Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 26, 2003


Alma Rawls
Mrs. Alma Mason Rowland Rawls, 68, of Alto, died Thursday, November 20, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Rawls was born in Habersham County on October 1, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Aaron B. Mason and Avie Youngblood Mason, and was preceded in death by a son, James Mason Rowland.
Mrs. Rawls graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brenau University in 1981, and retired as Senior Counselor with Lee Arrendale Correctional Prison. She was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at Mud Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Verner London and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include Joe Rowland, of the home; one daughter, Angela Rowland Cunningham, Alto; three sons, Rob Rowland, Demorest, Raymond Rawls, Toccoa, and Eddie Rowland, Lilburn; one brother, Alvin “Bud” Mason, Alto; and seven grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Helen Martin
Mrs. Helen Martin, of Dalton, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Herman Martin; three grandchildren, BJ, Tayna and Tammie; and special friends, Reane and Mark Higgins, Tennessee, and Jim and Millie Gray, Maysville.
“Helen was a good Christian lady,” said friends. “She loved everyone. She will be missed.”
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Tillman R.
‘Pete’ Sailors
Tillman R. “Pete” Sailors, 76, of Commerce, died Thursday, November 20, 2003.
Mr. Sailors was the son of the late Oliver and Ethel “Babe” Howington Sailors.
A Korean War United States Army veteran, Mr. Sailors was a retired Civil Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was a member of Hudson Lodge #294 F.&A.M.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating.
Mr. Sailors is survived by his wife, Joanne Williams Sailors, Commerce; daughter, Patricia Kelly, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Maylon Clinkscales, Commerce; five grandchildren, Eric and Tina Dickerson, Homer, and Ben and Riane Dickerson, Christina Kelly, Kaylon Clinkscales and Trey Clinkscales, all of Commerce; one step-grandchild; one great-grandchild, Cody Dickerson, Commerce; and three sisters, Meta Smith and Carolyn Barnett, both of Nicholson, and Joyce Tolbert, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Nathan R. Aldis
Nathan Robert Aldis, 24, of Clarkesville, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at Angel Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Aldis was born in Cane County, Ill., on July 9, 1979. He was a self-employed carpenter who loved hunting, fishing and cars. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Aldis was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Dare and William and Edna Aldis.
Mr. Aldis is survived by his parents, Robert and Chrystal Dare Aldis, Clarkesville; sister, Dusti Aldis, Lilburn; nephew, Noah Grey Casey, Lilburn; and grandmother, Eva Mae Selpien, Elgin, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 Highway 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Genevieve Dean
Mrs. Genevieve Dockery Dean, 72, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dean was born March 14, 1931, in Aliquippa, Pa. She was the daughter of the late George A. and Anna Cunningham Dockery.
Mrs. Dean was a housewife and had been employed by Fieldale Farms for 16 years. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church.
“She was a beloved mother,” said family members.
Mrs. Dean was preceded in death by her husband, Ray J. Dean.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 20, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Anthony Shore and Mike Franklin officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Drake Nicholson, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Candie Dean, Cornelia; brother, James Dockery, Cornelia; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Nicholson, Dillon Nicholson, Ray Dean and John-Henry Dean.
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, November 26, 2003

