Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 30, 2003


Ruth Shuler
Mrs. Ruth Shuler, 81, of Alto, died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Gwinnett County on November 10, 1921, Mrs. Shuler was a daughter of the late James Neal and Bunie Daniel Baugh.
She was employed as a waitress with Shoney’s for 13 years and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church. Mrs. Shuler loved to fish and was a Braves baseball fan.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Ronald Ervin Baugh, four brothers, Clyde, J.D., Mark and Ervin Baugh, and a sister, Ida Mae Humphries.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, at B.C. Grant Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Harris, John Cooley and Charles Hopkins officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Shuler is survived by her husband, Candler Shuler, Alto; daughter, Becky Baugh, Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Lee and Patsy Baugh, Gainesville; sister, Cora Sargent, Lula; grandson, Jerry Baugh; granddaughter and husband, Rhonda and Ken Conner; great-grandson, Blake Conner; sisters-in-law, Theresia Baugh, Clarkesville, and Maudie Mae Cape, New Holland; brother-in-law, D.W. Sargent, Lula; special friend, Georgetta Brooks, Keysville; and special niece, Hilde Rice, Toccoa.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Lathan Bennett
Lathan Bennett, 78, of Alto, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Franklin County on April 12, 1925, Mr. Bennett was a son of the late Henry and Ada Beaty Bennett.
He was a self-employed painter, and was a bus driver for the Habersham County School System. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Bennett served during World War II and was a member of the Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter Number 15 and the American Legion Post Number 84. He was also a member of Alto Baptist Church and was an avid gardener.
Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Leon Brown and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by the Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter Number 15 and the American Legion Post Number 84.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Janice Chapman Bennett, Alto; daughters, Terri Jones and Kathy Bennett, Trion; brothers, Horace Bennett and C.D. Bennett, both of Alto, and Paul Bennett, Cornelia; sister, Elnora Gailey, Alto; mother-in-law, Mrs. June Wiggins Hicks, Demorest; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter Number 15, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Mary L. Aikens
Mrs. Mary Lou Aikens, 77, of Jefferson, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Aikens was the daughter of the late Sammy and Frances Hart McKinsey. She was the wife of the late James Aikens.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Franklin officiating.
Survivors include two sons, James Edward Aikens, Jefferson, and David Aikens, Braselton; and two daughters, Peggy Ann Vandergriff, Jefferson, and Bertie Mae Hicks, Maysville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Sylvia B. Echols
Mrs. Sylvia Boling Echols, 88, of Lula, died Monday, July 28, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Echols was born in Franklin County on December 22, 1914. She was a daughter of the late William Columbus and Georgia Ariail Boling.
She was a homemaker and a member of Enon Baptist Church. She was a lifetime member of the Lubell Garden Club.
Mrs. Echols was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Echols, three brothers, Donald R. Boling, Bill Boling and Carl Boling, and two sisters, Irene Garrison and Rue Rice. She was the last remaining sibling of her family.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Winford Popphan, Lula; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Theresa Echols, Clarkesville; sisters-in-law, Louise Boling, Cornelia, and Lois Sims, Alto; brothers-in-law, George Echols, Talmadge Echols and Clyde Echols, all of Alto; grandchildren, Brian Echols and Matthew Echols, Clarkesville, Jay Popphan, Smyrna, Capt. James H. Popphan, McGuire AFB, N.J., Cory Echols, Flowery Branch, and Barbara Daniel, LaGrange; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Mary Echols, Clarkesville, Sylvia and Paul Popphan, McGuire AFB, N.J., and Dave and Samantha Daniel, LaGrange; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Clinton Fleming, Habersham Retreat, Baldwin.
“The family extends their Christian love to caregivers Laney McMillan and Patsy Fricks,” it was stated.
Memorials may be made to the Enon Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Douglas Saxon, Treasurer, 484 Barrett Road, Alto, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Louise A. Oliver
Mrs. Louise Armour Oliver, 63, of Lula, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Lester Haynes, Woodrow Hix and Charles Dial officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery, Alto.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bessie I. Loggins
Mrs. Bessie Inez Jackson Loggins, 67, of Cleveland, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Loggins was born September 28, 1935, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late William Fred and Ella Ivie Jackson.
