Violet “Dude” Harper: Obituary

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Violet “Dude” Harper

Violet “Dude” Harper, 90, of Dawsonville passed away Monday February 11, 2019 following a period of declining health.

Born July 20, 1928 to the late Alan and Lois Pickelsimer, she was raised in Copperhill, TN and had been a resident of Dawsonville for over 60 years. She was a nurturing mother, wonderful cook and loving grandmother and great-grandmother who thrived on spoiling all of her grandchildren. Dude was preceded in death by her husband of almost 63 years, Leroy Harper and four brothers, H.A. Jr., Dell, Bob and Toby Pickelsimer.

Surviving are her children, Ann Sheffield, Sherry Allen and Eddie Moyer, Rudy Harper, Greg Harper, all of Dawsonville; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

A funeral service for both Dude and Leroy Harper will be held Thursday February 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday February 13 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

A private interment will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dawson County Park and Rec Youth Scholarship Fund, PO Box 808, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Ida Loutrelle “Trelle” Baird Wade: Obituary

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Ida Loutrelle “Trelle” Baird Wade

Our special rainbow, Ida Loutrelle “Trelle” Baird Wade, 86, passed away February 1, 2019 following an extended illness. Trelle was born July 8, 1932 in Commerce, Georgia. The brightness of her colors will remain alive in our memories. She was a joy, as a general rule, but she could be quite obstinate at times, especially if all the chores were not being done. Never a procrastinator, she urged all to do whatever had to be done immediately—no ifs, no ands, and no buts. “Do not put off until tomorrow what can and will be done today” was her mantra.

Trelle maintained a deep interest in the Civil War and spent much time reading about the war and travelling to the places where some of the major battles were fought. She had a vast collection of books regarding the war and biographies of many of the officers. Many of her books were first editions. She was especially interested in General Robert E. Lee from the Civil War and George Washington from the Revolutionary War. Trelle lived in Panama City Beach, Florida for twenty years and was a member of the Civil War Roundtable Discussion Group. To broaden her knowledge of the war, she took several classes at Gulf Coast College in Panama City.

Living in Chamblee prior to the husband’s, Russell P. Wade, death, they were members of the Berkley Hills Golf Club. She served as president of the Berkley Hills Women’s Group, and it was at the golf course there where she got her first “hole-in-one”. Needless to say, she was quite proud of her achievement and went on to become an avid golfer.

As a descendant of the Scottish Clan Baird, she received her membership in the Clan her Tartan Plaid.
Growing up she would never go near a horse, never learned to ride a bicycle and never learned to swim. However; Trelle had a Pilot’s license and would fly their private airplane solo and drive the Oldsmobile convertible 90 miles an hour.

Trelle was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville which she loved attending and associating with the other members which she also truly loved. She attended church until the time her health declined.
Her dog “Dooley” came into Trelle’s life in August 2012. He was 6 weeks old and won her heart from the moment she first saw him. A tiny little bundle of fur from a rescue shelter, he has grown into a 60 plus pound of loveable black Labrador. With Trelle, Dooley could do no wrong and they thrived together, loving each other. Dooley knew Trelle was his, totally and completely. For the first time in her life, she allowed her dog to share her bed!! She did this even after she became ill.

Trelle is survived by a daughter, Shelby Lee, and her sons Arthur, Rusty, and Joey; a son, Tim Wade and his son Ryan; and a sister, Peggy Rambo. Seven great grandchildren and a great great grandson also survive.
At her request, Trelle was cremated and her urn will be placed beside her husband in a crypt in Arlington Memorial Park.

A memorial service is planned for Friday February 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church. Rev. David Jordan will officiate.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

John Andrew Makosky: Obituary

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John Andrew Makosky

John Andrew Makosky, 84, of Cumming passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Oaks at Hampton following a period of declining health.

Born July 24, 1934 in Montville, NJ to the late John and Mary Makosky, Mr. Makosky lived in Alpharetta for over 30 years before moving to the Oaks at Hampton in 2017. After a long career in the automotive industry, John retired from Webb Wheel Products in 1999. A U.S. Army veteran, John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Joan Colette Makosky and son, John David Makosky.

Surviving are his children, Sharon and Terry Martin, Dawsonville, Diane and Dan Rennell, Rogers, AR; six grandchildren, Laura and Joe Grossman, Kevin Martin, Justin Rennell, Courtney Rennell, Evan and Alexis Rennell, Hannah Rennell; and sister, Dorothy Makosky, Montville, NJ.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dawsonville Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Raymond “Ray” Wells: Obituary

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Raymond “Ray” Wells

Raymond “Ray” Wells, 74, of Dawsonville passed away Saturday January 26, 2019 at his residence following a sudden illness.

