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Local Obits for Fri. Dec 20th, 2019

Dawson

Jeanette Bates, 65, Dawsonville
Jeanette Bates 65, of Dawsonville, GA passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Northside Hospital Forsyth. No services are scheduled at this time. Condolences may be expre ...
Nancy Turner, 76, Dawsonville
Nancy Turner, 76, of Dawsonville passed away Friday, December 20, 2019. Nancy was a sweet, loving person who always put others before herself.  She was a member of Concord Bap ...

Forsyth

Damon Eddie Ruth, 63, Cumming
Damon Eddie Ruth, 63, of Cumming, Ga passed away on December 20, 2019. He is predeceased in death by his parents Douglas and Clara Ruth. He is survived by his wife Jennifer P ...

Gwinnett

Paul Tavilla, 52, Suwanee
Paul E. Tavilla, age 52, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Claudia Tavilla. Mr. Tavilla is survived by his wife of tw ...

Habersham

Wade Lawson, 87, Cornelia
Wade Lawson, age 87 of Cornelia, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Born in Cornelia on March 31, 1932, he was a son of the late Byrl Lawson and the late ...
Graveside services for Barbara “Bobbie” Smith Hodges, age 84, of Atlanta and formerly of Habersham County will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Chape ...
Lt. Colonel Phillip Alan Lynd, 72, Clarkesville
Lt Colonel Phillip Alan Lynd, age 72 of Clarkesville, Georgia passed away at 11:15 am on December 20, 2019, at his residence following a long period of liver disease.  Born ...

Hall

Patricia Frances McDaniel McKee; born in Griffin, GA May 24, 1943, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 20th, 2019 at N.E.G.M.C in Gainesville, GA. Patricia was of th ...
William Pressley, 70, Gainesville
William Edward Pressley, Sr age 70 of Gainesville passed away Friday December 20, 2019 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Pressley was born April 26, 1949 in Winder to ...
Buddy Ervin Pruitt, 77, Gainesville
Buddy Ervin Pruitt, 77, of Gainesville passed away Friday, December 20, 2019.  Buddy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was an avid U.G. ...
Stewart Kent Purkey, 52, Gainesville
Stewart Kent “Papa” Purkey , 52, of Gainesville, GA., long-time Northeast Georgia-area Frito-Lay delivery driver, born September 18, 1967 on Vandenberg AFB near Lo ...
Paul Franklin Scroggs, Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully after an extended period of declining health.  He led a colorful life and savored every moment of it.  ...

Jackson

Linda Kay Duncan Atkins, 67, Commerce
Mrs. Linda Kay Duncan Atkins, age 67, of Commerce, GA died Friday, December 20, 2019 at her sister’s residence in Rocky Face, GA.  Mrs. Atkins was born in Commerce to th ...

Lumpkin

Geneva Harris Spencer, 77, Dahlonega
Mrs. Geneva Harris Spencer, age 77, of Dahlonega passed away Friday, December 20, 2019 at her residence, surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, De ...

Other

William Taylor, 60, East Liverpool, OH
On Friday, December 20, 2019, William “Bill” Taylor, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 60. Bill was born June 29, 1959, in East Live ...
Cecelia Weinbender, 82, Atlanta
Cecelia Jones Weinbender, age 82, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2019. Cecelia was born November 25, 1937 in Atlanta, GA to the late Griffin Oliver Jones, Sr. and Blanche R ...

White

Henry Grady Freeman, 82, Cleveland
Henry Grady Freeman, age 82 of Cleveland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 20, 2019. Mr. Freeman was born July 21, 1937 in Cleveland, G ...
Lee Elder, 1st Black golfer to play Masters, dies at age 87
Golf pioneer Lee Elder has died at the age of 87
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.
Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91
Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died
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.
Betty Lynn, Thelma Lou on 'The Andy Griffith Show,' has died
Betty Lynn, who was best known as Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at the age of 95
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...
Jane Powell, Hollywood golden-age musicals star, dies at 92
Jane Powell, who starred in Hollywood golden age musicals, has died
Michael Constantine of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' dies at 94
Michael Constantine, an Emmy Award-winning character actor who reached worldwide fame playing the Windex bottle-toting father of the bride in the 2002 film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” has died