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MRS. HARDY
Homemaker
CORNELIA - Mrs. Sally Martin Hardy, 70, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hardy was born March 30, 1930, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Burie Dean Martin and Mae Reems Martin.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 21, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Roger Hardy, Wesley Davis and Charles Hardy officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Martin, Cornelia; one son, Roger Hardy, Jefferson; four sisters, Addie Stewart and Ruth Simmons, both of Cornelia, and Bessie Dooley and Lucille Cagle, both of Homer; one brother, Roy Martin, Baldwin; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MR. LORD
Truck driver
NICHOLSON - Ronald Lord, 62, died Wednesday, September 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Lord was born in Jackson County, a son of Mrs. Almera Okelly Lord Palmer, Nicholson, and the late French Lord. 
He was employed as a truck driver with Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 22, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Stowers, Howard Rhodes and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery.
Mr. Lord is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Whitehead Lord; children, Denise L. Waters and Tina L. Ervin, both of Commerce, and Jeff Lord, Nicholson; two brothers, Donald Lord, Nicholson, and Harry Palmer, Athens; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MR. WATSON
Dedicated fisherman
TALMO - Harold Eugene "Deb" Watson, 66, died Friday, September 22, 2000, at Barrow Medical Center, Winder, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Watson was a son of the late Bud and Dessie Cannon Watson.
He was retired from McEver Meat Packing Company, with 30 years of service, and was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass. 
Mr. Watson was a dedicated fisherman and was remembered by many friends, including two of his closest, Clelle Kinney and Loyd Craven.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 24, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Myron Lackie and Jeff Langley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Alvin Love, Waymon Love, Larry Love, Hoyt Love, Gary Watson, Jason Powell, Clelle Kinney and Loyd Craven served as pallbearers.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Ruthie Cochran Watson; two sons, Randall Watson, Pennsylvania, and Travis Watson, Jefferson; one step-son, Conrad Ray, Atlanta; five sisters, Dean Beatty, Betty Boyd, Shirley Love and Elaine Jacobs, all of Pendergrass, and Peggy Elrod, Maysville; one brother, Donald Watson, Maysville; two grandchildren, John Watson, Jefferson, and Dora Lee Watson, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Mountain Creek Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567, or to the American Cancer Society.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MR. FOWLER
Bible Baptist 
Church member
DANIELSVILLE - Kenneth Eugene Fowler, 60, died Monday, September 18, 2000.
A native of Anderson, S.C., Mr. Fowler was a son of the late Paul and Ruby Chatham Fowler.
He was a member of Bible Baptist Church and had served for 11 years as president of the Master Bassers Fishing Club.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Robert Garrett and Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in the Bible Baptist Church cemetery. Danny Sorrow, Bruce Anglin, Steve Sherbert, Danny Bradley, David Bradley and Peanut Dorsey served as pallbearers.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Martha Williams Fowler; four daughters, Deborah McLendon and Yvonne Fowler, both of Commerce, Phyllis Hopper, Lula, and Brandy Beck, Danielsville; one son, Carl Fowler, Commerce; three step-daughters, Kerry Hatch, Alpharetta, Jenny Haley and Cindy Horn, both of Danielsville; five grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two nieces.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MRS. FINCANNON
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Gloria Fincannon, 59, died Wednesday, September 20, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Fincannon was born July 4, 1941, in Georgia, a daughter of Jewell Lindsey Bradford and the late William Bradford.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Phil Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Commerce. 
Mrs. Fincannon is survived by her husband, Bobby Fincannon; six daughters, Sandra Helms, Clarkesville, Celeste Baynard, Homer, Brandy Fincannon, Commerce, Carol Hartline, Guntown, Miss., Cindy Perdue, Alto, and Deborah Rhoden, Lufkin, Texas; one step-daughter, Lisa Brock, Nicholson; one step-son, Scott Fincannon, Commerce; one brother, Kenneth Felton, Oxford; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MRS. SEAGRAVES
Retired PBX Operator
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Mary Emma Jones Seagraves, 79, of 396 Lind Creek Road, died Saturday, September 23, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Seagraves was born in Morgan County on September 18, 1921. She was a daughter of the late Samuel Hill and Mary Eberhart Jones.
Mrs. Seagraves was a retired PBX Operator with the University of Georgia. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist faith, but attended Gordon's Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 26, at Gordon's Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Billy Pittman and Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Amory Seagraves; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Richard Mocko, Nicholson; grandson and wife, Jason and Jennifer Griffeth, Cornelia; granddaughter, Mishea Griffeth, Cornelia; and three sisters, Belle Massey, Commerce, Agnes Marshall, Athens, and Betty Ford, Winterville.
Contributions may be made to Gordon's Chapel United Methodist Church in memory of Mrs. Seagraves.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 27, 2000

