James Robert Wright: Obituary


James Robert Wright

June 15, 1947 – February 05, 2019

Mr. James Robert Wright, age 71 of Dahlonega GA passed away on Tuesday February 5th at his residence. Born in Fulton County on June 15, 1947 to parents Robert Wiley Wright and Mary Clara Wilson Wright. James was a lifelong resident of Roswell and Dahlonega area. He went to Roswell Elementary and Roswell High School.

James was a veteran and proudly served in the Army, Air National Guard and Air Force. He was an honor graduate of the Communication and Southern Company Services.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 129 of Roswell, GA being the sixth generation to join Roswell Lodge with his third great grandfather joining in the 1840’s.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife Betty Lou Dempsey Wright. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Janelle Anderson of Nichols, GA, Nancy Carol Wood of Cumming, GA, and Elizabeth Claire Garrett of Roswell, GA, his daughter Bonnie Rebecca Morning and son in law Thomas Morning, grandchildren Zachary Morning and Marlee Morning of Powder Springs, GA. Many other relatives also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 9th, 2019 at 1pm in the Chapel of Dahlonega Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph (Bo) Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends from 11am until service time on Saturday. In lieu of flowers give to your local Humane Society.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com

Barbara Ann Tolbert: Obituary


Barbara Ann Tolbert

October 03, 1947 – February 05, 2019

Mrs. Barbara Ann Tolbert, age 71, of Dahlonega, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Barbara was born in Hall County on October 3, 1947 to the late David Clifton and Mary Eugene Lunsford Lomax. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son-in law Scotty Adams and father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Mamie Tolbert. Barbara was a member of Dahlonega Church of God. She loved serving those in need on Mercy Mondays with her church family. Barbara’s greatest treasures were her husband, her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. She was called many names, “Moma”, “Nana”, “Nenar”, and “Gi-gi” by those who loved her.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John Tolbert Jr.; daughters Wanda Adams, and Rhonda Tolbert; daughter and son-in law Nancy and Nathan Bagwell; son Jason Tolbert; grandchildren Tyler Tolbert, Bethany Adams, Kelsey Jones Howard, and Nate Bagwell; great-granddaughter Ryleigh Marie Howard; brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Debbie Lomax; and brother Scott Lomax, all of Dahlonega.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. The Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate. Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 270 Peachtree Street #1040, Atlanta, GA 30303.

To share a memory of Barbara or a condolence with the family visit andersonunderwood.com.

Homer Henry Dockery: Obituary


Homer Henry Dockery

February 17, 1930 – February 03, 2019

Mr. Homer Henry Dockery, age 88, of Dahlonega, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Mr. Dockery was a native lifelong resident of Lumpkin County. He was born on February 17, 1930 to the late William Webster and Florence Nix Dockery. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Clydie Bell Howard Dockery, siblings Viola Dockery, Odell Jones, H.R. Dockery, Pauline Andrews, Bernice Winn, Earl Dockery, Curvin Dockery, and Curtis “John” Dockery. Mr. Dockery served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a truck driver and worked on his family farm. Mr. Dockery was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughters Elaine Tripp, McDonald, TN; Linda Cantrell, Dahlonega; sisters Mildred Harkins, Cleveland, and Minnie Lou Head, Dahlonega; brother Douglas Dockery, Clarkesville; grandchildren Scott Cantrell, April and Chris Hubbard, and Bryan and Brittney Cantrell; great-grandchildren Hannah Coleman, Brooklyn Cantrell, and Christen Hubbard; and great-great-grandchild Nevaeh Murray.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. The Rev. Ronnie Dockery and the Rev. Jack Pilcher will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Mr. Dockery or a condolence with the family visit andersonunderwood.com.

James (Jim) Roderick McFarland: Obituary


James (Jim) Roderick McFarland

June 29, 1931 – January 31, 2019

James (Jim) McFarland, age 87, of Dahlonega, GA died Thursday, January 31, 2019. He was born on June 29, 1931 to Russell and Vera McFarland in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Jim graduated from LaSalle High School in Niagara Falls, N.Y. in 1949 and from Alfred University in 1953 with an Accounting Degree. He then served in the U.S. Navy including two years as a buyer for the Navy Commissary in Norfolk, VA and two years with the Supply Division of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.

