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OBITUARY PAGE - DECEMBER 8, 1999 - HOMER, GA

MRS. GARMON
White County native
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Nola Mae Garmon, 85, died Monday, December 6, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Garmon was born in White County, a daughter of the late Noah Eurice and Eula Belle Popham McEntyre.
She had worked as an inspector at Carwood Manufacturing for many years and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass. Mrs. Garmon was preceded in death by her husband, John Floyd Garmon; son, Bobby Garmon, three brothers, Floyd McEntyre Sr. and Lee and Guy McEntyre, and two sisters, Mazzie Meeks and Edna Waldon.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens in Demorest.
Survivors include four sons, Bill Garmon, Eastanollee, Dwayne Garmon, Toccoa, John Garmon, Blairsville, and Ronnie Garmon, Maysville; one sister, Lessie Atkins, Cleveland; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MR. MASTERS
Mechanic
ALTO - Lee Roy Masters, 67, died Wednesday, December 1, 1999, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Masters was born May 8, 1932, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Gaston and Omie Bramblett Masters.
Mr. Masters was a mechanic and of the Holiness denomination. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Masters.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 3, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Melvin Stephens officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Joy, Canyon Like, Texas, and Jane Forbes and Darlene Hernandez, both of San Antonio, Texas; two sons, William Marion Masters, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Timothy Lee Masters, San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Bonnie Lou Ketelsen; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999
MR. SMITH
Retired farmer
COMMERCE - David Smith, 82, died Friday, December 3, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was born in Madison County, a son of the late Jordan and Pearl Lee Smith.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Homer First Baptist Church. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 5, at Homer First Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Smith's sons and grandsons served as pallbearers, with granddaughters serving as flower ladies.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Smith; daughters, Lucile Smith, Nicholson, and Dottie Smith, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and William Borders, Commerce, sons and daughters-in-law, Garnett and Clara Smith and Donnie and Katrina Smith, all of Commerce, and A.D. and Eleanor Smith, Homer; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Mary Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Lucile Hill; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MR. MAYSON
World War II veteran
ACWORTH - Efford Mayson, 82, formerly of Cornelia, died Thursday, December 2, 1999, at Gwinnett Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Mayson was born June 5, 1917, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Grover C. and Sarah Jane Segers Mayson.
Mr. Mayson was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He also served during the Korean War while in the U.S. Marines and served during the Vietnam War while in the U.S. Navy, from which he retired.
Mr. Mayson was a member of Tallulah Falls Baptist Church, a member of the VFW in Gainesville, a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in New Smyrna, Fla., a member of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) in New Smyrna, Fla., and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 089.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Melvin Stephens officiating. Full military graveside services were held at Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Edna R. Mayson; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Anne and Robert Cooper, Lilburn; son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Gloria Owenby, Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Nesha Tullis, Mitzi Bishop, Wednesday Pollock and Nicholas Owenby; great-grandchildren, Jacob Bishop, Austin Tullis, Chloe Tullis and Garrett Bishop; niece, Ardenna Colley, Atlanta; and nephew, Richard S. Smith, Clarkeston.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MR. BENNETT
World War II veteran
TOCCOA - William Carlton "W.C." Bennett, 75, Eastanollee, died Thursday, December 2, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital.
Mr. Bennett was born September 14, 1924, in Rabun County. He was a son of the late Dorsey Bennett and Mertie Garner Giles.
Mr. Bennett was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was a retired heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his grandparents who reared him, William J. and Maude Garner, his first wife, Lola Sue Sailers Bennett, and his step-father, Virgil Giles.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, at Taylors Chapel Baptist Church, Mt. City, with the Rev. Lester Burgess officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Bryan Martin officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Smith Bennett; two daughters, Charlotte Godfrey, Gainesville, and Patricia Ann Wall, Toccoa; two sons, William J. Bennett, Mt. Airy, and Billy Ray Bennett, Eastanollee; three sisters, Mary Stewart, Clayton, Betty Holbrooks, Mt. City, and Roxie Ritchie, Yulee, Fla.; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MR. DRAKE
New York native
NICHOLSON - David A. Drake Jr., 27, died Wednesday, December 1, 1999.
