Banks County Obituaries...

MARCH 31, 2004


Dovie G. Higgins
Mrs. Dovie Givens Higgins, 89, of Homer, formerly of Dacula, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Habersham Home East in Demorest.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mrs. Higgins was a daughter of the late James and Lucy Givens. She was the wife of the late Clyde Higgins, and was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
She was a loving grandmother, it was stated.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with the Revs. Dewey Yancey Jr. and Jack Pierce and Greg Rawlins officiating. Burial was in the Alcova Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Copeland, Auburn; daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Gladys) Rawlins, Homer; grandchildren, Feleica Puckett, Auburn, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Rawlins, Cumming, and Dana Tullis, Homer; great-grandchildren, B.J. and Summer Puckett, Auburn, Will and Sam Rawlins, Cumming, and Lauren Tullis, Homer; and sister, Cassie Jay Knight, Winder.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Grady W.
Robinson Sr.
Grady William Robinson Sr., of Alto, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at his residence of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church with the Rev. David Tilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Lary Robinson, Commerce, and Grady William Robinson Jr. and Dale Robinson, both of Alto; two daughters, Diane Langston, Royston, and Kathy Thomas, Homer; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Dorothy T. O’Neal
Mrs. Dorothy Tench O’Neal, 80, of Atlanta, formerly of Habersham County, died Sunday, March 28, 2004. She was the widow of Richard Marvin O’Neal Jr.
Mrs. O’Neal was born in Greensboro on August 17, 1923, to the late Hezekiah and Viola Lula Mae Ivie Tench. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Gary Stamey, and a brother, Daniel Lamar Tench.
Mrs. O’Neal was a legal secretary for her late husband’s law practice and was of the Christian Science faith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Gene Batson and Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Sue Miller, Powder Springs; a son, R. Harold Stamey, Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Doris Carolyn Stamey, Braselton, and Helen Delores McGaha, Flowery Branch; brothers, Dewey H. Tench and Hoyt D. Tench, Cornelia, Donald E. Tench, Demorest, and Douglas W. Tench, Chamblee; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

