Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 11, 2004


Judy M. Gunter
Mrs. Judy Morris Gunter, 52, of Homer, died Friday, February 6, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness.
Mrs. Gunter was born December 27, 1951, in Habersham County. She was a homemaker who enjoyed crafts and cake decorating and was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Gunter is survived by her husband, Jimmy Gunter, Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Bruce Field, Alpharetta; sons, Bradley “Brad” Morris and Chad Gunter, both of Homer; brother, Ronnie Smith, Jonesboro; and grandsons, Ryan Field and Alex Field.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Bobby J. Herbert
Bobby Joe Herbert, 75, of Colbert, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Herbert was a son of the late Otha and Lola Martin Herbert.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Magdlene Cook.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 5, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Paul Prather officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. David Scogin, Jerry Scogin, Bobby Cook, Tommy Herbert, Danny Herbert and Norm Wilkie served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a sister, Mattie Scogin, Colbert; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Ellie Herbert, Gillsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Beatrice C. Erwin
Mrs. Beatrice Cantrell Vinson Erwin, 76, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at Limestone Heritage following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on July 29, 1927, Mrs. Erwin was a daughter of the late Tommy and Carrie Ballew Cantrell.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Erwin was preceded in death by her husbands, Tommy Vinson and John Coleman Erwin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Chris York and Truman Humphrey officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Brenda LaCount, Alto, Linda Bateman, Hartwell, and Libby Shackleford and Darlene Colley, both of Mt. Airy; two sons, Roger Vinson, Cornelia, and Eddie Vinson, Alto; three brothers, Lanier Cantrell, Oakwood, Leroy Cantrell, Salisbury, N.C., and Lewis Cantrell, Ellijay; one sister, Verdina Reynolds, Gainesville; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, c/o Bill Blalock, 1475 Paradise Park Road, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Omer Martin
Omer Martin, 72, of Alto, died Thursday, February 5, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Martin was born on June 2, 1931, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Grady and Bessie Wade Martin, and was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Scroggs, and two brothers, Rosco Martin and Alton Martin.
Mr. Martin was a retired electrician and refrigeration specialist with 40 years of service and was a member of the Mt. Airy Lodge #141 F & AM, where he was past Master and was treasurer for 29 years. He was also a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason and was a member of the Yarrab Temple and the Mountaineer Shrine Club. He was of the United Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites provided by members of Mt. Airy Lodge #141 F & AM.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Hazel Clark Martin, Alto; daughter, Kathryn Tolbert, Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Wayne Brooks, Alto; and granddaughter and husband, Jennifer and Rodney Hix, Alto.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Julia Miner
Mrs. Julia Miner, 99, of Cornelia, died Friday, February 6, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
A native of Gardengrove, Iowa, Mrs. Miner was born October 27, 1904. She was a retired teacher of 25 years in Ohio and was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
“She loved gardening and crocheting,” said family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 13, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Smith officiating.
Survivors include four daughters, Marie Elizabeth Smith, N. Canton, Ohio, Joyce Elaine Swain, Hampton Falls, N.H., Nellie Shultz, Oak Park, Ill., and Norma VanderMeer, Ft. Myers, Fla.; two sons, James Miner, Cornelia, and John Miner, East Millockett, Maine; one sister, Norma McNay, Sterling, Colo.; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

