Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 3, 2003


A.T. Smith
A.T. Smith, 96, of Alto, died Saturday, August 30, 2003, at a private nursing home.
Mr. Smith was born June 4, 1907, in Pickette County, Tenn., a son of the late Walter Plato and Alberta Chilton Smith.
Mr. Smith was a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute and was a commercial artist having designed the logo for Banks County. He worked for the Tennessee Eastman Corporation during World War II on its Clinton Engineer Works Project, assisting on the production of the first atomic bomb.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Banks County Chamber of Commerce, the Banks County Historical Society and the AARP. He was also a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Atlanta.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a grandson, Ben Kimbrell, two brothers, Eston Smith and Clayton Smith, and two sisters, Geneva Griswald and Leiron Southerland.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Nina Griffin Smith, Alto; daughter, Anita Cleveland, Alto; sons, Wayne Smith, Tucker, and Thurston Smith, West Columbia, Texas; sister, Lena Byers, Dayton, Ohio; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Barbara L. Kinahan
Mrs. Barbara L. Habicht Kinahan, 67, of Hillsborough, N.J., died Saturday, August 23, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Kinahan formerly resided in Bayside, Queens and then Bound Brook before moving to Hillsborough 42 years ago. She was an administrative secretary for 15 years, having worked for Pan American Airways in Long Island City, N.Y., Roche Clinical Laboratories in Raritan, and GSA Belle Meade Depot until retiring in 1988.
Mrs. Kinahan was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Princeton, the Order of Eastern Star Millenium Chapter of Queens, N.Y., and the Hillsborough Senior Citizens Chapter B.
“Barbara was a special friend of St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter,” stated family members.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, at Branchburg Funeral Home, Branchburg, N.J. Committal was private.
Mrs. Kinahan is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, William; dear daughter, Marilee B. Kinahan, Maysville; and dear sons, Paul W., Flemington, N.J., and Carl R., Hillsborough, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Kinahan’s name to St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter, 3201 U.S. Highway 22, North Branch, NJ 08876.
Branchburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Kathryn M. Hensley
Mrs. Kathryn M. Echols Hensley, 82, of Maysville, died Wednesday, August 27, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the Belton Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Johnny Hensley, Maysville; sister, Lucille Greenway, Lula; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Mae O. Perdue
Mrs. Mae Ommie Wilson Perdue, 93, of Gillsville, died Saturday, August 30, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Madison County on July 14, 1910, Mrs. Perdue was the daughter of the late Johnnie and Lizzie Roberts Wilson. She was the wife of the late H.D. Perdue.
Mrs. Perdue was a retired potter.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, September 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Elmer Maddox and Donald Tritt officiating. Burial was in the Gillsville Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Archie Perdue, Gillsville; a brother, Paul Wilson, Lula; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Tarpley K. DeCarlo
Ms. Tarpley Kesler DeCarlo, 84, of Atlanta, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at her residence.
Ms. DeCarlo was born September 3, 1918, in Fulton County, the daughter of the late Tarpe and Maudie Means Kesler.
She was a graduate of Rabun Gap Nachoochee School, Toccoa Falls College and the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing. Ms. DeCarlo was employed with Children’s Hospital for a number of years.
Private graveside services were held in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a daughter, Vikki DeCarlo, Atlanta; the Watkins Family and the Kesler Family; and her dear cousins, Edith Banks, Homer, and Bessie Ruth Ayers, Carnesville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003


