Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 4, 2004


Frances L. Stancil
Mrs. Frances Langford Stancil, 90, of Maysville, died Monday, February 2, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Stancil was born November 2, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late J.L. and Della Irene Jarrett Langford.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Rev. David Bowen officiating.
Mrs. Stancil is survived by her husband, Hoke S. Stancil, Maysville; one son, David K. Stancil, Lake Forest, Calif.; one daughter, Melody A. Stancil, M.D., Maysville; one sister, Wilda Langford Wood, Commerce; and three grandsons, Clinton F. Stancil, Charlotte, N.C., and Matthew T. Stancil and Ryan D. Stancil, both of Lake Forest, Calif.
The family asks that flowers be omitted and contributions be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 755, Commerce, GA 30529.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Elsie C. Crenshaw
Mrs. Elsie Crook Crenshaw, 88, of Ellijay, formerly of Alto, died Thursday, January 29, 2004, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Crenshaw was born May 16, 1915, in Gilmer County. She was a daughter of the late Joseph Aaron Crook and Dora Emmine Deborde Crook. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Hugh Crook, Kenneth Edwin Crook and Ralph Crooke.
Mrs. Crenshaw was a United States Army Air Force veteran of World War II and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. She was formerly employed as a nursing assistant at Habersham County Medical Center and Scenic View Health Care and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, February 2, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Steve Doran officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with military honors conducted by the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 15, and members of the American Legion.
Mrs. Crenshaw is survived by her husband, Forest Crenshaw, Ellijay, formerly of Alto; sister, M. Oleeta Crooke, Ellijay; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3370, Gainesville, GA 30503, or to the Salvation Army, Attn. Jean Smith, P.O. Box 1094, Toccoa, GA 30577.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Jerry ‘Andy’ Kelly
Jerry A. “Andy” Kelly, 39, of Maysville, died Saturday, January 31, 2004.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his mother and step-father, Becky and Ben Bowles, Ellenwood; father and step-mother, James and Angie Kelly, Maysville; half-brothers, Jeremy and Justin Kelly, Ellenwood; step-sisters, Christine Shea, Atlanta, and Darlene Parks, McDonough; and step-brother, Christopher Bowles, Jefferson.
The family will hold a private memorial service.
Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com.
Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, McDonough, has charge of arrangements. (770) 914-1414
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Rachael
‘Rosie’ Kelley
Mrs. Rachael Rosetta “Rosie” Cragg Kelley, 92, of Lula, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Born in Gordon County on March 15, 1911, Mrs. Kelley was a daughter of the late Anderson and Ida Shirley Cragg.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church. Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Clayton Kelley, brothers, Clyde Cragg and Levi Cragg, and sisters, Alice Kerby, Dovie Crider and Conie Parker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 30, at B.C. Grant Baptist Church with the Revs. Loyd Martin and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Henrietta Wooten, Lula, son, Richard E. Kelley, Cornelia; brothers, Cannie Cragg and John “Josh” Cragg, both of Alto; sisters, Pearlean Terry, Demorest, and Mattie Jo Wheeler and Mellie Jo Wilbanks, both of Alto; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Ira Coker
Ira Coker, 85, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, January 29, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Born July 3, 1918, in Banks County, Mr. Coker was a son of the late Robert Stovall Coker and Minnie Poole Coker.
He was retired from the Habersham County Road Department and was a member of Return Baptist Church. Mr. Coker was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Fortenberry Coker, sister, Osie Mae Chitwood, an infant sister, and a brother, Fred Coker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Hal Cason and David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Exie and Lanier Burnette, Snellville; sons and daughters-in-law, Omer Ray and JoAnn Coker, Baldwin, Odell and Doris Coker, Clarkesville, and Otis and Nancy Coker, Cornelia; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Bobby Dickson
Bobby Dickson, 71, of Royston, died Friday, January 30, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Dickson was born in Franklin County on August 1, 1932. He was a son of the late James Harrison and Kate Morrison Dickson.
He retired from BASF Corporation and was a member of Royston Baptist Church. Mr. Dickson was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War, and was also a member of the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post in Royston. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Dickson Isom, and a brother, Douglas Dickson Sr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 2, at Royston Baptist Church with the Revs. Byron Greene and Brian David officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Mr. Dickson is survived by his wife, Annie Lou Rice Dickson, Royston; daughters and sons-in-law, Jamie and Tom Mitchell and Patricia and Jason Isom, all of Royston; sons, James Thomas Dickson, Carnesville, and Randy Cromer, Royston; brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Barbara Dickson, Royston; sister, Pat Alexander, Royston; and sister-in-law, Nelda Dickson, Royston.
Memorials may be made to Royston Baptist Church, 767 Church Street, Royston, GA 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

