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Eugene G. Poole
Eugene Grafton Poole, 63, of Griffin, died Wednesday, October 31, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Poole was born in Homer on October 2, 1938, a son of the late William Fletcher Poole and the late Ida Mae Massey Poole. 
He was a carpenter.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church, Banks County.
Mr. Poole is survived by his wife, Helen E. Poole; sons and daughters-in-law, Troy and Terri Poole and Tracy and Johnna Poole, all of Griffin, and Trent and Amy Poole, Locust Grove; two sisters, Barbara Jones, Lula, and Carolyn Wilson, Commerce; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 135-B Bradford Square, Fayetteville, GA 30215, in memory of Mr. Poole.
Friends may visit the family at the residence.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, Griffin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Patrick D. Renshaw
Patrick Daniel Renshaw, 44, of Baldwin, died Sunday, November 4, 2001, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Renshaw was born in Ocean Side, Calif., on August 28, 1957. He was employed by B.J.'s Supply Company and was in the U.S. Marines. Mr. Renshaw was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. James Harvey officiating. 
Survivors include one daughter, Joanne Renshaw, Alto; one son, Robert Renshaw, Alto; mother and step-father, Jacquelyn and Dock Bryson, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; father, Gerald Renshaw, California; one brother, Jefferry Bryson, Avon Park, Fla.; and two sisters, Pamela Dawn Robey, Miami, Fla., and Kathy Carroll, Callahan, Fla.
Memorials may be made to Habersham Bank, Trust Fund for Patrick Renshaw, P.O. Box 1980, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Girlie G. Watkins
Mrs. Girlie G. Watkins, 85, of Winder, died Monday, November 5, 2001.
Mrs. Watkins was born in Barrow County, where she had resided for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Tom and Mae McDaniel Griffith. 
Mrs. Watkins was a retiree of Barrow Manufacturing Company and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, D.J. Crowe, and her second husband, Steed Watkins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Greg Moore and Shane Crowe officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Imogene Garrett, Hiawassee; one son, Bo Crowe, Winder; one sister, Callie Borders, Gillsville; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Bernice M. Davis
Mrs. Bernice Mae Blair Davis, 81, of Demorest, died Monday, October 29, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on July 26, 1920, Mrs. Davis was a daughter of the late Oscar and Omie James Blair. 
She was a homemaker and was a member of Community Baptist Church. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Davis, a brother, Burns Blair, and sisters, Mary Lizzie Davis and Australia Blair Williams.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 1, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and John Humphries officiating. Burial was in the Hazel Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, J.L. and Barbara Davis, Demorest; brother and sister-in-law, Garnett and Christine Blair, Mt. Airy; sister and brother-in-law, Cleo and Jr. Ayers, Mt. Airy; grandson, James Davis, Demorest; and grandson and wife, Ed and Jennifer Davis, Toccoa.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Julia G. Riddle
Mrs. Julia Gilstrap Riddle, 60, of Alto, died Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on February 28, 1941, Mrs. Riddle was a daughter of the late Seaborn and Beulah Pless Gilstrap.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Mrs. Riddle was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Riddle.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary R. Trigg, Cleveland; special friends, Christy Martin and Craig MacGillivray, both of Alto, and Tommy Cash, Toccoa; one brother, Burton Gilstrap, Alto; one sister, Rosita Glenn, Gainesville; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Scarlett Whechel, 4050 Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Leila M. Carithers
Mrs. Leila Mae Carithers, 71, of Commerce, died Friday, November 2, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Carithers was born September 18, 1930, in Ocilla, Irwin County. She was the daughter of the late Gus Wright Gratham and Vera Wylene Parker.
Mrs. Carithers was a graduate of Berry College, Norman Park, earning a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She was a retired teacher. Mrs. Carithers was a member of Erastus Christian Church, Commerce, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a member of the North Georgia Family Campers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at Erastus Christian Church with the Revs. Jim Lugo and Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the Carithers Family Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Carithers is survived by her husband, Hix Carithers, Commerce; one daughter, Cathy McDaniel, Commerce; one brother, William Gratham, Virginia; and one grandson, Anthony Licata.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Louise P. Boswell
Mrs. Louise P. Boswell, 71, Commerce, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001.
Mrs. Boswell was born in LaFrance, S.C., a daughter of the late Clifford and Quida Ramsey Pitts.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Boswell was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Jewell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Boswell is survived by her husband, George Boswell, of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Cameron and Kelley Boswell, Commerce; one daughter and son-in-law, Candice B. and Shannon Hoxit, Danielsville; one sister, Caroldine DeLoach, Riverdale; three grandchildren, Sheila Cassidy and Madison and Montana Hoxit, Danielsville; a niece, Terrie Lynn Wood; and a number of other nieces and nephews.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001

