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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Wed. Jan 6th, 2016

Banks

Mary Helen Sims, 76, Gillsville
Mary Helen Sims, age 76 of Gillsville, GA passed away Wednesday January 06, 2016.   Mrs. Sims was the daughter of the late Paul and Imogene Baugh Wilson. She and her hus ...
Albert Richard Ward, 71, Commerce
Albert Richard Ward age 71 of Commerce passed away Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016 at his residence.  Mr. Ward was born March 12, 1944 in Athens to the late Clifton Albert & Rut ...

Forsyth

Lawrence William Henry, 75, Cumming
Lawrence William Henry, age 75 of Cumming, GA passed away January 6, 2016. He proudly served our country in the United States Army and was a deacon at Mount Olive Baptist Church in ...
Randall Raleigh Jones, 65, Cumming
Randall Raleigh Jones, 65, of Cumming, GA died unexpectedly on January 6, 2016. Born in Macon, GA he was the son of the late Randall and Enna Jones.   Randy recently ret ...

Gwinnett

Robert E. Taylor,, 69, Suwanee
Robert E. Taylor, 69, of Suwanee, Georgia, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Robert courageously battled illness across a span of nearly 8 years. After a few notable last words and ...

Hall

Warren Frederick Courts, III, 67, Gainesville
Mr. Warren Frederick Courts, III, age 67 of Gainesville, formerly of Marietta, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a period of ...
Charles Laymond Poole, 85, Gainesville
  Mr. Charles Laymond Poole, 85, of Gainesville passed away at Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 following an extended illness.   ...
William C. (Bill) Vaughan, 87, Gainesville
William C. (Bill) Vaughan, 87, died peacefully surrounded by family at his home on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 after an extended illness.  A lifetime resident of Hall County, B ...
Dean White, 86, Gainesville
Mr. Dean White, 86, Gainesville died Wednesday January 6, 2016 at the Bell-Minor Nursing Home. A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. White was the son of the late Robert Grady ...

Other

Emily Burch, 89, Dalton
Mrs. Emily Burch, age 89, of Dalton passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at The Waterford at Oakwood.   Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2016 ...
       Mrs. Eleanor P. Wellborn Thomas age 72 of Fairburn, Ga passed away on Wednesday January 06, 2016 at Fairburn Nursing Home following a brief ill ...

Stephens

Mr. Jeffery Louis “Jeff” Fleming, age 46 of 1024 Defoor Road, Eastanollee, Georgia passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at his residence.   A son of Jerry ...
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.