Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 24, 2003


Mary ‘Doll’ Ray
Mrs. Mary “Doll” Nix Ray, 56, of Maysville, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Ray was born January 23, 1947, in Jackson County, to the late Bill and Ola Lance Nix.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Nix.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jeff Gailey officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Ray is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ray, Maysville; one son, Billy Ray Casper, Social Circle; two daughters, Donna Fowler, Bethlehem, and Tammy Whisnant, Jefferson; three sisters, Cora Mae Childs, Nicholson, Sue Duke, Royston, and Tiny McDaniel, Winder; one brother, Billy Nix, Pendergrass; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

Mildred A. Reed
Mrs. Mildred Alene Reed, 83, of Oakwood, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Reed was born in Hall County, where she lived all of her life. She was a daughter of the late Albert and Essie Mae Bell Ferguson.
Mrs. Reed was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for many years and worked in the nursery for many years. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Alma Reed, four sisters, Jeanette Wigley, Beulah Mae Barrett, Grace Scroggs and Elizibeth Ferguson, and two brothers, Dean Ferguson and Tanner Ferguson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin, Wilburn Peeples and Barry Barron officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Reed is survived by her husband, Emory (Hamp) Reed, Oakwood; son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Evelyn Reed, Braselton; son, Jerry Reed, Flowery Branch; daughters and sons-in-law, Angelyn and the Rev. Marlon Thomas and Linda and Frank Grizzle, all of Gainesville; granddaughters, Tara Fields and Jill Gilleland, both of Flowery Branch, Mia Danari, Sugar Hill, Kim Thomas Reed and Delene Hendley, both of Gainesville, and Tracie Morris, Dahlonega; grandsons, Chris Thomas, Talmo, Doug Grizzle, Commerce, Carlos Reed, Pendergrass, and Vince Reed, Flowery Branch; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, James Ray Ferguson, Portsmouth, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

Johnny W. Wilson
Johnny William Wilson, 51, of Salem, Ariz., died Thursday, December 18, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Wilson was born January 6, 1952, in Jackson County. He was the son of Pauline Wood Wilson Scoggins, Commerce, and the late Odell Wilson.
Mr. Wilson had been employed as a telephone engineer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Douglas Duncan, Eddie Gordon and James Meaders officiating. Burial was in the Galilee Fire Baptized Holiness Church Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Wilson is survived by a daughter, Tonya Wilson, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

James H. McAlister
James Harold McAlister, 73, of Demorest, died Sunday, December 21, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. McAlister was born in Anderson, S.C., on August 19, 1930. He was a son of the late Thomas and Nellie Holbrook McAlister.
Mr. McAlister was a scrap metal dealer for 50 years and was a member of Cleveland Full Gospel Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles McAlister and W.J. McAlister.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. John Wood, Troy Knox and Jeff Appling officiating, followed by entombment in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. McAlister is survived by his wife, Beatrice Elliott McAlister, Demorest; daughters, Judy Plant, Demorest, Elva Kulinsky, West Palm Beach, Fla., Paula Morgan, Gainesville, and Donnice Mitchell, Commerce; son, Alpheus McAlister, Demorest; brother, Claude McAlister, Pontiac, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

Ruth W. Thomas
Mrs. Ruth W. Thomas, 69, of Demorest, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at a private care home.
Mrs. Thomas was born on June 20, 1934, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Doyle and Sally Tench Williams.
Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Thomas, a sister, Cora Lee Key, and a brother, Tommy Williams.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 22, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Joe Thomas and Claude Thomas and Heath Williams officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Willis R. Thomas, Demorest; one daughter, Shirley Marsh, Cornelia; three sons, Michael Thomas, Toccoa, Wayne Thomas, Demorest, and Timothy Thomas, Alto; four sisters, Annette Canup, Demorest, Carolyn Canup, Alto, Joann Moore, Mt. Airy, and Ethel Rickman, Toccoa; two brothers, Junior Williams, Demorest, and Alvin Williams, Carnesville; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

Bobbie J. Sears
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Sears, 69, of Commerce, died Friday, December 19, 2003, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Sears was a daughter of the late James Hoyt Martin and Lillie Belle Ayers Martin. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Martin, and two sisters, Margaret Crane Kyte and Polly Martin Jacks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 22, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Smith, Danny Hill and James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Sears is survived by her husband, Arthur G. Sears, of the home; five sons, Carl Veal, Nicholson, Steve Sears and Greg Sears, both of Commerce, Grant Sears, Winder, and Billy Veal, Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Bonnie Baker, Maysville, and Melissa Sears, Commerce; two brothers, Swain Martin, Clermont, and Paul Martin, Stone Mountain; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003
Mary E. Walker
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Walker, 67, of Cornelia, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Walker was born in White County on December 19, 1936, to the late Tommy and Hassie Hamilton Dooley.
She was a homemaker who loved to fish and attended Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter officiating, followed by burial in the Friendly Mission Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Jackson, Alto, and Patsy Winiski, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Austin Beasley, Jacksonville, Fla., and Roger Johnson, Baldwin, Fla.; one brother, Tommy Dooley, Gainesville; two sisters, Frances Webb, Jefferson, and Ann Gaddis, Gainesville; and several grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

Willie Mae Buffington
Mrs. Willie Mae Buffington, 71, of Braselton, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at Limestone Heritage Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Buffington was born in Habersham County to the late Carrie Bell Ballew and Tommy Aron Cantrell.
She had worked for many years in the spinning room at Chicopee Mills and was a member of Center Union Baptist Church. Mrs. Buffington was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Long, and her second husband, Robert Eugene Buffington.
“She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Truman Humphries and Todd Humphries officiating. Burial was in the Revival Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Jeanie Banks and Carol Presley, both of Maysville, Joy Turpin, Braselton, and Stephanie McDonald, Commerce; one son, Stacey Buffington, Braselton; three brothers, Lewis Cantrell, Elijay, Lanier Cantrell, Oakwood, and Leroy Cantrell, South Carolina; two sisters, Beatrice Irvin, Lula, and Verdina Reynolds, Gainesville; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003

Leroy Martin
Leroy Martin, 61, of Cornelia, died Monday, December 22, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Habersham County on October 7, 1942, Mr. Martin was a son of Ellen Cook Newberry, Alto, and the late Vance Martin.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of New Vision Worship Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 26, at New Vision Worship Center with the Revs. Bobby Griffin and Corbin Corley officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Sonja Newberry Martin, Cornelia; daughter, Judy Gerrells, Cornelia; son, Christopher Martin, Cornelia; brothers, Ralph Martin, Henry Martin and Richard Martin, all of Toccoa; sisters, Marie Croy and Evelyn Hardwick, both of Homer; and grandchildren, Julie Gerrells, Kayla Gerrells, Justin Martin, Alexis Canup and Karlie Martin.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 24, 2003


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