This may be old news for some of you, but there is always a "newbie."
For searching old obits and news items for the state of Georgia, especially the greater Atlanta area, try http://atlnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/atlnewspapers/search
I've recently found obits and news items unavailable through ancestry.com or newspaperarchive.com, including items before and during the Civil War. No fee, no subscription, but you will have to install the djvu add-on for your browser.
Galileo also has other newspapers for the state of Georgia.