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Local Obits for Sat. Apr 1st, 2017

Dawson

Tony R. Wilkie, 82, Dawsonville
Tony R. Wilkie, 82 of Dawsonville, GA passed away on Saturday April 1, 2017. There are no services planned at this time. Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.co ...

Forsyth

Robert Alexander Chalmers, 86 of Cumming, GA passed away on Saturday April 1, 2017. The family will receive friends on Thursday April 6, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm at the McDonald and ...
Command Sergeant Major Vernon Ray Whitten, Sr., 79, of Cumming passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017.  Born March 17, 1938 in Atlanta, CSM Whitten retired after proudly serving ...

Hall

Walter Joseph Harris, 73, of Lula, GA passed away unexpectedly on April 1 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.  Walter was the son of Walter Herbert Harris and Myrtle Potts Ha ...
Stephen David Lurie, 70, Gainesville
Stephen David Lurie, age 70, of Gainesville, GA, passed away in his home April 1, 2017.  A graveside service will be held at Hillside Gardens Cemetery, in Gainesville, Geor ...
Robert L. Major, 69, Gainesville
Robert L. Major, age 69, of Gainesville, GA died peacefully in his sleep on the night of April 1st 2017.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Mae and his father ...
Billy Joe Murphy, 91, Gainesville
Mr. Billy Joe Murphy, 91, of Gainesville, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Mountain Lakes Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2 ...

Jackson

Benny Atkins, 71, Jefferson
Mr. Benny Atkins, age 71 of Jefferson died Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Northridge Medical Center.  Mr. Atkins was born in Jefferson to the late, Wilburn and Lethia Samples Atki ...
Jimmy Ray Sosebee, 70, Commerce
Jimmy Ray Sosebee, age 70 of Commerce, GA passed away Saturday, April 01, 2017.   Born in Habersham County, Mr. Sosebee was the son of the late Fred and Hester Nicholson ...

Lumpkin

Melissa Ann Riebold, 35, Dahlonega
Melissa Ann Riebold passed away age 35 on Saturday April 1, 2017. Melissa was born June 18, 1981, Warren Michigan. Melissa was preceded in death by her father Lawrence Dean Riebold ...

Stephens

Nancy Jean Goodwin, 73, Toccoa
Ms. Nancy Jean Goodwin, age 73 of Ellen Court, Toccoa, Georgia passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Brown Health and Rehab, Royston, Georgia. A daughter of the late Joe M. and ...
Ms. Gustava “Tate” Hunter, age 92, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. A daughter of the late Jim and Annie Warren Hunter, she ...
Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86
Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died
1st black Georgia senator elected post-Reconstruction dies
A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died
'Maude' co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97
Bill Macy, foil to Bea Arthur's feminist wife in '70s sitcom 'Maude,' dies at 97
Retired, longtime Gainesville school official dies
A retired, longtime Gainesville school official, former Asst. Supt. Otis Ellenberg, has died.
Rep. Elijah Cummings was a sharecropper's son, took on Trump
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings has died to complications from longstanding health challenges, his office said. He was 68.
Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at 80
Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile and propulsive drummer, dies at 80
Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies
Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died at 84.
Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86
Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86