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Mr. Jackie Garrett

Resident of Dahlonega

Mr. Jackie Garrett, age 65, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.

Mr. Garrett was born April 22, 1948 and was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and was of the Baptist faith.

Jackie was the son of the late Floyd Garrett and Bertha Cain Garrett and was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Garrett.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mearle Wetherford, Dahlonega, Ga.; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and Crystal Garrett, Gainesville, Ga., Greg Garrett, Dahlonega, Ga.; brothers and sister-in-law, Wayne and Emily Garrett, Cleveland, Ga., Richard Garrett, Cleveland, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dearl Helton, Dahlonega, Ga., Doris and Edward Winkler, Cleveland, Ga., Bernice and Larry Collins, Gainesville, Ga., Rachel and Glen Foster, Dahlonega, Ga.; grandchildren, Joshua Garrett, Julian Garrett, Remington Garrett and Haley Wetherford. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Jackie were held April 21, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Rev. Bernice Collins officiated. Interment followed in Mt. Olive 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.

Jimmie Sue Davis Head

Resident of Dahlonega

Jimmie Sue Davis Head, age 72, of Dahlonega, Ga. died at her home on April 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. A native of Lumpkin County, she was the daughter of the late James and Ruby Davis.

Jimmie Sue was an active member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Jewell Head of Dahlonega, Ga.; children, Lisa Justus of Dahlonega, Ga., Rhonda (Doug) Cochran of Murrayville, Ga. and Lane (Travis) Rider of Dahlonega, Ga.; much-loved grandchildren, Steve Justus of Atlanta, Ga., Brent Justus of Calif., T.J. Rider of Dahlonega, Ga., Trevor Rider of Dahlonega, Ga., Jessica York of Murrayville, Ga., Eli and Sarah Fuller of Lumpkin County; and great-grandchildren, Luke and Juliana York of Murrayville, Ga.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 19, 2014 in the chapel of Dahlonega Funeral Home. The Reverends Lance Fuller, Lyman Caldwell and Keith York officiated. Interment followed at Dahlonega Memorial Park.

Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

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

Ken Lollis

Resident of Dahlonega

Ken Lollis, age 68, of Dahlonega, Ga. died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. following an extended illness.

The son of the late Milford and Katie Glenn Lollis, Ken was born in Anderson, S.C., but spent most of his adult life in Lumpkin County. A very loving husband and father with a wonderful sense of humor, he was also an avid outdoorsman as well as a very talented welder and professional diver. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Ken was a Deputy Sheriff in Anderson, S.C. in his younger years, welded for North Georgia Boat Docks in Forsyth County, and had worked at Timken in Dahlonega. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Lumpkin County.

Ken is survived by his wife, Margie Miller Lollis; son and daughter-in-law, Heath and Kim Coleman, Cumming, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Wilburn Etheridge, Suches, Ga.; mother-in-law, Lois Miller, Dahlonega, Ga.; sister, Susan Templeton; brothers-in-law, James and Archie Miller, Dahlonega, Ga.; grandchildren, Tiffany Dale and fiancé, Chad Fulton, Dakota, Rebecca, and Levi Etheridge, and Ava and Bryn Coleman; niece, Katie Nixon, S.C.; great nephews, Blake and Brandon Nixon, S.C.; and special family members, Perry and Glenda Sue Weaver. A number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Ken were held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, Ga. Rev. Jr. Abernathy and Rev. Phill Miller officiated. Interment followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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

William H. “Bill” Shirley

Resident of Dahlonega

William H. “Bill” Shirley, age 92, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a period of declining health.

Bill was born and raised in Lavonia, Ga. before moving to Lumpkin County in 1991. He was a man of great faith, had worked many years at Moore’s Hardware, and was a volunteer at Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega. Bill was a proud WWII veteran having served his country in the United States Army.

Bill was the son of the late Carlton and Nettie Campbell Shirley, and was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Shirley and Dan Shirley; and sister, Josephine Shirley Tribble.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Amy Payne Shirley; daughter, Carla Shirley Long, Franklin, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Julie Shirley Patty and Ken Patty, Sugar Hill, Ga.; and grandchildren, Kaylin Long, Taylor Long, and Connor Patty. Several nieces and nephews and a number of other relatives also survive.

A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date.

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

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

Tommy Lester Thomas

Resident of Dahlonega

Tommy Lester Thomas, age 67 of Dahlonega, passed away on April 20, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following and extended illness.

Mr. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was a member of the Farmhouse Friends at Farmhouse Produce. Mr. Thomas was also a Vietnam Veteran and served from 1966-1968 where he earned a purple heart.

Mr. Thomas retired from Cargill, Inc. after 35 years where he was employed as a maintenance specialist.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marvin Thomas and Jesse Camelia Thomas and brother Nicky Thomas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Susie Thomas of Dahlonega, Ga.; sons and daughters in law Kevin and Pamela Thomas of Dahlonega, Ga.; Kurt and Sabrina Thomas of Atlanta, Ga.; Sister and brother in law Sue and Jerrell Sullens of Dahlonega, Ga.; grandchildren Bo, Van, Jolene, and Levon Thomas of Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. April 23, 2014 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, he will be placed in state at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow the service at the church Cemetery, Dahlonega, Ga.

Rev. Darren Palmer, Rev. Les Fuller, and Rev. David Skinner will officiate.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mt. Olive Baptist Church or Gideons International, Lumpkin County Camp.

Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Road, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533. 706-864-DOVE (3683)

Death Notices

Klate Wehunt, age 14, of Dahlonega, Ga. passed away April 21, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega. Banister Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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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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