Banks County Obituaries...

JULY 21, 2004


Lucy Watkins
Mrs. Lucy C. Watkins, 91, Martin, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Brown Convalescent Center, Royston.
Survivors include a daughter, Caroline June Lee, Martin; son, Jerry Watkins, Lavonia; sisters, Lottie Cisson and Hazel Macomson, both of Martin, and Sarah Loudermilk, Sautee; brother, John Gillis Cisson, Gillsville; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and two grandchildren raised in her home, Wesley Hooper, Mount Airy, and Kimberly Brown, Hull.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 16, 2004, at Allens United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Ginger Lynn Lee
Mrs. Ginger Lynn Lee, 40, Lula, died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Lee was born in Fort Benning and was the daughter of Janett T. Shreffler and the late Max Nelson Shreffler.
Survivors include her husband, Horace Lee; son, Kevin Hugh Lee, six daughters, Kandic Ralyn Lee, Haley Janette Lee, Bridgette Renee Lee, Amanda Virginia Lee, Kaylee Sheyenne Lee, and Alyssa Victoria Lee, all of Lula; four sisters; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 21, 2004, from Timber Ridge Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Carolyn Abernathy
Carolyn Wiley Abernathy, 49, Helen, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born in Jackson County, daughter of the late James and Thelma Dodd Wiley. She was a homemaker and a member of Dukes Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her daughter Christa Maria Abernathy; and a grandson.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Abernathy, Helen; daughters, Carrie Bolling and Cassie McArthur, both of Helen; sons, Roy Scott Abernathy, Cleveland, and Cale Lee Abernathy, Helen; brothers, Ed Wiley, Cleveland, Gerald Wiley and Jerry Wiley, both of Homer, and Buddy Wiley, Lula; sisters, Geneva Franklin, Cleveland, Bertha Murphy, Dahlonega, Maria Loggins, Demorest, and Katherine Fambro, Clermont; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Dukes Creek Baptist Church, with the Revs. Brian Satterfield and Andy Caldwell officiating, Burial was in the church cemetery.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Gary Eberhart
Mr. Gary “Dean” Eberhart, 33, Lula, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004. He was born January 7, 1971 in Hall County and was in the construction business. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Edgar and Ila Eberhart and maternal grandfather, Clarence Matthews.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Gary Irvin and Deborah Eberhart, Lula; mother, Carolyn Denise Matthews, Danielsville; daughter, Faith Smith, Danielsville; sisters, Penny Howington and Melissa Giles, Danielsville; maternal grandmother, Edna Matthews, Toccoa; aunts and uncles, Don and Donna Eberhart, Cumming, Fred and Barbara Hemphill, Gillsville, Wayne and Joan Whitney, Pendergrass, Janice Crane, Danielsville, Patrice Ayers, Donna Fortson, Nicholson, Rusty Matthews, Athens; and several cousins.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 16, 2004, in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Frank Spivey officiated.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Doris Langston
Doris Annette Jordan Langston, 77, Commerce, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mrs. Langston was the wife of the late Joseph Clifford Langston and the daughter of the late John Andrew and Annie Belle Greer Jordan. She was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church and a retired textile worker. She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Kevin Williams and Chad Langston.
Survivors are sons and daughters-in-laws, Randall and Betty Langston, Commerce, Michael and Cathy Langston, Athens; daughters and sons-in-laws, Phyllis and Ronnie Seymour, Commerce, Linda and Leon Williams, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Lucille Saxon, Lumberton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 17, 2004, from the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Stuart Lang officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Rex Ivie
Rex R. Ivie, 86, Winder, died Thursday, July 15, 2004.
Mr. Ivie was born in Alto, a son of the late Virgil McClain and Lillie Teny Cook Ivie and was preceded in death by his wife, Atlanta Fulghum Ivie. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winder where he served as secretary of his Sunday school class.
Survivors include sons Rex Ivie Jr., Wilmington, Del., and James Fulghum Ivie, Macon; sisters Janet Ruby Dorsey, Woodstock, and Grace Alexander, St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, July 20, 2004, in the chapel at Smith Funeral Home. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contribution may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.


