Banks County Obituaries...

AUGUST 4, 2004


Patrick Dixon
Patrick Allen Dixon, 3, Alto, died July 27, 2004.
He was born in Hall County on October 17, 2000 and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Allen Charles Dixon, Sr. and Bill and Patricia Hargett.
Survivors include his father, Allen Dixon, Clarkesville; mother and step-father, Rachel and Ty Herring, Alto; two brothers, Marvin James Ramey and William Robert Ramey, both of Alto; grandparents, Cora Sue Dixon, Clarkesville, and Winnie and Arnold Wade, Demorest; great-grandmother, Cora Bell Chastain, Gainesville.
Funeral service were held Friday, July 30, 2004, from the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart with the Revs. Mickey Umbehant and Robin Martin officiating. Burial was in Harvest Christian Church Cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004

Jimmy Ledford
James Edward “Jimmy” Ledford, 65, of Talmo, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Hall County and was the son of the late Fred and Emma Elizabeth Smith Ledford. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bob and Luther Ledford.
Survivors include his son, Phillip Cruce, Alto; grandchildren, Alex, Michael and Steven Cruce; brothers, Richard Ledford, Gainesville, Jack Ledford and F.J. Ledford, both of Talmo, and Johnny Ledford, Dahlonega; sister, Ruth Shelton, Talmo; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2004 in the Little-Davenport chapel with the Rev. Ricky Ledford officiating. Burial followed in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004.

Timothy Smith
Mr. Timothy Don Smith, 45, Jefferson, died Saturday, July 31, 2004. He was born January 16, 1959 in Gwinnett County and was the son of the late Alvin Donald Smith and Ruby Forrester Smith Young, Buford. He was recently employed as a Water operator at Mayfield Dairies and was a Baptist Minister serving several churches including Bethel Baptist, Harvest Fields and Living Hope.
Survivors include the mother of his three children, Rebecca Jean Smith, Duluth; sons, Ben Smith, Maysville, Jacob Smith, Jefferson, and T.J. Smith, Duluth; sister, Phyllis Smith Baker, Jefferson.
Funeral services were to be held today, Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Buford, with the Revs. John Jackson and Allen Stevens officiating. Burial was to be in the Bethlehem UMC Cemetery. His Sons will serve as pallbearers along with Tony Howington, AJ McIntyre, Chris Howington and Danny Smith. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a contribution to the Bethlehem UMC Building Fund, Buford, or the Living Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, Braselton.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004.

Frank Farlow
Frank Louis Farlow, 62, Gillsville, died Thursday, July 29, 2004 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Farlow was born in Asheville, N.C., but had made his home in Jackson and Hall County for the last 42 years. He was the son of the late Charles Oscar and Shirley Hawkins Farlow. Mr. Farlow was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and was very active as Sunday School Superintendent, College and Career Sunday School Class teacher and Brotherhood Director. Mr. Farlow was the owner and operator of Bert’s Trim and Glass, Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Smith Farlow, Gillsville; son, Nathan Farlow, Winder; daughters and son-in-law, Emily and Matthew McCoy, Gillsville; Megan Smith, Gillsville; grandchildren, Beren Farlow, Allisan Farlow, and Lukas McCoy; brothers and sister-in-law, Bruce and Linda Farlow, Tim and Brenda Farlow, and Al and Betty Farlow, all of Asheville, N.C.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Joann Ragan, Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31, 2004 at Center Grove Baptist Church with Revs. Keith Sizemore and Matthew McCoy officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Ragan, Donny Minish, John Lipscomb, Nathaniel Clark, Jeff Jones and Jeff Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were: Scott McIntyre, Stephen McIntyre, Chris Garrish, Carey Ragan, Melinda Ragan, and Daniel Lipscomb, members from the College and Career Sunday School Class.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004.

Daniel Payne
Daniel L. Payne, 72, Commerce, died Friday, July 30, 2004 at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late D.K. and Eva Luthi Payne. He was a native of Jackson County born April 18, 1931, and was the retired owner of Paynes’ Auto Parts. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce and a United States Air Force Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Griffin Payne, Commerce; daughter Debra Cochran, Maysville, daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Hawks, Commerce, Beth and Tommy Haggard, Athens; brother George K. Payne, Hull; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held August 1, 2004 from the Chapel of little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004.
Mary Tanksley
Mary Crawford Tanksley, 55, Toccoa, died Thursday, July 29, 2004 at the North Lake Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Tanksley was born on August 13, 1948 in Hall County. She was the daughter of the late DuPree and Louise McMillan Crawford and was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Lewis Tanksley. She was formerly employed with Academy Garment Company and was a member of the Community Baptist Church, Sautee.
Survivors include three sons, Brian Tanksley, Demorest, Daren Tanksley, Cornelia, Jason Tanksley, Baldwin; seven brothers, Grady Crawford, Marietta, Rodger Crawford, Gainesville, Junior and Mike Crawford, Alto, Gary Crawford and David “Spot” Crawford, Cornelia, and Eddie Crawford, Baldwin; four sisters, Betty Woodall, Murrayville, Melinda Bennett, Gainesville, Martha Crawford, Cornelia, and Becky Andrews, Baldwin; two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31, 2004 from the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Revs. Telford Tanksley, Dale Abernathy and Junior Abernathy officiating. Burial was in the Level Grove Cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004.

Claud Farmer
Claud B. Farmer, 80, Winder, died August 1, 2004. He was born in Clarke County and was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in both World War II and The Korean War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Farmer was a member of Center Methodist Church and was retired from General Service Administration and The University of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Byron Farmer and Reba Smith Farmer Woodall.
Survivors include his wife, Eva “Pearl” Mills Farmer, Winder; sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Lisa Farmer, and Byron and Libby Farmer, all of Winder; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and L.H. Irvin, Athens, and Claudia and Jim Surface, Winder; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Arnell Farmer, Nicholson.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at Barrow Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Donnie Pennington officiating. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 2004.


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