Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 12, 2003


Rodney
‘Sonny’ Tassinari
Rodney James “Sonny” Tassinari, 60, of Maysville, died Friday, Novem-ber 7, 2003.
A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Tassinari made his home in Louisiana for a number of years, calling it home. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Mr. Tassinari is survived by his wife, Alice M. Clark, Maysville; two step-daughters, Regina Fawn Hervicux and Jacqueline Marie Clark, both of Massachusetts; two sisters, Eunice Morris, Kiln, Miss., and Audrey Tassinari, Cumming; and three step-grandchildren.
There will be no service for Mr. Tassinari. He will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered over the Louisiana Bayou.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Emma L. Chambers
Mrs. Emma Lucille Clark Chambers, 77, of Alto, died Thursday, November 6, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center - Ronnie Green Heart Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on December 12, 1925, Mrs. Chambers was a daughter of the late William and Mamie Morris Clark.
She was a homemaker and a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. Mrs. Chambers was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Chambers, a son, Roger Chambers, a grandson, David Parr, three brothers, John Henry Clark, Bud Clark and Andrew Clark, and two sisters, Susie Smith and Maude Chambers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Greg Worley and Charles Alexander officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Pearl Parr, Alto, and Thelma Nations, Maysville; one son, Levis Chambers, Maysville; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Matilda A. Willis
Mrs. Matilda A. Willis, 83, of Athens, formerly of Demorest, died Sunday, November 9, 2003, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Willis was born February 20, 1920, in Anderson County, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Julie Bell Andrews, and was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus O. Willis Sr., a daughter, Betty Patton, and a sister, Clementine Bell.
Mrs. Willis was a homemaker and a member of Demorest Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, at the Demorest Church of God with the Revs. Curtis Hammond and William Cox officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Lavonia.
Survivors include six daughters, Evelyn Wehunt, Commerce, Ann Clark, Barbara Merritt and Melissa Schepartz, all of Monroe, Jackie Burrell, Clarkesville, and Elizabeth Hogan, Hollywood; eight sons, Odell Willis Jr. and Randy Willis, both of Demorest, Tommy Willis, Cleveland, Jim Willis, Eatonton, the Rev. Johnny Willis, Monroe, Terry Willis, Baldwin, Jewel Willis, Chatsworth, and Roger Willis, Clarkesville; 35 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Ruzelle S. McWhorter
Miss Ruzelle S. McWhorter, 93, of Commerce, died Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Banks County on March 8, 1910, Miss McWhorter was a daughter of the late Charles and Nelia Segars McWhorter.
She retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Commerce Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Dr. Thomas Lewis officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Commerce.
Miss McWhorter is survived by a sister, Callene Howington, Nicholson; and nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Alice “Timpy” Chadwick
Mrs. Alice Louise “Timpy” Cannon Chadwick, 66, of Alto, died Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Chadwick was born in Jackson County on November 12, 1936. She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Mae Beatty Cannon.
Mrs. Chadwick was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass, “for 100 years” where she taught Sunday School. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Douglas Martin, and a sister, Jeanette Patton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 8, at Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Knight and Larry Buffington officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Chadwick and Mary Ann Martin, both of Alto; one son, Harold Chadwick, Alto; two brothers, Danny Cannon, Pendergrass, and Jimmy Cannon, Jefferson; two grandchildren, Melissa Standridge and Kristina Shedd; and four great-grandchildren, Bailey, A.J., Jacob and Tori.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Louise G. Campbell
Mrs. Louise Gunter Campbell, 76, of Lula, died Friday, November 7, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Campbell was born March 21, 1927, in White County. She was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Skelton Gunter.
Mrs. Campbell was a homemaker and a member of Silver Shoals Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Campbell Sr., a daughter, Doris Crow, a son, Paul Campbell, and three brothers, Vance Gunter, Charlie Gunter and Vernon Gunter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 10, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell, Luther Campbell and David Tilson officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Eugene Campbell officiating at the graveside.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Tilson and Evelyn Dodd, both of Lula, and Vickie Campbell, Homer; one son, Eugene Curtis Campbell Jr., Lula; three brothers, Eugene Gunter, Gastonia, N.C., and Ralph Gunter and Guy Gunter, both of Lula; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Azzie G. Seabolt
