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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Wed. Nov 29th, 2017

Banks

James Ronald Pruitt, 69, Homer
James Ronald Pruitt, age 69, of Homer, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was born on March 27, 1948 in Homer, Geo ...

Forsyth

Mildred G. Cochran, 88, Cumming
Mildred G. Cochran, age 88, of Cumming, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and a member of Eastern Star. Mildred was owner and o ...

Gwinnett

Carl Dean Thompson, 68, Suwanee
Carl Dean Thompson, 68, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at his residence.  A Graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:30 p.m ...
George E. Thompson, III, 57, Sugar Hill
George E. Thompson, III, age 57, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia Ann Thompson, Sugar Hill, G ...

Hall

Elizabeth Villyard, 90, Gainesville
Mrs. Elizabeth Villyard, 90 of Gainesville passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Born in Douglas, GA, she was the daughter of the late William Walter and Minnie Vickers ...
Mrs. Carolyn Gay Wetherford Watson age 84 of Gainesville passed away Wednesday November 29, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness.   Funeral services are ...
Richard Rufus Adkins, Gainesville
Richard Rufus Adkins quietly passed away Wednesday evening, November 29, 2017 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in the Ronnie Green Heart Center after an extended illness. ...

Jackson

Howard Allen Wilbanks, 82, Nicholson
Mr. Howard Allen Wilbanks, age 82, of Nicholson, GA died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at The Oaks-Athens.  Mr. Wilbanks was born in Nicholson to the late Gordon and Mae Barnet ...

Other

Lynn Alger, 59, SIngers. Glen, VA
Lynn Alger, 59, a resident of Singers Glen, passed away on November 29, 2017 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Mrs. Alger was born on October 22, 1958 in Habersham C ...
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.