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Obituaries (4-23-14 edition)
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Mr. Jackie Garrett

Resident of Dahlonega

Mr. Jackie Garrett, age 65, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.

Mr. Garrett was born April 22, 1948 and was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and was of the Baptist faith.

Jackie was the son of the late Floyd Garrett and Bertha Cain Garrett and was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Garrett.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mearle Wetherford, Dahlonega, Ga.; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and Crystal Garrett, Gainesville, Ga., Greg Garrett, Dahlonega, Ga.; brothers and sister-in-law, Wayne and Emily Garrett, Cleveland, Ga., Richard Garrett, Cleveland, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dearl Helton, Dahlonega, Ga., Doris and Edward Winkler, Cleveland, Ga., Bernice and Larry Collins, Gainesville, Ga., Rachel and Glen Foster, Dahlonega, Ga.; grandchildren, Joshua Garrett, Julian Garrett, Remington Garrett and Haley Wetherford. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Jackie were held April 21, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Bernice Collins officiated. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

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

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

Jimmie Sue Davis Head

Resident of Dahlonega

Jimmie Sue Davis Head, age 72, of Dahlonega, Ga. died at her home on April 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. A native of Lumpkin County, she was the daughter of the late James and Ruby Davis.

Jimmie Sue was an active member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Jewell Head of Dahlonega, Ga.; children, Lisa Justus of Dahlonega, Ga., Rhonda (Doug) Cochran of Murrayville, Ga. and Lane (Travis) Rider of Dahlonega, Ga.; much-loved grandchildren, Steve Justus of Atlanta, Ga., Brent Justus of Calif., T.J. Rider of Dahlonega, Ga., Trevor Rider of Dahlonega, Ga., Jessica York of Murrayville, Ga., Eli and Sarah Fuller of Lumpkin County; and great-grandchildren, Luke and Juliana York of Murrayville, Ga.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 19, 2014 in the chapel of Dahlonega Funeral Home. The Reverends Lance Fuller, Lyman Caldwell and Keith York officiated. Interment followed at Dahlonega Memorial Park.

Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd., Dahlonega, Ga., 706-864-DOVE.

Ken Lollis

Resident of Dahlonega

Ken Lollis, age 68, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. following an extended illness.

The son of the late Milford and Katie Glenn Lollis, Ken was born in Anderson, S.C., but spent most of his adult life in Lumpkin County. A very loving husband and father with a wonderful sense of humor, he was also an avid outdoorsman as well as a very talented welder and professional diver. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Ken was a Deputy Sheriff in Anderson, S.C. in his younger years, welded for North Georgia Boat Docks in Forsyth County, and had worked at Timken in Dahlonega. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

Ken is survived by his wife, Margie Miller Lollis; son and daughter-in-law, Heath and Kim Coleman, Cumming, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Wilburn Etheridge, Suches, Ga.; mother-in-law, Lois Miller, Dahlonega, Ga.; sister, Susan Templeton; brothers-in-law, James and Archie Miller, Dahlonega, Ga.; grandchildren, Tiffany Dale and fiancé, Chad Fulton, Dakota, Rebecca, and Levi Etheridge, and Ava and Bryn Coleman; niece, Katie Nixon, S.C.; great nephews, Blake and Brandon Nixon, S.C.; and special family members, Perry and Glenda Sue Weaver. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Ken were held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, Ga. Rev. Jr. Abernathy and Rev. Phill Miller officiated. Interment followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, Ga. is in charge of the arrangements.

William H. “Bill” Shirley

Resident of Dahlonega

William H. “Bill” Shirley, age 92, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a period of declining health.

Bill was born and raised in Lavonia, Ga. before moving to Lumpkin County in 1991. He was a man of great faith, had worked many years at Moore’s Hardware, and was a volunteer at Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega. Bill was a proud WWII veteran having served his country in the United States Army.

Bill was the son of the late Carlton and Nettie Campbell Shirley, and was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Shirley and Dan Shirley; and sister, Josephine Shirley Tribble.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Amy Payne Shirley; daughter, Carla Shirley Long, Franklin, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Julie Shirley Patty and Ken Patty, Sugar Hill, Ga.; and grandchildren, Kaylin Long, Taylor Long, and Connor Patty. Several nieces and nephews and a number of other relatives also survive.

A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date.

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

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

Tommy Lester Thomas

Resident of Dahlonega

Tommy Lester Thomas, age 67 of Dahlonega, passed away on April 20, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following and extended illness.

Mr. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was a member of the Farmhouse Friends at Farmhouse Produce. Mr. Thomas was also a Vietnam Veteran and served from 1966-1968 where he earned a purple heart.

Mr. Thomas retired from Cargill, Inc. after 35 years where he was employed as a maintenance specialist.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marvin Thomas and Jesse Camelia Thomas and brother Nicky Thomas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Susie Thomas of Dahlonega, Ga.; sons and daughters in law Kevin and Pamela Thomas of Dahlonega, Ga.; Kurt and Sabrina Thomas of Atlanta, Ga.; Sister and brother in law Sue and Jerrell Sullens of Dahlonega, Ga.; grandchildren Bo, Van, Jolene, and Levon Thomas of Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. April 23, 2014 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, he will be placed in state at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow the service at the church Cemetery, Dahlonega, Ga.

Rev. Darren Palmer, Rev. Les Fuller, and Rev. David Skinner will officiate.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mt. Olive Baptist Church or Gideons International, Lumpkin County Camp.

Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Road, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533. 706-864-DOVE (3683)

Death Notices

Klate Wehunt, age 14, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away April 21, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Banister Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Obituaries (5-7-14 edition)
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Mr. Paul J. Apt

Resident of Dahlonega

Mr. Paul J. Apt, 90, longtime resident of Dahlonega, died April 27, 2014, in Webster, Fla.

Born in Chicago, Ill., Paul was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar C. Apt. He was married to the late Dorothy McClure Apt for 55 years. Paul was a Miami Edison graduate. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served as an Aviation Radioman during World War II. Upon discharge from the Navy, Paul earned a B.A. Degree in Business and underwent undergraduate work at the University of Miami. He was Comptroller at the U. of M., retired to Dahlonega, later returning to Central Florida.

Paul enjoyed traveling, camping, walking on the beach, bicycling, cars and motorcycles. He collected knives and liked carving wood. He loved dogs. Paul is survived by his daughter, Jan Marie Crafton, of Bushnell, Fla.; and sons, David Paul Apt of Gainesville, and Carl Wesley Apt of Flowery Branch, Ga.; grandchildren, Lance Alan Wisely, Jamie Marie Bertolomi, and Paul Cody Apt.

Online condolences may be made at www.purcellfuneralhome.com. In honor of Paul, those who wish may make a contribution to the SPCA of Sumter County, PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla. 33538, 352-793-9117, www.hsspca.org.

Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, Fla.

James George “Jimmy” Burns

Resident of Dahlonega

James George “Jimmy” Burns 76, of Dahlonega, Ga., passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Mr. Burns is a lifelong native of Dahlonega.

Mr. Burns is preceded in death by his parents, Gorden and Lula Fields Burns and sister Margert Hogan.

Mr. Burns is survived by his loving wife Jane Thomas Burns, children Jimmie Ann Burns of California, Clinton and wife Debbie Bryan of Dahlonega, Bruce and wife Jan Bryan of Dahlonega; mother-in-law Wanda Thomas of Dahlonega, grandchildren Ben Bryan of Dahlonega, Emily Bryan of Habersham, Sammy Bryan of Blairesville, William Bryan of Dahlonega, Kari Bryan of Royston, great-grandson Cayden Bryan; and numerous other relatives also survive. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Philippi Baptist Church in Dahlonega. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Rev. Jason Fuller, Rev. Andy Caldwell and Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated.

Online condolence may be sent to dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home.

Jack Barton Dowdy

Resident of Dahlonega

James George “Jimmy” Burns, 76, of Dahlonega, Ga., passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Mr. Burns is a lifelong native of Dahlonega.

Mr. Burns is preceded in death by his parents, Gorden and Lula Fields Burns and sister Margert Hogan.

Mr. Burns is survived by his loving wife Jane Thomas Burns, children Jimmie Ann Burns of California; Clinton and wife Debbie Bryan of Dahlonega, Bruce and wife Jan Bryan of Dahlonega, mother-in-law Wanda Thomas of Dahlonega, grandchildren Ben Bryan of Dahlonega, Emily Bryan of Habersham, Sammy Bryan of Blairesville, William Bryan of Dahlonega, Kari Bryan of Royston and great-grandson Cayden Bryan; and numerous other relatives also survive. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Philippi Baptist Church in Dahlonega. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Rev. Jason Fuller, Rev. Andy Caldwell, and Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated.

Online condolence may be sent to dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home.

Mrs. Imogene Stover Gibson

Resident of Dahlonega

Mrs. Imogene Stover Gibson, age 78, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Northeast Ga. Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.

Mrs. Gibson spent most of her life in Lumpkin County and was a member of Nimblewill Baptist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Floyd and Mae Moss Stover.

Imogene is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Gibson; brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Kathy Stover; special niece, Tammy Stover, all of Dahlonega, Ga. Numerous family and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Imogene were held Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Todd Skinner officiated. Interment follow in the Nimblewill 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.

Wayne E. Thomas

Resident of Dahlonega

Wayne E. Thomas, 77, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital following a period of declining health.

Born July 27, 1936 in Blairsville, Ga. to the late Loy and Evia Thomas, he had been a resident of Dahlonega for the past year after living in Gilmer County from 2000 until 2013. He had also previously lived in Lilburn. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville and a U.S. Army Veteran who served from 1959 until 1965. He retired after 30 years of service with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where he worked as a computer systems trainer. A devoted husband and father, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Verdell M. Thomas.

Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Pam Thomas, Lilburn, Rev. Keith and Cerena Thomas, Dahlonega; sisters in law, Nina Moss, Dahlonega, Opal Beaver, Lilburn; grandchildren, Christy Cassidy, Katlin Sims, Joshua Thomas, Carissa Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Laura Thomas; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Dr. Jim Gaines officiated. Interment followed in the Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Young Harris.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, Ga.

Death Notices

Thomas Fingal Nicolson, 86, passed away on April 23, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tera Eckel Bonds, 36, passed away on April 23, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Armstrong, 33, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Banister Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patrice Kenyatta Jones Storms, 43, passed away on April 27, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Billie Julia Holloway, 86, passed away on May 1, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Leoma Wheeler Wood passed away on May 2, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Homer Lemley, 80, passed away on May 4, 2014. Banister Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Frances Barrett, 72, passed away on May 4, 2014. Banister Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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