Banks County Obituaries...

APRIL 28, 2004


Willie Mae Cochran
Mrs. Willie Mae Cochran, 92, of Baldwin, died Saturday, April 24, 2004.
Mrs. Cochran was born April 28, 1911, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Lee and Lola Black Meeler, and was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Cochran, a son, Roy Cochran, and a brother, Swayne Meeler.
Mrs. Cochran was a homemaker and a member of Damascus Baptist Church. She was also a member of the AARP and helped with elections in Banks County for many years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Janell Darnell, Cornelia; sister, Ruby Ragsdale, Baldwin; sisters-in-law, Louise Andrews, Baldwin, and Lila Brady and Ruth Smith, both of Toccoa; granddaughter and husband, Cindy and Frank Huckaby, Williamsburg, Va.; and great-granddaughters, Jessa and Lauren Huckaby, Williamsburg, Va.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Gilbert L. Morris Jr.
Gilbert Lee Morris Jr., 68, of Cornelia, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Banks County on January 6, 1936, Mr. Morris was a son of the late Gilbert Lee Sr. and Arah Bleckley Morris.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Mr. Morris was self-employed and of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by three brothers, J.B., Troy and Jacky Morris.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Jeff Lovell and Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the Dodd Family Cemetery.
Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Merle Dodd Morris, Cornelia; daughters, Jennifer Lovell, Alto, and Becky Jamerson and June Morris, Cornelia; son, Rocky Morris, Toccoa; brothers, Phillip Morris, Homer, and O’Brien Morris, Toccoa; sisters, Dolly Bramlett, Homer, Cora Lee Savage, Toccoa, and Gail Higgins, Cornelia; mother-in-law, Lillian Dodd, Alto; and several grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

James B.
‘Jim’ Cram
James B. “Jim” Cram, 66, of Commerce, died Monday, April 26, 2004.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home, Covington.
Mr. Cram is survived by his wife, Barbara Cram, Commerce; a son, Burt Cram, Covington; his father, Paul B. Cram, Covington; a brother, Jerry P. Cram, North Carolina; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Wheeler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Thomas A. Chappell
Thomas Alexander Chappell, 44, of Commerce, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at his residence.
Born November 13, 1959, in Fulton County, Mr. Chappell was the son of the late Paul and Annie Ruth Martin Chappell.
He was employed with the City of Commerce Gas Department and was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Chappell is survived by his wife, Tina Greenway Chappell, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, T.J. and Ginger Chappell, Commerce; sisters, Carolyn Holder and Pam Mathis, both of Commerce, and Lucy Reed, Maysville; and grandson, Patrick Chappell, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

James B. Seagraves
James Buford Seagraves, 76, of Nicholson, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at Southern Pines.
Mr. Seagraves was born July 17, 1927, in Jackson County, the son of the late Jewell and Belle Martin Seagraves.
He retired from Dairy Pak and was a cattle farmer. He was a member of Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr. Seagraves was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Louise Seagraves.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Billy Pittman and Allen Seagraves officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include four sons, Darrell Seagraves, Marty Seagraves, Randy Seagraves and Ted Seagraves, all of Nicholson; two sisters, Carolyn Martin, Commerce, and Betty Vandiver, Augusta; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Richard F. Minish
Richard Francis Minish, 93, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at his residence.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Dorothy Minish, Commerce; a grandson, Todd Minish, Louisville, Ky.; a granddaughter, Carla Wright, Gainesville; two great-grandchildren, Chip Wright and Rachel Wright, both of Gainesville; three sisters, Jane Williams, Clayton, Dorothy Prichett, Anderson, S.C., and Sarah Ann Holder, Greensboro, N.C.; and a brother, John Claude (Jake) Minish, Commerce.
Mr. Minish was preceded in death by his wife, Cozettie F. Minish, and a son, John Berry Minish.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Dewey H. Bennett
Dewey Harrison Bennett, 69, of Commerce, died Monday, April 26, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Bennett was a son of the late Boyd and Cora Stubblefield Bennett.
He was a retired carpenter and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Kay Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating, assisted by the Revs. Eric Tyson, Kelby Maxwell and Verlin Reece. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Glenda Logan Bennett, Commerce; daughter and fiance, Gina Bennett, Commerce, and Steve Blalock, Nicholson; brother, Paul Bennett, Commerce; and sisters, Doris Sears, Baldwin, and Martha Ann Eubanks and Patricia Bennett, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004
Epifanio
Rodriguez Jr.
Epifanio Rodriguez Jr., 56, of Somerset, Pa., died Monday, April 19, 2004.
Mr. Rodriguez was born February 14, 1948, in Guayama, Puerto Rico.
He was of the Pentecostal denomination.
A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Cornelia United Methodist Church, Hispanic Ministries, Baldwin.
Mr. Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Louise Mann Rodriguez, Demorest; his parents, Epifanio Sr. and Virginia Negron, Demorest; two daughters, Christina Louise Rodriguez, Cornelia, and Amanda Virginia Rodriguez, Alto; two sons, Moses Rodriguez, Pennsylvania, and Epifanio Rodriguez III, Demorest; one sister, Dorcas Rodriguez, Cornelia; one brother, Samuel Negron, Demorest; and four grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Clyde M. Loudermilk
Clyde Marion Loudermilk, 78, of Mt. Airy, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on January 14, 1926, Mr. Loudermilk was a son of the late Clarence and Amanda Cash Loudermilk.
He retired from Ethicon, where he worked in maintenance, and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. He was also an avid gardener. Mr. Loudermilk was preceded in death by a brother, Sylvester Loudermilk, and a sister, Lillian Mae Loudermilk.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Ernest Allen and C. Harry Rudasill officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include three brothers, William Loudermilk, Cleveland, J.C. Loudermilk, Mt. Airy, and Bobby Loudermilk, Cumming; two sisters, Frances Holbrook and Elizabeth Greemon, both of Mt. Airy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Kathy L. Maye
Mrs. Kathy Lynn Sumpter Maye, 33, of Martin, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Greenville Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness.
Born June 11, 1970, in Stephens County, Mrs. Maye was a daughter of Nellie Moore Sumpter, Demorest, and the late Joe Lee Sumpter.
She was a homemaker and a member of Christ Fellowship of Toccoa.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Pastor Scott Collett officiating. Burial was in the Toccoa City Cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Maye is survived by her husband, David Maye, Martin; daughters, Leann Maye and Tessa Maye, both of Martin; son, Albert Maye, Martin; brothers, Tony Sumpter, Turnerville, Steve Sumpter and Terry Sumpter, both of Demorest, and Glenn Pitts, Toccoa; and sisters, Linda Frady, Demorest, Faye Miller, Toccoa, and Ann York, Eastanollee.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004

Frank E. Lunsford
Frank E. Lunsford, 59, of Clarkesville, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Lunsford was born in Franklin County on February 2, 1945. He was a son of the late Eugene Thomas Lunsford and Jewell Patterson Lunsford. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Lunsford.
Mr. Lunsford was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard and retired from the Georgia State Patrol after 23 years of service. He was a member of New Liberty United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 23, at New Liberty United Methodist Church with the Revs. Charles Morrison and Rick Wilkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Debra Lunsford, Clarkesville; sons, David Lunsford and Scott Lunsford, both of Clarkesville; sisters, June Short, Demorest, and Edna Sue Dover, Clarkesville; brother, Joe Lunsford, Clarkesville; and two grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, April 28, 2004


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