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Local Obits for Tue. May 24th, 2016

Habersham

W. Charles Ansley, 79, Mt. Airy
  W. Charles Ansley, age 79 of Mt. Airy, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Born in Habersham County, Georgia on September 25, 1936, he was a son of the late Homer and ...

Hall

Margaret Rider Bates, 73, Gainesville
            Margaret Rider Bates, age 73 of Gainesville, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Northeast Georgia Medical Cente ...
David Haskell Griffin, 67, Gainesville
Mr. David Haskell Griffin, age 67 of Gainesville, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at his residence following an extended illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, ...
Lillie M. Smith, 95, Gainesville
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday May 27, 2016 at Ward's Funeral Home Chapel for Lillie Mae Smith age 94 of Gainesville. The Rev. Mark Russell will officiate. ...
Sarah Willis, 77, Flowery Branch
Sarah Willis, age 77 of Flowery Branch, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 following an extended illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 1:00pm in t ...
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.