Louise Hitch Knight: Obituary

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Louise Hitch Knight, 87, of Blue Ridge, Georgia, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, on November 1, 1931, to Frank Hitch and Agnes Martin Hitch. She graduated from North Georgia College in 1951. Lou married Gordon E Knight in 1956. For many years she lived in Atlanta and worked for General Services Administration of the Federal Government until her retirement in 1993. She then worked for The Arthritis Foundation. In 2001, she moved to Blue Ridge. Lou loved cats, the color blue, reading books, working crossword puzzles, and her church. She had a great sense of humor and could light up a room with her smile. Lou is survived by her daughter, Marilou Knight (Rebecca Williams) and her daughters in love, Pam Garrett and Denise Ellwanger. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on September 7, 2019, at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM. To honor Lou, please wear blue and cat items. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of your choice and to Georgia Mountain Hospice.

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Brenda W. Smith: Obituary

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Brenda W. Smith, 71, of Lithonia passed away Monday August 12, 2019 at Emory Decatur Hospital.
Born October 5, 1947 to the late Russ and Charlotte Wilson, she was a lifelong resident of Dekalb County. A homemaker at her death, she was formerly employed as a beautician at Wesley Chapel Coiffeurs. She was an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Decatur where she was dedicated to her work in the church and she was also very devoted to her family. Brenda was also preceded in death by her sister, Joan Ingram; and brothers, Jerry Wilson and Johnny Wilson.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Glenn Smith, Lithonia; sons and daughter in law, Glenn “Bucky” and Lori Smith, Evans, GA, Lonnie Russell “Rusty” Smith, Lithonia, Randall Smith and his fiancé, Stacey Brazel, Conyers; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters in law, Jack D. and Phyllis Wilson, McDonough, Philip and Carol Wilson, Conyers, Nancy Wilson, McDonough; brother in law, Donnie Ingram, Athens; and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Friday August 16, 2019 at 12 noon at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Terry Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 until 8 at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

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Mikel Kollar: Obituary

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Mikel Kollar, 31, of Newnan, formerly of Dawsonville, passed away Friday August 9, 2019.
Born January 13, 1988, he had lived in Coweta County for the past 4 years. Mikel owned and operated Let’s Get Movin’ moving company. He was an accomplished guitarist who enjoyed music, art, loved the outdoors, gardening, fishing, cooking and travel. He was a member of McKee’s Chapel United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by his grandmother, Alice Samples and grandfather, Louis Kollar.
Surviving are his wife, Kayla Kollar, Newnan; children, Mason Kollar, Dawsonville, Zoey Kollar, Newnan; parents, Larry and Margaret Kollar, Dawsonville; sister and brother in law, Julia and Josh Morang, Dawsonville; grandmother, Sylvia Scoble, Largo, FL; grandfather, Ralph Samples, Dawsonville; father in law and mother in law, Rickey and Pam Payton, Newnan; brothers in law, Corey Payton, Douglasville, Micah Payton, Atlanta; and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 11 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Sven Mossinger will officiate. Interment will follow in the McKee’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 until 8 at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

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Gail Tatum Walker: Obituary

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Gail Tatum Walker, 58, of Dawsonville passed away Monday August 5, 2019 following a period of declining health.
Born June 25, 1961, Gail was a lifelong resident of Dawson County. A 1979 graduate of Dawson County High School, she also graduated from Pickens Technical College. Gail was formerly employed by AT&T after which she worked for Brogdon C.P.A. She enjoyed collecting Fenton glassware and was an active member of McKees Chapel United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer and pianist. Preceding her in death were her father, Henry Tatum; a brother, J. H. Pruett; and a sister, Christine Pruett.
Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Alan Walker, Dawsonville; children, Terrell Walker, Cleveland, Holly and Brad Howarth, Dawsonville; grandchildren, Amelia Walker, Henry Walker; mother, Aline Tatum, Dawsonville; sisters and brother in law, Brenda Gee, Dawsonville, Faye Pruett, Tiger, Susan and Jackie Grizzle, Ellijay, Wanda Ray, Dawsonville, Sharon Pruett, Dawsonville; brothers and sisters in law, James and Linda Pruett, Dawsonville, Walter and Shelba Pruett, Marble Hill, Tommy Tatum, Dawsonville; and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Friday August 9, 2019 at 2 o’clock at McKees Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. Justin Combs will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 until 8 at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

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Sherry Jeanette Rucker: Obituary

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Sherry Jeanette Rucker, 77 of Dawsonville, GA passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Seasons Hospice, Cumming, GA after an extended illness. She was born to the late Ethan and Irene Glover. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whom loved to watch television. She retired after 20 years as the Manager of Wendy’s restaurant in Cumming, GA.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Rucker; brothers and sister in law, Truiett and Betty Glover, Ricky Glover; brother in law, Mike Camp.

