Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 15, 2003


Edith S. Sullivan
Mrs. Edith Syble Chambers Sullivan, 86, of Homer, died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Southern Pines.
Born October 27, 1916, in Banks County, Mrs. Sullivan was the daughter of the late Emory and Mae Wood Chambers.
She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and was a member of Homer United Methodist Church. Mrs. Sullivan was preceded in death by her husband, Emory K. Sullivan.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 13, at Homer United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jim McLendon and Charles Crabbe officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Sullivan and David Sullivan, both of Homer; one daughter, Syble Holland, Acworth; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Hill, Homer; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Homer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Homer, GA 30547.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Lester L. Wood
Lester L. Wood, 79, of Commerce, died Monday, October 13, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Banks County on August 16, 1924, Mr. Wood was a son of the late Lester Paul and Allie Lee Burroughs Wood.
He was retired from the United States Army, having served in World War II, in Korea and in Vietnam. Mr. Wood was also a retired Civil Engineer and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and the VFW.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Verlin Reece officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Theodelinde Emma Weiss Wood, Commerce; one daughter, Linda Strickland, Commerce; six brothers, Dink Wood, John Wood and Jimmy Wood, all of Commerce, Harold Wood, Hollywood, Ralph Wood, Clarkesville, and Teddy Wood, Conyers; three sisters, Eunice Ann Banks, Commerce, Brenda Welch, Marietta, and Mary Sue Wood, Lavonia; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