Following his honorary discharge, he joined the Cost Accounting Department of Moore Business Forms in Niagara Falls, N.Y. in 1957. In 1962, he was transferred to the Thurmont, MD Plant as Accounting Supervisor. Six years later, in 1970, he was transferred to Manchester, N.H. as Cost/Accounting Manager for the new Moore Plant that was then under construction. In 1972, James was transferred to the Rediform Division of Moore in Paramus, N.J. as Accounting Manager and later was named Comptroller. He remained at the Paramus location until his retirement in 1987, with 30 years of service.

He married Sandra Helm Bredfeldt on June 27, 1987 in Roscoe, N.Y. at a weekend long celebration shared by 50 guests, including five of six children from former marriages. Their marriage was performed by Sandra’s brother Bob, a Presbyterian minister. Jim was an avid golfer and played varsity basketball for LaSalle High School, Alfred University, and the U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Sandra; sons Michael (Margaret) of Corning, N.Y., Steven (Karen) of East Hampton, N.Y., and William (Nicole) of Wilmington, N.C.; daughter Dianne (John) Connolly of Warwick, N.Y.; stepdaughter Robin (Michael) Prucha of Osprey, FL; and stepson Erik (Kathryn) Bredfeldt of Gainesville, FL. Jim is also survived by grandchildren: Dianne’s children Kevin, Megan, Shane, and Brian; Steven’s daughter Darcy; Williams’s children Camden and Hudson; Robin’s daughter Brielle; and Erik’s children Shearod and Emma.

Following Jim’s wishes, there will be no Memorial Service in Dahlonega after his cremation. Rather, his ashes will one day be combined with Sandra’s and strewn in the Appalachians. They moved to Dahlonega in 2010 and felt they already had a toehold in Paradise.

To share a memory of Jim or a condolence with the family visit andersonunderwood.com.

Randy Herman Whitehead: Obituary


Randy Herman Whitehead

April 13, 1944 – January 30, 2019

Mr. Herman Edward “Randy” Whitehead, age 74, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Mr. Whitehead was born in Jackson County on April 13, 1944 to the late Luther and Nellie Childers Whitehead. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters-in-law Calvin and Ruth Whitehead, Eugene and Florine Whitehead, and Jewell and Lottie Whitehead; sisters and brothers-in-law Louise and Olin Stewart, and Janette and R.M. Townsley. Mr. Whitehead loved to hunt and fish. He loved to garden and can his fresh vegetables. He loved his children and grandchildren who called him “Papa-Grandma”. Mr. Whitehead was a member of Philippi Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Cynthia Whitehead; sons Dwayne Whitehead and Ronald Whitehead; and son and daughter-in-law Shane and Michelle Whitehead, all of Dahlonega; also six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Philippi Baptist Church. The Rev. Jason Fuller and the Rev. Albert Whitlock will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday and again Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Mr. Whitehead or a condolence with the family visit andersonunderwood.com.

Andrew Louis Minns: Obituary


Andrew Louis Minns

December 08, 1943 – January 31, 2019

Andrew Louise Minns age 76 of Dahlonega passed away on January 31, 2019. Private service at a later date.

Connie Putman Hancock: Obituary


Connie Putman Hancock

May 28, 1948 – January 27, 2019

Connie Putman Hancock passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 after an extended battle with multiple medical issues and illnesses.  She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and grew up in Lighthouse Point, Florida.  She moved and raised her three children in St. Petersburg, Florida and Lilburn, Georgia.  For the last 20 years she resided in Panama City Beach, Florida and post hurricane was in hospice care at her daughter’s house in Dahlonega, Georgia.

A true Putman at heart, Connie was stubborn, loving, generous, caring, and had the ability to persevere through any hardship or obstacle with grace and dignity. She had a kind heart and an ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Her strength of character enabled her to raise three amazing children nearly single handedly (albeit sometimes that hand had a wooden spoon attached).   She was her children’s’ world and was a lighthouse upon which every quality they possess came from and they will carry on her legacy in how they live their lives with the same tenacity and love for life as she possessed.

