Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 7, 2004


Ralph E. Cash
Ralph E. Cash, 79, of Maysville, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, at Emory University Hospital of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery.
Mr. Cash is survived by his wife, Faye Cash, of the home; one son, Stanley Cash, Maysville; two daughters, Gail Ussery, Maysville, and Debbie Prickett, Commerce; one brother, Tye Cash, Gainesville; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Cash was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelby McGahee.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Clyde W. Gilstrap
Clyde William Gilstrap, 80, of Lula, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County on June 27, 1923, Mr. Gilstrap was a son of the late Charlie and Edna Rogers Gilstrap.
He retired from General Motors in 1978 and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Gilstrap was preceded in death by his wife, India Valeria Forrester Gilstrap, and a brother, C.L. Gilstrap.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Romey Savage Jr. officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Karen Gilstrap; sister, Lois Oliver, Lula; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Chris and Destiny Gilstrap; grandson, Cliff Gilstrap; great-granddaughter, Kailynn; great-grandson, Alban; and special family, Myrtle and Dub Ravan, Lula, and Jimmie Nell and Junior Pitchford, Clermont.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Ernest J. Moorer Jr.
Ernest Joseph Moorer Jr., 55, of Cornelia, died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Mobile, Ala., on June 24, 1948, Mr. Moorer was a son of Ernest Moorer Sr., Mobile, Ala., and the late Alma Murphy Moorer.
He was a supervisor with the water department for the City of Cornelia for 15 years and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman.
Mr. Moorer was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Gamble Moorer, and two brothers, Reginald Moorer and Henry Moorer.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 5, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bishop Ernest Burns officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Barbara King, Cornelia; son, Maurice Grayson, Mobile, Ala.; step-daughters, Latonya Jackson, Baldwin, and Tanya Jeanty and Tamara King, both of Cornelia; step-son, Edes King, Cornelia; brothers, Terry Moorer and Robert Moorer, both of Mobile, Ala.; brother and sister-in-law, James and Annie Moorer, Mobile, Ala.; sister, Darlyna Hill, Mobile, Ala.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Willie Nell and Learger Hill, Carolyn and John Stephens and Susie and Alvin Anderson, all of Mobile, Ala.; grandson, Devon Grayson; step-grandchildren, Ty’Quez Faulkner and Tatiana Jackson; devoted friends, Wilbert and Margaret Waldron, Cornelia; and special co-workers, Penny Sosebee, Janie Henderson, Sonya Tanner and Ricky Bennett.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Margaret F. Willis
Ms. Margaret Fowler Willis, 80, of Waleska, died Saturday, January 3, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the chapel of Huey Funeral Home, Canton. Burial was in Reinhardt Chapel Cemetery.
Ms. Willis is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Walton Halski, Alto; daughter, Anne Willis, Waleska; sister, Wilma Pendley, Cartersville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Huey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Jimmie D. Smith
Ms. Jimmie D. Smith, 84, of Doraville, formerly of Jefferson, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004, in the chapel of R.T. Patterson Funeral Home, Norcross, with the Revs. Jerry Hewatt and Ray Hewatt officiating. Burial was in Thrasher Cemetery, Mountainboro, Ala., with the Rev. Don Self officiating.
Ms. Smith is survived by three daughters, Mildred Delois Spears and Venice Spears, both of Maysville, and Linda Faye Holland, Doraville; three sons, Donald Smith, Conyers, Ronald Smith, Rowlett, Texas, and Randall Smith, Flowery Branch; two sisters, Henrietta Yancey, Dawson, Ala., and Claudell Humphrey, Attalla, Ala.; 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
“She was a loving mother and will be greatly missed,” said family members.
R.T. Patterson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Mary Sue Hall
Mrs. Mary Sue Nash Hall, 84, of Atlanta, died Sunday, January 4, 2004.
Mrs. Hall was born May 19, 1919, in Walker County. She was a daughter of the late Tyre Jennings Nash and Mary Warrenfells Nash.
Mrs. Hall was a full time homemaker and was previously a lab technician in the Pediatric Office of Doctors Perry, Benson and Boger in Atlanta. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Peachtree Garden Club. She was of the Presbyterian denomination.
Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Hall, and four brothers, Robert Nash, Tyre Nash, Allen Nash and Bill Nash.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, with the Rev. Keith Goodlett, Pelham, officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Chapman, Clarkesville; son, Thomas Hall, Lilburn; sister, Elizabeth Eloise Bean, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 or www.arthritis.org.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Rinda T. Ferguson
Mrs. Rinda Tomlin Ferguson, 94, of Cornelia, died Monday, January 5, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ferguson was born in White County on June 8, 1909, daughter of the late Allen Denton and Lila Chambers Tomlin.
She was a homemaker who loved to crochet and sew and was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church.
Mrs. Ferguson was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Ferguson, and a son, Millard Ferguson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 8, at New Bridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Verner London and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Runette and Hershel Ansley, Cornelia, Elizabeth and Paul Burch, Sea Grove Woolley, Wash., Muarl and Lewis H. Davis, Jefferson, and Lenell and Benton Free, Clarkesville; son, Carroll Ferguson, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Norman Morris, Powder Springs; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and caregivers, Sherry Segars and Genell Carlan.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Agatha I. Minish
Mrs. Agatha Ingram Minish, 84, of Commerce, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Mrs. Minish was the daughter of the late Buren and Ora Duncan Ingram. She was the wife of the late William Berry “Dub” Minish.
Mrs. Minish retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Kent Cranford and Billy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a daughter, Jestean Faulkner, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Thurmond Alewine, Watkinsville, Beverly and Dr. Lawerence George, Commerce, and Wanda and Robert Purcell, Lilburn; son, Wilburn Minish, Atlanta; brother, Waymon Ingram, Fairburn; special friend, Ed Shorpshire, Atlanta; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 S. Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Gertrude Russum
Mrs. Gertrude Lizzie Russum, 93, of Hull, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Russum was a daughter of the late William and Ola Kiser Irvin. She was the wife of the late Luther Allen Russum.
Mrs. Russum was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
“She enjoyed the Madison County Senior Center,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Dayton Logan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Vivian Russum, Hull, and William and Mary Russum, Danielsville; two sisters, Gussie Mae Freeman, Danielsville, and Lois Bridges, Athens; four grandchildren, Douglas Russum, Glenda Parten, Allen Russum and Steve Russum; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Russum, Clayton Russum and Kate Russum.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Joseph L.
‘Joey’ Wilson
Joseph Lester “Joey” Wilson, 47, of Mt. Airy, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wilson was born February 27, 1956, in Biloxi, Miss. He was a son of Quinton and Frances Cowart Wilson, Clarkesville.
Mr. Wilson was an honor graduate of Habersham Central High School, where he played football and was president of the Student Council. He earned a BS degree in textile management from Georgia Tech and earned his master’s degree and his specialist degree in education from Piedmont College. Mr. Wilson was a teacher and a high school soccer league referee and coach and was active in the North Georgia Soccer Association. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. In the past, he had served as Sunday School teacher, R.A. Director and director of Children’s Church, at his church.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Sharon Wilson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 5, at Antioch Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stephens, Walton Marsh and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Londa Irvin Wilson, Mt. Airy; daughter, Meridee Lynn Wilson, San Francisco, Calif.; sons, Jarad Joseph Wilson, Atlanta, and Nathan Irvin Wilson, Mt. Airy; brother and sister-in-law, Robin and Martha Wilson, Jefferson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas T. “Tommy” and Bernice Irvin, Mt. Airy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Elaine Irvin, Clarkesville, Johnny and Ann Irvin, Tallulah Falls, and James and Susan Irvin, Toccoa; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lisa and Bill Collier, Mt. Airy.
Memorials may be made to the North Georgia Soccer Association, P.O. Box 1378, Demorest, GA 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

