Miscellaneous Banks County, Georgia Obituaries
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MR. ETERNO
Retired locksmith
HOMER - Joseph Sebastian Eterno, 80, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at his residence.
Born February 8, 1921, in Wayne County, Mich., Mr. Eterno was the son of the late Vincent William and Frances Nazione Eterno.
He was a retired locksmith and was a member of St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission. Mr. Eterno was also a member of the American Legion, Gainesville Lodge #219 F&AM and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission with Father Richard Tibbits officiating. 
Mr. Eterno is survived by his wife, Mary Lois Jones Eterno, Homer; one son, Vincent Eterno, Homer; three daughters, Rose Adams, Maysville, Jenifer Perry Hinson, Cornelia, and Francine Salbatore, Armada, Mich.; two sisters, Jennie Pernicano, San Diego, Calif., and Frances Turner, New Baltimore, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MR. STEPHENSON
Employed with Roper Pump Company
COMMERCE - Bobby Dwight "Bird" Stephenson, 42, died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Mr. Stephenson was born April 11, 1959, in Jackson County. He was a son of Leon and Frances Cowart Stephenson, Commerce.
Mr. Stephenson was employed with Roper Pump Company. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnie Sue and Odell Stephenson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Stephenson is survived by his wife, Tammy Reed Stephenson, Commerce; two sons, Michael Reed and Bobby Stephenson, both of Commerce; and two brothers, Josh Stephenson, Danielsville, and Mickey Stephenson, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MRS. TUCKER
Former school teacher
ATHENS - Mrs. Ellie Merle Tucker, 90, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Tucker was born August 7, 1910, a daughter of the late Luther and Cora Allen Ginn.
She was a former school teacher in Madison County during the 1930s and was a member of the First Christian Church of Athens. Mrs. Tucker was active in Brownie and Girl Scouts as a leader, as well as the Cub and Boy Scouts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Allen Tucker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Minister Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Christian Church cemetery. Leonard Ginn, Joe Ginn and Mike Lacey served as pallbearers. Mrs. Tucker's nephews, Boyd Drake, Coley Lacey, Dennis Drake, Ricky Dalton, and Dr. Sam Vickery, served as honorary pallbearers, along with friends, Donald Cofer and George Hart.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Sid and Karen Tucker, Granbury, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Pat Tucker Garrison and Billy Garrison, Commerce; grandchildren, Sidney L. Tucker Jr., Rowlett, Texas, Thomas Lloyd Allen Tucker, Augusta, Kan., Joe Allen Tinsley Jr., Valdosta, and Patricia Ann Tinsley, Atlanta; and a great-grandson, Sidney L. Tucker III, Wichita, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3120 Raymond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001 

