Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 8, 2003


Daniel L. Saville Sr.
Daniel Lewis Saville Sr., 57, of Maysville, died Thursday, October 2, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Saville was born April 17, 1946, in Warren County, N.Y. He was the son of the late Ernest and Dorothy Lewis Saville.
Mr. Saville was employed with Wal-Mart and was a member of Maysville Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Lodge 148 F&AM in Homer.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dugar Strickland and Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Saville is survived by his wife, Lona Tucker Saville, Maysville; son, D.J. Saville, Commerce; daughter, Lynn Smith, Hull; sisters, Frances Cadotte, Columbia, S.C., and Judy Howe, Maysville; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

David T. Banks
David Thomas Banks, 50, of Baldwin, died Sunday, October 5, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Banks was born in Habersham County on January 30, 1953. He was the owner and operator of North Georgia Air Freight for 18 years and was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church. Mr. Banks was also a member of the Mt. Airy Masonic Lodge #141 F.&A.M., the Habersham Sunrise Rotary Club and was past president of the Cornelia Optimist Club.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ottis Stonecypher.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, at Level Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Rice and Michael Hill officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Banks is survived by his wife, Penny Stonecypher Banks, Baldwin; daughter, Sarah Banks, Baldwin; son, Josh Banks, Baldwin; his parents, Homer and Carolyn Smith Banks, Clarkesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debra and Anthony Franklin, Demorest, and Shirley and Randy Cleveland, Danielsville; mother-in-law, Jane Taylor, Cornelia; and brother-in-law, Buddy Stonecypher, Mt. Airy.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

James R. 'Pop' Morris
James R. "Pop" Morris, 47, of Cornelia, died Thursday, October 2, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, after an extended illness.
Mr. Morris was born August 12, 1956, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Kenny L. and Ethelene Estelle Tannery Morris, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia and Estelle Morris.
Mr. Morris was a broom winder with Cornelia Broom Co.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Paul Morris and Paul Flynn officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Wanda Morris Smith, Cornelia; three sisters, Evon Galloway, Homer, Esther Freiburg, Macon, and Mary L. Wade, Cleveland; and two brothers, Frankie Morris, Homer, and Tommy Morris, Carnesville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

Ray Garmon
Ray Garmon, 68, of Maysville, formerly of Norcross, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, after an extended illness.
Mr. Garmon was a former Norcross Councilman and a Dispatch Supervisor for a pipeline company. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Garmon also played Pro Baseball with the Pirates organization in 1953.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Garmon, and a daughter, Gina.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross. Burial will be in Peachtree Memorial Park.
Mr. Garmon is survived by his wife, Millie Garmon, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Shirley Garmon, Union Point, and Randy and Alycia Garmon, Braselton; grandchildren, Eric and Dustin, Maysville, and Jacob, Elizabeth and Art, Union Point; great-granddaughters, Abby and Lexie; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Clark, Stone Mountain, and Mrs. Rena Cooper, Tucker; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Monteen and Hugh Green, Maysville, Mrs. Doris and John Tullis, Doraville, Mrs. Sara and Homer Yawn, Harrison, Ariz., and Mrs. Carolyn and Don Thompson, Norcross; mother-in-law, Dessie Elrod, Commerce; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B-2, Athens, GA 30605, (706) 549-4893.
The family was to have received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

Darrel Whitlock
Darrel Whit-lock, 42, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Whitlock was a son of Mary Whitsel Whitlock, Lula, and the late Paul Thomas Whitlock.
He was a construction worker.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, October 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Whitlock is survived by his wife, Diana M. Whitlock, Commerce; son, Kerry Whitlock, Commerce; daughter, Sabrina Whitlock, Commerce; step-sons, Justin and Blake Fitzpatrick, both of Commerce; step-daughter, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Commerce; brothers, Steve Whitlock, Gillsville, and Jeff Whitlock, Commerce; and sister, Peggy Collins, Commerce.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

James F. Watson
James F. Watson, 77, of Canon, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Watson was born in Banks County on February 19, 1926, a son of the late Doc and Foncia Watson. He was raised at the Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, and lived most of his life in Franklin County.
Mr. Watson served in the United States Army during World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division and was a pattern maker in the concrete industry. He was of the Methodist denomination.
Mr. Watson was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Watson, and a sister, Gladys Patterson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 9, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Gary Hulsey officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens, North.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Wilda Mae Segers Watson, Canon; son, James H. Watson, Canon; daughter, Catherine Watson Reese, Augusta; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

Jerry Wilson
Jerry Wilson, 64, of Commerce, died Monday, October 6, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Greenwood, S.C., Mr. Wilson was a son of the late Hezzie Kiah Wilson Sr. and Carrie Mae Morrison Wilson.
He was retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member and deacon of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard Coppage and Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kellum Wilson, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Allison and Tim Seabolt and Wendy and Chad Rising, all of Commerce; son, Jerry Dean Wilson, Commerce; brother, Hezzie Kiah Wilson Jr., Commerce; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

Ophelia F. Cotrell
Mrs. Ophelia Ford Cotrell, 78, of Commerce, died Friday, October 3, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Oconee County, S.C., on July 31, 1925, Mrs. Cotrell was a daughter of the late James and Janie Tucker Ford.
She was retired from General Times and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Cotrell is survived by her husband, Herschel W. Cotrell, Commerce; two sons, Danny Cotrell and Steve Cotrell, both of Commerce; two daughters, Sandra Campbell, Homer, and Carman Culman, Commerce; one sister, Odessa Ambrister, Lima, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

