Banks County Obituaries...

JANUARY 28, 2004


Brodus Brawner
Brodus Brawner died recently in Jackson, Mich.
Well-known in Commerce, Mr. Brawner was born April 19, 1928, in Banks County, the seventh child of B.Y. Brawner and Hattie Scott.
Living most of his life in Commerce, Mr. Brawner was a farmer, a handy man and a gospel singer in the 1950s and 1960s.
“He always greeted you with a smile,” said family members. “Brodus always believed in doing the right thing. You would always see him walking to town, he never owned a car.
“He loved children and always kept a safe house for them. He’s in God’s hands. We will miss him.”
Mr. Brawner is survived by two brothers, Paul and Leroy Brawner, Jackson, Mich.; and one sister, Helen L. Dixon, Springfield, Ohio.
The Brawner Brothers Gospel Singers is planning a memorial service at a later date.
Those seeking information may contact Celia Brawner at (770) 718-9721.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Lucy M. Wright
Mrs. Lucy Mae Kimsey Wright, 80, of Alto, died Thursday, January 22, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on May 28, 1923, Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late James and Savannah English Kimsey.
She retired as a beautician after 40 years and was a member of Enon Baptist Church. She enjoyed pine needle basket making and other crafts.
Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by a son, Wilburn Wright, and two brothers, Johnny Kimsey and Earl Kimsey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 25, at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Loyd Martin, Clyde Garrison and Paul Morris and Charles Wright officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband, Carvin Wright, Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Nadine and Paul Thomas, Jacksonville, Fla.; sons, James Wright, Linthicum, Md., and Bruce Wright, Clayton; sons and daughters-in-law, Weldon and Karen Wright, Alto, and Tommy and Suzanne Wright, Toccoa; sisters, Hazel Chosewood, Alto, and Margie Lawson, Cornelia; granddaughter, Crystal Wright; grandsons, Kevin Wright, Matt Wright, Charles Wright and Jonathan Wright; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Tonya and Kevin Church and Melanie and Freddie Way; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Scott and Patricia Wright, Chad and Marjet Wright and Bryan and Leann Wright; and great-grandchildren, Daniel Wright, Katie Wright, Josh Wright, Darren Wright, Tiffany Wright, Theo Wright, Kennedy Wright, Lincoln Wright, Meredith Church, Emily Church, Abbagail Wright, Paytton Wright, Marlee Adams and Caroline Way.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Jerry W. Magness
Jerry Wayne Magness, 63, of Cleveland, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A native of White County, Mr. Magness spent several years in Banks County. He was employed by the Banks County School System.
Mr. Magness was preceded in death by his parents, Fletch and Dorothy Magness, a sister, Martha Owens, and three brothers, Donald Magness, Harold Magness and Carlos Magness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 10, in the chapel of Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, with the Revs. Charles Abernathy and Charles Allison officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include two sons, Vernon Magness, Lula, and Jerry Lee Magness, Athens; two daughters, Angela Caldwell, Cleveland, and Regina Pimental, Las Vegas, Nev.; three brothers, Robert Magness, Alto, Garvice Magness, Gainesville, and Ricky Magness, Cleveland; three sisters, Josephine Sutton, Cleveland, and Ruth Savage and Judy Swain, both of Lula; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Banks County or White County Public School Libraries.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004


