Banks County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 20, 2004


Toni McGee
Toni McGee, 50, of Mays-ville, died Sun-day, October 17, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Survivors include her husband, Jesse E. McGee, of the home; a son and daughter, Lorn McGee and Kristin McGee, both of Maysville.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in the Maysville Sunrise Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Lottie Henley
Lottie Kathryn Henley, 81, of Homer, died Friday, October 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center of an extended illness.
Survivors include a son, James E. Wheeler, Homer; three daughters, Linda Haney, Palm Beach, Fla., Sandra Wheeler, Cocoa, Fla., and Lisa Dale, Pendergrass; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Private memorial services will be held by the family at a later date.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Juan Dimas-Pantoja
Juan Dimas-Pantoja, 45, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, October 12, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, from injuries received in an accident.
Born in Rancho Nuevo de la Cruz, Abaslo, GTO, Mexico, on September 30, 1959, he was a son of the late Jesus-Dimas Ramirez and Engracia Pantoja-Borja. He was employed in the poultry industry and was a Catholic, being a member of Senora de Guadalupe Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ma. Elena Sepulveda Negrete; three daughters, Norma Patricia Dimas Sepulveda, Yanet Dimas Sepulveda, and Elizabeth Dimas Sepulveda; four sons, Juan Dimas Sepulveda, Luis Dimas Sepulveda, Ivan Dimas Sepulveda and Erik Dimas Sepulveda, all of Rancho Nuero de la Cruz, GTO, Mexico; sisters, Ma. Rosario Dimas-Pantoja, Athens, Marta Dimas-Pantoja, Clarkesville, Ma. de los Angeles Dimas-Pantoja, Mexico City, Mexico, Ma. Guadalupe Dimas-Pantoja and Felica Dimas-Pantoja, both of Baldwin; brother, Cornelio Dimas-Pantoja, Athens.
Funeral services and burial will be held at a later date in Rancho Nuevo de la Cruz, GTO, Mexico.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Walter Carlyle
Walter Cecil Carlyle, 57, of Homer, died Thursday, October 14, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Jackson County, October 2, 1947, he was a son of the late William Hoyt and Cora Walden Carlyle. Mr. Carlyle was a veteran having served in the United States Navy, was owner and operator of C and L Trucking for many years, and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lisa Samples Carlyle, and a brother, James Horace Carlyle.
Survivors include daughters, Laura Carlyle, Lula, and Lindsey Carlyle, Homer; sons, Clay Carlyle, Lula, and Caden Carlyle, Homer; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Gene England and Betty and Ray Rogers, all of Gainesville, Kathy and Charles Finley, Dawsonville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Royce and Sandra Carlyle, Lenoir City, Tenn., Boyd and Terry Carlyle, Pendergrass, and Wayne and Paulette Carlyle, Lula; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeff Appling and Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in Belmont Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. James Hatcher officiating at the graveside.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Troy Coffee
Troy Hawkins Coffee, 95, of Alto, died Thursday, October 14, 2004, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.
Born in Franklin County on August 24, 1909, he was the son of the late Eppie Eddins and Matilda Daily Coffee. He was retired from Ethicon after 18 years of service, was also a farmer, and a member of Line Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Mae Moss Coffee.
Survivors include daughters, Elizabeth Anne Coffee Rountree, Cornelia, and Barbara Coffee Hughes, Sanford, Fla.; son, Charles C. Coffee, Plano, Tex.; and grandchildren, Victoria Coffee and Charles Edward Coffee.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 16, at Line Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffiin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Rachel McCoy
Rachel Neal McCoy, 85, of Atlanta, died Tuesday, October 12, 2004.
Born July 19, 1919, in Banks County, she taught school for 31 years and was a pioneer at the University of Georgia Graduate School in Elementary School Counseling. Miss McCoy served as Atlanta City School’s first full-time elementary school counselor from 1967-1979. She worked as a child therapist at the Atlanta Counseling Center for 22 years, was a long time member of International Alpha Delta Kappa Honor Sorority for Women, was listed in Who’s Who of American Women, and was a long time member of Wieuca Road Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother, John Owen McCoy, Atlanta; three nephews and a niece, Thomas Milton Caudell, Robert McCoy Caudell, Melinda McCoy Hall, all of Atlanta, and John Owen McCoy, Jr., Houston, Tex.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 15, in Patterson Funeral Home’s Arlington Chapel, Atlanta. Burial was in Arlington Memorial Park.
Online tributes may be made at www.mem.com.
H.M. Patterson and Son Funeral Home, Atlanta, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Elsie Holcomb
Elsie Mae Wade Holcomb, 92, of Cornelia, died Monday, October 18, 2004, at a private care facility.
Born February 12, 1912, in Habersham County, she was the daughter of the late Sherman and Ola Gailey Wade. Mrs. Holcomb was a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ellen Alexander, Alto, Jennie Ola Whitacre, Oxford, Fla., and Carole Anne Haines, Sanford, N.C.; three sons, Ralph Miles Holcomb, Bradenton, Fla., William Clayborn Holcomb, Baldwin, and James Cameron Holcomb, Ware Shoals, S.C.; four sisters, Joyce Jordan and Imogene Stancil, both of Alto, Irene Pratchard, Cornelia, and Sandra Poole, Baldwin; two brothers, Odell Wade and Vance Wade, both of Alto.
Private graveside services were held.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Bob Stiarwalt
Bob Stiarwalt, 76, of Toccoa, died Friday, October 15, 2004, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.
Born January 11, 1928, in Galesburg, Ill., he was a son of the late Frank and Pearl Kennedy Stiarwalt. He had lived in Georgia for the last 25 years and in Toccoa for the last seven years. Mr. Stiarwalt was a veteran having served in the United States Army during World War II and Vietnam. He retired with 25 years of military service and later retired from A & A Electric, Cornelia. He was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church and a member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dan Stiarwalt and Jim Stiarwalt, and a sister, Meda Veatch.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Lewallen Stiarwalt of the home; four daughters, Janice McCleery, Kewanee, Ill., Beatrice Morris, Kempner, Texas, Corrine Keller, Lampasses, Texas, and France Gosnell, Clarkesville; two sons, Larry Stiarwalt, Illinois, and Max Stiarwalt, Alto; eleven grandchildren; three step-children; and a sister, Wanda Wessels, Galesburg, Ill.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17, at Zebulon Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerrell Beatty and Geter Owens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with full military honors by the United States Army. Honorary escorts were Tommy Floyd, Doug Gibson, LaBrone Justice, Leon Kimsey, Grady Lewallen, and Michael Pearson.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

