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Local Obits for Thu. Apr 20th, 2017

Forsyth

Grace Claire Piscitelli, 82 of Cumming, Georgia passed away on Monday April 17, 2017. There are no services planned at this time. Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonald ...

Habersham

Homer Thomas Banks, 85, Clarkesville
Homer Thomas Banks, age 85 of Clarkesville, Georgia passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 following an extended illness. Born in Demorest, Georgia on June 12, 1931, he wa ...
Thelma Free Burton, 79, Clarkesville
Thelma Free Burton passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017- one day prior to her 80th birthday. Thelma was born in Clarkesville to the late Lester Free and Mahonie Gragg Free. ...
  John Alexander DiPino, Jr., age 86 of Cornelia, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Born in Bridgeville, PA on December 24, 1930, he was the son of the late Joh ...
Christina Dowdy, 38, Cornelia
Christina Dowdy, age 38, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Christina was born on February 15, 1979, in Lawrenceville, Georgia; a daughter of Danny a ...

Hall

Barbara Cook Caston, 74, Gainesville
Barbara Cook Caston was born on May 26, 1942 in Hall County, third in a line of nine children.  Throughout her life, she played mama to her younger siblings, taking great joy ...
Carol Farmer, 68, Oakwood
Carol Farmer, 68, of Oakwood, GA. Passed away April 20, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness. Born in Hall County on February 8, 1949, she was the daughter of the ...

Lumpkin

Helen Louise Cain, 84, Dahlonega
Helen Louise Cain, 84, of Dahlonega passed away on April 20, 2017 at Gold City Convalescent Home following an extended illness.    She was preceded in death by her ...

Other

John Anthony Garland, 60, Dalton
John Anthony Garland, age 60, of Dalton, Georgia, passed away on Thursday April 20, 2017. John was a member of the Wolffork Baptist Church, and had been the R.A. Director there ...

White

James Henry Schmitt, 73, Helen
James Henry Schmitt age 73, of Helen passed away Thursday April 20, 2017.  Mr. Schmitt was born in Walker County the son of the late Elmer Austin and Lorene Green Schmitt. ...
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.