Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 31, 2003


Frank Echols
Frank Echols, 76, of Maysville, a veteran of the United States Army, died Monday, December 22, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Echols was born October 15, 1927, in Jackson County, a son of the late Luther and Curtis Davis Echols.
He retired from BJC Medical Center. Mr. Echols was preceded in death by a daughter, Emma Mae Echols.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ron Glaze and Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the Solid Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Echols is survived by his wife, Hazel Parr Echols, Maysville; one son, James “Buster” Echols, Maysville; one brother, Henry Echols, Maysville; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Miriam H. Sosebee
Mrs. Miriam Harris Sosebee, 89, of Alto, died Monday, December 29, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Fayette County on May 16, 1914, Mrs. Sosebee was a daughter of the late Homer J. and Annie Pollard Harris. She was the wife of the late B.C. Sosebee.
Mrs. Sosebee retired from Mt. Vernon Mills with 10-1/2 years service and was employed with Wal-Mart for seven years. She served on the Alto City Council for 18 years and was a member of B C Grant Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Billy Harris and Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial will be in Habersham Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Dixie and David Moore, Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Carol Sosebee, Fayetteville, and Michael and Hilda Sosebee, Gainesville; sister, Linda Wilmoth, Atlanta; brother, Franklin Harris, Senoia; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Amanda C. Allen
Mrs. Amanda Colbert Allen, 95, of Cornelia, died Thursday, December 25, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on July 18, 1908, Mrs. Allen was a daughter of the late Edward Franklin Colbert and India Grant Colbert. She was the wife of the late Louis Allen.
Mrs. Allen was a graduate of Cornelia High School and a graduate of Young Harris College and Piedmont College. She was an elementary school teacher in the Habersham County School System, having retired after 40 years of service. Mrs. Allen was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, a Vacation Bible School teacher and a Training Union leader for 50 years.
Mrs. Allen is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