‘Oscar’ Haynes
Ernest Willie “Oscar” Haynes, 78 of Commerce, died October 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center following an extended illness.
Survivors include his wife, Alma L. Haynes, of the home; son, David Haynes, Commerce; brother, Pete Haynes, Commerce; three sisters, Estelle Denton; Homer, Jenny Puckett and Jean Hooper, both of Commerce; one granddaughter; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Henry Webb, Jerry Smith, and Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

James Burts
James R. Burts, 56, of Maysville, died Thursday, October 14, 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Blanche Burts, and a brother, Mitchell Burts.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Burts; sons, Daniel Burts, Gainesville, and Jason Burts, Maysville; brother, Mark Burts; sisters, Janie George and Judy Poole, both of Clarkesville.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 20, at Hillside Memorial Gardens, Gainesville, with Pastor Maurice Witt officiating.
McDonald & Rogers Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.
Jeanette Smith
Jeanette Brooks Smith, 80, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 16, 2004, at the BJC Nursing Home.
Born in Jackson County, June 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Bonnie Louise Duncan Brooks. Mrs. Smith was retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax examiner and was a member of Mt. Carmel Christan Church, Stone Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Clarke Smith.
Survivors include a son, Darryl G. Smith, Marietta; two grandchildren, Amanda Jones, Kennesaw, and G.W. Smith, Marietta; two great-grandchildren, Alicia and Camron Jones, both of Kennesaw; and a brother, Talmadge Brooks, Winder.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bobby Anthony officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Stockbridge.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

‘Dee’ Lyons
Elizabeth Deon “Dee” Lyons, 77, of Butler, Pa., died Wednesday, October 13, 2004, at the Sunnyview Home.
Born July 14, 1927, in Ray, Ariz., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Zent) Craig. While in high school in Arizona, she started a Telephone Operator career in a P.O.W. Intern Camp. She then worked as an Executive Secretary on the Mountain Home Air Force Base, Mountain Home, Idaho. There she organized junior bowling leagues and taught cooking and sewing classes to the base youth. After her husband retired from the Air Force, they moved to Georgia where she opened a ceramic shop and continued to work with area youth. She was instrumental in organizing the Daisy Festival in Nicholson and had retired as a probation officer with the Georgia Corrections Department in Athens. Mrs. Lyons was a member of the Latter Day Saints Church and enjoyed cooking, camping, and ceramics, according to her family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth “Casey” Lyons.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie and Paul Frenchak, Butler, and Heidi and Scott Pafford, Maysville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be planned for the family. Cremation services were provided by the Geibel Funeral Home, Butler, Pa.
Geibel Funeral Home, Butler, Pa., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.

Margaret Wilder
Margaret Marie Jones Wilder, 48, of Elberton, died Thursday, October 14, 2004, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.
A native of Elbert County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Dorothy Harbert Jones. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosalee Baxter and brothers Samuel Jones, Jr. and Donald Jones.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie L. Wilder, Elberton; daughters, Dorothy Harrell, Royston, and Charlene Dutton, Commerce; son, Charles Leslie Wilder, Elberton; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Loyd, and Ruby Booth, both of Elberton, Martha Fleeman, Royston; and brother, Ricky Jones, Hortense.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, in the chapel of Hicks Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Adams officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Hicks Funeral Home, Elberton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 2004.


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