Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 6/30 – 7/8

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Lumpkin County. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.


Jack Chapman: Obituary


Jack Chapman

October 19, 1924 – June 23, 2019

Jack Frank Chapman, 94 of Dahlonega, GA passed away on Sunday Junes 23, 2019. He was born in Akron, Ohio on October 19, 1924, to the late Leonard and Lela Chapman. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Frankie Juanita Chapman. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Bonnie J. Chapman; son and daughter in law, Bob and Dena Chapman; daughter, Cathy Garner; grandson, Cale Chapman; granddaughters, Morgan (Ty) Maxwell; Sawyer Jones; Shyloh Garner; and great-grandson, Jack Dean Maxwell. Jack worked for Tenneco Gas Company as surveyor and engineer for 35 years. He traveled throughout the United States overseeing the installation of natural gas pipeline and retired from the company as Assistant Superintendent. After his retirement, Jack returned to live in his beloved homeplace of Dahlonega, GA. He honorably served during WWII as flight engineer in the United States Navy.

Visitation will be Wednesday June 26th, 2019 at Dahlonega Funeral Home from 6pm until 8pm and Thursday 12pm until time of service. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 in the Chapel of Dahlonega Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Jack and in honor of his grandson Cale. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Georgia Chapter 57 Executive Park S. Suite 380 Atlanta, GA 30329.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andre Kallab and staff along with the nurses of In-Home Care of Northeast Georgia Hospice for the love and care they gave to Jack and his family.

Goldin Woody: Obituary


Goldin Woody

July 03, 1940 – June 10, 2019

Goldin C. Woody, Age 78. Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy (Ret).
Departed this earth on June 11th 2019, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. In his last days, he was surrounded by his loving family and grandchildren, which were the pride and joy of his life.

Mr. Woody was born and raised in Lumpkin County, GA. While in high school in 1957, he joined the US Army Reserves and then entered the US Navy in 1959, retiring in 1977. After his military service, he was employed at Scientific-Atlanta Inc. He held degrees in in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration, retiring in 1997 as a Senior Quality Engineer with certifications as Certified Welding Inspector (American Welding Society) and Certified Quality Engineer (American Society for Quality Control).

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Drucilla J. Woody, six children and their spouses: Gordon & Karen Woody (Dahlonega GA), James & Rosa Woody (Rio Grande Costa Rica), Elizabeth & Arthur Brown (Dawsonville GA), Dr. Paul C. Woody, D.O. (Dahlonega GA), Michael & Natalie Woody (Venice FL), and John & Jarka Woody (Round Rock TX). Also among his surviving family are 17 grandchildren.

Mr. Woody was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Hunt R. Woody Sr. and Grace Marie Goldin Woody, brothers Rogers and Wayne Woody and their grandson Tyler A. Woody. He was the grandson of Gover Cleveland Goldin and Mae Jemima McBrayer and Willis Rabun Woody and Adalizer Rogers.

The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Connaro, M.D. for his expert medical advice and services. Also appreciation to Dr. Ronald Steis and Barbara Burke, PA, of Atlanta Cancer Center, and for the love and care provided by Homestead Hospice.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 pm -8:00 pm at Dahlonega Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 14th, at 4:00pm at St. Luke Catholic Church in Dahlonega. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega.
Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home 20 Gibson Road Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-864-DOVE (3683)

Fred Ridsdale: Obituary


Fred Ridsdale

December 20, 1925 – June 04, 2019

Fred Hammerton Ridsdale December 12, 1925-June 4, 2019
Born in Greensburg, Pa. in 1925 to the late Harriet Walton and Fred H. Ridsdale and raised in Cleveland, Ohio by his late aunt and uncle Alice and Thomas Toon. He was also pre-deceased by his sister Margaret E. Ridsdale Floro.

A WWII veteran, he was wounded in combat during the Battle of the Bulge. A Master Mason, he became a member of the Shrine in 1948.

In 1953 he married Helen K. Cunsolo and moved to Walton Hills, Ohio where they raised their family. Later moving to Port St. Lucie, Florida for many years until retiring to Dahlonega, Georgia in 2007.

Survivors include his wife Helen, sons Fred W. and Tedd F.; granddaughter Mackenzie E., great grandson Grayson J. Additional family members include, brother in law Robert D. Floro, nephews Donald R. and James D. Floro, 7 grand nieces and nephews, 14 great grand nieces and nephews and cousins Sally A. and Thomas E. Fritsch.

A private memorial service will be held at Dahlonega Funeral Home on Sunday June 9, 2019 at 2pm for immediate family only. There will be no viewing.
Burial at a later date in Bedford Cemetery in Bedford, Ohio to be handled by Johnson Romito Funeral Home Bedford, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests, if desired, remembrances to Kindred Hospice, 1100 Sherwood Park Dr., Gainesville, GA 30500 or a charity of your choice.