Roger L. Tanksley
Roger Lewis Tanksley, 55, of Baldwin, died Sunday, August 31, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Habersham County on November 29, 1947, Mr. Tanksley was a son of Estelle Thomas Tanksley, Baldwin, and the late Charlie Tanksley.
He was employed with Milton Brown Masonry as a brick layer and was a member of Community Baptist Church in Sautee. Mr. Tanksley was a graduate of South Habersham High School and a graduate of North Georgia Technical & Vocational School.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Telford Tanksley, Dale Abernathy and Junior Abernathy officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Tanksley is survived by his wife, Mary Crawford Tanksley, Baldwin; sons, Brian Tanksley, Demorest, and Daren Tanksley, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Betsy Tanksley, Baldwin; sisters, Linda Anderson, Baldwin, Wanda McCurry and Trudy Lacky, both of Demorest, and Kim Wark, Cleveland; brothers, Douglas Tanksley, Demorest, David Tanksley, Cornelia, and Tony Tanksley, Baldwin; and two grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Roselyn L. Hunt
Mrs. Roselyn Lyle Hunt, 92, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at Family Life Enrichment Center.
Born May 1, 1911, in Jackson County, Mrs. Hunt was a daughter of the late James John and Rosalie Sims Lyle.
She was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Hunt was preceded in death by her husband, Kirby N. Hunt.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, David Hunt, Monroe, and Gerald Hunt, McDonough; one brother, Joseph Lyle, Maysville; one sister, Charlotte Crumley, Athens; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Charles E. Garrett
Charles Edward Garrett died at home on Wednesday, August 27, 2003.
Born July 15, 1937, in Banks County, Mr. Garrett was a son of Luther Reed and Mamie Brown Garrett.
Mr. Garrett is survived by his wife, Betty Brady Garrett; two sons, Edde Garrett and Leone Garrett, both of the home; one daughter, Linda Weathers; two brothers, Swayne Garrett, Flowery Branch, and Willy (Bill) Garrett, Homer; one sister, Mary Frances Nation, Homer; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Garrett’s funeral services was officiated by Willimer Ivester and Clerance Martin. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Equadavia Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Frank Goss Jr.
Frank Goss Jr., 73, of Mt. Airy, died Thursday, August 28, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on October 29, 1929, Mr. Goss was the son of the late Frank Sr. and Reta Carroll Goss.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, and was a truck driver. Mr. Goss was a member of the Banks County American Legion Post 215 and Harvest Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 31, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Bill Trotter and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery with full military honors provided by Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter #15 and the Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. Goss is survived by his wife, Mavine Graham Goss, Mt. Airy; daughters, Teresa A. Goss, Mt. Airy, and Rita K. Goss, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Frank Daniel and Rosemary Goss, Demorest; brother, Eugene Goss, Clarkesville; sisters, Mary Ann Umbehant, Geneva Reece and Frances Free, all of Clarkesville, and Ruby Farmer, Cornelia; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Dorothy M. Chayka
Ms. Dorothy Mae Broome Chayka, 45, of Alto, died Thursday, August 28, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Ms. Chayka was born June 18, 1958, in Pulaski County, Mo. She was a daughter of Marjorie L. Broome, Homer, and the late Clarence Leo Broome.
Ms. Chayka was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Perry Smith officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Alto.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, Crystal Medlock, Alto; sisters, Jo Ann Broome and Arlene Ramirez, both of Clarkesville, and Deborah Blackwell, Homer; and brothers, Jimmy Broome, Clarkesville, and Boyd Broome and William Broome, both of Lula.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Mary E. Patton
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Patton, 92, of Alto, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Memorial services will be announced by Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.

Ellen D. Jones
Mrs. Ellen Dellaree Worley Gunn Jones, 79, of Cornelia, died Thursday, August 28, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born October 21, 1923, in Habersham County, Mrs. Jones was a daughter of the late Wooten and Ola Belle James Worley. She was a retired seamstress who loved to read and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 30, at Hollywood Baptist Church with the Revs. Bennie Haire and Thomas Burrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Pat Beasley, Cornelia; son, Clifford Gunn, Cornelia; brother, Dee Worley, Clarkesville; sisters, Nicie Shirley, Gainesville, and Elma Worley, Milledgeville; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003
Fred Cash
Fred Cash, 74, of Clarkesville, died Friday, August 29, 2003, at a personal care home following an extended illness.
Mr. Cash was born May 28, 1929, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late Yancy Lee and Robbie Mae Adams Cash.
Mr. Cash was in automobile sales and service and was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 4, in Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jack Sosby officiating.
Mr. Cash is survived by his wife, Marjorie Cash, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Lynn and Philip Lauritzen, Gainesville, Fla.; daughter, Karen Lee Cash, Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Cory Lauritzen and Tera Lauritzen, both of Gainesville, Fla., and Savannah Lee Cash, Lawrenceville; and brother, Ray Cash, Dallas, Texas.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Elizabeth J. Waters
Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Pollard Waters, 43, of Danielsville, died Thursday, August 28, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Waters was born October 17, 1959, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Grover and Juanta Stowe Pollard.
She was a homemaker and a member of Grove Level Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. John Wood officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Mrs. Waters is survived by her husband, Wayne Waters, Danielsville; two daughters, Rebecca Fleeman, Carnesville, and Carrie Stevens, Commerce; and one sister, Jean Harkins, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 3, 2003

Johnnie D. Downer
Mrs. Johnnie Deaton Downer, 69, of Demorest, died Tuesday, September 2, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 4, at Double Springs Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Demorest City Cemetery.
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 McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.


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