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William A. "Bill" Reichert

William A. Reichert “Bill”, 82 of Dahlonega, died Saturday October 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Bill and his wife Joan moved from Alpharetta, Ga. to Dahlonega in 2002.

Bill was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin October 7, 1930 to Victor and Magdalene Stoelb Reichert. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: Richard and Robert Reichert; sister-in-law Alice Reichert, and nephew Rick Reichert.

Bill graduated from North High School in Sheboygan, Wis. in 1949, and managed his father’s grocery store before he enlisted in the Army attending OCS. He served as an Officer and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After receiving an honorable discharge from active duty he attended Marquette University, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business Administration. He worked for General Motors for 14 years as an Industrial Engineer.

Bill would tell everyone he knew that he met the love of his life, Joan, in 1971. They were married in 1976.

Bill joined Waste Management, Inc., of North America in 1972 and was responsible for administering the municipal contract for the City of Milwaukee. In 1979, he was appointed Regional Vice President and waresponsible for a 13 state area of the US. He and wife Joan moved the family to Columbus, Ohio. In 1981, he joined Waste Management International as VP of Middle East, Europe and Africa; he was appointed Mobilization Director and Resident Manager for the Public Cleansing project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The family moved to Jeddah. In 1984, he left the project and was reassigned to work out of the London office, returning back to the corporate office in Oakbrook, Ill. in December 1984. Soon after he assumed position of Regional VP for the Eastern/South Central Region and he and Joan relocated to Marietta, Ga. After 18 years with Waste Management, he retired in January 1990 at age 59.

He loved to travel, he loved golf, he was an avid reader and he loved his family and friends. He loved every day of his retirement years and enjoyed working, dining or just sitting outdoors in the sun. He was a quiet, simple man of few words, and loved good discussions and talk of world events. He and Joan retired here because he loved the North Georgia Mountains and spent many days driving in the mountains in his convertible, eating at local restaurants, and enjoying extended family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Joan S. Reichert; children Mark & Mary Eary, Laura LaTourette and Susan Hunt, Sarah Eary and Noah Reichert; grandchildren Brianne and Robert Derveloy, Derek and Nasareth Brucker, Hunter Eary, Caleb Eary, Dylan Meredith, Cassandra Reichert, Sophia Reichert, Hannah Eary, and Brandy Eary; sister-in-law Catherine Reichert; six nieces and one nephew.

The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. and a Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. at Dahlonega Funeral Home on Saturday October 12, 2013. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com

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Thelma Lorene Strickland Carruth

Mrs. Thelma Lorene Strickland Carruth, age 83, of Dahlonega, died Monday, October 1, 2013.

Lorene was born and raised in Lumpkin County, spent 47 years in Watkinsville, Ga. with her husband, James, and then moved back to Dahlonega where she spent the last eight years at Foothills Retirement Home with many friends and caregivers that loved her dearly. She was a homemaker, and a member of Freeman Creek Baptist Church in Oconee County. A very loving sister and friend, Lorene will be missed by all who knew her.

She was the daughter of the late James “Morg” and “Lou” Fricks Strickland, and was also preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Carruth; brother and sister-in-law, A.J. “T Model” and Allene Strickland; sisters, Fannie Wood and Mary Owens; and brother-in-law, Nathan Carruth.

Lorene is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and William Dockery; sister, Jessie Wood all of Dahlonega; and sister-in-law, Helen Carruth, Watkinsville, Ga. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Perry and Glenda Weaver and their staff at Foothills Retirement Home for all of their loving care over the past eight years.

A graveside service for Lorene was held October 4, 2013 at Antioch Christian Church Cemetery in Watkinsville.

Rev. Ronnie Dockery and Rev. Roger Owens officiated.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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James William “Bill” Rice

Mr. James William “Bill” Rice, age 82, of Dawsonville (Lumpkin County) died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at his home.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, and drove a school bus for 23 years for the Lumpkin County School System. Married to his wife, Evelyn, for 62 years, he was a hard working husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy in Dahlonega.

