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Local Obits for Thu. Dec 17th, 2020

Banks

Rebecca J. Carney, 42, Maysville
Rebecca J. Carney, age 42 of Maysville, GA passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.   Born on Dec. 10, 1978 in Dalton, GA, Mrs. Carney was the daughter of the late Oliver ...

Forsyth

Myra Lee Moore, 78, Cumming
Myra Lee Moore, 78, of Cumming passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020. Myra was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and ...

Gwinnett

Loretha Brooks Cantrell, age 65, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Broughton and Emmaline Brooks, and brother, Pri ...
Jean Chatham Payne, 91, Sugar Hill
Jean Chatham Payne, age 91, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lecil J. Payne; son, Larry Payne; parents, Roy and ...

Habersham

Betty Joyce Cook Batson, 82, Mt. Airy
Betty Joyce Cook Batson, age 82 of Mt. Airy, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 16, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Williams ...
Stephen Jeffry “Butch” Davis, age 77 of Clarkesville, Georgia went home to be with his Lord & Savior on Wednesday, December 17, 2020. Born in Gainesville, Georgi ...
William Thomas "Bill" Beahan, 67, Clarkesville
William Thomas "Bill" Beahan, age 67, of Clarkesville, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, due to complications from Covid 19. Mr. Beahan was born Aug ...
Sylvia Shortt, 65, Other
65 years young---Taken too early and too quickly. Sylvia Shortt died December 17, 2020 in Athens Ga following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents William ( ...

Hall

Luong Nguyen Le, 72, Oakwood
Mr. Luong Nguyen Le age 72 of Oakwood, Ga passed away on Thursday December 17, 2020 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness. Memorial services will be hel ...
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 21, 2020 at  2:00  PM for H. Kenneth Clark at Union Baptist Church 5115 Union Church Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542. The Rev ...
Mrs. Linda “Kaye” Harris Kelley age 56 of Hoschton, Ga was called home to meet with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday December 17, 2020. She passed away pe ...

Jackson

Mrs. Betty L. Darnell McDonald, age 81, of Commerce passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 at her residence.  Mrs. McDonald was born in Commerce to the late, Valley and Minni ...

Lumpkin

Ronald Glen Barnett, 58, Dahlonega
Mr. Ronald Glen Barnett, age 58, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020. Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home, 2068 Hwy 19 North, Dahlonega, GA 30533.    ...
Tena Louise Ray, 56, Dahlonega
Tena Louise Ray, age 56, of Dahlonega, Georgia passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Tena was born on August 10, 1964 in Lumpkin County to Ostena Grizzle and the late Boyd ...

Other

B.L. Pressley, 82, Winterville
B.L. Pressley, age 82 of Winterville, GA passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.   Born on May 14, 1938 in Abbeville, SC, Mr. Pressley was the son of the late Joe W. ...

Stephens

Mrs. Jewell Wilbanks Kellar age 81 of Toccoa passed away December 17, 2020 at Stephens County Hospital. A daughter of the late Luke and Lelia Belle Morgan Wilbanks, she was born ...

White

Earl Partin, 78, Cleveland
Earl Partin, age 78, of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Mr. Partin was born on August 19, 1942, in Habersham County, to the late Marion and Pauline Dorsey ...
William Fredrick Dodson, 62, Cleveland
William Fredrick Dodson, age 62, of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020. Mr. Dodson was born on August 9, 1958 to the late Bill and Hazel Dodson. He was preceded ...
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.