Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 14, 2004


Myrtis Jones
Myrtis Burton Jones, 91, Clarkesville, died Monday, July 12, 2004 at Habersham Home, West.
Born in Habersham County, August 9, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Wright and Ethel Church Burton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hilyer Jones, two daughters, Dorothy L. Jones and Joyce Brotherton and a son, Hayden Jones. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Ann Jones, Macon; son and daughter-in-law, LeRoy and Ann Jones, Braselton; sister, Exie Batalia, Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Revs. Furman Lewis and Kennedy Smartt officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.

Gene Crocker
Troyce Eugene “Gene” Crocker, 57, Lula, died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Banks County on March 18, 1947, he was the son of the late Coy Lee and Edith Dodd Crocker. Mr. Crocker worked at Construction Components and was also a horse trainer. He raised quarter horses and was of the Holiness faith.
Survivors include a brother, Kenneth Crocker, Baldwin; a brother and sister-in-law, Carson and Deborah Crocker, Alto; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanell and Jimmy Stewart, Demorest, Louise and Gary Terrell, Alto, and Geneva and Chester Shirley, Cornelia; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 9, 2004, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. John Umberhant and Ernest Hunter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004


Forest Crenshaw
Forest V. Crenshaw, 84, Shawnee, Okla., formerly of Alto, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, following an extended illness.
Mr. Crenshaw was born November 3, 1919, in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, and had lived a greater part of his life in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Flarence W. Crenshaw and Lona May Willey Crenshaw and was also preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Crook Crenshaw.
He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was retired from Lee Arrendale State Prison as a correctional officer. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Cleveland, and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his sisters, Thelma Perkins, Winchester, Ohio; Shirley Logue, Arkansas City, Kan., and Hazel Scott, Stillwater, Okla; and brothers, Harold Crenshaw, Tecumseh, Okla., and Don Crenshaw, Grandview, Mo.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 9, 2004, from Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Steve Doran officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Hahira, GA 31632-9989.
Whitfield Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004

Bobbie Jean Lewallen Waddell
Bobbie Jean Lewallen Waddell, 67, Kings Mountain, N.C. died Friday, July 2, 2004 at her home.
Born in Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Bentley and Essie Ausburn Lewallen. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Lewallen, and sisters, Vassie Mae Lewallen Smith and Eulene Lewallen.
Mrs. Waddell was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed special time with her husband of 50 years, camping and watching the Atlanta Braves and NASCAR on T.V. Her hobby was crocheting and giving afghans to family and friends. She was a member of Christian Freedom Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, N.C., and retired from American Security-Danaher Tool Group, Gastonia, N.C. and worked for Neisco Industries.
Survivors include her husband, William B. Waddell; sons, Ricky Waddell, Kings Mountain, N.C., Scott Waddell and wife, Millicent, Kings Mountain, N.C.; daughter, Jane Waddell Burton and husband, Kenneth, Kings Mountain, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Chris, Dustin, Haleigh, Chelsea and Josh Waddell, all of Kings Mountain, N.C., Crystal Bridges and Tracey Bridges Bowen, Grover, N.C.; 12 great-grandchildren; special friends, Clarence and Renee Calhoun, Grover, N.C., and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was July 4, 2004, at Christian Freedom Baptist Church, with the Revs. Mike Chambers and Bob Hicklin officiating.
Burial was in Christian Freedom Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, N.C.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights, Shelby, N.C., 28150 or to Christian Freedom Baptist Church, 246 Range Rd., Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086.
Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, N.C. was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.

James Jacks
James O. Jacks, 66, Commerce, died Friday, July 9, 2004, at Peachtree Christian Hospice.
Mr. Jacks was born July 7, 1938 in Jackson County and was the son of the late Clarence and Clara Veal Jacks. He was the husband of the late Shirley Smith Jacks.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Amanda Fleeman, Toccoa; three sisters, Margaret Epps, Marietta, Wilma Moore, Center, and Reba Warr, Ocala, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 12, 2004 at Little-Ward Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Jessie Mealor officiated.
Burial was at Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.

