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LaRaine Elrod

LaRaine Elrod, age 67, of Dahlonega, passed away on Feb. 17, 2012 after a prolonged illness.

She is survived by her devoted husband Wayne, to whom she was married for 30 years.

She was born on April 12, 1944 in Beattyville, Kentucky to the late Chester Ross and Hazel Lainhart.

Formerly of Panama City, Florida where she worked as a medical assistant for a number of years before relocating to Georgia after marriage. She then worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron until she retired. Before relocating to Dahlonega in 2000, she was very active in her church, Peachtree Corners, a position of service that continued with the move of her membership to the Dawsonville Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by brothers Chessie and Chester Ross and sisters Emma Lou and Barbara Ross. She is survived by sisters Julettea Daniels, Judy Childress, Janie Albers, Joyce Jeffers and brother Robert Catron; half-sisters Sadie and Tutie Ross and half-brothers Carl and Stoney Ross. She is also survived by her foster mother Ruby Ross and was preceded in death by her foster father Shorty Ross.

She was the dear aunt to Terrie (Kevin) Glaab, Lisa (Dennis) Rogers, Amy (Billy) Swafford, Brandi Ryan, Mary Ann (Tony) Kestel, Jason Cooper, Scott Cooper, Zachary Albers, Jimmy (Diedrie) Jeffers, Jeanne (Matt) Byrd, Ethan and Hannah Miller of Cumming, beloved “Miss Raine” to Ridge and Cannon Cole of Dahlonega.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ronnie Green Heart Center, the American Cancer Society, the Emory Transplant Program, and Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at Etowah River Church of Christ in Dawsonville, Georgia on February 25, 2012 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”

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

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Walter “Junior” McClure

Walter “Junior” McClure, age 65, of Dahlonega, died Sunday Feb. 19, 2012 at the Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega.

Junior lived most of his life in Lumpkin County. He was of the Baptist faith and was employed at Tyson Foods.

He was the son of the late Walter McClure and Delsey Goss McClure and was also preceded in death by sisters, Joyce Young, Joan Dodd, and Ida Price; and brother, Clarence McClure.

Junior is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy McClure, Dahlonega; sons and daughter-in-law, Clay McClure, Dahlonega, Jerry and Jessica McClure, Gainesville, Ga.; brothers, Willie McClure, Cleveland, Ga., William McClure, Gainesville, Ga., Johnny McClure, Dalton, Ga., Wayne McClure, Cleveland, Ga., and Gary McClure, Cleveland, Ga.; sisters, Minnie Landers, Gainesville, Ga., Ruthie Green, Gainesville, Ga., Jannie Marchbanks, Cleveland, Ga., Gladies Tullis, Landrum, S.C., Nancy Hamilton, Cleveland, Ga., and Helen Smith, Clermont, Ga.; grandchildren, Christopher McClure, Cathy and Katie Sosebee; great-grandchild, Ayden McClure; his beloved pet Chihuahua, “Gizmo”; numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Ricky Jones and Rev. Charles Grant will officiate.

Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Wednesday until the time of service.

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

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Donald James Claflin

Mr. Donald James Claflin, age 75, of Dahlonega, died Friday, February 17, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Hospital in Gainesville.

Donald was born in Lacona, N.Y. December 5, 1936 and had lived in Central N.Y., then Florida and finally Dahlonega. He retired as an optician in 2005. He was also a musician and belonged to and performed with various country music and bluegrass bands.

Mr. Claflin was the son of the late Noel Claflin and Jenny Claflin. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Leon and Ernest.

He is survived by: his brother, Malcolm Claflin (wife Catherine) of Fulton, N.Y.; his daughter, Kathleen MacDonald and her husband Richard MacDonald of Dahlonega; his four sons, Scott Claflin, (wife Donna) of Manlius, N.Y., Kevin Claflin, (wife Kathy) of Pennellville, N.Y., Dennis Claflin of Sandy Creek, N.Y. and Kenneth Claflin , (wife Virginia) of Douglasville, Ga.; his grandchildren, Angela Claflin, Andrea Claflin, Andrew MacDonald, Rebecca Claflin, Brandon Claflin, Amanda MacDonald and Nathan Claflin and numerous nieces, nephews and their progeny. Services for Mr. Claflin were held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

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

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Robert John “Bob” Beasley

Robert John “Bob” Beasley, age 86, of Dahlonega, passed away On Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Bob was born in Britton, Michigan on December 5, 1925 to the late Leonard and Gladys Beasley. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Ronald and George, and has one living sister, Doris Losey of Bath, Michigan.

He also was recently preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Rosalie Ruth Beasley, on October 18, 2011.

