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Local Obits for Sun. Feb 14th, 2016

Forsyth

Sheila Harper Martin, 66, Cumming
Sheila Harper Martin, age 66, of Cumming, GA passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016.  A funny person, Sheila loved her family and her dog and enjoyed traveling to the beach. &n ...
Tommy (Coot) Thompson, Jr., age 70, of Cumming passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016.  Tommy was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam.  He had a heart of gold and never ...

Hall

Barbara Watson Abernathy, 85, Gainesville
Barbara Watson Abernathy, 85, of Gainesville passed away February 14, 2016 following a brief illness.   Born in Hall County, on May 19, 1930, she was the daughter of the lat ...
Jimmy Dwayne Ballew, 55, Clermont
Jimmy Dwayne Ballew, age 55, of Clermont, GA passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016.   He was a lifelong resident of Hall County and a graduate of Johnson High School Cla ...
Betty Maerelle Daniel, 79, Gainesville
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday February 17, 2016 at Ward's Funeral Home Chapel for Betty Maerelle Daniel age 79 of Gainesville. The Rev. Marshall Dale w ...
Ray Preston Garner, 74, Braselton
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Skitts Mountain Baptist Church 9361 Skitts Mountain Drive Lula, GA 30554 for Ray Preston Garner age 74 o ...
Hazel E. Patterson, 83, Chicopee
Mrs. Hazel E. Patterson, 83, of Chicopee died Sunday February 14, 2016 at her residence. A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs. Patterson was the daughter of the late Gro ...

Jackson

James Louis Stephens, 70, Commerce
James Louis Stephens age 70 of Commerce passed away Sunday Feb. 14, 2016 at his residence.    Mr. Stephens was born Feb. 22, 1945 in Chicago, Illnois and worked as a ma ...

Other

Donald Spradlin Wise, 60, Alpharetta
Mr. Donald Spradlin Wise, 60, of Alpharetta, went home to be with his heavenly father Sunday, February 14, 2016.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Donald faithfully worked in the min ...
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