Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 2, 2003


Joan M. Spivey
Mrs. Joan Millie Spivey, 55, of Homer, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Spivey was a daughter of the late Darnell and Lola Spivey Meeks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Spivey, of the home; two sons, Jason Spivey and Jeremy Spivey, both of Homer; one daughter, Jessica Spivey, Homer; one brother, Robert Meeks, Decatur; two sisters, Barbara Watkins, Homer, and Wanda Chitwood, Baldwin; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Leonard G. Carroll
Leonard Gray Carroll, 74, of Maysville, died Sunday, June 29, 2003.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Carroll is survived by three daughters, Robbie, Sandra and Rebecca; one son, Gary; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Dean Meeks and family.
Wages & Sons, Inc., Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Thomas Vandiver
Thomas Vandiver, 76, of Tiger, formerly of Demorest, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Rabun Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Vandiver was born October 23, 1926, in Banks County. He was a son of the late James A. and Ina Mae Bray Vandiver.
Mr. Vandiver was a graduate of Demorest High School and attended Piedmont College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served two terms, in World War II and the Korean Conflict, and was retired from Schnidig Corporation with 35 years of service. He was a member of Battle Branch Baptist Church.
Mr. Vandiver was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Vandiver Jr.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Madison McCrackin officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Vandiver is survived by his wife, Louise Owen Vandiver, Tiger; two daughters, Vickie Holden, Clarkesville, and Lisa Williams, Alto; one son, Dwayne Vandiver, Forsyth; one sister, Mozelle Crawford, Mableton; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Peggy L. Bohannon
Mrs. Peggy L. Bohannon, 78, of Alto, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Bohannon was born October 4, 1924, in Habersham County.
She was a retired textile worker with Regal Textile and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. Bohannon was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillie Canup Lynch, her husband, Walter Bohannon, a son, Terry Bohannon, a granddaughter, Tracy Crowe, two brothers, Billy Lynch and Walter Lynch, and a sister, Jean Gailey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the Demorest City Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Avanell Crowe, Baldwin; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Ronald Moody, Alto, Cathy and Harold Crowe, Mt. Airy, and Cemeal and Doug Nelms, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, DeWaine and Myra Bohannon, Demorest; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Cora M. Hansard
Mrs. Cora Miller Hansard, 69, of Demorest, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hansard was born on September 15, 1933, in Morgan County, a daughter of the late James T. and Helena White Miller. She was preceded in death by a son, Danny Hansard.
Mrs. Hansard was a homemaker and a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Grant Reeves V.F.W. Post 7720. She attended the Cleveland Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Pastor Danny Brumfield and the Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, R.L. Hansard, Demorest; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Charles Kerns, Demorest, and Debbie and Tommy West, Cleveland; one sister, Ollie Tench Wingo, Demorest; grandchildren and spouses, Shane and Tina Bowen, Shonda and Scott Page, Melissa and Michael Reese and Jennifer and Chris Thomas, and grandsons, Richard Hansard, Allen Wade and John Michael Wright; six great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Brandon, Chelsea, Shayla, Emma and Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Fletcher Shirley
Fletcher Shirley, 89, of Alto, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Shirley was born in Habersham County on March 9, 1914. He was the son of the late William B. Shirley and Pleasant Holly King Shirley.
A graduate of Baldwin High School, Mr. Shirley retired as an engineer with the Merchant Marines after 24 years of service and was a member of the American Maritime Officers Association. He was the last member of his immediate family.
Mr. Shirley is survived by his wife, Vesta C. Shirley, Alto; a son, Elliott Shirley, Marietta; and a grandchild.
No funeral services were held.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Sarah C. Bookout
Mrs. Sarah Catherine Gordon Bookout, 73, of Commerce, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Bookout was born June 15, 1930, in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Willie F. and Vassie Lewallen Gordon.
She retired from Avon and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, Commerce. Mrs. Bookout was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Bookout.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Clarence Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, David Bookout, Carnesville, and Richard Bookout, Commerce; five brothers, Benny Gordon and William Gordon, both of Maysville, Eugene Gordon, Mableton, Robert Gordon, Jonesboro, and Winfred Gordon, Carnesville; one sister, Reba Ogles, Mableton; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003
