Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 16, 2004


Lynn C. Hoffman
Lynn C. Hoffman, 62, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1941, Mr. Hoffman was a son of the late William and Emma Wilson Hoffman.
He was employed as a store manager with Circle K in Baldwin and was of the Methodist denomination.
Mr. Hoffman is survived by a sister, Barbara LeBaron, Baldwin; a brother, William Hoffman III, Germany; a half-sister, Roberta “Birdie” Kelly, Maine; a step-sister, Lee Vass, Virginia; and numerous nephews.
Mr. Hoffman’s wishes were to be cremated. No services are planned at this time.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

J.B. Montgomery
J.B. Montgomery, 81, of Winder, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. Montgomery was a son of the late Cass and Lena Walls Montgomery.
He retired from R&R Manufacturing and was a member of Appalachee Baptist Church, Auburn, where he served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Harry Brogdon, Shuford M. Jones and Johnny Wright officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Montgomery is survived by his wife, Doris Montgomery, Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Vickie Montgomery, Winder; brothers, Claude Montgomery, Madison, Gene Montgomery, Maysville, and Douglas Montgomery, Villa Rica; grandchildren, Chris and Renee Montgomery and Alan Montgomery; and great-granddaughter, Christy Montgomery.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

George C. Edwards
George Carl Edwards, 87, of Cornelia, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Edwards was born in Bartow County on June 3, 1917, to the late James T. and Florence Cowart Edwards.
He retired from Georgia Industrial Institute State Prison System, with 14 years of service. He was a former employee of Standard Coffee Company for 18 years and was the owner/operator of the Shell Service Station in Baldwin. Mr. Edwards was a member of the Cornelia Lodge #92 F. & A.M., the Yaarab Shrine Temple, the Mountaineer Shrine Club, the Habersham Chapter #480 Order of the Eastern Star, the E.L. McConnell #40, the Philemon Commandery #33 and the Royal Arch Chapter #67. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia and was a member of the Southern Baptist Men’s Sunday School Class.
Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by eight siblings.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Dr. T. Logan Smith officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites provided by members of Cornelia Lodge #92 F. & A.M.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Mabel Wilson Edwards, Cornelia; three daughters, Shirley Herrington and Debbie K. Edwards, both of Gainesville, and Carolyn Annette Edwards, Lindon, N.J.; two sons, Bob Edwards, Conyers, and James Edwards, Cornelia; one sister, Flossie L. Guyton, Cartersville; and 32 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Susie G. Murphy
Mrs. Susie Garrison Murphy, 94, of Cornelia, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Murphy was born in Habersham County on November 11, 1909. She was the daughter of the late James Rush Garrison and Lula Davidson Garrison.
Mrs. Murphy was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grover W. Murphy.
Mrs. Murphy was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Morris and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her daughters, Alice Savage, Cornelia, and Faye Loudermilk, Mt. Airy; her sons, Grover G. Murphy, Alto, and Vernon Murphy and Swain Murphy, both of Cornelia; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Myrtle T. Wade
Mrs. Myrtle Thomas Wade, 89, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Alto, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at a private care facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wade was born May 12, 1915, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Harold Lonzo and Miranda Anderson Thomas.
Mrs. Wade was a former employee of S&S Cafeteria and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Shepherd’s Fold Church of God in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her husband, Garnett Wade, a son, Efford Lee Wade, a sister, Dola Bell Thomas Lunsford Cunningham, and brothers, Grady Thomas, Dosier Thomas, Curtis Thomas, Roy Thomas, Claude Thomas, Ray Thomas and Freeman Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. O.L. McCullough and Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the Yonah Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Frances Lanelda Wade Sims and Harold Sims, Jacksonville, Fla.; step-daughter, Rhonda Robertson, Baldwin; grandchildren, William Dale Sims, Alto, Zell Doarietha Sims Miller, Jacksonville, Fla., Glendora Wade Cumbess, Lake Park, Michael Lee Wade, Augusta, Venus Wade Ratter, Ocala, Fla., and Lavonna Wade Harvey, Franklinton, N.C.; and eight great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Ralph Waldroup
Ralph Waldroup, 84, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at his residence.
Born May 25, 1920, in Jackson County, Mr. Waldroup was the son of the late Sam and Cors Chastain Waldroup.
