Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 19, 2003


Danny L. Bennett
Danny Lamar Bennett, 42, of Homer, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Bennett was born February 21, 1961, in Jackson County, the son of Betty R. Nix Bennett, Homer, and the late Bill Bennett.
He was employed in waste management and was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, at Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, with the Revs. Brian David and Phil Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Dana Bennett, Homer; and four sisters, Sandra Bonilla and Wanda McEntire, both of Homer, and Denise Dodd and Jane Roling, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Elmer Payne
Elmer (Lee) Payne, 95, of Winder, died Wednesday, November 12, 2003.
Mr. Payne was born in Banks County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 15, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. G.H. Hammond officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Payne is survived by his grandchildren, Mike and Shanon Willard, Eatonton, Rita and Ross Howe, Winder, Anita and Don Gilley, Lilburn, and Keith and Kathy Willard, Cartersville; great-grandchildren, Valerie Parker, Auburn, Melanie Boyd, Carrollton, Jessica Andrews, Decatur, Katie Andrews, Kazhakistan, Caleb and Kelly Willard, Eatonton, and Lauren and Michael Willard, Cartersville.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

James L. Tallent
James Loyd Tallent, 72, of Cornelia, died Thursday, November 13, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on October 14, 1931, Mr. Tallent was the son of the late Carl Tallent Sr. and Betty Smith Tallent.
He was a United States Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Tallent was owner and operator of Loyd’s Used Cars, as well as Loyd’s Motel in Steinhatchee, Fla., where he was also a fishing guide. He was also a mail carrier for the Clarkesville Post Office and a member of Hills Crossing Baptist Church and Clarkesville Masonic Lodge #325 F.&A.M. He was an avid race fan, hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Tallent was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Hill Tallent, and a sister, Annie Ruth Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Hills Crossing Baptist Church with the Revs. Furman Lewis and George Deadwyler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Masonic honors provided by members of the Clarkesville Masonic Lodge #325 F.&A.M.
Mr. Tallent is survived by his wife, Ann Leonard Tallent, Cornelia; step-daughters, Debi M. Creel, Fayetteville, and Teri M. Lowe, Loganville; step-son, Ronnie L. Meeks, Clarkesville; brother, Carl Tallent Jr., Clarkesville; six step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