W.D. ‘Bill’ Simmons
W.D. “Bill” Simmons, 94, of Baldwin, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Simmons was born October 31, 1909, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Jasper N. and Addie Maxwell Simmons.
Mr. Simmons served on the Governor’s Staff under Governor Ernest Vandiver and was a retired farmer and grassing contractor, with 57 years of service. He was a member of the Hollingsworth Masonic Lodge #355 F & AM, the Banks County Cattlemen’s Association, the Banks County A.A.R.P. and Mtn. View Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating. Burial will be in the Mtn. View Baptist Church Cemetery with Jerry Payne officiating at graveside. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by members of the Hollingsworth Masonic Lodge #355 F & AM.
Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife, Jeanette Wood Simmons, Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, William Pat and Anne Simmons, Morganton, and Ricky and Carolyn Simmons, Commerce; brother, Ledger Simmons, San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Pam Bettridge, New York, N.Y., Becky Hughes, Knoxville, Tenn., and Ginny Simmons and Bill Simmons, both of Atlanta; and great-grandchildren, Lucy Hughes, Catherine Bettridge and Will Bettridge.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Barbara A. Dudnick
Mrs. Barbara Ann Walker Dudnick, 65, of Commerce, died Friday, December 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Dudnick was born September 6, 1938, in Fulton County, a daughter of the late Ann Ruff Meadows Walker. She was the wife of the late Harvey Dudnick.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Rabbi Ronald Greson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Dudnick is survived by two sons, Chuck Colwell, Centerville, Tenn., and Jimmy Nichols, Jonesboro; three daughters, Beverly Fransen, Winter Park, Fla., Marlene Holbrooks, Toccoa, and Natalie Pinson, Commerce; one sister, Fran Stuls, Canton; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Eugenia I. Brown
Mrs. Eugenia Ivie Brown, 77, of Cornelia, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born December 12, 1926, in Habersham County. She was the youngest daughter of the late Bayless E. and Maude B. Caudell Ivie.
Mrs. Brown was a retired medical receptionist, with 20 years of service, and was a member and past Matron of Habersham Chapter #480 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia.
Mrs. Brown was the last member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, Bruce Brown, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Roger Mathews, Cornelia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Care of Commerce, 200 Bolton Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Lois D. Crocker
Mrs. Lois Dodd Crocker, 80, of Cornelia, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Crocker was born July 12, 1923, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Sam and Clothy Lynch Dodd.
Mrs. Crocker was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Fire Baptized Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Sammy Crocker, a sister, Nellie Thomas, and a brother, Monroe Dodd.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, at the Baldwin Church of God with the Revs. Mike Franklin, Bill Trotter and Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Crocker is survived by her husband, Marlow Crocker, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Crocker, Baldwin; sisters, Gladys Crocker and Sue Standridge, both of Cornelia, Bernice Owensby, Commerce, Eveline Murray, Dacula, and Betty Elrod, Cleveland; and grandchildren, Jeffrey Cleveland, Cleveland, and Dianne Carter and Christy Pruitt, both of Banks County.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Baldwin Church of God, P.O. Box 965, Baldwin, GA 30511.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Bruce Jones
Bruce Jones, 37, of Cleveland, died Sunday, December 21, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Jones was born in Habersham County and lived most of his life in White County. He was a member of Harvest Assembly of God.
Funeral services were held at noon Tuesday, December 23, in the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, with the Revs. Paul Flynn and Jeff Lovell officiating. Burial was in the Union Grove Holiness Church Cemetery.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Teresa Jones, Cleveland; sons, Levi Jones and Brady Jones, both of Cleveland; parents, Roger and Doris Jones, Cleveland; brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Ingrid Jones, Cleveland; grandparents, Claude and Bernice Lovell, Cleveland; nieces, Bridget and Brittany Jones, Cleveland; father-in-law, Ruben Dalton, Homer; sister-in-law, Lisa Dalton, Homer; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Johnathan and Mandy Dalton, Homer.
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Grant B. Rodden
Grant Brier Rodden, 36, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003, in Demorest.
Mr. Rodden was born October 24, 1967, in San Jose, Calif., son of William Phillip “Bill” Rodden, Costa Mesa, Calif., and the late Jacqueline Ann Grant Vincilione.
He was a grocery manager for Bi-Lo in Clayton, and was a coffee representative for Proctor and Gamble. He was of the Methodist denomination.
Mr. Rodden was preceded in death by his step-father, Raoul Alan Vincilione, and maternal grandparents, Evelyn and Elmer Grant.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 28, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Larry Free officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include sisters and brothers-in-law, Libby Ryles Pritchett and Chris Pritchett, Alto, and Julie and Tim Fulghum, Austell; half-brother, Jack Vincilione, Missouri; four nieces, seven nephews, one step-niece and one great-nephew.
Memorials may be made to The Grant B. Rodden Memorial Fund, c/o Community Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 400, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Grace E. Ervin
Mrs. Grace Eubanks Ervin, 67, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 27, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Ervin was born in Banks County on January 21, 1936. She was a daughter of the late Tommy and Margie Crane Eubanks.
Mrs. Ervin retired from BJC Medical Center, Commerce, and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Marshall Smith and Henry Webb officiating.
Survivors include a son, David Ervin, Commerce; four brothers, Arthur Lee Eubanks, Johnny Eubanks and Bobby Eubanks, all of Commerce, and George Eubanks, Gainesville; three sisters, Betty Barrett and Lillie Mae Benton, both of Commerce, and Sharon Chamberlain, North Carolina; one grandson, Christopher Ervin, Commerce; and one granddaughter, Mary Beth Ervin, Commerce.
Donations may be made to the Lowe Syndrome Association, 222 Lincoln Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906, in honor of Christopher Ervin.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Ellaree Wade
Mrs. Ellaree Wade, 83, of Alto, died Thursday, December 25, 2003, at Stephens County Hospital.
Mrs. Wade was born October 10, 1920, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late William J. and Daisy Faulkner Cook.
Mrs. Wade retired from Carwood Manufacturing and was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Thurman Dalton, a sister, Lovenia Dalton, and two brothers, Clinton Cook and Starlon Cook.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 28, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating at graveside.
Mrs. Wade is survived by her husband, Vance Wade, Alto; daughter, Ruth Kesler, Franklin County; sons, Gene Wade, Alto, Charles Dalton, Loyd Dalton and Earl Dalton, all of Colbert, and Guy Dalton, Gainesville; sisters, Ellen Newberry, Amberson Carlyle and Elvia Carlan, all of Alto, Nora Boggus, Gainesville, and Lola Bailey, Rome; 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Roger H. McConnell
Roger Harben McConnell, 89, of Carnesville, died Saturday, December 27, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Born June 2, 1914, in Carnesville, Mr. McConnell was a son of the late John Freeman and Mary Ophelia Stevenson.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. McConnell served in the United States Army. He was a lawyer and a federal investigator with the United States Labor Department. Mr. McConnell was also a historian and a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Carnesville Lions Club and served as past president of the Franklin County Historical Society.
Mr. McConnell was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene C. McConnell and David McCall McConnell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Duane Eller and Harold Sangster officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Rea M. Harris, Carlton, Mary Sewell, Carnesville, and Helen M. Smith, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to Nails Creek Baptist Church, 2721 Hwy. 51 N, Homer, GA 30547.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003

Alice H. Tanner
Mrs. Alice Haynes Tanner, of Commerce, died Friday, December 26, 2003, at the Bell-Minor Home in Gainesville.
Mrs. Tanner was born July 6, 1914, in the Clermont-Wauka Mountain area of Hall County, a daughter of the late Benson Cleveland and Mary Head Haynes. She was the wife of the late Fred Homer Tanner.
Mrs. Tanner was a graduate of Chattahoochee High School and of Athens Business College. She was a member of Commerce First United Methodist Church, where she was pianist for the Sunday School Assembly for almost 30 years. She was also a member of the Ruth and Naomi Sunday School Class.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, at Commerce First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Allen and Asbury Craft officiating. Mrs. Tanner willed her body to Emory University School of Medicine long ago.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Terrell Benson and Martha Cash Tanner, Oxford and Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Hardman Jones Jr., Powhatan, Va., and Nancy and Carter Stewart, Baldwin; brother, Benson William Haynes, Hemet, Calif.; sisters, Evelyn Kephart, Gainesville, and Ree Miller, Stockbridge; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 31, 2003



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