Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 1, 2003


Obbie B. Bankston
Obbie B. Bankston, 71, of Maysville, died Saturday, September 27, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Bankston was born May 20, 1932, in Taylor County, a son of the late Obbie Bardwell and Mary Hurdle Bankston.
He was retired from Dupont and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, September 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Bankston is survived by his wife, Allene Holland Bankston, Maysville; brother, William Bankston, Little Rock, Ark.; and sister, Rachel Athon, Greensboro.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Clyde H. Turner
Clyde Hoyt Turner, 88, of Lula, died Friday, September 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on September 15, 1915, Mr. Turner was a son of the late Claude and Rader Dodd Turner.
He was a retired sawmiller and a member of Enon Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, said family members.
Mr. Turner was preceded in death by a son, Edmond Hoyt Turner, two daughters, Dianne Chapman and Sharon Kay Turner, two brothers, Lester Turner and Bennie Turner, and two sisters, Imogene Lewallen and Joyce Burke.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 29, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paul Morris, Shane Turner and Grady Saxon officiating. Burial was in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Maud Wilson Turner, Lula; daughters, Bobbie Robinson and Linda Saxon, Lula, and Debbie Holtzclaw, Gainesville; sons, Kenneth Turner and Dwight Turner, Lula; sisters, Margie Nell Colbert, Gainesville, and Altheda Davis, Cleveland; brothers, Roy Turner and James Turner, Lula; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Hugh D. Hart
Hugh D. Hart, 81, of Commerce, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Hart was born June 21, 1922, the son of the late Claude and Lelia Slaton Hart.
He was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of the Commerce Church of Christ. Mr. Hart was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth Hart.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at the Commerce Church of Christ with the Revs. Jeff Coalson and Ron Cope officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Hart is survived by his wife, Alice Louise Pace Hart, Commerce; two sons, Danny Hart and Larry Hart, both of Commerce; two daughters, Peggy Evans, Rome, and Carol Wilkes, Jefferson; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Dot Sewell
Mrs. Mary Dorothy “Dot” McCurdy Sewell, 88, of the Bold Spring Community, Carnesville, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at the Alzheimers Care Center in Commerce.
Born April 24, 1915, in Madison County, Mrs. Sewell was a daughter of the late Charlie Hoyt and Mary Ruby Haley McCurdy. She was married to the late William Raiford Sewell for 60 years, and was the mother of the late Billy Sewell and the sister of the late Annie Ruth Martin.
Mrs. Sewell was an elementary school teacher at the Sandy Cross, Bold Spring and Carnesville elementary schools for 33 1/2 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a member of Bold Spring United Methodist Church, where she had served as pianist.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 25, at Bold Spring United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Deitle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Bobbie Edwards, of the Bold Spring Community, Carnesville; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Samuel E.
‘Sam’ Brown
Samuel E. “Sam” Brown, 54, Commerce City Council member and prominent civic and religious leader, died Friday, September 26, 2003, at Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, following a major heart attack September 18 at his home, 469 Piedmont Street, Commerce.
In addition to being a city councilman, Mr. Brown was a member of the Commerce fire and rescue units, a past president of the Commerce Booster Club, a Mason, a Gideon and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Brown was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was employed with the Athens Post Office and Sam Brown Landscaping.
Mr. Brown was born March 22, 1949, in Jackson County, the son of Jimmie McCoy Brown, Commerce, and the late Fred Brown.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Debbie Martin Brown, Commerce; two sons, Gary Brown and Michael Brown, both of Commerce; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Verlin Reece and Eric Tyson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Betty J. Silman
Mrs. Betty Jean Baxter Silman, 52, of Nicholson, died Saturday, September 27, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Silman was born in Jackson County on September 24, 1951, a daughter of the late Willie and Mamie McKie Baxter.
She was a homemaker and a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, Commerce. Mrs. Silman was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Benjamin Silman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Rex Long officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, William Silman, Nicholson; daughter, Patricia Sullivan, Perry; brothers, Billy Baxter, Bishop, J.D. Baxter, Washington, and Jerry Baxter, Nicholson; sisters, Debbie Baxter, Nicholson, and Mary Ann Nix, Toccoa; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

