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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Fri. Dec 23rd, 2016

Banks

Donald L. McCoy, 88, Gillsville
Donald L. McCoy age 88 of Gillsville passed away Friday Dec. 23, 2016 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Mr. McCoy was born August 23, 1928 to the late John L. & Mitti ...

Barrow

Laurie Beth Messinger, 61, Bethlehem
Laurie Beth Messinger, age 61, of Bethlehem passed away Friday, December 23, 2016.  Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966.

Dawson

Hattie B Kincaid, 91, Dawsonville
Hattie B. Kincaid, 91, of Dawsonville passed away Friday December 23, 2016 at Chestatee Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. Born May 12, 1925 to the late C ...

Forsyth

James Allen III, 55, Cumming
James Allen, III, age 55, of Cumming passed away Friday, December 23, 2016.  Jimmy worked for several years in the family business, Allen's Home Furnishings, and was a tru ...
Tambra “Tammy” Lynn Hall, age 48 of Cumming, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016.  Tammy was a member of Kappa Delta and a graduate of North Georgia College. ...
Ernest Raymond Jenkins, Jr., 78, of Cumming, Ga passed away on December 23, 2016. Mr. Jenkins was born in Atlanta, Ga on May 27, 1938. He was a graduate of Chamblee High School. ...

Hall

James Oather Smith, 70, Gainesville
James Oather Smith, age 70, found peace and healing in heaven on December 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was born August 18, 1946 to James Colonel Smith and Ruby Sull ...

Jackson

Deborah A. Waller, 58, Commerce
Mrs. Deborah A. Waller, age 58, of Commerce died Friday, December 23, 2016 at Emory University Hospital.  Mrs. Waller was born in Baltimore, MD to Betty Battersby of Raleigh, ...

Lumpkin

Zelda Mae Wilson, 82, Dahlonega
Zelda Mae Wilson, 82, of Dahlonega entered Heaven’s gates on Thursday December 22, 2016. Born November 8, 1934 in Atlanta to the late James R. and Evelyn D. Cooke, she liv ...

White

Linda S. Blankenship, 68, Cleveland
Mrs. Linda S. Blankenship, 68, of Cleveland GA passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by family and loved ones. A private memorial service will be held at a l ...
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.