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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Tue. Dec 20th, 2016

Banks

Jane Vandiver Lewallen, 69, Maysville
Jane Vandiver Lewallen, age 69 of Maysville, GA passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016.   Mrs. Lewallen was the daughter of the late Cecil and Lanelle Shirley Vandiver. ...

Forsyth

Francis Matthew Ciszek, 69, Cumming
Francis Matthew Ciszek, age 69, of Cumming, GA. passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  A native of Albion, NY, Mr. Ciszek graduated from Boston College with a Master's D ...
Frank Martinez, 45, Cumming
Firefighter Frank Martinez, Atlanta Fire Department, 45, of Cumming passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Frank was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend who has bee ...
Wilfred (Wil) Louis Sommer, 80, passed away on 20th December, 2016 in Cumming, Georgia. He was born in LaSalle, Illinois on 26th July, 1936 to William Frederick and Clara Lou. W ...

Habersham

Wayne Alfred Brown, 55, Hollingsworth
Wayne Alfred Brown, age 55, of Hollingsworth, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Brown was born on July 13, 1961 in Co ...
William Henry Leagan, age 67, of Alto, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Mr. Leagan was born on January 27, 1949 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was preced ...
Kenneth Alton Sanders, 72, Clarkesville
Mr. Kenneth Alton Sanders, 72, passed away on December 20 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Ken was born in Miami, Florida, to Thomas Bradford Sanders and Louise Carpenter Sa ...

Hall

Bennie Garfield Lewallen, age 78 of Lula, GA passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Mr. Lewallen was the son of the late Ellis and Alpha Stewart Lewallen and was the widow of ...
Allie Millwood Smith, 92, Gainesville
Mrs. Allie Millwood Smith, 92, of Gainesville, Georgia passed away on December 20, 2016at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness. Funeral services will b ...
George Marshall Wells, 88, Gainesville
Mr. George Marshall Wells, 88, of Gainesville, GA., passed away December 19, 2016 at New Horizons Limestone.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Decem ...
Florence Alijean “Jean” Wood, 75, Flowery Branch
Mrs. Florence Alijean “Jean” Wood, 75, of Flowery Branch, Georgia passed away on December 20, 2016 due to an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 ...

Jackson

Jerry Hugh Wilkes, 68, Jefferson
Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Jerry Hugh Wilkes, age 68 of Jefferson, Georgia who entered into rest Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  Mr. Wilkes was born in Jeffers ...

Stephens

Mr. Leonard Douglas McCurry, age 78 of 244 N. Red Rock Road, Toccoa passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A son of the late Leonard B. and Henr ...
Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86
Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died
1st black Georgia senator elected post-Reconstruction dies
A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died
'Maude' co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97
Bill Macy, foil to Bea Arthur's feminist wife in '70s sitcom 'Maude,' dies at 97
Retired, longtime Gainesville school official dies
A retired, longtime Gainesville school official, former Asst. Supt. Otis Ellenberg, has died.
Rep. Elijah Cummings was a sharecropper's son, took on Trump
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings has died to complications from longstanding health challenges, his office said. He was 68.
Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at 80
Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile and propulsive drummer, dies at 80
Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies
Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died at 84.
Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86
Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86