Banks County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 22, 2004


Mary Griffin
Mary M. Griffin, 92, of Maysville, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
She was born in Hall County March 2, 1912, and was the daughter of the late William Leander and Naomi Buffington Griffin. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and quilting and was an avid gardener and loved flowers, according to family members. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Griffin, Sr.; brothers, Lewis Griffin, Randolph Griffin and Acie Griffin; and sisters, Cara Mae Thomas and Kathleen Hewell.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Geraldine and Charles Smith, Comer, and Gail and Mike Sheppard, Homer; sons and daughter-in-law, Billy Griffin, Homer; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Danielle Griffin, Homer; step-daughters, Joyce Cleveland, Atlanta, Eleanor Kennedy, Homer, and Frances Myers, Norcross; brothers, Ernest Griffin, Rudolph Griffin and Albert Griffin, all of Gillsville; sister, Nanette Cato, Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Charles M. Smith, Jr., Hartwell, Jeff Smith, Lisa West and Stephen Smith, all of Comer, Bill Griffin, Westly Griffin, Michael Sheppard, all of Homer, Tim Sheppard, Winder, Carol Ashworth, Commerce, and Laura Tate, Jefferson; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 18, at the Lebanon United Methodist Church with the Revs. Sven Mossinger and Chris Branschomb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lebanon UMC or the American Heart Association, both c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.

Florence Willis
Florence Louise Masse Willis, 87, of Homer, died Sunday, December 19, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
She was born February 7, 1917, in Providence County, R.I., and was the daughter of the late John and Florence Riddensdale Masse. She was a retired bookkeeper with Atlantic National Bank and was a member of Grace Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Willis.
Survivors include a son, Edward Willis, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Donna Coghlan, Homer, and Cynthia Algrim, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Albert Masse, Massachusetts; sister, Helen Degnan, Providence, R.I.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, December 26, at Homer United Methodist Church with the Rev. James McLendon officiating.
Memorials may be made to Homer U.M.C., P.O. Box 38, Homer, GA 30547.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004
Ruth Sharp
Ruth Chambers White Sharp, 82, of Decatur, died Tuesday, November 14, 2004.
She was the daughter of the late Jinks and Mellie Chambers and was a charter member of Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, and a member of the Joyful Sunday School Class. Mrs. Sharp worked for Rich’s for 42 years as manager of communications.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Marlon Sharp; sister, Lila Duckett, Alto; brothers, Loyd Chambers, Lilburn, J.T. Cham-bers, Homer; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 16, in the chapel of A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home, Atlanta, with the Revs. Larry Burgess and Fred Pitts officiating. Burial was in the Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker.
A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home, Decatur, was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.


Charles Davis
Dr. Charles E. Davis, 72, of Jefferson, long-time Georgia educator, died Thursday, December 16, 2004, at his residence.
Dr. Davis was born June 15, 1932, in Jefferson, the only son of Mrs. Essie Stephens Davis Burns and Issac Van Davis, and stepson of Jesse (Buck) Burns.
He attended high school at Union Institute, graduating in 1951. He attended Albany State College, Albany, and obtained his bachelor of science in elementary education in 1955. Dr. Davis earned a master of arts degree in 1963 from Atlanta University and went on to earn his doctorate of education from the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1973.
Dr. Davis devoted 37 years of his life as an educator. It was his goal to teach proficiency in reading. He taught at Ocilla High School, Ocilla; Forrest Road Elementary School, Muscogee County; The University of Georgia; Atlanta University; and Gainesville College. He also co-authored two reading texts, “Flying Hoofs” and “Sea Treasures.”
Dr. Davis also served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.
For many years, Dr. Davis served as pianist for Jefferson’s Paradise A.M.E. Church Choirs. Next to reading, music was his second love. Dr. Davis was a devoted member of the Paradise Church and served as a member of the steward board. He and two other members of the church joined together to create and fund the Brown, Davis, Victrum Scholarship. Established by Mrs. Doris Brown, Dr. Davis, and the late Otis Victrum, it provided $500 to college-bound members of the Paradise Church.
Dr. Davis always sought to help others, and was an active member of the Jefferson community, family members said.
He served on the Jefferson Library Board; the Historical Committee, highlighting the history of black churches in the community; and served as a test monitor for the Jefferson school system.
“Dr. Davis was a devoted son, a loving brother, and a supportive uncle,” said the family member. “He was a friend to many and loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”
Survivors include his nieces and their spouses, Anita B. Crosby, Atlanta; Rinda and Robert McDaniel, Stone Mountain; Ronald C. and Wanda Burns, Jefferson; Kimberly and Dean Gower; sister, Margaret Davis Parr, Commerce; her sons, David Harris, Dahlonega, and Micah Parr, Commerce; her daughters, Nancy Scott, Anderson, S.C., and Evette Marshell, Commerce; adopted sister, Ella Mae Bailey; and nine great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 20, at the Paradise A.M.E. Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. Sharon M. Miller officiating. Interment was in Paradise Memorial Gardens.
The Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.

