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Local Obits for Wed. Dec 24th, 2014

Forsyth

Avery Michele Picklesimer, age 23 months, of Cumming, passed away on, Monday, December 22, 2014. Avery was a ray of sunshine warming the hearts of all who were around her. She w ...

Gwinnett

Mary Carolyn Gravitt, 84, Buford
Mary Carolyn Gravitt, age 84 of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014. She is survived by her niece, Faith Gravitt Russell, Suwanee, GA; great nieces, Mary and Tra ...

Habersham

Donald Wayne Ballew, age 64 of Alto, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at Habersham Medical Center. Born in Jackson County, Georgia, on July 24, 1950, he was a son of the l ...

Hall

​Emory (Leon) Martin, Sr., 92, Chestnut Mountain
​Emory "Leon" Martin, Sr., 92, of Chestnut Mountain, passed away December 24, 2014 following a period of declining health.Born on December 17, 1922 in Cumming, ...
Alejandro L. Uscanga, 45, Gillsville
Alejandro L. Uscanga, 45, of Gillsville passed away on December, 24, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm ...
José Meraz-Corral, 60, Gainesville
Mr. José Meraz-Corral, age 60 of Gainesville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p ...
Lela Maudell Norrell, 87, Gainesville
Mrs. Lela M. Norrell, age 87, of Gainesville passed away in her home surrounded by family on December 24, 2014 following an extended illness. Lela was born in White County, Decembe ...
Michael Allan Mathis, 52, Gainesville
Michael Allan Mathis, 52, of Gainesville, Ga passed away on December 24, 2014. A lifetime resident of Hall County, he was the son of the late James Steed and Lois V. Beach Mathis. ...
Roy Dale Channell, 56, Gainesville
Roy Dale Channell, 56, of Gainesville, Georgia, went home to celebrate Jesus' Birthday on December 24, 2014, after an extended illness.Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm ...

Jackson

Olive Goldie Creek, 90, Pendergrass
Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Olive Goldie Creek, age 90, of Pendergrass, Georgia, who passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Olive taught school until she w ...

Other

Bonnie Boss, 95, Dunwoody
Bonnie Boss, 95, of Dunwoody, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Bonnie was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed a full life.Survivors include her son, Stan Boss of ...
John Christopher Lenderman (Chris), of Ashville, NC; passed away Monday, December 22, 2014. Graveside services will be held at Alta Vista Cemetery at the Lenderman famil ...
Sarah Sue Cole Ivester, 89, Chesterfield, Virginia
Mrs. Sarah Sue Cole Ivester, age 89 of Chesterfield, Virginia passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the CJW-Johnston-Willis Medical Center in Chesterfield, Virginia.A daughte ...

Rabun

Gary Chadwick Durrence, 44, Clayton
Gary Chadwick Durrence beloved son of Gary and Linda Durrence was born on June 27, 1970, in Gainesville, Georgia. Chad entered into eternal rest on December 24, 2014. He attended ...

Stephens

Ricky Lee Mathews, 54, Toccoa
Mr. Ricky Lee Mathews, age 54 of 2113 Oak Valley Road, Toccoa, Georgia passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at his residence.A son of the late Thomas Lee Mathews and Joyce Ande ...
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.
Former CDC official from Gainesville dies at age 69
Gainesville native Dr. Thomas Weston Hodge III, the former Director of Immunogenetics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, died July 31 in St. Simon's Island, Ga.