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Obituaries from July 19, 2018; George Townsend, Willis Sperin

George Townsend

Mr. George Washington “Duck” Townsend, 85, of Fairmount, Georgia departed this life on Monday, July 9, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. 

Duck was born February 22, 1933 in Fairmount, Ga., a son of the late Lawrence Mart and Annie Starks Townsend. He was also preceeded in death by a grandson, Charles Townsend; sisters, Lency Silvers and Odelle Crowe; brothers, twin brothers, Larry and Harry Townsend, Robert Townsend, Bobby Townsend, Walter “Bud” and Ella Townsend, Amos Townsend, Otis Townsend and Paul Townsend; a brother-in-law, William Mulkey.

Duck was named after President George Washington because he was born on his birthday. Duck proudly served his country in the U.S. Airforce during the Korean War. Duck was a lifelong resident of Gordon County, Georgia. He proudly served the citizens of Gordon County as a county commissioner and a policeman in Fairmount.

He was of the Baptist faith. He loved breaking mules and riding horses. He was strong-headed and strong-willed and would do anything for anyone in need and always made sure others were provided for. 

He was a member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruby Lee Patterson Townsend of the residence; children, Charlie and Susie Mallory, Dennis and Tammy Townsend, Richard Hamilton, Jeffery Townsend, all of Fairmount; Patsy and Leroy Gravitt of Calhoun and Deborah and Billy Jones of Pana, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Jeanette Townsend, Bruce and Annie Sue Townsend, all of Fairmount, Becky Townsend of Waleska; sister, Marcelle Mulkey of Fairmount; grandchildren, Kathy Mallory, Mart Townsend, Nicklaus Gravitt, Marie Williams, Heath Gravitt, Billy Joe Jones, Megan Stanley and Tiffaney Pate; several great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. G.W. “Duck” Townsend were held Friday, July 13 at 2 p.m. at Salacoa Baptist Church in Cherokee County with Reverend Delmar Ledford officiating. He was laid to rest in the church cemetery with Nicklaus Gravitt, Lonell Williams, Nicholas Kean, Earl Townsend, Jr., Jesse Stanley and Mart Townsend serving as pallbearers. Military graveside honors were provided by the American Legion Post #112.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


Willis Sperin

Mr. Willis T. Sperin, 80, of Ball Ground, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Tommy Estes and Rev. Kenny Sutton officiating.  Interment will follow in Mica Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Mr. Sperin was a member and Deacon at Mica Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Andylene Sperin; children, Janis Gayton (Robbie Gunter), Dennis Sperin, Donnie Sperin (Ronda) and Cynthia Sperin; siblings, Wayne Sperin (Sue) and Virginia Smith; grandchildren, Joe Gayton, Jessie Bozeman, Nikki Sperin, Adrian Saye, Jarrett Sperin, Shayla Sperin and J.T. Saye; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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



Special Service

Celebration of Life For Diane Hale.

Please join Diane’s Family on July 21st at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 2685 Steve Tate Hwy., Marble Hill.

Light refreshments will follow.