Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 18, 2004


Nannie Pruitt
Mrs. Nannie Buffington Hill Pruitt, of Maysville, died Saturday, February 14, 2004.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Pruitt was a daughter of the late Frank and Ruth Buffington.
She was a homemaker and a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mrs. Pruitt was preceded in death by two sons, W.F. and David Hill, a son-in-law, Derrell Griffin, a brother, Obe Buffington, and a sister, Frankie B. Dunagan. She was first married to the late Homer Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 16, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating, assisted by the Rev. Swayne Carlan and Jeff Williams. Burial was in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Pruitt is survived by her husband, Ivan Pruitt; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Tinita Hill, Maysville; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Randall Brock, Gainesville; daughter, Judy Griffin, Gillsville; sister, Inez Chandler, Baldwin; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Jewel E. Gowder
Mrs. Jewel E. Gowder, of Shannon, sister-in-law of Hazel Strickland, Maysville, died Wednesday, February 11, 2004.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 15, in the chapel of Jennings Funeral Home, Rome. Burial was in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her sister-in-law, include two daughters, Patricia Stewart and Joan Morris; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jennings Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Henry James Jr.
Henry James Jr., 57, of Shelbyville, Tenn., formerly of Banks County, died Friday, February 13, 2004.
Born on December 12, 1946, in Banks County, Mr. James was a son of Ruth Lewallen James, Cornelia, and the late Henry James Sr. He was preceded in death by a brother, J.D. James.
Mr. James was a self-employed horse trainer and was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 15, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Brian James officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a sister, Julia Nell Wilson, Ocean Spring, Miss.; and a brother, Edward James, Cornelia.
Memorials may be made to the Henry James Jr. Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 866, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Stanley F. Zielinski
Stanley Frank Zielinski, 62, of Baldwin, formerly of Cleveland, died Monday, February 16, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Zielinski was born March 29, 1941, in Chicago, Ill. He was a son of the late Stanley and Mary Zielinski.
Mr. Zielinski retired as a tool and dye maker, with 42 years of service, and was a superintendent of manufacturing and project engineering. He was a graduate of Lane Tech and a member of The Rock of Gainesville.
Mr. Zielinski was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Zielinski.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, February 20, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Pastor Todd Smith officiating.
Mr. Zielinski is survived by his wife, Fay Cundiff Zielinski, Baldwin; one daughter, Sheila Smith, Michigan; three sons, Stanley Zielinski and Michael Zielinski, Michigan, and Fred Klage, Palatine, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Marjorie
‘Marie’ Fritts
Mrs. Marjorie “Marie” Fritts, 62, of Vernon, Fla., died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at Gulf Coast Community Hospital in Panama City, Fla.
A native of Worth County, Mrs. Fritts grew up in Albany and the Dougherty County area and moved to Vernon, Fla. from Lee County four years ago. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Fritts was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Halley Rogers, her mother, Annie Pearl Rogers, and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the chapel of Mathews Funeral Home, Albany, with the Rev. Mike Weeks officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Fritts is survived by her husband, Richard Fritts, Vernon, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna and Mike Jones, Maysville, and Lynn and Andy Coursey, Lyons; daughters, Kathy Bridge, Albany, and Pam Lewis, Stone Mountain; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Karen Cook, Leesburg; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Carolyn Rogers, Albany; 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Montine P. Chambers
Montine Payne Chambers, 81, of Alto, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.

