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BACON, Miss Ina

The Atlanta Constitution, 4 January 1909. MORTUARY. Miss Ina Bacon. Maysville, Ga., Jan.3- Miss Ina BACON, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Bacon, died last night after an extended illness.

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BARNES, Mary Anne Emmett

Died Oct. 29, 2006

Mary Anne Emmett Barnes, 76, of Commerce died Sunday at her residence.

Born in Habersham County to the late Will Hope Emmett and Pearl Lewallen Emmett, she also was preceded in death by her husband, H.L. "Bill" Barnes.

Survivors include her son, James Hope Carlan, Crawford; stepson, Gerald Lee Barnes, Maysville; daughters, Donna Osborn, Commerce, Kay Barrett, Nicholson, Elaine Smith, Crawford and Leesa Shropshire, Commerce; stepdaughter, Barbara Patterson, Homer; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Leesa Shropshire.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home. The Rev. Kelby Maxwell, the Rev. Charles Reese, the Rev. John Webber and Jerry Barnes will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Level Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Oct. 31, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BARRETT, Frances S.

June 11, 1926-July 5, 2006

Frances S. Barrett, 80, of Gainesville died Wednesday following an extended illness.

Born to the late Moses Nelson Smelley and Mary Magdalene Coffee Smelley, she retired from MarJac Poultry and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Elks. She also was a member of First Baptist Church of Gainesville and the Gleaners' Sunday school class.

Survivors include her husband, Garland P. Barrett, Gainesville; brother, Carl T. Smelley, Atlanta; and sisters, Mildred Smelley Young, Homer, and Agnes Smelley Harris, Lula.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little-Davenport Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2006, at First Baptist Church Chapel, Gainesville. The Rev. Bruce Fields will officiate. Burial will be in Alta Vista Cemetery.

Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BAXTER, Blondine Hill

March 24, 1951-Feb. 18, 2006

Blondine Hill Baxter, 54, of Baldwin died Saturday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born in Banks County to the late Ben and Vetter Patrick Hill, she was a homemaker and attended Bethesda Fellowship Church. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Baxter; brothers, Ralph Hill, Fred Hill and Coleman Hill; and sister, Helen Norton.

Survivors include her sisters, Mae Maney, Cornelia, Geraldine Doss, Martin, Ruby Smith, Alto, and Jimmie Sue Thurmond, Athens; and brothers, Wayman Hill and Tommy Hill, both of Baldwin, and Ricky Hill, Homer.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Rich Hulsey, the Rev. J. Clearance Reynolds, the Rev. Terry Benfield and the Rev. Scott Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Feb. 20, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BENNETT, Velma Lord

Died Feb. 9, 2006

Velma Lord Bennett, 92, of Homer died Thursday at Hill Haven Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born to the late Lewis Carlton Lord and Myra Prickett Lord, she also was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bennett; and son, Max Bennett.

Survivors include her daughters, Helen Davis, Lexington, Va., and Frances Bennett, Homer; sons, Ken Bennett, Homer, and Tim Bennett, Marietta; brothers, Pittman Lord, Gainesville, Donald Lord, Commerce, and Wyatt Lord, Tucker; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church. The Rev. Phil Ferguson will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant Methodist Church cemetery fund.

Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Feb. 10, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BENNETT, Woodie A.

Funeral rites for Woodie A. Bennett, 52, an employee of Todd Shipyard Corp. for 23 years, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the J. Levy & Bro. Funeral home, the Rev. C. A. Tucker & the Rev. T. R. Hillman officiating. Burial will be in the Galveston Memorial Park.

Mr. Bennett, a resident of 5309 avenue Q1/2, died en route to St. Mary’s Infirmary Monday.

He was born Sept. 25, 1910, in Homer, Ga., and had been a Galveston resident for 29 years.

Pallbearers will be Nick Menotti, Joe Menotti, Don Webb, Sam Trapane, Ellis Schwalmn & C. A. Griggs.

The Galveston News, Galveston Texas, Friday May 24, 1963.

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BLACKBURN, Roy Edward

May 14, 1920-Aug. 11, 2006

Roy Edward Blackburn, 86, of Homer died Friday at a private health care facility following an extended illness.