Janie Bowers
Mrs. Janie Ruth Bolton Bowers, 90, of Atlanta, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Fountain View Center.
Mrs. Bowers was a native of Banks County. She was the daughter of the late Davy Pattman and Hattie Jane Chandler Bolton, and the wife of the late Carl Bowers.
Survivors are son and daughter-in-law, Michael J. and Bette Rose Bowers, Commerce; grandchildren Carl and Ingrid Bowers, Acworth, Bruce and Denna Bowers, Marietta, Chelle and Frank Blancato, Marietta and seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral services were held Tuesday, July 13, 2004, from the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, with the Revs. Rick Bowers and David Bowen officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, 3120 Raymond Dr., Atlanta, GA, 30340, or the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, 54 Cherry St. Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.

Magdalene Oliver
Magdalene Lackey Oliver, 70, Alto, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at the North East Georgia Health Systems Lanier Park Campus following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by brothers James S. Lackey and Edward Lackey.
Born in Habersham County on June 30, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Demorest and Manda Jane Armour Lackey. She worked at Yonah Realty, Big Birds Nest and was a homemaker. Mrs. Oliver was a member of Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. She loved to garden, sew and sing.
Surviving are husband, B.L. Oliver, Alto; daughter, Karen turner, Alto; sons, Every and Buck Oliver, Alto; brother, Roy Lee Lackey, Gainesville; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 14, 2004, from the McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Chapel, with the Revs. John Umberhant, J. Clarence Reynolds, and Lester Haynes officiating. Burial was in Yonah Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.

Kerry Bryant Thomas
Kerry Bryant Thomas, 40, of Jefferson, died Thursday July 8, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center of an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lizzie Mae and Coleman Dailey, Marion W. and Myrtle Thomas.
Survivors include his parents, Luther B. Thomas, Baldwin, and Jean D. Thomas, Commerce; daughter, Ashton Bree Thomas and her mother, Sandra Thomas, both of Commerce; a personal friend, J.R. Pickelsimer, Jefferson; an adopted brother, William Thomas, Royston; a half-sister, Wanda Moon, Crawford; half-brothers, Raymond Thomas and Calvin Thomas, both of Anderson, S.C., Marvin R. Thomas, Lexington, and Clyde W. Thomas, Crawford and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Sunday from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Kesler, Mike Stowers and Jerry Friday officiating with burial in Howington cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.

Eva Lou Phinney
Eva Lou Phinney, 74, Commerce, died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at BJC Medical Center.
She was the daughter of the late John L. Jones and the late Eva Elizabeth Jones. Mrs. Phinney served for 13 years as a certified nurse’s assistant and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nelvic Sue Brumblow.
The funeral was held Friday, July 9, 2004, at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home. Burial was in the Hudson River Baptist Church cemetery in Banks County.
Survivors include daughters, Shavon Angel and Charlotte Sue Brown, both of Commerce, Cheryl Ann Brown, Florence, Ala., Betty Jean Mayo, Florida, Eva Louise Bender, Wisconsin, and Betty Angel Brown, Plant City, Fla; sons John Clifton Childers, Ila, Thomas Avery Mayo, Commerce, and Tennis Allen Brown, Plant City, Fla.; sister, Betty Lou Reid, Plant City, Fla.; brothers, Floyd Jones and Ferrell Jones, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004

Laneita Bryant
Laneita Ann Ballew Bryant, 72, Dewy Rose, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Bryant was born in Elbert County, September 19, 1931, the daughter of the late Lee Thomas and Frances Glovena Williams Ballew. Mrs. Bryant was a homemaker and of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Jack Ballew, and one sister, Hazel Shock.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Bryant, Dewy Rose; sons, Stanley Bryant, Johnny Bryant and Danny Bryant, all of Dewy Rose; daughter, Wanda Bryant, Dewy Rose; sisters, Marilyn Treadway, Hull and Pat Whitfield, Homer; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Friday, July 9, 2004, at the Pruitt Funeral Home chapel with the Revs. Don Scott and Williard Crider officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mrs. Bryant’s grandsons, Chris Bryant, Micah Bryant, Joey Echols, Ashley Rousey, Scott Bryant, and Wes Brown.
Memorials may be made to March of Dimes, Disabled Veterans, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 14, 2004.


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