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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Thu. Dec 6th, 2012

Banks

Genelle Byrd Rylee, 89, Homer
Mrs. Genelle Byrd Rylee, age 89, of Homer, GA died Thursday, December 06, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Rylee was born in Carnesville to the late Garland and Alma Jones Byrd. She ...
Louise Shannon, 103, Homer
Louise Shannon, age 103, of Homer, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at a local care facility. Miss Shannon was born on June 14, 1909, in Banks County, Georgia; d ...

Dawson

Carolyn Irene Higgins, 75, Dawsonville
Carolyn Irene Higgins, 75, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday December 6, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a short illness.Born February 14, 1937 to the late Dav ...
John "J.P." Hammond, 21, Dawsonville
John "J. P." Hammond, 21, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday December 6, 2012. Born May 15, 1991 in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Mr. Hammond was a 2009 graduate of Excelle ...
Marie Elrod, 62, Dawsonville
Marie Elrod, 62, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday December 6, 2012 at Emory University Hospital.Born March 11, 1950 to the late Fred Sr. and Joy Stephens, she had been a residen ...

Habersham

Frances Ellison Burke, 94, Cornelia
Frances Ellison Burke, age 94, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at a local care facility. Mrs. Burke was born on August 1, 1918, in Habersham County ...

Hall

Adrian Nunez, 55, Flowery Branch
Mr. Adrian Nunez, age 55, of Flowery Branch passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012. Memorial Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Covenant Connections Churc ...
Vernon Burton, Jr.,, 62, Gainesville
Vernon Burton, Jr., age 62 of Gainesville, passed away on Thursday Evening, December 6, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness. ...

Jackson

Dorothy Martin, 92, Commerce
Mrs. Dorothy Martin, age 92, of Commerce, GA died Thursday, December 06, 2012 at Wilbanks Country Living. Mrs. Martin was born in Maysville, GA to the late Lon and Essie Cotton H ...
Emmett Sanford Duren, 90, Commerce
Ivie Funeral Home announces services for Emmett Sanford Duren 90 of Commerce who died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. He was the son of the late Milton Marion and Popie Little Duren and ...

Stephens

Donald G. Jones, 56, Toccoa
Mr. Donald G. Jones, age 56, of Toccoa died Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Stephens County Hospital. He was born in Commerce to the late, Charles Edward and Lois Frances Slayton J ...
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.