MR. MCINTOSH
Kentucky native
COMMERCE - Franklin Clay McIntosh, 53, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Hazard, Ky., Mr. McIntosh was a son of Johnny Clay McIntosh, Gainesville, and the late Geneva Turner McIntosh.
He was employed as a dry wall delivery man.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Lester Turner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include two sons, Franklin Clay McIntosh II, Cumming, and Jeffrey Lee McIntosh, Nicholson; two daughters, Sheila Halcomb, Cumming, and Carrie Strickland, Nicholson; four sisters, Rella Fay Fletcher, Frankfort, Ky., Linda Lou Turner Lane, Gainesville, Mary Elizabeth McIntosh, Jefferson, and Jallie Louise Caudill, Alpharetta; two brothers, Kelly Ray McIntosh, Versailes, Ky., and Jerry McIntosh, Maron, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MISS BROCK
Retired seamstress
COMMERCE - Miss Elyta Brock, 85, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at BJC Nursing Center.
Miss Brock was born February 28, 1916, in Georgia, a daughter of the late Henry and Mittie Lee Smith Brock.
She was a retired seamstress with Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Grove Level Baptist Church, Homer, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Miss Brock is survived by three nieces.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MRS. HUGHES
Mother of three
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Bennie Mae Hughes, 65, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hughes was a native of Hall County and had lived in the county for a number of years. She was a member of Oakwood Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Oakwood Church of God with the Revs. Mike Grizzle and Ray Turpin officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Jones, Flowery Branch, and Lynn Blume, Winser, S.C.; one son, Arthur Roy "Sammy" Hughes Jr., Maysville; one sister, Vera Wiley, Gainesville; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MR. STANDRIDGE
U.S. Military retiree
GALVESTON, TEXAS - Tommy Andrew Standridge Sr., 65, died Friday, June 8, 2001, in Galveston, Texas.
Mr. Standridge was born in Jackson County, in 1936, and resided in South Carolina for 21 years before retiring to Crystal Beach, Texas, in 1993. He retired from 21 years of dedicated service from the Lexington, South Carolina, Post Office after having retired from 21 years of service with the U.S. Military. Mr. Standridge achieved the rank of First Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
He was married to Sandra Elizabeth Standridge on May 7, 1959.
Mr. Standridge was an active member of the Crystal Beach Fire Department, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3719 and was a Mason with Lodge 152 AFM, Lexington, S.C.
Mr. Standridge was a loving individual dedicated to his family and actively involved to improve the quality of life for his community, said family members. He always had a kind word and smile for everyone who crossed his path. His many friends and relatives that shared the laughter, the beauty and the special unforgettable moments that will be forever etched in their memories, by having shared their lives with Tommy, will miss him.
Funeral services were held at 12 noon Tuesday, June 12, at Bay Vue United Methodist Church, Crystal Beach, Texas, with the Rev. Malcolm Monroe officiating. Graveside services were held at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas, with Military Honors.
Mr. Standridge is survived by his wife, Sandra Elizabeth Standridge; four sons, Tommy A. Standridge Jr., Russell B. Standridge, Robert D. Standridge and Lee A. Standridge; six grandchildren, which he adored; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Jerry Chitwood and Mary and Kenneth Danials; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Diane Standridge, Samuel and Hossie Standridge, Paul and Shirley Standridge and Bobby and Elaine Standridge.
Memorials may be made to the Bay Vue United Methodist Church Building Fund, or to a charity of one's choice.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MRS. STROM
Minnesota native
ATLANTIC BEACH, FLA. - Mrs. Marjory Lansing Strom died Friday, June 8, 2001, at Fleet Landing Retirement Center, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Strom was born September 20, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., a daughter of Donald and Ruth Lansing.
She attended the University of Minnesota and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Mrs. Strom moved from Minnesota to Florida in 1951.
She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach and was known for her pastel portraitures.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Christ Episcopal Church.
Survivors include children, William C. Stout, Commerce, Lans Stout, Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Julie Anderson, Neptune Beach, Fla.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of North East Florida.
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MRS. HUGHES
Mother of three
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Bennie Mae Hughes, 65, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hughes was a native of Hall County and had lived in the county for a number of years. She was a member of Oakwood Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Oakwood Church of God with the Revs. Mike Grizzle and Ray Turpin officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Jones, Flowery Branch, and Lynn Blume, Winser, S.C.; one son, Arthur Roy "Sammy" Hughes Jr., Maysville; one sister, Vera Wiley, Gainesville; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MR. CASPER
Cartey Electric Motor Services retiree
ATHENS - James Roy Casper, 71, a native of Barrow County, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
Mr. Casper had lived in the Athens-Clarke County area for most of his life and was retired from Cartey Electric Motor Services.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Syble Casper Shelton, and two brothers, Victor E. Casper and Robert F. Casper.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Leon Pass officiating. Burial was in Whitworth Cemetery. Melvin Cheek, Travis Ingram, Marty Casper, Richard Gordon, Bobby Ramsey, Keith Cartey, Jonathan Casper and Steven Casper served as pallbearers. Members of The Dirty Dozen Hunting Club served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sara Brown Casper; son, Steven Casper, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Kathy Casper, Nicholson; two step-grandsons, Steve Atkins, Memphis, Tenn., and Travis Ingram, Nicholson; one step-great-granddaughter; one step-great-grandson; one sister, Anne Finch, Athens; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Johnnie Casper, Danielsville, and Gene and Patty Casper, Nicholson; sister-in-law, Diane Casper, Bogart; and several nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001