La Juanda E. Barnes
Miss La Juanda Eugenia Barnes, 40, of Jefferson, died Monday, September 29, 2003, at Peachford Hospital in At-lanta.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, at Montgomery Heights Baptist Church.
Miss Barnes is survived by her father and step-mother, Gerald and Stella Barnes, Homer; three brothers, Gerald Barnes Jr., Blue Ridge, Jessie Barnes, Homer, and Kevin Barnes, Commerce; one step-brother, Ken Stone, Marietta; one sister, Tammy Bramlett, Homer; one step-sister, Angela Landry, Hiram; and several nieces and nephews.
Miss Barnes was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Ann Stone.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Banks County Senior Citizen's Center, P.O. Box 187, Homer, GA 30547.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

Jerry W. Sears
Jerry Wallace Sears, 68, of Jefferson, died Saturday, October 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born May 4, 1935, in Jackson County, Mr. Sears was a son of the late Lloyd and Annie Sue Lockman Sears.
He was a retired truck driver.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Academy Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Sears is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann Wall Sears, Jefferson; two sons, Will Parham, Tampa, Fla., and Jamie Sears, Madison; five daughters, Kelly Bridgeman and Leigh Roling, both of Madison, Donna Huntsinger, Newnan, Robin Parham, Tampa, Fla., and Sherry Standridge, Commerce; three brothers, Joe Sears, Jefferson, Ray Sears, Homer, and Roy Sears, Commerce; four sisters, Martha Dean, Betty Fischer and Sylvia McDonald, all of Commerce, and Pat Williamson, Jefferson; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

Mary C. Waycaster
Mrs. Mary Charlotte Ramey Waycaster, 65, of Baldwin, died Thursday, October 2, 2003, at Emory University Hospital, Decatur, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Waycaster was born in Jackson County on August 15, 1938, to the late Charlie Young and Nellie Pansey Myers Ramey. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and cared for many patients in their home in the Habersham County area.
As a dedicated member of the Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church, Clarkesville, Mrs. Waycaster had not only served her local church and community, but also those in need of her service on the missionary field, having served in San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, V.I., Jamaica and Saint Kits. She held her minister's license through the Worldwide Christian Fellowship Association in Clarkesville.
Mrs. Waycaster was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Waycaster, three brothers, Charlie, Royce and Morris Ramey, and a sister, Mildred Ramey Butler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, at the Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church with the Revs. Paul and Lillian Waters, John and Maryland Waters and Eddie and Janice Sudderth officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest.
Mrs. Waycaster is survived by her husband, William Alfred Waycaster, Baldwin; two sons, William Ricky Waycaster and Reggie Lee Waycaster, both of Baldwin; two sisters, Imogene Mills, Baldwin, and Ruby Keith, Hoschton; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003

David A. Borrow
David A. Borrow, 73, of Cornelia, died Saturday, October 4, 2003, at his residence.
"David Borrow never met a stranger! He was the most enthusiastic and positive thinking person I've ever known," according to his wife, Sandy.
Mr. Borrow was born on March 20, 1930, son of William H. and Ella Binsley Borrow. Both of his parents passed away when he was three and he was raised by his maternal grandparents.
Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Borrow earned a football scholarship to Youngstown State University. Subsequent to his college graduation, he entered the military intelligence during the Korean War. With his return to civilian life, he completed a master's degree at Kent State University and began a career in education. He taught school and later became a school principal before joining Ginn and Company, a division of Xerox. Borrow's work in sales led to assignments in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta, where he retired in 1980 as senior vice president.
The Borrow family determined that the corporate life of travel and relocation should be replaced by a family business. The McDonald's Corporation made this dream a reality by making a franchise available in Cornelia. The family presently owns and operates seven McDonald's in Northeast Georgia, Cornelia, Clayton, Toccoa, Cleveland, Hiawassee and Braselton.
An excellent teacher, stated family members, Mr. Borrow believed in the value of education and had great pride in his former employees who went on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and business people. He was instrumental in locating the North Georgia Youth and Science Technology Center in Habersham County, and served several terms as a member of the Pioneer RESA Board.
Throughout his life, Mr. Borrow was active in community service. He served as president of Habersham County Chamber of Commerce, president of Habersham County United Way and president of Habersham County Rotary Club. He also served as a member of the board of the Tabor Automotive Group in Toccoa, a member of the board of directors of Community Bank and Trust and a member of the board of directors of Financial Supermarkets Inc. Since becoming a McDonald's owner and operator, Mr. Borrow had been active in the franchise group. He also held positions of leadership at the national, divisional and regional levels. An avid golfer, Mr. Borrow was a charter member of Country Club of the South and was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Smith officiating.
Mr. Borrow is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandy Bailey Borrow, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Cam Roy, Duluth, and Susan and John Nichols, Clarkesville; son, John David Borrow, Cornelia; five grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and Al Dailey, Arnold, Calif.; and his father-in-law, Don T. Bailey Sr., Salem, Ohio.
Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Borrow to the new Currahee Culinary Arts Building, now under construction in Toccoa, c/o North Georgia Technical College, P.O. Box 65, Clarkesville, GA 30523, or to a charity of one's choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 8, 2003


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