William L.
Kenner Jr.
William Lessie Kenner Jr., 84, of Nicholson, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.
Born August 9, 1919, in Cordell, Okla., Mr. Kenner was a son of the late William Lessie and Ruby Kenner.
Mr. Kenner was a decorated veteran, having served in the United States Navy during World War II in Pearl Harbor and at the Guadal Canal. He was a member of the Western Conference of Teamsters.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Morris Sapp officiating. Burial was in Floral Memorial Park, Selma Cemetery District, Selma, Calif.
Mr. Kenner is survived by his wife, Louise Bellew Kenner; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Dale Kenner, Colbert, and William and Lisa Kenner, Bryson City, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jim Yakligian, Sanger, Calif.; brother, Encell Kenner, Selma, Calif.; sisters, Jewell Walls, Selma, Calif., Nita Faye Schoate, Sanger, Calif., and Fern Mentzer, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Spencer Kenner and wife, Kalasta, Cody Kenner, Crystal Kenner, Eddie Linder and wife, April, and Shara Yakligian; great-grandchildren, Devin Kenner and Chloe Linder; and former wife, Betty Ann Kenner, Bryson City, N.C.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Belle B. Chapman
Mrs. Belle Barnes Chapman, 89, of Clermont, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Gold City Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Chapman was born in Habersham County, but had lived in Hall County for most of her life. She was a member of Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Lumpkin County.
Mrs. Chapman was preceded in death by her husbands, Harrison Barnes and Reece Chapman, step-sons, Eugene Chapman and James Chapman, granddaughter, Debora Lewis, grandsons, Larry Barnes and Barry Barnes, and son-in-law, Burrell Couch.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Dean Bryant officiating. Burial was in the New Bridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Robert R. and Gail Barnes, Clermont, and Larry and Darlene Barnes, Gainesville; daughter, Ruth Couch, Clermont; sister and brother-in-law, Fannie Lou and Luther Helton, Maysville; step-daughters-in-law, Dola Chapman and Rhonda Chapman, both of Murrayville; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
Ward’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Thomas L. Campbell
Thomas Leo Campbell, 57, of Maysville, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Fulton County on November 11, 1946, Mr. Campbell was the son of the late Thomas Leo Campbell Sr. and Sybil Collins Campbell.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a retired salesperson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Stuart Lang officiating.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife, Martha Norris Campbell, Maysville; sons, Bryan Campbell, Monroe, and T.J. Campbell, Snellville; daughter, Jeannie Gilliland, Lilburn; sister, Janet Jenkins, Lilburn; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Elaine P. Williams
Mrs. Elaine Pyke Williams, 76, of Alto, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness.
Born in Battle Creek, Mich., on November 19, 1927, Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late Roy and Nellie Van Allen Pyke.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse since 1977, who loved cooking, sewing, gardening and traveling. She was a member of the Habersham Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Williams.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Pastor Maurice Witt officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Lavonia.
Survivors include three daughters, Genda Derrick, Hollywood, Sandra Reece, Gainesville, and Nelda Zimmerman, Murrayville; four sons, Dortch Williams and Steve Williams, both of Alto, Charlie Williams, Mt. Airy, and Daryl Williams, Cornelia; three brothers, Ronald Pyke, Collegedale, Tenn., Charlie Pyke, Auburndale, Wis., and Bob Pyke, Chicago, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence of son, Dortch Williams, 519 Mud Creek Road, Alto, and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Betty J. Ward
Mrs. Betty Jean Ward, 73, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, March 22, 2004.
Mrs. Ward was a native of Milton County. She was a homemaker and a member of Duluth First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at Duluth First Baptist Church with Dr. David Parker and the Rev. Dick Baker officiating. Burial was in East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Ward is survived by her husband, J.W. Ward, Lawrenceville; daughters, Bobbie Ward, Dawsonville, and Lynn Ward, Tucker; daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Rocky Singley, Gainesville, and Rita and Lynn Jackson, Loganville; sister-in-law, Woodie Ward, Baldwin; one grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Mary J. Shepherd
Mrs. Mary Jane Shepherd, 67, of Cornelia, died Monday, March 22, 2004, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Shepherd was born February 21, 1937, in Beaverdale, Pa. She was a daughter of the late John Chuba and Tressa Bilotti Chuba.
Mrs. Shepherd was retired and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Mickey Morgan.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with David Terrell officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Tressa Morgan, Woodstock; son, Mark Morgan, Tacoma, Wash.; sister, Betsy Bukovsky, Mannassass, Va.; brothers, Carl Chuba, Willowick, Ohio, and John Chuba and Jim Chuba, both of Taylor, Mich.; and nine grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Huntington’s Research, Emory School of Medicine, 1440 Clifton Road, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Morris ‘Bud’ Patrick Jr.
Morris C. “Bud” Patrick Jr., 38, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, in Sevierville, Tenn., following an extended illness.
Mr. Patrick was born July 3, 1965, in Fulton County. He was a carpenter and was of the Apostolic faith.
Mr. Patrick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Clyde and Sadie Smith, and his paternal grandparents, Carl Patrick and Nellie Parker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Lewis Shavers and Michael Skodak and Nakisha Hill officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife, Denise June Patrick, Dyersburg, Tenn.; his parents, Morris C. Patrick Sr. and Jean Smith Patrick, Cornelia; daughter, Maricia LeAnn Patrick, Dyersburg, Tenn.; sons, Morris C. Patrick III, Eastanollee, and Joshua David Patrick, Cornelia; and sisters, Nora Ward, Sautee, and Marsha Reeves, Clarkesville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004

Jessie C. Byers
Mrs. Jessie Chapman Byers, 86, of Demorest, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on July 7, 1917, Mrs. Byers was a daughter of the late William and Julia Ada Allen Chapman.
She worked at Carwood Manufacturing and Fieldale Farms and was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star in South Carolina, and loved cooking, camping and fishing.
Mrs. Byers was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Byers, and a son, John Paul Byers Jr.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Trent Smith, Paul Wright and John Humphries and Caren Hudson officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and James Cody, Demorest; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Carolyn Byers, Mt. Airy, and Joseph Ralph Byers and Anna Lee Ernst, Longboat Key, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Audrey Byers, Lawrenceville; sisters, Marge Carpenter, Baldwin, and Madge Taylor, Demorest; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, March 31, 2004


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