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OBITUARY PAGE - SEPTEMBER 29, 1999 - HOMER, GA

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MR. SIMMONS
World War II veteran
BALDWIN - Amos Leroy Simmons, 77, died Thursday, September 23, 1999, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Simmons was born July 23, 1922 in Banks County. He was a son of the late Oscar and Bessie Broome Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was self-employed and was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 24, in the chapel of MaGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating. A military burial followed in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Faye House Simmons; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Farry Garrison, Cornelia; daughter, Irma Herrin, Baldwin; one son, Charles "Buck" Simmons, Baldwin; one brother, Edwin Simmons, Toccoa; two sisters, Gwen Clark, Cornelia, and Catherine Rice, Gainesville; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
MaGahee-Griffin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999

MRS. WILLIAMS
Mt. Carmel Baptist member
DEMOREST - Mrs. Ruby Foster Williams, 80, died Saturday, September 25, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
Mrs. Williams was born in Towns County, but lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Minnie Gribble Foster.
Mrs. Williams was retired from Edward Floor Company and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Jim" Loyd Williams.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 28, in the chapel of MaGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Clarkesville Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Bennie Smith, Clarkesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Geraldine Williams and Leon and Jackie Williams, all of Demorest, and Mike and Karen Williams, Cornelia; one sister, Zora Lee Bond, Jefferson; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999

MRS. COCHRAN
Banks County native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Mary Gladys Cochran, 86, died Tuesday, September 28, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Cochran was born October 5, 1912. She was a daughter of the late John C. and Myrt Keesee Pruitt.
Mrs. Cochran was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing Company and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Cochran.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 30, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sister-in-law, Lorene Pruitt, Riverdale; niece, Charlotte Gunnin, Tyrone; and a cousin, Marion Whitfield, and family, Commerce.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999

MRS. SMITH
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Edris Smith, 90, died Wednesday, September 22, 1999, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Smith was born September 29, 1908, in Coburg Ontario, Canada. She was a daughter of the late Percy Frederick and Rose Ida Presley Stone.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur William Smith, and a son, Warren Purvis Smith.
Memorial services were held Monday, September 27, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia with the Rev. Blaine Walker officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Edris Gillet, Bartonville, Ill., and Lynette Doolen, Delafield, Wis.; two sons, Garth Irwin Smith, Cornelia, and Stuart Evan Smith, Walden, Vt.; two sisters, June Kingsmill, Trent River, Ontario, Canada, and Lillian Watson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Memorial Fund, in honor of Edris Smith, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999

MR. HERNANDEZ
Retired correctional officer
BALDWIN - S.S. "Sam" Hernandez, 69, died Monday, September 27, 1999, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Dade County, Fla., Mr. Hernandez was born September 11, 1930. He was a son of Edna L. Hernandez, Union City, and the late Carl J. Hernandez.
Mr. Hernandez was a retired correctional officer with the Fulton County Prison, with 16 years of service, and was a member of Free Chapel Worship Center, Gainesville.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 30, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Pendleton Brown and Kenneth Pickle officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Delores R. Hernandez; daughters and sons-in-law, Rasene and Ken Pickle, Baldwin, and Carlette and Jacky May, Canton; daughter and fiancé, Samantha Hernandez and Ken Owens, both of Baldwin; 10 grandchildren, five of them living in the home, and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1841 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, or to the Eagle Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999

Mr. Crawford
Memorial Park
Cemetery rites
BRASELTON - William Thomas "Bud" Crawford, 70, died Thursday, September 23, 1999, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Crawford was born in Hall County where he lived all his life. He was retired from the Hall County Board of Education and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 25, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with Pastor Jim Austin officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Nell Crawford; three sons, Mickey Crawford, Dahlonega, Larry Fricks, Lula, and Gary Fricks, Maysville; four daughters, Louise Shoemake, Braselton, Geraldine Gibbs, Duluth, Barbara Bagwell, Gainesville, and Sherry Cowan, Chestnut Mountain; one sister, Mildred Crawford, Flowery Branch; 20 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999

MRS. TERRY
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Shirley P. Terry, 67, died Wednesday, September 22, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Terry was born April 4, 1932. She was a daughter of the late Shirley and Corine Clayton Pawley.
Mrs. Terry was a homemaker and a member of Victory Chapel Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Bill Smith and Eugene Pritchett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Claude Terry; one son, Bryan Terry, Commerce; three daughters, Gina House, Rocky Mountain, N.C., Cindy Kinney, Commerce, and Teresa Timms, Duluth; two brothers, Milton Pawley, Douglasville, and Perry Pawley, St. Simons Island; three sisters, Lila Champaine, Covington, Sylvia Tarpley, Decatur, and Hazel Turpin, Atlanta; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 29, 1999



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