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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Wed. Jan 2nd, 2019

Banks

Roy Samuel Gardiner, age 82 of Lula, GA passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Born on Sept. 5, 1936 in Maysville, GA, he was the son of the late Morris and Ada Parker Gardiner. H ...

Dawson

Denise Pilcher, 58, Dawsonville
Denise Pilcher, age 58, of Dawsonville, Ga., passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her home. Denise was employed by State Farm Insurance Company at the corporate office in John ...
Dorothy Jones, 82, Dawsonville
Dorothy Jones, 82, of Dawsonville passed away Wednesday January 2, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a period of declining health. Born February 12, 1936 to the ...

Forsyth

Angela Maria Medley, 59, Cumming
Angela Maria Medley, age 59, of Cumming, GA, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2018. Angela was a member of Alpharetta Church of God. She loved to garden and color with her glitter ...

Gwinnett

Lonia Porter Roberts, 90, Sugar Hill
Lonia Porter Roberts, age 90, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by parents, George W. and Mamie Porter; sister, Elsie Maddox; brot ...

Habersham

Bart Devlin Durham, 51, Demorest
Bart Devlin Durham, age 51, of Demorest, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Demorest ...

Hall

Helen Loretta Clark, 79, Murrayville
Mrs. Helen Loretta Clark, age 79, of Murrayville, passed away on January 2, 2019 at her residence. Born July 7, 1939 in Saranac Lake, NY to parents Raymond and Nabe White LaBo ...
Blanche Steffens Cook, 93, Flowery Branch
Mrs. Blanche Steffens Cook, age 93, of Flowery Branch passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Barrow, surrounded by her family. Privat ...
Thomas Monroe Holton, 73, Gainesville
Thomas Monroe Holton, 73, of Gainesville passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, J ...
Carol Ann Mayfield, 61, Formerly of Flowery Branch
Carol Ann Mayfield, age 61, formerly of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019. She was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt who lived life to the fullest. ...
Geraldine (Jerry) Conner LeBlanc, 87, Flowery Branch
Geraldine (Jerry) Conner LeBlanc, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her home, surrounded by family and friends. She was 87 years old. Jerry spent ...

Jackson

Nathan Samuel Mize, 74, Commerce
Nathan Samuel Mize, age 74 of Commerce, GA passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Born on June 3, 1944 in Commerce, GA he was the son of the late Thad and Frankie Mize. He was a m ...
Mary Jo Riley Reed, 89, Pendergrass
            Mrs. Mary Jo Riley Reed, age 89 of Pendergrass, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 with her ...

Lumpkin

Edwin "Ed" Cook, 81, Dahlonega
  Edwin “Ed” Lee Cook, age 81 of Dahlonega, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Mr. Cook was born on March, 24, 1934, in Memphis, Texas, to the late R ...
Thelma P. Whelchel, 97, Dahlonega
  Mrs. Thelma Whelchel, age 97, of Dahlonega went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Mrs. Whelchel was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin Cou ...

Other

Maya Handler, 15, Alpharetta
  Maya Handler 15, of Alpharetta, Ga passed away on January 2, 2019. Maya is predeceased in death by her grandfather Mack Warren. Maya is survived by her loving paren ...

White

  Anthony Joseph “Tony” Merante, age 75 of Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Tony was born on October 31, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, ...
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.