs. Gail McCoy, 54, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. McCoy was a daughter of Lillie Parson Mize and the late E.B. Mize.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith and Phil Parks officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. McCoy is survived by her husband, David McCoy, of the home; three brothers, James Thomas Mize, Hoschton, and Ty and Ricky Mize, both of Commerce; one sister, Willie Lou Stoyle, Danielsville; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Ruth McCoy, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

A.D. Williams Jr.
A.D. Williams Jr., 72, of Cornelia, died Friday, May 30, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County, Mr. Williams was a son of the late A.D. Williams Sr. and Allie Payne Williams.
He was a self-employed home builder for over 40 years and was a member of Hillside Baptist Church, Cornelia.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest, with the Revs. Billy Harris and Larry Free officiating.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Thelma Bellamy Williams, Cornelia; daughter, Denise Williams, Cornelia; sons, John and Hank Williams, Baldwin, and Danny Williams, Cornelia; brothers, Eugene Williams, Demorest, and Jerry Williams, Cornelia; sisters, Geraldine Ivie, Cornelia, Winnie Mullinax, Demorest, and Mary Ann Wilbanks, Baldwin; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Youth of Hillside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 726, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Clara M. Mangum
Mrs. Clara Mae Mangum, 76, of Pendergrass, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Mangum was born October 26, 1926, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Claude and Lillie Mae Gee Watson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church. Mrs. Mangum was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Mangum, two sisters, Nell Moore and Kathy Allen, two brothers, Bill Watson and Cecil “Sprout” Watson, and a grandson, Joel Watson.
Services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Gail Cannon and Beverly Perdue, both of Pendergrass, and Missy Thomas, Talmo; three sons, Jerry Mangum and Thomas Watson, both of Pendergrass, and Richard Mangum, Maysville; one sister, Doris Turner, Jefferson; one brother, J.C. Watson, Pendergrass; and five grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Ethel L. King
Mrs. Ethel Louise Watkins King, 93, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born January 25, 1910, in Clarke County, Mrs. King was the daughter of the late George and Mamie Etta Aaron Watkins.
She retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband, James Clarence “Red” King, and a son, Harry King.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Stuart Lang and the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son, Jack King, Danielsville; a daughter, Martha Landers, Commerce; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Edwin H. Hill
Edwin Harber Hill, 75, of Tiger, died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at his home.
Born in Banks County, Mr. Hill was a son of the late Edwin C. and Marion Harber Hill.
He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a retired airlines pilot with Braniff Airlines. Mr. Hill was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Mr. Hill was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church, Banks County, and attended Tiger United Methodist Church. He was also a member of ACAR and a very active member of the Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Hastings, a brother, Tom Hill, and a sister, Edie Saunders.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at New Salem United Methodist Church with the Revs. James E. Turpen and Sammie Maxwell officiating. Graveside services and burial was at 2 p.m. in Tallulah Falls Cemetery, Tallulah Falls, with military honors.
Survivors include two sons, Dean Beaty, Toombsbora, and Robin Hill, Roswell; four daughters, Donna Lang, Citra, Fla., Colleen Boggs, Covington, Debra DeLatte, Jonesboro, and Sheila Barrera, Newman; one brother, Charles O. Hill, Commerce; one sister, Frances Moore, Palm Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Habitat for Humanity, 36 C Stave Mill Street, Clayton, GA 30525.
Hunter Funeral Home, Clayton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Myrtle C. Earl
Mrs. Myrtle C. Earl, 85, of Savannah, died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Hospice Savannah.
A native of Maysville and a former Commerce resident, Mrs. Earl was a member of Calvary Baptist Temple. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Earl.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Raymond GiBeault, Savannah, and Carol and Howard Cook, Blue Ridge, Texas; sisters, Elizabeth Shankle, Commerce, and Deanie Eberhardt, Macon; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, Savannah, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Georgie B. Ervin