Mr. Waldroup retired from Harmony Grove Mill.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Christine Wood Waldroup.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Lonnie Bennett, Tim Garrett and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Waldroup and Mike Waldroup, both of Ila; one daughter, JoAnn “Jody” Scoggins, Ila; one sister, Katie Mae Wilson, Charleston, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Doris H. Sammons
Ms. Doris Hunter Sammons, 62, of Cornelia, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Ms. Sammons was born in Habersham County on June 14, 1941. She was a daughter of Jeanette Waldrip Morgan, Cornelia, and the late Ollie Griffin.
Ms. Sammons was a retired sales clerk with “Books with Appeal” in Cornelia and was a member of Hillside Baptist Church.
Ms. Sammons was preceded in death by a son, Tad Hunter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Johnny Loudermilk and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the B.C. Grant Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Ms. Sammons is survived by a daughter, Vicky Rowden, Cornelia; sister, Betty Whitfield, Cornelia; brothers, Keith Kimsey, Clifford Kimsey and Bill Griffin, all of Cornelia; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Angel B. Batson
Angel Beth Batson, infant daughter of Scott and Greta Dill Batson, Mt. Airy, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Angel was born in Hall County on June 7, 2004.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Eastview Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Harris officiating.
In addition to her parents, Angel is survived by a brother, Quentin Batson, Mt. Airy; sister, Elizabeth Batson, Mt. Airy; grandparents, James and Linda Dill Loudermilk and Mac and Joyce Batson, all of Mt. Airy; great-grandparents, Virgil and Polly Keller Loudermilk, Mt. Airy; great-grandmother, Leola Worley, Cornelia; and aunt, Kandy Dill, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Gennie F. Martin
Mrs. Gennie Faye Martin, 51, of Nicholson, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Emanuel United Pentecostal Holiness Church, Nicholson, with the Rev. Jerry Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Maxwell Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Charles Martin, of the home; her mother, Minnie Mae Gee Slater, Commerce; son, William Martin, Nicholson; daughter, Amanda Faye Martin, Gainesville; brothers, Johnny Slater, Clifford Slater and Willie Slater, all of Commerce; and sisters, Dorothy Kitchens, Hull, and Barbara McEver, Minnie Lou Carroll and Gertrude McDaniel, all of Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Marguerite Parks Nix
Marguerite Parks Nix, age 91, died June 12, 2004, at BJC Medical Center Nursing Facility. She was born on March 31, 1913, in Gainesville, Georgia.
She was the daughter of Edward Thomas “Ned” Parks, Sr. and Era Blanche Bird, of Gainesville, and the great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin Parks, of Dahlonega Gold Rush fame. Mrs. Nix was also a survivor of the 1936 Gainesville tornado.
Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, J. Nelson Nix, and her brothers, Edward, Jr. and Curtis, Sr., and sisters, Myrtle and Emma.
She is survived by a son, J. Nelson Nix, Jr., of Chicago, Illinois. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Curtis Parks, Sr., of Gainesville, and Mrs. Dillard Nix, of Augusta, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Nix had retired in 1971 from Commerce Public Schools where she is often remembered as a Fifth Grade teacher. She began her teaching career at Riverbend School in Gainesville and then Davis Academy in Banks County. A graduate of Breneau College, she also attended the University of Georgia and was certified to teach English, French and German languages. She had been active in the Retired Teachers Association.
Proud of her homemaking skills, she was well known for her baked goods. Mrs. Nix was a patriot who also served at home standing by the two men in her family through wartime military service. She also supported her husband in many years of political endeavors.
Mrs. Nix was a dedicated member of many years at the Commerce First Baptist Church, where she had served as church secretary and as Junior Department Sunday School teacher.
Funeral services were held at the Commerce First Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 15, at 11 a.m.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004

Parks C. Gailey
Parks Carter Gailey, 89, of Commerce, died Monday, June 14, 2004.
Mr. Gailey was born August 10, 1914, in Jackson County, a son of the late Claude Hampton and Woodie Cathrine McDonald Gailey.
Mr. Gailey retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudine Milford Gailey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Verlin Reece officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Fleming Weaver, Gainesville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kimberly and Jonathan Ballew, Roswell; great-granddaughter, Sydney Ballew, Roswell; brother, Harold Gailey, Commerce; and sisters, Cathrine Thompson, Iva, S.C., and Inez Davis, Dunwoody.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Baptist Church Building Fund, 190 Mt. Olive Church Road, Commerce, GA 30520.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 16, 2004


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