Born in Franklin County to the late James Alec and Nellie Watson Blackburn, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He retired from the Department of Transportation and was a member of Belton Baptist Church. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertie Ruth Barrett Blackburn; and brothers, Garnett Blackburn and Leonard Blackburn.

Survivors include his wife, Flonnie Scales Blackburn, Homer; daughters, Patricia Jean Andrews, Alto, and Deborah Pritchett, Homer; sons, Kenneth Blackburn, Cornelia, and Phillip Blackburn, Homer; stepdaughters, Lynda Garrison and Sharon Underwood, both of Homer, Pat Franklin, South Carolina, and Wanda Dale, Gillsville; stepson, Keith Wilson, Homer; sisters, Winnie McGill, Royston, and Virginia Denton, Commerce; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethany Christian Church Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Aug. 12, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BLACKWELL, Mrs. Mollie Lee Boswell

Mrs. Mollie Lee Boswell Blackwell, age 80, of Homer died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Bell Minor Home.

Mrs. Blackwell was born in Jackson County to the late Charlie and Zora Bryan Boswell. She was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Mrs. Blackwell is survived by her husband, Jack Blackwell, Homer; son and daughter-in-law, Ricki and Debbie Blackwell, Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Carl Clough, Homer; brothers, George Boswell, Commerce, J.R. Boswell, Maysville, Charlie Boswell, Fairmont, and Bryan Boswell, Carnesville; sisters, Laura Livingston, East Point, Willie B. Sears, Maysville, Georgialeen Thurmond, Commerce; grandchildren, George and Rhonda Mathis, Homer, Terry and Amy Mick, Columbus, Ohio, Matthew and Jacqueline Wilson, Maysville; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Paige Mathis, Homer, and Brady Mick, Columbus, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Duncan, the Rev. Swayne Cochran and the Rev. James Dumas officiating. The body will be placed in state at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday night at the funeral home.

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Nov. 9, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BOLTON, E. F.

The Atlanta Constitution, 17 December 1905.

MORTUARY.

Commerce, GA., December 16- E. F. BOLTON died at his home 3 miles north of this place last night. He was 72 years old and leaves several sons and daughters and many grandchildren. He was one of the most widely known men in Banks county. [Elijah F. Bolton]

Submitted by: Jacqueline King


BOLTON, Nancy

The Atlanta Constitution, 6 April 1910.

MORTUARY.

Commerce, Ga., April 5- Mrs. Nancy BOLTON, age 77, died here yesterday evening. She was the widow of the late E. F. Bolton, and leaves five sons and two daughters. The interment will take place tomorrow.

Submitted by: Jacqueline King


BONDS, Ira Hampton

Ira Hampton Bonds, 68, of 1215 Evergreen St., died Tuesday, March 6, 2001.

Born in Homer, Ga., he was a son of the late Andy Bonds and Nora Ann Smith Sheridan. He was a retired truck driver.

Surviving is his wife, Shelby Edwards Bonds; three sisters, Sarah B. Price of Fountain Inn, Christine "Tinnie" Hubster of Pelzer, and Carolyn Fortenberry of Gray Court; two brothers, Harold Sheridan of Greer, and Jack "Pee Wee" Sheridan of Travelers Rest; three stepchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Pete Sheridan; and three brothers, Buddy Lee Sheridan, Hubert Lee and James O. Bonds.

Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.

The family is at the home of Chris "Tinnie" Hubster, 101 Bent Creek Dr., Pelzer.

Published in The Greenville News: 03-08-2001

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BORING, Samuel F.

March 10, 1915-Aug. 6, 2006

Samuel F. Boring, 91, of Covington, formerly of Demorest, died Sunday at Rockdale Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Banks County to the late Edwin F. and Amanda Luella Brooks Boring, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during World War II. He also was a member of the National Guard. He was a retired accountant, a minister of music and a member of and deacon at Crawford Street Baptist Church, Waycross. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Lott Boring; second wife, Thelma Ann Williamson Boring; son, Julian M. Boring; brothers, Paul W. Boring, Hubert Boring, Ernest Boring and Norman Boring; and sisters, Marie McMillen, Mary Gant and Emma Arlesa Ranieri.

