Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 14, 2004


Grace Doss
Mrs. Grace Doss, 82, of Maysville, died Monday, January 12, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Doss was a daughter of the late Claude and Ida Phillips Owensby.
She retired from BJC Medical Center, Commerce, as a nursing assistant and was a member of Maysville Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Mrs. Doss was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, C.M. Doss, and a son, Roy A. Doss.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Robert Scruton officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include a daughter, Ruth House, Maysville; sons, Charles Doss, Royston, Randy Doss, Gainesville, and Larry Doss, Jefferson; brother, Douglas Owensby, Athens; sister, Clora Allen, Athens; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

James D. Shubert
James D. Shubert, 61, of Maysville, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Fulton County on November 19, 1942, Mr. Shubert was the son of the late Paul Dewey and Rosie Lee Moon Shubert.
He was a truck driver and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Sweat officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Shubert is survived by his wife, Patricia Garner Shubert, Maysville; four sons, Tim Howell, Clanton, Ala., Tommy Howell, Germany, Joe Shubert, Oakwood, and Ricky Shubert, Auburn; two daughters, Janice Flynn, Danielsville, and Beth Phillips, Daytona Beach, Fla.; one sister, Claudine Nix, Conyers; and 16 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Edd E. Gulley
Edd Everett Gulley, 81, of Athens, died Sunday, December 28, 2003.
Mr. Gulley was born January 6, 1922, in Banks County, to Lon C. Gulley and Mollie Crump Gulley.
Graduating from Banks County High School in 1941, Mr. Gulley served in the Pacific Theater during World War II in the 388th Bombardment Squadron, United States Army Air Force. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2872.
Mr. Gulley worked as a salesman for Dr. Pepper, Frito-Lay and Sunshine Biscuits and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Athens.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, at the First Baptist Church, Athens, with Dr. William L. Ross officiating and Dr. William E. Wade delivering the eulogy. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Mr. Gulley is survived by his wife of 52 years, Grace W. Gulley, Athens; son, Harvey Gulley, Fairfax, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Harold Gulley and Angela Ray, Skokie, Ill.; and sisters, Winifred Arnold, Gainesville, Ruby Poole, Anderson, S.C., Geneva Standridge, Commerce, and Frances Burns, Greenville, S.C.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, Athens.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Joseph C. Lyle
Joseph Clark Lyle, 96, of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004.
Mr. Lyle was the son of the late Jim and Rosalie Sims Lyle. He was the husband of the late Ruby Elizabeth Brown Lyle.
Mr. Lyle was a deacon and the oldest member of Maysville Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army, and was a charter member of the Homer American Legion. Mr. Lyle was a retired row crop farmer and was retired from Oxford Manufacturing.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 9, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Jessie Mealor and Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn and Kim Rylee, Maysville; sister, Charlotte Crumley, Athens; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Chip and Tracie McClure, Maysville; grandson, Corey McClure, Maysville; granddaughter, Missy McClure, Maysville; and great-grandchildren, Chance and Sydney McClure, Maysville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Clyde H. Barham
Clyde H. Barham, 83, of Commerce, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at his residence.
Born October 18, 1920, in Craighead County, Ark., Mr. Barham was the son of the late Luther and Bessie Ware Barham.
He was a retired basketball coach and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Ark. He was also a Mason.
Mr. Barham is survived by his wife, Fonza Kimbro Barham, Commerce; three sons, Charles Barham, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Philip Barham and Michael Johnson, both of Commerce; two daughters, Rhonda Barham, Commerce, and Lynne Rose, Warner Robbins; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
No funeral services were held.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Marie Patrick
Mrs. Lillie Marie Brown Patrick, 92, of Athens, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Patrick was a daughter of the late James Cicero Brown and Martha Jane Brown.
She had recently resided at ACC in Commerce, previously residing at 147 First Street from 1950-2001. Mrs. Patrick had been employed with Chicopee Mills, Snow White Cleaners and A&A Bakery. She was a longtime member of East Athens Baptist Church, having taught Sunday School for years.
Mrs. Patrick was preceded in death by her former husband, James Robert Patrick Sr., a son, James Robert Patrick Jr., a daughter-in-law, Ann Elizabeth Tiller Patrick, a grandson, Robert Gregory Patrick, and four sisters, Ruby Irene Brown Ireland, Laura Pearl Brown, Rosa Lee Brown Beck and Kathleen Brown.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 8, at East Athens Baptist Church with the Revs. David Shelley and Don Leaptrott officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ree Patrick Martin and James Wyatt Martin, Carrollton, Texas; sisters, Gladys Frances Brown Jordan, Athens, and Alice Brown Williams, Jonesboro; grandson, James Wyatt Martin Jr., Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Kathryn Marie Martin Beck, Carrollton, Texas; great-grandsons, Taylor Crawford Martin and William Crawford Weaver, Austin, Texas; great-granddaughters, Taylor Marie Beck and Jaclyn Marie Beck, Carrollton, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the East Athens Baptist Church Building Fund, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NW, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Lt. Col. (AUS-Ret.) Jesse E. Blackwell
Lt. Col. (AUS-Ret.) Jesse Eugene Blackwell, 72, of Honolulu, Hawaii, nephew of Bobby Blackwell, Homer, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, of complications following treatment for acute leukemia.
He was born in San Diego on November 9, 1931, the son of Lt. Jesse Blackwell (USN) and Elizabeth Moore Blackwell.
Following his father’s death in 1935, he and his mother moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. In 1942, his mother married Charles E. Waddell Jr., Asheville, N.C. He attended Asheville Country Day School and the Severn School and was a member of the Class of 1956 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received a master’s degree in public affairs/international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
His military service included two tours of duty in Vietnam during which he was awarded a Bronze Star. He was then stationed at Fort Shafter in Hawaii, where he established the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (PARC) office under the U.S. Army Pacific Command. He was a serving officer for 24 years, retiring to Hawaii in 1980 from the Pentagon, where he was chief contracting officer for nine Army ports on three coasts.
His love of military procurement led to a second career spanning 20 years in the field. As a civilian, he served in the PARC office he had established and also in Christchurch, New Zealand, and in Seattle. He was a procurement analyst in the Contracting Element Pacific office, a successor to PARC, at the time of his final illness.
He was a member of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Bishop Museum, the West Point Society of Hawaii, the Association of Graduates (West Point), the Military Officers’ Association of America, the Pacific Club, and a founding member of the Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network (KDEN). He was a devoted parishioner and volunteer at Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church in Makiki.
“He was known for his fine culinary talent and for his interest in military history as noted by his collections of rare books and works of art on the subject,” said family members.
A celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, at Saint Clement’s Church, with a reception following at Hanahau’oli School. Burial will be in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl at a later date.
In addition to his uncle, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Anna Derby Blackwell; daughter, Frances E. Blackwell, Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Benjamin D. Blackwell, Scottsdale, Ariz.; step-daughters, Caroline, Suzi and Sally Bond, Hawaii, and Betsy Bond, Walnut Creek, Calif.; step-son and wife, Boyd D. and Rebecca Bond, Hawaii; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother and sister-in-law, Charles E. Waddell III and Marjorie Waddell, Asheville, N.C.; sister, Norwood Waddell, Morganton, N.C.; his former wife, Cynthia G. Blackwell, Albuquerque, N.M.; aunts, Sara McMullan, Hartwell, and Frances Farmer, Atlanta; and a niece, nephew and many cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Frederick V. Blackwell.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004


