Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 9, 2003


Ethel J. Jordan
Mrs. Ethel Jones Jordan, 93, of Lula, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a period of 2 1/2 years of declining health.
Born November 16, 1909, in Franklin County, Mrs. Jordan was a daughter of the late Andy and Janie Jordan Jones.
She was a homemaker and a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church. An avid quilter, she loved to serve her family and church.
Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt D. Jordan, two grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin, James Duncan and Mark Stroud officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Wilma Sheridan, Mrs. Bobbie Carpenter, Mrs. Lavern Saxon and Mrs. Elaine Wilson, all of Lula, Mrs. Margaret Dooley, Perry, Mrs. Emily Perry, Commerce, and Mrs. Gayle Wright, Athens; sons, Harold Jordan, Richard Jordan and Dayle Jordan, all of Lula, Talmadge Jordan, Maysville, Charles Jordan, Gainesville, and Stanley Jordan, Douglasville; sister, Gladys Pruitt, Homer; 26 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 747 Rock Springs Road, Lula, GA 30554.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Jane W. Keefe
Mrs. Jane West Keefe, 78, of Danielsville, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Keefe was born July 29, 1924, in Pelham, the daughter of the late Robert and Jessie Sizemore West.
She was a homemaker and a member of Ila Baptist Church. Mrs. Keefe was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Keefe Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Skip Wisenbaker officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery. Eli Carlan, Webb Gordan, Sean Keefe, Will Keefe, Joe Tetu, Mark Savage and Timmy Gordan served as pallbearers.
Survivors include four sons, Christopher R. Keefe, Spartanburg, S.C., Gary D. Keefe, Stockbridge, Timothy R. Keefe, Maysville, and William T. Keefe III, Danielsville; one daughter, Lynn K. Rightmyer, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; one sister, Joy Wisenbaker, Webster, Fla.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Efford L. Wade
Efford Lee Wade, 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Alto, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, in Jacksonville.
Mr. Wade was born August 14, 1939, in Banks County. He was a retired manager with S&S Cafeteria and was formerly employed with Scovill Manufacturing. He attended the Church of God.
Mr. Wade was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Wade, and his father, Garnett Wade.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. O.L. McCullough officiating. Burial was in the Wade Family Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Thomas Wade, Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Glendora Moore-Cumbess, Lake Park, Venus Ratter, Ocala, Fla., and Lavonna Harvey, Franklinton, N.C.; one son, Michael Wade, Hephzibah; one sister, Lanelda Sims, Jacksonville, Fla.; one step-sister, Rhonda Roberson, Baldwin; and five grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Francine B. Willoughby
Mrs. Francine Brock Willoughby, 63, of Nicholson, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at her residence.
Born November 14, 1939, in Jackson County, Mrs. Willoughby was a daughter of the late Calvin and Hattie Patton Brock.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Watson, Maysville, and Tim Watson, Nicholson; three daughters, Tracie Flores and Gail Moore, both of Nicholson, and Deborah Willoughby, Center; four brothers, Grant Brock, Commerce, ODean Brock and Paul Brock Jr., both of Nicholson, and Thomas Brock, Statham; two sisters, Sarah Lee Adams, Arcade, and Josie Gary, Nicholson; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

James E. Higgins
James Edward Higgins, 65, of Commerce, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Mr. Higgins was a son of the late Earl J. and Cordelia Lott Higgins.
He retired from the National Guard and was a retired poultry worker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Earl Brock officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Higgins is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Higgins, of the home; one son, Jerry Higgins, Whitley City, Ky.; four daughters, Vickie Thomason, Maysville, Deborah Kates, Cumming, Lesie Coleman, Cleveland, and April Williamson, Lula; one brother, Tommy Higgins, Cartersville; seven sisters, Martha Leake, Gainesville, Elizabeth Strait, Cornelia, Mary Vecchione and Margie Winkler, both of Hiawassee, Linda Sanders, Dahlonega, Dorothy Bennett, Mayo, Fla., and Cheryl Higgins, Gainesville; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Hester H. Cronic
Mrs. Hester Hayes Cronic, 96, of Gainesville, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Cronic was a daughter of the late George and Milbrey Greeson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Cronic Sr., and a son, Clyde Cronic Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Bruce Fields and Jeff Benefield officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton Cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, George W. and Gretal Cronic, Gainesville, John W. and Doris Cronic, Cleveland, and Frank and Treva Cronic, Maysville; daughters and sons-in-law, Grace and Asa Autry, Gainesville, and Joyce and Tom Lott, Cleveland; daughter-in-law, Bess Cronic, Gainesville; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Larry W. Brookshire
Larry W. Brookshire, 55, of Commerce, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Brookshire was born February 9, 1948, in Jackson County, a son of the late Robert C. Brookshire and the late Linda Huff Brookshire. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robin Brookshire.
Mr. Brookshire was a telephone lineman and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Jerry Lance officiating. Burial was in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Brookshire is survived by his step-mother, Glennie Brookshire, Atlanta; four sisters, Martha Jean Brookshire and Effie Marie Craft, both of Atlanta, and Wanda Sue Pynes and Joyce Swartz, both of Loganville; parents, Billy and Carolyn Waters, Pendergrass; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Larry W. Brookshire Fund, c/o Sherry Healan, 1060 Jones Road, Bogart, GA 30622.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Ethel G. Allen
Mrs. Ethel Gerrin Allen, 86, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Demorest, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Allen was born April 17, 1917, in Habersham County, the daughter of the late J.M. “Roe” and Martha McAlister Gerrin.
She was a homemaker and a former employee of Morrison’s Cafeteria. She was of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hubert Allen.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the Demorest City Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Doris Kelley, Franklin, N.C.; son, Charles Neil Allen, North Florida; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was the last member of her immediate family.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Emma ‘Jo’ Merck
Mrs. Emma “Jo” Merck, 67, of Cumming, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Portsbridge Hospice following an extended illness.
Mrs. Merck was the daughter of the late Houston and Bertha Whitworth.
She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Merck was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Kinsey and Margaret Purdy.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Scott Drummond officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Merck is survived by her husband, John “Sonny” Merck, Cumming; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Terry Kelly, Acworth; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Revonda Rich, Southlake, Texas; sister, Holine Shirley, Demorest; and grandchildren, Michael and Sydney Rich.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

James W.
‘Billy’ Barrett
James William “Billy” Barrett, 29, of Danielsville, died Thursday, July 3, 2003.
Mr. Barrett was born October 28, 1973, in Clarke County, a son of David Hardman, Danielsville, and the late Lynn Haggard Hardman.
He was employed in construction and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Douglas Duncan and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the Rogers Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to his father, Mr. Barrett is survived by a daughter, MaKenna Barrett, Danielsville; and a brother, Jeff Barrett, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

Leroy Reynolds
Leroy Reynolds, 61, of Commerce, formerly of Rutherford County, N.C., died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., Mr. Reynolds was a son of the late Lawson and Edna Wilson Reynolds.
He was a retired textile employee.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, in the Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. David Coffey officiating.
Survivors include two brothers, Jim Reynolds, Caroleen, N.C., and Gab Reynolds, Forest City, N.C.; and two sisters, Dot Henson, Henrietta, and Betty Reid, Taylor, Texas.
Harrelson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 9, 2003

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