She is survived by his children, Lanny and Rhonda Rucker of Dawsonville, GA, Ronnie and Tianna Rucker of Dawsonville, GA; grandchildren, Aleisha, Jennifer, William and Richard; brothers, Johnny and Judy Glover, Kenneth and Jane Glover, Raburn Glover; sister, Linda Camp; and numerous other relatives survive.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Owens officiating. Interment will follow the funeral at 1:30 p.m. at Green Lawn Cemetery, Roswell, GA.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left online at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA

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Norma Pirkle McClure: Obituary

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Norma Pirkle McClure, 84, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday July 18, 2019 at Northside Forsyth Hospital following a period of declining health.
Born March 13, 1935 in Hall County to the late Henry and Verdell Pirkle, she lived most of her life in Dawson County. Mrs. McClure retired as the office manager for Southeastern Freezer following 30 years of service. Norma was affectionally known as the “Biscuit Queen” for her biscuit making for the Kilough Community and Fire Station #3 at the annual Fall Festival in Dawsonville. She also enjoyed quilting and playing piano at church. A member of the Order of Easter Star, she was of the Baptist faith and was also preceded in death by a sister, Dortha Lowman Sosebee, and brothers, Ralph Pirkle and John Pirkle.
Surviving are her son and daughter in law, Jerry and Cathy McClure, Dawsonville; daughter and son in law, Sandra and Johnny McBrayer, Dawsonville; grandchildren, Jason and Heidi McClure, Tiffany and Cody Young, Brooke and Jason Williams, Christopher and Amy McBrayer; nine great grandchildren; sister in law, Wilda Pirkle, Dawsonville; and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Sunday July 21, 2019 at 3 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Stephen Davis and Rev. Tommy Ross will officiate. Interment will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 until 8 at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

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Robert Vaughn “Rob” Robbins: Obituary

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Robert Vaughn “Rob” Robbins, 60, of Dawsonville passed away Wednesday July 17, 2019 following a sudden illness.
Born March 1, 1959, Rob had been a resident of Dawson County for the past ten years having moved from Alabama. He had earned a degree in business administration from North Georgia College and had worked in sales for a number of years. Rob’s passion was ministry and after earning a Master’s of Theology degree in 1996 he served as a minister at the Assembly of God in Union Springs Alabama. Attending the Church at War Hill after moving to Dawsonville, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jill Shirley Robbins and father, Joe Wayne Robbins.
Surviving are his mother, Mary Ann Robbins, Dawsonville; sisters and brothers in law, Lisa and Kim Mills, Dawsonville, Tammy and Rickey Tatum, Dawsonville, Janice and Mark Anderson, Ohio, Pat and Tod Carmony, Ohio; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial services will be held Saturday August 3, 2019 at 11 AM at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Owens officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Life Church of God, PO Box 917, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

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Henry Little, Sr: Obituary

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Henry Little, Sr., 89, of Dawsonville passed away Wednesday July 17, 2019 at Northside Forsyth Hospital.
Born January 9, 1930 in North Carolina, he had been a resident of Dawson County for the past 18 years having moved from Cleveland, Tennessee. A U.S. Air Force Veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, Henry was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gainesville. During his working life he traveled extensively as a commercial sales rep for City Service Oil Company. An avid and talented golfer, he affectionately earned the name “Ho Hum Henry” because his shots were so consistent his friends would joke that his golf game was boring. He also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, spending time at the beach but most of all his grandchildren. Henry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha M. Little; parents, Lawrence and Belle Little; sisters, Ruby Peterson, Frankie Little; brother, John Little.
Surviving are his son and daughter in law, Hank and Danette Little of Dawsonville; grandchildren, Lee and Chelsea Little, Neal Little.
Memorial services will be held Saturday July 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gainesville with Pastor Zach Hoffman officiating.
Interment will be held in Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Henry’s honor and memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 600 South Enota Drive NE, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

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