Joan Sullens Stephens: Obituary

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Mrs. Joan Sullens Stephens, age 59, of Dahlonega passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side.

Joan was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. She was born August 28, 1958 to the late James Edward “Babe” Sullens and Lona Bessie Grindle. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Sylvester Sisk, sister Velva Bruce, and brother Sherman “Chub” Sullens.

Joan loved her family dearly and was affectionately called “Nanny Joan”. She worked as a caretaker at Gold City Nursing Home. Joan was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, eight months and one day, Ralph Wesley Stephens; son Christopher William Sullens; son and daughter in law Bobby and Jennifer Stephens, all of Dahlonega; sisters and brothers in law Lucy and Jim Carrier, Dawsonville, and Virginia and Robert Gibson, Dahlonega; brothers and sisters in law Tommy and Linda Sisk, Dahlonega, and Herman and Frances Sullens, Murrayville; grandchildren Gracie Sullens, Christopher Sullens, Gage Sullens, Matt Stephens, Glen Garner, Bobby Austin Stephens, and James Jeremiah Stephens; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, July 21, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Rev. Ken Grindle will officiate. Interment will follow at Philippi Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Joan or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

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Loy Luther Seabolt: Obituary

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Mr. Loy Luther Seabolt, only ten days away from being 101 years old, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on July 17, 2018.

Loy was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He was born on July 27, 1917 to the late Andrew and Carrie Calhoun Seabolt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Lucy Chester Seabolt and his wife Eleanor Kendall Seabolt.

Loy had a tremendous work ethic which started as a young man. He worked on shipyards in Brunswick, GA building the Liberty Ships that were utilized during WWII. Loy worked for the General Motors Corporation for thirty years, which allowed him to provide for a tremendous life for his family.

Loy loved his family and friends very much. At Loy’s 100th birthday celebration, over one hundred family and friends from multiple states came to celebrate this wonderful man. Known to many as “Pop”, one could expect a “Pop Visit” to your home and these brought great joy to him.

Loy was the oldest living member of Nimblewill Baptist Church.

Loy, in addition to his parents and wives, is preceded in death by his brothers Hoyt Seabolt and Claude Seabolt, and sons-in-law Enoch Jerome Hicks and Roger Dale Bryan.

Loy is survived by his daughters Brenda Seabolt Hicks, Lawana Bryan, and Gina and son-in-law Scott Masters; grandsons Eric Hicks and his wife Toni; Brett Hicks and Mark Hicks; also, Blake and Erin Masters, Dustin Masters, and Ashley Bryan Donahue; great grandchildren Enoch Paschal Hicks, Anna Cathryn Grace Hicks, Eleanor “Nora” Grace Donahue, and Evelyn “Evy” Blakely Masters. In addition, Loy is survived by his beloved dog “Sparky”.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday, July 19, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Rev. Johnny Foster, the Rev. Mickey Wheeler, and the Rev. Paul Shadburn will officiate.  Interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour on Thursday.

Flowers are optional or you may make contributions to Nimblewill Baptist Church c/o Robert Coker, 2897 Nimblewill Church Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

To share a memory of Loy or a condolence with the family, visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

Frances Diane Thompson Garrison: Obituary

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Mrs. Frances Diane Thompson Garrison, age 67, of Dahlonega passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side.

Frances was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. She was born on October 6, 1950 to the late Grady and Alwayne Colwell Thompson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son Dewayne Bagwell; son in law John Brister; brothers Henry Thompson and Johnny Thompson; sisters Shirley Thompson, Stella Christy, and Barbara Thompson.

Frances was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a pretty simple lady and besides loving her family she found joy in her coffee, cigarettes, and desserts. Frances worked at the Lumpkin County School System for many years. She was a member of The Torch of Dahlonega.

Survivors include her daughter and son in law Frances and Bradley Gilreath; daughter and fiancé Tracy Brister and Pete Dimiceli; sons and daughters in law Nathan and Nancy Bagwell; and Jess and Christy Bagwell, all of Dahlonega; grandchildren Austin and Taylor Gilreath, Jonathan Gilreath, Chelsea Hatfield, Cole Brister, Nate Bagwell, Kelsey Howard, Natesha Bagwell, and Eli Bagwell; great grandchildren Carter, Grayson, and Kaydence Gilreath, Amelia Hatfield, Sydney Hatfield, and Ryleigh Howard; brothers and sisters in law Jack and Betty Thompson; and Billy and Lisa Thompson, all of Lula; sisters and brothers in law Betty and Don Harrison, Cumming; Susie and Richard Ray, Winter Haven, FL; and Sadie and Stan Bafile, Dahlonega; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, July 20, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Reverend Kris Butler, the Reverend Lyman Caldwell, and the Reverend David Masters will officiate. Interment will follow in the Dahlonega Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Frances or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

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Ethel Lou Jones: Obituary

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Mrs. Ethel Lou Jones, age 93, of Dahlonega passed away Monday, July 16, 2018.

