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Local Obits for Sat. Feb 29th, 2020

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Ruth Loftice Ashburn, 83, Bethlehem
Ruth Loftice Ashburn, age 83, of Bethlehem, GA passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020. She is survived by her children, Ted and Lynn Ashburn, Dacula, GA, Barbara and Dan Fitzge ...

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Billy R. Roland, 74, Dawsonville
Billy R. Roland, 74, of Dawsonville passed away Saturday February 29, 2020 following a period of declining health. Born February 22, 1946 to the late Earl and Ida Mae Roland, he ...

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Felix “Charlie” Blankenship passed away peacefully at home on February 29, 2020 after a year -long battle with lung cancer.  He was born on May 25, 1965 in Chattan ...
Mr. Handsel Grady Morgan, Sr., age 98, of Buford, GA, passed away on February 29, 2020.  He is survived by three children, daughter, Ann Morgan Kaser, of Los Angeles, CA; son, ...

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Pastor Ricky Joseph Bright, 52, Clarkesville
Pastor Ricky Joseph Bright, age 52 of Clarkesville, passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020. He was born on November 2, 1967 in Aiken, South Carolina a son of the late Robert Jo ...

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Mrs. Eddie Ruth Hunnicutt Tolliver, 88, of Gainesville passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Bell Minor Nursing Home following an extended illness.   The graveside ...

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Amory Jackson Barrett, 58, Commerce
Amory Jackson Barrett, Commerce, passed away February 29, 2020. He was 58. After a sudden illness, Mr. Barrett died at Emory University Hospital surrounded by family, with nephew, ...
Jimmy T. Chaney, 71, Commerce
Jimmy T. Chaney 71, of Commerce passed away on Saturday February 29, 2020. Professional services entrusted to Wimberly & White Funeral Home.

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Emily Ellen Garrett, 71, Cleveland
Mrs. Emily Ellen Garrett, age 71, of Cleveland passed away Friday, February 29, 2020.  Mrs. Garrett was born on August 7, 1948 to the late Arthur Daniel and Corre ...
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.