James R. Corn III
James Ronald Corn III, infant son of Jamie Jr. and Angie Smith Corn, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 1, at Fairfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Allison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include grandparents, Ronnie and Beverly Chambers Smith, Demorest, and Bo and Gwinda Justus Corn, Rabun Gap; great-grandparents, John and Mildred Gudger Smith and Emory and Annette Caudell Chambers, all of Demorest; great-great-grandparents, Belle Mae Gudger, Clarkesville, and Frances Caudell, Cleveland; aunts, Amanda Lea Smith and Elizabeth Ann Smith, both of Demorest; and uncles, Zachary John Emory Smith, Demorest, and Phillip Shannon Morris, Baldwin.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Bonnie Dean and Prelo and Jessie Faye Justus.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Georgie H. Welborn
Mrs. Georgie Hardy Welborn, 84, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Welborn was born in Habersham County on July 17, 1919, a daughter of the late George Washington and Maude Askew Hardy.
She retired after 25 years in sales with Belk’s and was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Welborn was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Martin Welborn, a son, Michael Welborn, sisters, Cathryn Nunnally, Maydel Chapman and Pauline Payne, and brothers, Joe, Bill, George Jr., John and James Hardy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James D. (Jim) Welborn, Flowery Branch, and Joseph M. (Joe) Welborn, Cornelia; two sisters, Dorothy Murray, Toccoa, and Frances Crowe, Cornelia; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Ruby V. Hardwick
Mrs. Ruby Virginia Hardwick, 70, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 31, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Mrs. Hardwick is survived by her husband, Dennis G. Hardwick Sr., of the home; four sons, David Hardwick, Bristol, Fla., Dennis G. Hardwick, Athens, Danny D. Hardwick, Hull, and John A. Hardwick, Carnesville; one daughter, Ruth Best, Blountstown, Fla.; three brothers, Billy Birt, Bobby Birt and Jimmy Birt, all of Winder; three sisters, Frances Lee and Jo Nell Cooper, both of Winder, and Betty Jean Lee, Monroe; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy L. Hardwick, and a brother, Ray Birt.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Hoke Argo
Hoke D. Argo, 89, of Royston, died Monday, February 2, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mr. Argo was born May 14, 1914, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late Joseph and Lena Burch Argo.
Mr. Argo was retired from Johnson & Johnson and was a lifetime member of the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post #4828. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II as an Artillery Gunner.
Mr. Argo was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Kirk Argo, two brothers, Eldridge and Roy Argo, and three sisters, Maggie Vanderford, Janie Ophelia English and Rose Stancell Parks.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 5, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Eldon Massey and Johnny Stowe officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South. Raymond Stancell, Robert Stancell, Calvin Rousey, Keith Argo, William Argo and Kendell Argo will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include a nephew raised in the home, Robert Stancell, Royston; step-sons, Thomas Kirk, Royston, and Kenneth Leaird, Gresham, Ore.; step-daughter, Nora Jean Chitwood, Royston; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlie (Ed) and Irene Argo, Canon, and Alton and Shirley Argo, Lula; sisters, Myrtle Wojociechowiski, Rogers, Ark., and Thelma Rousey, Canon; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family is at their respective homes and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Carolyn R. Brooks
Mrs. Carolyn Romez Anglin Brooks, 89, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at Morgan Memorial Hospital.
Born August 18, 1914, in Jackson County, Mrs. Brooks was a daughter of the late Jewell and Mary Lee Gailey Anglin.
She was a homemaker and a member of Center United Methodist Church. Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Brooks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, at Center United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bobby Anthony and Griff Carithers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Lenton Brooks, Duluth, and Russell Brooks, Madison; two sisters, Alelia Baird, Jefferson, and Vallie Mae Fitzpatrick, Center; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Center United Methodist Church, 426 Old Commerce Road Ext., Athens, GA 30607.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004

Robert J. Free
Robert John Free, 84, of Clarkesville, died Monday, February 2, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Rabun County on September 18, 1919, Mr. Free was the son of the late Carl and Mollie Baker Free.
He was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #7720 and was a member of Clarkesville Church of God.
Mr. Free had worked for Clarkesville Mill, Baycor, Chicopee and American Bag and Linen.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 5, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Ernest Hunter and Bill Trotter and Ralph Smith and Thomas Hooper officiating. Burial will be in the Cool Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery with full military honors provided by members of Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and members of the Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Mr. Free is survived by his wife, Ruby Jones Free, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Albert and Frances Chitwood, Clarkesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Frances and Freddy Tench, Clarkesville, Grace and Glenn Chastain, Alto, and Bessie and John Green, Mt. Airy; brothers, Clarence Free and Lewis Free, both of North Carolina; sisters, Mildred Gunn, Demorest, and Connice Wood, Cornelia; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence of Bessie Green, 1420 Rudeseal Road, Mt. Airy, and was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 4, 2004


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