Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 10, 2004


Mary Lawson
Mary Lou Lawson, 78, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, November 6, 2004, after an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, she lived in the area all of her life. She was a homemaker, member of Unity Church, Maysville, and attended Whitehall Baptist Church, Lula.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John Wayne and Brenda Lawson, Dacula, and Ron and Donna Lawson, Lula; grandchildren, Jennifer and Robert Benca, Snellville, Christina and Noah Ryan, Dacula, Kenny and Sondra Thompson, Lula, Dina Thompson and Jason Thompson, Lula; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Grace Ivey, Commerce, Dot Adams, Florida, Jimmie Wortham, Lawrenceville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Bert Heaton, Bethlehem, Tina and Howard Gordon, Macon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 8, in the Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Ryals officiating. Burial was in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cumming.
Memorials may be made to Life Care of Lawrenceville, 210 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30045.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Steve Dyer
Steve Dyer, 28, of Alto, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004.
He was born in Hall County on May 20, 1976, and was a graduate of Habersham Central High School. He was assistant produce manager with Quality Foods in Cornelia, was a paramedic and EMT with Habersham and Banks counties, and worked with the Habersham County Fire Department. Mr. Dyer was a member of Dewberry Baptist Church #2 in Gainesville. He was a loving son, father and devoted husband, according to his loved ones.
Survivors include his wife, Deane Smith Dyer, Hollingsworth community; mother and step-father, Diane Mitchell Carpenter and Stacey Carpenter, Cornelia; father and step-mother, Wendell and Angela Hickman Dyer, Lula; daughter, Maggie Kaitlyn Dyer, Hollingsworth community; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Cindy Dyer, Demorest; step-brothers, Tyler Carpenter, Jordan Carpenter and Anthony Carpenter, all of Cumming; maternal grandparents, the Rev. Roy Lee and Naomi Mitchell, Cornelia; paternal grandparents, Jack and Christine Dyer, Cornelia; and a niece, Shannah Dyer, Demorest.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Revs. Milton Harris, Roy Lee Mitchell and James Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Thursday, November 11, and Friday, November 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to the trust fund for Deane and Maggie Dyer, C/O United Community Bank, P.O. Box 428, Cornelia, GA 30531 or to Little Dreamer’s Academy.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Katherine Jones
Katherine Nix Jones, 90, of Turnerville, died Saturday, November 6, 2004, at Habersham County medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County on October 3, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Mallie Hawkins Nix. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shuford Jones, Sr.
Surviving include sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Shuford Jones, Jr., and Ann Jones, Winder, Wayne and Grace Jones, Baldwin, David and Janet Jones, Sautee-Nacoochee, Glenn and Susan Jones, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynn Jones and Bill White, St. Petersburg, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three foster-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 9, in Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. George Deadwyler, Shuford Mark Jones III, and Dr. Bill Cashion officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Willie Bell
Willie Sloan Bell, 88, of Baldwin, died Monday, November 8, 2004, at a private care facility.
She was born on March 16, 1916, in Hall County, the daughter of the late G.M. and Effie Jones Sloan. Mrs. Bell was formerly from Gainesville and was retired from Chicopee Manufacturing, Lumite Division, as a textile supervisor with many years of service. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Boyd Bell, sisters, Mary Corn and Nell S. Bell, brother, Ray Sloan, and son-in-law, Keith Whitmire.
Survivors include daughter, Helen Bell Whitmire, Buford; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn C. and Barbara Bell, Baldwin; brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Clare Sloan, Gainesville; five grandchildren, Susan Bell, Sherri Bell, Staci Bell Stringer and Joel Stringer, Barry and Lauren Whitmire, and Brad and Kim Whitmire; 10 great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Viva Hulsey, Matthew Hulsey, Andrew Hulsey, Kristina Stringer, Kory Stringer, Katie Whitmire, Sarah Whitmire, Beth Whitmire, Rebecca Whitmire, and Amy Whitmire; and one great-great-grandchild, Hadleigh Hulsey.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 11, at 2 p.m. in the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial will be in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

