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Local Obits for Thu. Oct 1st, 2020


Lennie Patricia Penland, age 62 of Winder passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel.&n ...


Johnny J. Brady, 76, Clarkesville
Brother Johnny J. Brady, age 76 of Clarkesville, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, October 1, 2020.  Born in Martin, Georgia on July 9, 1944, he was a son of the late ...
Mary Eldarado Erwin Garrett, age 78 of Demorest, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020.  Born in Cornelia, Georgia on October 4, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Ivo ...


Laurie Ann Polzin Davis, 68, Dahlonega
Laurie Ann Polzin Davis, 68, of Dahlonega, GA passed away on October 1, 2020 after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Decatur, Georgia to Evelyn Lawrence an ...
Celma Ann Abercrombie, 83, Dahlonega
Mrs. Celma Ann Abercrombie, age 83, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020.  Mrs. Abercrombie was born on September 2, 1937 to the late Francis L. and Barbara A ...


Sharon Vonzeal Baker, 58, Colbert
Sharon Vonzeal Baker, age 58 of Colbert, GA passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.   Born on July 2, 1962 in Winder, GA, Mrs. Baker was the daughter of the late Billy and E ...
Gladys Wheeler, 91, Cleveland
Gladys Wheeler, age 91 of Dalton formerly of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020. Mrs. Wheeler was born March 20, 1929 in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Elmer and Alice ...


Melvin Norman Nelms, 82, Cleveland
Melvin Norman Nelms, age 82, of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Mr. Nelms was born on August 29, 1938, in Haysville, North Carolina.  Melvin was a good ...
Jane Brown, 101, Cleveland
Jane Brown, age 101, of Cleveland, passed away on October 1, 2020. Mrs. Brown was born on December 11, 1918, in Hall County, to the late Branson and Lona Staton Standridge.  ...
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.