Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 7, 2004


Larry L. Greeson
Larry L. Greeson, 70, of Alto, died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Greeson was born in Gwinnett County on September 18, 1933. He was a son of the late Henry Clifford Greeson Sr. and Elsie Murphy Greeson.
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Greeson retired from Georgia Power, with 45 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, where he was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, and had served as a deacon in several area churches for the past 45 years. He was also a former member of the Kiwanis in Reynolds, and the Middle Flint A.P.D.C.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 5, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Steve Doran officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens. Members of the Friendship Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Greeson is survived by his wife, Shirley Greeson, of the home; daughter, Elizabeth G. McKenzie, Pendergrass; son, Stephen L. Greeson, Pendergrass; brother, Henry C. Greeson, Monroe; and grandchildren, Dillan and Emily Greeson and Ansleigh, Lauren and Bailey McKenzie, all of Pendergrass.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004

James E. Aikens Jr.
James Edward Aikens Jr., 55, of Jefferson, died Friday, July 2, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Aikens was born in Jackson County, a son of the late James E. Aikens Sr. and Mary Lou McKimsey Aikens.
He was a security guard with U.S. Security.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 5, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Bill Franklin officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include a daughter, Tonya Michelle Aikens, Gillsville; son, Keith Aikens, Braselton; sisters, Peggy Vandergriff, Jefferson, and Bertie Mae Hicks, Maysville; and brother, Richard David Aikens, Braselton.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004


Dr. Joe L. Griffeth
Dr. Joe L. Griffeth, 78, prominent Commerce physician and community leader, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at his home in Commerce.
He was born in the Plainview area of Jackson County, son of the late Robert Howell and Lucile Hancock Griffeth. He graduated from Martin Institute, Jefferson, and North Georgia College, Dahlonega, where he served as cadet lieutenant-colonel. Dr. Griffeth served his country in the U.S. Army as technical sergeant with the 77th Infantry Division during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
Following his discharge, he entered the University of Georgia and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in education. He remained a proud and enthusiastic University of Georgia alumnus. Dr. Griffeth served as principal of Commerce Grammar School for two years and earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Following an internship at Macon Hospital, Macon, and residency in surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospitals, he began his medical practice in Commerce, serving the area for 42 years.
Dr. Griffeth was chief of the medical staff at BJC Hospital and Hospital Authority Chairman for many years and was active in the 9th District and state medical organizations. He achieved Board Certification in Family Practice and was a preceptor for Mercer University and the Medical College of Georgia where he assisted in the medical education of many medical students. He was the team doctor for the Commerce Tigers football program for decades. For his dedicated service, the Tigers honored Dr. Griffeth in September 2000 with a granite likeness placed at the field’s entrance.
The physician was a member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the Board of Stewards for nine years. He served on the executive board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was devoted to the Kiwanis organization where he served over the years as local president, Georgia governor, International Trustee and International Vice President. He thoroughly enjoyed his friendships and service through Kiwanis, said family members. He was a member of Unity Masonic Lodge #36, and was a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner of Yaraab Temple. He served as a director of nBank Corporation for many years until his retirement.
“Dr. Joe loved his community. He considered it his privilege, and it certainly was his passion, to serve the families of the area,” said a family member. “He delivered over 3,400 babies and enjoyed taking care of patients of all ages.”
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, with the Revs. David Bowen and Hoyt Allen officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Dr. Griffeth is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann Thurmon Griffeth; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Carine Griffeth, Asheville, N.C., Dr. Jack and Barbara Griffeth, Gainesville, and Joe Jr. and Linda Griffeth, Davidson, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Jacline, Robert and Joanna, Will, Kirkley Ann and Jackson, Patrick and Daniel; and one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ray Bauerband, Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joe L. Griffeth, M.D. Scholarship Fund, c/o the North Georgia Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1583, Gainesville, GA 30503, or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 755, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004

Garnett H. Patton
Garnett Homer Patton, 82, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Patton was born in Franklin County on December 4, 1922. He was a son of the late J.M. Patton and Mary Euline Whitsel Patton.
Mr. Patton retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Cannon Patton, and three sons, James, Junior and Wayne Patton.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Patton, Pendergrass, and Judy Patton, Maysville; one son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Barbara Patton, Jefferson; two sisters, Betty Davis and Polly Patton, both of Pendergrass; one brother, Bobby Patton, Gainesville; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004

Fred A. Chapman
Fred Allen Chapman, 64, of Baldwin, died Thursday, July 1, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital.
Mr. Chapman was born January 4, 1940, in Muskogee, Okla., the son of Clay Chapman and the late Edith Paige Chapman.
He lived most of his life in Fresno, Calif., having moved to Baldwin six months ago. Mr. Chapman was a carpenter with Wathen Brothers Construction Company, with 25 years of service.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Steve Doran officiating.
In addition to his father, Mr. Chapman is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Highfill, Fresno, Calif., and Edith Marlene Chapman, Baldwin; three sons, Fred Allen Chapman Jr. and Onnie Chapman, both of Ottawa, Kan., and Frank Chapman, Fresno, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004

Rev. J.L. Mathis
The Rev. J.L. Mathis, 79, of Winder, died Sunday, July 4, 2004.
Born in Oconee County, Mr. Mathis was a son of the late B.O. and Maybell Tarply Mathis.
He retired as an equipment operator for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The Rev. Mathis was one of the founding members of Dove Creek Holiness Church, where he pastored from 1955 to 1990.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Mathis, and a sister, Helen Cash.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Wayne Moore officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
The Rev. Mathis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Mathis, Winder; son, Bobby L. Mathis, Baldwin; grandchildren, Kim Greeson, Michael Mathis, Pennie Mathis and Dustin Mathis; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Sellers, Perry, and Peggy Casper and Charlotte Edgar, both of Winder.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004

Rev. Charles
O. Trotter
The Rev. Charles Osborn Trotter, 74, of Elk Grove, Calif., died Friday, July 2, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was an employee of Proctor and Gamble for 32 years and was a minister for 36 years. The Rev. Trotter served at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Lockeford for 22 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Bessie Trotter, and a brother, Floyd Trotter.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Mission Chapel of Andrews and Greilich Mortuary, Sacramento, Calif. Burial will be in Camilla Memorial Lawn, Sacramento, Calif.
The Rev. Trotter is survived by his wife, Mary Trotter, Elk Grove, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Naomi and William Ward, Demorest, and Cathy and James McPherson, Sallon, Nev.; daughter, Rachel Trotter, Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Melanie Trotter, Sacramento, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, John L. and Eulene Trotter, Sacramento, Calif.; an aunt, Ethel Luthi, Cornelia; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 12011 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 708, Los Angeles, CA 90049.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews and Greilich Mortuary.
Andrews and Greilich Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004

Sara S. Townsend
Mrs. Sara Smith Townsend, 94, of Maysville, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Southern Pines.
Mrs. Townsend was born July 19, 1909, in Anderson County, S.C. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Pauline Bryan Smith.
Mrs. Townsend was a retired school teacher and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Townsend.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Calhoun officiating. Burial was in Old Silverbrook Cemetery, Anderson, S.C.
Mrs. Townsend is survived by two nephews, John Rylee, Maysville, and George Southern, Virginia; and one niece, Georgia Bartok, New Jersey.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 7, 2004


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