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Loy Chester

Resident of Dahlonega

Loy Chester, age 88, of Dahlonega passed away Sunday February 23, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a period of declining health.

Born September 23, 1925 in Dawson County to the late Fate and Rachael Chester, he lived most of his life in Lumpkin County. For many years Mr. Chester worked in the timber industry and farmed. He was a beekeeper and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Loy was a loving husband and father who was devoted to his family. He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Bertha Lou Chester; eight brothers and a sister. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Glenda and Perry Weaver, the loving staff at Foothills Assisted Living, and for the loving attention of his nurses.

Surviving are his children, Daniel Chester, Gainesville; Kathy and Junior Stover, Dahlonega, Gary and Nicki Chester, Dahlonega, Tony and Jan Chester, Dahlonega; eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held February 25, 2014 at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. L. C. Bennett and Rev. Jimmy Chester officiated. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, Ga.

Tasha Nicole Sharp Wayne

Resident of Dahlonega

Mrs. Tasha Nicole Sharp Wayne, age 27, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.

Tasha was a lifelong resident of the Lumpkin County area, a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Lee Sharp.

Tasha is survived by her husband, Doug Wayne, Dahlonega, Ga.; sons, Andrew Lee Wayne and Austin Douglas Wayne; her mother, Serena Welch, Dahlonega, Ga. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Tasha were held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

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

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

Bob Pickelsimer

Resident of Dahlonega

Mr. Bob Pickelsimer, age 82, of Dahlonega, Ga., died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at his home.

Bob was born in Fannin County, Ga. July 31, 1931. He had lived in Dahlonega for more than 30 years. He was a former resident of Suches, Ga. He was a retired service man with Tyson Foods and was of the Baptist faith.

Bob was the son of the late Allen Pickelsimer and Lois Cruse Pickelsimer and was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Cain Pickelsimer; and brothers, H.A. Pickelsimer Jr., Dell Pickelsimer, and Glenn L. Pickelsimer.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Aara Pickelsimer, Sunnyvale, Ca.; and his sister, Violet Harper, Dawsonville, Ga. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Bob were held Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, Ga. Rev. Gerald Edmondson officiated. Interment followed in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net. Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, Ga. was in charge of the arrangements.

Colonel (Retired) Lynn B. Stull

Resident of Dahlonega

Colonel (Retired) Lynn B. Stull, United States Army, age 67, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Dahlonega, Ga.

Born on October 11, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota, he was the son of the late Ainslee “Jack” and Virginia Stull. He was the loving husband of Carol B. Stull.

Col.(R) Stull served honorably in the United States Army for 31 years, first receiving his commission in 1968 from the Georgia State University. As a career Army Officer, he served as an infantry officer advisor in Vietnam, an ROTC instructor at Georgia State University, in 5th and 1st Special Forces Group, Alternate Specialty Foreign Area Officer, Director of Asian Studies US Army War College, and as Defense and Army Attaché to Malaysia. He retired in 1999 from the Army and ended his career working as a defense contractor with Special Operations Command.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, is his brother Terry G. (Aletta) Stull, of Senatobia, MS, and daughters Marilyn N. Stull May of Cumming, Ga., Wendy A. Stull of Ft. Meade, MD, Kelly E. (Bradley) Bathgate of Willow Grove, PA, and Paige D. Stull of Quantico, VA, and granddaughters Katharine and Elizabeth May, Ava, Madeline, Charlotte, and Daley Bathgate.

A funeral service was held Saturday, February 22 at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega, Ga. Uniform for military service members will be Dress Blue, or service equivalent.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Shore Animal League or the Florida Big Dog Rescue.

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

Death Notices

Richard Frank Schuler, age 84, passed away on February 16, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Lee Crawford, age 65, passed away on February 19, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cynthia A. Neuhart, age 50, passed away on February 19, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Larry C. Pitts, age 64, passed away on February 21, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Mettee, age 77, passed away on February 19, 2014. McDonald and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Reece Daniel Elseroad, age 4, passed away on February 17, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Maurice Stephen Moore, age 52, passed away on February 21, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Esarey Martin, age 75, passed away on February 22, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyne Kaufman Jones, age 88, passed away on February 20, 2014. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituaries (5-14-14 edition)
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Jack Barton Dowdy

Resident of Dahlonega

Jack Barton Dowdy, age 80, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Gold City Convalescent Center in Dahlonega, Ga.

