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Katie Lee Chester Mincey

Katie Lee Chester Mincey, age 77, of Dahlonega, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Katie was born in Dawson County February 16, 1935 and had lived in Lumpkin County most of her life. She was retired from North Georgia College and was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Charlie Chester and Hattie Shelton Chester.

Katie was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Mincey; sisters, Eula Hester, Arvie Barnes, Bonnie Sanford, and Verdell Cloud; brothers, Frank Chester, Arvil Chester, Arnold Chester, Millard Chester, and Bernard Chester.

She is survived by one sister, Hattie Kinkaid, Dawsonville; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Elizabeth Mincey, Ricky and Tina Mincey, all of Dahlonega, Marty and Cheryl Mincey, of Gainesville; grandchildren, Shelley and Kevin Riddle, Judd and Katie Mincey, Christy Mincey and Aleesha Mincey; great-grandchildren, Jordan Mincey and Jackson Riddle. Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Katie are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Andy Caldwell will officiate.

Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Wednesday until the time of service.

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

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David Dearman Sr.

David Dearman Sr., age 60, passed away at his home in Dahlonega, Saturday, March 17 due to complications of cancer. He was comfortable, calm, and surrounded by his loving family. A devoted father and friend to many, David is survived by his sons David Dearman Jr. and Christopher Dearman; sisters Pavon Brown and Karen Craven; brothers Brian Benson and Blane Benson; grandchildren Christopher, Konner, and Kaylee; and Connie Dearman, the love of his life.

David was admired and loved by people all across the United States. He will be remembered by his mischevious smile, his gift of drawing, his love of riding his Harley and his generosity. David devoted most of his life to Law Enforcement in North Georgia and will be deeply missed by his extended family at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, David graduated from Johnson High School in 1969. David proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1975 to 1979. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, David began a 30-year career serving the local citizens for the Hall County Sheriff’s Department, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department for the last 13 years.

David’s work ethic and attention to detail earned him a promotion to Detective, working in the Crime Scene Investigation unit. David earned recognition as Investigator of the Year in 2011, adding to his impressive list of awards.

David will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his quick wit, and his love of his “girls” – Dobermans Godiva and Guinevere. David loved riding his Harley and traveled throughout the South looking for new adventures.

Funeral services for David are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department will provide full Law Enforcement honors for David.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarrriorproject.org)

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

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Mr. Johnnie Paul “JP” Jones, age 86, of Dahlonega, died Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Chestatee Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.

Johnnie was born June 29, 1925 in Gwinnett County and lived the majority of his life in Lumpkin County. He was an Army veteran who served the United States during WW II. Prior to his retirement, JP owned a construction and grading business where he specialized in building lakes and dams. He is credited with building over 110 government flood control dams and was involved in the construction of Lake Lanier.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mrs. Ethel Lou Edwards Jones of Dahlonega; a son, Murl Jones and his wife, Sue of Dahlonega; a daughter, Gail Dalton of Roswell, Ga.; one granddaughter, Amy Dittrich and her husband Jeff of Dacula, Ga.; one great-granddaughter, Bailey Dittrich of Dacula, Ga.; Sisters Bonnie Lingerfelt of Dahlonega; Mary Lou Gooch and her husband Don of Dahlonega; brothers Glendon Jones and his wife Claudine of Murrayville; Bruce Jones and his wife Gladys of Dahlonega. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial service was held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Bethlehem Baptist Church Dahlonega where he was a member. Rev. Lyman Caldwell, Rev. Michael Rodgers, and Archie Watkins & Smokey Mountain Reunion officiated the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38106. www.stjude.org

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

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Roy L. Frasure

Mr. Roy L. Frasure, age 79, of Dahlonega, died March 13, 2012.

Mr. Frasure was born in Margaret, Ga. to the late Joseph Frasure and Elzie Parker Frasure. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Molly Frasure; brothers, Grady Frasure, Benny Frasure, and Joseph Frasure Jr.; sisters, Radie Bruce and Ruth Seabolt.

