pcloudy.png
Wednesday August 4th, 2021 3:24PM

Local philanthropist and journalist Lessie Smithgall dies at 110

By AccessWDUN staff
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

Lessie Bailey Smithgall, a longtime Gainesville philanthropist and journalist, died Friday, June 25 at the age of 110.

Smithgall, a native of East Point, was a 1933 graduate of The University of Georgia and was thought to be the oldest-living graduate of the university at the time of her death. Smithgall also was credited with bring the Peabody Awards to the Athens campus. 

Smithgall and her husband Charles founded WGGA radio - which is now part of Jacobs Media - in 1941. They also owned and operated the local newspaper The Times for nearly four decades.

The Smithgall name is prominent in North Georgia with the Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville and Smithgall Woods in White County both named after the couple..

Funeral services for Lessie Bailey Smithgall are pending. Little & Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Death / Obits News
  • Associated Tags: Gainesville , philanthropist, The TIMES, University of Georgia , Lessie Smithgall , journalist , WGGA
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Local philanthropist and journalist Lessie Smithgall dies at 110
Lessie Smithgall, a longtime Gainesville philanthropist and journalist, died Friday, June 25 at the age of 110.
6:33PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Chauvin gets 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd's death
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations
6:04PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Claims fall far short of $10M Georgia special education fund
Georgia parents of special education students are on track to claim far less than the $10.1 million Gov. Brian Kemp set aside to cover unusual expenses caused by the coronavirus pandemic
5:54PM ( 51 minutes ago )
Local/State News
Democrat Pandy announces run for Gainesville mayor's post
Democrat Devin Pandy has announced his intentions to run for mayor of Gainesville.
By AccessWDUN staff
12:50PM ( 4 days ago )
Police search for vandals who spray-painted monuments at veterans park
A search is on for the vandals who spray painted two monuments this week at Rock Creek Veterans Park in Gainesville.
By AccessWDUN staff
12:33PM ( 1 month ago )
Gainesville launches Sports Alliance to attract more events to the city
In an effort to attract more sporting events to the Gainesville area, the city has created a new organization called The Greater Gainesville Sports Alliance.
By AccessWDUN staff
12:45PM ( 2 months ago )
Homeless man identified as victim in Gainesville pedestrian accident
A pedestrian who was struck and killed on McEver Road Monday morning has been identified as a man who was part of Gainesville's homeless community.
11:06AM ( 2 months ago )
Gainesville business leader and philanthropist 'Big Jim' Walters dies at 83
A man known by most of the Gainesville community as "Big Jim" died at his home Monday night at the age of 83.
By AccessWDUN staff
1:55PM ( 4 months ago )