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Obituaries & Related Stories

Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Wed. Apr 2nd, 2014

Banks

Mazell Hix Martin, 82, Alto
Mazell Hix Martin, age 82, of Alto, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.Born on August 12, 1931 in Madison County, she was a daughter of the la ...

Dawson

James W. Ray, 73, Dawsonville
James W. Ray, Sr., 73, of Dawsonville passed away Wednesday April 2, 2014 following a period of declining health.Born January 11, 1941 in Ashland, Ohio, he had lived in Dawson Coun ...

Gwinnett

Samuel Marinca, 65, Lawrenceville
Samuel Marinca, age 65, of Lawrenceville, GA, died on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2pm at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel in B ...

Habersham

Al Francani, 73, Clarkesville
Al Francani, age 73, of Clarkesville, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, following an extended illness. Mr. Francani was born March 9, 1941 in Aliquippa, PA; son of t ...

Hall

Jennie Moore Smith, 89, Gainesville, formerly of Anderson, SC
Mrs. Jennie Moore Smith, age 89 of Gainesville, Ga., formerly of Anderson SC, died April 2, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a ­­brief illness. Funeral se ...
Kathryn Greene, 92, Gainesville
Kathryn Greene, 92, of Gainesville, passed away at her residence Wednesday. Born on November 18, 1921, in Birmingham, AL., she was the daughter of the late Selman Blake and Glad ...

Lumpkin

Royce Lee Beck Jr, 69, Dahlonega
Royce Lee Beck Jr., age 69, of Dahlonega, GA died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his home following an extended illness.Mr. Beck was born in Dalton, GA December 8, 1944. He lived most ...

Rabun

Mary Elizabeth Speed Bryson, 68, of Clayton, GA went home to her Heavenly Home Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at her residence, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She wa ...

White

Thandal 'T.H.' Dorsey, 74, Columbus, S.C., formerly Cleveland
Thandal Haze "T.H." Dorsey, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the age of 74 due to an extended illness. Born in Cleveland, GA, he was the son of the ...
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.