Survivors include his son, Alan R. Boring, Covington; sisters, Merle Duncan and Vicki Goff, both of Miami; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at Demorest Baptist Church. Dr. Tom Mewborn and Derreck Boring will officiate. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crawford Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 872, Waycross, GA 31502; or Demorest Baptist Church, P.O. Box 87, Demorest, GA 30535.

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BOSWELL, Joyce Ray

July 20, 1941-March 12, 2006

Joyce Ray Boswell, 64, of Homer died Sunday at her residence.

Born in Banks County to Jimmie Pritchett Ray, Homer, and the late Ottis Ray, she was the manager of Rob's Supermarket and attended Homer Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Rob Boswell, Homer, and Mike Boswell, Fairmount; sister, Jane Hardman, Homer; and five grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Homer Baptist Church. The Rev. Bill Calhoun and the Rev. Dwight Oakes will officiate. Burial will be in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BOWEN, Bertha Monteen Arflin

May 31, 1917-Oct. 15, 2005

Bertha Monteen Arflin, 88, of Cornelia, died Saturday at a private health facility following an extended illness.

Born in Banks County, she was the daughter of the late William Riley and Roxie Jump Arflin. She was preceded in death by her husband Donnie Lee Bowen Sr.; and son Morgan Bowen. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was a homemaker and a member of Line Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Dorene Ferguson, Alto, Lucille Hatfield, Dawsonville, Ora Belle Martin, Gillsville, and Ruth Hester, Savannah; sons, Melvin Bowen, Homer, Jerry Bowen, Pendergrass, Donnie Bowen Jr., Raleigh, N.C., and Billy Bowen, Clayton, N.C.; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at Line Baptist Church. The Rev. Sanford Kimbrell and the Rev. Scott Ledbetter will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Oct. 17, 2005

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BRADY, Lila Cochran

TOCCOA, Ga. - Lila Cochran Brady, 89, of Toccoa, widow of James E. Brady, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Toccoa Nursing Center.

Born on Nov. 30, 1916, in Banks County, she was a daughter of the late James and Etta Lane Cochran. She was preceded in death also by three brothers. She had lived most of her life in Stephens County and was a member of Carnes Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include sons, J.L. Brady of Easley and Terry Brady of Loganville; sisters, Ruth Smith of Toccoa and Louise Andrews of Baldwin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Carnes Creek Baptist Church cemetery with Dr. Tim Miller officiating.

The family respectfully asks that flowers be omitted and memorials be made to the Carnes Creek Baptist Church.

Family members will be at their respective homes.

Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BRASELTON, Pelona Sisson

The Constitution, Atlanta, 24 Nov. 1883.

OBITUARY.

BRASELTON-Died in Atlanta, November 23d while on a visit to relatives and friends, of pneumonia, Mrs. Pelona Sisson Braselton, wife of T. V. Braselton, of near Maysville, Ga. Long a martyr to physical pain, this good woman ended peacefully a life of Christian duty in the arms of her husband and sympathizing friends, and enters upon the reward awaiting the faithful, the patient, the true and the honest. Peace to her ashes and may her soul rest in heaven.

Submitted by: Jacqueline King


BRAY, Gladys Mize

Greensboro News & Record (NC) - February 28, 1997

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Deceased Name: GLADYS MIZE BRAY

Gladys Mize Bray, 84, formerly of Williams Dairy Rd., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997 at Serenity Care Rest Home.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at Lakeview Memorial Park.

A native of Banks County in Georgia, Mrs. Bray was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Homer, Ga. Mrs. Bray was a beloved mother and homemaker who will be missed by all.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Sears H. Bray.

Surviving are her sons; Sears William 'Billy' Bray and adopted son, Ben Ed Hampton, both of Atlanta, Ga., Tommy Joe Bray and wife, Barbara Ann, of Burlington; daughters, Betty B. Connell and husband, Max of Greensboro, Barbara Bray of Greensboro and Carolyn Bray Barker of Reidsville; sisters, Clareen Sheridan of Anderson, S.C. and Evelyn English of Clarksville, Ga.; brothers, E.B. Mize and Henry Mize, both of Homer, Ga.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home of Betty Connell on Valhalla Circle in Greensboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, c/o Irma Payne, Route 1, Box 1530, Homer, Ga. 30547.

