Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 5, 2004


Regina G. Whisnant
Mrs. Regina Gail Whisnant, 56, of Maysville, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center of a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Whisnant is survived by her husband, Homer Whisnant, of the home; one son, Robert Homer Whisnant, Jefferson; her mother, Annie Ruth Bentley, Waco; one brother, Gary S. Bentley, Athens; one sister, Carolyn Bentley, Waco; and one grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Mable O. Smith
Ms. Mable Ora Smith, 80, of Clarkesville, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born November 1, 1923, in Habersham County, Ms. Smith was a daughter of the late Garnett and Ora Fry Smith.
She retired after 37 years of service from Milam Concrete where she worked as an office manager, and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was also a member of the AARP.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. Furman Lewis, Tommy Stowe and George Deadwyler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Bill Smith, Clarkesville; a sister, Mary Nix, Chatsworth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Hoyt S. Dillard
Hoyt Sims Dillard, 72, of Cornelia, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Emory Eastside Hospital, Snellville, following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on November 10, 1931, Mr. Dillard was a son of the late Cecil N. and Grace Hardy Dillard.
He was a veteran of the United States Marines, having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Dillard was a retired insurance investigator and an avid hunter who also enjoyed working with kids in the local baseball program. He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church, Tucker, and attended the First Baptist Church in Cornelia.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. T. Logan Smith and Dr. Mark Weaver officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery with full military honors provided by members of Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter 15 and Habersham County American Legion Post 84.
Survivors include daughters, Donna K. Brooks, Gainesville, and Alecia Dillard, Buford; sons, David Dillard, Suwanee, and John Dillard, Duluth; brother, Bill Dillard, Cornelia; and six grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

James F. Osborne
James Fred Osborne, 69, of Carnesville, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at his residence.
Born April 16, 1935, in Banks County, Mr. Osborne was the son of the late Henry and Docia Bellamy Osborne.
He was a retired truck driver and a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Duane Eller officiating. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Osborne is survived by his wife, Robbie Ayers Osborne, Carnesville; one son, Tony Osborne, Carnesville; one daughter, Becky Pittman, Carnesville; one sister, Betty Bohannon, Baldwin; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Juanita M. Holden
Mrs. Juanita Martin Holden, 70, of Cornelia, died Monday, May 3, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
The family was to have received friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Wade ‘Wadie
Boy’ Davis
Wade “Wadie Boy” Davis, 53, of Demorest, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on November 17, 1950, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Norman Davis Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Blair Davis.
He enjoyed bowling, school and church, it was stated. He was a member of Community Baptist Church and attended Mountain Resources since 1973. Mr. Davis was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Grady Gosnell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Dave Fortner, Steve Lewallen and Alvin Burns officiating. Burial was in the Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman Davis Jr. and Carolyn Davis, Mt. Airy, and Lloyd and Ruby Davis and Ray and Janice Davis, all of Demorest; sisters, Geneva Gosnell and Lucille Martin, both of Demorest; sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and Bruce Thurmond, Vernie and Oscar Burns and Blanche and Leroy Burns, all of Demorest; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Byron T. Heaton
Byron Tom Heaton, 55, of Danielsville, died Saturday, May 1, 2004.
Born in Franklin County, Mr. Heaton was a son of the late Henry and Mittie Lee Savage Heaton.
He retired from the University of Georgia.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Robby Brown officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Heaton is survived by his wife, Ruby Heaton; his children Cody Heaton, of the home, Chris Brock, Danielsville, and Kimberly Brown (Richard), Anderson, S.C.; sisters, Shirley Argo, Homer, and Lillian Blackwelder, Rock Hill, S.C.; brothers Howard Heaton and Leland Heaton, Royston, Donald Heaton, Nicholson, and George Heaton, Norcross; and two grandchildren, Nick and Eric Brown.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Rev. A.D. Ward
The Rev. A.D. Ward, 91, of Commerce, died Friday, April 30, 2004.
The Rev. Ward was born May 28, 1912, in Crisp County, the son of the late Robert Lee Ward and the late Mamie Sarah McGiboney Ward. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Pearl Cowan Ward.
The Rev. Ward was a Baptist minister.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Chad Payne officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, DeKalb County. William DeLee, Kevin Jording, Derrick DeLee, Bobby DeLee, William Andrews and Marshall Kenney served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca F. and Jim Bowden, Commerce; sisters, Bobbie Jane Thaxton, Statesboro, and Rita White, Covington; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Garnett H. Stamey
Garnett Haden Stamey, 78, of Conway, S.C., formerly of Habersham County, died Thursday, April 29, 2004.
Mr. Stamey was born January 24, 1926, in Habersham County, a son of the late Marlow and Lillie Martin Stamey. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Stamey Stewart.
Mr. Stamey was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army, and was a retired residential and commercial plumber with 25 years of service.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. John Bridges officiating.
Mr. Stamey is survived by his wife, Marie Stamey, Conway, S.C.; one son, Alan Stamey, Conway, S.C.; one brother, Odell Stamey, Demorest and Braselton; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1921 Century Blvd. NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Mae L. Loudermilk
Mrs. Mae Leonard Loudermilk, 86, of Cornelia, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Loudermilk was born in White County on April 19, 1918. She retired from Chicopee after 32 years of service, where she was an inspector, and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. She was an avid gardener who also enjoyed working with ceramics, it was stated.
Mrs. Loudermilk was preceded in death by her husband, William A. “Sam” Loudermilk, and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Tony Evans, Billy Burrell and Eddie Herring officiating. Burial was in the Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Jimmy Tallent, Blairsville; grandson, Jamie Tallent; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jana and Danny Hemphill; and great-grandchildren, Kanon and Kaston Hemphill.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Union, c/o Prayer Pagers, 859 Highway 515, Blairsville, GA 30512.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004

Robert Mealor
Robert Mealor, 60, of Jefferson, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Aikens and Diane Brock, both of Braselton; sisters, Mussette Underwood, Smyrna, Allene Smith, Maysville, and Elizabeth Strange, Breman; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Brenda Carthern, Jefferson; step-children, Randy Voyles and Arlene Love, both of Jefferson; seven grandchildren; and close friends, the John Holiday family.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 5, 2004



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