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Local Obits for Thu. Mar 16th, 2017

Banks

Karen Rogers Gilstrap, 65, of Lula passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Born in Toccoa, Georgia on June 1, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Sam & Gladys Hogan Rogers ...

Forsyth

Willene Smallwood, 74, Cumming
Willene Smallwood, 74, of Cumming passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Willene was a beautiful, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was full of life and a devoted Chri ...

Habersham

Susan Tressie Lomax, age 66, of Alto, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Ms. Lomax was born on January 25, 1951, in Gainesville, Georgia, to Mary Payne Lomax of T ...
Annie Lou Kinsey Tatum, 83, Demorest
Annie Lou Kinsey Tatum, age 83 of Demorest passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Born in White County on May 27, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Felix and Georgia Freema ...

Hall

Darrel Michael Chisolm, 68, Gainesville
Mr. Darrel Michael Chisolm age 68 of Gainesville passed away on Thursday March 16, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness. Funeral mass will be ...
Colonel D. Fleming, 72, Gainesville
Colonel D. Fleming was born May 15, 1944 in Wilkes County (Elberton) Georgia. He was born to the parents of Willie and Annie Lee Fleming who preceded him in death. He moved to Gain ...
Roger Lee Gravitt Sr, 71, Gainesville
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday March 19, 2017 at Ward’s Funeral Home Chapel for Roger Lee Gravitt Sr., age 71 of Gainesville. Dr. Mike Williams will offi ...
Helen Turk McDonald, 86, Gainesville
Mrs. Helen Turk McDonald, 86 of Gainesville died Thursday March 16, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs.  McDonal ...
Johnny Patterson, 72, Gainesville
Mr. Johnny Patterson, 72, of Gainesville, died March 16, 2017.    Funeral Services will be held Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Little & Daven ...
Tommy J. Phillips, 94, Gainesville
Tommy J. Phillips, 94, of Gainesville, passed away Thursday March 16 after a brief period of declining health.  Tommy was born on July 13, 1922 in Dacula, Georgia to the late ...

Lumpkin

A. Winston Blumberg, 76, Dahlonega
A. Winston Blumberg, 76, of Dahlonega, passed away March 16, 2017 from a brief illness. Born February 17, 1941 in Columbia, SC to the late Dr. and Mrs. Max Blumberg, he moved ...

Stephens

Mr. William Franklin “Frank” Lowery, age 73, of DeFoor Road, Toccoa, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. The son of the ...
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.