Banks County Obituaries...

MAY 26, 2004


Margaret E. Haynes
Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Haynes, 69, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Haynes was a daughter of Clyde Parr, Commerce, and the late Inez James Parr.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Junior Sosbee and Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Haynes is survived by her husband, Harold “Pete” Haynes, of the home; brother, Harold Parr, Commerce; sister, Mae Carlan, Homer; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Troy J. Wilbanks
Troy J. Wilbanks, 84, of Cornelia, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Wilbanks was born January 24, 1920, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late William Albert Wilbanks and Roxie Trotter Wilbanks.
Mr. Wilbanks was a United States Army World War II veteran. He was employed with Habersham Mills for several years and with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Mr. Wilbanks was a member of Old Nacoochee Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ross Wilbanks, and a sister, Ovline Morris.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Gerald Adamson and Kenneth Franklin officiating. Burial was in the Demorest Cemetery with the Rev. Luther Williams officiating with military honors provided by members of Rabun County Chapter #15, Disabled American Veterans and the Habersham County American Legion Post #84.
Mr. Wilbanks is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret Brookshire Wilbanks, Cornelia; two daughters, Emily Long, Toccoa, and Della Mae Allen, Clarkesville; one son, Garrison Wilbanks, Demorest; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Betty Jo Wood
Mrs. Betty Jo Sorrow Wood, 73, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Wood was born March 31, 1931, to the late Hope and Erma Holcomb Sorrow, in Jackson County.
She retired from Hardee’s and was a member of Berea Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the Berea Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Don Blalock officiating.
Mrs. Wood is survived by her husband, Phillip Wood, Commerce; two daughters, Debbie Byrd and Phyllis Chandler, both of Commerce; one brother, Hayward Sorrow, Commerce; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Michael D. McEntire
Michael David Nations McEntire, 26, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. McEntire was born April 10, 1978, in Habersham County. He was formerly employed as an equipment operator for the White County Water Authority.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Pastors David Crowe and Jimmy Sargent officiating. Burial was in the Amy’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. McEntire is survived by his wife, Keshia Pugh Nations, Cleveland; his parents, Dennis and Teresa Scroggs McEntire, Demorest; daughter, Samantha AnnMarie Nations, Cleveland; and grandparents, Lewis and Ruth Scroggs, Cornelia.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Penny R. Gearing
Mrs. Penny Renee Gearing, 35, of Com-merce, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at her residence of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Tom West officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Gearing is survived by her husband, Bobby Gearing Jr.; one daughter, Faith Hope Gearing, Commerce; step-mother, Peggy Cooper, Hobart, Okla.; four sisters, Pat Brandt, Willis, Texas, Sharon Hall, Bastrop, Texas, Debbie Day, Hobart, Okla., and Susan Adams, Conroe, Texas; and two brothers, John Clifton Cooper, Gonzales, Texas, and Chris Cooper, Washington. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, John E. Cooper and Juanita Sue Cooper.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

William T. Waldroup
William Timothy Waldroup, 34, of Com-merce, died Saturday, May 22, 2004.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wed-nesday, May 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Mr. Waldroup is survived by his parents, William Howard and Violet Kay Waldroup, Commerce; son, Timothy Lance Chambers, Danielsville; daughters, Haley Taylor Waldroup and Hayden Aleia Waldroup, both of Commerce; sisters, Robin Angel and Penny Roaden, both of Commerce; and nephews, Wesley and Jeremy Angel and Ryan and Jason Muse.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Juanita M. Holden
Mrs. Juanita Martin Holden, 70, of Cornelia, died Monday, May 3, 2004, at a private care facility.
Mrs. Holden was born November 22, 1933, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late John Erford and Cora Burrell Martin, and was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Winston Holden.
She was a homemaker and a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Greg Colston and Brian James officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Stallings, Marietta; son, Larry Holden, Cornelia; sister, Pat Brewer, Cornelia; and four grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Marcia Degenhardt
Mrs. Marcia Degenhardt, 81, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born December 28, 1922, in Wheaton, Ill., Mrs. Degenhardt was a daughter of the late Marshall Chase and Sarah Snow Johnson.
She retired as an Emergency Medical Technician for the V.A. Hospital System and was of the Episcopal faith. She enjoyed training and giving horseback riding lessons.
Mrs. Degenhardt was preceded in death by a daughter, Katie D. Williams, Gainesville, Fla., and a sister, Catherine Sumner.
Survivors include three daughters, Tara Van Cantfort, Cornelia, Susan Deutermann, Reidsville, N.C., and Lucy Degenhardt, Gainesville, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Degenhardt’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Nicole D. Baird
Ms. Nicole Deverie Baird, 41, of Bowman, died Monday, May 24, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ms. Baird was a daughter of Doug Baird Sr., Lavonia, and the late Delorese Nunn Baird.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
In addition to her father, Ms. Baird is survived by a son, Nicholas McElreath, Bowman; daughter, Tiffany McElreath, Bowman; step-son, Frankie McElreath, Waycross; brother, Thomas D. Baird Jr., Commerce; sisters, Dawn Baird Chandler, Danielsville, and Danyelle Baird Shropshire, Clarkesville; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Reppard T. Teague
Mrs. Reppard Tolitha Teague, 91, of Bainbridge, and formerly of Clayton, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, following an extended illness.
Born in Rabun County on July 21, 1912, Mrs. Teague was the daughter of the late Raleigh and Mary Norton Ledford.
She lived most of her life in Rabun County prior to moving to Bainbridge in 1996. She was a homemaker and a member of Dillard United Methodist Church. She was a devoted Christian lady, it was stated.
Mrs. Teague was preceded in death by her husband, James Clarence Teague.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. John Humphries officiating. Burial was in Rabun Memory Park.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Phil M. and Linda Teague, Lumber Bridge, N.C.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004

Louise Lewis
Mrs. Barbara Louise Graham Lewis, 61, of Canon, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at her residence.
Born May 9, 1943, in Concord, N.C., Mrs. Lewis was a daughter of the late James L.V. and Mary Ellen Martin Graham.
She was a seamstress and a member of Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, Chandler Terrell Lewis, and a sister, Ethel Laverne Black.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, at Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Johnny Stowe and Don Nestor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Lewis Stowe and Sherry Lewis Blakely, both of Canon; four grandchildren raised in the home, Misti Lewis, Candius Stowe, April Stowe and Megan Stowe; one sister, Sharon Truax, Canon; and one brother, Jack Graham, Hartwell.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, May 26, 2004


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