| GARDINER , Lois Jesse Parks | | GARRISON , Aldora Martin | GARRISON , Calvin Bales | GARRETT, Charles Edward |GARRISON , George A. | |GARRISON, Lillie M. Parson | GRIFFIN, Barney Rev.| GRIFFIN , Eva Redmond | GRIFFIN, Thos B | GRIFFIN , Thomas Bowen Sr. | GOWDER ,Woodrow Wilson |

Lois Jesse Parks Gardiner, 95, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at Wesley Woods in Atlanta. Mrs. Gardiner was born August 9, 1906, at home in Maysville, to Floyd Andrew Parks and Love Sheridan Parks. Just prior to and following her marriage to Anderson John Gardiner in 1828, she resided in Atlanta. Anderson John Gardiner (born Banks County) preceded her in death in 1984. Funeral services were held Sept 1, 2001 at Jackson Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta. Survived by daughter, Bonnie L. Campbell, Dublin; sons, Donald Parks Gardiner, Columbia S.C., and James David Gardiner, Lawrenceville; half-sister, Rosa Pope Vincent, Athens. H.M. Patterson and Son Funeral Home, Spring Hill, was in charge of arrangements. Abstracted from the Banks County News, September 5, 2001


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CHARLES EDWARD GARRETT, born in Banks County on July 15, 1937, died at home on August 27, 2003. Mr. Garrett was the son of Luther Reed and Mamie Brown Garrett.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Brady Garrett; two sons, Eddie Garrett and Leone Garrett of the home, daughter, Linda Weathers; two brothers, Swayne Garrett, Flowery Branch, and Willy (Bill) Garrett, Homer; and one sister, Mary Frances Nation, Homer.

Burial was in Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Aldora Martin GARRISON, wife of Mr. C. B. Garrison, died January 2, 1942 in Banks County, Homer, GA. She was a charter member of the Bethany Christian Church, her membership covering a span of 43 years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Besides her husband, she is survived by daughters, Mrs. N. W. English, Mrs. H. F. Cheek, Mrs. T. W. Ray and Mrs. E. B. Bolton: son, J. D. Garrison; sisters; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held January 4, 1942 from the Bethany Christian Church with burial in the Bethany Christian Church Cemetery. Thos. J. McGahee Co., funeral directors, were in charge of the arrangements.

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Calvin Bales GARRISON, 90, died at his residence near Homer, GA on February 27, 1950. He was a life long resident of Banks County, GA. He was a member of Bethany Christian Church, being one of the charter members, where he has been an Elder since the church was built in 1898. He married Miss Eldora Martin in 1888, she having preceded him in death in 1941. To them were born 6 children of which 5 survive him. Survivors include son, John D. Garrison; daughters, Mrs. N. W. English, Mrs. H. F. Cheek, Mrs. Mamie Cheek and Mrs. E. B. Boling; grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 1, 1950 at Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. E. Grady Ferguson officiating. Interment was in the Bethany Christian Church Cemetery.

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George Alvin Garrison, 73, of Alto, formerly of Gainesville, died Friday, December 28, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness. Mr. Garrison was born in Banks County on April 23, 1928, a son of Turner Garrison and Tensie Sheridan Garrison. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Garrison and T.J. Garrison, and a sister, Jimmie Lou Crane. George Garrison is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery in Lumpkin County. Abstracted from the Banks County News, January 2, 2002

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Mrs. Lillie Mae Parson Garrison, 92, of Homer, died Friday, February 9, 2001, at Scenic View Health Care Center, Baldwin. A native of Banks County, Mrs. Garrison was born January 5, 1909, a daughter of the late Garnett and Minnie Sheridan Parson. She was the wife of the late O. S. Garrison. Mrs. Garrison was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by two sons, M. E. "Buster" Garrison Sr. and Herbert D. Garrison Sr., and a granddaughter, Ramona Garrison. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 11, 2001, at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Ferguson, Jerry Payne and the Rev. Jim McLendon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include one sister, Rose Jones, Homer; grandchildren, Mack E. Garrison, Herbert "Bo" Garrison Jr. and Donna G. Payne, all of Homer, Paulina G. Casper, Maysville, and Oscar S. Garrison II, Hoschton; daughters-in-law, Syble Garrison and Betty G. Strickland, both of Homer, and 13 great-grandchildren. Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.