The son of the late James Sanders Rice and Velma Robinson Rice, Bill was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lona Gayle Martin; brothers, Robert, Frank, Johnny, and Tommy Rice; sister, Ruby Bolton; and infant twin sisters.

Mr. Rice is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Lemley Rice; son, Kevin James Rice; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Smith; son-in-law, Shannon Martin all of Dahlonega, Ga.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Benny Joe and Carolyn Rice, Herman and Vondell Rice, Billy and Theresa Rice; sister, Gracie Lou Walls; sister and brother-in-law, Annie Sue and Jimmy Chester; and sister-in-law, Betty Rice, all of Dawsonville, Ga. Two grandchildren, Michael Trump and Zachary Johns, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Bill were held Saturday, October 5, 2013 at The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy in Dahlonega.

Rev. Bo Robinson and Rev. Edwin Puckett officiated.

Interment followed in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Janice Allene Hatfield Burgess

Janice Allene Hatfield Burgess, age 74, of Dahlonega, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Janice was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County where she was co-owner with her late husband, Don, of D&J Grocery in Dahlonega for 30 years. She was a member of Philippi Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

The daughter of the late John H. and Lela Mae Anderson Hatfield, Janice was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. “Don” Burgess; and brother-in-law, Larry Burgess.

Mrs. Burgess is survived by her daughter, Connie Burgess; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Louise Hatfield, Curtis and Yvonne Hatfield; sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Randy Whitehead; sister-in-law, Marie Burgess; grandchildren, Kyle and Casey Grindle, and Amanda Butler all of Dahlonega. One great grandchild, several nieces and nephews, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Janice were held October 4, 2013 at Philippi Baptist Church.d

Rev. Jason Fuller and Rev. Jerry Whitlock officiated.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Hazel Louise Mincey Beck

Hazel Louise Mincey Beck, age 86, of Dahlonega, died Friday, October 4, 2013.

Hazel lived most of her life in Lumpkin County, and worked at Gold Kist for many years. A member of Browns Chapel Nondenominational Church, Mrs. Beck was a hard working Christian lady who loved everyone. She passed on her talents of singing and playing guitar to her family.

The daughter of the late Hubert Mincey and Ida Lance Lowe, Hazel was also preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Leon Beck; grandson, Scotty Beck; great grandson, Payton Wehunt; 5 sisters and 6 brothers.

Mrs. Beck is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Royce and Pam Beck, Murrayville; David and Becky Beck, Eton, Ga.; son, Frankie Beck, Monroe, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Adene and James Shook, Ellijay, Ga.; Brenda and Junior Evans, Dahlonega; daughter, Sudie Beck, Monroe, Ga. A total of 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and special 22-year-old “Tiny Dog” Beck also survive.

Funeral services for Hazel were held October 7, 2013 in the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell, Rev. Junior Evans, Rev. Ricky Brown and Rev. Tommy Ross officiated.

Interment followed in the Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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William Donald “Don” Dowdy

William Donald “Don” Dowdy, age 55, of Gillsville, Ga. died October 5, 2013 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Don lived with his brother, Rex, in Gilllsville for the past seven years. Don was born in Lumpkin County July 2, 1958. He was a poultry worker and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ga.

He was the son of the late William Taylor Dowdy and Mary Ruth Popham Dowdy.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Shannon and Melissa Dowdy, Murrayville; sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and C.J. Collins, Dahlonega; brothers and sister-in-law, Rex and Vickie Dowdy, Gillsville, Gary Dowdy, Clermont, Ga.; five nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and nephews, along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Don were held October 8, 2013 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Ronald Seabolt, Rev. Scott Waters, and Rev. Johnny Bryant officiated.

Interment followed in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Mildred Lorene Chambers

Mildred Lorene Chambers, age 90, of Dahlonega, died Friday, September 27, 2013. A graveside funeral service was held October 2, 2013, at Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County. Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Connie Marie Gooch

Connie Marie Gooch, 60, died October 5, 2013. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home Chapel. Dahlonega Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Rev. Clyde Peck

Rev. Clyde Peck, age 95, of Gainesville, died Thursday, October 3, 2013. A graveside service was held October 5, 2013 at Wahoo Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County. Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.
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William A. "Bill" Reichert

William A. Reichert “Bill”, 82 of Dahlonega, died Saturday October 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Bill and his wife Joan moved from Alpharetta, Ga. to Dahlonega in 2002.

