Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 17, 2003


Isaac D. Bray
Isaac David Bray, infant son of William and Tonya Bray, Starke, Fla., died Thursday, December 4, 2003, at Shands Alachua General Hospital.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, in Crosby Lake Cemetery with the Rev. John Sawyer officiating.
In addition to his parents, Isaac is survived by his maternal grandparents, Pamela and Steve Craig, Gainesville, and Stanley and Wanda Morris, Alto; his paternal grandmother, Janice Bray, Homer; his maternal great-grandparents, the Rev. W.S. and Mrs. Martha Morris, Alto; and his paternal great-grandparents, William and Maudie Lewallen, Homer.
Archie Tanner Funeral Home, Starke, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Jack B. Yarbrough
Jack B. 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 17, 2003

Herman H. Massey
Herman H. Massey, 87, of Commerce, died Friday, December 12, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born December 8, 1916, in Jackson County, Mr. Massey was the son of the late J. Claude and Onie Ray Massey.
He retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. A World War II veteran, Mr. Massey served in the United States Army.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating.
Mr. Massey is survived by his wife, Revelle Ariail Massey, Commerce; one son, Michael Massey, Commerce; one step-son, Ray Mosley, Byron; three step-daughters, Brenda Harrelson, Inverness, Fla., Janice Forsyth, Waycross, and Debbie Yoshimura, Atlanta; seven step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 S. Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Glenda J. Howington
Ms. Glenda Jean Wilbanks Howington, 65, of Nicholson, died Monday, December 1, 2003.
Ms. Howington was the daughter of Ruth B. Wilbanks, Nicholson, and the late Milton L. Wilbanks.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Donald Evans, Walter Wilbanks, Ricky Blalock, Jimmy Smith, Howard Wilbanks and Bobby Beck.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include an aunt, Geneva Wilson, Alabama; three uncles, Hubert Blalock, Maysville, Verner Wilbanks, Nicholson, and Leatus Wilbanks, Athens; and a number of cousins.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Paul Smart
Paul Smart, 78, of Cornelia, died Thursday, December 11, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Smart was born May 16, 1925, in Gaston County, N.C. He was a son of the late Sidney Carl Smart and Hazel Presley Smart.
Mr. Smart was a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served in World War II. He was a member of the Gideons International and a member of Hillside Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and choir director.
Mr. Smart was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Johnson Smart, two sisters, Cathleen Ford and Sandra Treadway, and a brother, Jack Smart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Billy Harris and Larry Free officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Camille and Steve Ryals, Demorest; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Cheryl Smart, San Jose, Calif., and Danny and Linda Smart, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Doster Brock, Asheville, N.C.; grandchildren, Jonathan Smart, Lake Tahoe, Calif., Jennifer Smart and Joanna and Zac Woods, all of Phoenix, Ariz., Paul and Kristie Smart, Gainesville, Blake Smart and Michael and Ashley Ryals, all of Cornelia, and Andrew Ryals, Demorest; great-granddaughter, Makayla Ryals, Cornelia; and a very dear friend and loved one, Lillian Reed, Cornelia.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Randall C. Jordan
Randall C. Jordan, 64, of Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Habersham County, died Thursday, December 11, 2003.
Mr. Jordan was born August 25, 1939, in Habersham County. He was a son of Dolly Sigers Jordan Aiken, Cornelia, and the late Marlow C. Jordan.
Mr. Jordan was a self-employed barber and was a member of Baldwin Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Harris officiating. Burial was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his step-father, the Rev. Ed Aiken, Cornelia; one daughter, Renee Everson, Alpharetta; one son, Derek Jordan, Atlanta; four sisters, Marilyn Motz, Clarkesville, Carolyn Stewart, La Canto, Fla., Shirley Meeks, Cornelia, and Gail Smith, Baldwin; one brother, Donnie Jordan, Venice, Fla.; and one grandchild, Haley Everson, Alpharetta.
Memorials may be made to B.C. Grant Baptist Church, P.O. Box 456, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003