Peggy A. Looney
Mrs. Peggy Ann Whisnant Looney, 50, of Nicholson, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Looney was born November 5, 1953, in Morgan County, a daughter of Hazel Gilstrap Whisnant, Gainesville, and the late Manuel Whisnant.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Looney was preceded in death by a son, Larry Blake Looney.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. John Ingram and Steve Whisnant officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce. Jeronny Jackson, Jerry Hart, Dereck Looney, Bo Whisnant and Sketer Whisnant will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Looney is survived by her husband, Larry Looney, Nicholson; children, Teresa Ann Owen, Flowery Branch, Phillip Andrew Whisnant, Pendergrass, Mark Anthony Whisnant, Watkinsville, and Nancy Inez Whisnant, Gainesville; step-children, Penny Looney Jackson and Shelby Looney, both of Athens, and Shane Looney, Comer; sisters, Susie Grindle, Gainesville, Wanda Hart, Jefferson, and Jeannie Haywood, Murrayville; brothers, Kenneth Joe Whisnant and Jeffery Ray Whisnant, both of Gainesville, and Teddy Lamar Whisnant, Lula; and 13 grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends until 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Joyce H. Lee
Mrs. Joyce Helen Gosnell Lee, 63, of Alto, died Wednesday, February 11, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Lee was born in Banks County on January 30, 1941. She was a daughter of the late William F. Gosnell and Addie Mae Worley Gosnell.
Mrs. Lee attended Alto Congregational Holiness Church and was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Lynn Edwards, a brother, William A. Gosnell, and a sister, Doris Louise Gosnell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Larry Ryals officiating. Burial was in a family lot in Welcome Home Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Edwards, Alto, and Shane Lee, Tennessee; one brother, James E. Gosnell, Alto; and one sister, Ola Lee, Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Maxine P. Lance
Mrs. Maxine Patton Lance, 42, of Commerce, formerly of Habersham County, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Jackson County on March 24, 1961, Mrs. Lance was a daughter of Bennie Patton, Clarkesville, and the late Betty Willis Patton.
She was an employee of Ingles in Commerce and Hull and was a member of Demorest Church of God. Mrs. Lance was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Varnes, a grandson, Dakota Varnes, and a grandmother, Matilda Willis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Demorest Church of God with the Rev. William Cox officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include two daughters, Natasha Varnes, Cottonwood, Ala., and Stephanie Bishop, Commerce; two sons, Michael Varnes, Carnesville, and Jason Varnes, Danielsville; one sister, Kathy Williams, Cornelia; one brother, Rocky Potts, Hollywood; and four grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Maxine H. Pinion
Mrs. Maxine House Pinion, 82, of Gillsville, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Pinion had lived in Jacksonville, Fla., returning to Gillsville two years ago. She was a member of Gillsville Baptist Church.
Mrs. Pinion was preceded in death by her husband, Foster Pinion.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 16, at Gillsville Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Calhoun and Donald Tritt officiating. Burial was in Gillsville Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Jim Butler, Gillsville; brother and sister-in-law, James and Betty House, Gillsville; sister-in-law, Ruth Nelms, Athens; brother-in-law, Charlie Smith, Gillsville; grandson and wife, Calvin and Casey Butler, Jacksonville, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Justin and Paige Butler, Jacksonville, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Elizabeth
J. Guthrie
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Guthrie, 82, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Born in New York City, N.Y., on June 1, 1921, Mrs. Guthrie was the daughter of the late John J. and Flora Egan Miller.
She was a homemaker and a Jehovah Witness. Mrs. Guthrie was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Farrell Guthrie. She was the last surviving member of her family.
Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery with Michael Forrester officiating.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004

Chun W. Leung
Chun Wah Leung, 86, of Cornelia, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Leung was born on July 6, 1917, in China, a son of the late Hung Choi Leung and King Lung.
He was associated with the Bamboo House Restaurants in Cornelia and Toccoa and was a retired clock and watch maker and repairman.
Services were held at noon Tuesday, February 17, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Chinese Monk Wai serving as the celebrant. Burial was in the family lot in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Leung is survived by his wife, Lai Chun Tang; children, Lucia Shiu Ling Leung Lipsitz, Cornelia, Yee Sheung Leung, Christian Yee Ping Leung, Connie Yee Man Leung and Miranda Yee Lin Leung, all of Hong Kong, Stephen Wing Nin Leung, Toccoa, and Wendy Yee Wan Leung, Royston; five grandsons and seven granddaughters.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 18, 2004


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