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OBITUARY PAGE - AUGUST 4, 1999 - HOMER, GEORGIA

MR. INGRAM
U.S. Navy veteran
BALDWIN - Robert E. Ingram, 42, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Ingram was born April 24, 1957, in Muscogee County. He was a son of Rosie Jacobs Ingram, Newnan, and the late Robert E. Ingram.
Mr. Ingram was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed with BellSouth as a supervisor.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31, in Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Danny O'Kelly officiating. Burial was in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery, Carnesville.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Cindy Pritchett Ingram; three daughters, Wendy Robinson, Virginia, Sheree Ingram, Winder, and Candace Galloway, Baldwin; one son, Robert C. Ingram, Winder; one sister, Rosie Mae Smith, Columbus; and one grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MR. CUNNINGHAM
Retired security guard
BALDWIN - Marion Cunningham, 83, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Habersham County Medical Center.
A native of Lehigh County, Iowa, Mr. Cunningham was born May 25, 1916. He was a son of the late Frances Marion and Minnie Jane Fisher Cunningham.
Mr. Cunningham was retired from Kaiser Steel where he worked as a security guard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Kneabel Cunningham.
No services have been planned at this time.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Cunningham, Fontanna, Calif.; three daughters, Louise Brady, Clarkesville, Marilyn Brown, Phoenix, Ariz., and Carol Gailey, Panama City, Fla.; one brother, Gayle Cunningham, Tustin, Calif.; and one sister, Thelma Clark, Oakley, Iowa.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MR. RYLEE
New Salem UMC member
COMMERCE - James David Rylee, 81, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Rylee was born October 22, 1917. He was a son of the late Leon and Fannie Bray Rylee.
Mr. Rylee was retired from McCann Machine Shop and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church, Commerce. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Rylee.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Luis Ortiz officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Bernell Rylee Rylee; one son, Ronald Rylee, Lula; two daughters, Gladyne Davison, Carnesville, and Brenda Nichols, Commerce; one sister, Francine Tucker, Atlanta; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MRS. BRADY
Corinth Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Gladys Fleming Brady, 88, died Friday, July 30, 1999.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Brady was born March 22, 1911. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Grayson and Mary Gordon Fleming.
Mrs. Brady was a homemaker and a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Stone Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Reid Brady, and a son, Danny Brady.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, at Corinth Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Richards and Bob Hill officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Joyce Slade, Tucker; two brothers, John Marvin Fleming, Decatur, and Odis H. Fleming, Cornelia; one sister, Ruth Segars, Commerce; nieces, Jennie Jett and Sarah Borders, both of Commerce; and other nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MRS. MURRAY
Former schoolteacher
COMMERCE - Mrs. Willie Maude Murray, 96, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Maysville, Mrs. Murray was born February 16, 1903. She was a daughter of the late Franklin Hogan and Burnice Eugena Prickett Adams.
Mrs. Murray had worked as a schoolteacher for the City of Commerce and taught in Gadsden, Ala., and Mississippi. She also served as an in-home missionary to families in the mountains of Kentucky.
She was married to the late Lieut. Col. Eugene Murray, an Air Force Chaplain, and assisted him in his ministry within the United States and abroad.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one brother, Frank E. Adams, Tavares, Fla., and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

