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OBITUARY PAGE - OCTOBER 20, 1999 - HOMER, GA

MR. BOWDEN
Retired truck driver
COMMERCE - Donald L. Bowden Sr., 68, died Thursday, October 14, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Bowden was born June 14, 1931. He was a son of the late Fredrick and Louise Garner Bowden.
Mr. Bowden was a retired truck driver and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held Monday, October 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Bowden, Homer, Kenny Bowden, Gillsville, and Tim Bowden, Barstow, Calif.; one daughter, Ann Boland, Gaffney, S.C.; fiancée, Betty Helms, Commerce; one brother, Billy Bowden, Maysville; two sisters, Freddie Barton and Sarah Daughtery, both of Atlanta; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MRS. STEPHENS
Yonah C.H.C. member
LULA - Mrs. Lois Davidson Stephens, 65, died Friday, October 15, 1999, at her residence following a sudden illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Stephens was born June 28, 1934. She was a daughter of the late W.G. and Elizabeth Wiley Davidson.
Mrs. Stephens retired from E. Benjamin Inc. and was a member of Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stephens.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17, at Yonah Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Leon Miller, Johnny Wilbanks and Dwain Ryals officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Ruby and Anthony Cook and Ann and Kevin Griffin, all of Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Hoyt and Kim Stephens, Lula, and Tony and Adina Stephens, Alto; sisters and brothers-in-law, Juanita and Johnny Wilbanks and Elise and Clarence Wade, all of Lula; sister, Hazel Miller, Lula; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Davidson, Lula; and five grandchildren, Kelly Griffin, Brittany Cook and Paige Stephens, all of Lula, and Robert Stephens and Amber Stephens, both of Alto.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MR. MASSEY
Grey Hill Cemetery rites
GILLSVILLE - Gregory Dean Massey, 30, died Thursday, October 14, 1999, at Elbert County Hospital.
Mr. Massey was born October 23, 1968 in Commerce. He was the son of Billy and Barbra Massey, Gillsville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Jason Massey and Tony Massey, both of Gillsville; one sister, Charlotte Underwood, Gillsville; grandmother, Ora Bell Hopper, Gillsville; several uncles, an aunt and three nieces.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MR. LEWALLEN
Retired carpenter
COMMERCE - Jesse David Lewallen, 84, died Sunday, October 17, 1999, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Lewallen was born March 14, 1915. He was a son of the late William Russell and Lula Segars Lewallen.
Mr. Lewallen was a retired carpenter and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Evans Lewallen.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Brad Wilson, Vaughn Howington Jr. and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Keith Seagraves, Wesley Jordan, Kenny Lee, William Lewallen, Chuck Bray, Master Mitchell Lee, John Thomas Stevens and Lester Stevens served as pallbearers. Members of the staff of Crystle Springs Nursing Home served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Monnie Hooper Lewallen; two step-daughters, Martha Jordan, Athens, and Hilda Massey, Commerce; three brothers, J.T. Lewallen, Clarkesville, Major Lewallen, Commerce, and William Russell Lewallen, Homer; two sisters, Mary Howington, Monroe, and Izora Stevens, Commerce; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MRS. DUCKETT
Harmony Baptist member
ALTO - Mrs. Isabell Foster Duckett, 84, of the Hollingsworth Community, died Monday, October 11, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Duckett was born July 13, 1915 in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Hascal Calloway Foster and Susan Catherine Berrong Foster.
Mrs. Duckett was retired from Gold's Department Store and was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She was a former member of the Grant Reeves VFW Post #7720 Ladies Auxiliary and was past president of the Banks County AARP. She also served two terms as president of the Banks County Chamber of Commerce and was very instrumental in the restoration of the old Banks County Jail. Mrs. Duckett was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Herrin.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 15, in Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Gene Todd and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Milton Bruce Duckett; one daughter, Kittie Lou Reynolds, Houston, Texas; one son, Max Edward Herrin, Starke, Fla.; two sisters, Katherine Forester, Cornelia, and Allie Ree Webster, Cleveland; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MR. WOFFORD
U.S. Marine Corps veteran
COMMERCE - Sterling Roger Wofford, 69, died Sunday, October 17, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Wofford was born January 24, 1930. He was a son of the late James David and Vester Haggard Wofford.
Mr. Wofford was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a retired carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie C. Moore Wofford.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Janice Hendrix, Gillsville; one step-son, Glenn Price, Gibson; two brothers, Jessie Wofford, Locust Grove, and John Wofford, Commerce; two sisters, Syble Farmer, Jonesboro, and Agnes Tolbert, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MRS. MORGAN
Harmony Grove Mill retiree
HAPEVILLE - Mrs. Maybelle H. Morgan, 101, died Saturday, October 16, 1999, at Sunbridge Nursing Home.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Morgan was born May 11, 1898. She was a daughter of the late Lon L. and Bertie Stowe Hill.
Mrs. Morgan was retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Hapeville United Methodist Church. She was also a member of several civic organizations. Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jefferson Morgan.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ed Cook and Lee Almy officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, James P. Morgan, Hapeville; three daughters, Ann Adams, Orlando, Fla., Reba Bennett, Toccoa, and Blanche Craven, Gillsville; one sister, Pauline Martin, Carnesville; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hapeville United Methodist Church, 3510 Atlanta Avenue, Hapeville, GA 30354, or Sun Bridge Care and Rehabilitation, 315 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale, GA 30274.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MR. BLACKBURN
Southern Railway retiree
ALTO - Floyd J. Blackburn, 74, died Monday, October 11, 1999, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mr. Blackburn was born September 29, 1925 in Habersham County. He was a son of the late T. Sidney and Lillie Mae Shirley Blackburn.
Mr. Blackburn was retired from Southern Railway, with 33 years of service. He was a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church and was a member of the Brotherhood of Southern Railway. Mr. Blackburn was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis E. Blackburn and Garnett Blackburn, a sister, Ola Mae Penick, and a granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn Blackburn.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 14, at B.C. Grant Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and John Cooley and Gene Blackburn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Cook Blackburn; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Ricky Chitwood and Ann and Willie Martin, all of Alto; one son, Joe Blackburn, Cornelia; one sister, Violet B. Fleming, Lawrenceville; two brothers, Waymon Blackburn, Mt. Airy, and Fred Blackburn, Alto; 10 grandchildren, Tammy Williams and Justin Blackburn, both of Mt. Airy, Jeff Mitchell, Kenny Blackburn, Jeremy Mitchell and Josh Blackburn, all of Cornelia, Kris Chitwood, Jennifer Mitchell and Ryan Chitwood, all of Alto, and Tina Martin, Gainesville; and nine great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999

MRS. TORGESEN
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Elizabeth C. Torgesen, 82, died Wednesday, October 13, 1999, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Torgesen was born January 1, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a daughter of the late Allan William and Clair Newton Creel.
Mrs. Torgesen was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Theodor Torgesen, and a son, Walter "Scott" Torgesen.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia with the Revs. Blaine Walker and Alvin Burns officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Randi Hallford, Cornelia, and Lela Wade, Alto; one son, Allan C. Torgeson, Cornelia; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to the American Red Cross, 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway, S.E., Gainesville, GA 30501.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 20, 1999



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