Merritt W. Segers
Merritt W. Segers, 84, of Athens, formerly of Danielsville, died Sunday, January 11, 2004.
Born March 26, 1919, in Banks County, Mr. Segers was the son of the late Thera W. and Florence Hutcherson Segers.
He retired from Williams Company, formerly Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, with 30 years of service, and was an active member of Danielsville United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
Mr. Segers was a United States Army veteran of World War II with the European Campaign, Company M, 319th Infantry Regiment. For his wounds received during enemy action, he was awarded the Purple Heart. For his courage in the face of the enemy and the exemplary leadership he displayed, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Mr. Segers was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Osgood, and three brothers, Ruel Segers, Harvey S. Segars and James R. Segers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, at Danielsville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike McClemore and Calvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Segers is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eunice Freeman Segers; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Richard Osgood, Poquoson, Va., and MaryLynn and Mark Phillips, Hull; son, Donald F. Segers, Danielsville; sister, Martha S. Chastain, Ellijay; brothers, Harold Segers, Thomson, D.H. Segers, Naples, Fla., and Frank Segars, Birmingham, Ala.; grandsons, Chris Osgood, Poquoson, Va., Daniel Osgood, Hampton, Va., and Ryan Phillips, Danielsville; granddaughter, Candi Phillips, Milledgeville; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Osgood, Poquoson, Va.
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Danielsville United Methodist Church.
The family was to have received friends from noon until 2 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Alma W. Brewer
Mrs. Alma W. Brewer, 96, of Winder, died Thursday, January 8, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Brewer was a daughter of the late Columbus and Nora Fields Wilson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Brewer was preceded in death by her husband, Lucius Brewer.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 10, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Truman Humphries and Jerry Flanigan officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Kenneth and Mrs. Ruth Brewer, Braselton; daughters and sons-in-law, Geneva and Ralph Phillips and Ann and R.L. Keith, all of Winder, Betty and Lee Sloan, Alto, and Carol and George Keith, Hoschton; sisters, Mary Lee Evans, Hoschton, Newell Batchelor, Athens, and Lottie Mae Tate, Cumming; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

