Charles (Chuck) Howard Dobson: Obituary


Charles (Chuck) Howard Dobson, Scotsman, businessman, world traveler, dog lover, and foodie died on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the age of 74.

Born in Westminister, Maryland on January 14, 1944, he graduated from Westminster High School in 1962 and enlisted in the Maryland National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. Chuck attended Catonsville Community College and the University of Maryland for his undergraduate studies and completed graduate professional education at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

Chuck had a long career in the financial services industry, serving in managerial to Vice President roles with Maryland National Bank, Union Trust Company in Baltimore, MD, Southeast Bank/First Union in Miami, FL, Huntington Bank in Columbus, OH, and Midfirst Credit Union in Middletown, OH. He completed his corporate career working for NCR as a consultant and project manager, where he advised banking clients on financial automation technology.

Later, Chuck paired his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of man’s best friend by starting and operating a natural pet supply business in the Suwanee, Georgia area. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he used his background in entrepreneurship and finance working for the U.S. Government processing emergency loans for disaster-stricken small business owners. Even after retiring on Lake Lanier in 2006, Chuck continued to bring his experience to several local businesses.

Chuck enjoyed surrounding himself and spending time with strong, intelligent, and entertaining people. He found his equal in, wooed, and married Judy Mitchell Dobson, of Johnstown, PA, a little over forty years ago. They traveled extensively, experiencing new places, flavors, and hunting down unique antiques. Together they instilled the importance of loyalty, responsibility, and hard work into their beloved son Brice Andrew Dobson.  Brice is married to Paige Parker, formerly of Cumming.

Chuck delighted in sharing the things he enjoyed and found meaningful with his friends and family…his flower garden, stories about his dog, his Scottish heritage, and where to find a good meal. Never one to show up underdressed, Chuck took pride in and was known for his distinguished style. He was a long-time member of Duck’s Unlimited and the Clan Donnachaidh Society of the South.

Chuck was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.  He had quiet and private faith and belief in God, which he lived through day-to-day kindness, charity, and support to his friends and family.

Visitation will be held at Dahlonega Funeral Home on Thursday, August 9 from 6-8 PM and at 1 PM, Friday, August 10 with Memorial Service beginning at 2 PM.  Contributions in Chuck’s memory may be made to Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501, or online at

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Emma Montine Satterfield Clark: Obituary


Mrs. Emma Montine Satterfield Clark, age 90, of Dahlonega passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Mrs. Clark was born in Lumpkin County on February 19, 1928 to the late Noah Washington and Lilly Mae Lance Satterfield. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert J. Clark, infant son Charles Clark, daughter Kathryn Weaver, son Terry Walker, granddaughters Nancy Mullis, and Maggie Patterson and several of her siblings.

Mrs. Clark was retired from Con-Agra. She was a caretaker for the elderly, many of which she stayed by their side until their passing. Affectionately called Granny by almost everyone in her family, Mrs. Clark will be remembered most for playing in the dirt with her grandbabies. She loved to plant her flowers and her garden. Cooking, sewing, and quilting were things at the top of Granny’s list. Mrs. Clark was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son Billy Walker; daughter Judy Thompson; son and daughter in law Ricky and Cynthia Clark; son Reggie Clark; daughter and son in law Cindy and Ricky Smith; daughter Martha Saunders; brothers and sisters in law Charles and Kay Satterfield and Marcus and Barbara Satterfield; sister and brother in law Brenda and Ken Putnam; 32 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren with two more on the way.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, August 10, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Rev. Dwayne Smith, Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

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Donna Sue Roland: Obituary


Mrs. Donna Sue Roland, age 59, of Dawsonville passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Donna was born in Tate, GA on October 14, 1959. She was preceded in death by her father Donas D. Roland and brother Dennis Roland. Donna loved her nieces and nephews very much.  In fact, to say she spoiled them is an understatement. She loved everyone she met and that love was given right back to her. Donna was as special and unique as anyone could be and will be greatly missed by her family. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and a member of Concord Baptist Church in Silver City.

