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Local Obits for Thu. Nov 16th, 2017

Dawson

Russell Olin Spors, 72, Dawsonville
Russell Olin Spors, age 72, of Dawsonville, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017.   Mr. Spors was born in Murphysboro, IL on December 17, 1944 to the late Russell and G ...

Gwinnett

George F. Young, 43, Buford
George F. Young, III, age 43 of Buford, GA passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of twenty-two years, Tia Banks Young, Buford, GA; children, Dy& ...

Habersham

Vienna “Punk” Wiley Masters, age 91, of Alto, Georgia went to be with The Lord on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Mrs. Masters was born on March 24, 1926 in Lula, Georg ...

Hall

Howard C. Bruce Sr, 88, Gainesville
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday November 18, 2017 at Ward’s Funeral Home Chapel for Howard C. Bruce Sr., age 88 of Gainesville. The Rev. Michael McIntyr ...
Dennis Coker, 91, Lynnville, TN, formerly of Gainesville
Mr. Dennis Coker, 91, of Lynnville, TN went to be with our Lord on November 16, 2017, with his family by his side.  Mr. Coker was born on July 2, 1926 in Homer, Georgi ...
David Gerald John Coxe, 78, Flowery Branch
Mr. David Gerald John Coxe, age 78 of Flowery Branch, passed away on November 16, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Memorial P ...
Jerry Wayne Madwell, 57, Flowery Branch
Jerry Wayne Madwell, age 57, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Ray Madwell; grandparents, Toy and Ma ...

Jackson

Homer Sims, Jr.,, 80, Jefferson
  Mr. Homer Sims, Jr., age 80, of Jefferson, GA died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his residence.  Mr. Sims was born in Lanett, AL to the late Homer and Louise Miles ...
Mary Lee Wood, 82, Commerce
Mrs. Mary Lee Wood, age 82, of Commerce died Friday, November 10, 2017 at her residence.  Mrs. Wood was born in Kiln, MS to the late, Lucien M. and Sedonia Necaisse Lee.  ...

Lumpkin

Arnold Lee Branscome, 69, Dahlonega
Arnold Lee Branscome, age 69, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017.   Complete funeral arrangements will be announced later by Banister Funeral Home of D ...

Other

Sybil Earle Alexander Franks, 87, Carnesville
Mrs. Sybil Earle Alexander Franks, age 87 of Carnesville died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Kindred Hospice at Piedmont Athens Regional.  Mrs. Franks was born in Alabama to t ...

Stephens

Irene Whitaker Moore, 84, Eastanollee
Mrs. Irene Whitaker Moore age 84 of Eastanollee passed away Thursday November 16, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. A daughter of the late Fredrick Lee and Nonia Humphrey Whitak ...
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.