The Celebration of Life for “Colonel” Oscar Poole


On this day of June 3rd 2020, family and friends of “Colonel” Oscar Poole gathered around to celebrate his life and legacy, at Pooles BBQ. He was loved by many and was always friends with any person he came across. He may be gone, but never forgotten.

Elva Louise Burt: Obituary


Elva Louise Burt, age 85, passed away on February 24, 2020 in Dahlonega, Georgia surrounded by family after an extended illness.

She was born on June 1, 1934 in Hazel, Kentucky to the late Vondrell and Minnie Sledd. She loved the Georgia Bulldogs, traveling, flowers and her family and friends. Mrs. Burt was Mrs. Mary Kay for many years. She also worked in gifts and decorative accessories sales and was a nurse at Babyland General, where she delivered the Cabbage Patch Babies. She was of Baptist faith.


Mrs. Burt was preceded in death by her parents, Vondrell and Minnie Sledd; Sister, June Hertell; Grandsons, Clay Free and Max Vincent; Grandson-in-law, Robert Dean.


Surviving are her loving husband of 32 years, Jerry Burt, Dahlonega; Children, Denyse Vincent Hollingsworth (Dan), Signal Mountain, Tennessee and Chuck Vincent, San Gregorio, California. Grandchildren, Katie Dean, Gainesville and Henry Vincent, Ashland, Oregon. Great Grandson, Cooper Dean; Brothers, Seldon Sledd (Barbara) and Kenneth Sledd (Susan); Her beloved nephews and niece and a number of other relatives.


Interment will be Friday, February 28 at 9:30 am at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. The Family will receive friends on Friday February 28 at 2pm at Dahlonega Funeral Home in Dahlonega, Ga. A celebration of Life will immediately follow at 3 pm.

To send flowers to Elva “Louise” Burt’s family, please visit our floral section.

Elizabeth Clark: Obituary


Elizabeth Clark

March 6, 1947 ~ February 25, 2020 (age 72)

Full obit to follow

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James “Hub” Arnold Dockery: Obituary


Mr. James “Hub” Arnold Dockery, age 92, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Mr. Dockery was born in Murphy, N.C. on March 8, 1927 to the late Claude Harvey and Birdie Christy Dockery.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Henry Dockery.  On November 20, 1945 Mr. Dockery responded to faithful duty to serve his country in the United States Army.  While serving his country on the heels of WWII, he was carefully and diligently discharging the duty of Corporal.  He served honorably and was discharged on November 12, 1948.

During the war Mr. Dockery learned auto mechanical and electrical repair.  He took his trade to civilian work at the International Harvester Sales and Service in Gainesville, GA.  Mr. Dockery then went to Dollar Carburetor and continued his trade.  He worked for Story Trucking in Alabama for several years and then worked for himself until he retired.  Mr. Dockery loved to hunt and fish.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Dianne and Charles Stephens, Dahlonega, and Debbie and Mike Walters, Cleveland; son Kevin Dockery; grandchildren Jessica Holloway, Sarah Herrin, William Stephens, Daniel Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Jordan Dockery, and Ashley Dockery; great-grandchildren Jayden, Jessie, Josie, Stella, Oliver, Carter, Cash, and Haidyn; nephew Shane Dockery; and niece Mary Ann Dollyhigh.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, February 28, 2020 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home.  The Rev. Nick Rice will officiate.  Interment will follow in Philippi Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to the service hour Friday at the funeral home.

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Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega

Geneva B. Truelove: Obituary


Mrs. Geneva B. Truelove, age 94, of Dahlonega passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Mrs. Truelove was born in Pickens County on October 14, 1925.  She is preceded in death by her husband Benny Truelove, son Robert Truelove, mother Mary Glass Wright, four brothers and two sisters.  Mrs. Truelove was a loving mother and grandmother.  Having become a widow at a young age, Mrs. Truelove raised her seven boys with love and hard work.  She loved to shop with her oldest sister, collect dolls, and spend time with her family.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Mitchell and Brenda Truelove, Gainesville, Marcus Truelove, Dahlonega, Roger and Harriett Truelove, Cleveland, David Michael Truelove, Arizona, Tony Truelove, Savannah, and Paul Truelove, Dawsonville; daughter-in-law Frances Sosebee, Dahlonega; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Chris Anderson will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Historic Dawsonville City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega

George Cameron Thompson: Obituary


Mr. George Cameron Thompson passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  George was 78 years old.


