Banks County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 25, 2004


James L. Williamson
James Lamar Williamson, 61, of Baldwin, died Friday, February 20, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Williamson was born August 23, 1942, in Bailey, Miss. He was a former member of the National Guard for six years and attended Higher Ground Baptist Church, Baldwin. Mr. Williamson was an active member in the ABC Bowling Conference in South Georgia.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Earl Williamson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Pastor Mike Wilson and Brother David Gordon officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Williamson, Baldwin; daughters and sons-in-law, Donnell and Robert Nichols, Murphy, N.C., and Sherrie and Daniel Griffin, Flowery Branch; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and April Williamson, Lula; his parents, Monroe and Thelma Williamson, Nashville; sister and brother-in-law, Alene and James Rowe, Fitzgerald; and 10 grandchildren, Patricia Nichols, Andrew Nichols, Jacob Nichols, Brett Williamson, Paige Williamson, Kyle Williamson, Ben Weaver, Jamie Williamson, Kayla Weaver and Becky White.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Janie S. Hewell
Mrs. Janie Sue Reed Hewell, 76, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hewell was born November 21, 1927, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Ed and Cora Veal Reed.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Hewell was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hewell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Womack and Chris Humphries officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Hewell, Lula; a daughter, Deloris Parks, Lula; four sisters, Maxine Clark, Baldwin, Mary Belle Cromer, Commerce, Gladys Fitzgerald, Tampa, Ariz., and Shirley Morris, Gillsville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Nola M. Hulme
Mrs. Nola Mae Redd Hulme, 83, of Jefferson, died Sunday, February 22, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Hulme was born in Jackson County on December 23, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Charles Redd and Leah O’Donald Redd.
Mrs. Hulme was a retired seamstress and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mera Head and Johnny Ray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gregg Redd, Mark Arnold, Shane Kerns, Rick Mobley, Josh Cochran and Emory Ingram Jr. served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hulme is survived by her husband, Harold Hulme, Jefferson; children, Kay Simmons Wilson, Charlotte, N.C., Dwain Hulme, Homer, and Karen Hightower, Flowery Branch; sister, Joan Bradberry, Hoschton; brothers, Ellis Redd, Jefferson, and Charles Redd, Ellijay; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Burroughs
B. McCall
Burroughs Buchanan McCall, 76, of Carnesville, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at his residence.
Born March 11, 1927, in Franklin County, Mr. McCall was a son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Olta Burroughs McCall.
He was a graduate of Franklin County High School, class of 1943. He married Carolyn Payne on November 21, 1954. A retired Carnesville businessman, Mr. McCall owned and operated Texaco and Gulf Oil service stations for 35 years. He was a Carnesville City Council member and served as vice-mayor and then as acting mayor from December 2002 until December 2003. Mr. McCall organized the Carnesville Fire Department and served as the first Carnesville fire chief for many years. He was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church.
Mr. McCall was preceded in death by a sister, Sue McCall Deal.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, at Cross Roads Baptist Church with the Revs. Bobby Jones and Grady Jordan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. McCall’s nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Carnesville Volunteer Fire Department, city council members and city employees.
In addition to his wife, Mr. McCall is survived by a daughter, Dr. Delta McCall, Carnesville; a brother, Buren McCall, Greenville, S.C.; a sister, Kathryn McCall Thomason, Winder; and a surviving aunt, Virginia Burroughs, Lavonia.
Donations may be made to the Carnesville Volunteer Fire Department, 9265 Lavonia Hwy., Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Horace L. Williams
Horace Lee Williams, 78, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 21, 2004.
Born in Franklin County, Mr. Williams was the son of the late Floyd and Lula McKie Williams.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kelly Hannon officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Mamie Lou Beck Williams, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Lee and Judy Benton Williams, Gainesville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Leighanne W. and Reid Fallyer, Jacksonville, Fla.; and grandsons, Theron Lee Williams, Commerce, and Jared Benton Williams, Gainesville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Reatha M. Bowles
Mrs. Reatha Mae Bowles, 78, of Commerce, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 20, at Harvest Hill with Terry Chambers officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Bowles is survived by five sons, Al Corbin Bowles and Raymond Bowles, both of Commerce, John Bowles, Ft. Bragg, N.C., Ricky Bowles, Orlando, Fla., and Ralph Bowles, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Tammie Bowles, Commerce; two brothers, John Henry Hicks, Winder, and James Wyley Hicks, Tampa, Fla.; four sisters, Ruby Howington and Louise Howington, both of Jefferson, Mary Ruth Greene, Snellville, and Ernestine Griffeth, Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Theodore R.
‘Theo’ Gary
Theodore Roosevelt “Theo” Gary, 85, of Commerce, died Monday, February 23, 2004.
Mr. Gary was a son of the late Webb and Sally Belle Epps Gary.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Gary was the owner of Gary Mechanical and Scale Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlie Willie Gunter Gary, and a son, Joe Gary.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. David Carithers and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie T. Gary, Alamogordo, N.M., and Donald Gary, Nicholson; one daughter, Sheila Elrod, Commerce; two brothers, Albert Gary, Cornelia, and Willie Frank Gary, Griffin; three sisters, Mazelle Davis, Jefferson, Molene Anderson, Homer, and Sallie Wilson, Murrayville; 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