George J. Tompkins
George Junior Tompkins, 81, of Gainesville, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Ohio, Mr. Tompkins had lived most of his life in Hall County. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a retired carpenter.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Hillside Chapel, Gainesville, with the Revs. Phillip Burke and Chris Ellis officiating. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Tompkins is survived by his wife, Linda Tompkins, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, George J. and Darlene Tompkins, Gainesville, Rick E. and Kathy Tompkins, Dawsonville, and Tracy L. and Tonya Tompkins, Lula; daughter, Shirley Ann McCoy, Marble Hill; step-son, Randall Martin, Homer; step-daughters, Michelle Chambers and Kimberly Gossitt, both of Homer, and Tracy Morris, Cornelia; sisters, Mart Gross, Akron, Ohio, and Ora Snyder, Doylestown, Ohio; brothers, Vernie Tompkins and Gene Tompkins, both of Akron, Ohio, and Ronnie Tompkins, Houston, Texas; 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Hillside Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Shelden S. Page
Shelden Scotty Page, 7 months, infant son of Amanda Sullens Page, Dawsonville, and Lowell Dean Page II, Cartersville, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Shelden was born February 9, 2003, in Bartow County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial was in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Lowell Dean Page III, Dawsonville; sister, Whisper Kristen Page, Dawsonville; step-father, Rick Benefiel, Dawsonville; maternal grandparents, Scott and Annette Sullens, Dahlonega; paternal grandparents, Lowell and Mary Page, Cartersville; and great-grandparents, Dan and Alma Crane, Lula, and Johnny and Wilma Sullens, Cleveland.
Memorials may be made to the SIDS Research Center, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Bruce M. Barron
Bruce Milton Barron, 61, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, of an extended illness.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Barron was a son of the late Marvin Ray and Ora Inez Brown Barron.
A graduate of Southern Technical Institute of Marietta, he retired from Roper Pump Company and was a former Justice of the Peace. Mr. Barron was a Shriner, a past Master of Hudson Lodge #294 F.&A.M. and past president of the Commerce Jaycees.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Barron.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Henry Webb and Rusty Floyd officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Barron is survived by his wife, Glenda Wood Barron, of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Mike Gunter, Toccoa, Kim and Billy Samples, Jefferson, and Leigh and Greg Barnes, Nicholson; brother, Julian Barron, Greenville, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the BJC Nursing Home Support Group, c/o Jimmy Pardue, 100 Medical Center Drive, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003
Margie M. Roberts
Mrs. Margie Myers Roberts, 88, of Baldwin, died Monday, October 13, 2003, in Asheville, N.C., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Clay County, N.C., on September 22, 1915, Mrs. Roberts was a daughter of the late Albert Bert Myers and Leasie Hogsed Myers. She was the wife of the late Lonnie Roberts.
Mrs. Roberts retired from Carwood Manufacturing and Duckhead Manufacturing, with 50 years of service.
She was of the Baptist denomination and was a musician. She and her sisters were known as The Myers Sisters Band.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in Baldwin Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Eugene Roberts, Baldwin; a sister, Helen McDuffie, Baldwin; a brother, John H. Myers, Alto; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the 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 the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Molly M. Moody
Mrs. Molly Myers Moody, 78, of Alto, died Monday, October 13, 2003, in Asheville, N.C., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Clay County, N.C., on May 6, 1925, Mrs. Moody was a daughter of the late Albert Bert Myers and Leasie Hogsed Myers. She was the wife of the late Thomas Zack Moody Sr., and was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Moody.
Mrs. Moody was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was a musician and she and her sisters were known as The Myers Sisters Band.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter and David Terrell officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Turner, Baldwin, and Leasie Fleming, Hull; three sons, Jim Moody, Cornelia, Jack Moody, Baldwin, and Bobby Moody, Alto; one sister, Helen McDuffie, Baldwin; one brother, John H. Myers, Alto; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habersham Soup Kitchens Inc., P.O. Box 1138, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Franklin
‘Buzz’ Vandiver
Franklin “Buzz” Vandiver, 70, of Cornelia, died Monday, October 13, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Vandiver was born August 15, 1933, in White County. He was a son of the late Lat and Harriet Houston Vandiver.
Mr. Vandiver was a United States Army veteran and was the owner and operator of Vann Oil Company and Vann Auto Parts for 47 years. He also had past ownership in Cornelia Textile and Vann-Tex.
Mr. Vandiver was a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church and was a member of Woodmen of the World.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Burt Crawford officiating.
Mr. Vandiver is survived by his wife, Mildred Vandiver, Cornelia; three daughters, Cynthia Vandiver Hammond, Gainesville, Tracy Vandiver Smith, Charlotte, N.C., and Elizabeth Vandiver Farley, Cornelia; one son, Franklin Joel Vandiver, Cornelia; two sisters, Peggy Irvin, Cornelia, and Vivian Smith, Cleveland; two brothers, Dan Vandiver, Lula, and Jim Vandiver, Helen; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifeSouth, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3370, Gainesville, GA 30503, either as a monetary donation or in the form of a blood or platelet donation.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Fannie R. Martin
Mrs. Fannie Ruth Eubanks Martin, 82, of Elberton, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Elbert County Hospital.
Mrs. Martin was born April 25, 1921, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Lunnie R. and Martha McCoy Eubanks.
She was retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer W. Martin, two daughters, Sandra Hector and Martha Martin, a sister, Bertha Morrison, and a brother, Homer Eubanks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Joe Slocum and Alton Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Verner Martin, Statham; daughters, Doris Dunn, Elberton, and Brenda Peppers, Statham; sister, Evelyn Stevens, Commerce; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Frances G. Brooks
Mrs. Frances Ginn Brooks, 81, of Cornelia, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at a private care facility following an extended illness.
Born March 10, 1922, in Fulton County, Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of the late E. Roscoe and Mae Newman Ginn. She was the wife of the late Ben S. Brooks Sr.
Mrs. Brooks was a graduate of Winder-Barrow High School and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as office manager, with 22 years of service. She was a member of Habersham Chapter #480 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Greg Walton and Wayne Smith officiating. Burial was in the Mid Way United Methodist Church Cemetery, Carl, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating at graveside.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Ben S. Brooks Jr. and Celia Brooks, Cornelia, and Walton and Len Brooks, Lawrenceville; sisters-in-law, Sara Etheridge, Carl, and Christine Etheridge, Hattisburg, Miss.; nine grandchildren, Tony Brooks, Jeremy Brooks, Cecil Brooks, Ellie Brooks, Rocky Brooks, Jimmy Brooks, Christopher Brooks, Patrick Brooks and Nicholas Brooks; one great-granddaughter, Christina Brooks; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 2452 Spring Road, Smyrna, GA 30080.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Tommy Chanthavong
Tommy Chanthavong, 23, of Cornelia, died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Thailand on February 10, 1980, Mr. Chanthavong was the son of Hong Chanthavong, Cornelia, and Day Pathammavong, Laos.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. James Oudom officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a son, Tristan Taylor Chanthavong, Clarkesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Charles
‘Charlie’ Beall
Charles Edwin “Charlie” Beall, 81, of Cornelia, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born August 7, 1922, in Harrelson County, Mr. Beall was the son of the late Charles Emmett and Ethel Janie Whitehead Beall.
He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Air Corp., serving as a pilot during World War II. Mr. Beall graduated from the University of Georgia, class of 1948, and retired after 30 years as a partner with the Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm. He was a member of the Optimist Club and a member of Grace Calvary Episcopal Church.
Mr. Beall was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Smart.
Funeral services were held at noon Monday, October 13, at Grace Calvary Episcopal Church with Father Joel Hudson officiating. Burial was in the Christ Church Yard Cemetery, St. Simons Island.
Mr. Beall is survived by his wife, Irene Eggleston Beall, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and John Elliot, Charlotte, N.C., and Leslie and Warner Hunnicutt, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, John and Sandy Beall, Alpharetta; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Nell and Ed Jones, Katy, Texas, and Ann and Jim Leslie, Marietta; grandchildren, Drew Elliot, Dabney Estile, Sheldon Currier, Clayton Hunnicutt, Bryan Hunnicutt and Shannon Beall; and great-granddaughter, Bladen Beall Currier.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003

Mack C. Webb
Mack C. Webb, 81, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Webb was born May 12, 1922, a son of the late John William and Effie Harvey Webb.
He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a retired auto mechanic from Leiphart Chevrolet, with 40 years of service. Mr. Webb was a faithful member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Russ Barker and Mike Murphy and Dr. Calvin Webb officiating. Entombment was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, Thelma Walker Webb; one daughter, Phyllis Webb, Cornelia; two sons, Dr. Calvin Webb, Savannah, and Donnie Webb, Ball Ground; three sisters, Elnora Dodd, Dawsonville, Torora Rudicil, Liberty, Idaho, and Evelyn Price, Martinsville, Idaho; three brothers, Johnny Webb, Blue Ridge, Roland Webb, Brunswick, and Howard Webb, Roswell; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 15, 2003


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