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Local Obits for Wed. May 15th, 2013

Habersham

Joan Henson Owenby, 79, Mt. Airy
Joan Henson Owenby, age 79, of Mount Airy, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at a local private care facility following an extended illness. Mrs. Owenby was born on ...

Hall

Clarence "Don" Dale, 65, Gainesville
Clarence "Don" Dale, age 65, of Gainesville, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013.Don was born and raised in Gadsden, AL before moving to Gainesville, GA in 2012. He ...
Johnny Wilbanks, 67, Lula
Johnny Wilbanks, age 67 of Lula, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.Born on December 06, 1945, he was a son of the late Ellene Loudermilk Perry ...

Jackson

Annie Beth Samples, 86, Cumming
Annie Beth Samples, age 86, of Cumming, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013. She was a member of Roanoke Baptist Church. Annie is preceded in death by her parents Vester and Leil ...
Jackson (J.W.) Lewis, 77, Cumming
Jackson (J.W.) Lewis, age 77, of Cumming, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Jackson is preceded in death by his daughter; Brenda Anderson; sister, Agnes Baxter; brother, Thomas ...

Other

Alec Michael Whyte, 52, Atlanta
Alec Michael Whyte, 52, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on May 15th, 2013. His family will be announcing a Celebration of Life Memorial Service once all the final details have bee ...
Larry Cohran, 77, McDonough
Larry Cohran, 77, of McDonough, Georgia passed away Wednesday May 15, 2013 at Emory University Hospital following a short illness.Mr. Cohran was born December 27, 1935 in Atlanta t ...
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.