Contributed by: MARTHACommerce@aol.com


BRAY, Ila Grace Eubanks

Ila Grace Eubanks Bray, 87, of Commerce died Saturday, Feb. 5, at BJC Hospital following an extended illness.

Services were held Monday, Feb. 7, at the Tommy Conn Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Joe Brown officiating. Burial was in New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery.

A native of Banks County, Mrs. Bray was born Aug. 18, 1895, a daughter of the late William J. and Frances Nunn Eubanks. She was a member of New Salem Methodist Church and was married to the late Weldon Bray. She is survived by two daughters, Geneva Evans and Freddie Carter, both of Commerce; two sons, David Bray of Commerce; and Garnett Bray; a brother, Albert Eubanks, Commerce; two sisters, Ethel Borders, Baldwin; Ina Pendergrass, Commerce; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

Little-Ward Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Date of death 02-05-1983

Contributed by: Jerry Lewallen


BRAY, Sears H.

Greensboro News & Record (NC) - December 5, 1993

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Deceased Name: SEARS H. BRAY

Mr. Sears Hubbard Bray, 82, of 3743 Williams Dairy Road died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1993, at his home.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, 1993, at Lakeview Memorial Park.

He was a native of Homer, Ga., a retired commercial builder with Lee Construction Company, a dealer at the Farmers Market, life member of Carpenters Union AF of L and CIO, and a member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Homer, Ga.

Surviving are wife, Gladys Sue Mize Bray; sons, Sears William "Billy" Bray of Atlanta, Ga., Tommy Joe Bray of Burlington; daughters, Betty Connell and Barbara Bray both of Greensboro, Carolyn Barker of Reidsville; five grandchildren; six

great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Street Chapel 7-9 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Irma Payne, Route 1, Box 1530, Homer, Ga. 30547.

Contributed by: MARTHACommerce@aol.com


BRAY, Weldon

Weldon Bray Killed By Hubert Wilbanks

Weldon Garnett Bray, 48, former city policeman, was shot and instantly killed at 11:40 o'clock Monday morning by a shotgun blast fired by Hubert Wilbanks, 58,Homer Street service station operator and grocer, the shooting occurring in front of the establishment.

The shotgun charge entered the body on the left side and shot penetrated the heart, causing instant death. Mr. Bray was sitting on a bnech in front of the station with Raymond Nunn, a clerk at Harmony Grove Cotton Millswhen Mr. Wilbanks came out of the store and asked Mr. Bray, "What are you going to do about it?" and then fired the fatal shot, according to Police Chief A.D. Fitzpatrick. Mr. Nunn stated that there had been no argument between the two as far as he knew preceding the shooting, officers states.

J.C. Moore, an employee of the Athens Coca-Cola Bottling company, drove up in a truck just as the shot was fired and took the gun away from Mr. Wilbanks and telephoned the police. Baliff Lloyd Chandler answered the call and placed Wilbanks under arrest, turning him over to the city police, who later surrendered him to county officers and he was placed in the Jackson County jail in Jefferson.

There were two other eye witnesses to the shooting, according to Police Chief Fitzpatrick, and they have been questioned. They are: Mrs. Joe Brown Baxter and Bill Williams.

Mr. Wilbanks has made no statement in connection with the affair, it is stated.

Funeral services for Mr. Bray were held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from Salem church, the Revs. H.R. Ridgeway and C. W. Fruit officiating interment was in the churchyard.

Little-Ward Funeral Home directors in charge.

In addition to his wife, Mrs. Ila Grace Bray, he is survived by three sons, Marvin, David and Garnett Bray; two daughters Mrs. James Carter and Mrs. Clifftis Evans; seven brothers, Hubert, Baxter, Horace, Tom, Charlie, Jim and Albert Bray, all of Commerce; three sisters, Mrs. Ina Vandiver, of Demorest; Mrs. Willie Webb, of Alto; and Mrs. Willie McCoy, of Commerce, and three grandchildren.

As reported in The Commerce News.

Contributed by: MARTHACommerce@aol.com


BRIGGS, Rev. Charles N.

The Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Saturday 19 July 1890.

Brief Bits of Georgia News.