William Marchman
William Marchman, 83, of Crawford, died Monday, November 17, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Terry Smith and B.G. Miller officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Sam Seagraves, Tony Seagraves, Justin Seagraves, Leslie Carithers, Wayne Knight and Todd Wynne served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann Crews, Brunswick; son, Bobby Marchman, Crawford; step-daughters, Patsy Upchurch, Social Circle, and Joyce West, Hazlehurst; niece and husband, Faye and Paul Seagraves, Nicholson; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Michael R. Turner
Michael R. Turner, 28, of Monroe, died Thursday, November 13, 2003.
A native of Randolph County, Mr. Turner was a resident of Monroe for one year, moving from Valdosta. He was employed as an EMT with Newton County Emergency Medical Services and was formerly employed by South Georgia Medical Emergency Medical Services, Valdosta.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 17, in Eastview Cemetery, Shellman, with the Rev. Olin Johnson officiating.
Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Nancy Grimm Turner, Monroe; his adoptive parents, Perry and Millie Smith Turner, Cuthbert; his father and step-mother, Michael Richard and Geraldine Hodges, Nicholson; two sisters, Michelle Brooks, Coats, N.C., and Brandy Hanson, Jefferson; and one brother, Timothy Michael Hodges, Jefferson.
Arthur Bowick Inc. Funeral Directors, Monroe, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Betty E. Thornton
Mrs. Betty Elizabeth Thornton, 73, of Nicholson, a native of Clarke County, died Friday, November 14, 2003.
Mrs. Thornton was the daughter of the late Thomas Franklin and Annie Mae Patterson Faulkner. She was the wife of the late Frank Thornton Jr., and was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Cody Flanagan.
Mrs. Thornton was a member of Center United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Anthony officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Joe Faulkner, Todd Faulkner, Sam Jordan, Ian Mayberry, Randy Ogle and Mike Tolbert served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Shawn Stephens and Sandra McDevitt, both of Nicholson; one son, Scott Thornton, Arnoldsville; one brother, George Faulkner, Watkinsville; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Lois M. Whitfield
Mrs. Lois Mason Whitfield, 85, of Cornelia, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Banks County on May 9, 1918, Mrs. Whitfield was a daughter of the late Clayton “Clate” Mason and Ruth Sims Mason. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce K. Whitfield.
Mrs. Whitfield was a retired registered nurse and was a volunteer at Sharing and Caring. She was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church, where she was a member of Helping Hands and the 3L Sunday School Class. She taught Sunday School in various churches for over 35 years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Miriam Vess, Hickory Tavern, S.C., and Catherine Bryant, Newcastle, Ky.; two sons, Robert Whitfield, Grovetown, S.C., and Lamar Whitfield, Pisgah Forest, N.C.; two brothers, Walter Mason, Griffin, and Gerald Mason, Marietta; two sisters, Blanche Fuller, Powder Springs, and Evelyn Luallen, Atlanta; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Rose Parks
Mrs. Rose Bell Argo Parks, 74, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born April 17, 1929, in Franklin County, Mrs. Parks was a daughter of the late Joseph and Leona Burch Argo.
She was a homemaker and a member of Hebron Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Parks was preceded in death by her first husband, Reford Leonard Stansell, a brother, L. Argo, and two sisters, Magaloo Vandiver and Janie Ophelia English.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 14, at B. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Gary West and Bishop Willard Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial was in Cary Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband, Ralph W. Parks; four sons, Robert Stansell, Joe Stansell and James Stansell, all of Royston, and Raymond Stansell, Commerce; four daughters, Linda McIntire and Ouida Brawner, both of Toccoa, and Evelyn Sundin and Betty Crumley, both of Commerce; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Hoke Argo, Royston, Ed Argo, Canon, and Alton Argo, Lula; and two sisters, Myrt Wojciechouski, Rogers, Ark., and Thelma Rousey, Canon.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Annie Jarrell
Mrs. Annie Bob Johnson Jarrell, 90, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, Nov-ember 11, 2003.
Mrs. Jarrell was a 1933 graduate of the University of Georgia, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce and a member of the United Methodist Women. She, along with her husband, the late James E. Jarrell, owned the Roxie Theater and the Commerce Drive Inn.
Mrs. Jarrell was the daughter of the late James Augustus and Emma Carlton Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. David Bowen and Mera Head officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James H. and Meridith Jarrell, Columbus; two grandchildren, James E. Jarrell II, Dunwoody, and Laura Ann Jarrell, Palo Alto, Calif.; four great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and one brother, Jimmy Johnson, Jefferson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, or to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Ken Sorrow
Ken Sorrow, 31, of Com-merce, died Saturday, Nov-ember 15, 2003, at his residence of a brief illness.
Mr. Sorrow was a son of Hoyt and Dollie Denton Sorrow, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Terry James officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Sorrow is survived by three brothers, Tim Sorrow, Toccoa, and Wyatt Sorrow and Hoyt Mitchell Sorrow, both of Commerce; and two sisters, Linda Stukes, Commerce, and Tammy Chambers, Hull.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003

Farris Davis
Mrs. Farris Davis, 89, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003.
Mrs. Davis had been a member of Prospect United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville since 1926. She was also a member of the Joyful Pioneer Senior Citizen group and the Christa Cole Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, J.A. “Jim Bo” Davis Jr.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 13, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, with the Revs. Donnie Joe Davis and Grady Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Maxine and Jack West, Canon, Jack and Linda Davis, Gene and Faye Davis, Randall and Magidelene Davis and Brenda and Tommy McDaniel, all of Lawrenceville, James and Carolyn Davis, Carnesville, and Donnie Joe and Virginia Davis, Maysville; brother, George Foster Morgan Jr., Dacula; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in memory of Farris Davis to the Prospect United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1549 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 19, 2003



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