Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 14, 2004


Janice L. Cleveland
Mrs. Janice Lavon Kendrick Cleveland, 62, of Lula, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Cleveland was born November 18, 1941, to the late George Oscar and Lelia Sams Kendrick in Hall County.
She was a graduate of East Hall High School in the early 1960’s and retired from Northeast Georgia Medical Systems, having worked as a nursing assistant at New Horizon North Nursing Home. Mrs. Cleveland was a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 12, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Donald Tritt and Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Tony Powell, Lula, and Staff Sergeant Todd Powell, Augusta; one brother, Mike Kendrick, Gainesville; two grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

William B. Boyd
William Barnett Boyd, 49, of Commerce, died recently.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Boyd is survived by one son, William Taylor Boyd, Suches; three daughters, Beth Long, Baldwin, and Marie Boyd and Julie Boyd, both of Commerce; and two sisters, Barbara Hill, Rome, and Lucile Goins, Fayetteville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

John E. Allen
John Ed Allen, 65, of Mt. Airy, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in White County on January 13, 1939, Mr. Allen was a son of the late William Alonzo and Addie Agnes Simmons Allen.
He was self-employed in Southern Gospel Music and sang with the Melodyaires Quartet. He was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by a brother, Sherman Allen; and a sister, Irene Lovell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Clifford Allen, George Sexton, Telford Tanksley and Steve Lewallen officiating. Burial was in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Martha Ann Ansley Allen, Mt. Airy; daughters, Joan Wooley, Mt. Airy, and Teresa Armour, Alto; sons, Ricky Allen, Mt. Airy, and Shawn Allen, Toccoa; brothers, Paul Allen, Sautee, and the Rev. Clifford Allen, Gainesville; sisters, Minnie Lou Sexton, Marietta, Jenny Merritt, Sautee, Susie Holman, Gainesville, and Fran Garrison, Baldwin; mother-in-law, Pauline Swafford Ansley, Mt. Airy; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Lillie F. Morris
Mrs. Lillie Frances Blalock Morris, 72, of Commerce, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Athens Re-gional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Winford Bingham officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Cemetery.
Mrs. Morris is survived by three sons, George Blalock and Timothy Ledford, both of Commerce, and Joe Blalock, Camden, S.C.; three daughters, Antoinette Veal, Kershaw, S.C., Karen Whitfield, Commerce, and Sandra Bates, Jefferson; two brothers, J.B. Underwood, Commerce, and John Henry Underwood, Smyrna; and two sisters, Wilma Holden, Acworth, and Wanda Sue Hill, Homer.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Ralph Blalock Sr., and her second husband, Russel Morris.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Stephen
‘Mark’ Brown
Stephen “Mark” Brown, 35, of Statham, died Friday, April 9, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Brown was a son of Betty Dills Thurmond, Statham, and the late Charles W. Brown.
He was employed as a heavy machinery mechanic.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Apple Valley Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Leon Pass and Bud McDonald officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Brown is survived by a son, Stephen Lee Brown, Maysville; brother, Stanley Brown, Homer; sister, Kathy Beasley, Danielsville; and his fiancée, Billie Labrada, Statham.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Hugh D. Johnson
Hugh D. Johnson, 74, of Cornelia, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Johnson was born January 2, 1930, in Princeton, Ill. He was the son of the late Hugh A. and Helen Doran Johnson.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Johnson was a salesman with the United States Chamber of Commerce and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Cleveland.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Mike McCormack officiating.
Survivors include his very special friend and former wife, Jacqueline Johnson, Cleveland; one son, Micheal Johnson, Belton, S.C.; four daughters, Marcia Farrell, Summerville, S.C., Marilyn Welch, Franklin, N.C., Maureen Acevedo, Bogart, and Michelle Black, Cleveland; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 3381, Cleveland, GA 30528, or to Hospice of Northeast Georgia, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Della T. Powell
Mrs. Della Taylor Powell, 89, of Cornelia, died Monday, April 12, 2004, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Powell was born in Rabun County on June 13, 1914. She was a daughter of the late Fay and Drothie Worley Taylor.
Mrs. Powell was a homemaker and was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Vernon Powell, and a daughter, Jo Ann Powell Moss.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie Thomason Cole, Carnesville, Mary Wilkinson, Baldwin, and Lynn Elson, Menominee, Mich.; two sisters, Mae Loudermilk, Cornelia, and Faye Stewart, Cleveland; one brother, Bob Taylor, Savannah, Tenn.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Charles E. McGill
Charles Edward McGill, 57, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his residence of a brief illness.
Mr. McGill was a son of Winnie B. McGill, Royston, and the late Tyrus McGill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Hudson River Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. McGill is survived by his wife, Patsy McGill, of the home; two sons, Edward Casey McGill and Charles Tyrus McGill, both of Commerce; one brother, Paul Tyrus McGill, Watkinsville; and one sister, Annette Carey, Royston.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Donald H. Bowling
Donald Hughes Bowling, 73, of Demorest, formerly of Venice, Fla., died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following a brief illness.