James A. Chambers
James Ashley Chambers, 49, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at his residence.
Born February 11, 1955, in Jackson County, Mr. Chambers was a son of the late John and Lonnie English Chambers.
He was a carpenter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Shane Maynard and Charles Crabb officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Chambers is survived by his wife, Katie Dill Chambers, Homer; one son, James Cory Chambers, Homer; two daughters, Heather Chambers and Misty Chambers, both of Homer; one brother, Johnny Chambers, Fairmont; three sisters, Myrtle Cowart and Betty Minish, both of Commerce, and Elois Greggory, Fairmont; and one grandson, Little John, Homer.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Grace R. Simmons
Mrs. Grace Rumsey Simmons, 74, of Commerce, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Simmons was born in Banks County on June 13, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Russell and Lillie Pritchett Rumsey.
Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker and a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Malcom Phillip Simmons.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Simmons is survived by her husband, Johnny Lawrence Simmons, Commerce; son, John Gregory Simmons, Commerce; sister, Joyce Jordan, Homer; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Donations may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, in memory of Mrs. Simmons.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Albert M. Shook
Albert McKinley Shook, 63, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, February 19, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Shook was born March 28, 1940, in Rabun County. He was a son of the late Clifford McKinley Shook and Myrtle Marie Smith Shook.
Mr. Shook was retired as owner and manager of a garment manufacturing company and was a member of Oakey Mountain Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Oakey Mountain Baptist Church with the Revs. Brion Williams and Luther Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Shook is survived by his wife, Eva Nell Morrison Shook, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell McKinley Shook and Susan Shook, Vidalia; sisters, Betty Roberts and Ida Lee Gragg, both of Clarkesville, Beulah Mae Shaw, Alto, and Patricia Chastain, Mt. Airy; brothers, James Shook, Chiefland, Fla., Jerry Shook, Alto, and Lamar Shook, Demorest; and granddaughter, AmandaNell McKinley Shook, Vidalia.
Memorials may be made to the Oakey Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund, 245 Dean Cove Drive, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004

Montine P. Chambers
Mrs. Montine Payne Chambers, 81, of Alto, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 1, 1922, Mrs. Chambers was a daughter of the late Lemuel U. and Tressie Morris Payne.
She retired from Carwood Manufacturing and was a homemaker. Her hobbies included singing, doing puzzles, playing the guitar and quilting. She was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Chambers was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Crane, a brother, Charles Payne, and a sister, Altia Gibson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 20, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Bill Trotter officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by her husband, Lonnie J. Chambers, Alto; daughter, Gwen Evoy, Cornelia; sons, Pat Chambers and James “Ricky” Chambers, both of Demorest, Kenneth Chambers, Sautee, Keith Chambers, Alto, and Lovin Payne, Killen, Ala.; brothers, J.B. Payne and Rayge Payne, both of Cornelia; sisters, Bonnie Loggins, Cleveland, Mary Lomax, Alto, and Sarah Anspach and Pashie Towery, both of Cornelia; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004
Mary
‘Polly’ Waters
Mrs. Mary Pauline “Polly” Waters, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Oliver Waters, Commerce, and Palmer Y. Waters, Memphis, Tenn.; a foster son, Bobby Blake, Augusta; two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Lucy) Hagy, Commerce, and Mrs. Duane (Susan) Mathis, Redlands, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Waters, and a daughter, Juanita W. Shippey.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 25, 2004



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