Mr. Frasure served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. His tour included Vietnam and Korea. He was of the Baptist faith and was a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F & AM in Dahlonega. Mr. Frasure was a beloved husband, father, and step-father and was known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Papa.”

He is survived by his wife, Myral Waters Frasure, Dahlonega; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Diane (Frank) Marchetta, Ridgefield, N.J., Sandra Frasure (Frank) Mascia, Greensboro, N.C., Shelia Marie Dickey, North Miami, Florida.; stepdaughters, Charlotte Holtzclaw Smith, Lilburn, Ga., Wanda (Leon) Holtzclaw Gilleland, Lilburn, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Ray Alan (Judith) Frasure, Rome, Ga.; stepson, Don Edward (Tara) Waters, Dahlonega, David Walter Holtzclaw, Dahlonega; sisters, Bessie Patton, Jackson, S.C., Betty Patton, Crevecoeur, Illinois, Ruby Lullathin, Winter Springs, Fla; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 15, 2012 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated.

Interment followed in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Veterans Alliance Honor Guard provided full Military Honors. There was also a Masonic graveside service.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Dahlonega.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of arrangements.

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Betty Louise Cantrell

Betty Louise Cantrell, age 76, of Dahlonega, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Dahlonega. She was a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church, but attended Community Chapel, Frog Town Community. She loved to babysit for her family and friends, and loved sewing and bowling.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Amanda Gerrells; husband, Bobby R. Palmer; brother, Wayne Gerrells; sister and brother-in-law, Nell and Eugene “Mucho” Moore.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Cantrell of Dahlonega; son, Larry and Rhonda Palmer of Dawsonville, Jimmy and Sarah Palmer of Jefferson, Ga.; stepson, Gorden and Audra Cantrell of Cleveland, Ga..; sister, Jean and E. F. Trammell of Dahlonega; brother, John and Jimmie Sue Gerrells of Dahlonega; grandchildren, Justin, Kesa, Judson, Drew, Isaac, Katelyn, Caleb; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Dahlonega City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Community Chapel, P. O. Box 1725, Cleveland, Ga. 30528.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

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

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Ada Mae Wurst Patterson

Mrs. Ada Mae Wurst Patterson, age 101, died January 15, 2012 at Foothills Retirement Home in Dahlonega.

A memorial service for Mrs. Patterson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Dahlonega Presbyterian Church, 150 Warwick St., Dahlonega.

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

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Joanna Elaine Kraft

Joanna Elaine Kraft, age 28, of Dahlonega, died Monday, March 12, 2012 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

She was born April 4, 1983 in the Sautee Nacoochee community in White County.

Joanna was a horse enthusiast and loved to ride. She was an avid animal lover and donated her time to animal rescue organizations. She helped the homeless and families in need through donations to “Families in Need,” a North Georgia Facebook network. She also loved to cook and wanted to go to culinary school to become a chef.

Joanna was preceded in death by an uncle, Paul L. Otts.

She is survived by her mother, Katherine Kraft, Sugar Land, Texas; father, David Kraft and his fiancé Deneen Trammell, of Dahlonega; brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Emily Kraft, Columbus, Ga.; grandparents, Frank and Joan Kraft, Ocala, Fla., Darlene Kraft, Gainesville, Ga., Billy and Lee Otts, Hephzibah, Ga.; aunts and uncles, Michelle Kraft, Denise Roberson, Genny Otts, Donna Otts, William J. Otts, Glenn F. Otts, and Stephen Kraft. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Joanna were held March 16, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Frank Colladay officiated.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Abba House, Inc.,6800 Dahlonega Hwy., Cumming, Ga. 30028 www.abbahouse.com or to TLC Humane Society, P.O. Box 535, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 www.tlchs.org.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, Ga. is in charge of the arrangements.
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Obituaries (March 21st edition)
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Katie Lee Chester Mincey

Katie Lee Chester Mincey, age 77, of Dahlonega, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Katie was born in Dawson County February 16, 1935 and had lived in Lumpkin County most of her life. She was retired from North Georgia College and was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Charlie Chester and Hattie Shelton Chester.

