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Joseph Hayward “Heavy” Beck

Joseph Hayward “Heavy” Beck, age 79, of Dahlonega, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at his home following a short illness.

Hayward was a native and lifelong resident of Cane Creek Valley in Lumpkin County and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County. He retired from North Georgia College as the Custodial Supervisor. He was also a poultry and livestock farmer. Hayward was a member of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge in Dahlonega for over 50 years. He enjoyed going to the Lanier Farmer’s Livestock Corporation livestock auction in Forsyth County. Hayward, fondly known to many as “Heavy”, and his wife, Jeweleen shared their time and love. Many friends and neighbors benefited from their love of gardening, their love for people, and Pops love of cutting trees.

He was the son of the late Frank and Ethel Ferguson Beck and was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Jeweleen Beck; brother, F.M. Beck Jr.; sisters, Leona Martin and Mamie Kistler; children, Carolyn Allison and Joe Wayne Littleton.

Hayward is survived by his children, Melissa Leffler and her husband, Vince, Franklin, Tenn.; Mark A. Littleton, Dahlonega; Joseph Shawn Littleton and his wife, Heavenly, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Cade, Cameron, and Kai Lefler, and Opal Jewelyn Littleton. Numerous nieces, nephews, and loving family and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Hayward were held Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated.

Interment followed in the Bethlehem/Jones Chapel Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

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

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

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Gayle Rice Martin

Mrs. Gayle Rice Martin, age 59, of Dawsonville, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Northeast Ga. Medical Center in Gainesville following a short illness.

Mrs. Martin was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, a homemaker, and member of the Fountain Worship Center in Dahlonega.

Gayle is survived by her husband, Shannon Martin, Dawsonville; parents, Bill and Evelyn Rice, Dawsonville; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Jim Smith, Dahlonega; brother, Kevin Rice, Dawsonville; special aunt, Mae Powell; special nephews, Zachary Johns, Michael Trump, and Ezra Bowen. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Gayle are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Fountain Worship Center in Dahlonega.

Rev. Bo Robinson and Rev. Edwin Puckett will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

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

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

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Cleta Mae Fortner

Mrs. Cleta Mae Fortner, age 83, of Dahlonega, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Mrs. Fortner was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

Cleta loved her husband and children very much. She was a very gracious and caring lady who loved the Lord and her family. She spent her life helping others. She would visit and stay with those that were sick to take care of them family and friends alike. She was always cooking food and taking to them in their homes and to those at the funeral home. If you visited her she would make sure you did not leave hungry. Many came to her to have poison conjured, warts removed, blood stopped, and fire from burns cooled. She loved everyone and was there for them. The Book of Proverbs Chapter 31 and verses 10-31 describes her very well. She will be missed by everyone. We know she is now rejoicing in Heaven with those who went before.

Cleta was the daughter of the late Luther and Vesta Berry Gaddis and was also preceded in death by her husband, Edd Fortner; son, Kenneth Fortner; brothers, Odell Gaddis Sr., Guy Gaddis, and Carl Gaddis ;sisters, Callie Ridley, Lena Ridley, and Irene Kay.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law: Wilma and Rev. Ronald Seabolt, Murrayville, Ga.; grandchildren, Shonna and Dean Sexton, Rodney and Shelley Seabolt, Gretchen and Joshua Kistner; great-grandchildren. Whitney Sexton, Ashton Sexton, Landon Seabolt, Emily Lawson, Gannon Grizzle, Grayce Grizzle, Kennedi Seabolt, and Jaxon Kistner. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fortner were held Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Salem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

Rev. Ronald Seabolt and Rev. Roger Stover officiated.

Interment followed in the Bethlehem/Jones Chapel Cemetery.

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

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

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Faye Gooch Babb

Mrs. Faye Gooch Babb, age 76, of Hartwell, Ga. passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 at her home.

Mrs. Gooch was born in Dahlonega, July 2, 1936. She had lived in Hartwell, Ga. for the past twelve years and was a former longtime resident of Morrow, Ga. She was retired from Bell South and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hartwell.

Faye was the daughter of the late Garland and Lela Holtzclaw Gooch and was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gooch.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Babb, Hartwell, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Candice and Tommy Atkinson, Royston, Ga., Charis and Ronnie Ard, Royston, Ga.; sisters, Mildred Schaide, Dawsonville, Ga., Lana Thompson, Cumming, Ga., Janet Smith, Douglasville, Ga., and Debbie Chumbler, Cumming, Ga.; brothers, Delton Gooch, Jasper, Ga., Horace Gooch, Russell Gooch, Dale Gooch, and Greg Gooch, all of Cumming, Ga.. Four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives also survive.

A private family graveside service was held on Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County with Rev. Matt Cawthan officiating.

