Banks County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 17, 2004


James Kitchens
James David Kitchens, 35, of Cleveland, died Sunday, November 14, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Ft. Worth, Texas, on August 11, 1969, he was the son of the late James Roger Kitchens. He was a mechanic and of the Holiness denomination.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Abercrombie Kitchens, Cleveland; daughters, Katie Kitchens and Tayler Kitchens, both of Cleveland; son, Austin Dale Kitchens, Cleveland; mother and step-father, Ruby and William Dale Capps, Murphy, N.C.; brothers, James Kevin Kitchens, Blairsville, and James Robert Kitchens, Murphy, N.C.; sister, Lisa Beasley, Archer, Fla.; and grandmother, Winnie Kitchens, Baldwin.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 17, at the Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Bill Trotter officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

Sarah Baker
Sarah Jane Barrett Baker, 58, of Homer, died Tuesday, November 9, 2004, at her residence.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette B. Smith.
Survivors include her mother, Ruth Davis, Homer; sons, Larry J. Barrett, Cleveland, Shannon Baker, Wedowee, Ala., and Ricky Baker, Homer; daughters, Betty B. Lewallen and Tammy Baker, both of Homer.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 14, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home. Burial was in the Bethany Christian Church Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

Nina Reeder
Nina Genevieve Thompson Reeder, 76, of Baldwin, died Thursday, November 11, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Miami, Fla., on August 22, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Leo M. and Edith Brown Thompson. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, fishing and gardening, according to loved ones. Mrs. Reeder was preceded in death by sisters, Corrine Shrader and Betty Homestead.
Survivors include her husband, Henson Burnett Reeder Sr., Baldwin; daughters and sons-in-law, Nina and Daniel Skinner and Linda and John Forrester, all of Toccoa, Betty and Wayne Kelsey, Clarkesville, Tina and Kevin Pasley, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Henson Reeder, Jr. and Jackie, Demorest; brother, Clyde Thompson, Miami, Fla.; sister, Elsie Sapp, Williston, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Charlie Forrester, Jennifer Stewart, Ray Skinner, Tommy Kelsey, Louise Kelsey, Tonya Fugel, Jessica Miller, Lindsey Reeder, Clint Reeder and Brian Pasley; and 14 great-grandchildren, Nick Carter, Courtney Carter, James Thompson, Alisha Thompson, Kyle Forrester, Philomena Kelsey, Bridget Kelsey, Elizabeth Fugel, Julianna Fugel, Gabriel Fugel, Trent Reeder, Courtney Miller, Ashlyn Miller and Cole Miller.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 14, at Antioch Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stephens, Billy Burrell, Walt Marsh and Jerry Mize officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 2175 Antioch Church Road, Mt. Airy, Ga. 30563.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

Lucinda Sorrells
Lucinda Arizona Sorrells, 79, of Commerce, died Sunday, November 14, 2004, following an extended illness.
Born July 23, 1925, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late David Paul and Sara Smith Underwood. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters, Vickie Shepherd, Athens, Peggy Steffanelli, Ellijay, and Sandi Swistak, Commerce; sons, Ricky Sorrells, New Jersey, and Andy Sorrells, Gainesville; sisters, Roberta Love and Annie Laura Elrod, both of Pendergrass, and Sara Nell Bruce, Maysville; brothers, Henry Underwood, Pendergrass, and J.A. Underwood, Gainesville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 16, at the Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Knight, Duwane Major, Danny Green and Larry Buffington officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Lance, Tim Rainwater, Bobby Gene Bruce, Jerry Love, Don Sorrells and Dennis Elrod. Honorary pallbearer was Randy Billew.
Banks County, November 17, 2004.
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Jacquelyn Reid
Jacquelyn Gibson Reid, 53, of Jefferson, died Thursday, November 11, following a sudden illness.
She was born August 17, 1951, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late James Aubrey Gibson, Sr. and Sallie Belle Damron Gibson. Mrs. Reid was a homemaker and a member of the Crooked Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lee, and two brothers, John Gordon Gibson and James Aubrey Gibson, Jr.
Survivors include sons, Ronnie Wilson and Andy Reid, both of Jefferson, and Richard Reid, Bethlehem; sisters, Nell Archer and Carol Dills, both of Jefferson, Sue Hawkins, Athens, and Jean Morgan, Watkinsville; one brother, A.G. Gibson, Jefferson; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 14, at the Redstone Methodist Church with Pastor Roy Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Reid’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

