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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Fri. Dec 30th, 2016

Habersham

Vicki Susan Bryant Maney, age 65 of Baldwin, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016. Born in Hall County on November 6, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Bryant. Mrs. ...

Hall

James Minor Garner, 74, Gainesville
Funeral services will be held @ 2:00 Pm Tuesday Jan. 3, 2017 in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral home for Mr. Minor Garner 74 of Gainesville, Ga. The Rev. Scott Wilson ...
Bernard Francis Kirbach “Bernie” passed away on December 30, 2016 after an extended illness.  He was born on February 8, 1929 in Elmhurst, Illinois. He served in ...
Mrs. Dorothy Mae King Grier Peters age 80 of Gainesville passed away on Friday December 30, 2016 at her residence following an extended illness.         &nbs ...
Howard W. Ward, 86, Lula
Howard W. Ward age 86 of Lula, Ga. died Friday December 30, 2016 in Clayton, Ga. following an extended illness. Funeral service is scheduled for 2 pm Monday January 2, 2017 at t ...

Lumpkin

John Wesley Dowdy, 78, Lavonia, formerly of Dahlonega
John Wesley Dowdy, age 78, of Lavonia, GA (formerly of Dahlonega, GA) passed away on Friday December 30, 2016. He loved and cared for all his family; the children, grandchildren ...
Joshua Krag Roydes, 29, Dahlonega
  Joshua Krag Roydes, age 29, of Dahlonega, GA passed away suddenly on Friday, December 30, 2016. Josh was born in Dahlonega, GA on April 2, 1987 to Clarence Phillip Set ...

Other

Melba Massey-Wells, 68, Ellijay
Melba Massey-Wells, age 68, of Ellijay passed away Friday, December 30, 2016.  Melba was a very strong woman who loved her family more than anything else; the glue that held h ...

White

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Jeffrey Mason Westmoreland, age 18 months of Cleveland, Georgia who entered into rest Friday, December 30, 2016.  Jeffrey was born ...
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.