Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 10, 2003


Opal E. Hughes
Mrs. Opal Elizabeth Hughes, 69, of Maysville, formerly of Hayesville, N.C., died Saturday, December 6, 2003, at her residence after an extended illness.
Mrs. Hughes was a native of Clay County, N.C., but had lived in Georgia for the past 48 years. She was a daughter of the late Richard Lee and Lassie Mae Donaldson Ledford.
Mrs. Hughes was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Hughes.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 8, in the chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, N.C., with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery. Joey Bleckley, Billy Mack and Alvin Ray Ledford served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hughes is survived by her husband, Clayton Hughes; daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Ralph Cook, Commerce, and Darlene and Randy Holman, Buford; son, Marty Hughes, Commerce; sisters, Mattie Stillwell, Hayesville, N.C., and Janet Ledford, Asheville, N.C.; brothers, Kenneth and Alvin Ledford, both of Hayesville, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to the Union Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o JoAnn H. Woody, 685 Thumping Creek Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Barbara A. Tyler
Mrs. Barbara Ann Southards Tyler, 60, of Alto, died Thursday, December 4, 2003, at Emory University Hospital.
Mrs. Tyler was born April 10, 1943, in Rabun County. She was a daughter of Lena Hunnicutt Gragg, Lakemont, and the late Vincent Lawrence “Red” Southards.
Mrs. Tyler was employed with Mt. Vernon Mills, with 20 years of service, and was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gervis Lamar Tyler, her step-father, Ernest Gragg, and a brother, Gary Southards.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 7, at Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Paris Whitworth officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, Becky Tyler Eller, Clarkesville; three sons, Ricky Tyler, Alto, Michael Tyler, Baldwin, and Stanley Tyler, Dahlonega; four sisters, Jetty Sue Hamilton, Clarkesville, Linette Alley and Martha Gragg, both of Lakemont, and Vicki English, Mountain City; two brothers, Bobby Southards, Mountain City, and Tony Gragg, Clayton; her step-mother, Mildred Southards, Clayton; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003
Howard B. Hope
Howard Bartow Hope, 89, of Lula, died Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on June 6, 1914, Mr. Hope was the son of the late George and Maggie Jones Hope.
He was a United States Army veteran, having served in the South Pacific with Company A 596th S.A.W. BN during World War II. Mr. Hope was a parts manager with Haynes & Gailey and loved working on old cars and small engines. He was also an active member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Mr. Hope was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Sue Garrison Hope, a brother, Clarence E. Hope, and a sister, Fay Garrison.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Bishop Bevel Jones and the Rev. Jerry Cameron officiating. Burial was in Lula Belton Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mattie Garrison, Lula; and nieces and nephews, Peggy Hope Etheridge, Lavonia, Jimmy Hope, Homer, Linda Hickman, Lula, Elaine Dawson, Williamsburg, Va., Maria Poole, Commerce, Katheryn McGlaun, Junction City, and Jane Evans, Gainesville.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, c/o McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Reedy P. Farmer
Mrs. Reedy Pauline “Granny Farmer” Farmer, 107, of Gaines-ville, died Thurs-day, December 4, 2003.
Born Tuesday, May 5, 1896, Mrs. Farmer was a daughter of the late John Reed Dodd and Frances Caroline Crook.
Her family moved from South Carolina to Georgia when she was 11 days old. The family farmed wherever they could, including milking cows, growing crops and cutting and selling wood.
Mrs. Farmer remembered growing cotton in Gillsville, wood in Commerce and sweet potatoes in Maysville. The family also lived in Douglasville and Lula.
Mrs. Farmer also spoke of a time she visited Commerce one Christmas Eve and saw the fireworks.
She was employed with Liberty Commerce Cotton Mill for a while before moving to Gainesville, then worked at Alene’s Flower Shop until she turned 90.
She married Robert Brock in 1917 and had three children.
After her first husband died, she remarried Luther “Jack” Farmer, and they had four children.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 6, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Survivors include a son, Dennis Farmer, Gainesville; two daughters, Janey Lou Evans and Naomi Evans, both of Gainesville; and a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, her first and second husband and four children, Mrs. Farmer was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

James E.
Wheelus Jr.
James Everett Wheelus Jr., 42, of Alto, died Monday, December 8, 2003, at his residence.
Born June 3, 1961, in Fulton County, Mr. Wheelus was a son of James Everett Wheelus Sr., Greenville, and Betty Jean Taylor Wheelus, Birmingham, Ala.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 11, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Carl Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a son, Chipper Wheelus, Alto; daughter, Hannah Mae Wheelus, Alto; sisters, Paula J. Masters, Loganville, Sandra Ann Wheelus, Dahlonega, and Pamela Elizabeth Wimpey, Hartwell; and brother, Tim Wheelus, Jefferson.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Jean B. Bell
Mrs. Jean Burrell Bell, 75, of Athens, died Sunday, December 7, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Bell was born November 18, 1928, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Walter Winfred and Lennie Mae Davis Burrell.
Mrs. Bell was a graduate of Cornelia High School, Tift College and the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing. She was a retired Registered Nurse and had been employed with St. Mary’s Hospital, Habersham County Medical Center, Emory University Hospital and the State T.B. Sanatorium, with 35 years of service.
Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry D. Burrell and Clay Burrell.
Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, in Level Grove Cemetery with Dr. Edward Bolen, of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, Athens, officiating.
Survivors include a son, Nelms Lanier Bell Jr., Hilo, Hawaii; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Lamar Bell Sr. and Lucy S. Bell, Athens; sisters, Winnie Lowell, Blue Ridge, Carolyn Stinespring, Cornelia, and Betty Brannen, Chamblee; brother, Wallace Burrell, Decatur; and grandchildren, Melissa Ann Reed, Locust Grove, and Anna Elizabeth Bell, Daniel Lamar Bell Jr. and Sarah Lucy Bell, all of Athens.
Memorials may be made to the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1690 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Jack R. Yarbrough
Jack R. Yarbrough, 66, of Toccoa, died Friday, December 5, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Paul Wright officiating. Burial was in the Wilson Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela (Pam) Yarbrough, Maysville; brother, Carl Yarbrough, Monroe; sisters, Blanche Williams, Alpharetta, Boyce Martin, Gainesville, Agnes Barfield, Smyrna, Mary Jean Sullens, Toccoa, and Ruth Davis, Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

