Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 12, 2004


Ana Martinez
Mrs. Ana Martinez, 67, of Alto, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Martinez was born September 13, 1936, in Abasoto, Gto., Mexico. She was the daughter of the late Juan Gutierrez Bermudez and Josefa Soto.
She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. Mrs. Martinez was preceded in death by her husband, J. Jesus Martinez.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, at St. Mark Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating. Entombment will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Sister Maria de La Luz Martinez, Santa Ana, Calif., and Alma Rosa Martinez Gutierrez, Alto; three sons, Jesus Martinez, Alto, Pedro Martinez, Cornelia, and Josa Luis Martinez, Norwalk, Calif.; one sister, Carmen Juarez, Santa Ana, Calif.; two brothers, Atonio Gutierrez Soto and Jose Luz Gutierrez Soto, both of Mexico; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Robert H.
‘Bob’ Mercier
Robert Harry “Bob” Mercier, 66, of Cornelia, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on February 11, 1938, Mr. Mercier was the son of the late Harry and Mamie Gailey Mercier.
He was a veteran of the United States Marines and was employed by Owens-Illinois Glass Company in Hapeville. Mr. Mercier was a Mason and loved to fish, hunt and garden. He was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church.
Mr. Mercier was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Napty.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Doyle Conley officiating.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret Sigretto, Barnesville; and aunts, Flo Duncan and Maybelle Gailey, both of Alto.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Dorothy D. Lord
Mrs. Dorothy Dane Wilson Lord, 77, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Hill Haven Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lord was born July 26, 1926, in Banks County, a daughter of the late George Thomas and Eddie Didane Lord Wilson.
She retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Danielsville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Mike Hudmon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Lord is survived by her husband, Paul Lord, Commerce; one son, Larry Lord, Commerce; two daughters, Judy Bawner, Maysville, and Paulette James, Danielsville; one brother, Harry Lee Wilson, Athens; four sisters, Louise Anderson, Colbert, and Genell Chandler, Thelma Smith and Zelma Smith, all of Commerce; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Lucille Seymour
Mrs. Lucille Cromer Seymour, 79, of Canon, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Seymour was born April 5, 1925 in Hart County. She was a daughter of the late Joseph Olin and Ossie Bond Cromer.
Mrs. Seymour was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class, the W.M.U. and the Joy Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Seymour, two daughters, Peggy Seymour and Barbara Hopkins, four brothers, Elmer, Carlton, Clarence and Howard Cromer, and a sister, Reba Nix.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Bethany Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Durham and Richard Bielski officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Charles Hendrix Jr., Kenneth Hendrix, Barron Hendrix, LeRoy Swafford, Roy Crocker and Brian Cannon served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Curtis Seymour, Canon; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerry Haley, Canon; grandchildren, Nelson King, Atlanta, Rebecca Cannon, Baldwin, Jeremy Haley, Athens, and Jonathan Haley, Milledgeville; great-grandson, Jason Mealor, Cornelia; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Elton Hendrix, Royston.
Memorials may be made to the Saint Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Bertie I. Bryant
Mrs. Bertie Irene Taylor Bryant, 91, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 10, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Bryant was born April 23, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Charles Taylor and the late Kanzadie Roberts Taylor.
A life-long resident of Jackson County, Mrs. Bryant was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odis Roscoe Bryant, and a brother, the Rev. Bunyon Taylor.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kevin Page officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery. Jimmy Gooch, Bobby Gooch, Christopher Gooch, Justin Gooch, Blake Gooch and Jerry Gooch served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Navona B. Gooch, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Horace R. and Mary R. Bryant, Canon; sisters, Ethel T. Gooch, Gainesville, Darrel Lewallen and Lillie Bruce, both of Homer, Mary Tuggle, Atlanta, and Martha Caudell, Cornelia; brothers, Robert Gary, Atlanta, and W.W. Gary Jr., Commerce; grandchildren, Virginia (Jennie) Bruce, Judy Duncan, David Bryant, Jimmy Gooch and Bobby Gooch; 14 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and five great-great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Willie Jo Lord
Mrs. Willie Jo Lord, 87, of Danielsville, died Monday, May 3, 2004.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mrs. Lord was a daughter of the late W.T. and Sallie Graham Chandler.
She retired from Ila Elementary School and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Mrs. Lord was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey Lord, and a daughter, Trudie Collins.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Dayton Logan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Margie Lord, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Roderick and Lane Lord and Chris and Brenda Lord, all of Danielsville; sister, Georgia Sorrow, Concord, N.C.; brothers, Ralph Chandler, California, and Horace Chandler, Homer; four grandchildren, Josh Lord, Joe Lord, Nathan Lord and Natalie Lord; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Donna B. McGinnis
Mrs. Donna Baxter McGinnis, 48, of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Mrs. McGinnis was born July 12, 1955, in Hawkinsville, a daughter of the late G.L. “Fate” Baxter and the late Helen Eva Farmer Baxter.
She was employed as a manager with AT&T for 18 years and was a member of Mill Creek Community Church, Buford. Mrs. McGinnis was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Henderson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tony McCollum officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Glenn Baxter, Sam Baxter, Chuck Baxter, John Cox, Wayne Jones, Tyson Baxter, Shane Brown and Jeremy Minish served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Baxter, Todd Minish and Anthony Conner.
Mrs. McGinnis is survived by her husband, Douglas McGinnis, Flowery Branch; daughters, Danielle McGinnis, Homer, and Deonna McGinnis, Flowery Branch; sisters, Naomi Minish, Hull, Vickie Kesler and Sheryl Miller, both of Commerce, and Linda Stegal, Decatur; brothers, Glenn Baxter, Danielsville, Chuck Baxter, Commerce, Sam Baxter, Homer, and Nathaniel Baxter, Thomasville, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Sula A. Garrison
Mrs. Sula Aderholdt Garrison, 91, of Cornelia, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at a private health care facility.
Born in Stephens County on May 14, 1912, Mrs. Garrison was the daughter of the late Marion and Henrietta Dickson Aderholdt, and was preceded in death by her husband, Vandiver Garrison.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Garry Garrison officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughters, Eva Mae Williams, Alto, and Lois Robinett, Versailles, Mo.; sons, Calvin Garrison and Emory Garrison, both of Cornelia; brother, Earl Aderholdt, Eastanollee; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004

Claude Sorrow
Claude Sorrow, 83, of Winterville, died Monday, May 3, 2004.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Sorrow was a son of the late John and Hattie Lou Skelton Sorrow.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Sorrow served in the United States Air Force. He retired from Jefferson Mills and was a charter member and deacon of Sonlight Baptist Church.
Mr. Sorrow was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Toney and Lois Smallwood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Sonlight Baptist Church with the Revs. Nathan Palmer and Billy Driscoll officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. David Clark, Robert McCurley, James Jackson, Don Loggins, Jim Gabriel and Tony Patterson served as pallbearers.
Mr. Sorrow is survived by his wife, Frances Sorrow; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Hugh Culbertson, Winterville; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Brenda Sorrow, Colbert; sons, Johnny Sorrow and Sammy Sorrow, both of Winterville; sisters, Montine Hardman, Commerce, and Johnnie Lou Spray, Arnoldsville; brothers, Noble Sorrow, Brunswick, and Charles Sorrow, Conyers; and grandchildren, Amy and Don Loggins, Statham, Angela and James Jackson, Colbert, and Cody Culbertson.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 12, 2004


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