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Hoyt Lee Beckworth

Mr. Hoyt Lee Beckworth, age 82, of Dawsonville, (Lumpkin County), died Friday, November 23, 2012, at his home following a short illness.

Lee was born in Birmingham, Ala. on April 21, 1930. He had lived in Lumpkin County for the past 22 years, moving here from Gulf Breeze, Fla. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church in Lumpkin County

Lee retired for AFLAC in the early 1980’s. Lee had an entrepreneurial spirit, owning several small businesses over the years including Lee’s Hot Dogs in Fort Walton Fla., Tastee Freeze on Pensacola Beach Fla., The Kraut House in Gulf Shores Ala. and Starr Creations in Dahlonega. Lee volunteered for the Lumpkin County Senior Center, where he participated in Meals on Wheels. For the last five years he delivered papers for The Dahlonega Nugget. Lee was known in the community for his ability to bring a smile to your face, sense of humor, gentle soul and firm handshake. As a father and husband he always provided for his family.

He was the son of the late Claude Franklin Beckworth and Claire Giles Beckworth and was also preceded in death by his wife, Cyndi Beckworth.

Lee is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph Lee Beckworth and wife, Carol, Pensacola, Fla., Steven Grady Beckworth, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Hoyt Ashley Beckworth and wife, Jennifer, Orange Beach, Ala., John Peyton Beckworth and wife, Kendra, Dahlonega. Seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a number of other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service was held Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Ray Prince officiated.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Berea Baptist Church

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 Jack Voyles

Mr. William Jack Voyles, age 85, of Murrayville (Lumpkin County) died November 16, 2012.

Mr. Voyles was born in Anderson, S.C. August 3, 1927. He had lived in Lumpkin County since 2001. He was a retired chemical engineer with U.S. Steel in Chicago. Jack was a WW II Navy veteran and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Voyles; children, Patricia Ann Gillham and Kathy Jo Kauffman. Four grandchildren and a number of other relatives also survive.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. J.R. Fields 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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Brandi “Nicole” Chapman

Brandi “Nicole” Chapman, age 32, of Suches, died Monday, November 19, 2012 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. following a sudden illness.

Nicole was a lifelong resident of Union County. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Suches.

She is survived by her two sons, Matthew Carlton Chapman and James Timothy “J.T” Chapman; parents, Carlton and Carolyn Chapman; and grandmother, Eldine Gilreath, all of Suches; her fiancé, Timothy Shook, Young Harris, Ga.; brother, James Brandon Chapman and his wife, Maria, Blairsville, Ga.; and nephew, Austin Chapman. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Zion Baptist Church in Suches.

Rev. Tim Taylor 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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Thomas Melville “Tom” Eck

Mr. Thomas Melville “Tom” Eck, age 86, of Dahlonega, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. following a brief illness.

Tom was born in Richmond, Va. July 14, 1926. He had lived in Dahlonega for the past 15 years and was a former resident of Atlanta. Tom was retired from the Lovable Corporation and was a WW II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Dahlonega United Methodist Church and the North Ga. Barber Shop Singers.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a son.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol Masters Eck, Dahlonega; children, Thomas M. Eck Jr., Flowery Branch, Ga.; Bonnie Eck Lovell and her husband, Jimmy, Tampa, Fla., Linda Mahler and her husband, Stewart, Cumming, Ga.; Cara Jones, Chamblee, Ga.; brother, Robert Eck and his wife, Ann, of Richmond, Va. Four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

Rev. Jeff Ross, Rev. Christy Greenwald, and Rev. Ed Dickens officiated.

Immediately following the funeral service there was a reception in the Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Interment followed at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dahlonega United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 455, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30067.

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

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

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Marjorie Bell

Marjorie Bell, age 71 of Dahlonega, went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by her family on November 20th, 2012. She was a lifelong Lumpkin County resident, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Marjorie is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Norman Bell Jr. of Murrayville: sons, Raymond (Joyce) Bell of Clarkesville, Ga.; Ronnie (Teresa) Bell of Demorest, Ga. and their children April Alex, Alvin, Brittany and Zackary Bell and their grandson Colby; Ricky (Christy) Bell of Dahlonega and their daughters, Jessica, Maranda, Kayla and Whitney; Russell and Karen Bell of Dahlonega and children Elisa (Josh) Gordon and Elija and their granddaughter, Amanda; and Robby (Hannah) Bell of Dahlonega; daughter, Lynn (Josh) Crawford of Dahlonega and their daughters Jordan, Allyiah and Jenna.

