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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Wed. Oct 12th, 2016

Banks

  Gatha Martin Barrett, age 84, of Homer, Georgia, was called to her eternal home on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. She was headed to her favorite place, Homer Baptist ...

Barrow

Donald Richardson, 57, Statham
Donald Richardson, age 57 of Statham, GA passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Braselton, GA.   Mr. Richardson was the son of the la ...

Forsyth

Schaefer G. Sharpe, 74, Cumming
Schaefer G. Sharpe, age 74, of Cumming passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  A native of Charlotte, NC. Scheafer was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Lucent Techno ...
William Harley Walls, 82, Cumming
  William Harley Walls, 82, of Cumming passed away Wednesday October 12, 2016 at his residence following a sudden illness. Born February 20, 1934 to the late C. C. and E ...

Habersham

Lamar Mote, 75, Demorest
Lamar Mote, age 75, of Demorest, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Mr. Mote was born on November 3, 1940, in Habersham County, Georgia, to the late Rev. Erfor ...
Margaret Ann Thurman Ott, 86, Clarkesville
Funeral Mass for Margaret Ann Thurman Ott, age 86 of Clarkesville will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM from the St. Mark Catholic Church with Fr. Rev. José L ...

Hall

Dr. Gary Paul Merritt, 62, Gainesville
Dr. Gary Paul Merritt, 62, of Gainesville, passed away October 12, 2016. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Dr. Merritt had lived in Hall County for most of his life.&nb ...
Buddy Wayne Reed, 66, Flowery Branch
Mr. Buddy Wayne Reed, age 66, of Flowery Branch passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his residence. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016 in the Ch ...

Stephens

Lydia Ann Thomason, inf, Toccoa
Infant Lydia Ann Thomason passed away October 12, 2016 at Athens Regional Medical Center. Survivors include her parents, James and Amy Payne Thomason of Toccoa; two sisters, Kin ...
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.