She was a lover of nearly every show on the Food Network, Turner Classic Movies, Lord of the Rings, dogs, panda bears, chocolate ice cream, full moons, sunshine and the sea. She never missed a chance to belt out the lyrics to Simply the Best, Babygirl, Goodbye Earl, or any Neil Diamond song no matter the company or the place.  Her smile was infectious and she left a lasting memory on all those she interacted with no matter the circumstance.

She was preceded in death by her father, Meredith “Putt” Putman and mother Dorothy “Dot” Putman, her late husband Sidney Prescott Rowe, and one brother. She is survived by her adoring children, Danielle Dickinson, Deb Rowe, and Michael Rowe, her ex-husband of 18 years, James Hancock, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and a host of other extended relatives and friends.

The family will receive guests at a wake which will be held at Shenanigans Irish Pub on Saturday February 2nd from 4-8pm.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Connie Hancock to the Northeast Georgia Hospice who provided mom with impeccable care in her final days.  Cards and other condolences can be sent to any of the following addresses: Danielle Dickinson 750 Thornton Way Apt 535, Alexandria, VA 22314; Deb Rowe 442 Settlers Run Dahlonega, GA 30533; or Michael Rowe 7107 Brandywine Drive Panama City Beach, FL 30247.

While she will be missed, her family and friends can take comfort in the words of her favorite character Gandalf.   “End?  No the journey doesn’t end here.  Death is just another path, one that we all must take.  The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.  White shores and beyond a far green country under a swift sunrise.”   Care and trust placed in Dahlonega Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 20 Gibson Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 706-864-3683 www.dahlonegafuenralhome.com

Dorothy Grabowski Martin: Obituary


Dorothy Grabowski Martin

June 22, 1927 – January 24, 2019

Mrs. Dorothy Grabowski Martin, age 91, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Our dearest wife, mother, and sister is in the sweet graces of heaven, free from pain, polkaing with her family and friends.  Mrs. Martin had open arms and an open heart to all she met.  She was a lover of all God’s creatures and was a true servant, volunteering at the local food pantry and her parish at St. Luke’s Catholic Church.  Mrs. Martin was a kind, caring, loving, talented mother and wife, who never saw fault in anyone. “This to shall pass” was her lifelong mantra.  If she wasn’t cooking, baking, sewing, decorating cakes, painting, playing solitaire, finishing a crossword puzzle or enjoying Sangria at Pueblos, she was counseling, listening, laughing, being silly, and loving her family and friends.

Mrs. Martin was born on June 22, 1927 to the late Theophil Sr. and Martha Pakulski Grabowski.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers Daniel Mathias Grabowski and Theophil Grabowski, Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, James Martin, Dahlonega; son and daughter-in-law William and Janet Martin, Cleveland; son James V.H. Martin II, Dahlonega; daughters and sons-in-law Jacqueline and Alan McDonald, Charlotte, NC; Edna and David Guntert, Germantown, TN; and Barbara and Marc Shanberg, Tampa, FL; son Matthew Martin, Nashville, TN; daughter and son-in-law Suzan Martin and Dominic Cianciola, Tampa, FL; sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Michael Mahovlich, Dade City, FL; grandchildren Hannah Largacci, James III and Ashley Martin, Heather and Adam Stockstill, Brendan McDonald, Christopher and Megan Guntert, Alexandra Guntert and Maddie Minton, Elizabeth Shanberg and Patrick Van House, Andrew Shanberg, Savannah Martin, Scarlett Martin, Ava Cianciola, and Ryan Backmann; great-grandchildren Emma and Margaret Largacci, Thaddeus, Guy, and Anya Martin, and Austin, and Blake Stockstill.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 11:00 AM Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. Luke’s the Evangelist Catholic Church.  Father Michael Revak will officiate. Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM Sunday at the funeral home. A Rosary will be held at 7:30 PM Sunday following visitation hours.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Helping Hands Ministry, 135 East Main Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org

To share a memory of Mrs. Martin or a condolence with the family visit andersonunderwood.com.

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega, formerly Banister Funeral Home

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