Barbara N. Poole
Mrs. Barbara N. Poole, 67, of Commerce, died Thursday, November 1, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Poole was born February 8, 1934, in Anderson County, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Grady Henry and Elise Christina Miles Nichols.
Mrs. Poole was a retired emergency management coordinator for Gwinnett County and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Banks County Planning Commission.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at New Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Scott officiating. Burial was in the Poole Family Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Poole is survived by her husband, Roy Poole, Commerce; one son, Roy Poole Jr., Commerce; one daughter, Sherri Blackburn, Commerce; three brothers, David Nichols, Commerce, Gene Nichols, Lula, and James Ray Nichols, Maysville; one sister, Virginia Evans, Commerce; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, November 7, 2001 
 
Estelle W. Newsome
Mrs. Estelle Wilbanks Newsome, 91, of the Broad River Community, Baldwin, died Monday, February 11, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Newsome was born in Banks County on October 25, 1910. She was a daughter of the late Gilliam Thomas Wilbanks and Samantha Payne Wilbanks. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Newsome, and five brothers, Travis Wilbanks, Telford Wilbanks, Sevier Wilbanks, Virgil Wilbanks and G.T. Wilbanks.
Mrs. Newsome was retired from Carwood Manufacturing Company as an inspector with several years of service. She was a member of Broad River Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the Broad River Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Terry Purcell officiating at graveside.
Mrs. Newsome is survived by her husband, Arzo Newsome, Baldwin; two daughters, Brenda Whitfield, Baldwin, and Elora Watkins, Cornelia; two sons, Lilburn Newsome, Baldwin, and Gary Newsome, Clarkesville; five sisters, Vernice Wilkinson, Cornelia, Ruby Gailey, Christine Wilbanks and Elsie Mae Andrews, all of Baldwin, and Avoline Chitwood, Canon; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Wiley Grier
Wiley Grier, 62, of Alto, died Sunday, February 10, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Hall County on February 26, 1949, Mr. Grier was a son of the late Alvin B. and Belle Armour Grier.
He was a retired textile worker and was a member of Alto Congregational Holiness Church. Mr. Grier was preceded in death by two brothers, Otis and Dillard Grier.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Anthony Shore, Leon Brown, Scott Ledbetter and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mr. Grier is survived by his wife, Helen Oliver Grier, Alto; daughter, Carrie Grier, Alto; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Jenny Grier and Jeff and Misty Grier, all of Alto; brothers, A.M., Alvin Jr., Van, Roy and E.D. Grier, all of Alto, Garnett Grier, Lula, and Limule Grier, Newnan; sisters, Dorothy Ward and Geraldine Grier, Alto, and Ruth Swann, Clifton Ford, Va.; and grandchildren, Chase, William, Deanna, Hope and Alexis Grier.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Hannelore V. Good
Mrs. Hannelore ³Helen² Volk Good, 72, of Lula, died Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Good was born August 12, 1929, in Germany. She was a daughter of the late Herman and Martha Inglefried Volk.
Mrs. Good was a homemaker and was of the Luthern faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kenneth Good Sr.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Lori Braselton, Hoschton; two sons, Donald Herman Good, Dawsonville, and John Kenneth Good Jr., St. Augustine, Fla.; and one grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Betty L. Hulsey
Mrs. Betty L. Hulsey, 49, of Mt. Airy, died Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Anderson, S.C., on July 27, 1952, Mrs. Hulsey was a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Towe Harris. 
She was a homemaker and was a member of New Birth Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at New Birth Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Loudermilk and Mike Wilson officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Hulsey is survived by her husband, Kent Hulsey, Mt. Airy; daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Brent Holcomb, Homer; son, Kevin Bennett, California; brother, James Harris, Augusta; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Julian and Verlene Dixon Hulsey, Mt. Airy; sisters, Henrietta O¹Dell and Mary Clark, both of Hartwell, and Virginia Billings, Starr, S.C.; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Keith and Amy Higgins Hulsey, Gainesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Nelle K. Bonds
Mrs. Nelle Kimsey Bonds, 81, of Lula, died Sunday, February 10, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a short illness.
Mrs. Bonds was born in Habersham County on March 27, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Leonard and Jessie Watson Kimsey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doc L. Bonds.
Mrs. Bonds retired from Carwood Manufacturing Company, after 34 years of service, and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Banks County. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith and Bethel Midgett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, David and Anita Bonds, Maysville, and Denver and Kathy Bond and Deveret and Jackie Bond, all of Gillsville; and five grandchildren, Misty Bond, Becky Bond, Michael Bond, Kimberly Bond and Lori Bond, all of Gillsville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Bennie W. McKie
Bennie Walter McKie, 77, of Comer, died Tuesday, February 5, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mr. McKie was a son of the late Thomas Neal and Leala Hanley McKie.
He had been employed with Georgia Power in ground and building maintenance and was a member of Comer Baptist Church. Mr. McKie was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, receiving the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil McKie, Paul McKie and Felton McKie, and three sisters, Jessie Watson, Louise Seagraves and Eula Hall.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 7, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Stewart Lang officiating. Burial was in Meadow Cemetery. Mr. McKie¹s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Lyvader Fields McKie; one sister, Sue Whitlowe, Charlotte, N.C.; and one brother, Ralph McKie, Matthews, N.C.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Ruby Van Leuven
Mrs. Ruby Jean Gray Van Leuven, 45, of Carnesville, died Friday, February 8, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born September 26, 1956, in Jackson County, Mrs. Van Leuven was the daughter of Joyce Whitsel Gray, Carnesville, and the late George Gray.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Canon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, February 11, at the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville. Burial was in the Middle River Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, David Van Leuven; three sons, John Christopher Slusher, Goldsboro, N.C., Matthew Keith Fields, Bowersville, and Brandon James Van Leuven, Carnesville; and two brothers, Randy Dale Gray, Carnesville, and Ricky Dave Gray, Lavonia.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Inez P. Verner
Mrs. Inez Patterson Verner, 87, of the Bold Spring Community, Carnesville, died Saturday, February 9, 2002, at DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur.
Born July 16, 1914, in Franklin County, Mrs. Verner was the daughter of the late Robert Marion and Beatrice Wilmot Patterson.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. She was a charter member of the Carnesville Eastern Star Chapter and served as its first Worthy Matron.
Mrs. Verner was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Freeman Verner, two sisters, Arlie Vaughan and Cleo Ryan, and one brother, Claude J. Patterson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Indian Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Stacey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Verner Skelton, Lilburn; one son, Robert E. Verner Sr., Pasadena, Texas; three brothers, Robert K. Patterson, Cumming, Grayson Patterson, Oakwood, and Marvin Patterson, Covington; one sister, Margaret Patterson, Gainesville; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

