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Obituaries for April 13, 2017; Doug Hill, Helen Preisinger, Donald Bouwmans

Doug Hill

Doug Hill, 70, of Dawsonville, passed away on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Yellow Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Byess, Rev. Billy Roper and Rev. Gene Hyde officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 

Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War Veteran. He was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed riding his Harley. Doug was a "one of a kind" and never met a stranger. 

Survivors include his wife, Sybil Hill; daughters, Sarah (Chris) Cheshire and Amanda (Scott) Mull; siblings, David Hill and Phyllis Nina Hill; grandchildren, Alex Welch, Raven Welch, Anthony Hill, Nick Mull, Jesse Cheshire and Sierra Mull; great-grandchildren, Braydon Caldwell, Khallon Caldwell, Cole Cooper, Jordan Cooper, Kolton Ashworth and Lillie Harvey; and numerous cousins and friends. 

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.


Helen Preisinger

Helen P. Preisinger, 88, of Bent Tree, in Jasper, Georgia, passed away Friday morning, April 7, 2017, at her home 

Born June 5, 1928, in Badin, North Carolina, Helen was the daughter of Walter P. and Artie Cross Pegram, of Badin, NC. The youngest of 3 children, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Worth and James Pegram of Badin.  

A Beta Club member of Badin High School, Helen attended the Women’s College of UNC Greensboro, and later worked as an office secretary for Alcoa Aluminum. A former Miss Ablemarle, she was a contestant in the Miss North Carolina Pageant in 1948, winning the swimsuit competition. Helen married George Preisinger in 1953, and was a loving and devoted wife to George for 64 years until her death.

In the late 1950’s, Helen traveled across the country with George as he was playing professional golf on the PGA Tour. She kept daily accounting of their travels, logging each purchase they made and every penny they spent. After giving birth to George, Jr. and Tina between golf tournaments, they moved to Chamblee, Georgia, when George became Assistant Golf Pro at Capital City Club. Within the next two years she gave birth to Mark and Carol. 

Residing in Marietta, Georgia, from 1963 to 1975, Helen nurtured her 4 young children and played golf with family and friends at Marietta Country Club, where George was Head Golf Professional. In the summer of 1975, the family moved to Bent Tree Country Club, Jasper, Georgia, where she and George continued to raise their 4 teenagers until the kids left the nest. She became a Golf Shop Assistant to her husband George, Bent Tree Head Pro, and they ran the golf shop operation together until retirement in 1985. 

Helen enjoyed music and singing, traveling on golf trips with dear friends, going to Las Vegas, and sunning at the pool. In her later years she enjoyed shopping, watching classic and western movies, and having breakfast with George at BoJangles. Throughout her life, Helen was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend to many. She always put her husband and family first, was kind to and considerate of others, and never complained. 

Helen is survived by her husband, George Thomas Preisinger, 91, of Bent Tree; son, George, Jr. and wife Ro Preisinger of Kennesaw; son, Mark Preisinger of Atlanta; daughter Tina and husband Steve Vaughters of Oakman; daughter, Carol Preisinger and husband, Bob Nitkewicz of Charleston, SC.; sister-in-law, Margie Preisinger Haines of Greensboro, NC; son-in-law, Jerry Thomas of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Ashley Preisinger of Atlanta; and five grandchildren. 

Burial will be held in the Georgia National Cemetary, Canton, Ga.. No services are planned at this time. A celebration of Helen’s life will be announced at a later date. 


Donald Bouwmans

In loving memory.

On April 1st, 2017, our brother in Christ, Donald Alton Bouwmans made his journey home. Let go of all that weighs you down, those broken wings are healed by the love and forgiveness of Gods love. Spread your wings and fly high with the angels. Donnie was a beloved father, brother, son and friend. Prayers are lifted up by all who loved him. Psalm 23 The lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Yea, though I wallk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jasper Methodist Church Emergency Fund.

A memorial service was  held at 6 p.m. on April 13th at Roper Funeral Home.