Bill was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin October 7, 1930 to Victor and Magdalene Stoelb Reichert. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: Richard and Robert Reichert; sister-in-law Alice Reichert, and nephew Rick Reichert.

Bill graduated from North High School in Sheboygan, Wis. in 1949, and managed his father’s grocery store before he enlisted in the Army attending OCS. He served as an Officer and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After receiving an honorable discharge from active duty he attended Marquette University, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business Administration. He worked for General Motors for 14 years as an Industrial Engineer.

Bill would tell everyone he knew that he met the love of his life, Joan, in 1971. They were married in 1976.

Bill joined Waste Management, Inc., of North America in 1972 and was responsible for administering the municipal contract for the City of Milwaukee. In 1979, he was appointed Regional Vice President and waresponsible for a 13 state area of the US. He and wife Joan moved the family to Columbus, Ohio. In 1981, he joined Waste Management International as VP of Middle East, Europe and Africa; he was appointed Mobilization Director and Resident Manager for the Public Cleansing project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The family moved to Jeddah. In 1984, he left the project and was reassigned to work out of the London office, returning back to the corporate office in Oakbrook, Ill. in December 1984. Soon after he assumed position of Regional VP for the Eastern/South Central Region and he and Joan relocated to Marietta, Ga. After 18 years with Waste Management, he retired in January 1990 at age 59.

He loved to travel, he loved golf, he was an avid reader and he loved his family and friends. He loved every day of his retirement years and enjoyed working, dining or just sitting outdoors in the sun. He was a quiet, simple man of few words, and loved good discussions and talk of world events. He and Joan retired here because he loved the North Georgia Mountains and spent many days driving in the mountains in his convertible, eating at local restaurants, and enjoying extended family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Joan S. Reichert; children Mark & Mary Eary, Laura LaTourette and Susan Hunt, Sarah Eary and Noah Reichert; grandchildren Brianne and Robert Derveloy, Derek and Nasareth Brucker, Hunter Eary, Caleb Eary, Dylan Meredith, Cassandra Reichert, Sophia Reichert, Hannah Eary, and Brandy Eary; sister-in-law Catherine Reichert; six nieces and one nephew.

The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. and a Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. at Dahlonega Funeral Home on Saturday October 12, 2013. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com

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Thelma Lorene Strickland Carruth

Mrs. Thelma Lorene Strickland Carruth, age 83, of Dahlonega, died Monday, October 1, 2013.

Lorene was born and raised in Lumpkin County, spent 47 years in Watkinsville, Ga. with her husband, James, and then moved back to Dahlonega where she spent the last eight years at Foothills Retirement Home with many friends and caregivers that loved her dearly. She was a homemaker, and a member of Freeman Creek Baptist Church in Oconee County. A very loving sister and friend, Lorene will be missed by all who knew her.

She was the daughter of the late James “Morg” and “Lou” Fricks Strickland, and was also preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Carruth; brother and sister-in-law, A.J. “T Model” and Allene Strickland; sisters, Fannie Wood and Mary Owens; and brother-in-law, Nathan Carruth.

Lorene is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and William Dockery; sister, Jessie Wood all of Dahlonega; and sister-in-law, Helen Carruth, Watkinsville, Ga. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Perry and Glenda Weaver and their staff at Foothills Retirement Home for all of their loving care over the past eight years.

A graveside service for Lorene was held October 4, 2013 at Antioch Christian Church Cemetery in Watkinsville.

Rev. Ronnie Dockery and Rev. Roger Owens officiated.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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James William “Bill” Rice

Mr. James William “Bill” Rice, age 82, of Dawsonville (Lumpkin County) died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at his home.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, and drove a school bus for 23 years for the Lumpkin County School System. Married to his wife, Evelyn, for 62 years, he was a hard working husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy in Dahlonega.

