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Local Obits for Mon. Sep 19th, 2016

Forsyth

Milton Chris Blane, 82, Cumming
Milton Chris Blane, 82, of Cumming, GA died on September 19, 2016.  Born in Roanoke, VA he was the son of the late Chris and Maria Blane. A loving husband, father and frien ...
Michael Lanier "Mickey" Martin, age 56 of Forsyth County, passed peacefully from natural causes on Monday, September 19, 2016. He was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Ch ...

Hall

Gene Burch, 68, Flowery Branch
Mr. Gene Burch, age 68, of Flowery Branch passed away Monday, September 19, 2016 at his residence with family. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 23, 2016 in ...
John Lewis Hammonds, 74, Gainesville
  Mr. John Lewis Hammonds age 74 of Gainesville passed away on Monday September 19, 2016 following an extended illness.  Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday ...
Wilma Pauline Thompson Hanes, 89, Gainesville
Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday September 21, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church for Wilma Pauline Thompson Hanes, age 89 of Gainesville. The Rev. Geo ...
Mrs. Shirley I. Wise Stephens, widow of Delmer Stephens, passed away at her residence in Oakwood on Monday, September 19, 2016, following a lengthy illness.  She was 89 years ...

Jackson

Clyde James Butler, 72, Braselton
Clyde James Butler, age 72, of Braselton passed away Monday, September 19, 2016.  Survivors include his wife Brenda Butler; son Travis Butler of Braselton; brothers Larry Butl ...

Lumpkin

Beatrice Dowdy Loggins, 94, Dahlonega
Beatrice Dowdy Loggins, age 94, a life-long resident of Dahlonega, GA passed away on September 19, 2016. Beatrice was the oldest member of Oak Grove Baptist Church for 81 years; ...
ZV Major, Jr, 90, Dahlonega
ZV Major, Jr., age 90, a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County passed away on September 17, 2016. ZV was the son of the late Zeb Vance Major, Sr. and Lula Mae Garner Major.  ...
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.
Former CDC official from Gainesville dies at age 69
Gainesville native Dr. Thomas Weston Hodge III, the former Director of Immunogenetics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, died July 31 in St. Simon's Island, Ga.