Mr. Drake was born in Elandville, N.Y., a son of Virginia Artist Drake and the late David Abit Drake Sr.
He was employed with Triple D Welding and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, at Macedonia Independent Holiness Church with the Rev. Artis Anglin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Tim Porterfield, Johnny Luthi, Pat Cromer, Preston Farmer, Kelly Farmer and Jonathan Towe served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Debra Yvonne Strickland Drake; six sisters, Sherie Cromer, Hull, Pamela Towe, Lexington, Ginny Porterfield, Danielsville, Alice Drake, Carnesville, Kristi Bell, Canon, and Elizabeth Luthi, Nicholson; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MRS. WALDON
Poplar Springs Baptist Church member
TOCCOA - Mrs. Mattie Lee Wilbanks Waldon, 86, of the Ayersville Community, died Saturday, November 27, 1999, at Russell Nursing Home, Winder.
Mrs. Waldon was born December 19, 1912, in Stephens County, where she had lived most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Alec and Minnie Mulkey Wilbanks.
Mrs. Waldon was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. She was the widow of Lawrence F. Waldon, who died in 1993, and was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Waldon.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 29, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Rev. Roy Bainey and Dr. Charles Haygood officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mike Ballenger, Steve Ballenger, Barry Thurmond, Keith Ballenger, Ricky Thurmond and Anthony Thurmond served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Ballenger, Toccoa, Beuna Faye Johnson, Braselton, and Bonnie Dillard, Buford; one son, Glenn Waldon, Toccoa; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MRS. MINISH
Erastus Christian
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Florence Hix Minish, 96, died Monday, December 6, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Minish was born January 19, 1903, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Luther and Pearl Bolton Hix.
Mrs. Minish was the former owner of City Appliance and Furniture Store. She was a member of Erastus Christian Church, Commerce, where she was the oldest member. Mrs. Minish was preceded in death by her husband, Walter N. Minish.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 8, at Erastus Christian Church with the Revs. Jim Lugo and Billy Glosson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Dr. J. Albert Minish, Commerce; one daughter, Hazel Benton, Commerce; two sisters, Azerlee Millican and Wilma Williamson, both of Commerce; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MR. STAMEY
World War II veteran
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Clyde Williams Stamey, 76, formerly of Clarkesville, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at a private nursing facility following an extended illness.
Mr. Stamey was born on June 9, 1923, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Jake W. and Cordlia Thomas Stamey.
Mr. Stamey was a veteran of World War II and was retired from the U.S. Army. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Stamey was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Stamey.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 2, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Austin Kelley officiating. Burial was in the Clarkesville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Stamey, Texas; one brother, Willie Bill Stamey, Toccoa; and three sisters, Carolyn S. Whisnant, Demorest, Alice Ward, Clarkesville, and Mary Yarnell, Seaburn, Fla.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MR. HAWKINS
Bench mechanic
CARNESVILLE - William George "Bill" Hawkins Sr., 81, died Thursday, November 26, 1999, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mr. Hawkins was born August 22, 1918, in Fulton County. He was a son of the late Joseph Franklin Sr. and Mary Nell Brown Hawkins.
Mr. Hawkins worked as a bench mechanic with ITE Circuit Breaker Company and was a member of the AARP. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Franklin Hawkins Jr. and Wilma Lynn Hawkins.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 28, at the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Kirk Nesbit officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Marion Louise Fincher Hawkins; two sons, Sanford L. Hawkins, Doraville, and William G. Hawkins Jr., El Paso, Texas; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association, 919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611-1676.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999

MRS. MASON
North Carolina native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Corrie A. Beck Mason, 93, died Friday, December 3, 1999, at Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home, Cumming.
Mrs. Mason was born June 20, 1906, in Swayne County, N.C. She was a daughter of the late Harvey and Agnes Beck.
Mrs. Mason was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Homer Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harold Mason.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 5, at Homer Presbyterian Church with Dr. Wade H. Bell Jr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, George Mason, Homer, Swayne Mason, Mt. Airy, and T.I. Mason, Baldwin; three daughters, Mae Evelyn Baldwin, Doraville, Helen Harrison, Gainesville, and Virginia Sue Hood, Sautee; 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, December 8, 1999



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