Banks County Obituaries...

AUGUST 27, 2003


J.C. ‘Jay’ Wade
J.C. “Jay” Wade, 69, of Alto, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County on February 7, 1934, Mr. Wade was a son of the late Wiley and Mae Roberts Wade.
He retired from Habersham County Road Maintenance and attended Pine Grove Holiness Church. Mr. Wade was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved antique tractors, family members said.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 29, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Jacob Armour, Roger Corn and Lester Haynes officiating. Burial will be in the Wade Family Cemetery.
Mr. Wade is survived by his wife, Geneva Armour Wade, Alto; daughter, Jeanette Dodd, Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Mitchell Cook, Homer; sons, Dennis Wade and Larry Wade, both of Alto; brother and sister-in-law, B.F. and Willette Wade, Baldwin; and grandchildren, Edena Bohannon, Caleb Wade and Keshia Dodd.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Golden E. Adams
Miss Golden Elizabeth Adams, 88, of Commerce, died Monday, August 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Adams was born September 20, 1914, in Madison County. She was the daughter of the late Will and Lizzie Adams.
Miss Adams was a homemaker and a member of Erastus Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, at Erastus Christian Church with the Rev. Billy Glossen and Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Miss Adams is survived by a sister-in-law, Lula Mae Adams, Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Luisa M. Trebec
Mrs. Luisa M. Trebec, 81, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 24, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Trebec is survived by her husband, Frank S. Trebec, of the home; three sons, Behrand Schroeder, Willoughby, Ohio, Dieter Schroeder, Mentor, Ohio, and Richard Schroeder, Madison, Ohio; one sister, Lydia Brugaen, Germany; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Gutsche.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Larry Duckett
William Larry Duckett, 54, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., a native of Franklin County, died Monday, August 4, 2003, at his home.
Born June 18, 1949, in Royston, Mr. Duckett was the son of the late B.L. and Edna Casey Duckett.
He was a truck driver and a contractor in the television industry. Mr. Duckett was of the Christian faith.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 8, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Leon Carson officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Duckett is survived by his wife, Darlene Davidson Duckett; son, William Larry “Billy” Duckett, Lavonia; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Brian and Cindy Duckett, Royston; grandchildren, Jacob, Maria, Haley and Tyler; and sister and brother-in-law, Gene and Patsy Eavenson, Carnesville.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Callie A. Boyles
Mrs. Callie Alice Burress Boyles, 90, a resident of the Comer Nursing Center, Comer, formerly of Lavonia, died Tuesday, August 12, 2003, at Hart County Hospital, Hartwell.
Born January 28, 1913, in Tazewell, Va., Mrs. Boyles was a daughter of the late Stewart Lafayette and Flora Mae Perdue Burress.
She retired from the Armour Meat Packing Company and was a member of the First Church of God of Princeton, W.Va. Mrs. Boyles was preceded in death by her husband, David Brown Boyles, and a sister, Hazel Boyles.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at the First Church of God of Princeton.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Boyles, Lavonia, and Alfred Lee Boyles, Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003


