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Local Obits for Fri. Feb 10th, 2017

Dawson

Robert Harold Hembree, 59, Dawsonville
Robert Harold Hembree, 59, of Dawsonville, GA passed away Friday February 10, 2017. Mr. Hembree was born February 27, 1957 in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  He was preceded in death ...
Laura Long, 31, Dawsonville
Laura Long, 31, of Dawsonville passed away Friday February 10, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born June 21, 1985, she was a lifelong resident of Dawson County and a 2 ...

Habersham

Jo Ann Smith Forrester, 62, Demorest
Jo Ann Smith Forrester, age 62 of Demorest, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017.  Born in Habersham County on June 18, 1954, she was a daughter of the late John Ferd Smith ...

Hall

Christopher D. Bell, 51, Gainesville
Christopher Denard Bell was born on February 19, 1965 at Hall County Hospital, Gainesville, Ga. to Mr. Robert Lee Bell and Mrs. Mary Helen Bell. He departed this life and ...
Betty L. Bryan, 88, Gainesville
Mrs. Betty L. Bryan age 88 of Gainesville passed away on Friday February 10, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday Febr ...
Howard E. Motes, 83, Gainesville
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 Pm Sunday Feb. 12, 2017 in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home for Mr. Howard E. Motes 83 of Gainesville. Mr. Motes died Thursda ...

Jackson

Lucile Tanner Lott, 96, Braselton
Lucile Tanner Lott, age 96, of Braselton passed away Friday, February 10, 2017.  Lucile loved gardening, flowers, raising chickens and cows.  She was a member of the West ...

Stephens

Mrs. Shirley Zell Pruitt Simonds, age 71 of 1420 Rosedale Street, Toccoa passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 in Panama City Beach, Florida. A daughter of the late George C. an ...
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.