Irene E. Standridge
Mrs. Irene Elrod Standridge, 83, of Cleveland, died Sunday, January 25, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on January 9, 1921, Mrs. Standridge was the daughter of the late Noah and Alice McIntyre Elrod.
She retired from Habersham Mills, with 30 years of service, and was a member of Bethel Temple Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Standridge was an avid gardener.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Bethel Temple Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Wayne Hicks and Ronald Mote officiating. Burial was in the Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery, White County.
Mrs. Standridge is survived by her husband, Talmon L. Standridge, Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Rutheleen and J.D. Hooper, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Barbara Standridge, Cleveland; brother, Robert Lee Elrod, Cornelia; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Louie W.
Cleveland Sr.
Louie William Cleveland Sr., 92, of Atlanta, died Thursday, January 22, 2004, at a private care home.
Mr. Cleveland was born in Atlanta on June 11, 1911. He was a son of the late Ras Hitson Cleveland and Emma Bradley Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Schmid Cleveland, a brother, Robert H. Cleveland, and a great-grandson, Ben Kimbrell.
Mr. Cleveland was a graduate of Tech High School, one of only two high schools in downtown Atlanta. After graduation, he enrolled in the Georgia Institute of Technology. The demand for employees was so great in his father’s growing electrical business, however, that he left Georgia Tech to join his father’s company.
Mr. Cleveland was a member of the EASA trade association (Electrical Apparatus Service Association) serving as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the EASA in 1953. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Atlanta, a member Emeritus and past master of Georgia Lodge #96 F.&A.M. and was a Yaarab Temple Shriner. Mr. Cleveland performed an active role in the administration of the church he attended, First Alliance Church, in the Briarcliff area of Atlanta. He was a deacon and elder, having served on the Executive Board of Directors at his church, and also served on the Board of DeKalb Christian Academy. He was the Chairman of the Board, Emeritus of the Cleveland Group founded in 1925.
“Although he retired at the age of 84, he continued to play a vital part as a role model to all employees in the motor repair shop,” said family members, “and continued to attend all board meetings and other company functions.”
Branches of the company that developed during his tenure were in Macon and Little Rock, Ark.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at the First Alliance Church, Atlanta, with Dr. Kevin Goins, PhD and Dr. Joseph Kilpatrick officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Louie W. Jr. and Anita Cleveland, Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Kay Cleveland, Marietta; brother and sister-in-law, J.R. Sr. and Genolia Cleveland, Atlanta; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Toccoa Falls College, c/o Joseph W. Kilpatrick, P.O. Box 800846, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Chloe P. Massey
Mrs. Chloe Pinion Massey, 89, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Massey was born October 15, 1914, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of the late James Oscar and Lessie Ryder Pinion.
Mrs. Massey was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Weldon Massey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 23, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Kent Cranford and David Bowen officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Massey is survived by a son, Richard Massey, Commerce; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Beulah B. Archer
Mrs. Beulah Barrett Archer, 87, of Commerce, died Sunday, January 25, 2004, at Hartwell Health Care.
Mrs. Archer was a daughter of the late Homer and Frankie Lou Anglin Savage. She was twice married, first to the late Frank Barrett, and second to the late Aucy Archer.
Mrs. Archer was a homemaker and a member of the Commerce Church of God. She was preceded in death by three sons, Cecil Barrett, Willis Barrett and Bobby Barrett, and three brothers, Guy Savage, Roy Savage and James Savage.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Bible Way Church of God with the Revs. Carroll Griffin and Wayne Durden officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include five daughters, Nizzie Mae Barrett and Bertie Bagwell, both of Commerce, Betty Bennett, Hartwell, and Mary Wynn and Judy Baxter, both of Hull; two sons, Richard Barrett, Hull, and Johnny Barrett, Grove Town; three brothers, B.D. Savage, Gainesville, John Henry Savage, Ware Shoals, S.C., and Paul Savage, Mills River, N.C.; three sisters, Bernice Shockley and Cozetta Morris, both of Lula, and Eula Mae Staghorn, Cornelia; five step-daughters, Jeannette Jacobs, Nancy Wood and Jean Wilson, all of Commerce, Janie Hart, Jefferson, and Annie Ruth Bassett, Siloam Springs, Ark.; five step-sons, Edward Archer, Winterville, Denny Archer, Helen, Mike Archer, Center, Charles Archer, Commerce, and Ray Archer, Ocala, Fla.; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Pearl S. Fowler
Mrs. Pearl S. Fowler, 86, of Royston, died Friday, January 23, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Fowler was born in Banks County on April 16, 1917, daughter of the late Warren and Emma Hart Stevens.
She was a seamstress and homemaker and a member of Royston Baptist Church. Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Brock Fowler, and three sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 25, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Williard Crider officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Survivors include a son, James K. Fowler, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Patricia Price, Royston, Betty Chatham, Commerce, and Carolyn Waldroup, Ila; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Robert
‘Bob’ McCollum
Robert “Bob” McCollum, 76, of Winder, father of Deena Jones, Alto, died Thursday, January 22, 2004.
Born in Fulton County, Mr. McCollum was the son of the late Ibes “Bill” and Bernice J. McCollum.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. McCollum was owner and operator of a laundry/dry cleaner in Pine Tree Shopping Center on Buford Hwy. in Doraville, and was a member of Harvest Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 23, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jack Cole officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. McCollum is survived by his wife, Ramona McCollum, Winder; son, Stephen “Butch” McCollum, Keller, Texas; sister, Jackie Clack, Summerville, S.C.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004

Howell R. Crenshaw Sr.
Howell Ralph Crenshaw Sr., 90, of Columbus, died Saturday, January 17, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital.
Mr. Crenshaw was born October 5, 1913, in Lula, son of the late Homer C. Crenshaw and Alma Meeks Crenshaw.
He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served in World War II. Mr. Crenshaw retired from the Civil Service as a Fire Station Captain at Ft. Benning and was an active member of Fairview Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road Chapel, Columbus, with the Rev. Tommy Green officiating. Burial was in Parkhill Cemetery.
Mr. Crenshaw is survived by his wife, Myrtle M. Crenshaw, Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Janice Crenshaw, Phenix City, Ala., and Howell Ralph Crenshaw Jr. and Pat Crenshaw, Wichita, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Richard Eppihimer, Jasper; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Crenshaw to one’s favorite charity.
Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004
Lucille M. Bailey
Mrs. Lucille Mote Bailey, 77, of Lula, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Habersham County, but had lived in Hall County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Oscar Sidney Mote and Minnie Bell York Mote.
Mrs. Bailey retired from United Vending Co. and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Edward Bailey, and a sister, Lorene Brewer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. David Carithers officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Stacy Bailey, Jefferson, Stephen and Joan Bailey, Alto, Curtis and Deborah Bailey, Bethlehem, and David and Tammy Bailey, Lula; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, January 28, 2004


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