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Obituary Archive
Local Obits for Wed. Aug 19th, 2020

Forsyth

Ruth Walker Stripland Carter, age 94, better known as “Nanny Ruth” was born April 28, 1926 passed away peacefully on August 19, 2020. Ruth was preceded in death by her ...
Gracie Faye Grant, 75, Cumming
Gracie Faye Grant, 75, of Cumming Georgia, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on August 19, 2020. She was 75 years old. Gracie was a member of Salem Baptist Ch ...

Gwinnett

Maria Rodica Dragu, 65, Lilburn
Maria Rodica Dragu, age 65, of Lilburn, GA passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020. She is survived by her husband of forty-one years, Pavel Dragu, Lilburn; children, Paul Dragu, ...

Hall

Ruby Ward Cleveland, 87, Clermont
Mrs. Ruby Ward Cleveland, 87, of Clermont passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Dahlonega Campus following an extended illness. Funeral serv ...
Mary Katherine McCranie, 89, Hoschton
Mrs. Mary Katherine McCranie, age 89, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle.  Formerly of Hoschton, she was currently living in Great Oaks S ...
Arthur Frank Valdez, 51, Gainesville
Arthur Frank Valdez, II age 51 of Gainesville passed away Wednesday August 19, 2020 at his residence.  Born on July 21, 1969 to Conception Minjarez and the late Arthur Fran ...
Zelda U. Smith, 62, Gainesville
Miss Zelda U. Smith, age 62, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at her residence. Memorial Services are scheduled for Saturday, September 05, 2020 at 4 ...
John Paul Wenrich, Jr, 75, Gainesville
John Paul Wenrich, Jr., age 75, died on August 19 in Northeast Georgia Hospital Gainesville Georgia due to Corvid-19. He is survived by his wife Shirlyn Marie Houser Wenrich; da ...

Other

Susan Kay Chambers, 61, Canton
Susan Kay Chambers, 61, of Canton, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Susan is preceded in death by her parents; Edward and Rita Root. She is survived by her ...
Wayne Eugene Jones, 69, Lexington, GA
Mr. Wayne Eugene Jones age 69, of Lexington, GA  30648 passed away on Wednesday, August, 19, 2020 at Piedmont Health Care. Funeral Service are scheduled for Monday, August ...
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.