Banks County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 22, 2004


Medley O’Dell
Gaines Medley O’Dell, 68, of Maysville, died Sunday, September 19, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by his parents, Marion Jack and Georgia O’Dell, he was born in 1936 in Chicopee. Mr. O’Dell was formerly of South Hall County, graduated from Oakwood High School, and was a veteran of the United States Army. In 1992, Mr. O’Dell retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he worked 33 years. He was an accomplished athlete, achieving stellar success in basketball and baseball, attracting the attention of college and professional coaches. Upon completing high school, he was offered a collegiate basketball scholarship and invited to major league baseball tryouts. His influence on local athletics, youth recreation and competitiveness was legendary. Ever the player and coach, he mentored countless on fundamentals, intricacies, strategies, relations and genuine love for the games. As a player and coach, he helped raise the level of competition among the adult softball leagues of Hall County, according to family members.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Hutchins O’Dell; three children, Cynthia (Cindy) O’Dell Collins, Michael Joseph (Joey) O’Dell, and Jeffrey (Jeff) O’Dell; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Rogers O’Dell, Oakwood, Tony O’Dell, Kennesaw, Charlie O’Dell, Chestnut Mountain, and Stanley O’Dell, Norcross, and a sister, Carolyn Hammond, Oakwood.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the chapel of the Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Hutchins officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, 30501, or to the Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 691, Gainesville, 30503.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Robert Feiler
Robert L. Feiler, 65, of Maysville, died Saturday, September 18, 2004, at BJC Medical Center.
He was born in Sedgwick, Wichita, Kansas, and was a computer engineer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Hatzel Feiler.
Survivors include three children, Justine Cook, Anderson, Ind., Ursula Woodson, Louisville, Ky., and Tara Paris, Edgeville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the chapel of Little Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bowen officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

‘Junior’ Wehunt
Hamp “Junior” Wehunt, 60, of Bold Springs Community, died Monday, September 20, 2004, at his residence.
Born May 5, 1944, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Hamp Wehunt, Sr. and Ruth Goodwin Wehunt. He was a truck driver with the Floyd Hughes Hauling, was a resident of Winder for seven years, and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Joyce Hughes Wehunt; mother, Ruth Goodwin Wehunt, Lavonia; four sons, Christopher H. Wehunt, Maysville, Donald G. Wehunt, Carnesville, Thomas S. Wehunt, Hoschton, and David L. Wehunt, Carnesville; one daughter, Lori Bickerstaff, Lavonia; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Terrell and Larry Wehunt, both of Lavonia; and three sisters, Glenda Harrison, Royston, Evelyn Helms, Lavonia, and Rosita Dicaro, Winder.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, at the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home with the Rev. Dorsey Homes officiating. Burial was in the Bowers Memorial Cemetery, Canon.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