Mrs. Mathis
Banks County native
WINTERVILLE - Mrs. Magnolia A. Mathis, 80, died Saturday, July 31, 1999.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Mathis was a daughter of the late John and Annis Strickland Allison.
She was a homemaker and had lived in the Winterville area all of her life. Mrs. Mathis was preceded in death by her husband, James Harry Mathis.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with Asa Thomas officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Allen Huff Jr., Bill Moody, Ronnie Gilbert and Tim Duecker served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Harriett Ruff, Lexington, and Barbara Boggs and Pam Dudley, both of Winterville; one sister, Mae Bradberry, Senoia; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MRS. PRUITT
Homemaker
CRESTVIEW, FLA. - Mrs. Cleo Pritchett Pruitt, 81, formerly of Jefferson, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at West Florida Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Pruitt was born May 1, 1918. She was a daughter of the late Clarence and Lola Wood Pritchett.
Mrs. Pruitt was a homemaker and a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Toy Pruitt.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington Jr. officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Pruitt, Atlanta, Jerry Pruitt, Maysville, and Johnny Pruitt, Bogart; three daughters, Robbie Cartledge, Crestview, Fla., and Martha Chambers and Diane Davis, both of Jefferson; four brothers, Harold Pritchett, Cornelia, Nolan Pritchett, Maysville, Roy Pritchett, Commerce, and Swayne Pritchett, Anderson, S.C.; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MR. FREE
Retired carpenter
ATHENS - Lloyd Ottis Free, 68, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Free was born November 28, 1930. He was a son of the late Luther and Iola Lord Free.
Mr. Free had lived in the Athens area for most of his life and was a retired carpenter. He was connected with Christian Hardware for a number of years. Mr. Free was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva E. Gearing Free, and a son, Ottis Lloyd Free.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, at Community Baptist Church with the Revs. David Strickland and Dub Adkins officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean Gordon, Athens, Patricia Ann Booth, Ila, and Juanita Irwin, Nicholson; two sons, David Free and Terry Free, both of Athens; three sisters, Worlene Ford, Rogersville, Tenn., Kathline Strickland, Jefferson, and Martha Jane Shiver, Athens; one brother, Henry Free, Athens; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MR. MCDONALD
Retired barber
GAINESVILLE - John F. McDonald, 70, formerly of Murphy, N.C., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at a Hall County hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, Mr. McDonald was a son of the late Andrew J. "Andy" and Ellie Abernathy McDonald.
He had lived in Gainesville since 1977 and was a retired barber. Mr. McDonald was a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, N.C., with the Rev. Dallas Crowder officiating. Burial was in the Hanging Dog Baptist Church cemetery. Kim and David Cordin, Roy Ward, Paul and Larry Dockery, Edward Carter and Stephen and Thomas Curtis served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Nell Carter McDonald; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy M. and David R. Dolin, Commerce; three sisters, Dorothy "Dot" Beaver and Mary Lou Cordin, both of Murphy, N.C., and Iowa "Toots" Marcus, Pleasant Hill, Ore.; brother-in-law, Cliff Killian, Andrews, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, North Carolina, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

Mr. House
Hall County native
GILLSVILLE - J.R. "Bob" House, 88, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Columbia Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. House was a native and lifetime resident of Hall County. He had been a business partner with his father and together they operated D.C. House & Son General Store in Gillsville. They also owned and operated a farm and a cotton gin.
Mr. House served as office manager for the Hall County Tax Assessor's Office and had also served as the chief tax assessor for Hall County. He was a charter member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Gillsville, where he also served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Mr. House's nephew, the Rev. W. Sam Henderson, and the Rev. Darryl Womack officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise House, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. and Joan House, Gillsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanette and James Irvin and Carolyn and Downey Bryant, all of Gillsville; two sisters, Margaret House Frankum, Cleveland, and Winnie House Perry, Atlanta; grandchildren Harriett and David Woodward, Lawrenceville, Robert and Angela House, Columbus, Priscilla and Andrew Stim, Alpharetta, Steven Irvin, Gillsville, Jan Bryant, Gainesville, Bobby Bryant, Dahlonega, and Karen and John Nickerson, Annadale, Va.; and five great-grandchildren.
Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MRS. REYNOLDS
Jackson County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Bonnie M. Smith Reynolds, 91, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Reynolds was born January 28, 1908. She was a daughter of the late William Tramell and Betty Venable Smith.
Mrs. Reynolds was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Reynolds.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Beauchamp and Emma Beauchamp, both of Nicholson; one sister, Gladys Walker, Smyrna; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MRS. WILEY
Homemaker
LULA - Mrs. Martha Sadie Wiley, 56, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Columbia Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Texas, Mrs. Wiley was born February 14, 1943. She was a daughter of the late H.J. and Elise Caltett Addison.
Mrs. Wiley was a homemaker and a member of Lula Assembly of Praise.
Graveside services were held Saturday, July 31, at Westview Cemetery, Lula, with the Rev. Roland Arrowood officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Wiley; two daughters, Pat Vanhuss and April Devore, both of Lula; one son, Patrick Wiley, Gainesville; one brother, Harold Addison, Kennesaw; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999

MRS. MASTERS
Mt. Carmel Baptist member
GILLSVILLE - Mrs. Vertie Mae Morris Masters, 78, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Vencor Hospital.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Masters was born October 18, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Dillard and Annie Lee Ferguson Morris.
Mrs. Masters was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.D. Masters, and a son, Franklin Masters.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Wesley Morris and Pete Wing officiating. Burial was in Gillsville Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Buddy Masters, Gillsville, and Sonny Masters, Cumming; two brothers, Benny Morris, Gillsville, and James Morris, Nicholson; one sister, Annie Read Sims, Gillsville; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 4, 1999



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