Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 11, 2003


James D. Gibson
James Dewey Gibson, 73, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Gibson was born November 20, 1929, in Habersham County. He was the son of the late Dewey and Flora Mae Gunn Gibson.
Mr. Gibson was a maintenance worker with the City of Demorest. He was preceded in death by a nephew, William James Gunn.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Pastor Todd Smith officiating. Burial was in the Demorest City Cemetery.
Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife, Dorothy Prator Gibson; one niece, Evelyn Lewallen, Demorest; two nephews, Johnny Gunn and Harold Gunn, Demorest; and one sister, Ola Mae Gunn, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Leila J. Ohland
Mrs. Leila Jane Passmore Ohland, 93, of Baldwin, died Friday, June 6, 2003, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ohland was born August 1, 1909, in Lumpkin County, a daughter of the late John and Alice Head Passmore. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Dunagan and William T. Ohland, a daughter, Jane Gaillard, a son, Tommy Dunagan, and a sister, Marie Chapman.
Mrs. Ohland was employed as a seamstress with Carwood Manufacturing Company, Winder, for 46 years and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Winder.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Graveside services followed in the Nazareth United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Winder, with the Rev. Joel Shadburn officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Billie Gibby, Cornelia; a son, Randall Gaillard, Jefferson; a sister, Jean Haddock, Columbia, S.C.; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o 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, June 11, 2003
Rex A. Schliem
Rex A. Schliem, 50, of Commerce, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at his residence.
Born August 22, 1952, in Los Angeles County, Calif., Mr. Schliem was a son of Ellen Eggers Giles, Big River, Calif., and the late Rexall Jack Schliem.
He was employed with the Georgia Department of Corrections and was of the Lutheran faith.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Phillips officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Schliem is survived by his wife, Carol Faircloth Schliem, Commerce; two brothers, Douglas Laffoon, Portland, Ore., and Robert Laffoon, Prescott, Ariz.; and two sisters, Patricia Brydon and Machelle Maxwell, both of Big River, Calif.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Sarah E. Vickery
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Cash Vickery, 85, of Smyrna, died Friday, June 6, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Vickery was a daughter of the late Gresham and Montine Wiley Cash.
She had lived in Smyrna since 1953 and was a member of Olive Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Vickery was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, in the chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home, Smyrna, with the Rev. Glenn Williams and Dr. Marion Beaver officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery, Banks County.
Mrs. Vickery is survived by her husband, Hubert B. Vickery, Smyrna; two sons, Charles D. Vickery, Marietta, and Richard H. Vickery, Villa Rica; three sisters, Geneva Brewer, Marietta, Revelee Ayers, Woodstock, and Laverne Fletcher, Tallahassee, Fla.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Carmichael Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Eugene Gaines
Eugene Gaines, 79, of Royston, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mr. Gaines was born December 16, 1923, in Greene County, a son of the late Luke and Florence Shumake Gaines.
He was a farmer and of the Holiness denomination. Mr. Gaines was preceded in death by a son, Carlton Eugene Gaines.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Harold Gaines officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Pendergrass.
Mr. Gaines is survived by his wife, Callie W. Gaines, Royston; five daughters, Charlotte Fowler, Jefferson, Betty Henson, Stockbridge, Peggy Ivey, Loganville, Minnie Murphy, Gainesville, and Nora Tiller, Flowery Branch; four sons, H.L. Gaines, Royston, Kenneth Gaines, Talmo, Larry Gaines, Hoschton, and Tommy Gaines, Oxford; three brothers, Clyde Gaines and Donald Gaines, both of Maysville, and Rudolph Gaines, Jefferson; three sisters, Betty Jones, Commerce, Nellie Faye Lee, Jefferson, and Irene Whisnant, Pendergrass; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Ed H. ‘Eddie’ Summersill
Ed Henry “Eddie” Summersill, 54, of Commerce, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Summersill was a son of the late Edward Sherman and Jeanette Ethel Knowles Summersill. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Joyce and Donna Jean Summersill.
Mr. Summersill was a corporate pilot with ATC Logistic.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in the chapel of Rivermeade Funeral Home, Orange Park, Fla., with the Rev. Earl Ash officiating.
Mr. Summersill is survived by his loving companion and best friend, Rae Lyn Summersill; one son, Sean-Erik Edward Summersill; two daughters, Dede Darby and April Bolksoky; one brother, Michael Summersill; two sisters, Cathy Loftis and Brenda Bennett; and six grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of local arrangements, with Rivermeade Funeral Home in charge of out-of-state arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003
Becky Segars
