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Local Obits for Fri. May 2nd, 2014

Banks

Jack Otis Blackwell, 90, Homer
Mr. Jack Otis Blackwell, age 90, of Homer, GA died Friday, May 02, 2014 at The Oaks at Scenic View. Mr. Blackwell was born in Maysville to the late Jim and Dovie Carter Blackwell. ...

Dawson

Margie Day, 70, Dawsonville
Margie Day, 70, of Dawsonville passed away Friday May 2, 2014 at her residence following a period of declining health.Born October 5, 1943 to the late Clyde and Azzie Garner, she w ...

Forsyth

Debbie Gravitt, 59, Cumming
Debbie Gravitt, age 59 of Cumming, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her infant twins Amanda and Leslie; a ...
Leoma Wheeler Wood of Cumming, GA and originally of Spring Hill, Alabama went to her Heavenly Home on Friday, May 2, 2014. She is preceded in death by her loving and devoted husban ...

Gwinnett

Michael F. Ploch, 66, Sugar Hill
Mr. Michael F. Ploch, age 66, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Kathleen Reddy Ploch, Sugar Hill, GA; children, ...

Hall

Jeanette Vera Hayes, 71, Oakwood
Jeanette Vera Hayes, age 71 of Oakwood, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness.Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, ...
Joe Emerson Hope, 81, Gainesville
Mr. Joe Emerson Hope, 81 of Gainesville died Friday morning May 2, 2014.Joe is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joyce R. Garrett Hope; brother and sister-in-law, John and Carole H ...
Joe Hope, 81, Gainesville
Mr. Joe Hope, 81 of Gainesville died Friday May 2, 2014 in Sylva, North Carolina following a sudden illness.Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday May 4, 2014 in the cha ...
Lula Bell Howard, 70, Gainesville
Lula Bell Howard, age 70 of Gainesville. Georgia, passed away May 2, 2014. The visitation is Friday, 7-8pm, St. John Baptist Church. The funeral service is Saturday, 11:00 am at St ...
Phyllis 'Gail' Dyer Baugh, 68, Gainesville
Phyllis "Gail" Dyer Baugh, age 68 of Gainesville, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center with her daughter, Kendra ...

Jackson

Elizabeth L. Masters, 57, Commerce
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Masters, age 57 of Commerce died Friday, May 2, 2014 at Northridge Medical Center. Mrs. Masters was born to the late, Herman and Pauline Thomas Winkler. Mrs. Ma ...

Other

Derrick Gilbert, 46, Athens
Derrick Gilbert, age 46 of Athens, formerly of Cumming, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014. He was a member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church and had a distinguished career with the Ge ...
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.