She was a sewing machine operator.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Paul Flynn officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Loggins is survived by her husband, Clyde Loggins Sr., Cleveland; four step-sons, Raymond Loggins, Ronald Loggins and Clyde Loggins Jr., all of Cleveland, and Don Loggins Sr., Atlanta; one step-daughter, Connie Turpin, Cleveland; one brother, Hoyt Jackson, Homer; two sisters, Bonnie Short, Polkville, N.C., and Eddie Vera Westmoreland, Commerce; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Essie C. Wright
Mrs. Essie Cantor Wright, 87, of Cornelia, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Wright was born in Big Stone Gap, Va., on April 1, 1916. She was retired from Laurel Lodge with several years of service and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Wright, a son, Gene Cantor, and a step-daughter, Vivian Castile.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, in Marietta U.S. National Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Scoggins officiating.
Survivors include four grandchildren, Teresa Oliver and Toni Richardson, both of Graham, N.C., Faye Reynolds, Homer, and Maria Ragland, Atlanta; five great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, c/o Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, P.O. Box 1113, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Stephanie Whitaker
Miss Stephanie Whitaker, 32, of Cornelia, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on December 31, 1970, Miss Whitaker was a daughter of Barbara B. Whitaker, Cornelia, and the late George Whitaker.
She was a security guard at Ethicon with Allied Security and was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Blairsville.
“She loved to write poetry,” stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Winston Fournier officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three brothers, Scott Whitaker, Clarkesville, David Whitaker, Demorest, and Daniel Whitaker, Nokomis, Fla.; five sisters, Joyce Colley, Crescent City, Fla., Patricia Vallies, Blairsville, and Faye Graff, Carolyn Balmer and Cindy Whitaker, Savannah; and a special friend, Ann Smith, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Lewis G.
Woodall
Lewis G. Woodall, 77, of Clarkesville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Woodall was born in White County on August 30, 1925, the son of the late Samuel Edgar and Fannie Smith Woodall.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, and was a retired carpenter. Mr. Woodall was a member of Grant Reeves Post #7720, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clarkesville Lodge #325, F&AM, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World. He was also a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Harry Rudasill and Bill Barrs officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors provided by Rabun County DAV Chapter #15, Habersham County American Legion Post #84 and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mr. Woodall is survived by his wife, Effie E. Dickson Woodall, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Jack Routte, Clarkesville; and grandson, Jason Routte, of the U.S. Navy, Charleston, S.C.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Ruth F. Reabold
Mrs. Ruth Free Reabold, 78, of Clermont, formerly of Cornelia, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Reabold was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Methodist Church, Clermont. She was also a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Reabold was preceded in death by her husband, U.S. Retired Marine Johnny Reabold.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Furman Lewis and Robert L. Ramsey officiating. Burial was in the VFW Memorial Park.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Martha Lewis Reabold, Clarkesville; grandsons, Geoffrey and Greg Reabold; one brother; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535, or to the VFW Post #7720, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003

Betty Baumgardner
Mrs. Betty Baumgardner, 81, of Clarkesville, formerly of Somerset, Pa., died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Born in Somerset, Pa., on July 15, 1922, Mrs. Baumgardner was the daughter of the late John and Ivy Pearl King Duppstadt.
She was a retired secretary and a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Somerset, Pa. Mrs. Baumgardner was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Baumgardner, and a son, the Rev. Ken Baumgardner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with the Rev. Jay Shaffer officiating. Burial was in County Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Elaine Baumgardner, Clarkesville; nephews, Dale Duppstadt, Mechanicsburgh, Pa., Arthur Duppstadt, York, Pa., and Danny Duppstadt, Hershey, Pa.; and several cousins.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
Haugers-Zeigler Funeral Home, Somerset, Pa., was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
The Banks County News, July 30, 2003


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