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

Damaris Corrigan: Obituary


Damaris Corrigan

April 04, 1961 – May 28, 2019

Dr. Damaris Moore Corrigan, 58, passed away on 28 May 2019 after a 25-year battle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). The granddaughter of Chester A. ‘Ted’ and Pauline Bell and daughter of Nicky R. and Maurice Moore of Opelika, Alabama, Damaris was a graduate of Opelika High School in Alabama. She went on to take her B.A. from Newcomb College in New Orleans, Summa Cum Laude, in 1983, Honours from St. Andrews University, Scotland (Latin), J.D. Tulane School of Law (Legal History), M.A. Tulane University (Classics), Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin (Classics) before accepting a position as professor of Latin, Ancient Greek, Roman Law and Ancient Military History at the University of Georgia, Athens, Department of Classics. She studied under some of the world’s leading thinkers and educators, spoke Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian, German, and French and was the author of a book, Riders on High: The Cavalry of Alexander the Great, as well as several journal articles. An accomplished and exceptionally knowledgeable horse woman and equestrienne, Damaris won many Western riding competitions and was a lifelong member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Foundation Quarter Horse Association. Her finest personal accomplishment may have been her marriage, which began 6 August 1986, for she and her husband were inseparable, devoted, content and, owing to her life-threatening disease, lived every day to the fullest. They truly lived as ‘happily ever after’ as the good Lord allows. Dedicated to a life of learning, Damaris traveled extensively with him through the United Kingdom and Italy, where she leaves many friends, and made a second home of Windsor, England. Her friends and family will remember her as an extraordinarily intelligent woman whose profound knowledge and phenomenal memory was equaled by her quiet kindness, extraordinary wit and sense of humor, and unfailing consideration of others. She lived every day up to her personal code of honesty and integrity and was truly incapable of telling a falsehood or bracing a lie. She practiced the art of compassionate and diplomatic silence better than anyone. In short, she knew the secret of a happy life, shared it with a loving husband and earned his admiration, pride, and love with every precious breath she took. She leaves behind countless students bettered by her skill and dedication, a wealth of friends, two beloved brothers, Jeff and Peter Moore, their wives who were like her own sisters, Wanda and Joan Moore, three cherished nieces, Victoria Spates (Paul), Tiffany Sanders (Jason), and Taylor Moore, and a sister as well as a father- and mother-in-law whom she loved as her own parents, Sheldon and Constance Bernstein of Leawood, Kansas, and her husband of thirty-three years, Dr. Brian Jay Corrigan, who is her soul mate for whom another thirty-three years would have still been all-too-short a time to spend in her extraordinary, admirable and deeply loved company. Her ashes will reside at her home until her husband can join her, at which time they will be scattered together at their home in England.

Ralph Eugene Black Sr.: Obituary


Ralph Eugene Black Sr.

August 05, 1928 – May 26, 2019

Ralph Eugene Black Sr. 90, of Dahlonega left this earthly world to be with the Lord at 4:30 am on May 26, 2019.

Mr. Black was born August 5, 1928 in Atlanta, Ga to Joseph Johnson Black and Mazie Mae (Allison) Black. He was one of seven sons. Mr. Black served 5 years in the Marine Corp as a ranking Staff Sargent, he then attended Southern Technical Institute and Georgia Tech University. On July 3, 1955 in Atlanta, he married his beloved wife Esther Elizabeth House. They were married for 64 years. Together they had two daughters, Pat and Pam, and three sons, Ralph, Philip, and Robert. In addition he is survived by his two brothers, Thomas Black and Marvin Black, thirteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Blacks entrepreneurial spirit and tireless vision were manifested in various realms of Real Estate Development, General Construction, and as an owner in restaurants and car washes.

Mr. Black is remembered for his kindness, goodness, and his infectious laughter. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and all of God’s creation. He left an incredible legacy of love for his family.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday May 30, 2019 at Dahlonega United Methodist Church at 10 am. Family will receive friends at 9 am on Thursday at the church until the time of service. Interment will be held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery where full military honor will be presented. The family has vocalized how meaningful it would be to have your attendance at the graveside and share in this celebration.

Online condolences and memories may be left at

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

Martha White: Obituary


Martha White

July 22, 1923 – May 26, 2019

Mrs. Martha Swearingen White, 95 years young, passed away on May 26, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Raymond White of Hampton, GA. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Nannie Swearingen of Monetta, SC, as well as her sisters, Francis, Edna, and Lois, all of SC.

Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Celeste White of Dahlonega; Granddaughters, Leslie White and Michael Adams, and Lauren White of Dahlonega; and Great-Grandson, Reid Adams of Dahlonega and several nieces and nephews.

Martha moved to Atlanta from South Carolina in 1964 with her husband and son and went to work for the state of Georgia’s tax revenue office. She retired after 24 years of faithful service, never being late a single day. After her retirement she spent the remainder of her time cutting grass, working in her garden, planting flowers, and cooking her wonderful meals for her family! Her faith was important to her and it was rare that she missed a Sunday at Sunday School.

A small service is planned for Tuesday, May, 28th, in Parksville, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Parksville Baptist Church, PO Box 4826, Parksville, SC 29844

Mary Viola Baliles: Obituary


Mary Viola Baliles

November 04, 1925 – June 30, 2019

Mrs. Mary Viola Baliles, age 93, of Dahlonega passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Mrs. Baliles was born in Lumpkin County on November 4, 1925 to the late Alfonso and Annie Reeves Abercrombie. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Baliles; son Glenn E. Baliles; sisters Ruth Jenkins, Maudell Anderson and Nellie Mae Ross; brothers George Abercrombie, Hubert Abercrombie and Johnny Abercrombie.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Tommy Sisk, Dahlonega; daughter-in-law Lucy Baliles Carrier, Dahlonega; grandchildren Lorrie Westmoreland of Cleveland, Cindy Baliles of Jefferson, Tara Baliles of Dawsonville and Melanie and Mark Fortner of Dahlonega; great-grandchildren Ashley and Cody Pitts, Nathan Flanagan, Chase Westmoreland, Dylan Westmoreland, Tyler Westmoreland, Logan Fortner, Austin Arnold and Kinsley Arnold; great-great grandchildren Greyson Flanagan, Luke Flanagan, Cara Pitts and Cami Pitts; special friends Carrie Shope, Barbara Lawson, Pastor Bobby Whitmire, Tommy Burns, David Dillon and Bob Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Bobby Whitmire will officiate. Interment will follow in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

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