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Local Obits for Tue. May 31st, 2022


Arlene Harben Swafford, 97, Dawsonville
Arlene Harben Swafford, 97, of Dawsonville passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2022 following a period of declining health. Born April 12, 1925 to the late Silas and Arona Bruce, she w ...


Ima Jean Chapman, 77, Gainesville
Ima Jean Chapman, 77, of Gainesville, GA, died May 31, 2022. Dexter T. Sims Mortuary, LLC, Gainesville, has charge of arrangements. 
Mary Lou Tuggle Roark, 84, Gainesville formerly of Hopkinsville, KY
Mary Lou Tuggle Roark, 84, of Gainesville, Georgia, formerly of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, passed away on May 31, 2022, of natural causes. Mary Lou was born on July 30, 1937, to Ni ...


Carey Lynn Reaves, 71, Hoschton
Carey Lynn Reaves, age 71, of Hoschton, Ga passed away Tuesday May 31, 2022. He loved his family, grandchildren, hunting, fishing, and golfing. Carey was a United States Army veter ...


Clinton Aldine Tucker, Jr April 7, 1943-May 16, 2022 Clinton Tucker was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Clinton Tucker, Sr, and Wynelle Tucker during World War II. Cli ...


Mrs. Frances Adeline Gailey Donaldson, age 84 of Lovell Road, Toccoa passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022 at her residence. A daughter of the late Lee and Arizona Brock Gailey, she ...
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.