James
‘Spud’ Palmer
James Rogers “Spud” Palmer, 79, of Nicholson, a United States Navy veteran of World War II, died Thursday, December 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born November 3, 1924, in Jackson County, Mr. Palmer was a son of the late James Frank and Clara Belle Howington Palmer.
He was a retired construction worker and a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Marty Smith officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife, Frances Clark Palmer, Nicholson; son, James R. Palmer Jr., Nicholson; brother, Harry Palmer, Watkinsville; sisters, Dorothy Bulla, Frances Haggard, Eloise Miller and Nell Shope, all of Nicholson, and Ethelyn Waters, Louisville, Ky.; and a granddaughter, Jamie Palmer, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Irene Green
Mrs. Irene Glenn Green, 76, a longtime resident of Carnesville, died Friday, December 5, 2003, at the Brown Convalescent Center in Royston.
Born August 27, 1927, in Franklin County, Mrs. Green was a daughter of the late Walter Bartow and Sally Fannie Vickery Glenn.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bold Springs United Methodist Church. Mrs. Green was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Andrew Glenn and Walter Pierce Glenn.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 13, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Stephen Horne and Harvey Boyd officiating.
Mrs. Green is survived by a sister, Lennie Glenn Sessler, Alhambra, Calif.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until the service hour Saturday at the funeral home.
Ginn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Cecil Lunsford
Cecil Thomas Lunsford, 64, of Nicholson, died Sunday, December 7, 2003, at Hill Haven Nursing Center in Commerce.
Born December 10, 1938, in Franklin County, Mr. Lunsford was a son of the late Lonnie and Annie Mae Hill McCollum Lunsford.
He was employed as a general manager for 41 years with the Varsity Restaurants in Atlanta and Athens.
Mr. Lunsford is survived by three brothers, Ernest and Jerry Lunsford, Carnesville, and Donald Lunsford, Greenwood, S.C.; two sisters, Faye Brown, Franklin Springs, and Mae Brown, Elberton; half-brother, Herman Lunsford, Jacksonville, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lunsford was cremated. No funeral services will be held.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Eulalia D. Francisco
Ms. Eulalia Diego Francisco, 24, of Cornelia, died Friday, November 28, 2003, at Emory University Hospital.
Ms. Francisco was born August 15, 1979, in Aldea Cheche. She was a daughter of Jose Diego and Melchora Francisco.
Ms. Francisco was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 5, at St. Marks Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating. Burial was in Guatemala, Central America.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Juan Andres Matius; one daughter, Micaela Diego, Guatemala, C.A.; four sons, Jose Diego and Francisco Diego Matias, Guatemala, C.A., and Rudi and Samuel Matias, Cornelia; three sisters, Catarina Diego Francisco, Monteray, Tenn., Juana Diego Francisco, Guatemala, C.A., and Matilda Diego Francisco, Guatemala, C.A.; two brothers, Domingo Diego Francisco and Miauel Diego Francisco, Cornelia.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Eufaula W. McAlister
Mrs. Eufaula Whitfield McAlister, 90, of Greenville, S.C., widow of James F. McAlister Sr., died Saturday, December 6, 2003.
Born in Franklin County, Mrs. McAlister was a daughter of the late Elbert and Lula Martin Whitfield.
She was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. Mrs. McAlister was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Jackson.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, Greenville, S.C. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline McAlister, Greenville, S.C.; a son, James F. “Mac” McAlister, Greenville, S.C.; a sister, Orine Randell, Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The Cancer Centers of the Carolinas, P.O. Box 9180, Greenville, SC 29604, or to the Greenville Hospital Hospice, 255 Enterprise Blvd., Suite 140, Greenville, SC 29615.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Garfield Arnold
Garfield Arnold, 82, of McDonough, died Monday, December 8, 2003, at Henry Medical Center.
Mr. Arnold was born October 13, 1921, in Homer, a son of the late Lula Smith and Garfield Jackson Arnold.
He served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the 94th Infantry. He retired from the Henry County Board of Education maintenance department in 1991.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough. Burial was in Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Arnold is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edna Smith Arnold, McDonough; his children, Betty and George Walden, Grand Prairie, Texas, Sam and Sharyn Arnold, Richard and Margie Arnold and Faye and Jimmy McGregor, all of McDonough, and Gale Price, Franklin, N.C.; brother, Charlie Arnold, Homer; sisters, Louise Fincanon, Homer, and Dora Long, Long Creek, S.C.; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Haisten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 10, 2003

Virginia Dean
Virginia Dean, 79, of Cleveland, died Sunday, December 7, 2003, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.


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