Jack was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, graduate of Lumpkin County High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge in Dahlonega. Jack was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of the late Floyd and Estelle Jones Dowdy.

Jack is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Martha Dowdy, Dahlonega, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Vickie and Stevie Eaton, Randy and Elaine Dowdy, and Jimmy Dowdy. Five great-nieces and nephews, four great-great-nieces and nephews and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Jack were held Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Rev. Roger Stover officiated. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County with Masonic graveside rites.

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

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

Dr. Kathleen “Suzy” Gruenhagen

Resident of Dahlonega

Dr. Kathleen “Suzy “ Gruenhagen, age 77, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away May 8, 2014.

Suzy was a New Jersey native who had lived in Dahlonega since 1992, where she was a faculty member at North Georgia College teaching Special Education subjects until retiring in 2002. Even after retiring, she continued to teach and interact with her special education graduate students. Suzy was an active member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. She was truly a pillar of the parish, a founding member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and the memorial garden. She was tirelessly active as a servant leader in so many ways for so many years. Her passion for gardening is evident not only at St. Luke’s but at various places around Dahlonega where she and her fellow Master Gardners have applied their talents. Never one to sit idle, Suzy has traveled widely in both Europe and the United States. When at home, Suzy enjoyed reading and entertaining, most often hosting dinner and book club groups. Suzy leaves behind a legacy of total commitment to her church, community and scores of friends that loved her deeply.

“Suzy” was the daughter of the late Ernest James Hartelius and Francis Jeannette Hartelius. Her husband, Eppler W. Gruenhagen, precedes her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Gruenhagen, Tampa Fla.; Amy (Bob) Nugent, Binghamton, N.Y.; Jane (Stuart) House, Coral Springs, Fla.; six grandchildren, Meghan, Bryce, Brendan and Connor Nugent; Sara and Allison House; step-mother, Boude Mason-Hartelius and step-sister, Penny Peed both of Hampton, Va.

The family will receive friends at the Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, 2068 Highway 19 North, on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

A funeral mass for Suzy is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Dahlonega. Father Neil Dhabliwala will officiate.

Following the interment at Dahlonega Memorial Park a reception will be held at St. Luke’s Parrish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Memorial Garden Fund at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533.

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

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

Mrs. Cheryl Mullins Sullivan

Resident of Dahlonega

Mrs. Cheryl Mullins Sullivan, age 66, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Emory University Hospital.

Cheryl was raised in Smyrna, Ga. and had spent the past 35 years in Dahlonega. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who had a great love for her family and many friends. She was an avid horse woman who enjoyed trips out west with her husband, Stan, and their horses after retiring from Bellsouth. She was a true cowgirl at heart. Cheryl attended Cowboy Church at various places and was of the Methodist Faith.

The daughter of the late Roy Lee and Evelyn Smith Mullins, Mrs. Sullivan was also preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Lee Mullins.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 44 years, Stan Sullivan; son, Sean Sullivan; grandson, Lukas Sullivan; both of Cleveland, Ga.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Elizabeth Sullivan, Villa Rica, Ga.; special cousins, Regina Flowers, Beech Island, S.C., Pete and Linda Herren, Powder Springs, Ga., and Linda and Rodney Floyd, Acworth, Ga. Many loving friends and a number of other relatives also survive.

A memorial service for Cheryl is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate. The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m.

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

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

Don Waters

Resident of Dahlonega

Don Waters, age 69, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Chestatee Regional Hospital.

Don was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He retired from Mohawk Industries where he was a department manager. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who also loved his animals, along with spending time at the beach.

Don was the son of the late Roy Frasure and Myral Waters Frasure, and was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law Frank Smith and niece, Stephanie Holtzclaw Helton.

He is survived by his wife, Tara Hamilton Waters; daughter, Donna Mauro, Delmar, Del.; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and John Barber, Gainesville, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Tonya Cantrell, Dahlonega Ga.; brother, David Holtzclaw, Dahlonega, Ga.; sisters and brother in-law, Charlotte Smith, Lilburn, Ga., Wanda and Leon Gilleland, Lilburn, Ga.; six grandchildren; one great grandchild and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Don were held Friday, May 9, 2014 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Lyman Caldwell officiated. Interment followed at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

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

Death Notices

Gabie Joy May, 76, passed away on May 6, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Douglas Gunsten, 47, passed away on May 5, 2014. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

George Edward Kerns, 67, passed away on May 10, 2014. Banister Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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