Funeral services were held on Friday November 23 a at Dahlonega Funeral Home. Interment followed at Wahoo Baptist Church Cemetery in Murrayville.

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

Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd., Dahlonega, Ga., 30533, 706-864-DOVE

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Brenda Burton Rairigh

Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland announces the death of Mrs. Brenda Burton Rairigh, age 72 of Dahlonega. Mrs. Rairigh passed away Friday, November 9, 2012.

Memorial services were held November 23, 2012 from the funeral home chapel with Kerri Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Rairigh was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 21, 1940 to the late Raymond Burton and Kathleen Tull Burton and is preceded in in death by her sisters Barbara Bruns and Kathleen Cavey.

During the 1960’s, Mrs. Rairigh was a Stewardess with American Airlines. Later she taught Special Education at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona and retired from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She and her husband moved to Georgia in 2006 to be closer to family.

Mrs. Rairigh is survived by her husband, Ronald Rairigh of Dahlonega; son and daughter-in-law, Ridge and Heather Rairigh of Dahlonega; grandchildren Caroline Rairigh and Cameron Rairigh; as well as her niece Tracy Wallace and husband Burt and their children John Wallace, Ryan Wallace and Timothy Wallace.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the World Wildlife Fund, P.O.Box 97180, Washington, D.C. 20037 or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Mrs. Rairigh by visiting www.alexander-funeral.com

Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland (706) 865-1500 in charge of arrangements.

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Yvonne DuTeau Finnegan Fogerty

Yvonne DuTeau Finnegan Fogerty, beloved sister and aunt, passed away at her home in Dahlonega on November 16, 2012.

The only daughter of Edwin J. and Mabel Skataboo DuTeau, she was born in Renton, Washington, March 9, 1926.

She spent her childhood in Washington, Wisconsin and Maryland, before moving to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She spent most of her adult life in Lincoln, where she was the Director of Social Services at Bryan Memorial Hospital. Many happy family memories are of this time at Yvonne’s home at Capitol Beach. Upon her retirement she moved to Ocala, Florida where she enjoyed many years doing the things she loved; playing golf daily and socializing with friends. Her final home was Dahlonega, where she moved to be near her nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother John DuTeau. She is survived by her brother Don (Bette) DuTeau of Olathe, Kansas; step-son Joel (Phyllis) Fogerty of Lincoln, Neb.; Laura DuTeau (widow of John); nephews Russ (MaryAnn) of Dahlonega, Gary (Sandy) DuTeau of Dahlonega, Donn DuTeau of Santa Barbara, Calif., Bob (Karen Steinmetz) DuTeau of Wichita, Kansas, Jeff (Lucinda) DuTeau of Kansas City, Missouri and Randy (Chele) DuTeau of Evans, Ga.; nieces Nancy (Bill Black) DuTeau of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Amy Hodges of Kansas City, Missouri. In addition she leaves many great nieces and nephews, as well as lifelong friends.

As an avid animal lover, Yvonne would appreciate memorial contributions be made to your local animal shelter.

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Douglas E. Klesius

Mr. Douglas E. Klesius, age 47, of Dahlonega, died November 17, 2012.

Douglas E. Klesius was the owner and a licensed professional counselor at Wellspring Counseling North Georgia in Dawsonville. He was also a mental health counselor at Care and Counseling Center in Decatur, Ga. Although he helped individuals with a range of mental health issues, his specialty was helping people who suffer from addiction. Doug moved to North Georgia in June 2000 and loved the area and the people here. He graduated from Piedmont College with a B.A. in Psychology and from North Georgia College & State University with a M.S. in Counseling. Doug loved sports, people, animals, and nature, so north Georgia was the perfect place for him.

His parents, Steve and Janell Klesius; his brother, Gregory Klesius, and two nieces, Stephanie and Rachel, survive him.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to No One Alone (NOA) Dahlonega at P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, a non-profit organization, at 1814 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30033.

