Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 21, 2004


Melvin B. Jacks
Melvin Bradford Jacks, 62, of Homer, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Jacks was born September 29, 1941, in Jackson County. He was the son of Lucille Seay Jacks, Maysville, and the late Blanton B. Jacks.
Mr. Jacks was a veteran of the United States Navy and was an electrician. He was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Jacks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Charity Baptist Church, Homer, with the Revs. Vaughn Howington and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Jacks is survived by his wife, Verdina Parker Jacks, Homer; daughters, Nikki Garrett, Homer, and Lisa M. Marlowe, Jefferson; sister, Martha J. Yarbrough, Maysville; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Paul B. Lucas
Paul Brewer Lucas, 56, of Alto, died Monday, April 12, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Sampson County, N.C., on November 12, 1947, Mr. Lucas was the son of the late Al and Bertha Inez Lee Lucas.
He had previously been employed in maintenance at Fieldale.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Lucas is survived by a special friend, Rachel Winkler Pritchett, Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

John S. Hartness
John Scott Hartness, 19, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gwinnett County on December 14, 1984, Mr. Hartness was a son of Calvin and Lisa Oliver Hartness, Commerce.
A senior at Franklin County High School, John Scott was a two-time state pole vault champion and was tied for third on Georgia’s all-time best pole vaulter list. He possessed the meet record for pole vault at the Georgia Tech Invitational and was ranked sixth in the nation in pole vaulting. He was coached by Ric Moore.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Tommy Childress officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Seajae Hartness, Commerce; and grandparents, Newton and Amelia Oliver, Duluth, and Wilma Hartness and Calvin Hartness Sr., both of Atlanta.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Charles R.
‘Ronnie’ Jordan
Charles Ronald “Ronnie” Jordan, 52, of Lula, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County on February 16, 1952, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late Alonzo T. and Rushia Segars Jordan.
He was a 1970 graduate of Banks County High School, where he played basketball, and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Jordan was self-employed and of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. David Harbin officiating.
Survivors include a brother, Douglas Roland Jordan, Lula; sisters, Doris J. Rowland, Augusta, Maxine J. Phinazee, Buford, and Ann J. Braswell, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Cherry Owensby
Ms. Cherry Owensby, 64, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her residence.
Ms. Owensby was born February 13, 1940, in Knox County, Tenn. She was the daughter of the late Bruce Lloyd and Jessie Humphreys Hatmaker.
Ms. Owensby was a hairdresser and a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
A funeral mass was held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 16, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter, Bridget Owensby, Dallas; and a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jessica Lovell Owensby, Cornelia.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Carmen L. Dayton
Mrs. Carmen Ledford Dayton, 87, of Cornelia, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dayton was born in Hayesville, N.C., on April 9, 1917. She was a daughter of the late Van and Elma Bumgarner Ledford, and the wife of the late Grady Dayton. She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Greg Hicks and Brock Dayton.
Mrs. Dayton was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with grandson, Eric Hulsey, officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with Brother Nathaniel DuBois officiating at graveside.
Survivors include five daughters, Jean Hulsey, Mt. Airy, Virginia Hicks, Kennesaw, Billie York, Rocky Face, Bobbie Bullard, Macon, and Sharon Mathis, Atlanta; two sons, Wesley Dayton, Cornelia, and Roger Dayton, Mt. Airy; one sister, Larue Rogers, Columbia Falls, Mont.; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Marion B. Hames
Mrs. Marion Black Hames, 89, of Alto, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Hames was born November 26, 1914, in Habersham County, to the late Lloyd W. Black Sr. and Beulah Mullinax Black. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.P. Hames, and a brother, Lloyd Black Jr.
Mrs. Hames was a graduate of Chamblee High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of Cool Springs United Methodist Church and attended the Mary Brannon United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Garvis Kinsey officiating. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda E. Hames, Alto, and Barbara A. Hames, Greenwood, S.C.; three grandchildren and spouses, Holli and Rondal Allen, Alto, Tina and David McDaniel, Greenwood, S.C., and Scott and Claudia Hames, Tyrone; six great-grandchildren, Shellbie Allen, Austin and Ryan McDaniel and Sarah, Emily and Andrew Hames; and a special friend, Vera Satterfield, Cleveland.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Clyde Loudermilk
Clyde Loudermilk, 76, of Demorest, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Arrangements will be announced by McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.

