Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 23, 2003


John G. Simmons
John Grover Simmons, 82, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at his home following an extended illness.
Mr. Simmons was born February 12, 1921, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Cleve and Martha Broome Simmons, and the brother of the late Branson Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was a lifelong resident of Banks County, where he served as game warden. After retiring from the Department of Natural Resources, he was a deputy sheriff in Banks County.
In the early 1960’s, Mr. Simmons represented Banks County in the Georgia House of Representatives.
“Grover held a strong interest in and was knowledgeable about politics at all levels,” it was stated.
He was a member of the Peace Officer’s Association of Georgia, and was a former 20-year member of the BJC Hospital Authority.
A U.S. Army Combat Veteran of World War II, Mr. Simmons served with the 71st Army 44th Division Company H Platoon in the European Theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star and three major battle stars.
“He was especially proud of his participation in the Rhine River crossing,” said family members.
During the war, Mr. Simmons met and served with Donald N. Short, of Franklin, Ohio, a faithful friend.
He was a member of American Legion Post 215, was of the Baptist denomination and attended Mt. View Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. James Harvey and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial, with full military honors, was in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Lee Mitchell officiating.
Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife, Novella Emmett Simmons, of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Willard Smith, Baldwin, Wanda and Larry Logan, Homer, and Renee and Doug Varner, Carnesville; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Mozelle Simmons and Fanneal Mathis, Baldwin; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. View Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Truman Brown, 1035 Harmony Church Road, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003
Sue Sarkinen
Ms. Sue Sarkinen, 60, of Cornelia, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Stephen’s County Hospital following an extended illness.
Ms. Sarkinen was a daughter of the late Johnny Montgomery and Lester Allen and Lois Ollis-Allen.
She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Free Worship. Ms. Sarkinen was known for her writing and poetry for which she received a letter from President George W. Bush regarding a poem she wrote about 9-11.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Montgomery.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Mickey Umbehant and Leon Miller officiating. Burial was in the Hills Crossing Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Mary Davis, Cornelia; son, Scott Davis, Lula; brothers, Lee Allen, Cornelia, and Jerry Montgomery, Greenville, S.C.; sisters, Nancy Cleveland, Demorest, and Diane Smith, Hilliard, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003

Jewell Wilbanks
Jewell Wilbanks, 76, of Cornelia, a U.S. Navy veteran, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Wilbanks was born in Banks County on March 30, 1927. He was the son of the late Marlow and Maggie Meeks-Wilbanks.
Mr. Wilbanks was a retired insurance salesman with Liberty National Insurance Company, with 30 years of service, and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Smith-Wilbanks, and a son, Terry Wilbanks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Harris and Larry Free officiating. Burial was in the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Miles Wilbanks, Demorest; sisters, Laverne Delk, Stockbridge, and Lenora Von Hirsprung, Snellville; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003

Audrey
‘Reno’ Medley
Audrey Steve “Reno” Medley died in Daytona, Fla., on Tuesday, March 25, 2003, from an extended illness.
Born July 27, 1949, Mr. Medley was a son of the late Frank Medley and the late Sallie Mae McClouch. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Celeste Medley.
Mr. Medley was the grandson of George and Alice Medley, Jackson County, Burel Bird, Jefferson, and Pee Tom Griffith, Monticello.
He is survived by two children, Adrian Medley, Helen, and Jessica Medley, Daytona, Fla.; three brothers, Chuck Medley, Commerce, and Jimmy McClouch and Tom McClouch, both of Jefferson; and one sister, Michell Shephard, York, N.C.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003
Carl W. Adamson
Carl Wilton Adamson, 78, of Bryan, Ohio, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance, after an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Adamson was a son of the late Carl and Edna Clark Adamson. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon J. Adamson, and a brother, Horace Adamson.
Mr. Adamson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bryan and was very actively involved in church work as long as his health permitted.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in combat in Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, in the chapel of Rice-Burr Funeral Home, Bryan, with the Rev. John MacFarlane officiating. Burial was in Shiffler Cemetery.
Mr. Adamson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bobbie Wise Adamson; daughters, Jean Moehlenkamp, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Linda Fitzenrider, Montpelier, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Carl Adamson Jr. and Peggy, Roseland, La.; sisters, Marian Jordan, Homer, and Doris Winnona Chambers, Lula; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rice-Burr Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003

Jeffery E. Whitehead
Jeffery Eugene Whitehead, 46, of Jefferson, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Whitehead was the son of the late Eugene and Florene Carroll Whitehead.
He was a mechanic.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Central Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Fowler officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Amber Whitehead, Commerce; sons, Shawn Whitehead, Commerce, and Barry Whitehead, Duluth; and brother, Greg Whitehead, Clarkesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003


Louis Tench
Louis Tench, 68, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Born in Habersham County on June 24, 1935, Mr. Tench was the son of the late Edward and Rhoda Williams Tench.
He was retired from Schnadig Corporation, with 39 years of service, and was of the Baptist faith.
He loved to fish and hunt, said family members.
Mr. Tench was preceded in death by his first wife, Fannie Allen Tench.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 18, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Wesley Purcell officiating. Burial was in the Hills Crossing Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Tench is survived by his wife, Nancy Evans Tench, Cleveland; daughter, Pamela Tench, Washington; sons, Edward Tench, Hiawassee, and Andy Tench, Alto; step-daughters, Tina Duncan, Eastanollee, and Wendy Martin, Toccoa; step-son, Mark Pitts, Toccoa; sisters, Corene London, Cornelia, and Fannie Allen and Edna Canup, both of Clarkesville; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003

Thelma M. Teet
Mrs. Thelma Mae Satcher Teet, 97, of Athens, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003.
Mrs. Teet was born in Meridian, Miss., on May 30, 1906, a daughter of the late Lloyd Melvin and Lillie Catherine Satcher, Meridian, Miss. She was married to the late Lloyd Morris Teet Sr., Greensboro.
Mrs. Teet had lived in Georgia for the past 82 years and worked as a Loom Fixer in the Puritan Cotton Mill. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Teet was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Opal Miller, two sons, Lloyd Morris Teet Jr. and Adolphus Louis Teet; and a grandson, John Thomas Walls.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Christian Church Cemetery. Mrs. Teet’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include five daughters, LaVerne Hayes, Watkinsville, Zadie Smiddy, Augusta, Anita Miller, Nicholson, Dianne Eades, Winterville, and Sue Robertson, Hampton; two sons, Franklin Delano Teet, Roanoke, Ala., and Lane Teet, Colbert; 31 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 23, 2003

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