W.R. ‘Bob’ Burrell
W.R. “Bob” Burrell, 94, of Demorest, died Monday, December 29, 2003, at a local nursing home following a short illness.
Mr. Burrell was born February 18, 1909, in Macon County, N.C. He was the son of the late Ab and Maggie Vinson Burrell.
Mr. Burrell retired from Georgia Power, with whom he was associated with for over 65 years. He was a member of The Ambassadors of Georgia Power Company and was a member and Deacon Emeritus of Antioch Baptist Church.
Mr. Burrell was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Holcomb Burrell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 1, 2004, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Walter Burrell officiating. Burial was in the Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Greg Burrell officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Lila and John Brown; sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Eugenie Burrell and Walter and Pat Burrell; five grandchildren, Neysa Burrell, Robyn Brown, and Bob, Greg and Bill Burrell; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 2175 Antioch Church Road, Mt. Airy, GA 30563, or to The Gideons: Memorial Bible Chairman, Habersham South Gideons, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004

Robert
‘Bob’ Carter
Robert Lee “Bob” Carter, 93, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Carter was born in Rabun County on November 6, 1910, son of the late Jim W. and Callie Bradley Carter.
He was a retired self-employed container manufacturer and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Carter was the last survivor of his immediate family.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2004, in the Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Mary Emma Creasman Carter, Cornelia; and several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 7, 2004


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