Banks County Obituaries...

MARCH 24, 2004

Katie B. Hill
Mrs. Katie B. Hill, a housewife, of Maysville, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at Solid Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the Diamond Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Hill is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 24, 2004

Joseph Shi
Joseph Emory Barge Shi, 84, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, in Gainesville, after an extended illness.
Mr. Shi was born in Leesburg, and was raised in Macon. An honors graduate of Lanier High School, Mr. Shi went on to earn a journalism degree from Mercer University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1941, he joined the Letourneau Company in Toccoa, where he met his future bride.
During World War II, Mr. Shi served in Army Intelligence units in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan, earning a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement. After the war, he spent his career in marketing, advertising and public relations.
In 1957, Mr. Shi became vice-president of the Burke Dowling Adams Advertising Agency, later to be merged with BBDO International. He left corporate life in 1974 and joined academe as the Callaway Professor of Journalism and Business at Brenau College in Gainesville. Seven years later, Mr. Shi retired to Greenville, S.C. In 2001, he and his wife moved to Lanier Village Estates, Gainesville.
“A singular man of keen intelligence, ready wit and artistic creativity, ‘Joe’ Shi displayed a lively curiosity about ideas and a sincere interest in people,” it was stated. “He loved to read, to teach and to laugh. He grasped virtue not for its obligations, but for its grace, and he shared with his family and friends the gift of his great example.”
Mr. Shi was preceded in death by a brother, Lt. Col. James D. Shi II, USA Ret.
A memorial service was held in the auditorium of Lanier Village Estates at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13.
Mr. Shi is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Frye Shi, Gainesville; daughter, Sandra Shi Wilson, Marietta; son, Col. J. Stephen Shi USMC Ret., and daughter-in-law, Betsy, Alto; son, David Emory Shi, and daughter-in-law, Susan, Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Samaritan Fund, 4000 Village View Drive, Gainesville, GA 30506, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 24, 2004

Deck H. Miller
Deck Hudson Miller, 98, of Lula, died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville.
Mr. Miller was born in Banks County on October 18, 1905, a son of the late Leonard and Mead Davidson Miller Wallace.
Mr. Miller was a member of Enon Baptist Church, where he was a member of the deacon and trustee board for over 60 years. He was also a member of the board of trustees of the Lula School.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife, Lee Rucker Miller, sisters, Mae Dobb and Willie Ree Hawkins, and a brother, Robert Miller.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Brad Welborn, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Norman and Pat Miller, Conyers, Roy and Peggy Miller, Flowery Branch, and Dwight and Joyce Miller, Gillsville; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 24, 2004

Jimmy Arrowood
Jimmy Arrowood, 68, of Alto, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Arrowood was born August 14, 1935, in Anderson, S.C. He was the son of the late Ed and Ora Lewallen Arrowood. He was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell May, three brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Arrowood served in the United States Army and retired from Cornelia Broom Company as a supervisor, with 35 years of service. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Austin Kelley and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial will be in the Wade Cemetery with the Rev. Avery Mote officiating at graveside.
Mr. Arrowood is survived by his wife, Brenda Crocker Arrowood, Alto; three daughters, Deborah Lalonde, Toccoa, and Angie Dill and Dianne Davis, both of Baldwin; one son, Robin May, Cornelia; one sister, Eva Mae Moore, Cornelia; one brother, Frank Arrowood, Mt. Airy; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 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, March 24, 2004

Sandra J. Lee
Mrs. Sandra Jean Bramlett Lee, 61, of Cornelia, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on October 6, 1942, Mrs. Lee was a daughter of Dorothy “Dot” Carpenter Bramlett, Demorest, and the late Nelson Bramlett.
She retired after 32 years as a school counselor with Baldwin Elementary School. She was an avid gardener who loved working with children and attended Demorest Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Dr. Tom Mewborn and the Rev. Brian James officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, Tara Lee, Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Lara and Joel Rogers, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Marilyn Lee, Toccoa; brother and sister-in-law, Tolbert and Barbara Burrell Bramlett, Cornelia; sister, Gail Bramlett Moore, Demorest; and five grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 24, 2004

Mazelle G. Davis
Mrs. Mazelle Gary Davis, 82, of Jefferson, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Terry Chambers and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Davis is survived by a daughter, Linda Gibson, Jefferson; a god daughter, Cathy Dalton Moon, Jefferson; brothers, Albert Gary, Cornelia, and Willie Frank Gary, Griffin; sisters, Molene Anderson, Homer, and Sallie Wilson, Murrayville; 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Willie Davis, and four children, Benny Clyde Davis, Mildred Carolyn Davis Phillips, Evelyn Davis Hardigree Lawson and Edith Lorraine Davis.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 24, 2004

Charlie J. Jarrett
Charlie Jackson Jarrett, 78, of Athens, died Monday, March 22, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Jarrett was a son of the late Garnett Jenkins and Leila Mae Henderson Jarrett.
A United States Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Jarrett attended Berry College in Rome, and received his bachelor of science degree in animal science and master of science degree in dairy science from the University of Georgia. He worked with the University of Georgia Extension Service as assistant county agent in Burke County and as a dairy specialist in Greenville. Mr. Jarrett was a retired animal and dairy scientist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. He was a member of AgHon Society, Epsilon Sigma Phi and Green Acres Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Herbert Owen and Lee McNeil and Dr. Douglas Thrasher officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Robert Lowery, Hardy McKinney, Randall Fowler, Dilmus Blackmon, Harold Boyce and Bill Boyce served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Mary S. Payne, Carol Hancock, Chester Thomas, Norman McGlohan, Michael Sears and the Over 70 Men’s Sunday School Class of Green Acres Baptist Church.
Mr. Jarrett is survived by his wife, Nelda Taylor Jarrett, Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Walker, Savannah; daughter, Leila Ann Jarrett, Athens; son, John William Jarrett, Athens; sister, Clara Mae Hill, Marietta; brother and sister-in-law, Marion and Sacile Jarrett, Maysville; and grandchildren, James Jarrett Walker and Jamie Marie Walker, both of Savannah.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tuckston United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4175 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605, or to the Vista Care Hospice, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, GA 30606. Online tributes may be made at
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 24, 2004
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