P.O. Box 237
Danielsville, GA 30633
Responsibilities of the Coroner's Office
Coroner: Julie "Coach" Harrison
Chief Deputy Coroner: Keith Lord
Deputy Coroner: Butch McDuffie
Deputy Coroner: Sherry McDuffie
Information Concerning Death Certificates
It may take 1 - 2 weeks for the death certificate to be completed on average once the funeral home has been chosen, and the coroner completing the certificate. This time allows for us to subpoena necessary medical records for review. If an autopsy was conducted, it may take 4 - 6 months for completion. A “pending” death certificate may be requested through the funeral home, and once a final cause and manner has been confirmed the amended death certificate will be available for purchase.
Information Concerning Autopsies
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office decides which cases are accepted for autopsy, based on information provided by the Coroner’s Office.
According to Georgia Statues, cases accepted for autopsy include Homicide, Suicide, Accidental, Child deaths and Natural deaths that meet specific criteria.
In the event of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office declines an autopsy request, the family may request a private autopsy with a licensed pathologist. The cost for a private autopsy can cost the family between $3,000 and $6,000 depending on extent of the autopsy and any additional testing required during the examination.
Legal Next of Kin
Spouse – is the husband or wife of the deceased who are legally married, separated but not divorced.