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George Dillon Johnson

George Dillon Johnson, Jr., passed away at the age of 84 on September 28, 2012 in Titusville, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rose Marie —a former Mrs. Florida (’66). His children are Rose Anne Johnson, Rick (Dawn) Johnson, Terry (John) Barker and Julie Johnson. He was the proud Grampa of eight and great-grandfather of three. His brother is Tom (Insoon) Johnson. He is predeceased by his parents George and Margaret (Elliott) Johnson.

George graduated from Miami Beach High School where he was active in the marching band (trombone). He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1950. While there he was a member of the marching band, Pi Kappa Phi and ROTC.

Later, he was employed by the State of Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering holding the offices of Accountant, Comptroller, Supervisor of Racing, and Division Director. In 1972, he joined the American Greyhound Track Operators and Owners Association as their Executive Director. Positions held there were: World Greyhound Racing Federation Secretary, American Greyhound Council Secretary, and Assistant to the President of Greyhound Publications. George enjoyed working and traveling with the organization for the next 22 years. Before retiring in 1994, he and Rose Marie traveled to 26 countries and 49 states. The Association honored George with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

George began his 38 years of service in the Army Reserves after graduating University of Florida, achieving the rank of Colonel. He earned numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal and served as Executive Officer of the 324th General Hospital in Miami. Other training included Transportation and Medical Service Corps, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial War College. After retirement he served MOAA’s Space Coast Chapter as President and Florida Council’s East Central Area as Vice President.

George owned property in Lumpkin County, and his daughter and son-in-law, Terry and John Barker, graduated from North Georgia College & State University.

Burial was with military honors at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. on October 12, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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Doris Jones Nelson

Doris Jones Nelson, age 75, of Dahlonega, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at UPAC of Lanier.

Mrs. Jones was born September 2, 1937 in Asheville, N.C. to Floyd and Mattie Kay Dyer Jones.

Doris had lived in Lumpkin County for the past 20 years. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Nelson; her parents; and brother, Jack Jones.

Doris is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, James Rice, Dahlonega, Richard and Rachel Rice, Dahlonega; sister, Judy Jones, Asheville, N.C.; grandchildren, Nathan Rice, Jeffery Curvin, Heather Curvin, and Bradley Curvin. A number of other relatives also survive.

Mrs. Nelson was cremated. No service is planned.

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

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

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Ralph Lovell

Ralph Lovell, age 81, of Dahlonega, died Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at his home.

Ralph was a Union County, Ga. native who had lived in Lumpkin County since 1970. He was a former Gainesville resident. He was a retired truck driver and was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of the late Robert and Pearl Stephens Lovell and was also preceded in death by his wife, Lila Mae Lovell; brother, Junior Lovell; sister, Goldie Lovell; and grandson, Matthew Pruitt.

Ralph is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Misty Lovell, Jerrold Lovell and Tammy Lovell, all of Dahlonega; daughters and son-in-law, Tonya Young and Allen Passmore, Clermont, Ga., Gail Lovell, Dahlonega; brother, Randall Lovell, Tennessee; sisters, Sarah Ethel Moore, Lucille Bridges, Allene and Bruce Patterson, Bernice Anderson, and Bobbie Jones, all of Blairsville, Ga.; grandchildren, James Lovell, Tyler Lovell, Tiffany Young, Michaela Passmore, Mary Olivia Passmore, Angel Green, Timmy Davis, and Jeremy Roberts. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Ralph were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Carl Helton officiated.

Interment followed in Dahlonega Memorial Park 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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Mary Louise Ash Davenport Riddle

Mrs. Mary Louise Ash Davenport Riddle, age 94, passed away on October 10, 2012 at her home in Dahlonega.

Mrs. Riddle was born in Dahlonega on May 10, 1918 to Wesley L. Ash and Lula Hughes Ash. She was the oldest female of seven children. A graduate of Lumpkin County High School, she attended North Georgia College. She pioneered the Department of Family and Children Services in Lumpkin County and was named Director for over 35 years. Before that, she taught in a rural schoolroom in the county and was one of the first telephone operators in Dahlonega. She also worked part time for her mother at the Holly Theater.