MR. COLLINS
Retired
DANIELSVILLE - Junior Collins, 55, died Friday, September 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital Burn Center.
Mr. Collins was born January 18, 1945, in Georgia, a son of the late Homer and Vesta Clark Collins.
He was retired.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Curtis E. Hammond officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Church Cemetery, Danielsville.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Peggy Collins; three brothers, Bill Collins, Cornelia, JC Collins, Commerce, and Troy Collins, Danielsville; and four sisters, Geraldine Dailey, Thelma Lynn and Clara Minish, all of Commerce, and Elsie McClure, Maysville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MR. WHITE
World War II veteran
CORNELIA - Fred White, 79, died Thursday, September 21, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. White was born August 22, 1921, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Paul and Lucy Moss White.
Mr. White served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired manager of the weave room at Chicopee. He was a member of Hillside Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, and was a member of the Cornelia Lions Club.
Mr. White was preceded in death by a son, John Milton White, a brother, Wilton White, and a sister, Ruby Wood.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Billy Harris officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. White is survived by his wife, Jean Benfield White; son and daughter-in-law, Mithcell and Barbara White, Houston, Texas; one brother, Roy White, Cornelia; two sisters, Marie Wood, Clarkesville, and Sara Ruth White, Homer; four grandchildren, Tammy White, Gainesville, Tiffany White and Jamie Maney, both of Cornelia, and Whitney White, Clermont, Fla.; two step-grandchildren, John Nesvadba and JoAnn Nesvadba, both of Houston, Texas.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MR. 
WESTMORELAND
Father of four
COMMERCE - Lee Tillman Westmoreland, 87, died Wednesday, September 20, 2000, at Alzheimer's Care Center.
Mr. Westmoreland was born January 9, 1913, in Georgia.
He had been employed as a fixer.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Don Baylock officiating.
Mr. Westmoreland is survived by his wife, Willie Westmoreland; three sons, Johnny Westmoreland and Franklin Westmoreland, both of Commerce, and Clyde Westmoreland, Ila; one daughter, Gail Brown, Commerce; one brother, Otis Westmoreland, Maysville; one sister, Mildred McDonald, Commerce; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MRS. JACKSON
Homemaker
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Audrey Harvil Jackson, 95, died Monday, September 18, 2000, at Cobb Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Jackson was born January 10, 1905, in Barrow County. She was a daughter of the late Travis and Lula Tolbert Harvil.
Mrs. Jackson had lived most of her life in Hancock County. She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sparta. 
Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Jackson, a son, William T. Jackson Jr., a brother, Willie Harvil, and three sisters, Werty Dunn, Emma Dameron and Mary Hammond.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 20, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Merritt Waters officiating. Burial was in the Sparta City Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Christine Jackson, Eatonton; daughters, Mary Adams, Orange City, Fla., Dora Campbell, Douglasville, and Anita Stewart, Monroe; daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and Roy Hill, Carnesville; one sister, Mrs. Oris Harris, Winder; 15 grandchildren 38 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MRS. REEMS
Retired seamstress
BALDWIN - Mrs. Inez Reems, 81, died Friday, September 22, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Reems was born September 19, 1919, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Nero and Dora Brady Norton. 
Mrs. Reems was a retired seamstress with Carwood and was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Fred Lee Reems, three brothers, Donnie Norton, Lawrence Norton and Noah Norton, and five sisters, Julie Anderson, Estelle Galloway, Elsie Galloway, Daisy Pritchett and Macy Norton.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 24, at Leatherwood Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Franklin and Harold Milsap officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Hazel Lunsford, Clarkesville, and Evelyn Holbrooks, Baldwin; two sons, Wendell Reems, Baldwin, and J.R. Reems, Baldwin; one brother, J.D. Norton, Cornelia; one sister, Carrine Young, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MRS. HAWKS
Homemaker
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Leona McConnell Hawks, 100, died Sunday, September 24, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Hawks was born July 3, 1900, in Franklin County. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Crow and Grorgia Moore McConnell.
Mrs. Hawks was a homemaker and a member of New Harmony Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Claud Hawks, and a son, Roger Hawks.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 26, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Garrison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Harold Hawks, Julian Hawks and Talmadge Hawks, all of Nicholson; four daughters, Cathryn Baird, Hull, Mildred David and Evelyn Haynes, both of Danielsville, and Dorothy Erdman, Athens; one brother, Fred McConnell, Pittsburg, Texas; one sister, Ora Mae Pace, Athens; 23 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000

MRS. RICHEY
Blacks Creek 
Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Pauline Pruitt Richey, 87, died Friday, September 22, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Richey was born April 10, 1913, a daughter of the late Lee and Olivia Pruitt.
She was retired from Blue Bell and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Richey was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin O. Richey.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 25, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Lee Hunter and Curtis Green officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances Creed, Fayetteville, N.C.; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, September 27, 2000 