Addie B. Clark
Mrs. Addie Bell Holbrooks Clark, 81, of Mt. Airy, died Saturday, August 23, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Clark was born in Oconee County, S.C., on September 5, 1921. She was a daughter of the late Jess and Mallissa Smith Holbrooks.
Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church. She loved to garden and crochet, it was stated.
Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husband, John Howard Clark, and a son, Leon Clark.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial was in the Welcome Home Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Lucille and Ronny Farmer, Suwanee; son, Jerry Clark, Mt. Airy; sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Barbara Clark and Billy and Berta Clark, all of Mt. Airy; brothers, Floyd Holbrooks, Mt. Airy, and Wayne Holbrooks, Douglasville; sisters, Nina Murray, Cornelia, and Allie Savage, Douglasville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the United Hospice, 700 South Enota Drive, Suite 202, Gainesville, GA 30501.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Dr. Joel B. Tonge
Dr. Joel Bradford “Brad” Tonge, 51, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003.
A native of Bibb County, Dr. Tonge was a son of the late Jack Stephens Tonge Sr. and Eloise Pope Tonge.
Prior to moving to Madison County, Dr. Tonge practiced optometry for several years in Brunswick. He and his family maintained a second home in Livingston, Mont., and was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Burial will be at a later date at St. Johns Episcopal, Bainbridge.
Dr. Tonge is survived by his wife, Brenda Cross Tonge; daughter, Tegan Elizabeth-Eloise Tonge, Commerce; sons, Cole Bradford Tonge and Samuel Davis Tonge VI, both of Commerce; brothers, Dr. Jack Stephens Tonge Jr., Winder, and Timothy Palmer Tonge, Covington; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Davis Tonge V, and Sharon Varner Tonge, Waycross; 11 nieces and nephews and several cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Ste. B2, Athens, GA 30605, or to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Ste. A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Nelda U. Caudell
Ms. Nelda Underwood Caudell, 65, of Demorest, died Friday, August 22, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in White County, Ms. Caudell was a daughter of the late Fletcher and Flora Bell Pressley Underwood.
She retired from Milliken where she worked as a weaver for 27 years. Ms. Caudell was preceded in death by her husband, Neal Caudell, and a sister, Hazel Hicks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 24, at White Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary English, Pete Martin and Farrell Pressley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and David Kendrix, Demorest, and Sharon and Jason Spivey, Homer; son, Randy Caudell, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Nancy Caudell, Toccoa; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Mary Underwood, Cornelia, and Hoyt and Maudene Underwood and Ernest and Charlotte Underwood, all of Demorest; brother, Thurman Underwood, Cleveland; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and George McEntire, Cornelia; sister, Ella Marie Wilson, Cornelia; and 10 grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Mary G. Varsakelis
Mrs. Mary Grace Gordon Varsakelis, 59, of Gallatin, Tenn., died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Varsakelis was a daughter of Dorothy Gordon, Commerce, and the late John Berry Gordon.
She was a homemaker and a member of Laguardo Baptist Church, Lebanon, Tenn. Mrs. Varsakelis was preceded in death by a son, Robert Henderson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. John Gordon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Varsakelis is survived by her husband, Pete Varsakelis, Gallatin, Tenn.; daughters, Donna Garrison, Maysville, and Deborah Stone, Portland, Tenn.; sisters, Polly Brown and Emily Gaines, both of Commerce; brother, John Gordon, Crawford; grandchildren, Amber Garrison, Matthew Garrison, Hannah Garrison, Seth Garrison, Markie Stone and Robert Stone.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Jeanette Cates
Mrs. Jeanette Cates, 53, of Braselton, died Thursday, August 21, 2003.
Mrs. Cates was a daughter of C.W. Stephens, Pendergrass, and the late Mandy Lou Stephens. She was a member of Living Hope Baptist Church, Braselton.
“She loved her family very much,” stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, South Chapel, Flowery Branch, with Clinton Gooch and Allen Stevens officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park South Cemetery.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Cates is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Marvin L. Cates; daughter, Angela Whitley, Monroe; son, Mark Campbell, Wrightsville; brothers, Billy Ray Stephens, Gainesville, John Stephens, Braselton, and Homer Stephens, Sparta; sisters, Dorothy Massey, Pendergrass, Linda “Willie Jo” Spriggs, Gainesville, Mildred Stephens, Virginia Marlow and Martha Gooch, all of Braselton, Bobbie Ann Kinsey, Maysville, and Marie Hix and Linda Long, both of Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Linda F. Kesler
Mrs. Linda Faye Seagraves Kesler, 58, of Nicholson, died Monday, August 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Kesler was born December 20, 1944, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late William Horace and Helen Elizabeth Howington Seagraves.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Smith and Gary Prather officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Kesler is survived by her husband, John T. Kesler, Nicholson; four sons, Danny Kesler, Ila, Derrick T. Kesler, Hull, and Kim Kesler and Kirby Kesler, both of Nicholson; two daughters, Lisa Abbott, Commerce, and Leslie Kesler, Nicholson; five brothers, Allen Seagraves, Thomas Seagraves and Paul Seagraves, all of Nicholson, David Seagraves, Winder, and Weymon Seagraves, Jefferson; four sisters, Bobbie Archer, Brenda Kirby and Gail Sorrow, all of Nicholson, and Carol Ivey, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003

Janis L. Haulbrook
Mrs. Janis Leigh Haulbrook, 54, of Marietta, died Friday, August 22, 2003.
A native of Cedartown, Mrs. Haulbrook had lived in the Cobb County area since 1960. She retired from the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department and was a member of Macland Church of Christ.
Mrs. Haulbrook was preceded in death by a son, Rob Haulbrook, and her father, Gordon Craton.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, August 25, at Macland Church of Christ with Phillip Satterfield officiating. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Haulbrook is survived by her husband, Robert L. Haulbrook, Marietta; daughter, Jamie L. Haulbrook, Marietta; her mother, Mrs. Margaret Craton, Marietta; sisters, Mrs. Julie C. Urbaniak and Mrs. Jettie C. Smelcer, both of Powder Springs; brother, David G. Craton, Kennesaw; grandson, Robbie Haulbrook, Marietta; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Haulbrook, Maysville; and many nieces and nephews.
West Cobb Funeral Home, Marietta, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 27, 2003


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