Visitation will be held Monday, February 24 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.


A celebration service will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 2:00pm at the Dahlonega Funeral Home.


George was born in Dahlonega, GA on April 15, 1941 to Wesley David and Susie Brookshire Thompson.  He attended Lumpkin County schools in Dahlonega, Georgia. George worked for General Motors in Doraville, Georgia for 13 years.  In 1980, George started working for Farm Bureau in Dahlonega, GA. When he retired in 2006, George’s office had a book of business that exceeded $6 million.


George is preceded in death by his brothers Ollie, David and Charles Thompson and his sisters Leila Stowers, Yvonne Patton, Ann Phillips, Marion Hogwood, and Billie Woodall. Nephew and Nieces: Max Woodall, Beverly Phillips Wimpy, Tammy Phillips Martin, and Debbie Woodall Casey.


George is survived by his wife Peggy Thompson and his children Janssen Thompson and his wife Becky of Houston, TX and Vivian Street of Nashville, TN and Drew Bardenwerper and his wife Leigh of Tuscaloosa, AL and Danielle Witherington and her husband Will of Lexington, KY.  George is also survived by his grandchildren Jeffery Street and his wife Shannon of Boise, ID; Kyle Street of Boise, ID; Sarah, Laura, Caroline and Andrew Witherington of Lexington, KY; Scott and Ryan Bardenwerper of Tuscaloosa, AL; Ashley Justice of Galveston, TX and Sarah Paul Thompson of Edwall, WA.  George was the proud great-grandfather of George Huckleberry “Huck” Street of Boise, ID. He leaves behind a host of family and friends including nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. He has created many memories with us all that we will treasure and remember.


In lieu of flowers, George’s family would be honored if donations were made to two institutions that were dear to his heart:






Wilbur Fortner

℅ Cane Creek Baptist Church

813 Fred Ash Road

Dahlonega, GA 30533


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Dr. John Earl Raber: Obituary


On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Dr. John Earl Raber went home to be with the Lord.  Dr. Raber was born in Altoona, PA on September 13, 1938 to the late George Dewey and Agnes E. Little Raber.  He is preceded in death by all of his siblings consisting of four sisters and two brothers.

Dr. Raber’s life has made an impact on this earth that has been felt far and near.  He graduated from Bucknell University and Lock Haven University then went on to the University of Georgia where he received his doctorate.  From there his passion for high school wrestling flourished.  Dr. Raber coached young men in high school and on the collegiate level.  He moved to Dahlonega, GA in the summer of 1971 and along with his precious family he brought his love for wrestling.  Dr. Raber played a direct role in establishing the Lumpkin County High School wrestling program.  He established and directed Dr. John’s Wrestling Camps that were hosted all over north Georgia.  Dr. Raber was a head wrestling official for the GHSA, NCAA, ACC, and SEC collegiate wrestling.  He recently accepted the distinguished honor as an inductee to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Dr. Raber fell in love with Dahlonega, GA.  He taught Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of North Georgia.  Dr. Raber retired after 23 years of educating and coaching at the college level.  Even though he was retired he never felt detached from the college he loved.  Dr. Raber continued to show the community he loved leadership and compassion.  He served on the Dahlonega City Council, two terms as Mayor, as a Lumpkin County Commissioner, and Lumpkin County Commission Chair, and as the Director of the Regional Development Council with the State of Georgia.  Dr. Raber along with many other great men established the Cooper-Green Prayer Group that still meets faithfully every Tuesday morning to pray for the needs in the community.

