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Local Obits for Sun. Aug 18th, 2019

Forsyth

Polly Pruitt McSwain, 81, Cumming
Polly Pruitt McSwain (Buice), 81, of Cumming, Georgia passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019.  A Forsyth County native, Polly was a true Southern lady who lov ...

Gwinnett

Mary Elmore Brown, 72, Buford
Mary Elmore Brown, age 72, of Buford, GA passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019.  She was preceded is death by son, Magnus Brown.    She is survived by her husban ...
Peggy Dickerson, 72, Loganville
Peggy Dickerson, age 72, of Loganville, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 18, 2019. Ms. Dickerson was born on January 31, 1947 in DeKalb County, Georgia to ...
John T. Garrett, 63, Roswell
John T. Garrett, 63, of Roswell, passed on Aug. 18, 2019, from complications of paraneoplastic syndrome associated with a brief but valiant battle with cancer. John was born in ...

Hall

William Leonard Brown, 79, Gainesville
William Leonard Brown, 79, of Gainesville passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, ...
Edna Merle Roberts Brookshire, 85, Flowery Branch
Edna Merle Roberts Brookshire, 85, of Flowery Branch passed away Sunday. August 18, 2019 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 201 ...
Wayne Wiggins, 84, Gainesville
Wayne F. Wiggins age 84 of Gainesville passed away August 18, 2019. He was born in Atlanta on May 2, 1935 to Elsie and John Wiggins. Wayne graduated in 1952 from Atlanta’s ...
Wayne Franklin Wiggins, 84, Gainesville
Wayne Franklin Wiggins, 84, of Gainesville passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Grady Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial Park Fune ...

Jackson

Teresa Joan (Ayers) Crumley Maginnis passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 after a valiant fight against Stage IV Ovarian Cancer. Her will to live and the faithful prayers of her ...
Mr. Phillip Malcolm Cronic, age 70, of Talmo died Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his residence.  Mr. Cronic was born in Gainesville to the late Robert Lee and Zoma Clark Cron ...

Other

Billie Baldwin McMillian, 91, Chattanooga, TN
Mrs. Billie Baldwin McMillian, 91, of Chattanooga, TN, died Sunday, August 18, 2019, in Toccoa, GA, after a brief illness. She was the beloved daughter of the late Mr. John Albe ...
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.