Mr. Wells was born June 13, 1944 in the old Downey Hospital in Gainesville. He was formerly employed by AT&T after which he owned and operated Westside Electronics in Gainesville. Ray enjoyed restoring automobiles and was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Aline and Floyd Stowers, and a brother, Donald Stowers.

Surviving are Brenda Good, Dawsonville; sisters and brothers in law, Henrietta and Ron Delvinthal, Gainesville, Harriett Wells, Baldwin, Joyce and Frank Garrett, Gainesville, Jolene Smith, Goldsboro, NC; brother and sister in law, Arnold and Ellen Stowers, Gainesville; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Thursday January 31, 2019 at 2 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tony Holtzclaw will officiate. Interment will follow in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Ruby “Bertie” Harmon: Obituary

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Ruby “Bertie” Harmon

Ruby “Bertie” Harmon, 85, of Dawsonville passed away Monday January 28, 2019 at New Horizons Lanier Park following a period of declining health.

Born March 29, 1933, Mrs. Harmon was originally from Columbia, Missouri where she met her husband. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville. Bertie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed bowling but her family was the most important of all. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, James A. Harmon; daughters, Pamela Jane Thompson, Cindy Harmon and numerous siblings.

Surviving are her son and daughter in law, Gary and Linda Harmon of Kansas; daughters and sons in law, Susan and Chris Walsh of Dawsonville; Patty and David Cronic of Lawrenceville; sister and brother in law, Kay and Ronnie Wade of Missouri; grandchildren, T.J. Reynolds, Kristin Harmon, Joseph Reynolds, Justin Harmon, Matthew Reynolds, Jason Reynolds, Rachel Harmon, Heather Davenport, Samantha Thompson, Natalie Harmon; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Frank Colladay will officiate. Interment will follow in Dawsonville Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday January 29 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Horizons Lanier Park, 675 White Sulphur Road, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

Lillie Mae “Mickie” Wilkins: Obituary

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Lillie Mae “Mickie” Wilkins

1940 – 2019

Lillie Mae “Mickie” Wilkins, 79, of Dawsonville passed away Friday January 18, 2019 at Foothills Retirement Home in Dahlonega.

Born January 17, 1940 in Cumming, Miss Wilkins had been a resident of Dawson County for most of her life. She worked as a bus driver with the Dawson County School System for a number of years. An active member of Liberty Baptist Church she had a great love for her church family. Miss Wilkins was known for her service to others through her time, talents and gifts. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlton and Dovie Pruitt; husbands, Sergeant First Class Billy Charles, Rev. Earl E. Marshall, J.M. Wilkins; sister, Evelyn Pruitt; brother, Paul Pruitt.

Surviving are her daughters and sons in law, Billie Jo “BJ” and Jim O’Connor of Columbia, SC, Rebecca “Susie” and John Carr of Cumming; sons, Dan Charles of New Orleans, Eddie Marshall of Cumming; step-children, Trisha and Phil Harris of Cumming, Scott Marshall; brothers, Lamar Pruitt of Cumming, Leon Pruitt of Elberton; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Monday January 21, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jerry Frazier, Rev. Dennis Bottoms and Rev. Stephen Davis will officiate. Interment services will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday January 20 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Monday from 12 noon until the hour of service.

Floral arrangements are appreciated or in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Foothills Retirement Home, 148 Glen Head Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

Hector, Dawson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. K-9: Obituary

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Hector, Dawson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. K-9 2019

Hector was a trained service dog who served with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit from 2012 until he passed away while on duty in November of 2018.

To honor his service to this community, a memorial service to honor him will be held Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 11 o’clock at the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel.

Herbert Don Baty: Obituary

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Herbert Don Baty
1930 – 2019

Herbert Don Baty, age 88 of Dahlonega, formerly of Alpharetta, died January 10, 2019.
Mr. Baty was born in Highlands, NC and was a retired machinist with Scientific Atlanta.
The family will receive friends Sunday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville, GA. The burial will follow at Highlands Memorial Park at the first of the week.
He is survived by his sons, Kenny Baty, Buster Baty and Greg Baty; brother, Clarence M. Doc Baty of Social Circle; Eleven grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

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