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

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge.

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Michael Wayne Sullens

Michael Wayne Sullens, age 49, of Gainesville, Ga. died Friday, November 23, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Mr. Sullens was a Lumpkin County native, a retired poultry worker and was of the Methodist faith.

He was the son of the late James Alfred Sullens and Vassie Viola Rider Sullens and was also preceded in death by brothers, Robert Lee Sullens, J.A. Sullens and J.R. Sullens; sisters, Faye Armstrong and Imogene Dover.

He is survived by children, Austin Sullens, Patrick Sullens, Nina Diaz and her husband, Ramiro, Gainesville, Jennifer Armstrong, Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, James A. and Shirley Sullens, Dahlonega, Lester and Joan Sullens, Toccoa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Jimmy Garrison, Dahlonega, Louise and Tony Johnson, Cleveland, Hazel and Robert Heavrin, Cleveland, Mattie and Raydale White, Luthersville. Three grandchildren and a large number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday November 27, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Pastor Donnie Shelton and Rev. James Wilbanks officiated.

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

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Banister Funeral Home to help pay funeral expenses.

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

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

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Douglas E. Klesius

Mr. Douglas E. Klesius, age 47, of Dahlonega, died November 17, 2012.

Douglas E. Klesius was the owner and a licensed professional counselor at Wellspring Counseling North Georgia in Dawsonville. He was also a mental health counselor at Care and Counseling Center in Decatur, Ga. Although he helped individuals with a range of mental health issues, his specialty was helping people who suffer from addiction. Doug moved to North Georgia in June 2000 and loved the area and the people here. He graduated from Piedmont College with a B.A. in Psychology and from North Georgia College & State University with a M.S. in Counseling. Doug loved sports, people, animals, and nature, so north Georgia was the perfect place for him.

His parents, Steve and Janell Klesius; his brother, Gregory Klesius, and two nieces, Stephanie and Rachel, survive him.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to No One Alone (NOA) Dahlonega at P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, a non-profit organization, at 1814 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30033.

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

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge.
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Hoyt Lee Beckworth

Mr. Hoyt Lee Beckworth, age 82, of Dawsonville, (Lumpkin County), died Friday, November 23, 2012, at his home following a short illness.

Lee was born in Birmingham, Ala. on April 21, 1930. He had lived in Lumpkin County for the past 22 years, moving here from Gulf Breeze, Fla. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church in Lumpkin County

Lee retired for AFLAC in the early 1980’s. Lee had an entrepreneurial spirit, owning several small businesses over the years including Lee’s Hot Dogs in Fort Walton Fla., Tastee Freeze on Pensacola Beach Fla., The Kraut House in Gulf Shores Ala. and Starr Creations in Dahlonega. Lee volunteered for the Lumpkin County Senior Center, where he participated in Meals on Wheels. For the last five years he delivered papers for The Dahlonega Nugget. Lee was known in the community for his ability to bring a smile to your face, sense of humor, gentle soul and firm handshake. As a father and husband he always provided for his family.

He was the son of the late Claude Franklin Beckworth and Claire Giles Beckworth and was also preceded in death by his wife, Cyndi Beckworth.

Lee is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph Lee Beckworth and wife, Carol, Pensacola, Fla., Steven Grady Beckworth, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Hoyt Ashley Beckworth and wife, Jennifer, Orange Beach, Ala., John Peyton Beckworth and wife, Kendra, Dahlonega. Seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a number of other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service was held Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Ray Prince officiated.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Berea Baptist Church

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 Jack Voyles

Mr. William Jack Voyles, age 85, of Murrayville (Lumpkin County) died November 16, 2012.

Mr. Voyles was born in Anderson, S.C. August 3, 1927. He had lived in Lumpkin County since 2001. He was a retired chemical engineer with U.S. Steel in Chicago. Jack was a WW II Navy veteran and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Voyles; children, Patricia Ann Gillham and Kathy Jo Kauffman. Four grandchildren and a number of other relatives also survive.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. J.R. Fields 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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Brandi “Nicole” Chapman

Brandi “Nicole” Chapman, age 32, of Suches, died Monday, November 19, 2012 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. following a sudden illness.