In her community, she belonged to a Good Will Circle, sat on the Housing Board Authority and, for many years, made visits to the nursing home with tapes from various churches for those not able to attend their churches.

Mrs. Riddle was a faithful member of Dahlonega Baptist Church for over 80 years. At one time, she taught in the Youth Department. She also held the position of Church Historian for many years.

Louise will always be remembered for putting God first in her life and personifying the Golden Rule to all of those around her. She was very generous to her family and friends and was the perfect role model for all to follow. To some, she will be remembered as the “Farewell Lady” – a title she was given by her clients at the Department of Family and Children Services. Her love for cooking and playing gospel music is a dominant memory for anyone who entered her house.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Zeb L. Davenport and her second husband, L. G. Riddle; brothers, Brig. Gen Hughes L. Ash, W. Leon Ash, Roger Edward “Bud” Ash and Eugene (Jock) Ash; a sister, Mrs. Helen Ash Kuhn; two nieces, Miriam Ash Smith and Eleanor Ash Dalton; and a nephew, Lt. Col. H. L. (Sonny) Ash.

Mrs. Riddle is survived by a sister, Mrs. Virginia Ash MacAllister of Smyrna, GA; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Carolyn Ash of Middleton, Tn; and many loved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Dahlonega Baptist Church. The Rev. Bill Hutcheson officiated. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dahlonega Baptist Church.

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

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Luther Jess “L.J.” Mayo

Luther Jess “L.J.” Mayo, age 60, of Dahlonega, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

L.J. was a lifetime resident of Lumpkin County. He recently retired from the Lake Sydney Lanier Project with Anderson O & M after 34 years of service. He was of the Christian faith and was a U.S. Army veteran.

L.J. was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Lee Thomason Lingerfelt and his sister, Pat Mayo Ross.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Suzie Mayo; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Danny Cochran; son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and JoAnne Mayo; grandchildren, Daniel and Callie Cochran, Nicholas Cochran, John Rylee Cochran, Emily and Elizabeth Mayo. He is also survived by his father, Max Lingerfelt; and his brother, Steve Mayo; special friends, Joyce and Larry Banister, and Cheri and Jimmy Wheeler. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for L.J. were held October 15, 2012 at the Dahlonega Church of God.

Pastors Mike Owens, Larry Henry, and Tim Tanner officiated.

Interment followed in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors provided by the Veterans Alliance Honor Guard.

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 “Kieth” Pounds

William “Kieth” Pounds, age 30, of Dawsonville passed away Monday, October 15, 2012.

Kieth lived with his mother in the southern part of Lumpkin County. A bright and precocious child, Kieth was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem at an early age. The tumor and the chemo and radiation treatments it required resulted in a lifetime learning disability and physical incapacity.

He lived his adult life in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties, having benefitted greatly from the special education classes offered by the public school of those two jurisdictions. With the encouragement of family and friends, Kieth was active in his community as a youth, participating in Head Start, the Special Olympics, swimming programs at North Georgia College, summer reading programs, and raising money for Habitat for Humanity. He received the Citizenship awards from the time he was at Lumpkin County Elementary through his senior year at Dawson County High School.

His remarkable reading skills, given his disability and difficulty with phonetics, were attributable to the insight and dedication of his mother, who taught him sight reading using flash cards.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rev. Jerome Hamm, and family members like his late Aunt Nancy Forsyth Noblin and his aunt Claire Sharp helped him go on special outings like Disney World, the Barnum and Bailey Circus and Dollywood. Kieth especially enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; and he gave others a renewed sense of their importance. He enjoyed time with friends, sitting down with a Tom Clancy novel, watching Dukes of Hazard reruns or a Terminator movie, feeding animals, collecting commemorative pins, eating buffalo wings, discussing coin collecting with long time family friend Bill Harrell, and creating a “bucket list” after watching the movie by the same name.

