Banks County Obituaries...

AUGUST 13, 2003


Richard L. Turner
Richard Lee Turner died Sunday, August 10, 2003, at New Horizon West of Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Turner was born January 23, 1916, in Atlanta. He was the son of Howard L. and Allene Jones Turner. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Dunson Turner and was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Turner Black.
Mr. Turner was retired from the automobile manufacturing industry, where he was employed for over 47 years. He was a member of Stewart Avenue United Methodist Church of Atlanta and was a Mason. Mr. Turner attended St. Paul United Methodist Church of Gainesville faithfully when health permitted.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, with the Rev. Joe Coller, pastor of Stewart Avenue United Methodist Church, presiding.
Survivors include a sister, Edna Turner Waldrep, Birmingham, Ala.; brother, Howard Lee Turner Jr., Maysville; sisters-in-law, Saralene Coler, Rome, Frances Boswell, Norcross, Nelda Dunson, Atlanta, and Annie (Deedie) Turner, Maysville; brothers-in-law, Ralph Dunson, Commerce, Neal L. Black, Cleveland, Eugene C. Waldrep, Birmingham, Ala., and Marvin Coler, Rome; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003


Otis W. Seagraves
Otis Wallace Seagraves, 86, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at Hill Haven Nursing Home.
Mr. Seagraves was born January 23, 1917, in Jackson County, a son of the late Love and Lucy Burroughs Seagraves.
He retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mr. Seagraves was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Adams Seagraves.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7, at Erastus Christian Church with the Rev. Bill Pittman and Jim Jacobs and Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Purcell, Commerce; brothers, Felton Seagraves, Milledgeville, and Jimmy Seagraves, Commerce; sisters, Lucille Mize, Gainesville, and Ruth Pittman, Nicholson; granddaughter, Donna Embrick, Commerce; and great-granddaughter, Madison Embrick, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003

Mary L. Crane
Mrs. Mary Lois Gragg Crane, 79, of Clarkesville, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on August 4, 1924, Mrs. Crane was the daughter of the late Marvin and Mamie Chambers Gragg. She was a homemaker and a member of Unity Baptist Church. Mrs. Crane was preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Crane, and a daughter, Mary Ann Maxwell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 9, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Wesley Purcell and Paris Whitworth officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Marty Kilby officiating at graveside.
Survivors include daughters, Judye Nix, Whitwell, Tenn., and Janis Nicholson, Clarkesville; son, Joe Crane, Demorest; grandson raised by Mrs. Crane, Jeffery Crane, Cornelia; brother, Benny Gragg, Clarkesville; sisters, Lillian Baty, Highlands, N.C., Helen Barrs and Ann Gosnell, both of Clarkesville, and Rubye Davis, Demorest; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 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 Kimsey.
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; two daughters, Peggy Ann Vandergriff, Jefferson, and Bertie Mae Hicks, Maysville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003

Charlotte L. Olson
Mrs. Charlotte L. Olson, 80, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003.
A native of New Castle, Pa., Mrs. Olson was a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Burr McKone Rogers. She was the wife of the late Dr. Donald Olson D.D.S.
Mrs. Olson was a graduate of Muskingkum College in New Concorde, Ohio, and was active in the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts in the 1970’s. She was a member of the D.A.R.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 9, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Dr. Tom Lewis officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Dr. Peter Markvo, Commerce; son, Mark Olson, and his wife, Canton, Ohio; brother, Burr Rogers, Byron Center, Mich.; sister, Virginia Reed, Catalina Island, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Ellwyn, Stephanie and John Markvo.
Memorials may be made to the Commerce Presbyterian Church.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003

Lounette H. Shaw
Mrs. Lounette Hayes Shaw, 86, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, August 10, 2003, at B.J.C. Medical Center, Commerce, of a brief illness.
Mrs. Shaw was born March 7, 1917, in Hall County, a daughter of the late Alvin and Maybelle Blackwell Hayes.
She was a homemaker and a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church, Hoschton. She was also a member of the Fairview Community Club, the Farm Bureau Ladies Auxiliary and the Happy Day Club.
Mrs. Shaw was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Shaw, and a son, Darrell Shaw.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Tim Strickland and Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Dillan Greeson, Stephen Greeson, Lendgrin Maddox and Chad Robbins served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Larry Greeson, Alto, and Judy and Jimmy Pethel, Talmo; sister, Eura Mae Gilstrap, Winder; brother, Myron Hayes, Macon; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003

Ola J. Webb
Mrs. Ola Jurelle Merck Webb, 76, of Commerce, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Webb was born October 18, 1926, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Paul and Essie Moore Merck.
She was retired from the U.S. Census and was a member of Harmony Christian Church. Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her husband, Woodson K. Webb, and a brother, Rogers Merck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Henry Webb and Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Webb, Witchita, Kan.; daughters, Janis Berryman, Kent, Wash., Jurelle Cobb, Colbert, and Paulette Egan, Athens; sisters, Edna Osborne, Conyers, and Edith Sims, Marietta; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one step-grandson and two step-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003

Emma Martin
Mrs. Emma Lee Bell Smith Martin, 94, formerly of Roebuck, S.C., died Sunday, August 10, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Martin was born March 1, 1909, in Banks County. She was the daughter of the late A.E. Sr. and Recie Parker Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tatum Martin, a daughter, Imogene Martin, and two sons, T.L. Martin and Verdell E.A. Martin.
Mrs. Martin was retired from S&S Manufacturing Company, with 25 years of service, and was a member of Roebuck Baptist Church, Roebuck, S.C., and the TEL Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, at Roebuck Baptist Church with Dr. Tim Williams officiating. Graveside services followed at 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery, Baldwin.
Survivors include two daughters, Louise M. Pace, Enoree, S.C., and Catherine S. Mathis, Spartanburg, S.C.; three sons, Kenneth R. Martin Sr., Charleston, S.C., and Terrell W. Martin Sr. and Ernest D. Martin, both of Roebuck, S.C.; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Roebuck Baptist Church Building Fund, 1979 E. Blackstock Road, Roebuck, SC 29376.
Lanford-Pollard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, with Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003

Joe C. Payne
Joe Calvin Payne, 78, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at Hill Haven Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mr. Payne was born in Hall County on February 27, 1925. He was the son of the late Alvin Payne and the late Myrtle Estelle Venable Payne and the step-son of the late Lona Jackson Payne.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Payne was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson, and a member of the Albert Gordan VFW Post & Masonic Lodge #36, Jefferson.
Mr. Payne was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Payne.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 8, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. Ben Nunley, John Gary, Randall Gary, Dustin Savage, Casey Williams and Yancy Williams served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda P. Clark, Sandra P. Nunley and Brenda Savage, all of Jefferson; two sons, Jeff Payne and Steve Payne, both of Jefferson; seven sisters, Agnes “Teeter” Bell, Neta Hix, Mary “Tootsie” Norris, Reba Parks and Peggy Shirley, all of Jefferson, Hazel Lancaster, Gainesville, and Nancy Rylee, Maysville; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 13, 2003



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