Katie was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Mincey; sisters, Eula Hester, Arvie Barnes, Bonnie Sanford, and Verdell Cloud; brothers, Frank Chester, Arvil Chester, Arnold Chester, Millard Chester, and Bernard Chester.

She is survived by one sister, Hattie Kinkaid, Dawsonville; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Elizabeth Mincey, Ricky and Tina Mincey, all of Dahlonega, Marty and Cheryl Mincey, of Gainesville; grandchildren, Shelley and Kevin Riddle, Judd and Katie Mincey, Christy Mincey and Aleesha Mincey; great-grandchildren, Jordan Mincey and Jackson Riddle. Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Katie are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Andy Caldwell will officiate.

Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Wednesday until the time of service.

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

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David Dearman Sr.

David Dearman Sr., age 60, passed away at his home in Dahlonega, Saturday, March 17 due to complications of cancer. He was comfortable, calm, and surrounded by his loving family. A devoted father and friend to many, David is survived by his sons David Dearman Jr. and Christopher Dearman; sisters Pavon Brown and Karen Craven; brothers Brian Benson and Blane Benson; grandchildren Christopher, Konner, and Kaylee; and Connie Dearman, the love of his life.

David was admired and loved by people all across the United States. He will be remembered by his mischevious smile, his gift of drawing, his love of riding his Harley and his generosity. David devoted most of his life to Law Enforcement in North Georgia and will be deeply missed by his extended family at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, David graduated from Johnson High School in 1969. David proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1975 to 1979. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, David began a 30-year career serving the local citizens for the Hall County Sheriff’s Department, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department for the last 13 years.

David’s work ethic and attention to detail earned him a promotion to Detective, working in the Crime Scene Investigation unit. David earned recognition as Investigator of the Year in 2011, adding to his impressive list of awards.

David will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his quick wit, and his love of his “girls” – Dobermans Godiva and Guinevere. David loved riding his Harley and traveled throughout the South looking for new adventures.

Funeral services for David are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department will provide full Law Enforcement honors for David.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarrriorproject.org)

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

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Mr. Johnnie Paul “JP” Jones, age 86, of Dahlonega, died Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Chestatee Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.

Johnnie was born June 29, 1925 in Gwinnett County and lived the majority of his life in Lumpkin County. He was an Army veteran who served the United States during WW II. Prior to his retirement, JP owned a construction and grading business where he specialized in building lakes and dams. He is credited with building over 110 government flood control dams and was involved in the construction of Lake Lanier.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mrs. Ethel Lou Edwards Jones of Dahlonega; a son, Murl Jones and his wife, Sue of Dahlonega; a daughter, Gail Dalton of Roswell, Ga.; one granddaughter, Amy Dittrich and her husband Jeff of Dacula, Ga.; one great-granddaughter, Bailey Dittrich of Dacula, Ga.; Sisters Bonnie Lingerfelt of Dahlonega; Mary Lou Gooch and her husband Don of Dahlonega; brothers Glendon Jones and his wife Claudine of Murrayville; Bruce Jones and his wife Gladys of Dahlonega. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial service was held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Bethlehem Baptist Church Dahlonega where he was a member. Rev. Lyman Caldwell, Rev. Michael Rodgers, and Archie Watkins & Smokey Mountain Reunion officiated the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38106. www.stjude.org

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

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Roy L. Frasure

Mr. Roy L. Frasure, age 79, of Dahlonega, died March 13, 2012.

