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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Fri. Dec 2nd, 2016

Dawson

Timothy (Tim) C. Ledford, 55, Dawsonville
Timothy “Tim” C. Ledford, age 55 of Dawsonville, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016.  Mr. Ledford was born February 27, 1961 in Gainesville to the late Claude ...

Forsyth

Velma Allie Stickel, 75, Cumming
Velma Allie Stickel, age 75, of Cumming, GA, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John Stickel; sisters, Barbara Sargent, Vivi ...

Habersham

Choob (Noy) Bantaum, 55, Cornelia
Choob  “Noy” Bantaum, age 55, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016. Mrs. Bantaum was born on September 17, 1961 in Thailand t ...

Hall

Pauline Brown Blakeney, 95, Greeneville, TN, formerly of Gainesville
Pauline Brown Blakeney passed away peacefully Friday evening at Morning Pointe of Greeneville at the age of 95. Pauline was a very smart and accomplished lady. Born in Alabama, ...
Eleanor Jean Hassell, 82, Gainesville
Eleanor Jean Hassell, 82, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016 A Memorial service will be held in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home on December 17, 2016 at 2: ...
Martha Jean Michely, 64, Gainesville
Martha Jean Michely, 64, of Gainesville died Friday, December 2, 2016.  Born in York, SC., she was the daughter of Reid T. and Dorothy Williams of Gainesville. Jean graduat ...

Lumpkin

Judson Walker Batts, 80, Dahlonega
Judson Walker Batts, age 80, of Dahlonega, GA, joined his Father in Heaven on December 2, 2016. Visitation will be held from 4PM until 8PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Dahlo ...

Other

Eleanor Jean Hassell, 82, Atlanta formerly of Gainesville
Eleanor Jean Hassell, 82, of Atlanta, MI. and Gainesville, GA. (formerly of Southgate MI) passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016.  Eleanor was born in Dearborn, MI.  She ...

Rabun

Bessie Jane Dryman Barnes, age 105, of Clayton, Georiga, passed away on December 2, 2016 at her home. She was born in Macon County NC the daughter of the late Ray Dryman and Mamie ...

Stephens

Ray Pickens Bell, 77, Toccoa
Mr. Ray Pickens Bell, age 77 of Oakway Drive, Toccoa, GA, passed away Friday, December 2, at his residence. A son of the late Elmer Pickens and Myrtie McClellan Bell, he was bor ...

White

Kelly K. Williams, 30, Cleveland
Kelly K. Williams, age 30, of Cleveland, GA passed away Friday, December 2, 2016.   Service arrangements are pending at this time.   Hillside Chapel Funeral H ...
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.