Nicole was a lifelong resident of Union County. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Suches.

She is survived by her two sons, Matthew Carlton Chapman and James Timothy “J.T” Chapman; parents, Carlton and Carolyn Chapman; and grandmother, Eldine Gilreath, all of Suches; her fiancé, Timothy Shook, Young Harris, Ga.; brother, James Brandon Chapman and his wife, Maria, Blairsville, Ga.; and nephew, Austin Chapman. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Zion Baptist Church in Suches.

Rev. Tim Taylor 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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Thomas Melville “Tom” Eck

Mr. Thomas Melville “Tom” Eck, age 86, of Dahlonega, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. following a brief illness.

Tom was born in Richmond, Va. July 14, 1926. He had lived in Dahlonega for the past 15 years and was a former resident of Atlanta. Tom was retired from the Lovable Corporation and was a WW II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Dahlonega United Methodist Church and the North Ga. Barber Shop Singers.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a son.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol Masters Eck, Dahlonega; children, Thomas M. Eck Jr., Flowery Branch, Ga.; Bonnie Eck Lovell and her husband, Jimmy, Tampa, Fla., Linda Mahler and her husband, Stewart, Cumming, Ga.; Cara Jones, Chamblee, Ga.; brother, Robert Eck and his wife, Ann, of Richmond, Va. Four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

Rev. Jeff Ross, Rev. Christy Greenwald, and Rev. Ed Dickens officiated.

Immediately following the funeral service there was a reception in the Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Interment followed at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dahlonega United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 455, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30067.

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

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

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Marjorie Bell

Marjorie Bell, age 71 of Dahlonega, went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by her family on November 20th, 2012. She was a lifelong Lumpkin County resident, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Marjorie is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Norman Bell Jr. of Murrayville: sons, Raymond (Joyce) Bell of Clarkesville, Ga.; Ronnie (Teresa) Bell of Demorest, Ga. and their children April Alex, Alvin, Brittany and Zackary Bell and their grandson Colby; Ricky (Christy) Bell of Dahlonega and their daughters, Jessica, Maranda, Kayla and Whitney; Russell and Karen Bell of Dahlonega and children Elisa (Josh) Gordon and Elija and their granddaughter, Amanda; and Robby (Hannah) Bell of Dahlonega; daughter, Lynn (Josh) Crawford of Dahlonega and their daughters Jordan, Allyiah and Jenna.

Funeral services were held on Friday November 23 a at Dahlonega Funeral Home. Interment followed at Wahoo Baptist Church Cemetery in Murrayville.

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

Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd., Dahlonega, Ga., 30533, 706-864-DOVE

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Brenda Burton Rairigh

Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland announces the death of Mrs. Brenda Burton Rairigh, age 72 of Dahlonega. Mrs. Rairigh passed away Friday, November 9, 2012.

Memorial services were held November 23, 2012 from the funeral home chapel with Kerri Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Rairigh was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 21, 1940 to the late Raymond Burton and Kathleen Tull Burton and is preceded in in death by her sisters Barbara Bruns and Kathleen Cavey.

During the 1960’s, Mrs. Rairigh was a Stewardess with American Airlines. Later she taught Special Education at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona and retired from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She and her husband moved to Georgia in 2006 to be closer to family.

Mrs. Rairigh is survived by her husband, Ronald Rairigh of Dahlonega; son and daughter-in-law, Ridge and Heather Rairigh of Dahlonega; grandchildren Caroline Rairigh and Cameron Rairigh; as well as her niece Tracy Wallace and husband Burt and their children John Wallace, Ryan Wallace and Timothy Wallace.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the World Wildlife Fund, P.O.Box 97180, Washington, D.C. 20037 or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Mrs. Rairigh by visiting www.alexander-funeral.com

Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland (706) 865-1500 in charge of arrangements.

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Yvonne DuTeau Finnegan Fogerty

Yvonne DuTeau Finnegan Fogerty, beloved sister and aunt, passed away at her home in Dahlonega on November 16, 2012.

The only daughter of Edwin J. and Mabel Skataboo DuTeau, she was born in Renton, Washington, March 9, 1926.