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, on October 17, 1930, Mr. Bowling was a son of the late Dan and Marie Lahman Bowling.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Bowling was a former steel mill worker in Ohio and a restaurant cook. He was a member of the Eagle and Moose Lodges and a member of Grace Methodist Church in Venice, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leotha Catherine Sanders Bowling, and 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Bowling, Hamilton, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Linda Hurley, Hamilton, Ohio; brother, Dan Bowling, Du Quoin, Ill.; sister, Ora Carmichael, Lexington, Ky.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his companion of 14 years, Ann Ringer, formerly of Venice, Fla., and her family, Ron and Cheri Ringer and Ronda Ringer Roberts and Jamie Roberts, all of Demorest.
Mr. Bowling’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Richmond, Ind.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, has charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Ellene F. Allen
Miss Ellene F. Allen, 91, of Clarkesville, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Miss Allen was born March 3, 1913, in White County. She was a daughter of the late Hamlin and Lula Edwards Allen.
Miss Allen was a homemaker and a member of Blue Creek Baptist Church. She was an avid gardener.
Miss Allen was preceded in death by four brothers, Arvel Allen Sr., Charlie Allen, Burt Allen and Pledger Allen, and a sister, Gussie Satterfield. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Bobby Burke officiating. Burial was in the Blue Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, White County.
Miss Allen is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Martha A. Montgomery
Minister Martha Ann Montgomery, 54, of Royston, died Thursday, April 8, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12, at Broad River Baptist Church, Lavonia. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Montgomery is survived by her husband, George Montgomery; a daughter, Jenifer Verdell, Seneca, S.C.; a son, George Sentell Montgomery, Carnesville; sisters, Iretha Marshall, Marjorie Blackwell and Dorothy Marshall, all of Hartwell, Eva M. Blackwell, Anderson, S.C., Angie Brown, Homer, and Evelyn Shoemaker, Carnesville; brothers, Billy Marshall and Johnny Teasley, both of Carnesville; and four grandchildren.
Mack’s Funeral Home, Hartwell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Arthur ‘Art’ Young
Arthur “Art” Young, 78, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at a private nursing home.
Mr. Young was born January 29, 1926, in Ellenwood, a son of the late Arthur Monroe Young Sr. and Margie James Young. He was preceded in death by a brother, Marion “Dutch” Young, and a sister, Juanita Barber.
Mr. Young was a United States Army World War II veteran, having served in the Philippines during the war. He formerly worked in security for Rich’s Department Store and was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church. Mr. Young was a Mason and a Shriner.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Young, Alpharetta; a sister, Elaine Jones, Alpharetta; and a brother, Robert A. Young, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Mary Ann W. Lord
Mrs. Mary Ann Whitehead Lord, 64, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Lord was born November 15, 1939, to the late Ernest and Thelma Smith Whitehead. She was the wife of the late Ronald Lord.
Mrs. Lord was employed by East Jackson Middle School in the lunchroom and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Stowers, Dennis Kesler, Marty Smith and Melvin Green officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nichol-son.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and David Ervin and Denise and Danny Waters, all of Commerce; son, Jeff Lord, Nicholson; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Mary Beth Ervin.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Annie E. NeSmith
Mrs. Annie Eliza Blount NeSmith, 91, of Decatur, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. NeSmith was born in Decatur County on October 22, 1912. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Emma Bratcher Blount.
Mrs. NeSmith was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #148. She was also a member of Decatur First United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women’s Club and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton Norris NeSmith, two daughters, Jane NeSmith and Ann Brown, a son, Jim NeSmith, and a brother, Alton Blount.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the chapel of A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home, Decatur, with Dr. David Naglee and Wilbur Peck officiating. Entombment was in Floral Hills Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Sue Currie, Metairie, La.; daughters and sons-in-law, Valeria and Bill Chugg, Tiger, Helen and Fred Reid, Cornelia, Pattie and Wilbur Peck, Rabun Gap, and Reba and Jerry Purcell, Conyers; sons and daughters-in-law, Burton Norris NeSmith Jr. and Anne NeSmith, Florence, S.C., and Benjamin and Billie NeSmith, Safety Harbor, Fla.; sister-in-law, Helen Blount, St. Augustine, Fla.; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, and Turner & Sons Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004

Sonny R. Salter
Sonny R. Salter, 58, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Salter was a son of Fred D. Salter, Newnan, and the late Fannie Mae Salter.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his father, Mr. Salter is survived by his wife, Sue A. Salter, of the home; two sons, James F. Salter and Jonathan M. Salter, Marietta; one daughter, Samantha D. Watson, Commerce; three brothers, Fred E. Salter and Homer Lee Salter, both of Newnan, and Terry Lee Salter, Biloxi, Miss.; two sisters, Rachel Willingham and Connie Salter, both of Newnan; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 14, 2004


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