Mrs. Azzie Gladys Lee Seabolt, 79, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Seabolt was born February 16, 1924, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late James Bert and Cans Ader Whisnant Lee.
Mrs. Seabolt was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Seabolt, and two sons, Earnest William (Bug) Seabolt and Dennis (Dinky) Seabolt.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. David Pruitt and Ollie V. Hayes officiating. Burial was in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Alethia Boone, Hoschton; five sons, Dearl Seabolt and Jerry Wright, both of Hoschton, Randall Seabolt, Jefferson, Douglas Wright, Oakwood, and Lonnie Wright, Marietta; five brothers, Herbert Lee, Cold Springs, Ky., James Lee, Dahlonega, Johnny Lee, Gillsville, Junior Lee, Pendergrass, and Richard Lee, Jefferson; a sister, Georgia McClure, Gainesville; 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Clara Bell Hooper
Miss Clara Bell Hooper, 90, of Alto, died Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center - Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Miss Hooper was born in Banks County on August 1, 1913. She was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lillie Mae Neisler Hooper.
Miss Hooper was a homemaker and a member of Yonah Congregational Holiness Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 7, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. J. Clarence Reynolds and John Umberhant officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Betty Hooper, Cornelia; sisters, Dorothy Owens, Alto, and Ruth Evans, Lula; sisters-in-law, Lorene Hooper, Gainesville, and Rachel Hooper, Alto; several nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews, one great-great-niece, one great-great-nephew and one great-great-great-nephew.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Ethel L. House
Mrs. Ethel Lee Colley House, 73, of Mt. Airy, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center after an extended illness.
Mrs. House was born in Rabun County on August 31, 1930. She was a daughter of the late Robert and Donnie Nations Gibson, and was preceded in death by her husband, Waymond House, a son, Dwayne House, and three brothers, Gerald, William and Paul Gibson.
Mrs. House was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Robert Colley, Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Darlene Colley, Mt. Airy; sisters, Hazel Nations, Betty Faye Winkler and Carolyn Martin, all of Demorest, and Pearl Tomlin, Cornelia; brothers, Earl Gibson, Charles Gibson and Ernest Gibson, all of Demorest; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Erna J. Spencer
Mrs. Erna Jane Stephens Spencer, 97, of Commerce, died Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, of a brief illness.
Born March 28, 1906, in Stearns, Ky., Mrs. Spencer was the daughter of the late Sidney Levi and Jane Cooper Stephens.
She was a homemaker and a member of North Jacksonville Church of God. Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Carl Spencer, and two sons, John Doyle Spencer and Earl Rowland Spencer.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 8, in Pine Knot Cemetery, Pine Knot, Ky.
Mrs. Spencer is survived by six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Laura K. Gunnels
Mrs. Laura Kirkland Gunnels, 88, of Clarkesville, died Monday, November 10, 2003, at Habersham Home West following an extended illness.
Born in Homerville, Mrs. Gunnels was a daughter of the late Seaborn and Mary Touchton Kirkland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sandy Crawford Gunnels, a son, Jim Deloney Gunnels, three brothers, Russell, Ralph and June Kirkland, and two sisters, Elizabeth Heath and Nell Draughty.
Mrs. Gunnels attended the University of Georgia School of Home Economics where she earned a Masters degree in Nutrition. She was a homemaker and a retired instructor of the Nutrition in Practical Nursing Course at North Georgia Technical College. Mrs. Gunnels was a member of Waycross Baptist Church, Waycross.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 13, at Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, with the Rev. Tony Goss officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Sandy Bob and Helen L. Gunnels, Greenville, S.C., and Dan Kirkland and Helen M. Gunnels, Jefferson; daughter-in-law, Gail Gunnels, Clarkesville; two sisters, Edith Malone and Lydia Moseley, both of Atlanta; one brother, Jack Kirkland, Augusta; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Hillside Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003

Helen W. Haynie
Mrs. Helen Walker Haynie, 89, of Jefferson, died Monday, November 3, 2003, at Northminster Presbyterian Homes.
Mrs. Haynie was born December 10, 1913, in Washington County, a daughter of the late Ivy Duggan and Louise Willis Walker. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Haynie was preceded in death by her husband, John Brandon Haynie Jr.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Atlanta, with the Rev. David Bowen officiating.
Survivors include one son, John Brandon Haynie III, Greensboro, N.C.; two daughters, Margaret Brown, Commerce, and Helen Marie Kirby, Augusta; two brothers, the Rev. Charles O. Walker, Jasper, and Willis Walker, Fayetteville; one sister, Elizabeth Byrd, Fayetteville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 12, 2003


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