O.B. Ramsey
Mr. O.B. Ramsey, 80, of Commerce, died Thursday, September 16, 2004, at BJC Hospital of an extended illness.
He was the son of the late William H. and Mattie Lee Caithers Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his wife, Corean T. Ramsey, and a daughter, Joannie Wilkes.
Survivors include two sons, Robin Ramsey, Commerce, and Randall Ramsey, Maysville; a daughter, Sherra Ann Gilstrap, Jefferson; sister, Lucille Ayers, Baltimore, Md; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Robert Johnson and Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Herschel Dyer
Herschel Joe Dyer, 67, of Danielsville, died Saturday, September 18, 2004, in BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
He was born in White County, April 25, 1937, the son of the late Joe and Clifford Thomas Dyer. He was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle.
Survivors include sons and daughers-in-law, Daniel and Kimberly Dyer, Danielsville, Sam and Brenda Dyer, Hull, David and Pam Dyer, Ila, and Paul Dyer, Danielsville; two brothers, Hubert Dyer, Lula, and Dwey Dyer, South Carolina; and two sisters, Lucille Hooper, Nicholson, and Ethlene Meadows, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 20, at the Full Gospel Tabernacle with the Revs. Toby Dyer and Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Edward Myers
Edward Lee Myers, 60, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at his residence.
He was born December 4, 1932, the son of the late Dewey and Ethel Black Myers.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Stout Myers, Carnesville; daughter, Kathy Smith, Banks County; two step-daughters, Tammy Fortenberry, Demorest, and Beth Seiver, Missouri; two step-sons, Terry Jackson, Demorest, and Tracy Jackson, Mt. Airy; two grandchildren, Ashley Myers and Joe Littleton.
There are no services planned at this time.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Penny Garner
Penny Kitchens Garner, 43, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a short illness.
She was born in Habersham County on November 8, 1960. She was a graduate of Habersham Central High School and attended Oakey Mountain Baptist Church. Mrs. Garner was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Watkins Kitchens, and a daughter, Kristin Simmons.
Survivors include her husband, David Garner, Cornelia; father and step-mother, Billy and Mary Kitchens, Cornelia; two sons, Branson and Eli Simmons, both of Hollingsworth Community; one daughter, Erin Simmons, Hollingsworth Community; one brother, Joe Kitchens, Hollingsworth Community; two sisters, Tammy Yearwood, Lavonia, and Susan Shedd, Cornelia; and grandmother, Winnie Kitchens, Baldwin.
Memorial services were held Friday, September 17, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Brion Williams officiating.
Memorials may be made to Oakey Mountain Baptist Church, 245 Dean Cove Drive, Clarkesville, Ga. 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Phet Bounxayseng
Phet Bounxayseng, 26, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, September 14, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
He was born January 24, 1978, in Laos, was a member of the Lao Family Association, and was a weaver at Mt. Vernon Mills, Cleveland.
Survivors include his parents, Mark and Pou Bounxayseng, Baldwin; daughter, Caitlyn Bounxayseng, Baldwin; two sisters, Sai and Amy Bounxayseng, both of Baldwin; and two nephews, Jacob and Joseph Bounxayseng.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, in the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Fannie Whisnant
Fannie Lee Whisnant, 84, of Commerce, died Wednesday, September 15, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
She was born September 10, 1920 in Banks County and was the daughter of the late Mark and Mary Flowers Smith. Mrs. Whisnant was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Whisnant.
Survivors include five sons, Nathneil Whisnant, Commerce, Harold Whisnant, Arcade, Homer Whisnant, Commerce, U.V. Whisnant, Arcade, Buster Whisnant, Wadley; three daughters, Alice McDaniel, Statham, Mary Lou Norris, Nicholson, and Eunice Kittles, Ila; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 17, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Bo Whisnant officiating. Burial was in Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Robert Feiler
Robert L. Feiler, 65, of Maysville, died Saturday, September 18, 2004, at BJC Medical Center.
He was born in Sedgwick, Wichita, Kansas, and was a computer engineer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Hatzel Feiler.
Survivors include three children, Justine Cook, Anderson, Ind., Ursula Woodson, Louisville, Ky., and Tara Paris, Edgeville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the chapel of Little Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bowen officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

Mary Frances Pruitt
Mary Frances Hill Pruitt, 85, of Commerce, died Friday, September 17, 2004. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Ada Wilbanks Hill. Mrs. Pruitt was a native of Banks County, a homemaker, and a member of New Salem United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray M. Pruitt.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Sharon Pruitt, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, with the Revs. Allen Carmichael and Jim McLendon officiating. Burial was in New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.

‘Junior’ Wehunt
Hamp “Junior” Wehunt, 60, of Bold Springs Community, died Monday, September 20, 2004, at his residence.
Born May 5, 1944, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Hamp Wehunt, Sr. and Ruth Goodwin Wehunt. He was a truck driver with Floyd Hughes Hauling, was a resident of Winder for seven years, and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Joyce Hughes Wehunt of the home; mother, Ruth Goodwin Wehunt, Lavonia; four sons, Christopher H. Wehunt, Maysville, Donald G. Wehunt, Carnesville, Thomas S. Wehunt, Hoschton, and David L. Wehunt, Carnesville; one daughter, Lori Bickerstaff, Lavonia; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Terrell and Larry Wehunt, both of Lavonia; and three sisters, Glenda Harrison, Royston, Evelyn Helms, Lavonia, and Rosita Dicaro, Winder.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home with the Rev. Dorsey Holmes officiating. Burial was in the Bowers Memorial Cemetery, Canon.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, September 22, 2004.


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