At Homer, Banks county, a few days ago, Rev. Charles N. Briggs died from an attack of fever. Mr. BRIGGS was one of Banks county's promising sons. He was reared a poor boy without many advantages, except those he made for himself. He had been educating himself for the ministry, and in another year would have graduated at Mercer university.

Submitted by: Jacqueline King


BROCK, Mildred Griffin

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at Dunagans Chapel for Mildred Griffin Brock, 94, of Joe Chandler Road, Gainesville.

The body will lie in state from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The Rev. John Fede and the Rev. Dennis Short will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at Ward's Funeral Home.

She died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at the Lanier Park campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Mrs. Brock was born June 12, 1912, in Hall County to the late John Asa Griffin and Ethal Randolph Griffin. She was a homemaker and a member of Dunagans Chapel for 75 years. Mrs. Brock was a loving and caring mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Roscoe Brock.

Survivors include her sons, James Brock, Gainesville, and Jackie Brock, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Mattie Brock, Snellville, Johnny and Evelyn Brock, Gillsville, Randall and Joann Brock, Gainesville, and Danny and Gelaine Brock, Gainesville; daughters, Janie Brock, Decatur, Lauren Bracewell, Flowery Branch, and Sheree Brock, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and George Rutland, Tullahoma, Tenn., and Karen and Dwight Griffin, Lula; sister, Inez Poole; sister-in-law, Kathleen Griffin; brother-in-law, Clarence Skelton; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., July 19, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BROCK, Winfred

Died Feb. 5, 2007

Winfred Brock, 78, of Maysville died Monday at his residence.

Born in Franklin County to the late Edward Brock and Maebelle Cotton Brock, he also was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Parson Brock.

Survivors include his sons, Joe Brock, Homer, and Dennis Brock and Terry Parson, both of Maysville; daughters, Kathy Mealor, Maysville, and Dianne Free and Debbie Hunter, both of Homer; brother, Calvin Brock, Homer; sisters, Dorothy Ballenger, Homer, and Ruby Jean Roberts and Luttrelle Parr, both of Maysville; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Unity Christian Church. The Rev. Mike Thompson and the Rev. Dennis Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Level Cemetery.

Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Feb. 6, 2007

Contributed by: Jerry Lewallen


BROCK, Vernon Luther

March 21, 1943-Dec. 29, 2006

Vernon Luther Brock, 63, of Baldwin died Friday at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born in Banks County to the late Simon and Lula Maxwell Brock, he was a self-employed builder and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Wade; son, Vernon Brock; brother, Roscoe Brock; and sister, Hazel Payne.

Survivors include his daughter, Rose Brock, Baldwin; sons, Shane Brock, Jefferson, and Bradley Brock, Baldwin; brothers, Otis Brock, Toccoa, Jimmy Brock, Cornelia, and Verlon Brock, Homer; sister, Woodie Ruth Chambers, Homer; four grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

The family received friends Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Luther Williams and the Rev. Rick Lawing will officiate. Burial will follow in Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery.

McGahee-Griffin and Stewart, Cornelia

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BRONER, Mary Etta

Sept. 13, 1937-April 18, 2006

Mary Etta Broner, 68, of Cornelia died Tuesday at Habersham Medical Center.

A native of Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Scott. She owned Broner's Trucking Co. and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mount Airy.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Broner, Johnny Broner and Richard Broner; daughters, Brenda Broner and Patricia Brown; stepdaughters, Dorothy Edmond, Frankie Mattox and Theresa Brown; sister, Nina Mayfield; brother, Bart Scott; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2006, at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Rev. Oliver Dorsey will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Yonah Cemetery.

Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home Inc., Toccoa

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BROOKS, James

The Constitution, Atlanta, 26 June 1908.

DIED AT AGE OF 99 YEARS.

James Brooks, of Banks county, Passes Away.

Maysville, Ga., June 25- James BROOKS, aged 99 years, died at his home in Banks county yesterday. He was widely known in this section.

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BROOME, ROSE ELLA NEWSOME

Mrs. Rose Ella Newsome Broome, 82, of Toccoa, passed away June 17, 1979.

