Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 1, 2004


Beverly Gaddis
Beverly Boles Gaddis, 77, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004, at a local health care facility.
She was born August 5, 1927. in Augusta and was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Jessie Mozelle Bonnett Boles. Mrs. Gaddis was a high school graduate, attended Maryland University and was retired from the Humana Hospital in Augusta. She was a Baptist and was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert T. Widgeon, and brothers, Charles H. Boles, Jr. and Colden Boles.
Survivors include her former husband, Jerry Gaddis, Lula; one son, Bruce W. Widgeon, Edgefield, S.C.; two daughters, Susan Y. Widgeon, Commerce, Lisa W. Miller, Maysville; one brother, Gene Boles, Augusta; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at Whitfield Funeral Home, South chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. David Bowen and Perry Smith officiating. Burial was in Silver Shoals Church Cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

Donald Burnette
Donald M. Burnette, 53, of Carnesville, died Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at his residence.
Born November 30, 1950, in Stephens County, he was the son of the late Fred and Winnie Clardy Burnette. He was a truck driver and attended Compassion Baptist Church. Mr. Burnette was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Burnette.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Burnette; three sons, Donnie Burnette, Carnesville, Chad Burnette, Gainesville, and Tony Burnette, Jackson, Ohio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sonja and Joey Pruitt, Danielsville, and April and Wesley Meeler, Alto; two brothers, Billy Burnette, Bristol, Va., and David Burnette, Toccoa; one sister, Dorothy Williams, Anderson, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 26, 2004, at the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of the Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Leon Carson and Chuck Burnette officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Donald Burnette Memorial Fund, c/o First Reliance Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 80505, Athens, Georgia 30608.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004
Myrtice Brown
Myrtice Sailors Brown, 84, of Mays-ville, died Sunday, August 29, 2004, in the Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center.
She was born October 1, 1919, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Oscar and Sallie Mae Blalock Sailors. She was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Sam Brown, Maysville; step-sons, Randy Brown, Gainesville, and Jesse Brown, Commerce; step-daughter. Judy Brown, Maysville; a cousin, Jeanette Jacobs; and a number of other cousins.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Cabin Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Bank County News, September 1, 2004.

Juell Green
Juell Dalton Green of Maysville died Thursday, August 26, 2004.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Green, Maysville; a son, Timothy Green, Braselton; four daughters, Marlene Martinez, Holland, Ohio, Gail Roberts, Kimberley Tittle and Rebecca Thomas, all of Jefferson; three brothers, Jerry Dalton, Toledo, Ohio, Ledford Dalton, Athens, and Curtis Dalton, Winder; two sisters, Clara Sammons and Ruth Strope, both of Winder; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jim Flemming officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

Swayne Hubbard
Swayne Hubbard, 57, of Maysville, died Sunday, August 29, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born July 18, 1947, in Banks County, he was the son of the late Bennie and Katie Mae (Ward) Hubbard and was retired from Green Ford. He was a member of the Unity Christian Church.
Survivors include two sons, Todd Hubbard, Maysville, and Mickey Hubbard, Gainesville; two brothers, Larry Hubbard, Maysville, and Curtis Hubbard, Oakwood; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Lumley officiating. Burial was in Wilson United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

William Sims
William Harold Sims, 63, of Jacksonville, Fla. and Alto, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004, in Jacksonville following an extended illness.
Born in White County on January 27, 1941, he was a son of Mrs. Zell Rogers Sims, Cornelia, and the late William Frank Sims. He was a graduate of North Habersham High School and was a retired employee of Canteen Vending Company. Mr. Sims was a member of AARP and Shepherds Fold Church of God in Jacksonville.
Survivors include, in addition to his mother, his wife, Lanelda Wade Sims, Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, William Dale Sims, Alto; one daughter, Zell Doarietha Miller, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Betty Gunn, Baldwin, and Bernice Campbell, Cornelia; three grandchildren, Melody, Elizabeth and Michael Miller, all of Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 28, 2004, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Cornelia, with Pastor O.L. McCullough, the Revs. Eddie A. Watson, Sr., and Eric Hulsey officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with Pastor Jacob Armour officiating at the graveside.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Shepherds Fold Church of God, 5629 Merrill Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32277 or to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

Bobby Evans
Bobby Leon Evans, 66, of Maysville, died Sunday, August 29, 2004, of an extended illness.
Born in Clarksville, Tenn., he was the son of the late Leslie and Mary Elizabeth Tucker Evans. He was a mechanic and shop supervisor and was preceded in death by his wife, Imagean Hollis Evans.
Survivors include three sons, Reverend Rex Evans, Gillsville, Neil Evans, Maysville, and Richard Wiley, Oakwood; two daughters, Pam Lee and Tammy Patton, both of Maysville; three sisters, Carlene Miller, Illinois, Carol Yeargan, Arkansas, Peggy Evans, Alabama; three brothers, Buford Evans, Tennessee, Randolph and Jerry Evans, both of Arkansas; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at the Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Knight and Larry Buffington officiating. Burial was in the Pond Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Patton, Chris Evans, Josh Huskins, Leon Whitfield, Chris Heath, George Marlow Jr.; L.C. Funderburk was an honorary pallbearer.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