The son of the late James Sanders Rice and Velma Robinson Rice, Bill was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lona Gayle Martin; brothers, Robert, Frank, Johnny, and Tommy Rice; sister, Ruby Bolton; and infant twin sisters.

Mr. Rice is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Lemley Rice; son, Kevin James Rice; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Smith; son-in-law, Shannon Martin all of Dahlonega, Ga.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Benny Joe and Carolyn Rice, Herman and Vondell Rice, Billy and Theresa Rice; sister, Gracie Lou Walls; sister and brother-in-law, Annie Sue and Jimmy Chester; and sister-in-law, Betty Rice, all of Dawsonville, Ga. Two grandchildren, Michael Trump and Zachary Johns, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Bill were held Saturday, October 5, 2013 at The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy in Dahlonega.

Rev. Bo Robinson and Rev. Edwin Puckett officiated.

Interment followed in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Janice Allene Hatfield Burgess

Janice Allene Hatfield Burgess, age 74, of Dahlonega, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Janice was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County where she was co-owner with her late husband, Don, of D&J Grocery in Dahlonega for 30 years. She was a member of Philippi Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

The daughter of the late John H. and Lela Mae Anderson Hatfield, Janice was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. “Don” Burgess; and brother-in-law, Larry Burgess.

Mrs. Burgess is survived by her daughter, Connie Burgess; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Louise Hatfield, Curtis and Yvonne Hatfield; sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Randy Whitehead; sister-in-law, Marie Burgess; grandchildren, Kyle and Casey Grindle, and Amanda Butler all of Dahlonega. One great grandchild, several nieces and nephews, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Janice were held October 4, 2013 at Philippi Baptist Church.d

Rev. Jason Fuller and Rev. Jerry Whitlock officiated.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Hazel Louise Mincey Beck

Hazel Louise Mincey Beck, age 86, of Dahlonega, died Friday, October 4, 2013.

Hazel lived most of her life in Lumpkin County, and worked at Gold Kist for many years. A member of Browns Chapel Nondenominational Church, Mrs. Beck was a hard working Christian lady who loved everyone. She passed on her talents of singing and playing guitar to her family.

The daughter of the late Hubert Mincey and Ida Lance Lowe, Hazel was also preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Leon Beck; grandson, Scotty Beck; great grandson, Payton Wehunt; 5 sisters and 6 brothers.

Mrs. Beck is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Royce and Pam Beck, Murrayville; David and Becky Beck, Eton, Ga.; son, Frankie Beck, Monroe, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Adene and James Shook, Ellijay, Ga.; Brenda and Junior Evans, Dahlonega; daughter, Sudie Beck, Monroe, Ga. A total of 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and special 22-year-old “Tiny Dog” Beck also survive.

Funeral services for Hazel were held October 7, 2013 in the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell, Rev. Junior Evans, Rev. Ricky Brown and Rev. Tommy Ross officiated.

Interment followed in the Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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William Donald “Don” Dowdy

William Donald “Don” Dowdy, age 55, of Gillsville, Ga. died October 5, 2013 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Don lived with his brother, Rex, in Gilllsville for the past seven years. Don was born in Lumpkin County July 2, 1958. He was a poultry worker and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ga.

He was the son of the late William Taylor Dowdy and Mary Ruth Popham Dowdy.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Shannon and Melissa Dowdy, Murrayville; sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and C.J. Collins, Dahlonega; brothers and sister-in-law, Rex and Vickie Dowdy, Gillsville, Gary Dowdy, Clermont, Ga.; five nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and nephews, along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Don were held October 8, 2013 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Ronald Seabolt, Rev. Scott Waters, and Rev. Johnny Bryant officiated.

Interment followed in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Mildred Lorene Chambers

Mildred Lorene Chambers, age 90, of Dahlonega, died Friday, September 27, 2013. A graveside funeral service was held October 2, 2013, at Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County. Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Connie Marie Gooch

Connie Marie Gooch, 60, died October 5, 2013. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home Chapel. Dahlonega Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Rev. Clyde Peck

Rev. Clyde Peck, age 95, of Gainesville, died Thursday, October 3, 2013. A graveside service was held October 5, 2013 at Wahoo Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County. Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.
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