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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Tue. May 31st, 2016

Banks

Richard E. Garner, 80, Homer
   Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday June 3, 2016 at Ward's Funeral Home Chapel for Richard Edwin Garner, age 80 of Homer. The Rev. Jim McClendo ...

Barrow

David John Miller, 55, Sioux City, Iowa and Winder, Ga
David John Miller, age 55, of Sioux City, Iowa and Winder passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, www.lawsonfuneralhome ...

Forsyth

Roy Brice Caine, Sr, 91, Cumming
Roy Brice Caine, Sr., age 91 of Cumming, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016. He was a member of Silver Shoals Baptist Church. Roy was a Navy Veteran of World War II where he ser ...

Habersham

Ovelean Ayers Moody, 69, Cornelia
Ovelean Ayers Moody, age 69, of Cornelia, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 following an extended illness. Mrs. Moody was born on July 1, 1946, in Steph ...
Mary Euna Lou “Cissie” Wiley Wade, age 87, of Alto, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Mrs. Wade was born on August 5, 1928 in Alto, Georgia. She was p ...

Hall

Mary Dean Wilson Gooch, 91, Gainesville
Mary Dean Wilson Gooch, age 91 of Gainesville, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 following an extended illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 4:00p ...
Charles 'Charlie' Thomas Housewright, 71, Flowery Branch, formerly of Kingsport, TN
Charles "Charlie" Thomas Housewright, age 71, of Flowery Branch and formerly Kingsport, TN passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  Survivors include his wife Kathy A ...
Joan Diane Knight, Gainesville
A memorial service is scheduled for Joan Diane Knight for Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Joan passed away on Tuesday May 31, 2016. ...
Ronald William Maurice, 66, Gainesville
Ronald William Maurice, age 66, of Gainesville, GA,  died May 27, 2016. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. McDonald & Son Funeral Home in C ...
Mr. Gerald Maurice Reed, 73 of Lula died Monday May 30, 2016 at his residence.   A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. Reed was the son of the late Joseph and Gra ...

Jackson

Gary Olen Cooper, 67, Pendergrass
Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Gary Olen Cooper, age 67 of Pendergrass, Georgia who entered into rest Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  Mr. Cooper was born in Pendergrass ...
Otis Lee Gipson, 74, Jefferson
Otis Lee Gipson, age 74, of Jefferson passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  Otis loved flea markets, antiques and fishing.  He was a loving, hard working husband and father ...
Tommy Dean Pafford, 57, Commerce
Tommy Dean Pafford, age 57 of Commerce, GA passed away Tuesday May 31, 2016 at his residence.   Mr. Pafford was the son of Geneva Gandy Pafford of Maysville, GA and the ...

Lumpkin

James "Richard" Biggs, 62, Dahlonega
James “Richard” Biggs, age 62, of Dahlonega, GA passed away on May 31, 2016. Richard was the son of the late Lenard and Madge Elkins Biggs and was also preceded in d ...

Other

David Gordon Paul, 54, Athens
David Gordon Paul, age 54, of Athens passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.  Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, ...

Stephens

Vernon Alvus Smith, 102, Toccoa
Mr. Vernon Alvus Smith, age 102 of 349 Hospital Drive, Toccoa, Georgia passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Clary Care Center. A son of the late Clarence and Nellie Unruh Sm ...
Mrs. Sarah Nell Verner Stowe, age 77 of 28 Ranger Drive, Toccoa, Georgia passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at her residence. A daughter of the late Griff and Jessie Taylor Verne ...

White

William "Bill" Jackson, 82, Cleveland
Mr. William “Bill” Jackson age 82, of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at his residence.  Mr. Jackson was born January 27, 1934, in Cleveland, GA, 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.