Bob grew up loving football and was a player for the Northville, Michigan High School and was an active student in the class of 1942. It was written in the high school yearbook that his dream was to be a grocery store manager. However before pursuing his dream he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 during WW II. He served as a Surgical Technician with the Army Medical Corp in the European theatre of operations. He assisted doctors and nurses in giving medical treatment and in performing minor surgery. He supervised the work of 15 medical technicians who were engaged in caring for patients and comforting them. While in the Army he received a Victory American Theater Ribbon European African, Middle Eastern African Middle Eastern Ribbon with Bronze Battle Star, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.

After leaving the Army, Bob pursued his lifelong dream of being in the grocery business. He started as a young boy working with his father in a family owned small grocery business where he learned his trade. He retired from Kroger Corporation and then later had a second retirement from Big Star and the Grand Union Corporation. He opened the first major grocery store in Dahlonega in the early 1980s. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing and doing community service. He was the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Treasurer for several years and was an active member of the Dahlonega Lions Club. He also enjoyed watching old westerns like Gunsmoke and Bonanza, and reading Louis L’amour novels, but his biggest pleasure was faithfully watching the Atlanta Braves. Win or lose, he was probably one of their biggest fans!

He is survived by his sons Gary Beasley and daughter-in-law Paulette, South Lyon, Michigan and Jeffrey Beasley, Amarillo, Texas; daughters Gail O’Connor and son-in-law Wilbur of New Albany, Ohio and Nancy Beasley of Dahlonega. There are six grandchildren: Mark, Sheryl, Laura, Tessa, Samantha, and Matthew as well as six great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Melanie, Allison, McKenna, Travis, and Rayna.

Memorial Services to be held at Banister Funeral Home, Dahlonega on Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m..

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

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Bradley J. Davis

Bradley J. Davis, age 54, of Dahlonega, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega.

Brad lived most of his life in Lumpkin County. He was a member of Philippi Baptist Church in Lumpkin County. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Davis and infant brother, Ricky Dean Davis.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Betty and Bill Owens, Dahlonega; siblings, Tammy Holekamp, Kingwood, Texas, Kenny Davis, Virginia Coffel, Nadean Adams and Callie Davis, all of Dahlonega, Beth Love, Hayesville, N.C., Belinda Worth, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Bill Owens, McLean, Va.. A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Brad will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He loved Dahlonega and was loved by many of its residents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Jeff Welch and Bill Owens officiated.

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

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William Giles McNeill

Mr. William Giles McNeill, age 80, of Dahlonega, died Feb. 20, 2012.

No services planned at this time.

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

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Obituaries (February 22nd edition)
Feb 22, 2012 | 4762 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print


LaRaine Elrod

LaRaine Elrod, age 67, of Dahlonega, passed away on Feb. 17, 2012 after a prolonged illness.

She is survived by her devoted husband Wayne, to whom she was married for 30 years.

She was born on April 12, 1944 in Beattyville, Kentucky to the late Chester Ross and Hazel Lainhart.

Formerly of Panama City, Florida where she worked as a medical assistant for a number of years before relocating to Georgia after marriage. She then worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron until she retired. Before relocating to Dahlonega in 2000, she was very active in her church, Peachtree Corners, a position of service that continued with the move of her membership to the Dawsonville Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by brothers Chessie and Chester Ross and sisters Emma Lou and Barbara Ross. She is survived by sisters Julettea Daniels, Judy Childress, Janie Albers, Joyce Jeffers and brother Robert Catron; half-sisters Sadie and Tutie Ross and half-brothers Carl and Stoney Ross. She is also survived by her foster mother Ruby Ross and was preceded in death by her foster father Shorty Ross.

She was the dear aunt to Terrie (Kevin) Glaab, Lisa (Dennis) Rogers, Amy (Billy) Swafford, Brandi Ryan, Mary Ann (Tony) Kestel, Jason Cooper, Scott Cooper, Zachary Albers, Jimmy (Diedrie) Jeffers, Jeanne (Matt) Byrd, Ethan and Hannah Miller of Cumming, beloved “Miss Raine” to Ridge and Cannon Cole of Dahlonega.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ronnie Green Heart Center, the American Cancer Society, the Emory Transplant Program, and Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at Etowah River Church of Christ in Dawsonville, Georgia on February 25, 2012 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”

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

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Walter “Junior” McClure

Walter “Junior” McClure, age 65, of Dahlonega, died Sunday Feb. 19, 2012 at the Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega.

Junior lived most of his life in Lumpkin County. He was of the Baptist faith and was employed at Tyson Foods.

He was the son of the late Walter McClure and Delsey Goss McClure and was also preceded in death by sisters, Joyce Young, Joan Dodd, and Ida Price; and brother, Clarence McClure.