Eric Johnson
Eric C. Johnson, 74, Eatonton, died July 16, 2004, after a long illness.
He was born in Takoma Park, Md., and attended school and college in Lynchburg, Virginia. After serving in the Air Force, he settled in Savannah. He was active in civic programs and served as the first chairman of the “Feed-A-Kid” Committee for the City of Savannah, past president of the American Business Clubs, Alee Temple Character Unit and the Purchasing Management Association of Savannah. He retired from the Air Force and as a deputy sheriff for the Chatham County Tax Commissioner’s office.
He is survived by his wife Irma, Eatonton; two daughters and their husbands, Debbie and James Eubanks and Donna and Eddie Greene, all of Commerce; five grandchildren, Ricky and Erica Greene, Chad and Courtney Clark and Bailey Eubanks.
Services were held Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Crossroads Baptist Church’s Building Fund.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Jimmy Dodd
Jimmy Swayne Dodd, 59, Alton, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Habersham County August 1, 1944, he was the son of the late Homer James and Connie Ruth Gailey Dodd. He was self-employed as an auto paint and body specialist for 35 years and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Dodd.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Campbell Dodd, Alto; daughter Rebecca Curtis, Demorest; son, Kevin Swayne Dodd, Alto; brother Donnie Dodd, Demorest; sister Viedith Simmons, Alto; and grandson, Joshua Curtis, Demorest.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 18, 2004, from the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy Lee Mitchell officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.
Grady McDuffie
Grady D. McDuffie, 76, Baldwin, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Hart County on April 12, 1928, he was the son of the late Boyd and Vida Allen McDuffie. He sold boiled peanuts and prduce in the Banks County area for many years. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Campbell; brothers, Jack McDuffie, Leon McDuffie and Jimmy McDuffie.
Surviving are his wife, Vera Lynch McDuffie, Baldwin; daugheters, Linda Barrett, Cleveland, and Kathy Still, Brunswick; sons, Steve Marshall McDuffie, Baldwin; sister, Barbara Jordan, Alto; brothers Billy Joe McDuffie, Cornelia, and Willis McDuffie, Alto; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, July 19, 2004, from the Crossroads Baptist Church with the Reverends Roy Lee Mitchell, Clyde Garrison and Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Clifford Cofield
Mr. Clifford “Shorty” Cofield died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Park Campus, following an extended illness.
Mr. Cofield was born in Jackson County and was the son of the late Will and Ethel Cofield. His wife, Marjorie Cofield, brother, Bill Cofield and sister Mary Stockton, preceded him in death. He was employed by Carroll Daniel Construction for 51 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban crisis. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Brenda Cofield, Gainesville; grandchildren Josh, Justin, Kayla and Kory Cofield, Gainesville; brothers Sidney Cofield, Gainesville, Hoyt Cofield, Jefferson; sisters Jennie Stockton, Braselton, Nellie Watkins, Maysville, Bonnie Elrod, Commerce, Brenda Langford, Kennesaw, Linda Cofield, Commerce, Aggie Prickett, Thomasville.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 19, 2004, at Center Grove Baptist Church, with the Revs. Clack Stubbs and Brian Malcom officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangments.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Ruby London
Mrs. Ruby Glaze Cantrell London, 82, Cornelia, died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Born in White County on April 28, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Lester C. Glaze and Nezzie House Glaze. Mrs. London was also preceded in death by her husbands, James L. Cantrell and James Albert London; her sons, Grady Cantrell and Gwyn Cantrell; a sister, Arlene Glaze Lane; and brothers, B.L. Glaze, Vernon Glaze and Rondall Glaze.
She had been a member of Level Grove Baptist Church since 1941 where she taught Sunday School for 51 years, was active in Vacation Bible School and YWA’s. She was also active in PTA. She was a former member of the Cornelia Lioness Club, had served as wedding coordinator for Unicoi Springs Chapel in Helen and worked for ten years at Whitfield-Perkins Funeral Home.
Survivors include her stepchildren, Brenda and Melvin Anderson, Alto, and Joan and Bobby Hunt, Cleveland; grandchildren, James and Tina Cantrell, Greenville, S.C., David and Kristi Cantrell, Lula, Bruce and Heather Cantrell, Cornellia, Laura and Ed Tarver, Flowery Branch, Victor and Kim Anderson, Jason and Angie Anderson and Andy and Magen Anderson, all of Alto, April Hunt, Cleveland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ada Mae and Vernon Watkins, Cornelia, Everene and Guy Tomlin, Mt. Airy, and Jo Nell and Hansel Barrett, Cornelia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Artis J. and Irene Glaze, Mt. Airy, and Jack and Nell Glaze, Cleveland; and 15 great-granchildren.
Funeral Services were Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at Level Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Rice and Ronnie Glaze officiating. Burial was at Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.

Curtis Ledford
Curtis J. Ledford, 80, Commerce, died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born March 28, 1924 in South Carolina, he was a son of the late Inda Mae and Dock Ledford. Mr. Ledford was retired from Gold Kist and was a farmer. He was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two sons, Allen Ledford and Tommy Ledford.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Mary Beck Ledford, Commerce, include five sons, Donny Ledford, Steve Ledford, Kenneth Ledford, all of Commerce, Mark Ledford, Carnesville, and Terry Ledford, Lula; three daughters, Doris Leachman, Carol Pace and Susan Strickland, all of Commerce; four brothers, Aubrey Ledford, Bobby Ledford, Frank Ledford, all of Commerce, and David Ledford, Carnesville; seven sisters, Alice Bond, Linda Ledford, Mildred Thomas and Dot Wilbanks, all of Commerce, Ruth Bachman, Yatesville, Paulette Delozier, Buford, and Bertha Williams, Flowery Branch; 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are to be held Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at Ridgeway Baptist Church, with the Revs. Bill Manus and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, July 21, 2004.


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