Mr. Donald Edward Flanagan, age 81, of Murrayville passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Donald was born in Hall County on July 5, 1940, to the late John and Edna Cowart Flanagan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his foster parents Colonel and Ona Pierce; brothers John Lee Flanagan, Carl “Trigger” Flanagan, and foster brother Ralph Pierce; foster sister Tommie Pierce; brother-in-law Joe T. Gooch; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Doc and Faye Gooch and sister-in-law Linda Walden.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather would be a place to start to describe Donald. He was also a beloved friend to anyone who knew him. Since 1982 he has owned and operated Pierce’s Corner Store. Many who stopped in at Pierce’s got a friendly smile and good joke from Donald to brighten their day. He was always willing to help anyone he could. Donald’s passion was fixing tractors and restoring antique cars. He loved to fix anything. From the friends that Donald made and the family that he loved dearly, he lived his life sure to be remembered. He will be greatly missed. His home, shop, and store have been a huge bright spot in a busy intersection for a long time. 

Survivors include his beloved wife, of 58 years, Doris Flanagan; daughter Becky Flanagan, both of Murrayville; son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Stephaine Flanagan, Iowa; his grandchildren, who lovingly called him “Papa”, Evan Gentry, Allyson Strickland (Jesse), Aidan Flanagan, Garrett Flanagan, and Merrick Flanagan; sister and brother-in-law Jeannie and Dallas VanScooten, Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law Jimmy and Nancy Flanagan, Mt. Airy; sister Ruth Andrews, Peachtree City; brother and sister-in-law Roger and Margie Flanagan, Murrayville; brother and sister-in-law Ron and Kathy Boostrom, Texas; brother-in-law Arnold Gooch; sister-in-law Alma Edwards; sister-in-law Sue West; brother-in-law Wyman Walden, all of Dahlonega; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, September 17, 2021, at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. The Rev. Les Fuller and the Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate. Interment will follow in Yahoola Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday and from 11:00 AM to the service hour Friday at the funeral home.     

In lieu of flowers please make contributions in memory of Donald to Yahoola Baptist Church c/o Alton Jarrard, 58 Duffy Grizzle Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533.

To share a memory or a condolence with the family visit Donald’s online guestbook at

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home, 2068 Highway 19 North, Dahlonega, GA 30533