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Local Obits for Thu. Sep 28th, 2017

Banks

Mrs. Syble Ramona Allen Garrison, age 89, of Homer died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at her residence.  Mrs. Garrison was born in Danielsville to the late, Ambry D. and Beulah ...

Dawson

Leonard Shoemake, 76, Dawsonville
Leonard Shoemake, 76, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday September 28, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness. Born May 22, 1941 to the late Roy and Ila Shoemake, ...

Forsyth

Johnny Belon Holtzclaw, 68, Cumming
Johnny Belon Holtzclaw, age 68, of Cumming, GA, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was an avid hunter. Johnny will always be remembered as a great husband, father, gra ...

Gwinnett

Melissa Roberts Speer, 46, Braselton
Melissa Roberts Speer, age 46, of Braselton, GA passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father, L. Edward Roberts; and brother-in-law, Lance C ...

Hall

River Jordan Anderson, 14, Gainesville
River Jordan Anderson, 14, of Gainesville passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the Chapel of Memori ...
Lee Allen Carpenter, 73, Gainesville
 Lee Allen Carpenter, age 73 of Gainesville, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Braselton following a sudden illness.     &nb ...
Joseph Robert Fowler, 31, Gainesville
Joseph Robert Fowler, at 31 years old, departed this life on Thursday, September 28.  Joseph was a son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend.  He is survived by his ...
Joseph “Joe” Holbrook, 86, Gainesville
Joseph “Joe” Holbrook, 86, of Gainesville, GA. passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017. Joe was born in Orangeburg, SC, to Joseph and Yona Holbrook. He spent his ea ...
Leonard William Parker, 63, Murrayville
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday October 2, 2017 at Pond Fork Baptist Church for Leonard William Parker age 63 of Murrayville. The Rev. Johnny Knight will offic ...
Jeannette Reynolds, 97, Flowery Branch
Jeannette Reynolds, 97, of Flowery Branch went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 28, 2017. She passed away at The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello, GA. ...
Magnolia Sarah Davis, 82, Gainesville
Mrs. Magnolia Sarah Davis, age 82 of Gainesville, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Autumn Breeze Assisted Living, following a sudden illness. Graveside services ar ...

Jackson

Cordelia (Claudia) Matthews, age 99 of Commerce, GA went to be with her sweet Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at her residence.   Born in Homer, ...

White

Jimmy Boggs, 75, Cleveland
  Jimmy Boggs, age 75 of Cleveland, passed away Thursday September 28, 2017. Mr. Boggs was born August 17, 1942 in White County to the late Pledger and Vernie Armour B ...
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.