Survivors include her loving mother Estelle Roland, Dawsonville; brother and sister in law Doyal and Deborah Roland, Murrayville; sister and brother in law Darlene Rebecca and Allen Stone, Dawsonville; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, a great nephew and a great great niece.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Rev. Danny Spurr will officiate. Interment will follow in Amicalola Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

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Sidney Stover: Obituary


The family of Mr. Sidney Stover of Suches announces his passing on August 1, 2018, at 94 years of age. He went on to meet his Lord and to be with his late wife, Bertha Mae Pruitt Stover, who passed in February 2017. At the time of her passing they had been married 73 years. When asked by the hospice chaplain on Tuesday what about his faith gave him a lot of comfort Sidney replied, “I know my wife is waiting for me with God”. They were both lifelong residents of Suches and are survived by their eight children. Sidney had many skills and knowledge that he used to help other people throughout his life. He was a woodworker and cabinet builder by trade. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Blairsville.

Sidney was born June 17, 1924 to Reverend Sherman David Stover and (his second wife) Thressa Anderson Stover.  Soon after Sidney and Bertha Mae married in 1943 he was called to report to Ft. McPherson, Georgia for military service. He served in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in combat while serving in Italy. He was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers John, Sherman (Junior), Herman, and Bill; his sister Ruby Nevell; also (from his dad’s first marriage) his brother James Stover and his sisters Mary Garrett and Mattie Dailey; and daughter in law Mary Elizabeth “Ginger” Stover and grandson David Stover.

He is survived by his brother and sister in law M.J. and Grace Stover, Dahlonega, and by his sisters Edna Griffis, Cleveland, TN and Rosa Haygood, Eva Nell Pruitt, and Carolyn Ray, all of Suches.

Sidney’s and Bertha Mae’s children include daughters and sons in law Laverne and Joe Harper, Clermont; Lela and David Perry, Cleveland; Teresa and Karl Hawk, Gainesville; and daughter Sue Adams and Steve Henderson, Opelika, AL; sons and daughters in law Bobby and Chatty Stover, Suches; Marvin and Mary Stover, Dahlonega; Stan and Judy Stover, Cleveland; and son Jack Stover, Gainesville.

Sidney and Bertha Mae were blessed with and enjoyed 20 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. There are many nieces and nephews as well as a number of close friends.

The Stover family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Suches. Sidney will lie in state at the church from 1:00 PM until time of service. His grandsons, Reverend Les Fuller and Reverend Lance Fuller, will officiate as well as his close friend Reverend Clarence Drummond and his great nephew Reverend Derrick Pruitt. Interment with full military honors will follow in the church cemetery where Sidney will be laid to rest alongside his wife.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Suches Fire Department Station 5, P. O. Box 84, Suches, GA  30572, or to the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1096 Wolf Pen Gap Road, Suches, GA 30572.

The Stover family would like to thank the staff of Regency Hospice of Hiawassee for the professional and compassionate care provided to Sidney during this final stage of his life.  They would also like to express their gratitude to Ernie and Melissa Pruitt for their care and support of Sidney and the family.

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Harriet McElfresh Dixon: Obituary


Harriet McElfresh Dixon, age 98, formerly of Irwin, PA and a resident of Cumming Nursing Home, Cumming, GA, passed away peacefully Friday, July 27, 2018 at the nursing home.

Born June 28, 1920 in Irwin, Westmoreland County, PA, Harriett was the daughter of Alfred and Margaret Allen Radford.   Harriet graduated from Norwin High School. She married H.C. (Bill) McElfresh in 1943 and they resided in Irwin, PA.   Bill was deceased in 1988.

