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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Tue. Jan 10th, 2017

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Mr. John J. “Tunney” Royster, age 92, of Winder, Georgia passed away January 10, 2017 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.  Mr. Royster had live ...

Forsyth

Patricia Sue Cook, age 69, of Cumming, GA, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Northside Hospital Forsyth. Patricia was born on March 15, 1947, to the late Minor and Mozel ...

Habersham

Marsha Ann Reed Dodd, 57, Mt. Airy
  Marsha Ann Reed Dodd, age 57 of Mt. Airy, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in Toccoa on March 27, 1959, M ...
Billy C. Savage, 78, Demorest
Bill C. Savage, age 78, of Demorest, Georgia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, following a sudden illness. Mr. Savage was born on April 5, 1938, in Ga ...

Hall

Novia Ellen Ross, 67, Flowery Branch
Ms. Novia Ellen Ross, age 67, of Flowery Branch passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at New Horizons – Lanier Park. Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date ...
Miguel Avila, 58, Gainesville
            Mr. Miguel Avila, age 58 of Gainesville, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Gwinnett Medical Center f ...
Marvin Donald Dean, 54, Gainesville
Marvin Donald Dean, 54, of Gainesville passed away on January 10, 2017. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at East Hall Baptist Church. Rev ...

Jackson

Elizabeth Ann Howell, 63, Commerce
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Howell, age 63, of Commerce, GA died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Athens Regional Medical Center.  Mrs. Howell was born in Athens to the late Henry Williams ...
Maria Samples Kirby, 62, Jefferson
Mrs. Maria Samples Kirby, age 62, of Jefferson passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Gainesville. Memorial Services will be held 1:00 ...
Billy Marcus Simmons, 57, Pendergrass
Billy Marcus Simmons age 57 of Pendergrass, Ga. died Tuesday January 10, 2017. Mr. Simmons was born in Gainesville, Ga. December 17, 1959.  He was a US Marine; he had worke ...

Lumpkin

Lois Evelyn Ray, 81, Dahlonega
Lois Evelyn Ray, age 81, of Dahlonega, GA passed away on Tuesday January 10, 2017. Lois was a native and lifelong resident of Dahlonega, GA.  She was a member of Oak Grove ...

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Dianne Donnarumma, 59, Alpharetta
  Dianne Donnarumma, 59, of Alpharetta, GA died January 10, 2017. She was born in Long Island, NY, to Katherine and Carmine Donnarumma.  She attended Our Lady of Good ...

Stephens

Wade Jefferson Lanier, 83, Toccoa
Mr. Wade Jefferson Lanier, age 83 of 4 Poppys Lane, Toccoa, Georgia passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at his residence. A son of the late Robert Sylvester Lanier and Minn ...

Union

Danny Carter, 60, Suches
Danny Carter, age 60, of Suches, Georgia, formerly of Banks County, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Mr. Carter was born on October 12, 1956, in Stephens Count ...

White

Elizabeth McKinney Castleberry, 93, Sautee-Nacoochee
Elizabeth McKenney Castleberry, age 93, of Sautee, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Mrs. Castleberry was a native of Albany, Georgia and was a graduate of Alba ...
Geneva Cheek, 74, Cleveland
Geneva Cheek age 74 of Cleveland passed away Tuesday January 10, 2017 following an extended illness . The family will receive friends on Saturday January 14 from 1pm-3pm at the fu ...
Sally Faye Howard, 84, Cleveland
Sally Faye Howard, age 84 of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her residence.   Ms. Howard was born on July 25, 1932, in Gainesville, GA, to the late D ...
Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85
The Sesame Workshop says Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut
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.