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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Sat. Nov 21st, 2015

Forsyth

John Western Durand, age 82, of Forsyth County, passed away on November 21, 2015.  John served our country as a Ranger in the United States Army.  He is preceded in death ...

Gwinnett

Teresa Jenkins Hudson, 59, Suwanee
Teresa Jenkins Hudson, age 59, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015. She is survived by her children, Kimberley Scarbrough, Suwanee, GA and Roger Scarbrough, S ...

Habersham

William LeRoy Smith, 81, Cornelia
William LeRoy Smith, age 81, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Mr. Smith was born on July 24, 1934 in Stephens County, Georgia to the late Willia ...

Hall

Richard S Kinsey II, 53, Gainesville
Richard S. Kinsey II, 53, passed away early on Saturday morning, November 21, 2015 in Gainesville, GA, after his long courageous battle with cancer.   Richard Kinsey&rsq ...
Ken Thrash, 80, Gainesville
Ken Thrash, 80, of Gainesville passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday the 21st of November, 2015 after an unexpected accident. ...

Jackson

Joyce Helen Hawks, 90, Nicholson
Mrs. Joyce Helen Hawks, age 90, of Nicholson, GA died Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Hill Haven Nursing Home, Commerce.  Mrs. Hawks was born in Nicholson to the late John and ...
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.