Mrs. Georgie Brown Ervin, 86, of Madison, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Ervin was a daughter of the late James Rufus and Carrie Henslee Brown. She was the wife of the late Joe Ervin.
Mrs. Ervin was a housewife.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Simmons Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Shumate officiating. Burial was in Buckhead City Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Christine Lietch, Buckhead; sons, Bobby Ervin and Kevin Ervin, both of Madison; sisters, Hattie Bonner and Ruth Bonner, both of Buckhead, Hazel Hardy, Eatonton, Phoebe Wilson, Covington, and Faye Mitchem, Madison; brothers, Bobby Brown and David Brown, both of Madison, Ezra Brown, Albany, and Winfred Brown, Covington; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Simmons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Pat Ward
Pat Ward, 74, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Ward was born May 7, 1929, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Forrest Albert and Annie Mae Reynolds Ward.
Mr. Ward was the owner of Pat Ward Builders and was a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. He was also a member of the Poultry Federation and a former member of the Nicholson Water Authority.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Howard Rhodes officiating.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Annie Ruth Palmer Ward, Nicholson; two sons, Farald Ward, Nicholson, and Mike Ward, Clayton; two daughters, Marsha Dukes, Laurens, S.C., and Myra Ward, Commerce; one brother, Neal Ward, Nicholson; two sisters, Lucille Bradley, Athens, and Sue Wise, Roswell; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Jack W. Holden
Jack W. Holden, 74, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Born in Gilmer County on March 5, 1929, Mr. Holden was a son of the late Homer G. Holden and Ollie Ellis Holden.
He retired after 35 years as the owner and operator of Holden Lawn Service and Landscaping and was a member of Nelms Lodge #323, F&AM in Smyrna. Mr. Holden was also a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Hoyt Holden.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery with Masonic Rites conducted by Cobb County Masonic Memorial Club.
Mr. Holden is survived by his wife, Juanita Martin Holden, Cornelia; daughter, Gail Stallings, Marietta; son, Larry Holden, Cornelia; sisters, Omalean Woody, Barberton, Ohio, and Alene Cochran, Ellijay; brothers, Bobby Holden, Douglasville, and Loyd Holden, Ellijay; and four grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Sam J. Qualls
Sam J. Qualls, 84, of Maysville, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Qualls was a son of the late John M. and Lizzie Graham Qualls.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. Mr. Qualls was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruthie Hubbard.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Qualls is survived by his wife, Thelma Sikes Qualls, of the home; a son, Sammy Qualls, Pendergrass; daughters, Sara Partain Fletcher and Leia Partain, both of Commerce; step-son, Joe Sikes, Jefferson; and a sister, Mattie Thompson, Gillsville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Cecil L. Bellamy
Cecil Lord Bellamy, 82, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Bellamy had resided in Jackson County all of his life. He was the son of the late Claude and Ruby Bellamy.
Mr. Bellamy served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from E.R. Healan Auto Parts in 2000. He was a member of Attica Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter and Drs. Ronnie Healan and Larry Elliott officiating. Burial was in the Attica Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Bellamy is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Bellamy; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Pete Dills, Jefferson, and Shirley and Leon Daniel, South Jackson; two grandsons, Chad Daniel and Jeff Daniel, both of South Jackson; two great-granddaughters, Breanna Daniel, Gray, and Ashley Daniel, South Jackson; and three sisters, Rudene Hicks, Crawford, Betty Capes, Carlton, and Dorothy Parham, Crawford.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 890 Boulevard, Athens, GA 30601.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003

Thelma L. Banks
Thelma Louise Banks, 57, of Commerce, died Monday, June 2, 2003.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Gardenview Funeral Chapel.

Ruby B. Watts
Mrs. Ruby Bell Watts, 88, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Franklin, N.C., Mrs. Watts was a daughter of the late Harvey and Ellie Ivie Watts.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Ruby Nell Watts, Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Bobby and Helen Watts, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Hoyt and Mary Sue Jackson, Homer; sisters, Bonnie Short, Lexington, N.C., Eddie Vera Westmoreland, Commerce, and Bessie Loggins, Cleveland; four grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 4, 2003


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