His mother, who was his constant caregiver and sought to give him a “normal” life, gratefully acknowledges the assistance she received in that endeavor over the years from family and friends, including the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, the folks at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, the staff of the Dahlonega AVEETA program, various therapy groups in Gainesville and many more. Recently slowed by a stroke and the regrowth of his tumor, which required intensive rehab, Kieth still succeeded (with the help of family and friends) in scratching a few more items off his bucket list, including a lobster dinner and a trip to Helen in a convertible.

Kieth was baptized and confirmed as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dahlonega Ward, on January 25, 2009 and his mother’s baptism and confirmation followed shortly thereafter. He was preceded in death by his sister, Erica Danielle Helton, grandparents, George and Marie David, William J. and Vivian Pounds, and aunt, Debbie Cliatt.

Surviving are his mother, Jennifer C. David, Dawsonville; aunts and uncles, David and Jeanne Carpenter, Duluth, Mike Cliatt, Augusta, Dana and Ben LaChance, Dahlonega, Claire and Garry Sharp, Dahlonega, Melanie David Nelson, Dahlonega, Dorian Elise David, Dahlonega; cousins, Alison Cliatt, Chapin and Naomi LaChance, Helen and George Cartledge, Taylor and Mason Hulsey, and John Brian Macbeth.

Memorial services will be held Saturday October 20, 2012 at 2 o’clock at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dahlonega Ward. Elder Mike Walls will officiate.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5 until 8 at the funeral home and Saturday from 1 until 2 at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Kieth’s memory to the Division of Neurology, Emory Children’s Center, 1760 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta Georgia 30022-4001.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, is in charge of arrangements.

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Dannie Lee Deyton

Dannie Lee Deyton, age 55 of Dahlonega, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Chestatee Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, which was in charge of arrangements.
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Obituaries (October 17th edition)
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George Dillon Johnson

George Dillon Johnson, Jr., passed away at the age of 84 on September 28, 2012 in Titusville, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rose Marie —a former Mrs. Florida (’66). His children are Rose Anne Johnson, Rick (Dawn) Johnson, Terry (John) Barker and Julie Johnson. He was the proud Grampa of eight and great-grandfather of three. His brother is Tom (Insoon) Johnson. He is predeceased by his parents George and Margaret (Elliott) Johnson.

George graduated from Miami Beach High School where he was active in the marching band (trombone). He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1950. While there he was a member of the marching band, Pi Kappa Phi and ROTC.

Later, he was employed by the State of Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering holding the offices of Accountant, Comptroller, Supervisor of Racing, and Division Director. In 1972, he joined the American Greyhound Track Operators and Owners Association as their Executive Director. Positions held there were: World Greyhound Racing Federation Secretary, American Greyhound Council Secretary, and Assistant to the President of Greyhound Publications. George enjoyed working and traveling with the organization for the next 22 years. Before retiring in 1994, he and Rose Marie traveled to 26 countries and 49 states. The Association honored George with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

George began his 38 years of service in the Army Reserves after graduating University of Florida, achieving the rank of Colonel. He earned numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal and served as Executive Officer of the 324th General Hospital in Miami. Other training included Transportation and Medical Service Corps, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial War College. After retirement he served MOAA’s Space Coast Chapter as President and Florida Council’s East Central Area as Vice President.

George owned property in Lumpkin County, and his daughter and son-in-law, Terry and John Barker, graduated from North Georgia College & State University.

Burial was with military honors at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. on October 12, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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Doris Jones Nelson

Doris Jones Nelson, age 75, of Dahlonega, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at UPAC of Lanier.

Mrs. Jones was born September 2, 1937 in Asheville, N.C. to Floyd and Mattie Kay Dyer Jones.

Doris had lived in Lumpkin County for the past 20 years. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Nelson; her parents; and brother, Jack Jones.

