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Remembering those who died in 2015
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The Northeast Georgia area lost a number of prominent members of the community in 2015.

Some were educators or served as coaches. Others fed people or helped them dress well. Some were authors, and others were law enforcement or political leaders.

Here’s a look back at some of those who died in 2015:

Harold G. Black

The former Gainesville Police commander who was also served as a Marine in Korea died Jan. 19 at age 86.

Vicky Chambers

The longtime Lula councilwoman was also the owner of Around the Corner Florist in downtown Lula and was a busy volunteer. Chambers had served as mayor pro tem for Lula and was a member of the Lula Historical Society and the Downtown Development Authority. She died Jan. 22 at age 57 from injuries suffered in a Jan. 10 wreck.

Curtis Segars

Segars was Gainesville High’s principal during the integration era. He also served as Hall County Board of Commissioners chairman from 1989-92, and in 2013 he was sworn in to serve the remaining four months of Mayor Danny Dunagan’s term when Dunagan ran for the new position of elected mayor. Segars died May 18 at age 81.

Gus Whalen

The Gainesville business leader and philanthropist was the founder of the Featherbone Communiversity, the former CEO of Warren Featherbone Company, an author and speaker. He died June 21 at age 70.

Billy Dilworth

Dilworth worked for the Anderson Independent in South Carolina, the Atlanta Times and The Athens Daily News, and he announced his retirement from University of Georgia’s WNEG-TV in 2010. Dilworth, a country music fan, also hosted radio shows in North Georgia and moved to television, hosting “The Billy Dilworth Show” between 1985 and 1995. He died July 2 at age 80.

Nathaniel Ashe

Ashe at various times was state vice president of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Foundation, charter president of the Georgia Feed Council, chairman of the Georgia Poultry Park Committee and a life member of the Poultry Leaders Round Table. He founded Blue Ridge Grain and Marketing Inc., where he sold feed ingredients. He died July 20 at age 86.

Ronnie Lance

Lance was well-known for Burger Chef and Beef Corral restaurants in Oakwood and Gainesville and also served as a Georgia Board of Corrections member. He helped found the Lance Animal Hospital in 2006. Lance died Sept. 15 at age 71.

Gordon Sawyer

The Gainesville author, radio commentator and columnist for WDUN wrote six books about the history and people of the Southern mountains. He was active with the Northeast Georgia History Center. He died Nov. 5 at age 89.

Doyle Johnson

The former area director of Young Life also started A.D. Mathis Custom Clothing in 1992. He died Nov. 18 at age 64.

Brian Kelly

The former Gainesville Police chief died Dec. 1. He was 43.

Dr. Terry Greene
The Clarkesville mayor died Dec. 13. He was 53.

Chuck Clausen
He played college football and also wrestled at the University of New Mexico before going on to be an assistant coach in both college football, including at Ohio State, and in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. He also wrote a sports column for The Times. Clausen died Dec. 24 at age 75.

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