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Local Obits for Fri. Jul 24th, 2020

Banks

Brandon Beck, N/A, Homer
Brandon Beck of Homer, Georgia. Mr. Beck passed away at Piedmont Athens Hospital of Friday July 24, 2020. Mr. Beck the valued employee of Proline where he served as a foreman overs ...
William Donald Childs, 87, Commerce
Mr. William Donald Childs, age 87, of Commerce passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Childs was born in Ila to the late, Charlie a ...

Gwinnett

Anna O’Connor, 80, Buford
Anna O’Connor, age 80 of Buford, GA, died Friday, July 24, 2020. Ms. O’Connor has been cremated and no service is planned at this time. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 77 ...
Doris Elise Wyant, 94, Buford
Mrs. Doris Elise Wyant, 94, of Buford, Ga., daughter of Henry William “Pop” Schaffner and Claudia Speaks Pickler, passed away Friday morning, July 24, 2020, in Gaines ...

Hall

Lee “Popee” Costlow, 67, Gainesville
Lee “Popee” Costlow, 67, of Gainesville, Georgia passed away on July 24, 2020, after a long, hard-fought battle with COPD.  Lee was born in Jackson, Mississippi on ...
Evelyn Allen Jones, 94, Gainesville
Evelyn Allen Jones, 94, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 24, 2020.  Evelyn was the daughter of the late George and Nellie Allen of Cleveland. She was preceded ...
John Yaunt, 81, Gainesville
John Yaunt, age 81, of Gainesville, GA, passed away July 29, 2020.  John is survived by his wife Barbara of 59 years, his daughters Marianne Yaunt and Sarah Raup, son-in-law P ...
Cristofer Acosta Farias, 17, Gainesville
Cristofer Acosta Farias, 17, of Gainesville passed away Friday, July 24, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at St. John Paul II Catholi ...
Kathleen Hazel Vastine Williams of Gainesville passed away peacefully at a nursing home in Cartersville, GA. A lifelong native of Gainesville, she was the granddaughter of Rance ...

Jackson

Robbie Lynn Bettis, 68, Hoschton
Robbie Lynn Bettis, age 68, of Hoschton, GA passed away Monday, April 13, 2020.  Memorial service will be held 7:00 PM, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. ...
Jack Nolan Keen, 85, Jefferson
  Mr. Jack Nolan Keen, 85, of Jefferson, "Coach Keen" to all who knew him, passed away Friday, July 24, 2020.  He had resided in Jefferson for 56 years pri ...

Stephens

Mrs. Mary Guynell Andrews Ansley age 93 of Toccoa passed away Friday July 24, 2020 at Stephens County Hospital   A daughter of the late James Lewis and Nezzie Verner And ...
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.