Clarence L. Day
Clarence Lonnie Day, 73, of Carnesville, died Saturday, February 9, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Day was born October 4, 1928, in Opilaka, Ala., a son of the late Clarence Lonnie Jr. and Dossie Mae Davis Day.
He was a graduate of Georgia State University and was an engineer for Southern Bell, retiring after 37 years of employment. Mr. Day served in the Army Airborne and in the Naval Reserves. He was a member of Allens United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 11, at Allens United Methodist Church with the Rev. Merritt Waters officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Day is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine Coleman Day; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Cecil Bramlett, Greenville, S.C.; grandson, Chip Garrett, Greenville, S.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Charles and Barbara Day McCampbell, Marietta; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Millie Coleman, Newnan; sister-in-law, Shirley Coleman, Douglasville; and several nieces and nephews.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002

David E. Carver
David Edward ³Leroy² Carver, 48, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, February 5, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born February 19, 1953, in Knoxville, Tenn., Mr. Carver was a son of Viola Grace Wise Carver, Knoxville, Tenn., and the late Edward Leroy Carver.
He was a poultry worker with Fieldale Farms and was a member of the Church of God In Thee Now, Newton, N.C.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m Saturday, February 9, in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Jonathan Swing officiating. 
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one daughter, Daisy Maevell Carver, Newton, N.C.; and one sister, Gina Thomas, Knoxville, Tenn.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Banks County News, February 13, 2002


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