Evelyn I. Carlan
Mrs. Evelyn Ivester Carlan, 79, of Cornelia, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Northside Hospital.
Mrs. Carlan was born in Habersham County on March 12, 1925, to the late Newell and Gracie Bell Heaton Ivester.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornelia Church of God. She attended Bible Landmark Church. Mrs. Carlan was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. Carlan, and a son, Walter Dale W. Turpin.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Austin Ivester and Curtis Woods officiating. Burial was in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Mable T. Shirley, Lithia Springs; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

John A. Garner
John Allen Garner, 46, of Alto, died Friday, April 16, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born June 14, 1957, in Habersham County, Mr. Garner was a son of Isabella Eller Garner, Cornelia, and the late Rufus Garner.
He was self-employed and of the Pentecostal denomination. He loved to fish.
Mr. Garner was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Garner, and a sister, Jeanette Burson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Bobby Griffin officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Garner is survived by his wife, Margo Pilgrim Garner, Alto; daughters, Tammy Marie Smith and Jennifer Denise Stephens, Cleveland, and Kristie Renee Garner, Alto; sons, Alex Bradley Garner, Clayton, and Michael Pilgrim and Christopher Scott Garner, Alto; brothers, Ernest Garner, Cornelia, and Roy Garner, Arizona; sisters, Ruby Nell Tench, Hollywood, and Linda McAvoy, Washington; and three grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Ray Cash
Ray Cash, 61, of Mt. Airy, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born May 31, 1942, in Habersham County, Mr. Cash was a son of the late Thomas Ameal and Birdie Greemon Cash.
He was a self-employed contractor and the owner and operator of the Triple C Arena. He was of the Baptist denomination.
One of Mr. Cash’s passions was horses, and he loved team roping.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. George McDonald and Jerry Mize officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Cash is survived by his wife, Amelia Pitts Cash, Mt. Airy; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Nelson Neal, Suwanee, and Deborah and Doug Smith, Clermont; son, Joel Cash, Mt. Airy; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Geraldine Cash, Mt. Airy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Raymond Ledford and Ruth and Loran Mealor, all of Demorest, and Bertha and Al Green, Mt. Airy; granddaughters, Robyn Neal and Katelyn Smith; and grandson, Corbin Cash.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Benjamin James
Benjamin N. James, 80, of Toccoa, died Monday, April 19, 2004.
Born July 22, 1923, in South, Ga., Mr. James was the son of the late Jessie Elard and Bernice Brantley James.
He was a farmer and a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. Mr. James was preceded in death by a step-son, Herschel Ragsdale.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. James is survived by his wife, Pearline S. James; step-daughter, JoAnn Holcomb, Toccoa; and seven step-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Henrietta Hart
Mrs. Henrietta McEver Hart, of Royston, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at her home.
Born February 23, 1940, in Jackson County, Mrs. Hart was a daughter of the late Hubert and Louise McEver.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by a brother, William McEver.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Earl Goode and Christopher Ayers officiating. Burial was in the Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Hart is survived by her husband, Roy Lee Hart; four daughters, Debbie McCollum, Sherrie Ayers, Sherry Combs and Melinda Dobbs, all of Royston; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Mary Meincke, Medway, Mass.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Maria Cece
Mrs. Maria Maino Cece, 96, of Carnesville, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at her residence.
Born November 12, 1907, in Newark, N.J., Mrs. Cece was the daughter of the late Aldo and Sarah M. Devlin Maino.
She lived in Nutley, N.J., for 65 years and was a resident of Lavonia since 1995. Mrs. Cece was a homemaker, of the Catholic faith and attended Lavonia United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lauren Marie McCabe.
Mrs. Cece is survived by her husband, Philip Paul Cece Sr.; a daughter, Carol Ann Davis, Lavonia; a son, Philip P. Cece Jr., Foresthill, Calif.; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

James A. Ward
James Albert Ward, 70, of Madison, died Saturday, April 17, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Brownwood Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Margie Ward; four daughters, Linda Holcombe, McDonough, Nancy Butler, Dawsonville, Kathy Pruitt, Otto, N.C., and Julie Phillips, Rutledge; one son, Sonny Wood, Rutledge; two sisters, Mildred Hilsman, Madison, and Elizabeth Turner, Lula; four brothers, Ernest Ward and Glenn Ward, both of Madison, Rufus Ward, Eatonton, and Otis Ward, Mount Airy; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A.E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004

Annie W. McKinney
Mrs. Annie Welborn McKinney, 75, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 19, 2004.
Mrs. McKinney was born May 16, 1928, a daughter of the late Horace Welborn and the late Delia Mae King Welborn.
She was a retired home extension agent for the State of Georgia and was a member of the Episcopal Church.
A private service will be held in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. McKinney is survived by her husband, John McKinney, Jefferson; two children, Steven McKinney, Richmond, Va., and Cindy Smigelsky, Oakwood; one sister, Marion Anderson, Blueridge; one brother, Branson Welborn, Clarkesville; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 455 Abernathy Road N.E., Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30328.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 21, 2004


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