Banks County Obituaries...

AUGUST 20, 2003


Ray B. Erwin
Ray B. Erwin, 71, of Maysville, formerly of Demorest, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Erwin was born in Habersham County on October 4, 1931. He was a son of the late John Candler Erwin and Margie Morris Erwin.
Mr. Erwin was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Cornelia Tractor Co. and Schnadig Corporation. He attended Northside Baptist Church.
Mr. Erwin was preceded in death by four sisters, Maybelle Ivie, Caroline Watkins, Pauline Batson and Fannie Tilson, and three brothers, James L. Erwin Sr., John Coleman Erwin and Ernest Erwin.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Newton Jackson officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Erwin Turpin, Maysville; son, John Ray Erwin, Demorest; sisters, Ethel Smith, Ollie Thompson Tench and Lovenia Simmons, all of Cornelia; brother, Homer L. Erwin, Cornelia; and two grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Howard Leachman
Howard Leachman, 85, of Bryson City, N.C., died Sunday, August 17, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Leachman was a son of the late George and Eller Kelly Leachman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Gene Leachman, Athens; daughters, Elizabeth Baker, Bryson City, N.C., and Shirley Leachman, Maysville; brother, Curtis Leachman, Commerce; sister, Mae Bell Wilkes, Hartwell; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

M.P. Garrison
M.P. Garrison, 75, of Commerce, died Thursday, August 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mr. Garrison was born in Jackson County on September 21, 1927. He was the son of the late Joseph Fred and Dessie Garrison.
Mr. Garrison was a retired weaver with Harmony Grove Mills, Commerce, and was a member of Dry Pond United Methodist Church, Maysville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Keith Highfield, David Lee, Jerry Merck, Calvin Sanders, Jeff Sanders and Ricky Sanders served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Melissa Cain, Joley Klugh, Joe Merk, Cathy Parham, Joni Patrick, Carol Pound and Teresa Wood.
Mr. Garrison is survived by his wife, Mildred Sanders Garrison, Commerce; and three sisters, Jessie Bell Benton, Commerce, Flora Harrison, Maysville, and Freddie Ruth Merk, Athens.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Wilda B. Teague
Ms. Wilda Burton Teague, 76, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., died Monday, August 18, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Formerly of Baldwin, Ms. Teague was a daughter of the late Larkin B. Phillips and Viola Mae Armour Phillips.
She was a retired nurse’s aid and was a member of Alto Congregational Holiness Church. She enjoyed crocheting, said family members.
Mrs. Teague was preceded in death by two sons, Donald and Truett White.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Leon Brown and Donald Wade officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Edwards, Apopka, Fla., and Janie “Cricket” Contestabile, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; one son, Ralph White, Longwood, Fla.; two sisters, Sybil Trotter, Clarkesville, and Janie Standridge, Baldwin; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Mae Bell M. Brock
Mrs. Mae Bell Miller Brock, 94, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Brock was the daughter of the late Coke Mann and Elizabeth Hix Miller. She was the wife of the late Jack H. Brock, and was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jo Brock Smallwood.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 15, in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include a grandson, Terry Dean Smallwood; great-grandsons, Terry Chase Smallwood and Terry Dean Strickland; and a brother, Grady Miller, Nicholson.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Bobby R. Wood
Bobby Randall Wood, 50, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Wood was a son of Auston Wood and the late Mary Lena Hardy Wood. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Annette Wood.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
In addition to his father, Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Peggy Morrow Wood, of the home; one son, Bobby Randall Wood Jr., Nicholson; four daughters, Maranda Wood, Snellville, Candice Wood, Nicholson, Crystal Wade, Center, and Deana Wood, Danielsville; one step-son, Jason Smart, Nicholson; two brothers, Billy Wood, Nicholson, and James Wood, Hull; two sisters, Hilda Wilson, Commerce, and Patricia Mutha, Marietta; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

