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Local Obits for Sat. Jan 14th, 2017

Forsyth

John T. Schmitz, 27, Cumming
John T. Schmitz of Cumming, GA, born May 31, 1989, passed away on January 10, 2017.   A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.   Condolences may be ex ...
My name is Dawn Thackery and it is with a happy, full and content heart that I have finished my service on this earthly plane and passed away on January 12, 2017. I was the younges ...

Gwinnett

Joseph Leonard Swofford, age 73, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Joe was born in 1943, to the late Leonard and Ida Mae Swofford. He was a member of Shady ...

Habersham

Vera Lynch McDuffie, 88, Baldwin
Vera Lynch McDuffie, age 88 of Baldwin, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 14, 2017.   Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan ...
Robert L. “Bob” Townsend, age 76 of Demorest, Georgia passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Born in Gainesville, Georgia on June 07, 1940, he was a son of the l ...

Hall

Harold Lewis Aikens, 92, Gainesville
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church for Harold Lewis Aikens, 92, of Gainesville, GA. Rev Raymond Latty will officiate. Burial wi ...
Lela Bell Crenshaw, 92, Oakwood
Mrs. Lela Bell Crenshaw, 92, of Oakwood, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 following an extended illness.   A Funeral service is scheduled for Monday, January 16 ...

Other

Randall Allan “Randy” Atkins, 72 of Alpharetta, GA passed away on January 14, 2017.  He was born on September 3, 1944 the son of the late Kelly Monroe Atkins and K ...
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.