Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


Opal S. Davidson
Mrs. Opal Simpson Davidson, 85, of Alto, formerly of Section, Ala., died Monday, September 15, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County, Ala., on January 7, 1918, Mrs. Davidson was a daughter of the late Gawon and Tommie Wynn Simpson.
She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and a member of Cornelia Church of Christ. Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her husband, C.L. Davidson, a brother, Pete Simpson, and three sisters, Audie Moody, Mildred Cabiness and Mary Marsh.
A tribute to the life of Opal Simpson Davidson was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Minister Ron Cope officiating. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Barbara Thomason, Lawrence-ville, and Donna Wylie and Patty Bruce, both of Alto; son, Wayne Davidson, Cornelia; brothers, Ronald Simpson, Grove Oak, Ala., Charles Simpson, Birmingham, Ala., and Jimmy Hugh Simpson, Roebuck, Ala.; sisters, Jewell Godwin, Section, Ala., and Nell Hall and Dean Brown, both of Pinson, Ala.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Margaret
‘Peggy’ Cochran
Miss Margaret Ellen “Peggy” Cochran, 65, of Cornelia, died Thursday, September 11, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Dillsboro, N.C., on May 17, 1938, Miss Cochran was a daughter of the late Ernest Cochran and Helen Jones Cochran Warren, and the step-daughter of the late Worth Grant Warren.
She was previously employed with LaFrance Industries in Pendleton, S.C., and was of the Baptist denomination. Miss Cochran was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Kenneth Cochran, and a sister-in-law, Jessie Cochran.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Wayne Smith officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ralph Funk, Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Grace Cochran, Cornelia; brother, Cecil Cochran, Sylva, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

James B. Brown
James Benjamin Brown, 81, of Statenville, died Wednesday, September 10, 2003, at Madison Health Center, Madison, Fla., following a brief illness.
Mr. Brown was born in Commerce to the late Dewey and Clara Brown. He was a resident of Echols County for 20 years and was a member of Statenville Baptist Church.
Mr. Brown was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Graveside services were held Saturday, September 13, in Strickland Cemetery near Statenville, with the Rev. Ted Sauls officiating.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Eloise Brown, Statenville; two daughters, Charlotte Strickland (Gary), Statenville, and Jennifer Scott (Randy), Kingstree, S.C.; two sisters, Rachel Ward, Washington, and Anne Traylor, Kennesaw; four grandchildren, Browning Strickland (Julie), Erin Doherty (James), Georgeanne Scott and James R. Scott II (Tanya); and one great-grandchild, Heather Strickland.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Mary E. Patton
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Patton, 92, of Alto, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Patton was born in Chicago, Ill., on January 10, 1911. She was a daughter of the late Theodore William Krein and Stella Bergan Krein.
Mrs. Patton was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Johnston Patton.
A memorial mass was held at 6 p.m. Friday, September 12, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Flynn, Solvang, Calif.; a son, Richard A. Patton, Alto; a sister, Katherine Kiernan, Palm Desert, Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mark’s Catholic Church Building Fund, 5410 Highway 197 South, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Julia L. Adams
Mrs. Julia Love Moore Adams, 87, of Athens, died Wednesday, September 10, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County on May 12, 1916, Mrs. Adams was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary McGinnie Moore.
She was a homemaker and a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Adams.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 12, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Adams, Hardwick, and Wayne Adams, Nicholson; two daughters, Linda Barnett, Athens, and Sylvia Hollifield, Nicholson; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003


Charles E. Garrett
Charles Edward Garrett, 66, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Banks County, where he had lived for most of his life, Mr. Garrett was a son of the late Luther and Mamie Lou Brown Garrett.
He had lived in Commerce for the past three years and was employed with Garrison Planer Mill for a number of years. Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by a son, Roger Garrett.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 28, at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Clarence Martin and Wilmer Ivester officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Garrett is survived by his wife, Betty Frady Garrett, of the home; daughters, Mary Gary, Maysville, and Linda Cowart, Nicholson; sons, Edward Garrett and Leon Garrett, both of Nicholson; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Swayne Garrett, Gainesville, and Bill Garrett, Homer.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Betty Ann Haggard
Mrs. Betty Ann Evans Haggard, 69, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, September 10, 2003, at her residence.
Born January 24, 1934, in Jackson County, Mrs. Haggard was a daughter of the late George Roy and Lillie Mae Smith Evans.
She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Haggard was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe Evans, Thomas Evans and Wyman Evans.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Carpenter, Douglas Duncan and Wendall Hanley officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Keith Haggard and Terry Haggard, both of Danielsville, and Randy Haggard, Colbert; one daughter, Cheryl Ayers, Danielsville; two sisters, Thelma Haggard, Danielsville, and Sara Morgan, Commerce; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Bryan I. Zelaya
Bryan Isaac Zelaya, infant son of Javier and Febe Alizaga Zelaya, Commerce, died Thursday, September 11, 2003, at Gwinnett Medical Center.
Bryan was born August 26, 2003, in Clarke County.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 12, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three brothers, Anthony Zelaya, Danny Zelaya and Jorge Zelaya, all of Commerce; grandmother, Bertila Vasques, Commerce; and grandfather, Jose Angel Zelaya, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Lynn Hollis
Ms. Lynn Hollis, 45, of Comer, died Wednesday, September 10, 2003.
Born November 29, 1957, in Columbus, Ms. Hollis was a daughter of the late Gene Price, Chattanooga, Tenn., and the late Betty Jean Gordon, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Murray Brett and Russell Cash officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Gene Johnson, Commerce, Curtis Noe, Nicholson, and Joseph Hollis, Comer; daughter, Christy Noe, Nicholson; step-father, Ray Socha, Bogart; sister, Carol Hargrove, Comer; five grandchildren and several nieces and a nephew.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Patricia
L. Jimenez
Graveside services were held for Mrs. Patricia Lee Wilbanks Jimenez, of Lavonia, at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2003, in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Merritt Waters officiating.
Mrs. Jimenez was born November 29, 1931, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of the late Frank and Louise Lee Wilbanks. On March 21, 1952, she married Arturo Pedro “Art” Jimenez, in Atlanta.
She was a nurse and was of the Methodist denomination.
Mrs. Jimenez died January 15, 1957, in Havana, Cuba, at the age of 25. She was buried in Colon Cemetery in Havana, Cuba.
Mrs. Jimenez is survived by her husband, Mr. Jimenez, Duluth; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Nina Wilbanks, Kansas City, Mo.; and two nephews.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Major J. Jordan
Major J. Jordan, 78, of Commerce, died Monday, September 8, 2003.
Mr. Jordan was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Major W. Jordan and Julie Bryant Jordan.
A memorial service, conducted by Donnie Jordan, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, at Little Country Church.
Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Diana Jordan; and five sons, Gerald Jordan and Waymon Jordan, Watkinsville, Larry Jordan, Danielsville, Bobby Jordan, Athens, and Shawn Jordan, Commerce; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Health Care, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003

Mary A. Duncan
Mrs. Mary Alene Duncan, 60, of Commerce, died Monday, September 8, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Duncan was a daughter of the late James Ralph Haynes and Reba Marion Sears Haynes.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, at The River of Life Worship Center, Nicholson, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Bosie Green officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Duncan is survived by her husband, Arthur Duncan, Commerce; daughter, Michelle Harrison, Commerce; step-daughters, Mary Jane Ledford, Ila, and Connie Swain, Commerce; step-son, Bobby Duncan, Commerce; brother, Mickey Haynes, Commerce; sisters, Grace Crump, Wilma Cook and Ann Hill, Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Baldwin; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 17, 2003


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