Shooter, victims in Thursday murder-suicide identified

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Kelley James McDonald Jr.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Kelley James McDonald Jr., 39, a fugitive wanted in Florida for multiple counts of domestic abuse, has been identified as the shooter in Thursday’s murder-suicide that took the lives of three adults and sent one unidentified teenager to the hospital.

The deceased have been identified as McDonald, his ex-wife Kelly Garrison, and her sister Tracy Runnels.  An unidentfied 16-year-old female also suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to an Atlanta-area hospital where she underwent surgery Thursday. Her injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

A 13-year-old female and a 2-year old female suffered only minor scratches in the incident but did not need to be transported to the hospital. Authorities declined to identify them because of their age.

At approximately 8:20 a.m. Thursday, Lumpkin County deputies responded to a “shots fired” call. Upon entering the residence, they found Runnels’ body and the 16-year-old female, who had been shot, in the upstairs portion of the home. As they began to clear that floor, they heard three more shots coming from a lower floor.

Downstairs, they discovered the bodies of McDonald and Garrison.

During a Thursday press conference, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said it appears the incident started as a domestic incident in Florida and that Garrison fled the state to come to Lumpkin County to hide at her sister’s home.

Authorities do not know how McDonald made his way to Lumpkin County. There was a report that an unidentified Ford Explorer SUV was seen leaving the vicinity around the time of the shooting.

However, it now appears that vehicle did not play a part in the incident. There is some construction work going on in the area, and it looks like the SUV was in the area to drop off one of the workers.

 

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1 Killed, 1 Serously Injured in Dahlonega Crash

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – One person was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on collision on Morrison Moore near the intersection of Rabel Drive in Lumpkin County Friday at 7:34 p.m.

According to the report by Georgia State Patrol SFC Curtis W. Bradshaw Jr., Bonnie Bisbee, 50, of Dahlonega was killed while traveling south on Ga. Hwy. 60 in a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer that crossed the centerline, striking the 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Shandra Loggins, 50, of Dahlonega head on.

Bradshaw stated that the Bisbee vehicle rotated counter clockwise and came to an uncontrolled rest, blocking the northbound travel lane facing east.. The Loggins vehicle traveled off the east shoulder rotating counter clockwise and came to a final uncontrolled rest facing west

Bisbee was pronounced dead at the scene. Loggins received serious injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment

 

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David “Yank” DeMark, Jr. : Obituary

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David “Yank” DeMark, Jr., age 47, of Dahlonega, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

He was everyone’s hero.  His world revolved around his grandchildren.

Yank is survived by his loving wife, Lorrie DeMark; sons and daughters-in-law, Corkey and Megan Reece, Dahlonega, GA, James and Ashley Reece, Dahlonega, GA; daughters and sons-in-law, Celea and TJ Gosdin, Cleveland, GA, Michayla and Michael Flanagan, Cleveland, GA, Tabitha DeMark, Pennsylvania; mother, Dianne DeMark, Rochester, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Robin Ann and Mike Rivero, NY and 15 grandchildren.  Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for David are scheduled for 2 PM Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, GA.

Rev. Joey Smith will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega, GA on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 5 PM to 9 PM, all day on Sunday, June 4, 2017 and again on Monday. June 5, 2017 from 10 AM until time of service.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net

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

Mr. Bruce Douglas Roydes, Jr. : Obituary

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Bruce Douglas Roydes, Jr., age 38, of Dahlonega, GA passed away on February 16, 2017.

Bruce is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joyce Spain, Jack Roydes, and Clara Roydes.

Bruce is survived his by parents, Bruce Roydes, Murphy, NC, Mechelle Slater-Roydes, Dawsonville, GA and Sharon and Jeff Russell, Bristol, VA; sisters and brother-in-law, Amber and Hunter Allen, Dawsonville, GA, Jessica Roydes, Bristol, VA; brother, Joeseph Russell, Bristol, VA; grandfather, Charlie Spain, Dawsonville, GA nephew, Colton Walsh; nieces, Alaysha Roydes, and Harlie Grace Freeman.  Numerous other relatives also survive.

