Banks County Obituaries...

MARCH 10, 2004


Jimmy
‘Tootie’ Gunter
Jimmy Daniel “Tootie” Gunter, 52, of Homer, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Gunter was born in Barrow County on July 18, 1951. He was a salesman with B&J Trophies and Awards and was a Shriner in the Atlanta area. Mr. Gunter was also a Mason, was of the Baptist denomination and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Morris Gunter, on February 6, 2004, and a brother, James Gunter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Bruce Field, Alpharetta; sons, Chad Gunter and Brad Morris, both of Homer; his parents, Olan and Catherine Norris Queen, Cornelia; sisters, Peggy Pruitt, Cornelia, and Marie Shell, Baldwin; and grandsons, Ryan Field and Alex Field.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Talmadge Hardy
Talmadge Hardy, 84, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 6, 2004.
Born in Banks County on March 15, 1919, Mr. Hardy was a son of the late M.L. and Bessie Bennett Hardy.
He retired from Blue Bell and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church and the Jolly Agers. Mr. Hardy was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel M. Hardy.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Danny Green and Stuart Land officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Moss Hardy, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Sharon Hardy, Commerce; daughter, June Westbrook, Commerce; step-son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Joyce Moss, Danielsville; step-daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Doug Goddard, Maysville; step-daughters, Sandra Purdom, Decatur, and Lynn Bernier, Camilla; brothers, Charles Hardy, Nicholson, and Albert Hardy, Jefferson; sister, Eva H. Toney, Commerce; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Gideon International.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Edward Parson
Edward Parson, 75, of Maysville, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Luke Parson, Robert Johnson and David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Parson is survived by his wife, Ganil Trantham Parson, of the home; two daughters, Shelia Pritchett and Dorothy Griffin, both of Maysville; one brother, Jack Parson, Warner Robins; five sisters, Eloise Wade and Debbie David, both of Homer, Irene Grigg, Cherryville, N.C., Bonnie McCay, Cleveland, and Vickey Thomas, Kennesaw; three grandchildren, Scotty Peppers, Nicky Peppers and Misty Gardiner Lee; and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Parson was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Parson.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Nellie I. King
Mrs. Nellie Inez Hill King, 77, of Hartwell, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Hart Care Center, Hartwell.
Born July 28, 1926, in South Georgia, Mrs. King was a daughter of the late Richard and Maggie Lee Clark Hill.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. King was first married to the late Frank Junior Willis, and then to the late George E. King. She was preceded in death by two sons, Billy Alton Willis and Larry Junior Willis, a grandson, Darron Martin, a sister, Dorothy Payne, and a brother, Melvin Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Terry Meeks officiating. Burial was in the Ruhamah Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Martin, Toccoa, and Gail Richardson, Hartwell; two sons, Marshall Willis, Toccoa, and Roger King, Hartwell; five brothers, Dewey Hill, Nicholson, Claude Hill, Commerce, Roy Hill and Dwain Hill, both of Carnesville, and Clinton Hill, Lavonia; two sisters, Mildred McFarlin and Virginia Adams, both of Carnesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1543 Anderson Highway, Hartwell, GA 30643, or to the Hospice Foundation.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

