Homer 'Lee' Fields
Homer “Lee” Fields, age 77, of Gainesville, Georgia, passed away peacefully at 11:26 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a sudden illness.
He was born January 8, 1935 in Cleveland, Georgia, the son of the late Andrew Jackson Fields and Belle Helton Fields.
Lee worked as a long haul truck driver for Dahlonega Transport and was a U.S. Army (Korea) and U.S. Navy (Vietnam) veteran. On January 2, 1969 he married Genevieve Itress Austin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Genevieve Itress Bugg Fields.
He is survived by his daughter, Samantha Fields-Salain and her husband, Mitchell, of Dahlonega; four step-daughters, Susan Campbell and her husband, Russell, of Willard, Missouri, Nancy Lucas, Peggy Nichols and her husband, Johnny, and Itress Wilson, all of Aurora, Missouri; one sister, Elizabeth Grindle and her husband, Robert, of Dahlonega; and one brother, A.J. Fields and his wife, Marsha, of Dahlonega. In addition, he is survived by a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service for Lee was held June 25, 2012, at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.
Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Todd Panter officiated.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the TLC Humane Society, P.O. Box 535, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements for the memorial service.
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Ralph A. Miller
Mr. Ralph A. Miller, age 81, of Dahlonega, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at his residence.
Ralph was born January 18, 1931 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jo Ann; stepsons, David and Anthony Shields of Atlanta; stepdaughters, Cherylin Weeden and Roxann Downey of Kentucky.
Ralph was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Mae Algier; father, Ralph Miller; and stepfather, LeRoy Algier.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in Korea during the war and after for approximately 10 years. He loved his country and he loved Dahlonega.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.
Brittany Nicole Jones
Brittany Nicole Jones, age 20, of Dahlonega, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Brittany was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Dewayne Jones and Johnny Ray; and great-grandfather, Cleve Ray.
Brittany is survived by her daughter, Aubrey Nicole Brown; mother and step-father, Tammy and Scott Davis; father, Jason Ray; fiancé, Justin Brown; brother, Jermiah Allen; sisters, Lillian Joan Davis and Emma Ray Gilstrap and Diana Ray; grandparents, Rebeccah Jones, Diana Mayo, J.W. and Joan Davis; great-grandparents, Morene and Ray Gene Anderson; uncles and aunts, Kenneth Jones, Timmy Jones, Michael Davis, Connie Jones, Susan Rogers, Ginger Allen, and Joanie Sullens, all of Dahlonega. Numerous other relatives also survive.
Funeral services for Brittany were held June 9, 2012, at the Hightower Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.
Rev. Terry Fields and Rev. Bobby Pierce officiated.
Interment followed in the Jones Family Cemetery in Lumpkin County.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.
Ross Benjamin 'Sonny' Hall
Ross Benjamin “Sonny” Hall, age 62, passed away June 24 after a long struggle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Robert B. Hall and a much loved step-son, Cameron Benziger.
Ross is survived by his wife, Sharon, sons and step-sons, Ian Hall and his wife, Christy, William Phebus and his wife, Monica, and Jeremy and Dylan Hall; grandchildren Blake and Kendall Hall, Amber and Billie Nicole Phebus, Trevor Davis and Makayla Fields; mother, Marjorie Hall; sister, Alix Neel and her husband, Dave; special friend Deborah Hall; an aunt, several cousins and many dear friends.
He spent much time in his youth fishing and sailing off the coast of Florida, and loved the ocean. He also loved the North Georgia mountains he called home.
He loved to grow things, and had an extraordinary green thumb with both houseplants and garden plots.
He was a keen observer of the human condition and possessed a wry sense of humor and a quick wit.
During his life Ross made his living in a wide variety of careers. He was a musician, carpenter, rock mason, nurseryman, RN, and sports writer and humor columnist for The Dahlonega Nugget. He published two books containing columns written for The Nugget, short stories and musings. During his last years he spent his time doing what he loved best, writing. He authored two military history books on the U.S. Army Rangers and a first novel.
He was honored to have been accepted into the Ranger community, being inducted into the U.S. Mountain Ranger Association as an honorary Ranger and pinned with a Ranger Tab just prior to his death.
He was a much beloved husband, father, son, brother, and loyal friend, and will be missed.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 29 at Dahlonega Funeral Home. Visitation from 9:30 a.m., service at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to U.S. Mountain Ranger Association, 1 Camp Frank D. Merrill, Dahlonega or Rainbow Children’s Home, 247 East Main Street, Dahlonega.