Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 19, 2004


Roger D. Rylee
Roger Douglas Rylee, 49, of Maysville, died Thursday, May 13, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Rylee is survived by two brothers, Danny Rylee and Randy Rylee, both of Maysville; one sister, Kathy Rylee, Maysville; one niece, Cynthia Rylee; and two nephews, Randall Leverett and Matthew Rylee.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

Marion
‘Sharper’ Wiley
Marion Edwin “Sharper” Wiley, 77, of Alto, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County on March 18, 1927, Mr. Wiley was a son of the late Albern E. and Maebell Woodall Wiley.
He was a carpenter and farmer and was a member of the Lighthouse Congregational Holiness Church in Maysville, where he served as a deacon.
“He mostly loved his mission work because he was serving God,” it was stated, “and was a missionary to Central and South America where he had built many churches.”
At the time of his death, Mr. Wiley was working on his 46th church in the mission field. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jo Pittman Wiley, and a brother, Eugene Wiley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Vernon Wilson, Billy Anderson, Jr. Sosebee and Winford Bingham officiating. Burial was in the Clemons Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Lula.
Mr. Wiley is survived by his wife, Aneyda Barraza Wiley, Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and James Youngblood, Elaine and Rickey Craven and Pemelia and Ernie Smith, all of Alto; son, Edwin “Spur” Wiley, Alto; brothers, George Wiley, Gainesville, Royce Wiley and Elijah M. “Minor” Wiley, both of Alto, and Dayton Wiley, Cornelia; sisters, Euna Lou “Sissy” Wade and Henrietta King, both of Alto, Maebell Ruppe, Baldwin, and Kathleen “Kathy” Sexton, Oakwood; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse Congregational Holiness Church for the Honduras Mission Church, P.O. Box 154, Maysville, GA 30558.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

June Perry
Ms. June Toney Perry, 65, of Carnesville, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at Hill Haven Nursing Center in Commerce.
Born August 28, 1938, in Carnesville, Ms. Perry was the daughter of the late Curtis and Pauline Macomson Toney.
She was a retired seamstress and a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Liberty Baptist Church with the Revs. Todd West and Tom Tout officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Douglas Perry, Suwanee; and two grandchildren, Anthony and Nicole Perry, Suwanee.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

David P. Hall
David Preston Hall, 41, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at his residence of a sudden illness.
Born in Barrow County on March 9, 1963, Mr. Hall was a son of Andrew Preston Hall, Athens, and Brenda Elrod McGee, Maysville.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hall is survived by a brother, Mark Lane Hall, Braselton; a sister, Natalie June Hall, New Orleans, La.; grandmothers, Marjorie Elrod, Jefferson, and Mrs. George B. Parham, Athens; and a faithful canine companion, Puck.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

Marvin L. Brown
Marvin Lee Brown, 47, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Palmer Pace officiating. Burial was in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by a brother, Harry C. Thomas, Ila; and two sisters, Martha Worley, Homer, and Dorothy Garrett, Nicholson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hank Brown.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

Junior L. Pruitt
Junior Lee Pruitt, 74, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Brown Convalescent Center, Royston.
Mr. Pruitt was born in Banks County on December 24, 1929. He was a son of the late Noah Lee and Flora Smith Pruitt.
Mr. Pruitt was a retired mechanic with the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Omer Lee Pruitt, J.W. Pruitt and Troy D. Pruitt, and a sister, Ida Barnett.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Leon Carson officiating. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Pruitt is survived by his wife, Marie Lewallen Pruitt, Cornelia; one daughter, Ann Ramey, Carnesville; two brothers, Talmadge Pruitt, Baldwin, and Max Pruitt, Carnesville; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

George C. Gary
George Christopher Gary, 42, of Commerce, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Gary was born December 13, 1961, in Jackson County. He was the son of James and Ethel Pendergrass Gary, Commerce.
Mr. Gary was employed as a machinist.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Nicholson Fire Baptized Holiness Church with the Revs. Marty Smith and Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gary is survived by his wife, Pamela Sellers Gary, Commerce; one son, James E. Gary, Garfield Heights, Ohio; one daughter, Shannon L. Morris, Athens; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

Roy N. Smith
Roy Neal Smith, 82, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at home after an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of Jackson County, born December 2, 1921, growing up in the Cabin Creek area, and later raising his family in the Antioch Community near Nicholson. He was a 1940 graduate of Benton High School.
“He was a father and example to his family, dedicated to his Lord through service, and an active community volunteer,” it was stated. “He loved his Lord Jesus Christ and served in the Antioch United Methodist Church as lay leader, Trustee and in numerous leadership and service roles.”
Mr. Smith was a distinguished veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was Missing in Action for over four months after his B-29 was shot down behind enemy lines in the Pacific Theater. He and his crew walked 1,300 miles across China to safety.
Mr. Smith was active in his community. He served as a member of the Jackson County School Board from 1962-1972. He was a leader in the Benton Elementary School PTA and in the Commerce High School Band Parents Association. He was a long time volunteer with the American Heart Association.
Mr. Smith retired in 1984 from the U.S. Postal Service where he served as a Rural Letter Carrier for 33 years. He was an active leader in the Georgia Rural Letter Carriers Association where he served as District President. He was honored in 1976 as the Outstanding Carrier in Georgia.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Antioch United Methodist Church in Nicholson with the Revs. Richard Cathy and Bob Bone officiating. Burial will follow on the church grounds.
Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Beulah T. Smith; sons, Greg N. Smith, and wife, Jennie, and Gary D. Smith, and wife, Liza, all of Nicholson, and Glenn B. Smith, and wife, Terri, Macon; daughters, Gloria Agnew, and husband, David, Savannah, Greta Ivey, and husband, Terry, Commerce, and Gina Cavender, and husband, Keith, Franklin, Tenn.; six grandsons and five granddaughters; and a brother, Hoyt R. Smith, Nicholson. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail K. Smith, and his parents, Oscar and Emma Smith, Nicholson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Antioch United Methodist Church Building Fund, or to the American Heart Association.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

Cleo M. Herrin
Mrs. Cleo Martin Herrin, 92, of Cornelia, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at a private nursing home.
Mrs. Herrin was born July 29, 1911, in Habersham County. She was the daughter of the late Marion Madison and Inez King Martin, and the wife of the late Haskell Grady Herrin. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Ann Herrin Benfield, a grandson, Joey Riley, and three brothers, Grady Martin, John Martin and Garnett Martin.
Mrs. Herrin retired from Carwood Manufacturing, with 46 years of service, and was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Herrin Loudermilk and Charles Loudermilk, Mt. Airy, and Joyce Herrin Bethea and Joe Bethea, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Cliff and Diann Herrin, Cornelia; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004

Donald ‘Bill’ Smith
Donald William “Bill” Smith, 58, of Clarkesville, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Grady Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on April 29, 2004.
Born in Habersham County on May 28, 1945, Mr. Smith was the son of the late Mable Ora Smith.
Mr. Smith retired from Milam Concrete Company and was a volunteer with Sharing and Caring. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Stowe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Smith is survived by an aunt, Mary Nix, Chatsworth; and numerous cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 488, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 19, 2004


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