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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Sat. Jan 18th, 2020

Gwinnett

Grace Hammond, 82, Buford
Grace Hammond, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Laud Hammond.  Mrs. Hammond is survived by ...

Habersham

James "Jake" Pink Dill, 75, Mt. Airy
James "Jake" Pink Dill, age 75, of Mt. Airy, GA, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020, following an extended illness. Mr. Dill was born on June 14, 1944, in Clark ...

Hall

Harold Monroe "Deano" Benefield, 76, Chestnut Mountain
Harold Monroe "Deano" Benefield, 76 of  Chestnut Mountain  passed away Saturday January 18, 2020. A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. Benefield was the s ...
Jessie Mae Braselton, 88, Gainesville
Jessie Mae Braselton, 88 of Gainesville passed away Saturday January 18, 2020. Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Braselton had lived in Hall County for a number of years.  She wa ...
Augusta A. Merck Martin, 88, Gainesville
Mrs. Augusta A. Merck Martin, 88, went to be with the Lord on January 18th, 2020. Best known as “Gussie,” Augusta is survived by her 3 children (Jim, Kathy, Cheryl a ...

Lumpkin

Edward Brown, 69, Dahlonega
Mr. Edward Brown, age 69, of Dahlonega passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020. Mr. Brown was born in Lumpkin County on October 31, 1950 to the late H.M. and Annie Bell Milsap Br ...

Union

Rosa Mae Haygood, 89, Suches
Mrs. Rosa Mae Haygood, age 89, of Suches, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Mrs. Haygood was born in Suches on December 7, 1930 to the late Sherman David and Theressa Mae ...
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.