Our Staff


Staff members of Dahlonega Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Lauren W. McDonald, Jr.

Lauren W. McDonald, Jr.

Owner

A native of Commerce, GA, Bubba graduated from the University of Georgia and for many years owned the ACE Hardware and Building Supply in Commerce. In 1997 he established McDonald and Son Funeral Home with his son, Lauren W. McDonald III.

Elected as a Jackson County Commissioner in 1968 he went on to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1971 to 1990. He ran for governor in 1990 and served as the President of Georgians for Better Transportation form 1992 - 1998. Bubba currently serves on The Georgia Public Service Commission.

Bubba has been an active volunteer serving as a Presbyterian Elder, on the Board of Governors SBDC (UGA), on the Board of Governors of Mercer Medical College, and as a member of the Jaycees and Kiwanis. He also served as the Fire Chief in Commerce, GA for 25 years.

Bubba is committed to continuing the tradition of caring for families in our community as if they were part of his family as they travel life's most difficult journeys.


Lauren W. McDonald III

Lauren W. McDonald III

Owner/Funeral Director

Lauren and his wife, Claire, live in Cumming with their two sons, Wylie, Ridley and daughter, Hailey. A proud graduate of the University of Georgia, Lauren is also a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a past member of the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service.

He is an active member of Cumming First United Methodist Church, Lanier-Forsyth Rotary Club, Cumming/Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, and the Yaarab Shrine of Atlanta. Lauren serves on the board of a number of local organizations including the Northeast Georgia Red Cross, Forsyth County Arts Association, Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts and the United Way of Forsyth County.

In his spare time, Lauren has served as a volunteer fireman with Forsyth County for 21 years. He was also an elected official in Forsyth County.


Claire McDonald

Claire McDonald

Owner/Funeral Director

Having always lived in the Atlanta area, Claire was born at Piedmont Hospital, graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with a Bachelor of Science in biology and worked for her family's manufacturing company in Smyrna for twelve years.

Claire and her husband, Lauren, married in 2001 and live in Cumming with their three children: Wylie, Ridley and Hailey. In2014 she completed her studies at Ogeechee Technical Institute and received herFuneral Service Education degree.  She is now licensed as a funeral director and embalmer.

Claire is an active member at Cumming First United Methodist Church and a member of UMW. She is a past executive member of the UMW Board and has served on the committee for the consignment sale for the past few years. 


Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Director of Family & Community Relations

Amanda is a native of Dahlonega and graduate of Lumpkin High School. She is a licensed funeral apprentice and has worked at Dahlonega Funeral Home since 2010. She is the Director of Family & Community Relations and location manager. Amanda currently attends Ogeechee Technical College to obtain her degree for Funeral Directing.

Amanda is a lifetime Dahlonega resident who recently moved to Dawsonville with her son Dockery. She is very active within the community by volunteering during her off time and organizing special projects to better the community. Amanda coordinates many Senior Events, Cell Phones For Soldiers, our annual Toys For Tots Drive, and partners with Lumpkin County Family Connections, CASA, and Rainbow Children's Home for many other community events. She is also an advocate for Suicide Prevention and carries a certificate in Suicide Prevention Training.  Amanda is also crematory certified. 

Amanda serves on the board for Enotah CASA (advocates for abused and neglected children),   serves on the Lumpkin County Cemetery Committee, holds seat as Fundraising Chair for Lumpkin County PFO, Secretary for W.I.L.L (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), President of the Lumpkin County Healthcare Committee, a member of Eastern Star and assists in the organizing of the annual Health & Family Expo.


Paul Holbrook

Paul Holbrook

Funeral Director

Paul is a Forsyth County native who currently lives in Cumming with his wife Tracy and three daughters Daphne, McKenzie, and Madison.

He graduated from South Forsyth High School in 1992 and from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1995.

Paul has degrees in Mortuary Science and Forensic Science. Paul became a licensed Funeral Director in 2013.

He has volunteered with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.


Kenny Jacobs

Kenny Jacobs

Funeral Director/ Embalmer


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Brian Todack

Brian Todack

Funeral Director/ Embalmer



Savannah Crowe

Savannah Crowe

Apprentice

Savannah graduated from Banks County High School in 2017. She is currently enrolled at Ogeechee Tech. in their Funeral Service program.

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Brandon Elliott

Brandon Elliott

Apprentice



Peyton Forrester

Peyton Forrester

Funeral Associate

Peyton is a full time college student at UNG majoring in business and in hopes to continue to mortuary school after completion. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and discovering new shows on Netflix. She has lived in Dahlonega since 2005 with her parents Marcie and Jonathan Forrester. Peyton is active member of GAMMA SIGMA SIGMA National Service Sorority and was an active member of The Lumpkin County High School Band of Gold.


Johnny & Margaret Weathersby

Johnny & Margaret Weathersby

Funeral Attendants & Community Outreach

Johnny and Margaret both retired from over 25 years each in the real estate business selling residential and commercial properties, farms and plantations. Since Margaret is a 5th generation native of Young Harris, GA, her roots run deep and she always wanted to return to the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. So it was no surprise that after selling their own real estate company in south Georgia, they would fall in love with Dahlonega. It did not take them long to find their perfect challenging five acre old home place in Yahoola Valley to remodel and make a place for themselves in the mountains …...that was 23 years ago.

 

Johnny & Margaret have both been very active members of Dahlonega Baptist Church since making the mountains their home. Both have served on numerous committees, starting and heading a Greeting Ministry for DBC for over 10 years, being Presidents of the Challengers Sunday School Class, as well as Johnny serving as a Deacon.

 


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