Norman Henderson “Norm” Donald, III: Obituary


Norman Henderson “Norm” Donald, III, 80, of Dawsonville, GA, formerly of New York, passed away peacefully at his home on July 11, 2018.

Norm was born November 1, 1937 in Denver, CO to the late Norman H. Jr. and Angelene Donald. He was a graduate of St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, Princeton University and Harvard University Law School. After graduation, he worked at Davis Polk & Wardell, LLP before joining Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom, LLP where he was a partner specializing in mergers & acquisitions for decades. A member of the Union Club in New York and Rotary International, he was an active member of the Dawsonville Community. He enjoyed international travels, golf, and reading. Norm was also preceded in death by a son, Norman H. Donald, IV; and sister, Annette Donald.

He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Helen and Silas W. Smith, New York, NY; two grandchildren Addison and Alston Smith; and his brother Williamson Pell Donald.

A pot luck memorial gathering will be held Saturday July 14, 2018 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Church of the Apostles, 34 Grant Road West, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Dawson County Humane Society, 633 Martin Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

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

Van Keifer Skelton, III : Obituary


Van Keifer Skelton, III, 63, of Dawsonville passed away Sunday August 6, 2017.

Born March 10, 1954 in Miami, Florida to the late Van and Dorothy Skelton, he had lived in Dawson County for the past 21 years having moved from Cobb County. Mr. Skelton enjoyed fishing, cooking, classic cars, gardening, was a U. S. Army veteran and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Janice Skelton, son and daughter in law, Jason and Miki Skelton; daughter and son in law, Michelle and Daniel Stahl; grandson, Charlie Skelton; sisters and brother in law, Lana Caplan, Vanetta and Robert Bennett.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 2 o’clock at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Dr. Jim Gaines will officiate.

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

Mr. Charles W. King, III : Obituary


Charles W. King, III, 57 of Dawsonville passed away Thursday August 31, 2017 at his residence following a sudden illness.

Born February 3, 1960 in Houston, Texas, he had lived in Dawson County for the past 15 years having moved from Decatur. Mr. King worked as a mortgage banker for 10 years after which he was employed at Lowe’s in Cumming. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles W. King, Jr.
Surviving are his companion, Betsy Padgett, Dawsonville; mother, Barbara King, Dawsonville; brother, Paul King, Dawsonville; stepmother, Sandie King, Florida; stepsister, Susan Arvesen Jensen, Illinois; niece, Savannah King; nephews, Payton King, Zach King; his special dogs, Cozmo and Roxie; his former classmates from West Lafayette High School in Indiana and numerous friends.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday September 23, 2017 at 2 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends on Saturday September 23 beginning at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Dawson County Humane Society, 633 Martin Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

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

Supreme Court Appoints Chief Judge Self to JQC  


Atlanta, October 20, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has appointed Chief Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self, III of the Macon Judicial Circuit to the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). Self replaces Chief Judge Brenda Weaver of the Appalachian Circuit, who resigned from the Commission in August.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission is a seven-member constitutional body that educates Georgia judges about their ethical duties and conducts investigations and hearings regarding judges’ ethical misconduct. The state Supreme Court makes two appointments to the Commission. The Court appointed Judge Patsy Y. Porter of the Fulton County State Court to the Commission in August 2013. Judge Porter remains on the Commission and recently took over as its chairperson following Chief Judge Weaver’s resignation.

Chief Judge Self, 47, was elected to the Superior Court bench Dec. 5, 2006, and was reelected in 2010 and 2014 without opposition. He is the third generation of his family to be elected to a judicial office. A former U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer, Chief Judge Self is the President-Elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges. He has served as the co-chair of the Council’s Bench and Bar Committee and as a member of its Budget and Legislation Committees. Prior to his service on the bench, he was a partner with the law firm of Sell & Melton in Macon. He is a former President of the Macon Bar Association. In addition to his other judicial duties, Chief Judge Self presides over the Macon Judicial Circuit’s Veterans Treatment Court.

Chief Judge Self serves on the Museum of Aviation Foundation Board of Directors at Robins Air Force Base and the Executive Board of the Central Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Downtown Macon Rotary Club. In his free time, Chief Judge Self officiates college football in the NCAA’s Southern Conference.

Judge Self is a magna cum laude graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and he graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law.

“The Georgia Supreme Court strongly supports the work of the Judicial Qualifications Commission in educating Georgia’s judges about their ethical duties and disciplining judges who violate the ethics rules,” Chief Justice Hugh Thompson said. “We believe Chief Judge Self is well-suited to assist in the work of this important commission.”

Mr. Edward J. Engle, III : Obituary


Edward J. Engle, III, 75, of Dawsonville passed away Tuesday October 11, 2016 at his residence following a brief illness.

Born August 15, 1941 in Scranton, PA to the late Edward J., Jr. and Lucille Engle, Mr. Engle grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned a BS Degree from the University of Delaware and retired as Vice President of Research and Development for FiberVisions after 40 years of service. His research led to several patents in the fiber industry. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed golf, gardening, jogging and world travels. He was fortunate enough to travel with his wife to all seven continents and over 100 countries. Mr. Engle was a member of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Catherine “Cathy” Engle, Dawsonville; children, Ann Engle Brucker and her husband Jeff, Austin, TX, Julie Engle Economos and her husband Steve, Atlanta, Edward J. Engle, IV, Atlanta; grandchildren, MJ Economos, Ty Economos, Catelin Economos, Jacob Economos, Camden Brucker, Peyton Brucker, and Channing Brucker.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday October 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Fr. Brian J. Higgins will officiate.

The family will receive friends Friday evening October 21, 2016 from 6:30 until 8:30 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mr. Engle’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at or mailed to 3525 Piedmont Road NE, Bldg 6 Ste. 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.

Condolences may be expressed at
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