Harriet was a member of First United Methodist Church of Irwin where she taught fourth grade Sunday School for many years.   She devoted her life to her children, family, church and friends. She enjoyed family activities, cooking, and traveling later in life.   Harriet’s fondest memories are of family gatherings during holidays, reunions, and visiting friends.

Harriet married Harry F. Dixon of Roswell, GA in 2001, who preceded her in death November 22, 2016. They were residents of Chambrell Living Center and Brookdale Big Creek in Roswell, GA.

Harriet is survived by a son Ron McElfresh and his wife Marge, and their children Clint McElfresh and Cara McElfresh of Fairbanks, Alaska; a daughter-in-law Dominque Wilfong of Choctaw, OK; grandson Vaughn McElfresh of Wasilla, Alaska; a daughter Connie Cenna and her husband Robert (Bob) of Dahlonega, GA, their children and families William Cenna (Andria), Daniel Cenna (Joanna), and Kenneth Cenna, as well as her late husband’s children Elizabeth Dixon Middlemiss, Christina Dixon Page (Michael), Cynthia Dixon Finegan (Paul), and Robert Dixon (Jacki) and their families.

A celebration of life service will be held later this year.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Irwin, 310 Oak Street, Irwin, PA 15642 or to a preferred charity.

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Curtis Lynn Smith: Obituary


Mr. Curtis Lynn Smith, age 74, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Mr. Smith was born in Griffin, GA on September 2, 1943 to the late George Washington and Evelyn Reid Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Steve Smith and his sister Mildred Reynolds. Mr. Smith served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He was an officer with the Georgia State Patrol, and a personal guard for the Carter family during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Mr. Smith was trusted to serve as a bodyguard for the Japanese Consulate. He owned and operated a private investigation firm for many years. With a full and adventurous career, Mr. Smith slowed down and was an independent insurance agent until he retired.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Lois Smith; daughter Whitney Smith; sons Scott Smith and Michael Smith; grandchildren Timothy Jacob Smith, Cheyenne Smith and Danielle Smith; sister Betty Vidos; and several other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, July 28, 2018 in the Chapel of Banister Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Merritt will officiate. Interment will follow in Salem Baptist Church with military honors. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

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Sallie V. Edwards: Obituary


Mrs. Sallie V. Edwards, age 80, of Dahlonega passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Mrs. Edwards was born in Mississippi on April 2, 1938. She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, and her husband George Vernon Edwards. Mrs. Edwards lived in Lumpkin County for many years.  She was a volunteer for many organizations and she was a homemaker for most of her life.  Mrs. Edwards was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children Crystal and Gasper Lopez, Sandy and Timothy Keys, Bonnie Sue and Ricky Loggins, and Martha and Harold Price; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A private memorial and interment will be held at a later date.

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Exie Ann Davis: Obituary


It is with great sadness that the family of Exie Ann Davis announces her passing on July 31, 2018, at her home in Dahlonega, Georgia.  Exie was surrounded by her loving husband and immediate family during the days leading up to her passing.

Born on July 8, 1939, to Jody and Mattie Lou Newton in Century, Florida, she grew up in Pensacola and graduated from Pensacola High School.  Exie married Robert Davis on December 14, 1957 and embraced the life of a Navy wife.  Upon Mr. Davis’ retirement they settled in Orange Park, Florida then made one last move to Dahlonega, Georgia in 2006.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, the Dahlonega Woman’s club as well as a Dahlonega book club.  Exie was an avid reader, a gourmet cook, enjoyed old movies, country music and loved her family with all of her heart.

Exie enjoyed a wonderful life of romance and travel throughout her 61 years of marriage to her husband Robert Davis.  She was a wonderful mother to her daughter Robin Chase and son Robert Davis Jr and the beloved sister of Jodie Newton.    She was a joy to be around and made many, many friends throughout the years.  She will be fondly remembered by all.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 1st from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd., Dahlonega, Georgia.

A service will be held on Thursday, August 2nd at 11 a.m. at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia for the immediate family. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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