Oma Jean Shockley
Mrs. Oma Jean Shockley, 93, of Gainesville, a native and lifetime resident of Hall County, died Friday, December 12, 2003, at Scenic View Nursing Home, Baldwin.
A homemaker, Mrs. Shockley had worked at New Holland Mill and Chicopee Mill. She was a charter member of Community Baptist Church.
Mrs. Shockley was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Shockley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 15, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Steve Dyer and Phil Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include four daughters, Susan Arlene Ervin, Commerce, Barbara Dill, Eustis, Fla., and Sydney Wofford and Helen Jocelyn Shockley, both of Gainesville; one son, Richard Shockley, Bellingham, Wash.; one sister, Betty A. Gabriel, Winder; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

James ‘Ken’
Martin Sr.
James Kenneth “Ken” Martin Sr., 85, of Demorest, a recipient of the European-African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on December 23, 1917, Mr. Martin was a son of the late William Lester and Alice Dean Martin.
He was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II. Mr. Martin retired as the owner/operator of Ken Martin’s Barber Shop after 59 years and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, James K. “Jimmy” Martin Jr., two brothers, Frank Martin and Dr. J. Robert Martin, and three sisters, Evelyn Franklin, Katherine Briggs and Edith Martin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Samuel Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Demorest City Cemetery with full military honors provided by members of the Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and Habersham County American Legion Post Number 84.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Betty Edwards Martin, Demorest; daughter, Carolyn Edwards, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Robert Brown, Sugar Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Beth Martin, Baldwin; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Carol Ann Martin, Clarkesville; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Fred Shope, Smyrna; granddaughters, Lisa Edwards and Holly Edwards; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Lori and Rodney Watts, Allison and Mark Morrison, Jennifer and Trannis Colwell and Dana and Matt Ramey; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Mike and Melanie Martin and Jim and Audra Edwards; step-granddaughter, Pam Segers; step-grandson and step-granddaughter-in-law, Jeff and Lori Segers; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Samuel G. Densmore Jr.
Samuel Glenn Densmore Jr., 77, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, December 13, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Densmore was born in Habersham County on September 27, 1926. He was the son of the late Samuel Glenn Densmore Sr. and Ethel Lethia Dover Densmore.
Mr. Densmore was a United States Navy veteran who served in World War II, and retired as a refueler for Delta Airlines. He was of the Protestant faith and was a NASCAR fan.
Mr. Densmore was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett Anne Dailey Densmore, a brother, William Densmore, and a sister, Iolar Mae Ivester.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, at Turnerville Church of God with the Revs. Gerald Lee, Dan Eller and Wilmer Ivester officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors provided by members of the Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and Habersham County American Legion Post Number 84.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Golden, Jonesboro, Glenda Gordon, Austell, and Darla Janine Gilman, Stockbridge; two sons, David Malcom, Clarkesville, and Samuel Glenn Densmore III, Maryville, Tenn.; four sisters, Clara Ivester and Mary Adams, Turnerville, Lou H. Turpin and Oma Standridge, Clarkesville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Rickey M. Mize
Rickey Mitchell Mize, 44, of Commerce, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph Smith and James Duncan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Mize is survived by his mother, Lillie P. Mize, Commerce; two brothers, James T. Mize, Hoschton, and Tyrone Mize, Commerce; and one sister, Willie Lou Stoyle, Danielsville.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003

Daryl G. Farley
Daryl Gene Farley, 39, of Gulf Shores, Ala., a former resident of Carnesville, died Monday, December 8, 2003, in Mobile, Ala.
Mr. Farley was born August 28, 1964, in Macon, a son of Millard Robert Farley, Lavonia, and Rosie Lee Bridgeman Farley, Carnesville.
He was a contractor and carpenter.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 12, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Brad Crowe officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three sons, John Wayne Farley, Winder, Christopher Gene Farley, Gulf Shores, Ala., and Joseph Daryl Farley, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three brothers, Denny Farley, Commerce, Shannon Farley, Starr, S.C., and Bobby Wayne Farley, Lavonia; and three sisters, Sharon Diane Farley, Moody, Ala., Myron Lynn Allen, Toccoa, and Charlene Farley Fensel, Pensacola, Fla.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 17, 2003


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