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Local Obits for Sun. Jun 4th, 2017

Dawson

Lelia Vaughters Bruce, 100, Dawsonville
Lelia Vaughters Bruce, 100, of Dawsonville passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Southern Pines Assisted Living in Maysville following a period of declining health.   Bor ...
Evelyn W. Smith, 91, Dawsonville
Evelyn W. Smith, 91, of Dawsonville passed away Sunday June 4, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Born January 16, 1926 to the late Boyd and Lillian W ...

Gwinnett

Robert A. Smith, 75, Buford
Robert A. Smith of Buford, GA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the age of 75.    He is survived by his wife of twenty-one ...

Habersham

Joseph Andrew Swafford, Sr., age 96, of Demorest, Georgia, went to his Heavenly Home on Sunday, June 4, 2017, following an extended illness. Mr. Swafford was born on July 9, 192 ...

Hall

Colleen Karen (Coco) Bittner, 77, Gainesville
Colleen Karen (Coco) Bittner, age 77, of Gainesville, passed away on June 4, 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Memorial Park ...
Wilburn E. Palmer Sr, 71, Gainesville
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday June 6, 2017 at Ward’s Funeral Home Chapel for Wilburn E. Palmer Sr., age 71 of Gainesville. The Rev. Phil Carpenter and ...
Grace Butler Young, Gainesville
Grace Butler Young (1927-2017) passed away peacefully in Gainesville, June 4th.  Grace was born in Chicago, the 4th child of Ernest and Ruby Butler.  She graduated from A ...
Sheila Lynn Elliot, 51, Flowery Branch
Mrs. Sheila Lynn Elliot, age 51, of Flowery Branch passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Gainesville, surrounded by her family. Private Me ...
Marion B. McCaskill, 99, Murrayville
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday June 8, 2017 at Ward’s Funeral Home Chapel for Marion B. McCaskill, age 99 of Murrayville.  The Rev. Charles Gree ...
Wilburn Palmer, 71, Gainesville
Wards Funeral Home announces the death of Wilburn Palmer , 71, of Gainesville. Arrangements will be announced by Wards Funeral Home  758 Main Street Gainesville.
Janet Sanders, 66, Gainesville
Mrs. Janet Sanders, 66, of Gainesville Georgia passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Emory Healthcare of Atlanta. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June ...

Jackson

Fania Isaza Humphries, 80, Braselton
Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Fania Isaza Humphries, age 80, of Braselton, who passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Mrs. Humphries was born in the Republic of Pana ...
Terry Lee Reed, 69, Jefferson
Terry Lee Reed, age 69, of Jefferson passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017.  Terry's hobby was fishing.  Survivors include his wife Janet Reed; mother Mary Louis Reed; bro ...
Jean Venable Wood, 86, Jefferson
Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Jean Venable Wood, 86, of Jefferson, Georgia who passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  Mrs. Wood was born in Jefferso ...

Lumpkin

John Hugh Cavender, 80, Dahlonega
John Hugh Cavender passed away peacefully on June 4, 2017 at the age of 80. He was in his residence in Dahlonega, GA. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to ma ...
Lola Pearl Duff Rider, 68, Dahlonega
Lola Pearl Duff Rider, age 68, of Dahlonega, GA passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Northside Forsyth Hospital.   She was employed as a cashier with Greenway Grocery, ...

Other

Herbert Randall McDaniel, age 59, of Monroe passed away Saturday, June 4, 2017.  He was a NASCAR fan and a fan of wrestling.  He loved his family, grandchildren and frien ...
David Lamar Hardman, Sr., 66, Danielsville
Mr. David Lamar Hardman, Sr. age 66 of Danielsville died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his residence.  Mr. Hardman was born in Commerce to the late, W.J. and Montine Sorrow Hardman, ...
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.