Mr. Frasure was born in Margaret, Ga. to the late Joseph Frasure and Elzie Parker Frasure. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Molly Frasure; brothers, Grady Frasure, Benny Frasure, and Joseph Frasure Jr.; sisters, Radie Bruce and Ruth Seabolt.

Mr. Frasure served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. His tour included Vietnam and Korea. He was of the Baptist faith and was a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F & AM in Dahlonega. Mr. Frasure was a beloved husband, father, and step-father and was known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Papa.”

He is survived by his wife, Myral Waters Frasure, Dahlonega; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Diane (Frank) Marchetta, Ridgefield, N.J., Sandra Frasure (Frank) Mascia, Greensboro, N.C., Shelia Marie Dickey, North Miami, Florida.; stepdaughters, Charlotte Holtzclaw Smith, Lilburn, Ga., Wanda (Leon) Holtzclaw Gilleland, Lilburn, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Ray Alan (Judith) Frasure, Rome, Ga.; stepson, Don Edward (Tara) Waters, Dahlonega, David Walter Holtzclaw, Dahlonega; sisters, Bessie Patton, Jackson, S.C., Betty Patton, Crevecoeur, Illinois, Ruby Lullathin, Winter Springs, Fla; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 15, 2012 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated.

Interment followed in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Veterans Alliance Honor Guard provided full Military Honors. There was also a Masonic graveside service.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Dahlonega.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of arrangements.

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Betty Louise Cantrell

Betty Louise Cantrell, age 76, of Dahlonega, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Dahlonega. She was a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church, but attended Community Chapel, Frog Town Community. She loved to babysit for her family and friends, and loved sewing and bowling.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Amanda Gerrells; husband, Bobby R. Palmer; brother, Wayne Gerrells; sister and brother-in-law, Nell and Eugene “Mucho” Moore.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Cantrell of Dahlonega; son, Larry and Rhonda Palmer of Dawsonville, Jimmy and Sarah Palmer of Jefferson, Ga.; stepson, Gorden and Audra Cantrell of Cleveland, Ga..; sister, Jean and E. F. Trammell of Dahlonega; brother, John and Jimmie Sue Gerrells of Dahlonega; grandchildren, Justin, Kesa, Judson, Drew, Isaac, Katelyn, Caleb; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Dahlonega City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Community Chapel, P. O. Box 1725, Cleveland, Ga. 30528.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

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

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Ada Mae Wurst Patterson

Mrs. Ada Mae Wurst Patterson, age 101, died January 15, 2012 at Foothills Retirement Home in Dahlonega.

A memorial service for Mrs. Patterson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Dahlonega Presbyterian Church, 150 Warwick St., Dahlonega.

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

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Joanna Elaine Kraft

Joanna Elaine Kraft, age 28, of Dahlonega, died Monday, March 12, 2012 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

She was born April 4, 1983 in the Sautee Nacoochee community in White County.

Joanna was a horse enthusiast and loved to ride. She was an avid animal lover and donated her time to animal rescue organizations. She helped the homeless and families in need through donations to “Families in Need,” a North Georgia Facebook network. She also loved to cook and wanted to go to culinary school to become a chef.

Joanna was preceded in death by an uncle, Paul L. Otts.

She is survived by her mother, Katherine Kraft, Sugar Land, Texas; father, David Kraft and his fiancé Deneen Trammell, of Dahlonega; brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Emily Kraft, Columbus, Ga.; grandparents, Frank and Joan Kraft, Ocala, Fla., Darlene Kraft, Gainesville, Ga., Billy and Lee Otts, Hephzibah, Ga.; aunts and uncles, Michelle Kraft, Denise Roberson, Genny Otts, Donna Otts, William J. Otts, Glenn F. Otts, and Stephen Kraft. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Joanna were held March 16, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Frank Colladay officiated.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Abba House, Inc.,6800 Dahlonega Hwy., Cumming, Ga. 30028 www.abbahouse.com or to TLC Humane Society, P.O. Box 535, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 www.tlchs.org.

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