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Gwendolyn Martin Draper

Gwendolyn Martin Draper, age 79, of Dahlonega, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in Atlanta.

She was born to the late Walter Kermit and Oneita S. Martin, February 28, 1933, in Atlanta, and grew up in Sandy Springs outside of Atlanta. She married the late William Linn Draper, Sr. on September 5, 1952. They lived together in Doraville and Dunwoody, Ga. while raising their children, before relocating to Dahlonega in 1985 to retire. Bill and Gwendolyn attended Dahlonega Baptist Church for over 30 years. Gwendolyn worked on the Dahlonega Square for years, managing an antique store and making many life-long friends.

Having deep Georgia roots, Gwendolyn, had a life-long interest in researching her American Indian heritage and family genealogy.

She was a woman of strong Christian faith who was deeply devoted to her husband, children and family. Caring for her family was her life-long passion.

Gwendolyn is survived by three children and two grandchildren; son, William L. Draper Jr., and daughter-in-law, Barbara W. Draper of Brookhaven, Georgia; daughter, Martha Draper Passman and son-in-law, Paul F. Passman of Dahlonega; daughter, Sarah L. Draper of Decatur, Georgia; grandsons, William Charles Passman and John Draper Passman of Dahlonega.

Gwendolyn was laid to rest at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Saturday, March 2, 2013, following a one hour visitation at Sandy Springs Chapel Funeral Home. Pastor Bill Hutcheson of Dahlonega Baptist Church performed the graveside service, which included a beautiful A Capella solo of Amazing Grace, by his wife, Mary Beth Hutcheson. As she began to sing, a beautiful, soft snow started falling, truly a moment of Amazing Grace.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: Crossroads Hospice, 1957 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, Georgia, 30084 or the charity of your choice in her memory.

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Ann Cantrell Rainwater

Mrs. Ann Cantrell Rainwater, age 76, of Dahlonega, passed way Saturday, March 2, 2013 after an extended illness.

Ann was born November 3, 1936 in Helen, Georgia to the late Will and Leila Garrett Cantrell, but lived most of her life in Lumpkin County.

She was a Charter Member of Friendship Baptist Church and was employed for many years by Dr. J.G. Woodward and by Dr. Richard Wherry.

Mrs. Rainwater was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Lauren Ashley Rainwater, her parents, and brother, Charles Cantrell.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Cindy Rainwater, Clermont, Ga.; daughters, Gina Eaton and Luan Rainwater, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Kristin Rainwater, Tyler Rainwater, Justin Hunt, Clermont, Ga. and Garrett Eaton, Dahlonega; brother, James Cantrell, brother and sister-in-law, Cammie and Pat Cantrell; sisters, Gertrude Avery and Billie Cantrell, all of Dahlonega. Several nephews, nieces and cousins also survive. Special caregivers, Regina Barnes, Sandra Roberts, Kathy Dunlap, Rachel Outz and United Hospice.

Funeral services for Ann were held at Friendship Baptist Church, Monday, March 4, 2013.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Stacy Avery officiated.

Interment followed in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega.

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

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

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Callie Ridley

Callie Ridley, age 88, of Dahlonega, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2013.

She was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was a seamstress and ran a cloth shop out of her home for numerous years.

Callie was the daughter of the late Marion Luther and Vesta Berry Gaddis, and was also preceded in death by her husband Edd Ridley; brothers, Odell, Carl and Guy Gaddis; sisters, Lena Ridley and Irene Kay.

She is survived by her sister Cleta Mae Fortner and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Callie were held Sunday, March 3 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Rev. Ronald Seabolt 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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Y.D. Abercrombie

Mr. Y.D. Abercrombie, age 77, of Dahlonega, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

Y.D. was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County where he spent his life as a poultry farmer. He was married to his loving wife, Patricia for 53 years; and was a loving father and grandfather. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of the late James and Ella Anderson Abercrombie, and was also preceded in death by his two sons, Jack and Andy Abercrombie; sister, Glancie Ledford; and brother, Rudolph Abercrombie.

Mr. Abercrombie is survived by his wife, Patricia Harkins Abercrombie; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Jennifer Abercrombie; daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Marc Gallimore, all of Dahlonega; brother, J.C. Abercrombie, brother and sister-in-law, Sammy and Margaret Abercrombie, all of Chester, S.C.; sisters, Mae Edmondson, Clermont, Ga., and Guenia Faye Kanaday, Dahlonega. Eight grandchildren and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Y.D. were held Saturday, March 2 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Rev. Charles Buice 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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Frank Leon Lear

Frank Leon Lear, age 63, son of Minnie Lu Moore Lear and Warren Lear, died February 9, 2013 in Florida. Frank was born in Dahalonega but spent most of his life in Florida. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Ola and Robert Moore and Evelyn and Clarence Lear, as well as an infant child.

Frank is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Diann Self and her husband Jayson; a son, Frank Jason Lear, and three grandchildren Savannah Diann, Channing Reed, and Ellowynn Leann Self, all of Topeka, Kansas. He is also survived by three brothers, Robert, James and David Lear; as well as an aunt, many nieces, a nephew, and numerous cousins.

Frank received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and was honored to have a piece of his art placed at the Corning Museum of Art in New York. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in Florida. He helped his mother operate the Monte Carlo Beach Motel in Daytona Beach Florida for many years, and owned his own business in addiction recovery for a short time. He loved to travel, ride motorcycles, was an avid reader and love to go deep sea fishing.