David Goldsmith
David Goldsmith, 41, of Nicholson, died Sunday, February 8, 2004.
Mr. Goldsmith is survived by his mother, Maureen Goldsmith, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Michelle Goldsmith, Phoenix, Ariz.; an ex-wife, Cindy Newell, Nicholson; and two step-daughters, Katie Bradley and Kelly Bradley, both of Nicholson.
Burial will be in Bronx, N.Y.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, has charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Johnny L. Sears
Johnny Lee Sears, 57, of Commerce, died Friday, February 6, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Sears was born August 25, 1946, in Jackson County, a son of Mary Uldene Crumley Sears, Commerce, and the late Roger Sears.
He was a construction worker and was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sears is survived by his wife, Kathy Ivester Sears, Commerce; two sons, Brian Sears, Commerce, and David Sears, Homer; two daughters, Julie Garrett, Commerce, and Lee Ann Sears, Hoschton; three brothers, Michael Sears, Paul Sears and Wesley Sears, all of Commerce; one sister, Sybil Cornell, Commerce; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Emmett
‘Jack’ Whitmire
Emmett Jackson “Jack” Whitmire, 68, of Demorest, died Thursday, February 5, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Whitmire was born April 12, 1935, in Dawson County. He was a son of the late William McKinly and Lula Carolyn Carnes Whitmire.
Mr. Whitmire was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a chef in the food service industry and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Whitmire was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Whitmire and Betty Cahill, and two brothers, William and Jerry Whitmire.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Hal Cason and Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Dawson County.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Roberts, Homer, and Shannon Hanson, Lawrenceville; one son, Jackie Whitmire, Homer; seven sisters, Ellen Hammond, Opal Hammond, Martha Jean Whitmire, Joy Dixon, Lynn Sims and Darlena Church, all of Clarkesville, and Josephine Nix, Gainesville; two brothers, Talmadge and Gerald Whitmire, both of Mt. Airy; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Hazel C. Cooksey
Mrs. Hazel Corrine Joyce Cooksey, 68, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
Mrs. Cooksey was born May 30, 1935, in Bedford County, Tenn. She was the daughter of the late Edgar Minton and Annie Mae Henley Joyce.
Mrs. Cooksey was a retired school teacher and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Mike Hudman officiating.
Mrs. Cooksey is survived by her husband, Norman Cooksey, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Jennifer
‘Jenny’ Carnes
Mrs. Jennifer Marie “Jenny” Wilkes Carnes, 52, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, February 5, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on February 21, 1951, Mrs. Carnes was a daughter of the late Jesse James and Burlia Mae Williams Nations.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with David Wheeler officiating.
Mrs. Carnes is survived by her husband, Clarence Carnes, Clarkesville; daughters, Heather Harper, Monroe, and Becken Mae Harrell, Virginia; sons, Ron Johnson, Richmond, and Christopher Farmer, Mississippi; brothers, Buster Hottum and Andy Hottum; sisters, Sylvia Wheeler, Demorest, and Olivia Mauney and Ann Wheeler, both of Hiawassee; and four grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Lewis Gee
Lewis Gee, 74, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
Born in Jackson County on July 2, 1930, Mr. Gee was a son of the late Charlie and Mattie Lou Gaddis Gee.
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Gee retired from Oxford and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Swayne Cochran and Johnny Ayers officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Gee is survived his wife, Betty Garrett Gee, Commerce; one brother, Joe Gee, Atlanta; and two sisters, Myrtle Brewer, Jefferson, and Minnie Mae Slater, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004

Robert L. ‘Junior’ Hattaway Jr.
Robert L. “Junior” Hattaway Jr., 72, of Danielsville, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Hattaway was born April 13, 1931, in Madison County. He was a son of the late Robert L. Sr. and Florida Mae Curtis Hattaway.
Mr. Hattaway was a heavy equipment operator and attended Old Canon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Jack Evans and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Danielsville. Mr. Hattaway’s grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hattaway is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Phillips Hattaway, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Florence Hattaway, Danielsville, and Jerry and Margie Hattaway, Canon; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Frank Coile and Carol and Mike Hardy, all of Danielsville, and Judy Culpepper Downs and David Downs, Glencoe, Ky.; grandchildren, Scott Coile, Winterville, Jessica and Chad Hart, Hartwell, Jason Hattaway and Matt Hardy, both of Danielsville, Eric and P.J. Hattaway, Watkinsville, Kim and Kevin Little, Royston, Jeff and Michelle Culpepper, Nicholson, and Christy and Jason Goldman, Commerce; five great-grandchildren; brothers, John, LeRoy, Eugene and Billy Hattaway, all of Danielsville, and Elmer Hattaway, Waycross; and sister, Marjorie Hill, Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 11, 2004


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