Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 29, 2003


George A. Dockery
George A. Dockery, 93, of Cornelia, died Thursday, October 23, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Dockery was born June 2, 1910, in White County. He was a son of the late Alfred and Mary Holloway Dockery.
Mr. Dockery was a retired school bus driver with the Habersham County School System, with 22 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Cunningham Dockery, brothers, Wilburn Dockery, Eugene Dockery and Johnny Dockery, and sisters, Mazie Smith and Annabell Brooks. He was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Anthony Shore and Verner London officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter, Genevieve Dean, Cornelia; a son, James Dockery, Cornelia; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Rosana G. Staton
Mrs. Rosana Gabrels Bond Staton, 86, died Friday, October 24, 2003.
Born in Habersham County, Mrs. Staton was a daughter of the late George Harvey and Lillie Rosana Nichols Gabrels. She was the wife of the late Jack Bond and Ike Staton.
Mrs. Staton owned and operated Staton’s Restaurant for many years. After retiring from the restaurant business, she sold eggs at local flea markets in the Greenville, S.C., area. She was a member of the Greenville Evangelistic Church, South Carolina.
“She lived her life for her Lord and Savior,” said family members, “and by example, touched many lives. She was known for her generosity, quick wit and warm smile. She never met a stranger and everyone knew her as ‘Ma’ or ‘Aunt Rosie’. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.”
Funeral services were held at noon Monday, October 27, at the Greenville Evangelistic Church with the Rev. Mark Thead officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Clarkesville.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kim Bond, Simpsonville, S.C.; and grandson, Pressley Bond.
Memorials may be made to the Greenville Evangelistic Church, P.O. Box 15167, Greenville, SC 29611.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Annie Mae Crawford
Mrs. Annie Mae Arthur Crawford, of Carnesville, died Sunday, October 26, 2003, at Toccoa Nursing Center.
Born September 9, 1908, in Franklin County, Mrs. Crawford was a daughter of the late Jim and Sally Crump Arthur.
From 1946 until her retirement in 1978, she was the County Office Assistant with the FHA for 30 years and also worked for the Federal Land Bank. She was a member of Carnesville United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin H. Crawford, a sister, Fannie A. Henson, a brother, John Carl Arthur, and two nephews, Leon Henson and Billy Henson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, at Carnesville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Moon officiating. Burial was in the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Crawford is survived by four nieces, two nephews and 14 great-nieces and nephews.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Larry Mansfield
John Lawrence “Larry” Mansfield, 62, of Burke, Va., a veteran of the United States Navy, died Monday, October 20, 2003, at Springfield Healthplex in Springfield, Va.
Mr. Mansfield was born September 3, 1941, in Pensacola, Fla., a son of Evelyn Warr Mansfield, Jonesboro, and the late John Forrest Mansfield.
He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1963, with a BBA in Human Resources, and was presently employed with Kaiser-Permanente. He was of the Episcopalian faith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 24, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Douglas Dailey officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Burke, Va.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Mansfield is survived by his wife, Sandra Miller Mansfield, Burke, Va.; son, John Vincent Mansfield, Burke, Va.; sister, Robbin Mansfield, Jonesboro; and brother, Hugh Mansfield, St. Louis, Mo.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson, of Car-nesville, died Sunday, October 26, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Buford Lockman, Henry Webb and George Tubbs officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Wilson is survived by two sisters, Janie Ballenger, Carnesville, and Virginia Archer, Center; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Libby Kesler
Mrs. Elizabeth June “Libby” Parker Kesler, 58, of Cherokee Trail, Toccoa, died Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at her home.
Born September 19, 1945, in Franklin County, Mrs. Kesler was a daughter of the late Betty Floyd Land and George M. Parker. She was of the Methodist denomination.
Mrs. Kesler was preceded in death by a son, Devin Chad Kesler.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Friday, October 24, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. O.L. Stokes officiating.
Survivors include one son, Bryan Kesler, Toccoa; one granddaughter, Jordan Kesler; one step-granddaughter, Mackenzi Towe; one brother, Greg Parker, Memphis, Tenn.; and three sisters, Trina Elrod Justice, Toccoa, Renee Parker Bounds, Clinton, Miss., and Sherrie Parker, Sumrall, Miss.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Lois E. Skelton
Ms. Lois Emily Skelton, of Auburn, died Friday, October 24, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Bill Hayes officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Ms. Skelton is survived by a son, Danny Cannon, Commerce; a brother, Bill Patton, Pikeville, Ky.; a sister, Sue Strickland, Auburn; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her fiance, Jimmy Bridges, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003

Jerry ‘J.J.’ Jordan
Jerry Wayne “J.J.” Jordan, 56, of Jefferson, died Sunday, October 26, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born November 9, 1946, in Clarke County, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late Jesse and Katie Jordan.
He was an electrician with Williams Modular Systems in Winder, and was a member of White Hall Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens, with Minister Tom Plank officiating.
Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Barbara Jordan, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Jeff Wilson, Winder, and Tracey and Jerry Jackson, Statham; daughter, Sandy Jordan, Arcade; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Marie Jordan, Nicholson; sister and brother-in-law, Annie and Gary Bentley, Athens; brothers, Nelson Jordan, Hephzibah, and Ronnie Jordan, Athens; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 29, 2003


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