Henry Little, Sr: Obituary


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.


Houston LaGuinn Miers, Sr: Obituary


Houston LaGuinn Miers, Sr, 88 of Dawsonville, GA passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Gold City Convalescent Center, Dahlonega, GA with his family by his side. He was one of the premier Square Dance Caller’s and teachers in the Southeast for 45 years. He was a 32 Degree Mason, Shriner and Jester. Houston was an avid stain glass designer, and spent most of his life as a Master Printer.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Bryant Miers of Dawsonville, GA; children, Teresa Pruitt Nichols of Lawrenceville, GA, Houston L. Miers, Jr, of Gainesville, GA, Emily Sharon Summers of Jasper, GA; grandchildren, Dennis, Matthew, Ethan, and Carly; and six great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Houston’s memory to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children (wwwshrinershospitalforchildren.org)

Condolences may be left online at www.beardenfuneralhome.com

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA

Rupert Eben Cartwright, Sr.: Obituary


Rupert Eben Cartwright, Sr., 88, of Dawsonville passed away Friday April 13, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health.

Born December 23, 1929 to the late Eben and Liberta Cartwright in Flomaton, Alabama, he had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help anyone and we know he is in Heaven making Jesus laugh!!! He will be dearly missed. Rupert was a member of the Florida State Guard 1947 and a decorated Corporal in U.S. Army who served during the Korean War from Feb. 1951 until his honorable discharge in Nov. 1952. He was a Communications expert and telephone lineman during the war, a proud member of Korean War Veterans of Georgia Inc. in Gainesville and received the Korean Service Medal in 2005.
A member of Juno Baptist Church in Dawsonville, Rupert had worked at the Scott’s Paper Mill in Alabama and also as a Carpenter, Tile setter and even did some mason work. He helped build the lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, worked on a church included in the movie “Six Pack”, and Willeo Baptist Church in Roswell, Georgia. He loved animals, camping and sitting by a campfire anytime he could make one. A very clever inventor, he also enjoyed to mechanic, cook, fish, hunt and was a good farmer too. He enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts when his sons were younger. He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Eugene Cartwright, brother, J.C. Cartwright, and sister, Vera McCrory.

Surviving are his wife of over 65 years, Mildred Catherine Haygood Cartwright of Dawsonville; children, Rupert Eben, Jr. and Leah Cartwright of Waleska; Vanessa and Roy Fouts, Adam Cartwright, Nathan and Patricia Cartwright, Lynda Grant and John Reid, all of Dawsonville; sisters, Lera Nell Skipper and Linda Leo Cartwright of Pensacola, Florida; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial services will be held on Friday April 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Bottoms and Pastor Roland Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Veterans Alliance, 6532 Valley Stream Way, Cumming, GA 30040.

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

Mr. John R. “Johnny” Waddell, Sr. : Obituary


John R. “Johnny” Waddell, Sr., of Dawsonville passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of August 31, 2017 after a long battle with alzheimers. He was 80 years old.

Born January 27, 1937 to the late John E. Waddell and Hazel M. (Jones), he was the eldest of three children. He grew up with his sister, Sharon and his brother, Gary in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Johnny served in the U.S. Air Force 317th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and the 325th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. He was honored with a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. His love of flying continued throughout his lifetime. In 1958 he married the mother of his three children, Frances, who he lovingly called Beulah. They divorced in 1973, and he never remarried, but enjoyed life on the farm he called DunRoven Acres, where he lived happily ever after with his tractor.

He was a certified master mechanic. Starting out at Chamblee Carburetor, then Plaza Pontiac, he worked for and then owned his own business, Ron’s Automotive. Most recently he was a valued employee and team member of Grimes Automotive. Johnny, also known as “Big John”, is well known and respected in the racing community as the Crew Chief of the Bruce Brantley Racing Team, inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.

He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, John Waddell Jr. “Speedy” and wife Lori, Raymond Scott Waddell and wife Tracie, Sherri Harmon and husband Steve; six grandchildren, Jason Harmon and wife Jeni, June Harmon, Amanda Waddell, Amanda Long, Johnny Waddell and wife Mandalyn, Jennifer Waddell; and six great grand children, Kaylee, Evan, Tristan, Lily, Scott, and Sarah. He will also be missed by other family members and many friends that have been like extended family.

The family is planning a memorial gathering of close friends and family at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

Mr. Daniel E. Riley, Sr. : Obituary


Daniel E. Riley, Sr., 94, of Dawsonville passed away Sunday January 1, 2017 at Tanglewood Assisted Living.

Born August 17, 1922 in Moundsville, WV to the late John and Agnes Riley, he had lived in Dawson County since 2008 having moved from Lula. Mr. Riley was an automobile mechanic for 50 years and worked for Camp Chevrolet until his retirement. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson Law School, he also served as a Dekalb County Deputy Sheriff for 20 years and worked as a real estate agent and appraiser. He was a U. A. Army veteran of WW II and prior to entering the military he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was also preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.

Surviving are his son and daughter in law, Daniel E., Jr, and Angie Riley, Dawsonville; grandchildren, Miranda Riley, Nathan Riley, Alex McLean, Allen McLean; great grandchildren, Brayden Gibbs, Adalynn Gibbs; and a sister, Carol Hammond, Washington, PA.

Funeral services will be held Thursday January 5, 2017 at 11 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tony Allison will officiate. Interment will follow at Georgia National Cemetery at 1:30.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 until 8 at the funeral home.

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

Dr. Billie C. Russo, Sr. : Obituary


Dr. Billie C. Russo, Sr., 80, of Dawsonville passed away Saturday April 2, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health.

Born March 24, 1936, Dr. Russo had been a resident of Dawsonville and Lumpkin County for over 10 years coming from Pensacola, Florida. A U.S. Air Force veteran who served over 9 years, he was a licensed minister and earned a doctorate in Theology from the International Seminary in Florida. He served as Pastor for many churches throughout Georgia and as a chaplain for the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and numerous other agencies through the years. He most recently served as the Senior’s Pastor at Kilough Church By the Lake where he was also a member. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marciano and Katheleen Russo.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Mary Russo, Dawsonville; children, Tony Russo, Atlanta, Andy Russo, Billie Russo, Jr., Albie and Shanta Russo, all of Winston, GA, Daniel and Chrissy Arthur, Havelock, NC, Shannon and Matt Bolin, Clarksville, TN; grandchildren, Danita, Warren, Nikki, Winston, Anna, Chloe, Dylan, Marina, Rebekah, Hadassah, Kaedyn, Madyson, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Jacob, Danek, Bella; a number of other relatives.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Jeff Burrell will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 noon until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. www.cff.org

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

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