MRS. NEWBURY
Mother of countian
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Mrs. Mabel Sanders (Sandy) Newbury died Monday, June 4, 2001, in Jacksonville, Fla., following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Newbury was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Newbury, and a daughter, Kathleen Newbury.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Michael Newbury, Commerce; two daughters, Judith Shedd, Jacksonville, Fla., and Janet Daurity, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Banks County News, June 20, 2001 
 
MRS. PAYNE
Leatherwood Baptist Church member
BALDWIN - Mrs. Lydia Payne, 95, died Friday, August 10, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born on March 9, 1906, in Franklin County, Mrs. Payne was a daughter of the late Thomas and Blanche Gunn Savage. 
She was a homemaker and was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church.
Private family funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 12, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Jim Olds officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Tommy Payne, Mt. Airy; one sister, Tommie Aldred, Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MRS. PRUITT
Homemaker
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Dorothy Brady Pruitt, 62, of the Nails Creek Community, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Pruitt was born October 29, 1938, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Arvil and Weeze Farmer Brady.
Mrs. Pruitt was a homemaker and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a step-son, Johnny Pruitt, and a brother, Marvin Brady.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 9, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Paul Robertson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Pruitt is survived by her husband, Millard Pruitt, Carnesville; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and J.L. Davis, Demorest; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Buddy and Montez Brady, Baldwin, and Leroy and Nell Brady, Cornelia.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MRS. WRIGHT
Habersham County native
CLEVELAND - Mrs. Rebecca Leigh Barden Wright, 52, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001.
Mrs. Wright was born in Habersham County on July 28, 1949. She was a daughter of Frank Lee Barden, Cornelia, and the late Ola Mae Ivie Barden.
She was employed by Fieldale Corporation and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne Barden.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Billy Harris officiating. 
Survivors, in addition to her father, include one daughter, Maieyiana Leigh Wright, Pennsylvania; one brother, Edward Lee Barden, Alto; and two sisters, Tia Ann Cornelius, Doylestown, Ohio, and Emily Cornelius, Baldwin.
Memorials may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 3300 N.E. Expressway, Building 9, Atlanta, GA 30341.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MR. GRAVITT
Poultry farmer
GAINESVILLE - Royce Clay Gravitt, 73, died Monday, August 13, 2001, at Gateway Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cleveland, following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Gravitt was a son of the late R.P. and Rosa Overby Gravitt.
He was a graduate of Lyman Hall School, was a poultry farmer and was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with the Revs. Fulton Boswell and Dean Bryant officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Gravitt is survived by his wife, Mrs. Johnnie Gravitt, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Bobby Gabrels, Baldwin; daughter, Denise Pardue, Clermont; sisters, Eunice Cantrell and Mildred Vandiver, both of Gainesville; brothers, Boyd Gravitt, Loyd Gravitt and Charles Gravitt, all of Gainesville; granddaughters, Tammy Craven, Demorest, and Lisa Nichols, Gainesville; grandson, Kevin Pardue, Dahlonega; great-grandchildren, Hailen and Makayla Nichols, Clay Pardue and Jessica and Cassidy Craven; and a number of other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MRS. WILSON
Southern Railway retiree
DECATUR - Mrs. Merle Coker Wilson, 82, died Monday, August 6, 2001.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Wilson was a daughter of the late Arthur and Missouri Fowler Coker.
She was retired from Southern Railway, with 39 years of service, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Conyers.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 9, in Eastview Cemetery, Conyers, with Chaplain Dennis Yarbrough officiating. 
Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, Jack C. Wilson Sr., Decatur; nieces, Pamela Robinson and Angela Papalia, both of Henry County, and Becky Hall, Florida; nephews, Joe D. Coker, Forest Park, and James C. Coker, Roswell; and 12 great-nieces and nephews.
Horis A. Ward Inc., Old Town Chapel, Conyers, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001 