Ethel Lou was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. She was born on March 13, 1925 to the late Homer and Leona Higgins Edwards. Ethel Lou was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Johnnie Paul Jones; son in law Tom Dalton; sisters Nellie Faye Edwards, Annie Kate Wigley, and Clellan Crowe; and brothers John L. Edwards, Ray Edwards, and George Edwards. She loved gardening and gospel music of which she was a fan of the Inspirations. Ethel Lou loved to travel and she loved kids. She was called “Nana” by many. Ethel Lou shared a close bond with her siblings and she loved visiting or talking on the phone with them as much as she could. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter Gail Dalton, Roswell; son and daughter in law Murl and Sue Lunsford Jones, Cleveland; grandchildren Amy and Jeff Dittrich; great granddaughter Bailey Dittrich; brother and sister in law Robert and Gladys Edwards, Buford; sister and brother in law Corene and James Jones, Dahlonega; sister Jean Beck, Dahlonega; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Bethlehem Baptist Church. The Reverend Michael Rodgers and the Reverend Lyman Caldwell will officiate. Interment will follow in Bethlehem-Jones Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Flowers are optional or you may make contributions in Ethel Lou’s memory to Bethlehem Baptist Church, P.O. Box 457, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

To share a memory or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

Jessie Mae Barrett: Obituary

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Mrs. Jessie Mae Barrett, age 94, of Dahlonega passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Mrs. Barrett was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. She was born on March 13, 1924 to the late Rosco and Maude Sheffield Lingerfelt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Cicero Odom Sr.; sons W. M. Odom and Billy Odom; and daughters Barbara Perry and Connie Gooch. Mrs. Barrett loved to travel. Her favorite place to visit was the mountains of North Carolina. Mrs. Barrett was a member of Siloam Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter Shirley Perry, Dahlonega; son R.T. Odom, Dahlonega; son and daughter in law Cicero Jr. and Cita Odom, Dahlonega; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Monday, July 16, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Reverend Lyman Caldwell will officiate. Interment will follow in Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Mrs. Barrett or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

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Shelia Marie Sorensen: Obituary

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Mrs. Shelia Marie Sorensen, age 66, of Dahlonega passed away Friday, July 13, 2018.

Shelia was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on May 27, 1952 to the late Clarence and Doris Robert. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Michael Robert. Shelia’s love was her grandkids and great grandkids who affectionately called her “mimi”. She loved to use her gift of drawing and spending time gardening in her flowers.

Survivors include her daughter Stephanie Sorensen, Cleveland; son and daughter in law Roger and Tribbie Sorensen, Dahlonega; brother Shannon Robert, Texas; brother and sister in law Billy and Tonya Robert; sisters and brothers in law Doris and Jerry Blackwell; Linda and Charlie Anderson; Alicia and Flap Trosclair; her companion Jay Wade, Dahlonega; five grandchildren and seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A celebration of Shelia’s life will held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Shelia or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

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Doris Arlene Traylor: Obituary

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Mrs. Doris Arlene Traylor, age 86, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Mrs. Traylor was born in Ball Ground, GA on February 13, 1932 to the late Guy Whelchel and Martha Etta Wilson Davis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Earl Traylor and daughter Debora Traylor. Mrs. Traylor was an executive house keeper for Ramada Inn. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Traylor was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Survivors include son and daughter in law Tom and Sherrie Traylor, Brunswick; daughter and son in law Judy and Allen Carico, King, NC; 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12:00 PM Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Reverend Michael Rodgers will officiate. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Jones Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM till the funeral hour Saturday at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Priddy Manor Assisted Living in King, NC for their love and care for Mrs. Traylor.

To share a memory of Mrs. Traylor or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

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Jimmy Charles Early: Obituary

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Mr. Jimmy Charles Early, age 63, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Jimmy was born in Lumpkin County on January 13, 1955 to the late James Edward and Laverne Lance Early. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step son Joey Adams. Jimmy was a mail carrier for 28 years in Lumpkin County. He loved to fish and work on his old cars. Jimmy was affectionately called “Papas” by his grandchildren. He was a member of Cavenders Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Martha Elliott, Blairsville; sister and brother in law Judy and Frankie Henson, Canton; brother Brian Early, Dahlonega; step daughter and son in law Sabra and Rex Cain, Dahlonega; step daughter Starr Elliott, Dawsonville; grandchildren C.J. Carney, Angel Cain, Justin Cain, Kennedy Norton and Callie Adams; nephew Brent Henson; great nephew Fin Henson; several other nieces, nephews and relatives also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12:00 PM Friday, July 13, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Reverend Stephen Adams will officiate. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem-Jones Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Jimmy or a condolence with the family visit banisterfuneralhome.net.

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