Doris is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, James Rice, Dahlonega, Richard and Rachel Rice, Dahlonega; sister, Judy Jones, Asheville, N.C.; grandchildren, Nathan Rice, Jeffery Curvin, Heather Curvin, and Bradley Curvin. A number of other relatives also survive.

Mrs. Nelson was cremated. No service is planned.

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

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

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Ralph Lovell

Ralph Lovell, age 81, of Dahlonega, died Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at his home.

Ralph was a Union County, Ga. native who had lived in Lumpkin County since 1970. He was a former Gainesville resident. He was a retired truck driver and was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of the late Robert and Pearl Stephens Lovell and was also preceded in death by his wife, Lila Mae Lovell; brother, Junior Lovell; sister, Goldie Lovell; and grandson, Matthew Pruitt.

Ralph is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Misty Lovell, Jerrold Lovell and Tammy Lovell, all of Dahlonega; daughters and son-in-law, Tonya Young and Allen Passmore, Clermont, Ga., Gail Lovell, Dahlonega; brother, Randall Lovell, Tennessee; sisters, Sarah Ethel Moore, Lucille Bridges, Allene and Bruce Patterson, Bernice Anderson, and Bobbie Jones, all of Blairsville, Ga.; grandchildren, James Lovell, Tyler Lovell, Tiffany Young, Michaela Passmore, Mary Olivia Passmore, Angel Green, Timmy Davis, and Jeremy Roberts. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Ralph were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Carl Helton officiated.

Interment followed in Dahlonega Memorial Park 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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Mary Louise Ash Davenport Riddle

Mrs. Mary Louise Ash Davenport Riddle, age 94, passed away on October 10, 2012 at her home in Dahlonega.

Mrs. Riddle was born in Dahlonega on May 10, 1918 to Wesley L. Ash and Lula Hughes Ash. She was the oldest female of seven children. A graduate of Lumpkin County High School, she attended North Georgia College. She pioneered the Department of Family and Children Services in Lumpkin County and was named Director for over 35 years. Before that, she taught in a rural schoolroom in the county and was one of the first telephone operators in Dahlonega. She also worked part time for her mother at the Holly Theater.

In her community, she belonged to a Good Will Circle, sat on the Housing Board Authority and, for many years, made visits to the nursing home with tapes from various churches for those not able to attend their churches.

Mrs. Riddle was a faithful member of Dahlonega Baptist Church for over 80 years. At one time, she taught in the Youth Department. She also held the position of Church Historian for many years.

Louise will always be remembered for putting God first in her life and personifying the Golden Rule to all of those around her. She was very generous to her family and friends and was the perfect role model for all to follow. To some, she will be remembered as the “Farewell Lady” – a title she was given by her clients at the Department of Family and Children Services. Her love for cooking and playing gospel music is a dominant memory for anyone who entered her house.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Zeb L. Davenport and her second husband, L. G. Riddle; brothers, Brig. Gen Hughes L. Ash, W. Leon Ash, Roger Edward “Bud” Ash and Eugene (Jock) Ash; a sister, Mrs. Helen Ash Kuhn; two nieces, Miriam Ash Smith and Eleanor Ash Dalton; and a nephew, Lt. Col. H. L. (Sonny) Ash.

Mrs. Riddle is survived by a sister, Mrs. Virginia Ash MacAllister of Smyrna, GA; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Carolyn Ash of Middleton, Tn; and many loved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Dahlonega Baptist Church. The Rev. Bill Hutcheson officiated. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dahlonega Baptist Church.

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

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Luther Jess “L.J.” Mayo

Luther Jess “L.J.” Mayo, age 60, of Dahlonega, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

L.J. was a lifetime resident of Lumpkin County. He recently retired from the Lake Sydney Lanier Project with Anderson O & M after 34 years of service. He was of the Christian faith and was a U.S. Army veteran.