James H. Swofford
James H. Swofford, 66, of Jefferson, died Friday, January 9, 2004.
Mr. Swofford was born in Wilcox County. A veteran of the United States Army, he retired from Millwright Local Union 1263 in Kennesaw. Mr. Swofford was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Suwanee, the Alpharetta Masonic Lodge 235 F.A.M., the Ancient Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta and the Yaarab Temple.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Swafford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Swofford is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Jackson Swofford, Jefferson; sons and fiancees, Leonard Glenn Swofford and Renee Benefield, Jefferson, and Michael Ray Swofford and Erika Greene, Winder; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Herman Owens, Oxford, Dannie Bailey, Cumming, and Fannie and Marvin Samples, Suwanee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Catherine Swafford, Duluth, Joe and Betty Swofford, Suwanee, Lee and Barbara Swofford, Dawsonville, Ray and Susan Swofford, Alpharetta, and Miles and Joann Swofford, Alto; sister-in-in-law, Joan Swofford, Dawsonville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and an extended group of longtime friends.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Doris O’Neal
Mrs. Mildred Doris Poole O’Neal, 74, of Royston, formerly of Athens, died Monday, January 12, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
A native of Gillsville, Mrs. O’Neal was a daughter of the late Benjamin Carson and Emma Segars Poole. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Oliver O’Neal, a brother, William “Billy” Poole, a sister-in-law, Muriel Poole, and a brother-in-law, LaMoyne A. “Lee” Brunson.
Mrs. O’Neal was primarily employed by the Clarke County School District in the lunchroom programs at both Oglethorpe Elementary and Cedar Shoals High School, and had earlier been employed with Southern Bell Telephone. She had most recently worked with RSVP in Athens at the Environmental Protection Agency. Mrs. O’Neal was a great lover of music and was a member of the Assemblies of Yahweh.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 15, in the Gateway United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jefferson River Road, Athens, with Chad Hammond officiating.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Lisa O’Neal, Winder, and Phillip and Linda O’Neal, Danielsville; four grandchildren, Patrick, Bryan, Rachel and Jeremy O’Neal; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyne and Richard “Dick” Howington, Blue Ridge; three brothers, Harold Poole, Doraville, and Donald and Opal Poole, Athens; one sister-in-law, Betty Brunson, Royston; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Chad, Lisa and Caleb Hammond, Winder, Helen Kellum, Watkinsville, and Susie Shepherd, Athens.
Memorials may be made to the Monroe GA Assemblies of Yahweh-Youth Fund, the American Diabetes Association, or to the Rotary Club of Madison County — Ramp Project Fund.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Evelyn K. Gilbert
Mrs. Evelyn Koon Gilbert, 61, of Demorest, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Kokomo, Ind., on April 16, 1942, Mrs. Gilbert was a daughter of the late Biard and Doris Schlesser Koon.
She worked as an inspector for American Woodmark for many years and was of the Baptist denomination. She was an avid gardner.
Mrs. Gilbert was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Jeffery Koon.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday, January 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. James Harvey officiating. Burial will follow on Thursday, January 15, with services being held at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Eller Funeral Home, Kokomo, Ind. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Garden, Kokomo, Ind.
Mrs. Gilbert is survived by her husband, Thomas Gilbert, Demorest; daughters, Cindy McAllister, Demorest, and Sally Gilbert, Clarkesville; sons, Ernest Gilbert, Clarkesville, and Scott Gilbert, Baldwin; brothers, Chester, Bill and Thomas J. Koon, Kokomo, Ind., Jerry Koon, Marion, Ind., and Timothy Koon, Largo, Fla.; sisters, Patsy Wells, Arizona, and Jean Irwin, Kokomo, Ind.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one step-grandson.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004

Annie M. Knight
Mrs. Annie Mae Holcomb Knight, 85, of Demorest, died Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at a private nursing home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest. Burial will be in the Nacoochee United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy K. Akins
Mrs. Dorothy Kimbrell Akins, 79, of Cornelia, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Akins was born June 15, 1924, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late William M. and Lucy Gulley Kimbrell, and was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Akins, a brother, Henley Kimbrell, and sisters, Edna Faye Ward and Bernice Little.
Mrs. Akins was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Anthony Shore and Hoyt Skelton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three brothers, Ray Kimbrell and Donald Kimbrell, both of Demorest, and Denver Kimbrell, Alto; and several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004


William R.
‘Billy’ Edwards
William Roger “Billy” Edwards, 54, of Commerce, died Monday, January 12, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born August 1, 1949, in Jackson County, Mr. Edwards was a son of the late David F. and Jeannette Short Edwards.
He was employed with Northwestern Poultry Company and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lula.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Leola Ayers Edwards, Commerce; and two brothers, Bobby Edwards, Commerce, and Ronnie L. Edwards, Grant, Ala.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 14, 2004


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