Marvin
Eberhart, Jr.
Marvin DeWitt Eberhart, Jr., 76, of Athens, died Tuesday, December 14, 2004, following an extended illness.
Born in Charlotte, N.C., September 13, 1928, he was the son of Marvin D. Eberhart, Sr. and Charlotte M. Lyle. The Eberharts moved back to Athens shortly thereafter. In 1949 he married the former Thabetha June Coile. He had worked in shoe repair since 1941, where he worked after school for Frank Hoffmaster in his Clayton St. shoe shop. In 1945 he went to Mr. C.A. Tuck’s shoe repair shop on Broad St. and continued there until 1956, when he moved his family to Winter Haven, Fla. In 1962, after 6 years in the Blue Ribbon shoe shop, he bought the shop and remained in Winter Haven as the owner until 1969, when he returned to Athens to buy Tuck’s shoe repair shop along with his brother Frank. In 1977 Mr. Eberhart moved around the corner to buy the College Ave. shop of Leonard Hale and changed the name to Marvin’s Shoe Service. He has been a familiar face in the downtown area ever since. He was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church, Athens. His devotion and faith in the Lord was a constant beacon for his family to follow. His loving and gentle spirit will forever be missed by family and friends alike, according to loved ones.
In 1968 he married the former Shirley O. Walter in Winter Haven. They shared a rare and gentle love for 36 years, according to family members.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard M. and Monnie Eberhart, Crawford; Robert F. (Frank) and Bonita Eberhart, Nicholson, Bill Eberhart and Jimmy Dees, both of Athens; three daughters and sons-in-law, Chyrle Dees and Robert Bentley, Watkinsville, Renee’ Eberhart and Mike Rohme, Lexington, and Mary Williams and James Jordan, Milledgeville; 17 grandchildren; sisters, Carolyn Griggs, Atlanta, Mary Towns, Macon; and brothers, W. Frank Eberhart, Robert J. Eberhart and Ernest L. Eberhart, all of Athens.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 16, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Donald Bentley, Bill Bentley, Milan Duncan, Marlon Duncan, James D. Jordan, and Steve Shubert. Honorary pallbearers were the breakfast bunch at the 5 Points Waffle House.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice of Athens.
“Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven...” Luke 6:23
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.

Nelle Venable
Nelle Eliza-beth Webb Ven-able, 92, of Jefferson, died Monday, December 20, 2004, following a sudden illness.
She was born July 20, 1912, in McRae, daughter of the late Frank and Pearl Parks Webb.
Mrs. Venable was a homemaker, had operated a beauty shop in her home, had helped her husband at the Mays Venable Store, and had worked at the Jackson County tag office. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, serving as pianist a number of years, and was active in 4-H and other youth groups. Mrs. Venable had been a columnist for The Jackson Herald and was the “mayor” of Brockton.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Mays Venable and Harold Venable.
Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Venable Smith, Crown Pointe, Ind., and Patricia Venable Johnson, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Mays Venable, Jr. and Carol Venable, Fort Mill, S.C.; step-daughter, Mary Ann Toney, Hartwell; sister, Caroldyne Harmon, Tucker; eight grandchildren, Dr. Eric Smith, Dr. Kirk Smith, Janet Rubinate, Ed Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson, Michelle Calvert, Bryant Venable and Trey Venable; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 22, at the Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Johnny Ray and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial followed in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.
Angela House
Angela House, 23, of Gainesville, died Monday, December 20, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born in Hall County April 30, 1981. She was a hair stylist and enjoyed sports and making jewelry, according to family members. She was a member of Mt. Bethel Church of God, where she worked with the youth. Ms. House was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eugene and Patsy Oestriech.
Survivors include her fiance, Eric Parr, Alto; daughter, Madisun Faith House Parr, Gainesville; mother, Donna House, Gainesville; father, Marvin House, Alto; brother, Christopher House, Cornelia; and sister, Amanda House, Gainesville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 23, at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Bethel Church of God with the Revs. Richard Fincher and Bill Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, December 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Angela House Trust Fund, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.

‘Bill’ Bryson
Billy Jackson “Bill” Bryson, 78, of Commerce, died Monday, December 13, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Freeman Bryson, Commerce; son, Andrew M. Bryson, Laramie, Wyo.; daughter and grandson, Lory B. Hemby and Tyler L. Hemby, both of Birmingham, Ala.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, December 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.

L.M. Campbell
L.M. Campbell, 80, of Maysville, died Tuesday, De-cember 14, 2004, at his residence.
He was born in White County August 28, 1924, and was the son of the late Samuel Hamilton and Leona Dyer Campbell. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Lighthouse Congregation-al Holiness Church. Mr. Camp-bell was a veteran having served in the United States Navy in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie M. Adams Campbell and a son, Larry Campbell.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha Campbell, Maysville, and Marcell Campbell, Jefferson; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Saturday, December 18, at the Lighthouse Congregational Holiness Church with the Rev. Winfred Bingham officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 22, 2004.


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