Oma Armstrong
Oma Lee Armstrong, 84, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, November 16, 2004.
She was born on July 24, 1920, in Habersham County, and was the daughter of the late John and Lavonia Mullinax Armstrong. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Armstrong was preceded in death by a brother, John B. Armstrong.
Survivors include three sisters, Flossie Dooley, Cornelia, Pat Pealor, Sharpsburg and Elizabeth Carey, Baldwin; one special niece, Vickie Turner, Mount Airy; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 18, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Frank Sailers officiating. Burial will be in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

James Griffin
James Howard Griffin, 64, of Commerce, died Friday, November 12, 2004, following a long illness.
Born in Ashe-ville, N.C., he was the son of the late Marie Griffin Rice of Asheville, N.C., and the late Howard Griffin of Brevard, N.C., and the late Bill and Edith Lettermann of West Asheville, N.C.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who had a special place in the hearts of all of those who knew him, according to family members.
Mr. Griffin was a graduate of Enka High School and went to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965 and was in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Griffin belonged to Dry Pond United Methodist Church, was a member of the Asheville Moose Lodge and former owner of the The Big Occasion Bridal Shop. He was in real estate, was owner of the Mansions R. US Designer for 40 years, and owned and operated The Bedding Shop. He also had Jay Productions, had the first Miss Full Figure Pageant in 1984 and had his own T.V. show on designing your home on Real-A Vision in 1985.
He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Drake Allbright, and a brother, John Griffin.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Charlene Davis Griffin; daughters and son-in-law, Londa Griffin, Tracy Griffin, Lavette Dimsdale, and Melissa and Chris Albright, all of Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth “Kevin” Griffin, Grayson; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, George and Minnie Griffin, Asheville, N.C.; brothers, Jack Letterman, Asheville, N.C., Bill Griffin, Kenneth Griffin and Dennis Griffin, all of Brevard, N.C.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Loraine “Sis” Lance and Willa Dean (Wib) Coleman, Billie Oliver, Phyllis and Jerome Roberson, Linda Lou and Hill Breedlove, Kay and John Richardson, all of Asheville, N.C., and Sandra Griffin, Brevard, N.C.; sister-in-law, Johnette Chasteen, Asheville, N.C.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 15, at the Dry Pond United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

Joe Cleveland
Joe T. Cleveland, 75, of Commerce, died Sunday, November 14, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born May 15, 1929, in Hart County, he was the son of the late Henry K. and Emma Jones Cleveland. He was a mechanic for U.P.S. for 22 years, a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Hartwell, and attended Morning Star Baptist Church, Commerce. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army for 22 years in the Korean conflict and Vietnam and retired as a Staff Sergeant. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ester K. Cleveland, brother, Teasley Cleveland, and sisters, Onie York, Irene Adams and Gladys Cathey,
Survivors include sons, Jimmie Cleveland, Commerce, and Joel Thomas Cleveland, Cartersville; daughter, Mary C. Bearden, Dahlonega; brothers, Arnold Cleveland, Anderson, S.C., Harold Cleveland and Bill Cleveland, both of Hartwell; sister, Evelyn Gaines, Anderson, S.C.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 17, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with the Revs. Terry Cleveland and Lamar Bearden officiating. Burial was in the Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.

Bobby Parten
Bobby Allen Parten, 64, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 10, 2004.
A native of Barrow County, he was the son of the late William Ezra and Fairy Bell Owens Parten. Mr. Parten was a retired electrical tester from Westinghouse, a member of the Brotherhood of Electical Workers and a member of the Greater Athens Church of God. He was preceded in death by his son, Russell Parten.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel Davis Beauchamp Parten, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, William Allen and Tammy Parten, Dahlonega; step-children, Greg and Stephanie Beauchamp, Nicholson, and Rhonda and Richard Leonard, Danielsville; sister, Lynette Fowler, Winterville; and grandchildren, Brittany Noel Parten, Joshua Allen Parten, Angelia Rae Parten, Kyle Leonard, Chris Leonard, Austin Beauchamp, Conner Beauchamp and Kayla Beauchamp.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 12, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home with the Revs. Leon Pass and Jack Bowen officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
Banks County News, November 17, 2004.


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