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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Tue. Jan 15th, 2019

Gwinnett

Sondra Elsea, 71, Buford
Sondra Elsea, age 71, Buford, GA passed away January 15, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Elsea.  She is survived by brothers, Leonard (Claire) Goldberg, W ...

Habersham

Lucy McCoy Ragan, 92, Cornelia
  Lucy McCoy Ragan, age 92, of Cornelia, Georgia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Mrs. Ragan was born on April 6, 1926 in Maysville, Georgia to t ...
James Edward "Ed" Owens, 72, Mount Airy
  James Edward "Ed" Owens, age 72, passed away in his home, on January 15th, 2019 in Mount Airy, Georgia after an extended illness. Mr. Owens, known by family ...

Hall

Marvin “M.T” Simmons, 82, Gainesville
Known throughout Georgia legal circles, Marvin T. Simmons, Jr. (known generally as M.T. ), was a lawyer’s lawyer, a mentor to countless younger attorneys, a paragon of deco ...
Doris Evelyn Wehunt, 90, Gainesville
Doris Evelyn Wehunt, age 90, of Gainesville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Funeral service will be 3PM Friday, January 18, 2019 at New Hope United Methodist Church ...
Glen Dora Keels, Flowery Branch
  Mrs. Glen Dora Keels of Flowery Branch, Georgia passed January 15, 2019.  Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:00 ...
Jorge Alberto Villatoro Paz, 70, of Oakwood passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at St. John Paul II Catho ...

Jackson

Dr. Maurice Jean VanBesien, age 87 of Hoschton, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. A service will be held at a later date at Ruck Funeral Home in Baltimore, Maryland. ...

Lumpkin

Velma Sullens, 76, Dahlonega
Mrs. Velma Sullens, age 76, of Dahlonega passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Mrs. Sullens was born in Lumpkin County on March 25, 1942 to the late George Tate and Margaret Mo ...
Joyce Sullens Parrish, 65, Dahlonega
Mrs. Joyce Sullens Parrish, age 65, of Dahlonega passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a period of declining ...

White

Doris Lee Thomason, 80, Cleveland
Cleveland Funeral Home announces that Doris Lee Thomason, age 80 of Cleveland, Georgia passed away on January 15, 2019.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January ...
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.