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

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

Mr. Robert “Bobby” Theodore Miller, Jr. : Obituary

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Robert “Bobby” Theodore Miller, Jr., age 51, of Suches, GA passed away suddenly due to a tragic accident on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Bobby was born in Blairsville, GA on June 18, 1965 and was a life-long resident of Suches, GA.  He was a loving husband, son, father, and grandfather who thought the world of his grandson.  He was a past master of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F & AM of Dahlonega, GA and an avid sportsman.  Bobby was a member of Pleasant Valley Church in Suches, GA.  Bobby, having always been on the wild side, was the life of the party and always up for an adventure.

Bobby is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Brandy Miller; son and daughter-in-law, Jordan and Jamie Miller; grandson, Elijah Miller; parents, Robert Theodore Miller, Sr. and Martha Jane Woody Miller; sisters and brothers-in-law, Robbie and Lowell Wilkins, Althea and Johnny Cantrell; nephew, Darrien Wilkins; nieces, Eliza Wilkins and Bella Wilkins all of Suches, GA.  Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Bobby are scheduled for 2 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, GA.

Rev. Gary Keown and Rev. Bobby Baker will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Suches, GA.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5 PM and 9 PM and again on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 10 AM until service time.

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

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

Mr. Byron Joseph (Choppy) Bourgeois, Jr. : Obituary

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Mr. Byron Joseph (Choppy) Bourgeois, Jr., age 79 of Dahlonega passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a courageous battle with A.M.L.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Byron was born to parents Byron Joseph, Sr. and Jessie Brinkley Bourgeois on June 20, 1937. He retired from Abbott Laboratories as a pharmaceutical sales manager in 1999 after 34 years of service and had lived in Dahlonega since 2007. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Byron was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Dale Bourgeois, and first wife Joan. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Betty Hottell Bourgeois, children; Robert Byron Bourgeois, Atlanta, Michael John (Andrea) Bourgeois, Alpharetta, Ashley Bourgeois (John Michael) Harbin, Dahlonega, sister; Judith Bourgeois Petrie, Baton Rouge, LA, sister-in-law; Barbara Bourgeois, Metairie, LA, grandchildren; Madelyn Burk Bourgeois, Michael Dillon Bourgeois and Reid Joseph Bourgeois, all of Alpharetta.

Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at St. Luke Catholic Church. Father John Matejek and Father Neil Dhabliwala will officiate. Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park. A reception will follow at the Achasta Clubhouse. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 3rd from 6 – 9 p.m. at Dahlonega Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul 91 North Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-4779

Online condolences may be expressed atwww.dahlonegafuneralhome.com

Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home 20 Gibson Road Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-864-DOVE (3683)

Mr. ZV Major, Jr. : Obituary

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ZV Major, Jr., age 90, a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County passed away on September 17, 2016.

ZV was the son of the late Zeb Vance Major, Sr. and Lula Mae Garner Major. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Bertie Mae Watson Major; brothers and sisters, Eugene Major, “Cat” Clarence Major, Adele Gooch, Ethel Fitts, Grapel Major, and Naomi Major; sons-in-law, Carlton Eugene Butler and Jim Raines; and grandson, Carlton Shawn Butler.

ZV is survived by his daughters, Pam Major and Betty Raines; son, Johnny Major; sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Donald Bryan; and grandson, Raymond Raines. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for ZV are scheduled for Monday September 19, 2016 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, GA.

Chris Bryan, Lyn Cantrell, and Eddie Mounce will officiate.

A private interment will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega, GA on Monday September 19, 2016 from 12 Noon to 3 PM.

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

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

Raymond Charles Newirth, Jr. : Obituary

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Raymond Charles Newirth, Jr., age 81 of Dawsonville, GA passed away on September 13, 2016.

Raymond was the son of the late Raymond C. and Eleanor Lawrence Newirth and was also preceded in death by his son, Michael Newirth.

Raymond is survived by his son, Stephen Newirth, Dawsonville, GA; brother, Larry Newirth, New Castle, DE; sister, Wanda Carlisle, Littleton, CO; grandchildren, Trevor Newirth and Shawn Lawrence. Numerous other relatives also survive.

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

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

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