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Local Obits for Wed. Oct 2nd, 2019

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Andrew “Drew” Nicholas House, age 25, of Winder, GA passed away on Wedneday, October 2, 2019. He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Elaine Wise, Winder, GA; father, Jim ...

Dawson

Ralph Samples, 92, Dawsonville
Ralph Samples, 92, of Dawsonville passed away Wednesday October 2, 2019 at his residence following a period of declining health. Born April 12, 1927 in Chamblee, Georgia to the ...

Gwinnett

James Randy “Big Randy” Coggins, age 73, of Buford, GA, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Dianne Johnson Cog ...
Richard Bonss, 79, Suwanee
  Richard Bonss, age 79, of Suwanee, GA passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-eight years, Susan R. Bonss.  Mr. B ...
Brian Samples, Buford
Brian Lonzo Samples was born on July 17, 1976 to the union of Alvin and Patsy Samples in Buford, Georgia and entered his home in heaven on Oct. 2, 2019. He lived big and loved ...

Habersham

Sharon Anita Hicks, 55, Demorest
Sharon Anita Hicks, age 55 of Demorest, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Mrs. Hicks was born on February 7, 1964, in Commerce, Georgia, to Marie Wiley Loggins and the ...
Gena Davis, 80, Cornelia
  Gena Davis, age 80, of Cornelia, GA passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, De ...
Olen King, 88, Alto
Olen Jack King, age 88, of Alto, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Mr. King's wishes were to be cremated and no formal services are planned at this time. ...

Hall

Florence Cook Beasley, 72, Gainesville
Ms. Florence Cook Beasley age 72 of Gainesville passed away on Wednesday October 02, 2019 at her residence following an extended illness. Memorial services are scheduled for Sat ...
Rev. William F. “Bill” Surrett age 92 of Gainesville, Ga passed away on Wednesday October 02, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness. ...

Jackson

Uriah Columbus Brown, 95, Commerce
Uriah Columbus Brown, age 95 of Commerce, GA passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.   Born on June 4, 1924 in Jefferson, GA, he was the son of the late Tilman C. and Flo ...
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.