She spent her childhood in Washington, Wisconsin and Maryland, before moving to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She spent most of her adult life in Lincoln, where she was the Director of Social Services at Bryan Memorial Hospital. Many happy family memories are of this time at Yvonne’s home at Capitol Beach. Upon her retirement she moved to Ocala, Florida where she enjoyed many years doing the things she loved; playing golf daily and socializing with friends. Her final home was Dahlonega, where she moved to be near her nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother John DuTeau. She is survived by her brother Don (Bette) DuTeau of Olathe, Kansas; step-son Joel (Phyllis) Fogerty of Lincoln, Neb.; Laura DuTeau (widow of John); nephews Russ (MaryAnn) of Dahlonega, Gary (Sandy) DuTeau of Dahlonega, Donn DuTeau of Santa Barbara, Calif., Bob (Karen Steinmetz) DuTeau of Wichita, Kansas, Jeff (Lucinda) DuTeau of Kansas City, Missouri and Randy (Chele) DuTeau of Evans, Ga.; nieces Nancy (Bill Black) DuTeau of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Amy Hodges of Kansas City, Missouri. In addition she leaves many great nieces and nephews, as well as lifelong friends.

As an avid animal lover, Yvonne would appreciate memorial contributions be made to your local animal shelter.

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Douglas E. Klesius

Mr. Douglas E. Klesius, age 47, of Dahlonega, died November 17, 2012.

Douglas E. Klesius was the owner and a licensed professional counselor at Wellspring Counseling North Georgia in Dawsonville. He was also a mental health counselor at Care and Counseling Center in Decatur, Ga. Although he helped individuals with a range of mental health issues, his specialty was helping people who suffer from addiction. Doug moved to North Georgia in June 2000 and loved the area and the people here. He graduated from Piedmont College with a B.A. in Psychology and from North Georgia College & State University with a M.S. in Counseling. Doug loved sports, people, animals, and nature, so north Georgia was the perfect place for him.

His parents, Steve and Janell Klesius; his brother, Gregory Klesius, and two nieces, Stephanie and Rachel, survive him.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to No One Alone (NOA) Dahlonega at P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, a non-profit organization, at 1814 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30033.

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

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge.

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Michael Wayne Sullens

Michael Wayne Sullens, age 49, of Gainesville, Ga. died Friday, November 23, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Mr. Sullens was a Lumpkin County native, a retired poultry worker and was of the Methodist faith.

He was the son of the late James Alfred Sullens and Vassie Viola Rider Sullens and was also preceded in death by brothers, Robert Lee Sullens, J.A. Sullens and J.R. Sullens; sisters, Faye Armstrong and Imogene Dover.

He is survived by children, Austin Sullens, Patrick Sullens, Nina Diaz and her husband, Ramiro, Gainesville, Jennifer Armstrong, Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, James A. and Shirley Sullens, Dahlonega, Lester and Joan Sullens, Toccoa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Jimmy Garrison, Dahlonega, Louise and Tony Johnson, Cleveland, Hazel and Robert Heavrin, Cleveland, Mattie and Raydale White, Luthersville. Three grandchildren and a large number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday November 27, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Pastor Donnie Shelton and Rev. James Wilbanks officiated.

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

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Banister Funeral Home to help pay funeral expenses.

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

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

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Douglas E. Klesius

Mr. Douglas E. Klesius, age 47, of Dahlonega, died November 17, 2012.

Douglas E. Klesius was the owner and a licensed professional counselor at Wellspring Counseling North Georgia in Dawsonville. He was also a mental health counselor at Care and Counseling Center in Decatur, Ga. Although he helped individuals with a range of mental health issues, his specialty was helping people who suffer from addiction. Doug moved to North Georgia in June 2000 and loved the area and the people here. He graduated from Piedmont College with a B.A. in Psychology and from North Georgia College & State University with a M.S. in Counseling. Doug loved sports, people, animals, and nature, so north Georgia was the perfect place for him.

His parents, Steve and Janell Klesius; his brother, Gregory Klesius, and two nieces, Stephanie and Rachel, survive him.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to No One Alone (NOA) Dahlonega at P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, a non-profit organization, at 1814 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30033.

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

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge.
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