Banks County Obituaries...

JUNE 30, 2004


Edward H.
Smith Sr.
Edward Harold Smith Sr., 70, of Lula, died Friday, June 25, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital of an extended illness.
A member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, Mr. Smith was also a member of Phi Delta Masonic Lodge in Homer. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and was a Shriner.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Cameron officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Katie Smith, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Leah and Paul Wiltsie, Lula; a son, Edward H. (Hal) Smith, Miramichi, New Brunswick; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Wiltsie and Jessica Wiltsie, both of Lula, and Matthew Smith and Kenton Smith, both of Miramichi, New Brunswick.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Georgia P. Parson
Mrs. Georgia Pauline Craig Parson, 79, of Lula, died Friday, June 25, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital.
Born October 8, 1924, in Banks County, Mrs. Parson was the daughter of the late Guy William and Mae Shumake Craig.
She retired from Carwood Manufacturing in Cornelia and was a singer. She was of the Holiness denomination.
Mrs. Parson was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Parson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dugar Strickland and Katie Franklin officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Craig, Homer, and Ramon Parson, Lula; one daughter, Annette Parson, Lula; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Nathaniel M. Hart
Nathaniel Melvin Hart, 73, of Alto, died Monday, June 28, 2004, at a private healthcare facility in Lilburn following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on March 4, 1931, Mr. Hart was a son of the late Will and Josephine Dodd Hart.
He retired from Mt. Vernon Mills after 25 years of service, and was a member of Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. He was an avid craftsman and ran Hart’s Sunshine Furniture for many years.
Mr. Hart was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Brooks Hart, a daughter, Rita Gail Hart Morgan, a brother, Archie Hart, and a sister, Lucille Ferguson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Lester Haynes and Robert Magness officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Hart, Alto, Sue Heumaneus, Cornelia, and Louise Payne, Toccoa; four brothers, Grady Hart and Rowe Hart, both of Alto, Kenneth Hart, Cornelia, and Lional Hart, Toccoa; three sisters, Hazel Crumbley, Atlanta, Ruth Underwood, Alto, and Winnie Echols, Lula; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