David Cunningham
David Gene Cunningham, 43, of Alto, died Saturday, November 6, 2004, at the residence following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County on September 22, 1961, he was the son of the late Arthur J. Cunningham. He was a heating/air tech employed by Dockery Heating and Air Conditioning Company and was a member of Alto Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Ann Savage Cunningham, Alto; daughters, Nancy Louise Cunningham, Cornelia and Christy Ann Murray, Achdale, N.C.; son, John Leonard Murray, Bryson City, N.C.; mother, Nancy Jane Burns Cunningham, Statham; brothers, Billy Joe Cunningham, Ellenwood, James Daniel Cunningham, Statham, William Grady Cunningham, Clarkesville; sister, Janie Sue Hyder, Statham; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Revs. Alvin Burns and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Clarence Jordan
Clarence Jordan, 77, of Alto, died Tuesday, November 2, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on June 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Luther and Margie Cook Jordan. He was a member and a deacon of Mt. Sinai Congregational Holiness Church and attended Free Worship Church. Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Jordan, and sister, Ruby Bragg.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Wade Jordan, Alto; son, Dennis W. Jordan, Alto; grandchildren and spouses, Brian and Anitria Jordan, Chad and Tina Jordan, Misty and Cliff Baird; and great-grandchildren, Justin Jordan, Shelby Baird, “Baby Faith” Baird and Joshua Baird.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with the Revs. Scott Ledbetter, Charles Robinson, and Tracy Davidson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Sinai Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Sara Ramsey
Sara Brown Ramsey, 80, of Toccoa, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at Stephens County Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in Habersham County on May 3, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Cranford S. and Arizona England Brown. She was a homemaker who loved to crochet and garden, according to her loved ones. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Ramsey, daughter, Reba Pitts, brothers, Ben Brown, Paschal Brown, Jack Brown, Claude Brown, and Bill Brown, sister, Ellen Barrett, and a grandchild.
Survivors include a daughter, Lessie Williams, Toccoa; sister, Bonnie Armour, Alto; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with the Revs. Geter Owens and Brad Crowe officiating. Burial was in Tom’s Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Montine Hardman
Montine Sorrow Hardman, 89, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at her residence.
She was born March 23, 1915, in Banks County, and was the daughter of the late John and Hassie Skelton Sorrow. She was a homemaker and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include sons, David Hardman, Danielsville, Bobby Hardman, Savannah, Dr. William Hardman, Athens, and Mike Hardman, Cleveland; brothers, Charles Sorrow, Conyers, and Noble Sorrow, Brunswick; and sister, Johnnie Spray, Arnoldsville.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 5, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.

Cody Massey
Cody Massey, 93, of Cornelia, died Friday, November 5, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born October 12, 1911, in Banks County, he was the son of the late William Curt and Hattie Short Massey. He was retired from Gold’s Department Store with 30 years of service and was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church. Mr. Massey was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Louise Gailey Massey, a sister, Murwyn Moody, and a granddaughter, Jan Marie Massey.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Billy C. and Sara Massey and Bobby L. and Jeri Massey, all of Cornelia; sisters, Everette Milford, Commerce, Ebbie Hill, Columbia, S.C., and Janell Chandler, Dalton; brothers, Shelby Massey, Commerce, and Norman Massey, Virginia; four grandchildren, James and Debbie Massey, Cornelia, Joel Massey, Gainesville, Chris and Chuck Adams, Royston, Sandy and Tony Pheifer, Waterford, Wis.; seven great-grandchildren, Austin Massey, Ashby Massey, and Avery Massey, all of Cornelia, Chase Adams and Cayla Adams, both of Royston, and Frank Pheifer and Nick Pheifer, both of Waterford, Wis.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 7, at the Cornelia First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Doran officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 10, 2004.


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