‘Dave’ Mathis
William David “Dave” Mathis III, 59, of Commerce, died Friday, August 27, 2004, after a sudden illness.
He was born February 11, 1945, in Fulton County, a son of William “Bill” David Mathis Jr., Calhoun and the late Louise Locklin North. He was involved with scientific research and development. Mr. Mathis was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving in VietNam and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church, Maysville.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Craven Mathis, Commerce; two sons, Ron Foster, Danielsville, and Chad Foster, Pendergrass; three daughters, April Forrester, Maysville, Diane Mathis, St. Augustine, Fla., and Kathy Eppinger of Molena; one sister, Sandra Mathis, Richmond, N.Y.; two brothers, Don Mathis, Columbia, Md. and Alan Mathis, Gatesville, Tex.; step-mother, Kathryn Mathis, Calhoun; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 30, 2004, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Appling and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, make contribution to the Grove Level Baptist Church Building Fund, 1702 Grove Level Road, Maysville, GA 30558.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

‘Sissy’ Parr
Cleo “Sissy” Parr, 74, of Metter, formerly of Maysville, died Thursday, August 26, 2004, of an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Doc and Nora Strickland Parr and was preceded in death by three brothers, Noel, Joe and Charlie Parr, and one sister, Lillie Parr McClure.
Survivors include one son, Otis Parr; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and two special friends, Hazel Echols and Linda Ward.
Memorial services were held August 29, 2004, at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Winford Bingham officiating.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

John Brown
John C. Brown, 85, of Commerce, died Thursday, August 26, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, of an extended illness.
He was a native of Banks County and a son of the late Claude A. and Nina Lord Brown. Mr. Brown was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army and was retired from Roper Pump Co.
Survivors include his wife, Bert Brown of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Ann Brown, Commerce; two brothers, Harold and Truitt Brown, both of Commerce; and four grandchildren, Andy, Jennifer, Ashley, and Ben Brown.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 28, 2004, at the Commerce First Baptist Church. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

Judy Piotrowski
Mrs. Judy Hawkins Piotrowski, 57, of Jefferson, died Friday, August 27, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after a long illness.
Born in Savannah, she was a co-owner of Decorative Concrete Finishing. Mrs. Piotrowski graduated from Jefferson High School and the University of Georgia. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, the Adult II Sunday School Class, the Mary Martha Circle of the church and was a 2003 Ambassador for Relay for Life.
Survivors include her husband Scott R. Piotrowski, Jefferson; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Daye Piotrowski, Missoula, MT; and her father, Harold D. Hawkins, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, August 31, 2004, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Cary Hilliard officiating. Burial was at Apple Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Jefferson. Pallbearers were Keith Aviail, Tyler Truelove, Taylor Truelove, Todd Shirley, Gary Piotrowski, Gerald Hawkins, and Lee Hawkins. The honorary pallbearers were members of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson Adult II Sunday School Class and the members and wives of the “Jesters Band”.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Georgia Community Foundation “For Her Glory” Fund, P.O. Box 1583, Gainesville, GA 30503.
McDonald and Rogers Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.

Skylar Ferguson
Master Skylar Chase Ferguson, 3 months, of Commerce, died Thursday, August 26, 2004.
Born in Walton County, he was the son of Steven Ferguson and Jessica Evans, Commerce.
Survivors include paternal grandparents, Ruby Womble and David Ingram, Pendergrass; maternal grandparents, Lowell Evans, Loganville, and Marsha Bowers, Snellville; great-grandmother, Alma Womble, Winder.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 30, 2004 at the graveside. Burial was in the Winder Worship Center cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks Countu September 1, 2004.

Steve Oliver
Steve Oliver, 46, of Mt. Airy, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Born in Hall County on August 7, 1958, he was the superintendent of Skitts Mountain Golf Course and enjoyed playing golf, riding motorcycles and fishing. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Lathan Oliver, Mt. Airy; stepdaughter and step-son-in-law, Rhonda and Marshell Parson, Banks County; parents, Wiley and Lois Gilstrap Oliver, Clermont; brothers and sister-in-law, Gary and Tanya Oliver, Helen, Kevin Oliver, Gainesville; step-grandchildren, Taylor and Trisha Parson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugene and Louise Lathan Allen, Mt. Airy; and nieces and nephews, Jacob, Joseph, Angel, and Eli Oliver, Tyler King, and Hannah Allen.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 28, 2004, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Trent Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 1, 2004.


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