Along with all the compassion that Dr. Raber had he was also determined to show kindness in any way he could.  One way that he did this was with his “bread and sweet route”.  Dr. Raber picked up and delivered sweets and bread to various places dear to his heart such as the Rainbow Children’s Home, the Dahlonega Homeless Shelter, the Community Helping Place, and the NOA Women’s Shelter.

Survivors include his daughter Daina Raber, El Cajon, CA; sons and daughters-in-law Gregory and Lisa Raber, Dahlonega, Brian and Lynn Raber, Greenville, S.C., and Michael and Laura Raber, Dahlonega; grandchildren Easton Bajsec (Scott), Tate Justus, Jordan Moore (Jeremy), Keaton Raber, Caitlyn Raber, Lucas Raber, Daniel Wiggley (Jennifer), and Jessica Roberts (Brad); nine great-grandchildren; and his fiancé Juanita Tipton, Dahlonega.

Dr. Raber’s wishes were to be cremated and rather than having a single service to remember him by his wishes were that he be remembered every time a wrestling mat is pounded, and every time a kind deed is done in the town that he loved, Dahlonega, GA.

In lieu of flowers or gifts the family requests that contributions be made to the Community Helping Place, P.O. Box 712, Dahlonega, GA  30533.

To share a memory of Dr. Raber or a condolence with the family visit

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega

Donna Burrow: Obituary


Donna Burrow

September 17, 1937 ~ February 21, 2020 (age 82)

Full obit to follow

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Verna Cobb: Obituary


Verna Cobb

July 1, 1943 ~ February 17, 2020 (age 76)

Full obit to follow

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Ronnie Taylor: Obituary


Ronnie Taylor

February 21, 2020

Full obit to follow

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Herbert J Singleton: Obituary


Herbert J Singleton

August 24, 1930 ~ February 20, 2020 (age 89)

Full obit to follow

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Rachael Sanders: Obituary


Rachael Sanders

December 29, 1920 ~ February 18, 2020 (age 99)

Full obit to follow

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Donna Ann Thompson: Obituary


Mrs. Donna Ann Thompson, age 67, of Dahlonega passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Donna was born in Lumpkin County on December 15, 1952 to the late Robert Edward Conner and Frances Lorene Brookshire Conner.  Loving life and laughing much was what she enjoyed.  Donna also enjoyed a stroll through the outdoors.  She was an amazing cook and she loved to feed her family.  Donna was creative and she used her talent to paint.  She also made clothes for her boys when they were children.  They will forever remember her Halloween Costumes that she custom made for them.  Donna was a loving mother, sister, and friend.

Donna worked as a legal secretary for many years. Deep in her heart, Donna harbored an abiding faith in the Lord Jesus. Her generous and kind spirit will be missed by her relatives and friends.

Survivors include her sons Forrest Thompson, Lawrenceville, and David Thompson, Marietta; brothers and sisters-in-law Trent and Linda Conner, Dahlonega, and Ken and Joy Conner, Hayesville, NC, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 PM Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the service hour Sunday at the funeral home.

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Paul Lawrence Zimmerman: Obituary


Paul Lawrence Zimmerman

February 9, 2020

Full obituary to follow

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Hazel Henrietta Palmer: Obituary


Mrs. Hazel Henrietta Palmer, age 81, of Dahlonega, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020.


Mrs. Palmer was born in Easton, PA on May 15, 1938 to the late William and Mary Krause Hull.  She is survived by her children Ronald Hand and Trish Crisalli.


Mrs. Palmer’s wishes were to be cremated.

Samuel Earl Mills II: Obituary


U.S. Veteran

Mr. Samuel Earl Mills II, age 73, of Dahlonega, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020.


Mr. Mills was born in Augusta, GA on August 19, 1946 to the late George Robert and Mary Mae Wells Mills.


Mr. Mills wishes were to be cremated.


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Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega

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