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Gainesville golf course employee killed in mowing accident
David Silcox
David Silcox

A City of Gainesville employee was killed Thursday, April 19, at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

David Rodger Silcox, 69, was reportedly mowing grass near the green on the 17th hole at about 10:30 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Silcox was using a heavy-duty lawn mower that overturned on him.

He was found by another employee and pronounced dead on scene, according to city officials.

“I just want to send my sincerest condolences,” City Councilman Sam Couvillon said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Silcox was known as an experienced, dedicated employee at the golf course, where he had worked as a part-time laborer since July 1, 2010, and trained other workers.  

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Silcox family,” City Manager Bryan Lackey said. “We’re shocked at this tragedy. Whatever we can do for the family at this time, we’ll do it.”

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