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OBITUARY PAGE - OCTOBER 6, 1999 - HOMER, GA

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MR. SIMMONS
World War II veteran
MAYSVILLE - Lloyd Clyde Simmons, 77, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mr. Simmons was born March 5, 1922, the son of the late William and Omie West Simmons.
He was a veteran of World War II and had worked in the textile industry. Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by two brothers, Hoyt Y. Simmons and Roy L. Simmons.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 5, in Banks County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. William Buzzie Simmons officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Simmons and J.R. Simmons, both of Commerce, and Edward L. Simmons, Mililani, Hawaii; one brother, Johnny Simmons, Commerce; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MISS GAILEY
Mt. Olive Baptist member
MAYSVILLE - Miss Reba Gailey, 92, died Monday, October 4, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Miss Gailey was a daughter of the late John T. and Kittie Vaughn Gailey.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Miss Gailey was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Gailey and Clinton Gailey.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Brad Wilson, George Cobb and Brent Lord officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three nieces, Betty Cobb, Scottsboro, Ala., Beverly Lord, Commerce, and Peggy Jo Paul, Warner Robins; nephews and cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MR. SMITH
Union Hill Baptist member
BALDWIN - Azero H. Smith, 80, died Saturday, October 2, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Smith was born October 29, 1918. He was a son of the late Virgil and Nellie Armour Smith.
Mr. Smith was retired from Toccoa Manufacturing Company, following several years of service, and was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Smith, and two sisters, Mae Newsome and Willie Payne. Mr. Smith was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 3, at Union Hill Baptist Church with Elders Paul Bryson and David Bryson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Marvin Loudermilk officiating at graveside.
Survivors include his wife, Mozelle Kelley Smith; two daughters, Brenda Lewallen and Shirley Simmons, both of Baldwin; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MR. ROBERTS
Minister
MAYSVILLE - Howard Jessie Roberts, 79, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Homer, Mr. Roberts was born April 18, 1920. He was a son of the late Enoch and Ella Scott Roberts.
Mr. Roberts was a minister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, at The Church of God with the Revs. Melvin Kramer, Louis Gaddis and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Midway Cemetery, Gillsville.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Roberts; four sons, Clayton Greenway and Doug Roberts, both of Gainesville, Terry Greenway, Macon, and Leon Roberts, Maysville; two daughters, Reba Morgan, Gainesville, and Bonnie Parson, Maysville; two brothers, Robert Roberts, Gainesville, and Ted Roberts, Homer; three sisters, Ruby Edge, Gainesville, Ruth Strickland, Homer, and Roberta Watkins, Gillsville; and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MRS. BALLENGER
Blue Bell Mfg. retiree
COMMERCE - Mrs. Reba Pendergrass Ballenger, 76, died Friday, October 1, 1999, at St. Mary's Longterm Care Center.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Ballenger was born February 5, 1923. She was a daughter of the late Thad and Bessie Maebelle Snipes Pendergrass.
Mrs. Ballenger was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Esco Ballenger.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. John Turlington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Donald Adams, Toccoa; three daughters, Sybil Looney and Shirley Sorrow, both of Commerce, and Helen Venable, Nicholson; three sisters, Lillie Clark, Royston, Ethel Gary, Commerce, and Maebelle Motes, Porterdale; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MRS. ARMOUR
Homemaker
ALTO - Mrs. Polly Armour, 89, died Saturday, October 2, 1999, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Lumpkin County, Mrs. Armour lived most of her life in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Samuel and Nancy Dockery Waters.
Mrs. Armour was a homemaker and a member of Town Creek Baptist Church, Lumpkin County.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Jacob Armour and Lester Haynes officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Garrison officiating at graveside.
Survivors include her husband, Leco Armour; six daughters, Imogene Wade, Demorest, Joydean Martin, Cornelia, and Geneva Wade, Doris Jones, Linda Ferguson and Patsy Armour, all of Alto; four sons, Ralph Armour, Cornelia, and Bennie Armour, Perry Armour and L.J. Armour, all of Alto; one brother, Jim Waters, Dahlonega; one sister, Arzona Long, Etowah, Tenn.; 29 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MR. LEDFORD
Retired logger, farmer
ALTO - John W. Ledford, 84, died Saturday, October 2, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital following a short illness.
Mr. Ledford was born September 15, 1915 in Yancy County, N.C. He was a son of the late Wates and Myra Hensley Ledford.
Mr. Ledford was a retired logger and farmer and was a member of Barnardsville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 4, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Herbert Chisenhall and Oscar Crosby officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Banks Ledford; five daughters, Jerlene Robertson, Weaverville, N.C., Peggy Ann Rambo, Lawrenceville, Margie Whitson and Judy Harwood, both of Candler, N.C., and Carolyn Franklin, Hendersonville, N.C.; four sons, Benny Lewis Ledford, Jackson, Earl Winslow Ledford, Asheville, N.C., Jack Ray Ledford, Baldwin, and Freddie Banks Ledford, Alto; three sisters, Bertha Hensley and Mae O'Donnell, both of Barnardsville, N.C., and Pearl Murphy, Johnson City, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MR. ELROD
Carnesville native
HULL - Clarence J. Elrod, 77, died Wednesday, September 29, 1999, following an extended illness.
Mr. Elrod was born August 20, 1922 in Carnesville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Survivors include his wife, Omie N. Elrod; one son, Fred Elrod, Gainesville; two daughters, Sandra Ann Elrod, Gainesville, and Wanda Patton, Greer, S.C.; two step-sons, John Norris, Carnesville, and Tommy Norris, Toccoa; one step-daughter, Bonnie Manley, Greer, S.C.; three brothers, the Rev. Charles Elrod, Commerce, Clifford Elrod, Statham, and Dale Elrod, Hull; and two sisters, Bessie Mae Crawford, Commerce, and Ruth Slater, Center.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999

MR. SHOUPPE
Teacher
SAUTEE NACOOCHEE - Stephen Shouppe, 41, died Saturday, October 2, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Shouppe was born September 16, 1958 in Miami, Fla. He was a son of Joe P. Shouppe, Clearwater, Fla., and the late Ruth Kircher Shouppe.
Mr. Shouppe was a graduate of Flagler College, Saint Augustine, Fla. He had lived in this area for the past four years and was a teacher with the Habersham and Banks County School systems. Mr. Shouppe was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Clarkesville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Dr. Phil Griffin and the Rev. Tom Fish officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Dorothy Shouppe; one daughter, Samantha Shouppe, Sautee Nacoochee; and one son, Stephen Shouppe Jr., Sautee Nacoochee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one's local high school Booster Club.
Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 6, 1999



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