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Local Obits for Thu. Nov 24th, 2016

Dawson

Barbara Ann Chester, 65, Dawsonville
Barbara Ann Chester, 65, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday November 24, 2016 at Emory University Hospital. Barbara was born November 19, 1951.  She graduated from Forest ...
Marvin C. Owen, 84, Dawsonville
Marvin C. Owen, 84, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday November 24, 2016 at Cumming Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Born February 4, 1932 to the late Mac ...

Hall

Sarah G "Jerry" Ellenburg, 82, Gainesville
Sarah G “Jerry” Ellenburg, 82, of Gainesville, died Thursday November 24, 2016 at her residence after a long illness.   She was a wife, mother, grandmother, ...
Janet Louise Phillippi Hall, 68, Murrayville
Janet Louise Phillippi Hall, age 68, of Murrayville passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, George E. and Jessie Lee Phillippi and her sis ...
Richard Robertson Mathis, 59, Gainesville
Richard Robertson Mathis age 59 of Gainesville, GA passed away on November 24, 2016 in Gainesville, GA.  He leaves to cherish his memories his wife Loretta L. Mathis, two d ...
Sarah L. Morlock, 81, Gainesville
Sarah (Tanner) Morlock passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a short battle with brain cancer and pneumonia.  She was born N ...

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Robert Ellsworth Hedden, 88, Cleveland
Robert Ellsworth Hedden, age 88, of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, in his home, surrounded by family.  Mr. Hedden was born on October 24, 1928, to the l ...
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.