Mrs. Rebecca London “Becky” Segars, 61, of Carnesville, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born July 30, 1941, Mrs. Segars was a daughter of Mrs. Nell Waters London, Toccoa, and the late Homer Merritt London.
She was a co-owner of Douglas Segars Used Cars and a member of Lavonia Church of God. Mrs. Segars was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Brian Daniel Segars and Elizabeth Segars.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Lavonia Church of God with the Revs. Willard Fitzpatrick, Thomas Whitfield and Jewell Segars officiating. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Segars is survived by her husband, Douglas Segars; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Talmadge Watkins, Carnesville, and Tanya and Mark Belk, Lanett, Ala.; sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Donna Segars, Ocala, Fla., Kevin and Kristina Segars, Carnesville, and Klinton and Beth Segars, Athens; brothers, Jimmy London, Johnny London and Terry London, all of Toccoa; sister, Linda Fricks, Toccoa; and eight grandchildren, Noah Belk, Jessica Segars, Ally Segars, Haley Segars, Gabriel Segars, Adam Belk, Kinsey Segars and Eric Myers.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003
Mary F. Holcomb
Mrs. Mary Frances Yarber Holcomb, 63, of Demorest, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on July 13, 1939, Mrs. Holcomb was a daughter of the late Pernell and Selma Gosnell Yarber.
A graduate of Banks County High School, Mrs. Holcomb was a private duty nurse, a homemaker and a member of Amy’s Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Yarber, and three sisters, Pearl Coffee, Monteen Woods and Edith Norman.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Fairfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Allison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Steve Merck officiating.
Mrs. Holcomb is survived by her husband, Reynolds Holcomb, Demorest; three step-daughters, Joyce Loudermilk, Mt. Airy, and Judy Ivester and Annette Scott, Demorest; one step-son, Walter Holcomb, Demorest; one sister, Kathryn Hix, Alto; three brothers, Ernest Yarber, Cornelia, Henry Yarber, Baldwin, and Robert Yarber, Gainesville, Fla.; seven step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 GA Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Mary A. Maxwell
Mrs. Mary Ann Crane Maxwell, 57, of Demorest, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Maxwell was born February 9, 1946, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of Lois Gregg Crane, Clarkesville, and the late Norman Crane.
Mrs. Maxwell was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Henry Barnes and Luther Williams officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Dennie Maxwell, Demorest; one daughter, Rebecca Pierce, St. Marys, Ohio; one son, Jeffery Crane, Cornelia; two step-sons, Kevin Maxwell, Clarkesville, and Devin Maxwell, Alto; two sisters, Janice Nicholson, Clarkesville, and Judye Nix, Tennessee; one brother, Joe Crane, Demorest; nine grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Brandon L. Ashley
Brandon Lee Ashley, 17, of Mt. Airy, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Ashley was born April 29, 1986, in Hall County, a son of Jack Ashley, Mt. Airy, and the late Regina Kathleen May Ashley.
He was an upcoming senior at Habersham Central High School and was employed as a cashier at Winn-Dixie. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, in the chapel of Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home, Griffin. Burial was in the County Line United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his grandparents, Mary Goff, Mt. Airy, Larry Lee May, Jackson, and Jean Gaines, Griffin; aunts, Stacey Gaines, Morrow, Michelle Sharpe, Senoia, Margie Ashley, Dandridge, Tenn., Wanda Ashley, Rockhill, S.C., and Patty Ashley, Carnesville; and uncles, Johnny Ashley, Rockhill, S.C., Michael Ashley, Carnesville, Mark Ashley, Kodak, Tenn., and Andrew Duranceau, Jackson.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, and Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003

Donald Dockery
Donald Dockery, 67, of Tellico Plains, Tenn., died Friday, May 16, 2003.
Mr. Dockery was a son of the late Fred Dockery Sr. and Fannie Dockery. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Lewis, and a brother, Oscar Jay Williams.
Mr. Dockery was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May, 20, at Epperson Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Terry Hagwood officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Dockery is survived by his wife, Carolyn Henry Dockery; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Darrell Craven, Nicholson; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Vicki Dockery, Jefferson, Ricky and Sonya Dockery, Coker Creek, Tenn.; grandchildren, Joshua, Philip and Michael Williams, all of Stone Mountain, Donna and Cory Dockery, both of Jefferson, Krista and Miranda Dockery, both of Coker Creek, Tenn.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sheila and Runt Sanders, Cumming, Marie and Terry Hagwood, Laura and Ralph Phillips and Teresa and Chuck Boruty, all of Maysville, and Linnie and Marshall Peels, Madisonville, Tenn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Betty Dockery, Coker Creek, Tenn., Fred Dockery Jr., Cumming, James Dockery, Athens, John and Diane Taylor, Pendergrass, and Alberta Williams, Buford; and several nieces and nephews.
Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 11, 2003


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