James F. Welborn
James Floyd Welborn, 56, of Clarkesville, died Friday, August 15, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Welborn was born July 14, 1947, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Thomas Clinton Welborn and Icie Giles Welborn, and was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.
Prior to medical disability, Mr. Welborn was involved in the trucking industry. He was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church, Lakemont.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 18, at Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Jim McGahee and Michael Rogers and Michael Welborn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Welborn is survived by his wife, Gail Welborn, of the home; two daughters, Annette Shirley, Turnerville, and Stacey Myers, Cornelia; four sons, Wesley Welborn, Weston Welborn, Josh Welborn and Charlie Welborn, all of Clarkesville; one sister, Dot Kinney, Clarkesville; one brother, Edgar Welborn, Toccoa; and seven grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Henry W. Williams
Henry Willis Williams, 51, of Athens, died Tuesday, August 12, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Williams was born July 30, 1952, in Jackson County. He was a son of Doris Purcell Williams, Commerce, and the late Lacy Williams. Mr. Williams was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Stuart Lang officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Casey Williams, Commerce, and Yancy Williams, Winterville; one brother, Hershel Williams, Newport, Va.; one sister, Kay Sheridan, Jefferson; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Rena ‘Momma Nic’ Nicholson
Mrs. Rena “Momma Nic” Nicholson, 81, of Gainesville, died Thursday, August 14, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Nicholson was the daughter of the late Clarence Embert and Agnes Reeves Sosebee. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda McCracken.
Mrs. Nicholson was a retired USDA Poultry Inspector and of the Christian faith. She loved to garden and crochet, said family members.
Mrs. Nicholson’s wishes were to be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Shields, Murrayville, and Jodi Garmany, Gainesville; two sons, Ronnie Nicholson, Gainesville, and Jamie Nicholson, Royston; one brother, Jerry Sosebee, Gillsville; sister-in-law, Claudine Sosebee, Dahlonega; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Contributions may be made to the Humane Society, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Willette W. Brown
Mrs. Willette Walters Brown, 65, of Com-merce, died Sunday, August 17, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Lonnie Grady and Addie Chastain Walters. She was the wife of the late Joe Cohen Brown.
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Melvin Walters, Junior Walters and Chapman Walters, and a sister, Clair Lee Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Alan Cooke, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Brown, Commerce; grandchildren, Kelly Brown, Denver, Colo., and Cohen Cooke and Katie Cooke, both of Commerce; and sisters, Nobie Mills, Toccoa, Eula Royston, Royston, and Geneva Chrisp, Hartwell.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Janna Blanchard
Mrs. Janna Blanchard, 84, of Cottage Grove, Minn., died Saturday, August 16, 2003, at Bethesda of South St. Paul after a brief illness.
Mrs. Blanchard was a World War II veteran.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 25, at The Cremation Society of Minnesota, Brooklyn Park Chapel, Brooklyn Park, Minn. Burial will be on Tuesday, August 26, at Fort Snelling Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Jurva, Anoka, Minn., Luanna and Richard Olsen, Cottage Grove, Minn., and Tari and Doug Anderson, Lula; and grandchildren, Amanda Anderson and Aaron Anderson, Lula, and Jeffrey Pearce, Commerce.
The Cremation Society of Minnesota is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003
Louise C. Boling
Mrs. Louise Cannon Boling, 84, of Cornelia, died Friday, August 15, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boling was born in Habersham County on September 15, 1918. She was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Blonds Vickery Cannon.
Mrs. Boling was a bookkeeper in the wholesale clothing industry and was associated with her late sister, Margaret C. Williams, at Williams’ Dress Shop for several years. She was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Boling was preceded in death by her husband, Carl C. Boling.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 18, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Boling is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Alma B. Houston
Miss Alma Beth Houston, 60, of Commerce, died Monday, August 18, 2003, at her residence.
Miss Houston was born December 6, 1942, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of Kathryn Benton Houston, Commerce, and the late Lewis Houston.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Miss Houston is survived by a brother, Clyde Houston, Elberton.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Clara B. Brock
Mrs. Clara Bessie Whitmore Brock, 85, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, August 12, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Stephens County on March 9, 1918, Mrs. Brock was a daughter of the late Lee Columbus and Sally Vinson Whitmore.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bethesda Fellowship Congregational Church.
Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Brock, a daughter, Judy Pressley, a son, Marvin Richard, two brothers, Everett and Alvin Whitmore, and two sisters, Ada Moore and Doris Stewart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 15, at Bethesda Fellowship Congregational Church with the Revs. J. Clarence Reynolds, Sanford Kimbrell and Mickey Umbehant officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Janet Chastain, Karen Wade and Barbara Barrett, all of Cornelia, and Eula Mae Kimbrell, Clarkesville; one son, Glenn Richard, Toccoa; 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Joseph H. Pace
Joseph H. Pace, 93, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 17, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Pace was born in Jackson County on March 29, 1910. He was the son of the late George and Effie Banks Pace.
Mr. Pace was retired from Lyons Garment Company and was a member of Liberty Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Pace is survived by his wife, Lula Hillsman Pace, Commerce; two sons, Jack Pace, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jerry Pace, Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Brenda Pace, Austell; one step-daughter, Janet Jordan, Watkinsville; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003

Beulah M. Smith
Mrs. Beulah M. Smith, 78, of Tennessee, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at her home of an extended illness.
Mrs. Smith was the wife of Fred Smith.
“She was a good Christian lady and well loved by her whole family,” it was stated. “She will be missed.”
Survivors include her children, Brian Smith, Dennis Smith, Larry Smith and Gail Smith, all of Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Brian (Janet) Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim (Millie) Gray, Maysville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The Banks County News, August 20, 2003


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