Junior is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy McClure, Dahlonega; sons and daughter-in-law, Clay McClure, Dahlonega, Jerry and Jessica McClure, Gainesville, Ga.; brothers, Willie McClure, Cleveland, Ga., William McClure, Gainesville, Ga., Johnny McClure, Dalton, Ga., Wayne McClure, Cleveland, Ga., and Gary McClure, Cleveland, Ga.; sisters, Minnie Landers, Gainesville, Ga., Ruthie Green, Gainesville, Ga., Jannie Marchbanks, Cleveland, Ga., Gladies Tullis, Landrum, S.C., Nancy Hamilton, Cleveland, Ga., and Helen Smith, Clermont, Ga.; grandchildren, Christopher McClure, Cathy and Katie Sosebee; great-grandchild, Ayden McClure; his beloved pet Chihuahua, “Gizmo”; numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Ricky Jones and Rev. Charles Grant will officiate.

Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Wednesday until the time of service.

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

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Donald James Claflin

Mr. Donald James Claflin, age 75, of Dahlonega, died Friday, February 17, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Hospital in Gainesville.

Donald was born in Lacona, N.Y. December 5, 1936 and had lived in Central N.Y., then Florida and finally Dahlonega. He retired as an optician in 2005. He was also a musician and belonged to and performed with various country music and bluegrass bands.

Mr. Claflin was the son of the late Noel Claflin and Jenny Claflin. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Leon and Ernest.

He is survived by: his brother, Malcolm Claflin (wife Catherine) of Fulton, N.Y.; his daughter, Kathleen MacDonald and her husband Richard MacDonald of Dahlonega; his four sons, Scott Claflin, (wife Donna) of Manlius, N.Y., Kevin Claflin, (wife Kathy) of Pennellville, N.Y., Dennis Claflin of Sandy Creek, N.Y. and Kenneth Claflin , (wife Virginia) of Douglasville, Ga.; his grandchildren, Angela Claflin, Andrea Claflin, Andrew MacDonald, Rebecca Claflin, Brandon Claflin, Amanda MacDonald and Nathan Claflin and numerous nieces, nephews and their progeny. Services for Mr. Claflin were held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

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

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Robert John “Bob” Beasley

Robert John “Bob” Beasley, age 86, of Dahlonega, passed away On Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Bob was born in Britton, Michigan on December 5, 1925 to the late Leonard and Gladys Beasley. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Ronald and George, and has one living sister, Doris Losey of Bath, Michigan.

He also was recently preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Rosalie Ruth Beasley, on October 18, 2011.

Bob grew up loving football and was a player for the Northville, Michigan High School and was an active student in the class of 1942. It was written in the high school yearbook that his dream was to be a grocery store manager. However before pursuing his dream he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 during WW II. He served as a Surgical Technician with the Army Medical Corp in the European theatre of operations. He assisted doctors and nurses in giving medical treatment and in performing minor surgery. He supervised the work of 15 medical technicians who were engaged in caring for patients and comforting them. While in the Army he received a Victory American Theater Ribbon European African, Middle Eastern African Middle Eastern Ribbon with Bronze Battle Star, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.

After leaving the Army, Bob pursued his lifelong dream of being in the grocery business. He started as a young boy working with his father in a family owned small grocery business where he learned his trade. He retired from Kroger Corporation and then later had a second retirement from Big Star and the Grand Union Corporation. He opened the first major grocery store in Dahlonega in the early 1980s. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing and doing community service. He was the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Treasurer for several years and was an active member of the Dahlonega Lions Club. He also enjoyed watching old westerns like Gunsmoke and Bonanza, and reading Louis L’amour novels, but his biggest pleasure was faithfully watching the Atlanta Braves. Win or lose, he was probably one of their biggest fans!

He is survived by his sons Gary Beasley and daughter-in-law Paulette, South Lyon, Michigan and Jeffrey Beasley, Amarillo, Texas; daughters Gail O’Connor and son-in-law Wilbur of New Albany, Ohio and Nancy Beasley of Dahlonega. There are six grandchildren: Mark, Sheryl, Laura, Tessa, Samantha, and Matthew as well as six great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Melanie, Allison, McKenna, Travis, and Rayna.

Memorial Services to be held at Banister Funeral Home, Dahlonega on Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m..

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

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Bradley J. Davis

Bradley J. Davis, age 54, of Dahlonega, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega.

Brad lived most of his life in Lumpkin County. He was a member of Philippi Baptist Church in Lumpkin County. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Davis and infant brother, Ricky Dean Davis.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Betty and Bill Owens, Dahlonega; siblings, Tammy Holekamp, Kingwood, Texas, Kenny Davis, Virginia Coffel, Nadean Adams and Callie Davis, all of Dahlonega, Beth Love, Hayesville, N.C., Belinda Worth, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Bill Owens, McLean, Va.. A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Brad will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He loved Dahlonega and was loved by many of its residents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Jeff Welch and Bill Owens officiated.

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

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William Giles McNeill

Mr. William Giles McNeill, age 80, of Dahlonega, died Feb. 20, 2012.

No services planned at this time.

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

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