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Local Obits for Thu. May 19th, 2022


Emma Lou Higgins, 71, Dawsonville
Emma Lou Higgins, 71, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday May 19, 2022 following a period of declining health.   Born July 1, 1950, Emma Lou was originally from Forsyth ...


Clint Weathers, 49, Buford
Clint Weathers, 49, of Greenville, SC, formerly of Buford, GA, died suddenly Thursday, May 19, 2022. Funeral service will be held Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2 PM at Hamilton Mill Memo ...


Deborah Ann Eller, 59, Demorest
Deborah Ann Eller, age 59 of Demorest, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022.     Born on November 26, 1962, in Demorest, she was a daughter of the late David Dis ...
Mildred Louise Gudger Smith, age 91 of Demorest, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022.    Born on March 28, 1931, in Turnerville, she was a daughter of the late Andre ...
Arlene Carlan Whiting, 87, Demorest
Arlene Carlan Whiting, age 87 of Demorest, Georgia took her heavenly flight home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. ...


Janet Victoria Helms Rector, 102, Gillsville
Mrs. Janet Victoria Helms Rector, 102, of Gillsville, GA, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Bell Minor Nursing Home. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 2 ...
Walter "Vernon" Tomlin, Jr., 74, Gainesville
Mr. Walter “Vernon” Tomlin, Jr. age 74 of Gainesville, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at New Horizon’s Nursing Home following an extended illness.  &n ...


Russel Paul Twilley, 51, Jefferson
Russel Paul Twilley, age 51 of Jefferson, GA passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022.   Born on May 22, 1970, in Atlanta, GA, Mr. Twilley was the son of Martha Duffel Twil ...
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.