She was born in Banks County, October 25, 1897, a daughter of the late George Alan and Martha Betty Broome Newsome.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Ervin Broome; daughter, Alice Catherine Payne McDuffie; sisters, Betty Broome, Martha Chester Blackburn, Alice Mae Lewallen; brothers, Floyd L., Albert Edwin, George Emory, Kermit Ulice and Luther Garland Newsome.

Mrs. Broome was a member of the Union Hill Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Oscar Ervin Broome, Michigan; sister, Addie Caudell, Homer; grandchildren, Ethel Frances Evans, Rome, Betty Louise Kimsey, Augusta, Ruth Ella Justus, Homer, Martha Ann Wikle, Cornelia, Emma Juanita Taorimo, Edna Kathleen Broome, Michigan, Judy Carolyn McDuffie, Vida Annease McDuffie, Banks County; grandson, Anthony Glenn McDuffie, Banks County, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 19, 1979, at the Union Hill Baptist Church in Banks County, Georgia. Interment was in the Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. McGahee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Eva R. Brown


BROWN, Jimmie Ellie

Aug. 20, 1921-Sept. 30, 2006

Jimmie Ellie Brown, 85, of Commerce died Saturday at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Born in Banks County to the late Ola Bray McCoy and Willie McCoy, she was retired from Baker and Taylor. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Commerce. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Fred E. Brown; and sons, Sam Brown and Gary Brown.

Survivors include her sister, Addie Sanders, Buckhead; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at First Baptist Church of Commerce. Dr. Carlton Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BROWN, Linda

March 31, 1948-Dec. 24, 2006

Linda Brown, 58, of Homer died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, following a sudden illness.

A native of Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Noah Richmond Brown. She was involved in child care most of her life and attended Cornelia Church of Christ. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Jacky Brown.

Survivors include mother, Mary Magdelene Lewallen Brown, Homer; and sisters, Peggy B. Howard, Homer, and Maxine Lord, Commerce.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, from the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin. The Rev. Billy Burrell, the Rev. Edward Lewallen and the Rev. Gene Todd will officiate. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. Martin Davis will officiate graveside.

Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Dec. 26, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BROWN, Margie Tina

March 31, 1921-May 13, 2005

Margie Tina Brown, 84, of Baldwin died Friday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

Born in Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Zibie Gibson and Lozie Elizabeth Parker Gailey. A homemaker, she was a member of Broad River Baptist Church. She also was preceded in death by her two sons, James Clifford "Buddy" Brown and Merin Henry Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Otis J. Brown, Baldwin; daughter, Joyce B. Smith, Lula; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Saturday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Luther Williams and the Rev. Terry Purcell will officiate. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., May 15, 2005

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BROWN, Winfred James

Dec. 6, 1918-May 22, 2005

Winfred James Brown, 86, of Commerce died Sunday at his residence.

Born in Banks County, he was the son of the late Minnie Lee Eubanks Brown and Fred O. Brown. He had retired from Blue Bell as a maintenance foreman. He attended Beaverdam Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Hix Brown.

Survivors include his son, Eddy Brown, Commerce; daughter, Kathy Carroll, Bogart; sister, Roby Bellamy, Toccoa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Manus will officiate. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., May 23, 2005

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BRYSON, Johnnie Freeman

Died Aug. 6, 2006

Johnnie Freeman Bryson, 74, of Commerce died Sunday.

She graduated from Davis Academy and Young Harris College. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bryson.

Survivors include her son, Andy Bryson; daughter, Lory Hemby; brother, Jack Freeman; sister, Helen McCoy; and one grandson.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244, or online at www.Komen.org

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Aug. 11, 2006

Transcribed 2007 by Jacqueline King


BUCHANAN, Mrs. Davalene

March 22, 1918 - April 14, 2006

ANDERSON, SC - Mrs. Davalene Westbrook Ayers Buchanan, 88, of 1501 E. Greenville Street, wife of the late Conrad Ayers, died Friday, April 14, 2006 at NHC HealthCare in Anderson.

Born in Ashland, GA on March 22, 1918, Mrs. Buchanan was the daughter of the late William David Westbrook and Lillie Cleveland Perry Westbrook. She was retired from J. P. Stevens Company after 28 years of service. She was a member of Centerville Baptist Church in Anderson.