Frank was cremated and no services are pending per his wishes.
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Obituaries (March 6 Edition)
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Gwendolyn Martin Draper

Gwendolyn Martin Draper, age 79, of Dahlonega, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in Atlanta.

She was born to the late Walter Kermit and Oneita S. Martin, February 28, 1933, in Atlanta, and grew up in Sandy Springs outside of Atlanta. She married the late William Linn Draper, Sr. on September 5, 1952. They lived together in Doraville and Dunwoody, Ga. while raising their children, before relocating to Dahlonega in 1985 to retire. Bill and Gwendolyn attended Dahlonega Baptist Church for over 30 years. Gwendolyn worked on the Dahlonega Square for years, managing an antique store and making many life-long friends.

Having deep Georgia roots, Gwendolyn, had a life-long interest in researching her American Indian heritage and family genealogy.

She was a woman of strong Christian faith who was deeply devoted to her husband, children and family. Caring for her family was her life-long passion.

Gwendolyn is survived by three children and two grandchildren; son, William L. Draper Jr., and daughter-in-law, Barbara W. Draper of Brookhaven, Georgia; daughter, Martha Draper Passman and son-in-law, Paul F. Passman of Dahlonega; daughter, Sarah L. Draper of Decatur, Georgia; grandsons, William Charles Passman and John Draper Passman of Dahlonega.

Gwendolyn was laid to rest at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Saturday, March 2, 2013, following a one hour visitation at Sandy Springs Chapel Funeral Home. Pastor Bill Hutcheson of Dahlonega Baptist Church performed the graveside service, which included a beautiful A Capella solo of Amazing Grace, by his wife, Mary Beth Hutcheson. As she began to sing, a beautiful, soft snow started falling, truly a moment of Amazing Grace.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: Crossroads Hospice, 1957 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, Georgia, 30084 or the charity of your choice in her memory.

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Ann Cantrell Rainwater

Mrs. Ann Cantrell Rainwater, age 76, of Dahlonega, passed way Saturday, March 2, 2013 after an extended illness.

Ann was born November 3, 1936 in Helen, Georgia to the late Will and Leila Garrett Cantrell, but lived most of her life in Lumpkin County.

She was a Charter Member of Friendship Baptist Church and was employed for many years by Dr. J.G. Woodward and by Dr. Richard Wherry.

Mrs. Rainwater was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Lauren Ashley Rainwater, her parents, and brother, Charles Cantrell.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Cindy Rainwater, Clermont, Ga.; daughters, Gina Eaton and Luan Rainwater, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Kristin Rainwater, Tyler Rainwater, Justin Hunt, Clermont, Ga. and Garrett Eaton, Dahlonega; brother, James Cantrell, brother and sister-in-law, Cammie and Pat Cantrell; sisters, Gertrude Avery and Billie Cantrell, all of Dahlonega. Several nephews, nieces and cousins also survive. Special caregivers, Regina Barnes, Sandra Roberts, Kathy Dunlap, Rachel Outz and United Hospice.

Funeral services for Ann were held at Friendship Baptist Church, Monday, March 4, 2013.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Stacy Avery officiated.

Interment followed in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega.

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

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

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Callie Ridley

Callie Ridley, age 88, of Dahlonega, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2013.

She was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was a seamstress and ran a cloth shop out of her home for numerous years.

Callie was the daughter of the late Marion Luther and Vesta Berry Gaddis, and was also preceded in death by her husband Edd Ridley; brothers, Odell, Carl and Guy Gaddis; sisters, Lena Ridley and Irene Kay.

She is survived by her sister Cleta Mae Fortner and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Callie were held Sunday, March 3 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Rev. Ronald Seabolt 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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Y.D. Abercrombie

Mr. Y.D. Abercrombie, age 77, of Dahlonega, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

Y.D. was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County where he spent his life as a poultry farmer. He was married to his loving wife, Patricia for 53 years; and was a loving father and grandfather. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of the late James and Ella Anderson Abercrombie, and was also preceded in death by his two sons, Jack and Andy Abercrombie; sister, Glancie Ledford; and brother, Rudolph Abercrombie.

Mr. Abercrombie is survived by his wife, Patricia Harkins Abercrombie; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Jennifer Abercrombie; daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Marc Gallimore, all of Dahlonega; brother, J.C. Abercrombie, brother and sister-in-law, Sammy and Margaret Abercrombie, all of Chester, S.C.; sisters, Mae Edmondson, Clermont, Ga., and Guenia Faye Kanaday, Dahlonega. Eight grandchildren and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Y.D. were held Saturday, March 2 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Rev. Charles Buice 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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Frank Leon Lear

Frank Leon Lear, age 63, son of Minnie Lu Moore Lear and Warren Lear, died February 9, 2013 in Florida. Frank was born in Dahalonega but spent most of his life in Florida. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Ola and Robert Moore and Evelyn and Clarence Lear, as well as an infant child.

Frank is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Diann Self and her husband Jayson; a son, Frank Jason Lear, and three grandchildren Savannah Diann, Channing Reed, and Ellowynn Leann Self, all of Topeka, Kansas. He is also survived by three brothers, Robert, James and David Lear; as well as an aunt, many nieces, a nephew, and numerous cousins.

Frank received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and was honored to have a piece of his art placed at the Corning Museum of Art in New York. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in Florida. He helped his mother operate the Monte Carlo Beach Motel in Daytona Beach Florida for many years, and owned his own business in addiction recovery for a short time. He loved to travel, ride motorcycles, was an avid reader and love to go deep sea fishing.

Frank was cremated and no services are pending per his wishes.
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