Rev. Barney Griffin Temple Baptist Church founder

The Rev. Barney Griffin, 55, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce. Mr. Griffin was born August 26, 1944, in Banks County. He was a son of Eva Redmon Griffin, Maysville, and the late Barnell Griffin. Mr. Griffin attended Fort Wayne Bible College and Toccoa Falls Bible College. He was the founder and pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Homer, until the early 1970's, and pastored several other churches in Jackson, Banks and Franklin counties. The Rev. Griffin was a member of Maysville Baptist Church. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Donna Cox Griffin; two sons, Jeremy Griffin and Matthew Griffin, both of Maysville; five daughters, Cynthia Bartow, Angela Mason, Rebecca Plemmons and Teresa Yale, all of Ashville, N. C., and Elizabeth Wilson, Pendergrass; three brothers, Billy and Bobby Griffin, of Athens, and Jerry Griffin, Oakwood; three sisters, Wilma Abney, Kennesaw, Martha Cotton, Homer, and Joyce Griffin, Smyrna. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 13, at Grove Level Church. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville. Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements. The Banks County News, June 14, 2000

Eva Redmond GRIFFIN, 85, of Maysville, GA died December 11, 2002. Mrs. Griffin was born May 1, 1917, in Banks County. GA, the daughter of the late Joe and Mandy Baker Redmond. She was preceded in death by her husband, Barnell Griffin; son Barney Griffin; daughter, Janie Griffin. Survivors include sons, Billy, Bobby and Jerry Griffin; daughters, Wilma Abney, Martha Cotton and Joyce Griffin; sister, Pauline Nunn; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on December 13, 2002 at Grove Level Baptist Church. Interment was in the Grove Level Baptist Church Cemetery. Little-Ward Funeral Home of Commerce, GA was in charge of the arrangements.
Submitted by Jacqueline King.

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Thos. B Griffin

Thursday March 30,1899 Banks County Journal

Ex-Representative Thos. B Griffin is quite sick this week having contracted pneumonia. Strange to say but Mr. Griffin is confined to his room for the first time in more than forty years. His friends everywhere wish him a complete restoration to his former self.

April 6,1899 Banks County Journal

Death takes Hon. Thos B. Griffin On last Friday evening at 6 o'clock the spirit of the venerable Thomas B. Griffin passed into eternity. He had pneumonia, was ill but a few days and his death was a shock to many of his friends who had not even heard of his illness. Mr Griffin was 69 years old at the time of his death and had been a citizen of Banks County all of his life. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and had lived an exemplary life. Mr. Griffin served in the Confederate army and a braver man never stood on the battle field. At one time he represented the County in the legislature and was one of its most active , useful and influential members. He was brave , fearless, honest ,fair and public spirited ,standing for the rights with the weak against the strong at all times. He made friends easily and had host of them. The widow and the orphan ever found him to be a friend and ideal nurse. He was honest, just, fair, upright, charitable, and conscientious in all his dealings with his fellow man. In the death of Mr. Grifin the county sustains the loss of one of her most fearless and patriotic citizens, the wife and children a devoted husband and Father who are left to mourn his loss. In this sad bereavement the family have the profound sympathy of a large circle of friends. The funeral exercises were conducted by his life long friend and a neighbor Rev. Johnny Bryan. His remains were laid to rest Sunday in the family burying ground on the Furr plantation. .

transcribed by Jacqueline King


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Thomas Bowen Griffin Sr., 73, president and long-time owner of Daniel's Funeral Home, Rome, died Friday, October 22, 199, at a local hospital after an extended illness. A native of Homer, Banks County, Mr. Griffin was born November 19, 1925, a son of the late Buray B. Griffin and Fannie Mae Brewer Griffin. Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Bowen Griffin Jr. on December 11, 1982. Survivors include his wife, Roma Ann Curtis whom he married on September 4, 1986 and his brother, Weymon Griffin, Hiawassee. Burial was in East View Cemetery, Floyd County. Abstracted from the Banks County News, October 27, 1999

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Woodrow Wilson Gowder, 88, of Shannon, died Thursday, December 27, 2001, at a Rome hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Gowder was born August 18, 1913, in Banks County, a son of John Gowder and Nellie Ward Gowder. Mr. Gowder was the Banks County Sunday School Chairman for many years. Woodrow Gowder married Jewel Dailey on October 21, 1936. He was a resident of Shannon, Ga., since 1938. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Patricia Stewart, Canton, Joan Morris, Duluth; sisters, Lillie White, Gainesville, Janie O'Kelley, Covington, Hazel Strickland, Maysville, and Sybil Stowe, Commerce. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


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