Survivors include her son, William Douglas Ayers and his wife, Mary of Townville; daughters, Lorraine A. Fant and her husband, Raymond of Townville and Donna A. Morgan and her husband, Doyle of Seneca; brother, W. D. Westbrook and his wife, Jean of Port Saint Lucie, FL; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Joye Ayers; grandchild; a sister and a brother.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 11:30 am in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by Rev. Gerald L. Morgan. Interment will follow in Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Homer, GA at 2:30 pm.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, from 10-11 am. The family will be at their respective homes.

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BURGESS, W. J.

The Atlanta Constitution, February 7 1908.

MORTUARY.

Commerce, Ga., February 6- W. J. BURGESS died at the home of his son, Rev. C. T. Burgess, near Walnut Hill,in Franklin county,this morning. He was missed by the family and when found he was lying across the bed in his room and was dead. He had been ill for some time, but his death was unexpected. He was 85 years old and had served as justice of the peace for nearly half a century. His remains were interred at the old family graveyard near this place yesterday. [Washington J. Burgess, born 10 January 1821, is buried in the Burgess Cemetery, aka Vaughn-Ginn Cemetery, in Banks county.]

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BURNS, Arminda E. Neal

Death Notice of Arminda E. Neal Burns, 1906


Commerce, Ga., August 8-Special-

Mrs. Burns, aged 84 years, a highly respected and well-known lady, died at her home in Banksville yesterday morning. Her remains were interred at Hebron today with religious services provided by her pastor, Dr. H. F. Hoyt.

The Atlanta Constitution, issue date August 9, 1906

Note-Arminda E. Burns, born 7 Nov. 1822, was the daughter of William Neal and Lavinia Connally [Conley]. She was the wife of William Brantly Burns, also buried at Hebron Presbyterian Church cemetery in Banks County, Georgia.

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BURNS, Mrs.

The Atlanta Constitution, 9 August 1906 MORTUARY. Commerce, Ga., August 8- Mrs. BURNS, aged 84 years, a highly respected and well-known lady, died at her home in Banksville yesterday morning. Her remains were interred at Hebron today with religious services provided by her pastor, Dr. H. F. Hoyt.

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BUSH, Daniel T.

The Constitution, Atlanta, 12 Jan. 1886.

DEATHS IN GEORGIA.

Harmony Grove, Ga., January 11- Daniel T. BUSH, one of Banks county's most prominent citizens, dropped dead Saturday, January 9. He was a prominent man and a member of Phidelta lodge of Masons.

Mrs. Hardman, mother of Dr. W. B. J. Hardman,died Saturday. She was very old.

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BUTLER, Cenie Ruth

Sept. 25, 1931-Dec. 9, 2006

Cenie Ruth Butler, 75, of Cleveland, formerly of Alto, died Saturday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus following an extended illness.

Born in Hall County to the late Archie Monroe and Tinnie Elliott Butler, she attended Yonah Congregational Holiness Church. She also was preceded in death by brothers, Claude Butler, Dean Butler, Bill Butler and Pratt Butler; and sisters, Dora Bell Parker, Adell Hill, Jean Dorsey, Jessie Mae Alexander and Lucy Turner.

Survivors include her sister, Lottie Turner, Alto; and brothers, Paul Butler, Oakwood, and Gus Butler, Lula.

The family received friends Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel. The Rev. Keith Reems will officiate. Burial will be in Yonah Congregational Church Cemetery.

Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Dec. 12, 2006

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BUTLER, Marsha Laverne

Marsha Laverne Butler, age 62, of Maysville died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park cCampus following an extended illness.

Mrs. Butler was born Aug. 28, 1943, in Banks County. She was the daughter of Esther Whitlock and the late Edgar Whitlock. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Whitlock. Mrs. Butler was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Butler and mother, Esther Whitlock, both of Maysville; two sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff Butler, Carnesville, Jamie and Kate Butler, Lula; sister, Bonnie Ray, Homer; two brothers, Bobby Whitlock, Homer, and Lewis Whitlock, Gillsville; and three grandchildren, Elijah Butler, Jana Butler and Rebekah Butler.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2006, at Grove Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jeff Appling officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.

Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin

The Times, Gainesville, Ga., May 28, 2006

Submitted 2007 by Jacqueline King