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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 ...
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.