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Obituaries (Nov. 14th edition)
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Eleanor Elizabeth Kendall Seabolt

Eleanor Elizabeth Kendall Seabolt, 80, of Dahlonega, passed from this world on Monday, November 5, 2012. At her side and to the end, angels - her loving husband and daughters - helped her fight a courageous battle for life. While in the end the battle was lost, victory still prevailed. The strong principles and values she possessed will live on in the legacy of those left behind. She was a lifelong homemaker, devoted wife, and loving mother and nana. Eleanor loved helping and watching things grow. From flowers and vegetables to children and grandchildren, she possessed the greenest of thumbs. She experienced - and shared - a life well lived.

Eleanor is preceded in her heavenward journey by her parents, Mark H. and Mamie Stover Kendall; brothers Clyde, Clent, and Herbert Kendall; brothers-in-law Clarance Crenshaw and Truitt Bagwell; sisters-in-law Erma Calhoun Kendall, Ethel Kendall, and Oakley Kendall; sons-in-law Roger D. Bryan and Enoch Hicks; grandson Jeff M. Bryan.

She is survived by her beloved husband Loy L. Seabolt; daughter Lawana Bryan, daughter and son-in-law Gina and Scott Masters; daughter Brenda Hicks; grandchildren Blake and Erin Masters, Dustin Masters, Ashley Bryan, Rick and Michele Carney, Eric and Toni Hicks, Brett Hicks, and Mark Hicks. Great grandchildren Lauren Carney, Leah Carney, Erick Carney, Paschal Hicks, and Anna Cathyrn Hicks; sisters Lela K. Crenshaw and Estelle K. Bagwell; brother and sister-in-law J.B. and Drucilla Kendall; sister and brother-in-law Hazel and Harold Collins; sisters-in-law Jo Kendall and Dolene Kendall; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She also leaves behind her faithful companion and precious “baby,” her dog Sparky.

Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2 p.m.

A ceremonial release of spirit doves was held after the service and verse of “I’ll Fly Away” was sung by the family and friends as the doves took flight. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Dahlonega’s Nimblewill Baptist Church, c/o Robert Coker, 2897 Nimblewill Church Road, Dahlonega, or United Hospice of Gainesville, 700 South Enota Drive, Gainesville, Ga..

Dahlonega Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Joe Sullens

Mr. Joe Sullens, age 82, of Dahlonega, died Monday, November 5, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.

Mr. Sullens was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He was of the Baptist faith and served on the deacon board of Friendship Baptist Church for over 40 years. Joe was retired from the construction industry and was a licensed electrician and master carpenter. He was also a master brick mason and bricked several of the churches in Lumpkin County as well as other commercial buildings and residences.

Joe was the son of the late Vernon and Lula Peck Sullens and was also preceded in death by a sister, JoAnn Hughes.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sammie Lane Sullens; daughters and sons-in-law, June and Reid Kendall, Brenda and James Branson, all of Dahlonega; brothers, William F. Sullens, Ray Sullens, and Odum Sullens, all of Dawsonville, Bobby Sullens, Florida, Billy Sullens, Gainesville, Ga., and Stanley Sullens, Macon, Ga.; sisters, Margaret Trammell, Dawsonville, Dorothy Lingerfelt, Dahlonega, Veronia Castleberry, Dawsonville, Geraldine McKinney, Pattie Hester, and Betty Mason, all of Dahlonega. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Sullens were held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell, Rev. Steve Baker, and Rev. Joey Gilbert officiated.

Interment followed in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

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


David Timothy “Tim” Moss

Mr. David Timothy “Tim” Moss, age 61, of Dahlonega, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born February 14, 1951 in McDonough, Georgia, he was the son of the late William Abraham Moss and Lottie Willard Ervin Moss. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Catherine Ashley, Ruth Harrington and Debra Garland and brothers, Cleborn Moss and Jerry Moss. Mr. Moss was a 1970 graduate of Morgan County High School and had retired from Georgia Power Company after 35 years of service. Mr. Moss attended the Siloam Baptist Church and Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Trish Moss of Dahlonega.; daughter and son-in-law Dionne and Jimmy Mitchell of Cordele, Ga.; sons Andy and Heather Moss of Rock Mount, Ga., Brian and Emmalee Moss of Griffin, Ga.; step-daughter and her husband Amy and Jason Sullens of Dahlonega; stepson and his wife, Steven and Jennifer Mulkey of Dahlonega; grandchildren, Carrie Mitchell, David Mitchell, Claira-Anne Moss, Coleman Sullens, Emily Sullens, Audrey Sullens, Sarah Mulkey, Jacob Mulkey and Zachary Mulkey; brothers Vernon and Deanne Moss of Stockbridge, Ga.; Lamar and Janet Moss of Rutledge, Ga.; and Larry Moss of Buford, Ga. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held November 3, 2012 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Steve Baker and Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated, with the interment to follow in Bethlehem/Jones Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donation be made to the Siloam Baptist Church, Home Mission Fund, c/o Ryan Pierce, 680 Sam Davis Rd., Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 or to Bethlehem Baptist Church, Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 457, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533.

The family entrusted the arrangements and services to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper, Georgia. Online condolences may be sent to

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NUGGET CORRECTION: Distillery denied variance request
by Matt Aiken
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A misreading of the Planning and Zoning minutes led to a significant error in The Nugget's coverage of the variance request that would lead to a Dahlonega distillery. The motion was ultimately denied by the board, not accepted. The Nugget apologizes for this mistake and will follow-up with corrected coverage in next week's edition:

--Distillery denied variance request--

The variance request that could lead to a Dahlonega-based distillery was unanimously denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission last Monday. It's not the end of the road for the Spirits USA project however, as the commission's vote serves only as a recommendation to the city council, which could act on the matter at the December 1 meeting.

The request to change the old Fieldale property to a classification that would allow for industrial development has faced repeated remonstrations by members of nearby Achasta.

On Monday, Achasta home owners association rep Don Trice argued that an industrial site doesn't work for the property that borders vacant wooded lots on the back end of the golfing community.

"We're very concerned..." said Trice. "...Industrial use is just not compatible with residential development."

The commission apparently agreed. Though Spirits USA chairman Michael Gerard argued that a distillery would only bring benefits to the area. "Cities and counties around the country are chasing distilleries," he said. "It's a huge boon to local economy, local jobs, tourism and sales tax."

Fellow Achasta resident Joe McKenzi added that the introduction of such an operation would be detrimental to Achasta property values.

However, Gerard offered the opposite argument. "I feel we'll increase the value of the property in surrounding areas, especially in Achasta," he said, in a declaration that drew chuckles from the crowd. "This will draw in tourists. It will draw in jobs bother white collar and blue collar jobs."

Lumpkin County resident Bill Clerkin agreed with that sentiment.

"One thing I have not heard that much of tonight is how many jobs this will bring to the area," he said. "We've been losing jobs. ... I think we need to help with whatever we can do because I'm sure there's places around here that would like to give their buildings to get that kind of revenue."

The Dahlonega city council will most likely hear the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission during the December 1 meeting. An initial vote on the issue should follow.
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