Eva Wright
Mrs. Eva Rutherford Wright, 91, of Martin, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at the Cobb Health Convalescent Center, Comer.
Born August 22, 1911, in Paulding County, she was a daughter of the late Sanford and Maggie Murrah Rutherford.
Mrs. Wright was a homemaker and a member of the Lavonia Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Marvin Wright Sr., and siblings, Oscar Rutherford, Floyd Rutherford, Raymond Rutherford, Buck Rutherford, Doris Cantrell and Francis Davis.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with Bishop Willard Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, Edward Pearson, Lavonia, Curtis Marvin Wright Jr., Dallas, and Melvin Thomas Wright, Columbia, S.C.; one daughter, Peggy Fulbright, Toccoa; one sister, Essie Jordan, Decatur; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Clarence G. Couch
Clarence George Couch, 85, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at the VA Hospital in Augusta, following an extended illness.
A native of Geneva, Ala., Mr. Couch was the son of the late Marshal Frank and Rosa Belle Couch.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Couch served in the U.S. Army and received several medals for his service to his country. He was a retired inspector with Bethlehem Steel Co.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Couch is survived by his wife, Dorothy Couch, of the home; a daughter, Shirley Bond, Commerce; and a granddaughter, Christine Bond, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Martha B. Perry
Mrs. Martha Bridges Perry, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Perry was born in Oglethorpe County on July 27, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Wattie Davis and Leora Noell Bridges.
Mrs. Perry was a homemaker and a member of Berea Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Berea Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry James and Don Blalock officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Perry is survived by her husband, Guy Perry, Commerce; two sons, Keith Perry, Winterville, and Ray Perry, Commerce; one daughter, Carol Brann, Warrenton, Va.; one brother, Lindsey Bridges, Colbert; one sister, Daisy Adams, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Tommy Ayers
Thomas George “Tommy” Ayers, 70, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born January 17, 1933, Mr. Ayers was a son of the late Buren Dorse “B.D.” and Charlotte Blyth Loggins Ayers. He was the brother of the late Branson, Buren and Herman Ayers, the late Clemmie Carson and the late Bertie Mae Thomason.
He was a self-employed truck driver and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in the the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Leon Carson and Terry Fowler officiating. Burial was in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Willene V. Ayers; daugther and son-in-law, Gail and Tony Eller, Toccoa; granddaughter, Kelsey Eller; brother, Horace Ayers, Marietta; and sister, Helen Knowlton, Lavonia.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Ruby Evans
Mrs. Ruby Evans, of Com-merce, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Evans was a daughter of the late Charlie and Minnie Hanley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Charles Reese and Wendell Hanley officiating. Burial was in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Evans is survived by her husband, John Evans, of the home; one son, Paul O’Kelley, Maysville; three daughters, Martha O’Kelley Watkins, Union Grove, N.C., Vivian Cromer, Commerce, and Dianne Swaim, Danielsville; two brothers, Paul Hanley and Billy Hanley, both of Commerce; two sisters, Cornelia Poe, Commerce, and Jane Schwetz, Newnan; eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003

Charles E. Ross
Charles Eugene Ross, 55, of Athens, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County on May 23, 1948, Mr. Ross was a son of Mary Frances Logan Ross, Athens, and the late Eldon Grant Ross.
He was employed in floor installation with Bradshaw Carpet Co. and was a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church, Athens.
Mr. Ross was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Ross Hughes.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Dennis Kesler and Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gene Aaron, Paul Bradshaw, Roger Dills, Roger Duncan, Stanley Duncan and Curt Vick served as pallbearers.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Ross is survived by his wife, Shelby Duncan Ross, Athens; three sisters, Doris Ivie, Nicholson, and Lisa Ross and Margaret Stringer, both of Athens; and one brother, Terry Ross, Nicholson.
Memorials may be made to Galilee Christian Church, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549, or to Crooked Creek Baptist Church, Jefferson River Road, Athens, GA 30607.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 2, 2003


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