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Local Obits for Fri. Oct 7th, 2011

Forsyth

Rebecca Burruss, 69, Cumming
Rebecca J. Burruss, age 69, of Cumming, passed away Friday, October 7, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brooks and Emma Ava Johnson. She was a member of Coal Mountai ...

Habersham

Mary Virginia Hudgins Lamb, age 68, of Alto, Georgia, formerly of Decatur, Georgia, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011, at her residence. Those wishing to express online condol ...

Hall

LaVonne M. Free, 70, Flowery Branch
Mrs. LaVonne M. Free, age 70, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, passed away Friday, October 07, 2011 at her residence following a brief illness.Funeral services are scheduled for 4:00 pm ...
Marie E. Pettit, 86, Gainesville
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 9, 2011 in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home for Mrs. Marie E. Pettit, 86, of Gainesville. The Rev. Mich ...
Mary Meeks Smelley, 94, Lula
Mary "Jurelle" Meeks Smelley, age 94, of Lula, GA, passed away Friday, October 07, 2011 at Northridge Medical Center.Born in Banks County on January 02, 1917, she was a d ...
William R. "Bill" Burton, Jr., 81, Clarkesville
William R. "Bill" Burton, Jr., age 81, of Clarkesville, Georgia, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011, at the Oaks at Scenic View in Baldwin, Georgia. Those wishing to ...

Jackson

Willie Tom Slater, 73, Commerce
Ivie Funeral Home of Commerce announces services for Willie Tom Slater, 73, of Commerce, who passed away Friday morning, October 7, 2011, at his residence.Born in Jackson County, h ...

Lumpkin

Jerry C. Grant, 72, Dahlonega
Mr. Jerry C. Grant, age 72, of Dahlonega, GA died September 27, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV from injuries received in an accident.Jerry is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michae ...
Champion driver Bobby East fatally stabbed at gas station
Bobby East, a three-time USAC national champion driver, has died after being stabbed this week at a Southern California gas station. He was 37.
Speedway Motorsports founder Bruton Smith dies at 95
O. Bruton Smith, who emerged from North Carolina farm country and parlayed his love of motorsports into a Hall of Fame career as one of the biggest track owners...
Gainesville businessman James Simpson dies at 77, truck parade to be held in his honor
Gainesville businessman James Simpson, the force behind Simpson Trucking & Grading, Inc. in Gainesville, will be remembered in a funeral service Friday, Dec. 17 at Hopewell Baptist Church.
Georgia Racing Hall of Famer Bud Lunsford passes away
Legendary Georgia racer and hall of famer Bud Lunsford of Gainesville passed away on Monday at the age of 86. Lunsford, a member of both the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame...
Frank Williams, founder of Formula One team, dies at 79
Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, has died. He was 79. Williams took his motor racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the summit of Formula One, overseeing 114 victories, a combined 16 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, while becoming the longest-serving team boss in the sport’s history.
Prince, poultry pioneer, dies at 93
Jack Prince of Gainesville, the man who invented the chicken deboning machine, has died at the age of 93.
Former NASCAR driver Townley killed in shooting in Athens
A former NASCAR driver was killed Saturday in a shooting in Georgia that also wounded a woman, investigators said. John Wes Townley, 31, died in the shooting in a neighborhood...
Former Hall County School Superintendent Doug Winters dies at 82
Dr. Douglas Harry Winters, a former superintendent for the Hall County School District, died Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the age of 82.