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OBITUARY PAGE - OCTOBER 13, 1999 - HOMER, GA

MR.
WESTMORELAND
Truck driver
COMMERCE - Branson Westmoreland, 73, died Sunday, October 10, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Commerce, Mr. Westmoreland was born October 8, 1926. He was a son of the late Edmond Clyde and Ida Black Westmoreland.
Mr. Westmoreland was a former truck driver with Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Hilton Purvis and John Perkins officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Eddie Vera Westmoreland; four sons, Branson Westmoreland, Greenville, S.C., Chris Westmoreland and Ronson Westmoreland, both of Nicholson, and Wayne Westmoreland, Commerce; one daughter, Phyllis Westmoreland, Atlanta; two brothers, Otis Westmoreland, Maysville, and Tillman Westmoreland, Commerce; two sisters, Mildred McDonald and Dorothy Tatum, both of Commerce; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MISS EBERHART
First Federal retiree
COMMERCE - Miss Frellie Jurelle Eberhart died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Eberhart was born February 11, 1916. She was a daughter of Clyde Preston and Ada Lee Mullinax Eberhart.
Miss Eberhart was retired from First Federal.
Graveside services were held Thursday, October 7, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating.
Survivors include three sisters, Wilma Blackwell, Homer, Ramelle Cason, South Pasadena, Fla., and Susie Eberhart, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MISS SMITH
Organist
GAINESVILLE - Miss Julia Smith, 81, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Miss Smith was a daughter of the late Robert Henry and Mamie Brice Smith. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church, where she faithfully served as the organist for 47 years.
Miss Smith was the granddaughter of Gainesville's first mayor, William Pugh Smith. Her father was the first fire chief.
Miss Smith was preceded in death by a brother, Paul H. Smith, two sisters, Verna S. Shivers and Christine S. Bell, and a niece, Patsy Smith Little.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Robert Dunsmore and Don Hand officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Survivors include four nieces, Betty Shivers Brown, Sharpsburg, Hilda Smith O'Kelley, Maysville, Jean Smith Parker, Blue Ridge, Va., and Barbara Bell Rainey, Martinsville, Va.; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MR. WILLIAMS
Georgia Power retiree
TOCCOA - George W. "G.W." Williams, 83, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Williams was born August 7, 1916. He was a son of the late George W. and Nancy Graham Williams.
Mr. Williams was a retiree of Georgia Power Company and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was also a member of the 220 Fellowship of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a member of the Ambassadors of Georgia Power Company.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, in the chapel of Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, with the Revs. Larry King and Jack Sosby officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens. George Camp, Ted Johnson, Cliff Collins, Ligon Gibson, Hugh Sharp and Joe Bell served as pallbearers. Ambassadors of Georgia Power and the Adult Men's Sunday School Class of Ebenezer Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Belle Gabriel Williams; one son, Larry Williams, Maysville; three sisters, Thelma Snelson, Statham, Lois Gabriel, Crawford, and Willie May Gabriel, Auburn; one brother, George Junior Williams, Jefferson; three grandsons, Tony Williams, Corpus Christi, Texas, Jonathan Williams, Gainesville, and Jeremy Williams, Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MR. ADAMS
Retired farmer
COMMERCE - Roy E. Adams, 90, died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Peachtree Plantation.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Adams was born June 27, 1909. He was a son of the late Callie D. and Addie Smith Adams.
Mr. Adams was a retired farmer and was a member of Erastus Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Adams Adams.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, at Erastus Christian Church with Brother Jim Lugo and the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Janet Adams, Commerce; granddaughter and husband, Lisa and Steve Quinn, Jefferson; granddaughter, Jana Adams, Athens; and three great-grandchildren, Bryson and Kate Quinn, both of Jefferson, and Donny Quinn, Druid Hills.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Erastus Christian Church, 2050 Commerce-Neese Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MRS. DOTSON
Homemaker
CLARKESVILLE - Mrs. Geneva Dotson, 74, died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dotson was born January 11, 1925 in West Virginia. She was a daughter of the late James A. and Lola Mildred Owens Farley.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Dotson was preceded in death by a son, Scott Dotson.
Graveside services were held Friday, October 8, in the Hollywood Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Bud Spriggs officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Stephens, Alto, and Lea Wofford, Clarkesville; two sons, Jarvis Dotson, Walhalla, S.C., and Blake Dotson, Hagerstown, Md.; one brother, Talbert Rowland, Pontiac, Mich.; one sister, Katherine Harper, Garden Grove, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist International Missions, P.O. Box 9215, Chattanooga, TN 37412.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999
MRS. ALLEY
Retired schoolteacher
CLARKESVILLE - Mrs. Agnes Amelia Alley, 79, died Thursday, October 7, 1999, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Alley was born February 14, 1920 in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late John Owen and Gertrude Berry Hardy.
Mrs. Alley was a retired schoolteacher and was a member of Demorest Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Freeman Alley, and two brothers, Curtis Hardy and Adrian Hardy. Mrs. Alley was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 9, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Tom Mewborn and Charles Morrison officiating. Burial was in the Alley's Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MR. LONGMIRE
U.S. Army veteran
MARTIN - Eugene Miles Longmire Jr., 64, of the Red Hill Community, died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
A native of Fuqua, N.C., Mr. Longmire was born January 14, 1935. He was a son of the late Eugene Miles Longmire Sr. and Dorothy Starling Longmire.
Mr. Longmire was a U.S. Army veteran and was a retired nurse. He was a Mason and a member of the Elks Lodge.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Crabtree, Martin, and Lori Canup, Douglasville; three brothers, Johnny Longmire, Risely Longmire and Danny Longmire; three sisters, Pat Longmire, Cookie Longmire and Donna Crolley; and seven grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999

MRS. FINLEY
Retired nurse
LAVONIA - Mrs. Sara Erlene Anderson Finley, 74, died Saturday, October 9, 1999, at her residence.
A native of Elbert County, Mrs. Finley was born January 20, 1925. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Alexander Anderson and the late Edna Haggard Anderson Temples.
Mrs. Finley was a retired nurse and a member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Hartwell. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Finley was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Duard Finley, and a sister, Betty Smith.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Becky Finley, Tucker, and Beverly Finley, Lavonia; one sister, Peggy Gonsenhouser, Lithia Springs; three brothers, Billy Anderson, Anderson, S.C., Thomas Anderson, Conyers, and Jack Anderson, Charleston, S.C.;
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 13, 1999



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