William D.
‘Bill’ Evans
William Daniel “Bill” Evans, 69, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Rabun County on November 11, 1933, Mr. Evans was the son of Audrey Gragg Evans, Baldwin, and the late Joe Evans.
He was a retired security guard and orderly with Habersham County Medical Center and was a member of Unity Baptist Church. Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Holcomb Evans.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Thomas Gragg officiating. Burial was in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Evans, Jasper, Fla.; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

C.R. ‘Roy’ Davis
C.R. “Roy” Davis, 90, of Demorest, died Friday, September 26, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on March 5, 1913, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Charlie Ross and Susie Henry Davis.
He was retired from Georgia Power Company and was a charter member of the North Georgia Ambassadors. He was also a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Davis, Ben Davis and Max Davis, and a sister, Elsie Smith.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Revs. Wayne Smith, Marcus Martin and Robert L. Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mildred Watson Davis, Demorest; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Charlie Wood, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Charles S. and Marie Davis, Cornelia; sisters, Gladys Oliver, Toccoa, and Sarah Martin, Gainesville; two grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Lee Hill
Lee Hill, 29, of Jefferson, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, after a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hill was born March 25, 1974. He was a plumber and attended Lebanon Methodist Church.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 28, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dugar Strickland and Mike Thompson officiating.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Nickie Hill, Jefferson; his father, Horace Lee Hill Sr., Nicholson; his mother and step-father, Kathy and Ken Mize, Maysville; daughters, Chelsea Hill and Linsey Hill, both of Jefferson; brother, Kelly Mize, Maysville; sisters, Sherry Watson, Athens, and Nancy Wilson, Nicholson; and grandparents, Mary Hill, Commerce, and Margie Pugh, Maysville.
Memorials may be made to the MD Association.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Ruth C. Brown
Mrs. Ruth Cannon Brown, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born May 12, 1921, in Rabun County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Raleigh and Lola Swafford Cannon.
She was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cecil Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Jennifer Gooby officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Yvonne Brannen, Loganville, and Rosalyn Wilson, Duluth; three sisters, Estelle Beavers, Conyers, Nora Mobley, Covington, and Doris Murphy, Gainesville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the United Hospice, 700 South Enota Street, Suite 202, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003

Lomie W. Thomason
Mrs. Lomie Wilbanks Thomason, 90, of Alto, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Thomason was born on November 28, 1912, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late William and Mary Stewart Wilbanks.
Mrs. Thomason was a homemaker and a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Jones Thomason, a son, Milton Thomason, a son-in-law, Harold L. Wade, five sisters, Lavada W. Franklin, Etta W. Caudell, Annie Wilbanks, Essie Wilbanks and Lola Wilbanks, and two brothers, Gardner Wilbanks and Marlow Wilbanks.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at Mud Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Garrison, Roy Lee Mitchell and Verner London officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Trudy Wade, Alto; son, Mannan J. Thomason, Alto; brother and sister-in-law, Ferd and Mellie Jo Wilbanks, Alto; five grandchildren, Matt Wade, Alto, Kevin and Sheila Thomason, San Francisco, Calif., Scott and Debra Thomason, Dallas, Texas, and Jennifer and Robert Ryan and Rebecca Thomason, all of Lockhart, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Julianna Thomason and Kara Ryan, both of Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lance and Lillian Thomason, Hull; and sisters-in-law, Fay T. Palmer, Demorest, Lucille T. Palmer, Baldwin, Perna Thomason, Gainesville, Janie Thomason, Cornelia, and Doris Thomason, Ed Couch, Texas.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003
LeRoy Pearson
LeRoy Pearson, 72, of Nicholson, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Pearson was born January 4, 1931. He was a son of the late Harvey and Bertie Mae Goodrum Pearson. Mr. Pearson was retired from the United States Navy and was a member of Christian Life Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Christian Life Worship Center with the Revs. Donald Elliott, John Ingham and Dan May officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife, Alice Archer Pearson, Nicholson; two daughters, Tonya Busbin and Tammy Jackson, both of Nicholson; four brothers, Eugene Pearson and Harold Pearson, both of Athens, Frank Pearson, Royston, and Vince Pearson, Watkinsville; six sisters, Rebecca Bradberry, Winterville, Blenda Smith, Athens, Willette Jackson, Center, Lorene Sorrow, Elberton, Vonnie Parnell, Nicholson, and Kathryne Swindle, Ila; and two grandchildren, Andy and Kayla Sorrow, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 1, 2003


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