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

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Obituaries (7-3 edition)
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Joseph Hayward “Heavy” Beck

Joseph Hayward “Heavy” Beck, age 79, of Dahlonega, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at his home following a short illness.

Hayward was a native and lifelong resident of Cane Creek Valley in Lumpkin County and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County. He retired from North Georgia College as the Custodial Supervisor. He was also a poultry and livestock farmer. Hayward was a member of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge in Dahlonega for over 50 years. He enjoyed going to the Lanier Farmer’s Livestock Corporation livestock auction in Forsyth County. Hayward, fondly known to many as “Heavy”, and his wife, Jeweleen shared their time and love. Many friends and neighbors benefited from their love of gardening, their love for people, and Pops love of cutting trees.

He was the son of the late Frank and Ethel Ferguson Beck and was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Jeweleen Beck; brother, F.M. Beck Jr.; sisters, Leona Martin and Mamie Kistler; children, Carolyn Allison and Joe Wayne Littleton.

Hayward is survived by his children, Melissa Leffler and her husband, Vince, Franklin, Tenn.; Mark A. Littleton, Dahlonega; Joseph Shawn Littleton and his wife, Heavenly, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Cade, Cameron, and Kai Lefler, and Opal Jewelyn Littleton. Numerous nieces, nephews, and loving family and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Hayward were held Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated.

Interment followed in the Bethlehem/Jones Chapel Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

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

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

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Gayle Rice Martin

Mrs. Gayle Rice Martin, age 59, of Dawsonville, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Northeast Ga. Medical Center in Gainesville following a short illness.

Mrs. Martin was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, a homemaker, and member of the Fountain Worship Center in Dahlonega.

Gayle is survived by her husband, Shannon Martin, Dawsonville; parents, Bill and Evelyn Rice, Dawsonville; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Jim Smith, Dahlonega; brother, Kevin Rice, Dawsonville; special aunt, Mae Powell; special nephews, Zachary Johns, Michael Trump, and Ezra Bowen. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Gayle are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Fountain Worship Center in Dahlonega.

Rev. Bo Robinson and Rev. Edwin Puckett will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

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

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

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Cleta Mae Fortner

Mrs. Cleta Mae Fortner, age 83, of Dahlonega, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Mrs. Fortner was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

Cleta loved her husband and children very much. She was a very gracious and caring lady who loved the Lord and her family. She spent her life helping others. She would visit and stay with those that were sick to take care of them family and friends alike. She was always cooking food and taking to them in their homes and to those at the funeral home. If you visited her she would make sure you did not leave hungry. Many came to her to have poison conjured, warts removed, blood stopped, and fire from burns cooled. She loved everyone and was there for them. The Book of Proverbs Chapter 31 and verses 10-31 describes her very well. She will be missed by everyone. We know she is now rejoicing in Heaven with those who went before.

Cleta was the daughter of the late Luther and Vesta Berry Gaddis and was also preceded in death by her husband, Edd Fortner; son, Kenneth Fortner; brothers, Odell Gaddis Sr., Guy Gaddis, and Carl Gaddis ;sisters, Callie Ridley, Lena Ridley, and Irene Kay.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law: Wilma and Rev. Ronald Seabolt, Murrayville, Ga.; grandchildren, Shonna and Dean Sexton, Rodney and Shelley Seabolt, Gretchen and Joshua Kistner; great-grandchildren. Whitney Sexton, Ashton Sexton, Landon Seabolt, Emily Lawson, Gannon Grizzle, Grayce Grizzle, Kennedi Seabolt, and Jaxon Kistner. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fortner were held Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Salem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

Rev. Ronald Seabolt and Rev. Roger Stover officiated.

Interment followed in the Bethlehem/Jones Chapel Cemetery.

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

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

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Faye Gooch Babb

Mrs. Faye Gooch Babb, age 76, of Hartwell, Ga. passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 at her home.

Mrs. Gooch was born in Dahlonega, July 2, 1936. She had lived in Hartwell, Ga. for the past twelve years and was a former longtime resident of Morrow, Ga. She was retired from Bell South and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hartwell.

Faye was the daughter of the late Garland and Lela Holtzclaw Gooch and was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gooch.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Babb, Hartwell, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Candice and Tommy Atkinson, Royston, Ga., Charis and Ronnie Ard, Royston, Ga.; sisters, Mildred Schaide, Dawsonville, Ga., Lana Thompson, Cumming, Ga., Janet Smith, Douglasville, Ga., and Debbie Chumbler, Cumming, Ga.; brothers, Delton Gooch, Jasper, Ga., Horace Gooch, Russell Gooch, Dale Gooch, and Greg Gooch, all of Cumming, Ga.. Four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives also survive.

A private family graveside service was held on Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County with Rev. Matt Cawthan officiating.

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

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