Lucy Mae O’Steen Merrit
Lucy Mae O’Steen Merrit, age 98, passed away Friday, November 30 at her home in Dahlonega after a brief illness. She was surrounded by loving members of her family who gave her much comfort during her last two weeks.
Lucy moved to Dahlonega from Decatur in 2002 with her daughter and son-in-law Becky and Ken Smoke. She was a regular at the local senior center and enjoyed tubing on the Chestatee and paddling her red and yellow kayak on the reservoir. She spent the summer of 2012 in Colorado with her son and visited Mt. Rushmore and the Oregon Trail.
Lucy enjoyed going anywhere anytime. During her life she visited Italy, Holland, Germany, Alaska, Mexico and other sites too numerous to list. She earned her GED at the age of 75 and never stopped learning and doing and encouraged others to follow her lead.
Memorial funds may be sent to the LMM Fund, Lumpkin County Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Rd., Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 or to the GED Program, Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition, 150B Johnson St., Dahlonega, Ga. 30533.
Lester G. “L.G.” Spencer
Mr. Lester G. “L.G.” Spencer, age 72, of Dahlonega passed away Friday, December 7, 2012, at his residence, surrounded by family.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home, with interment following at Memorial Park South Cemetery. Rev. Scott Waters, Rev. Edmond Harris and Rev. James Kanaday officiated.
Mr. Spencer was born April 4, 1940 to the late Reece and Fannie Mae Spencer in Cleveland, Georgia and attended Victory Baptist Church and Bethel Tabernacle C.O.G.O.P. He was a loving father and husband, who loved his family dearly. He enjoyed spending time with his loving wife and grandchildren. He was also loved very much by his family and he will forever be in our hearts!
Mr. Spencer was also preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Allison Spencer; brothers, Talmadge Spencer, Garnett Spencer and Alton Spencer; and sisters, Catherine Spencer and Virginia Spencer.
Survivors include: wife, Geneva Harris Spencer; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Teresa Spencer of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Ricky Stokes of Gainesville; daughters, Donna Gilleland of Gainesville and Gwen McChulgh of Nickelson; step-sons, Randall Thomason of Lumpkin County and Micheal Thomason of Jackson County; step-daughter and husband, Beverly and David Ashe of Cleveland; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five step-grandchildren; eight step-great grandchildren; and very special cousin, Cristine Carney of Ballground.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 was in charge of arrangements. Send on-line condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Betty Joe Burt Mooney
Mrs. Betty Joe Burt Mooney, age 80, of Dahlonega, died Sunday December 9, 2012, at Alzheimer’s Care Center in Commerce, Ga.
Betty Jo was born in Dawson County on August 4, 1932. She had lived in Lumpkin County for many years. She was retired from the Mohawk Industries Pine Tree Plant in Dahlonega and was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.
Mrs. Mooney was the daughter of the late Ernest Burt and Artie Mae Bearden Burt.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Hershel Mooney, Dahlonega; brother, Charles Burt, Dahlonega; sisters and brother-in-law, Carlene Anderson, Cumming, Ga., Freida and Emmett Tally, Dawsonville, Joan Henderson, Dahlonega, and Wanda Mauldin, Cumming. A number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
Funeral services for Betty Jo were held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Mill Creek Baptist Church.
Rev. Rodney Pilcher and Rev. Charles Grant 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.