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Local Obits for Sun. May 17th, 2020

Dawson

Joan Sapp, 83, Dawsonville
Joan Sapp, 83, of Dawsonville passed away Sunday May 17, 2020 following a period of declining health. Born November 14, 1936 in Alexandria, Virginia to the late George and Orrie ...

Forsyth

Dora Mae Mooney, 100, Cumming
Dora Mae Mooney (age 100) passed away on May 17, 2020 in Cumming, GA. She was the oldest living member of Settendown Baptist Church of Cumming, GA. She resided at Chestnut Ridge ...

Jackson

Jack Banks, 82, Commerce
Mr. Jack Banks, age 82, of Commerce, GA died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his residence.  Mr. Banks was born in Toccoa to the late Ernest and Zelma Banks.  He was a member of ...
Thelma Jane Emmett, 82, Commerce
Thelma Jane Emmett, age 82 of Commerce, GA passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020.   Born on Sept. 4, 1937 in Winder, GA, Mrs. Emmett was the daughter of the late John and Eth ...

Other

Glenson Swafford, 97, Kennesaw
Glenson Swafford, 97, of Kennesaw passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his residence following a period of declining health.  Born January 2, 1923 to the late Carl and Mae ...

White

Thomas “Tom” Leonard, 59, Cleveland
Thomas “Tom” Leonard, age 59 of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Mr. Leonard was born on June 8, 1960, in Sumpter, South Carolina, to the late Richard ...
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.