MR. UNDERWOOD
U.S. Army veteran
MT. AIRY - Buford Lee Underwood, 77, died Tuesday, October 24, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Underwood was born November 24, 1922, in Habersham County, a son of the late Author and Viattie Irvin Underwood. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and had been employed with Reeves Hardware. Mr. Underwood was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther Underwood and Eugene Underwood.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 26, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Skelton, Henry Grady Barnes and Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery. 
Mr. Underwood is survived by his wife, Betty Jean McConnell Underwood; three brothers, Noah Underwood, Homer, Loy Underwood, Mt. Airy, and Charles "Buddy" Underwood, Lula; and two sisters, Ruby Thompson, Blacksburg, S.C., and Mozelle Thomas, Augusta.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MRS. LACEY
Harmony Christian 
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Helen Tucker Lacey, 85, of 188 B. Wilson Road, died Monday, October 23, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Lacey was retired from Gold Kist and was a member of Harmony Christian Church. 
She was a daughter of the late William Allen and Julia Wilson Tucker Sr., and was the wife of the late Roy R. Lacey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at Harmony Christian Church with Jerry Payne and Dennis Harris officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Otis Hiland, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Peggy Lacey, Evans, and Colie and Judy Lacey and Mike and Jean Lacey, all of Commerce; brother, Gene Allen, Detroit, Mich.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one preborn great-grandchild.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Dennis and Lynn Free Harmony Christian Church, P.O. Box 382, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MR. HANLEY
World War II veteran
NICHOLSON - William Franklin Hanley Sr., 89, died Wednesday, October 18, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Hanley was a born September 25, 1911, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late John P. and Lettie Mealor Hanley.
Mr. Hanley was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a retired auto salesman and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Kenneth Dillard and Howard Garrison officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Hanley is survived by his wife, Willie Rice Wardlaw Hanley; one son, William F. Hanley Jr., Nicholson; one brother, Doyle Hanley, Commerce; one sister, Ruth Ingram, Commerce; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MR. MCGINNIS
U.S. Army veteran
JEFFERSON - George Wesley McGinnis, 76, died Monday, October 23, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. McGinnis was born April 4, 1924, in Hall County. He was a son of the late Guy Rueben and Nellie Lou Crisler McGinnis.
Mr. McGinnis was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a retired welder. He was a Mason and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 25, in the Wilson United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Larry Wilbanks officiating. 
Survivors include three sons, Greg McGinnis, Jefferson, Mike McGinnis, Winneconne, Wis., and Tim McGinnis, Omro, Wis.; two brothers, Guy McGinnis, Toccoa, and Harold McGinnis, Commerce; two sisters, Lucille Sims, Maysville, and Dorothy Trammell, Pine Mountain; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon International, or to the charity of one's choice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MRS. BROWN
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Kathleen Brown, 72, died Saturday, October 21, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born October 26, 1927, in Homer. She was a daughter of the late Ed and Tonni Whitlock Parsons.
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Brown.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Curtis Green officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce. 
Mrs. Brown is survived by one son, Henry Brown, Commerce; one sister, Mildred Parsons, Commerce; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MRS. O'KELLEY
Retired supervisor
COMMERCE - Mrs. Irene Hartley O'Kelley, 87, died Thursday, October 19, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. O'Kelley was born January 16, 1913, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of W.D. "Bud" Hartley and the late Annie Bryan Hartley.
Mrs. O'Kelley was a retired supervisor with Commerce Sportswear and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton O'Kelley.
Graveside services were held Sunday, October 22, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. 
Survivors include two sons, Donald E. O'Kelley, Homer, and Mike O'Kelley, Hoschton; one daughter, Patricia Roper, Jackson, Miss.; two sisters, Hortence Felker, Jacksonville, Fla., and Bernice Scott, Commerce; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MRS. CARR
Florida native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eunice Virginia Williams Carr, 81, died Sunday, October 22, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Carr was born February 20, 1919, in Bonifay County, Fla. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Meddie Capps Williams. 
Mrs. Carr was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include five sons, Billy Carr, Milton, Fla., Bobby Ray Carr, Port Smith, Va., Daniel Carr and Joseph Carr, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Frank Carr, Deer Park, Texas; two daughters, Annette Potter, Commerce, and Loleeta Smith, Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Chancey Williams, Roopville, and Porter Williams, Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Lois Hilstrom, Williamsburg, Va.; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000

MR. GRESHAM
U.S. Air Force veteran
ATLANTA - James P. Gresham Jr. died Monday, October 23, 2000.
Mr. Gresham was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1952 to 1956.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 25, in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Lula, with the Revs. Ralph Smith and J.L. White officiating. 
Mr. Gresham is survived by his wife, Sandra Gresham; one daughter, Lisa Buxton, Marietta; one son, Mark Gresham, Marietta; three sisters, June Pappalardo, Decatur, and Mary Underwood and Susan Williamson, both of Rome; two brothers, Robin Gresham and David Gresham, both of Rome; and grandchildren, Ashley, Heather, Chad and Matthew.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, October 25, 2000


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