L.J. was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Lee Thomason Lingerfelt and his sister, Pat Mayo Ross.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Suzie Mayo; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Danny Cochran; son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and JoAnne Mayo; grandchildren, Daniel and Callie Cochran, Nicholas Cochran, John Rylee Cochran, Emily and Elizabeth Mayo. He is also survived by his father, Max Lingerfelt; and his brother, Steve Mayo; special friends, Joyce and Larry Banister, and Cheri and Jimmy Wheeler. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for L.J. were held October 15, 2012 at the Dahlonega Church of God.

Pastors Mike Owens, Larry Henry, and Tim Tanner officiated.

Interment followed in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors provided by the Veterans Alliance Honor Guard.

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 “Kieth” Pounds

William “Kieth” Pounds, age 30, of Dawsonville passed away Monday, October 15, 2012.

Kieth lived with his mother in the southern part of Lumpkin County. A bright and precocious child, Kieth was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem at an early age. The tumor and the chemo and radiation treatments it required resulted in a lifetime learning disability and physical incapacity.

He lived his adult life in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties, having benefitted greatly from the special education classes offered by the public school of those two jurisdictions. With the encouragement of family and friends, Kieth was active in his community as a youth, participating in Head Start, the Special Olympics, swimming programs at North Georgia College, summer reading programs, and raising money for Habitat for Humanity. He received the Citizenship awards from the time he was at Lumpkin County Elementary through his senior year at Dawson County High School.

His remarkable reading skills, given his disability and difficulty with phonetics, were attributable to the insight and dedication of his mother, who taught him sight reading using flash cards.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rev. Jerome Hamm, and family members like his late Aunt Nancy Forsyth Noblin and his aunt Claire Sharp helped him go on special outings like Disney World, the Barnum and Bailey Circus and Dollywood. Kieth especially enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; and he gave others a renewed sense of their importance. He enjoyed time with friends, sitting down with a Tom Clancy novel, watching Dukes of Hazard reruns or a Terminator movie, feeding animals, collecting commemorative pins, eating buffalo wings, discussing coin collecting with long time family friend Bill Harrell, and creating a “bucket list” after watching the movie by the same name.

His mother, who was his constant caregiver and sought to give him a “normal” life, gratefully acknowledges the assistance she received in that endeavor over the years from family and friends, including the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, the folks at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, the staff of the Dahlonega AVEETA program, various therapy groups in Gainesville and many more. Recently slowed by a stroke and the regrowth of his tumor, which required intensive rehab, Kieth still succeeded (with the help of family and friends) in scratching a few more items off his bucket list, including a lobster dinner and a trip to Helen in a convertible.

Kieth was baptized and confirmed as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dahlonega Ward, on January 25, 2009 and his mother’s baptism and confirmation followed shortly thereafter. He was preceded in death by his sister, Erica Danielle Helton, grandparents, George and Marie David, William J. and Vivian Pounds, and aunt, Debbie Cliatt.

Surviving are his mother, Jennifer C. David, Dawsonville; aunts and uncles, David and Jeanne Carpenter, Duluth, Mike Cliatt, Augusta, Dana and Ben LaChance, Dahlonega, Claire and Garry Sharp, Dahlonega, Melanie David Nelson, Dahlonega, Dorian Elise David, Dahlonega; cousins, Alison Cliatt, Chapin and Naomi LaChance, Helen and George Cartledge, Taylor and Mason Hulsey, and John Brian Macbeth.

Memorial services will be held Saturday October 20, 2012 at 2 o’clock at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dahlonega Ward. Elder Mike Walls will officiate.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5 until 8 at the funeral home and Saturday from 1 until 2 at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Kieth’s memory to the Division of Neurology, Emory Children’s Center, 1760 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta Georgia 30022-4001.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, is in charge of arrangements.

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Dannie Lee Deyton

Dannie Lee Deyton, age 55 of Dahlonega, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Chestatee Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, which was in charge of arrangements.
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