G.B. Vandergriff Jr.
G.B. Vandergriff Jr., 83, of Clarkesville, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Born May 1, 1920, in Habersham County, Mr. Vandergriff was a son of the late George Benson Vandergriff Sr. and Maude English Vandergriff.
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Vandergriff served in World War II. He retired from HEMC as line superintendent. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and enjoyed farming and fishing.
Mr. Vandergriff was preceded in death by a sister, Blanche Trotter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Steve McIntyre and Furman Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Cool Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Vandergriff is survived by his wife, Tete Ricketson Vandergriff, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Caron and Paul Clark, Athens; sons and daughters-in-law, George M. and Linda Vandergriff and Ricky and Denise Vandergriff, all of Clarkesville; brother, John W. Vandergriff, Clarkesville; grandchildren, Jessica and Jeffery Vandergriff, Kari Farr, Enos Kennedy, Dustin Vandergriff and Angel Woodard; and great-grandchildren, Amber Faith Farr and Brooke Lee Loggins.
Memorials may be made to the Cool Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund, 117 Cool Springs Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Ronald E. Coffman
Ronald Eugene Coffman, 74, of Maysville, died Monday, March 8, 2004, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Coffman was born in Shelby County, Ohio, to the late Bryon and Cora Davis Coffman.
He retired from the United States Army, after 20 years of service, and was a retired police officer with 20 years of service. At the present time, Mr. Coffman was employed with EKG Security. He was a member of the Faith Interdenominational Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Jim Gilstrap officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Coffman is survived by his wife, Darlene Coffman, Maysville; daughters, Kathy Granger, Sidney, Ohio, Susan Hollon, Jefferson, and Sandra Thomas, Gainesville; sons, Kenny Huffman, Sidney, Ohio, Anthony Coffman, Maysville, and Steven Woods, Clarkesville; sister, Barbara Corvolt, Sidney, Ohio; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Bessie G. Maxwell
Mrs. Bessie Ginn Maxwell, 101, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 7, 2004.
Mrs. Maxwell was born in Madison County, a daughter of the late Hamilton F. and Dovey Black Ginn.
She was a homemaker and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Maxwell was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. Maxwell, and a son, James Maxwell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Wayne Douglas officiating, assisted by the Rev. Kelby Maxwell. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Nell Maxwell, Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Louise Maxwell, Nicholson; brothers-in-law, Vernon L. McEntire, St. Louis, Mo., and Roy Maxwell, Commerce; sisters-in-law, Edna Ginn, Boone, N.C., Montine Ginn, Sylva, N.C., Nora Ginn, Commerce, Mae Byers, Thomasville, N.C., and Reba Barrett, Mullins, S.C.; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Travis E. Jones
Travis Eugene Jones, 42, of Maysville, died Sunday, March 7, 2004.
Mr. Jones was born February 4, 1962, in Hall County, the son of the late Talmadge and Winnie Blanch Smallwood Jones.
He was employed in road construction and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Rison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Lisa Jones, Maysville; three sons, Adam Jones and Hoke Jones, both of Maysville, and Isia McElreath, Arcade; one daughter, Amy Jones, Maysville; three sisters, Janice Hart, Arcade, Annie Kitchens, Comer, and Judy McCannon, Pendergrass; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Marion C. Brown
Mrs. Marion Chambers Brown, 88, of Toomsboro, died at her residence Saturday, February 28, 2004.
Mrs. Brown was born September 19, 1915, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late George M. Chambers and the late Mary Tucker Chambers. She was the widow of the late Aubrey C. Brown Sr.
Mrs. Brown received her education in Banks County and was a graduate of Piedmont College and Georgia College at Milledgeville. She was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught most of her career in Wilkinson County. She was a member of Toomsboro Baptist Church.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Brown Davis.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Toomsboro Baptist Church with the Revs. Ray Tompkins and Mark Grinsted officiating. Burial was in Ebeneezer Cemetery, Toomsboro. Gene Weaver, Alex Chambers, Burt Brown, Jack Wood, Harold Brown and Robert D. McGinty served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Aubrey and Becky Brown, Eastman; son-in-law, Robert E. Davis Jr., Libertyville, Ill.; grandson and wife, Rob and Kensee Davis, Carrollton, Texas; grandson, Tom Davis, Libertyville, Ill.; granddaughters, Joanna and Amber Brown, Eastman; and sisters, Edna C. Carpenter, Cornelia, and Thelma Chambers, Tryon, N.C.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Robert
‘Jack’ Colley
Robert Lee “Jack” Colley, 54, of Mt. Airy, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Colley was born in Habersham County on November 12, 1949. He was disabled from the government, and had been employed in the construction industry. He was of the non-denominational faith.
Mr. Colley was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Gibson Colley House, and a half-brother, Dwayne House.
Survivors include a daughter, Sabrina Ann Canup, Clarkesville; his father and step-mother, Ray and Katherine Colley, Toccoa; a brother, Terry Colley, Mt. Airy; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, has charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004

Lee B. Griswell
Mrs. Lee Bishop Griswell, 73, of Cornelia, formerly of Chamblee, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
Born in Floyd County on August 21, 1930, Mrs. Griswell was a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Nancy Fitzsimmons Bishop.
She worked in customer service with Sears for several years and was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and traveling. She was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church and a former member of North Peachtree Baptist Church, Doraville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, with the Rev. Bobby Gastley officiating.
Mrs. Griswell is survived by her husband, Walter O. Griswell, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Gale and David Little, Dacula, and Margaret and Rodney Holden, Lawrenceville; son, Alan Griswell, Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Jan Griswell, Toccoa; brother, Cecil Bishop, Acworth; sister, Joyce Gurley, Sale City; grandchildren, Andrea Chitwood, Staci Dean, Joy Guzman, Jason Holden and Christopher Little; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Chairman, Habersham South Gideons, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 10, 2004


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