Louise Gosnell
Mrs. Louise Gosnell, 42, of Demorest, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Gosnell was born in Habersham County on November 11, 1961. She was employed with Freudenberg-NOK and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Madison McCrackin officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Free officiating.
Mrs. Gosnell is survived by her parents, Benny Thomas and Helen Gragg Barrs; two daughters, Ashley Gosnell, Clarkesville, and Savannah Page, Demorest; two sons, Jeremy Gosnell, Clarkesville, and Daniel Gosnell, Homer; four sisters, Diann Jenkins and Donna Fry, both of Clarkesville, Jeannette Jenkins, Alto, and Mathra Gosnell, Homer; one brother, Donnie Barrs, Clarkesville; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o Kathy Palmer, 150 Maybrook Drive, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Emi L. Waring
Mrs. Emi Lee Pressley Perkins Waring, 88, of Demorest, formerly of Spartanburg, S.C., died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mrs. Waring was born in Arden, N.C., on December 29, 1914. She was the daughter of the late Kelly Pressley and Marian Hart Allen, and was preceded in death by her husband, Norman L. Waring.
Mrs. Waring retired as a lab technician after 20 years of service and was a member of Park Hills Church of God in Spartanburg.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 22, at J.F. Floyd Mortuary’s Greenlawn Chapel, Spartanburg, with entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Waring is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Carol Perkins, Cornelia.
Memorials may be made to the Habersham Home East Activity Fund, P.O. Box 37, Demorest, GA 30535, in memory of Mrs. Emi Lee Waring.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Claudine M. Gailey
Mrs. Claudine Milford Gailey, 91, of Commerce, died Sunday, November 23, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Gailey was born in Jackson County on October 5, 1912. She was a daughter of the late Lee Milton and Maude Mira Langston Milford.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Verlin Reece and Eric Tyson officiating. Burial was in the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Gailey is survived by her husband, Parks Carter Gailey, Commerce; one daughter, Barbara Weaver, Gainesville; one sister, Christine Minor, Commerce; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church, 190 Mount Olive Church Road, Commerce, GA.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Octavie “Tave” Hightower
Mrs. Octavie “Tave” Davidson Hightower, 91, of Lula, died Monday, November 24, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born February 1, 1912, Mrs. Hightower was a daughter of the late John and Methie Davidson.
She was a homemaker and was retired from Fieldale Farms. She was an avid gardener and of the Holiness denomination.
Mrs. Hightower was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Dodd, her second husband, Willie D. Hightower, three brothers, Lee Davidson, Floyd Davidson and Bob Davidson, and two sisters, Blanche Wiley and Ruth Davidson.
Funeral services were to have been held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Bobby Griffin and Melvin Baugh officiating, followed by burial in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Bessie D. Wade, Alto; sons, Richard Hightower, Alto, and James Hightower, Oakwood; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Charlotte Hightower, Gainesville, and Charles and Sue Hightower, Demorest; daughters and sons-in-law, Zara and Henry Houston, Helen, and Delores and Ray Chavez, Wagon Wheel, N.M.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Amanda S. Allen
Mrs. Amanda Sue Taylor Allen, 33, of Cornelia, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Allen was born December 11, 1969, in Habersham County. She was a homemaker and a member of the City of Praise of Cleveland.
Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Henry Taylor and C.E. Allison Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Jeryle Roach officiating. Burial was in the Welcome Home Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Chelsey Allison Drinkard and Jaleah Naomi Allen, both of Cornelia; her mother, Ann Allison Taylor, Demorest; father and step-mother, Larry and Shirley Pitts Taylor, Mount Airy; step-brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Melissa Loudermilk, Clarkesville; grandmothers, Della Whitworth Taylor, Demorest, and Mary Sue Merck Allison, Cornelia; and several aunts and uncles.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Farry Garrison
Farry Garrison, 48, of Cornelia, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Garrison was born in Habersham County on October 4, 1955. He was the owner and operator of Farry Garrison Trucking Inc. for 11 years and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Garry Garrison and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial was in the Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Garrison is survived by his wife, Wanda Simmons Garrison, Cornelia; daughters, Hillery Garrison and Valerie Garrison, both of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Johnathan Clark, Clarkesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jody and Kim Garrison, Baldwin, and Chan and Connie Chitwood, Ila; his parents, the Rev. Clyde and Mrs. Lizzie Poole Garrison, Cornelia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Linda Garrison, Hugh and Fran Garrison and James and Gail Garrison, all of Cornelia, John and Brenda Garrison, Gainesville, and the Rev. Garry and Mrs. Diane Garrison, Alto; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Ronnie Ellington, Cornelia; and grandchildren, Austin Chitwood, Brady Chitwood, Jenna Chitwood, Lauren Chitwood and Lance Chitwood.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003

Charles E. Foy Jr.
Charles Elmer Foy Jr., 65, of Winder, died Friday, November 21, 2003.
Born in Summerset, Pa., Mr. Foy had been a resident of Winder since 1968. He was a son of the late Charles E. Foy Sr. and Ida Mae Mort.
Mr. Foy was retired from the Army National Guard and had currently been employed with Wal-Mart in Winder. He was a member of Appalachee Baptist Church.
Mr. Foy was preceded in death by a son, Edwin C. Foy.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with Evangelist Linwood Smith officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Foy is survived by his wife, Gertrude Foy, Winder; four sons, David Foy and Timothy Foy, both of Winder, Jonathan Foy, Maysville, and Charles Foy, Arcade; three brothers, Bill, Donald and David Foy, all of Winchester, Va.; four sisters, Nancy Carter, Winder, Linda Clarke, Statham, Betty Foy, Winchester, Va., and Hattie Little, Confluence, Pa.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 26, 2003


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