MR. GOTTS
Banks County 
volunteer fireman
COMMERCE - Harold Thomas Gotts, 37, died Saturday, August 11, 2001.
Mr. Gotts was born in California. He was self-employed and was a member of the Banks County Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Gotts was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Fredrick Henry Sunley officiating. 
Mr. Gotts is survived by his father, Terrance Gotts; his mother and step-father, Shirley Rutherford Sunley and Charles Sunley; two sisters, Alice Colquitt, Comer, and Shelly Cooper, Forsyth; one brother, Carl F. Gotts, Hartwell; and two step-brothers, Charles G. Sunley and the Rev. Fredrick Henry Sunley, both of Banks County.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MRS. HARDY
Mother of five
COMMERCE - Mrs. Carolyn L. Hardy, 64, died Sunday, August 12, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Hardy was born December 10, 1936, a daughter of the late Hope and Fannie Jones Lord.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Hardy officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Mrs. Hardy is survived by her husband, Leroy Hardy, Commerce; two sons, Mike Hardy, Danielsville, and Marlon Hardy, Jefferson; three daughters, Sandra Allen, Commerce, Lynn Davis, Crawford, and Joy Hamby, Nicholson; two brothers, David Lord, Danielsville, and Roy Lord, Ila; nine grandchildren, Scott, Brandi, Coe, Marla, Matt, Amanda, Dillon, Karlee and Jessie; and one great-grandchild, Ben.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MR. STOWE
Commerce native
ASTOR, FLA. - James H. Stowe, 45, died Sunday, August 5, 2001, in Tavares, Fla.
Born in Commerce, Mr. Stowe was a son of Curtis and Flora Stowe, Commerce.
He was a former resident of Daytona Beach, Fla., where he was owner of Frank 'N Steins Pub. Mr. Stowe was also owner and operator of a residential construction company and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #294 F.&A.M., Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 9, in the chapel of Beyers Funeral Home with the Rev. Pete Menendez officiating. Burial was in Astor-Astor Park Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Mary S. Stowe, Astor, Fla.; one son, Nickolas Stowe, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Kellie Stowe, Norcross, and Greta Hill, Buford; and one sister, Cindy Brookshire, Commerce.
Beyers Funeral Home in Umatilla was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001
MRS. POPHAM
Homemaker
DEMOREST - Mrs. Helen Shirley Popham, 80, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Popham was born in Rabun County on October 9, 1920, a daughter of the late Milford and Loma Taylor Shirley.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m Friday, August 3, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Tom Mewborn and Conny Shirley officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Popham is survived by her husband, John M. Popham Sr., Demorest; one daughter, Shirley P. Smith, Demorest; two sons, John M. Popham Jr. and Roger H. Popham, both of Demorest; one sister, Ann Darnell, Clarkesville; one brother, Conny H. Shirley, Clarkesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001

MR. LEE
CORNELIA - William R. Lee Jr., 64, died Monday, August 13, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.

MRS. ALLEN
Homer Presbyterian 
Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Geraldine Griffin Allen, 84, died Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Allen was born on August 18, 1916, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Scott and Mamie Wood Griffin and the widow of Bob Allen. Mrs. Allen was a retired textile employee of Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Homer Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte Allen and Dianne Matthews, both of Commerce; Sherbie Harris, of Jefferson; three sons, Truman Allen, Doug Allen and William Allen, all of Commerce; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, on Friday, August 10, 2001, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Curtis Green officiating. Interment followed in the Homer Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Homer.
Pallbearers were Tim Pritchett, Adam Matthews, Scot Allen, Coe Allen, Brian Hoover, Rusty Cheek, Tracey Talley and Fran Martinez.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, August 15, 2001


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