William V. Simmons
William Vasco Simmons, 94, of Alto, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at a private health care facility.
Born in Hall County on October 16, 1909, Mr. Simmons was a son of the late Camuel Cleveland Simmons and Millie King Simmons.
He was a retired carpenter and farmer and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Mae Wade Simmons, a sister, Bonnie Simmons Eller, and two brothers, Lon Simmons and James V. Simmons.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Corbin Coley and Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, James “Don” Simmons, Cornelia, William Odis Simmons, Alto, Harold W. Simmons, Oakwood, and Danny L. Simmons, Union Point; two sisters, Beulah Simmons Boswell, Gainesville, and Kathryn Simmons Smith, Baldwin; seven grandchildren, Pat Simmons, Shelly Simmons Poole, Ginger Simmons Evans, Joy Simmons White, Scott Simmons, Patti Graham and Wayne Simmons; and four great-grandchildren, Haley White, Grayson White, Makayla Graham and Amanda Graham.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Leona ‘Tina’ Brown
Ms. Leona Christine “Tina” Martin Brown, 24, of Resaca, formerly of Baldwin, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, from injuries received in an automobile accident in Murray County.
Born in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 22, 1980, Ms. Brown was the daughter of Alfred T. (Al) Martin and Debbie Martin, Baldwin.
She was employed with Dairy Queen and was a member of Baldwin Baptist Church. Ms. Brown was preceded in death by a daughter, Victoria Brown.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 25, in the Baldwin Cemetery with the Rev. Craig Lee officiating.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Brown is survived by two brothers, Jason Martin and Christopher Martin, both of Baldwin; and her grandmother, Barbara Schabert, Phoenix, Ariz.
Memorials may be made to the Baldwin Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 67, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004
Fannie R. Beck
Mrs. Fannie Ruth Beck, 92, of Commerce, died Monday, June 28, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Beck was a daughter of the late William Parker and Margie Westbrooks Bennett, and the wife of the late Luther Beck. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia R. Crane.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances E. Fortson, Commerce; a son, Hoyt Beck, Homer; a sister, Geraldine Gardiner, Commerce; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Richard T. Purdy
Richard T. Purdy, 51, of Commerce, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at a local hospital following a sudden illness.
Mr. Purdy was born September 23, 1952, in Fulton County. He was a son of Leonard Lee Purdy Sr., Commerce, and the late Vivian Clara Parker Purdy.
Mr. Purdy was employed as a stock room manager for K-Mart, with 33 years of service. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his father, Mr. Purdy is survived by four brothers, Leonard Lee Purdy Jr., Douglas Dwayne Purdy and Larry Wayne Purdy, all of Commerce, and Johnny David Purdy, Flowery Branch.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Doris F. Gaines
Mrs. Doris Faye Queen Gaines, 46, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Gaines was born in Habersham County on November 19, 1957. She was a daughter of the late Jack and Theodosia Purdy Queen.
Mrs. Gaines was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Coker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Gaines is survived by her husband, Gene Gaines, Nicholson; one son, Daniel Gaines, Columbus; one brother, David Queen, Dawsonville; four sisters, Delores Garrett and Debrel Moore, both of Athens, Drucilla Hall, Danielsville, and Diann Williams, Hull; one grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Bonnie G. Phillips
Mrs. Bonnie Geneva Phillips, 75, of Winder, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004.
Mrs. Phillips was a daughter of the late Lucius and Almer Wilson Brewer.
She was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Jerry Flanigan and Truman Humphries officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, Ralph Phillips, Winder; daughter, Diane Phillips, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and David Shedd, Winder; brother, the Rev. Kenneth Brewer, Braselton; sisters, Ann Keith, Winder, Carol Keith, Braselton, and Betty Joe Sloan, Alto; two grandchildren, Holly Shedd and Justin Shedd; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Shedd and Kelsie Shedd.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Donald E. Williams
Donald Edward Williams, 65, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, following an extended illness.
Mr. Williams was born in Hall County on July 17, 1938. He was a son of the late Leonard Jasper Williams and the late Lena Merle Lancaster Williams.
Mr. Williams was a retired bus driver with the Jackson County Board of Education and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Howard Banks and Phil Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Center Methodist Church Cemetery. Bill Clements, Ray Anderson, P.A. Underwood, Lamar Langston, Howard Merk and Leonard Ginn served as pallbearers.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Trisha Dianne Whiting Williams, Commerce; three daughters, Melinda Durkas, Gainesville, Gail Ebersole, Commerce, and Lynn Little, Jefferson; two sons, Chris Williams, Commerce, and Hubert Williams, Jefferson; two brothers, Douglas Williams, Talmo, and Terry Williams, Gainesville; his step-mother, Nell Williams, Gainesville; and seven grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004

Doris S. Wright
Mrs. Doris Scales Wright, of 74 Washington Street, Com-merce, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late Paul W. and Calla L. Scales.
She was a member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church, where she was a sponsor of the MYF.
Mrs. Wright graduated from Young Harris College and taught school at Hickory Flat School and Davis Academy. She later was proprietor of Wrights Ace Hardware and Gift Shop.
Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by three brothers, David F. Scales, Paul W. Scales Jr. and Peyton S. Scales, and one sister, Bess Scales Crawford.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Commerce First United Methodist Church with Dr. David Bowen and the Rev. Jim McLendon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband, William C. (Bill) Wright, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Frankie and Jay Cook, Athens; a daughter, Paulette Wright Arnold, Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Eleanor Scales Whitfield, Commerce; four grandchildren, Lea Anne Wallace, Robert E. Arnold Jr., Aimee Forbus and Jay Wright Cook; and eight great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 30, 2004


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