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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 ...
Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85
The Sesame Workshop says Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut
Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86
Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died
1st black Georgia senator elected post-Reconstruction dies
A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died
'Maude' co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97
Bill Macy, foil to Bea Arthur's feminist wife in '70s sitcom 'Maude,' dies at 97
Retired, longtime Gainesville school official dies
A retired, longtime Gainesville school official, former Asst. Supt. Otis Ellenberg, has died.
Rep. Elijah Cummings was a sharecropper's son, took on Trump
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings has died to complications from longstanding health challenges, his office said. He was 68.
Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at 80
Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile and propulsive drummer, dies at 80
Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies
Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died at 84.