News for Tuesday, December 20, 2005


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Gladys Tuggle

Mrs. Gladys Tuggle, age 82, of Winder, formerly of Auburn, died December 20, 2005. Arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361.

Lucian W. Bowman

Lucian W. Bowman, age 92 of Buford, GA passed away Sunday, December 18, 2005. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday, December 22, 2005 at New ...

Joseph Elam

Joseph Robert Elam, 86, of Huntsville, AL, formerly of Stone Mountain, died Monday December 19, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726.

Lewis Weinstein

Mr. Lewis Ira Weinstein age 58, of Suwanee, GA passed away December 15, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Maggie Simpson

Miss Maggie Simpson, age 78, of Winder, Georgia died December 19, 2005. Arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361.

Jerry W. Brooks

Jerry W. Brooks, age 67 of Douglasville, GA, passed away on December 19, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 151/2 years Janice Brooks; Other survivors include: Daughter: Debbie ...

Avery A. Graves

Rev. Avery A. Graves, age 96, of Norcross, GA., died Tuesday, December 20, 2005. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilurn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726.

Sports calendar


Dec. 26-30: Renz Baseball Christmas camp runs Dec. 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 770-271-4554 or go to for discounts.

Berkhoel back with Gladiators

DULUTH - Being in the same city as their NHL affiliate paid off for the Gwinnett Gladiators on Monday.

'06 to be big year for parks, new libraries

LAWRENCEVILLE - Next year is a big year for community services in Gwinnett.

Police Briefs

Woman charged with assault

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman is wanted for allegedly attacking her ex-boyfriend and his mother Thursday at his home on Fescue Circle.

New land-buying policy reveals fire station talks

LAWRENCEVILLE - Parks and fire stations are on the minds of county commissioners when it comes to land purchases, according to documents available because of Gwinnett's new land-acquisition policy.

Judge OKs Delta rejection of Texas hangar lease

NEW YORK - A bankruptcy court judge on Monday allowed Delta Air Lines Inc. to enter new agreements, or hedges, to protect against sharp spikes in fuel prices and approved the rejection of a lease for a hangar at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Ready for action

Holidays can lift spirits

Morris News Service

HOUSTON - The typical "craziness" of the holiday season can offer an emotional boost for a chronically ill child.

North's Moore to coach at Troy

Matt Moore's future destination became public on Monday when the former North Gwinnett head football coach was announced as the new offensive line coach at Troy University (Ala.).

A tree to call their own

Corbin case hearing set

LAWRENCEVILLE - A judge will hear arguments on several issues Feb. 17 regarding the trial of a Dacula dentist facing murder charges in the deaths of his wife and a former girlfriend.

The quest for better fake arms

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON - Bend your elbow for a drink and your hand squeezes instead, crushing the cup: It's a frustration common with artificial arms.

Complications common for mastectomy patients who get implants

AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO - Breast implants in women who have undergone mastectomies often result in complications that require more surgery, a study in Denmark found.

Business Briefs

Appalachia gets $6 million to train coal miners

•PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The federal government is stepping in to help ease a shortage of trained coal miners in Appalachia.

One step forward and two back

Iraq's huge voter turnout last week was a clear step forward for the Bush administration's policy and for a stable Iraqi government, if all sides can learn to live together. But what happened in Washington last week will undercut the war on terror and encourage those who want to reprise Sept. 11, 2001, on a much grander scale.

Collins Hill girls pass first test out West

The state's top-ranked girls basketball team is one win closer to becoming the nation's top rated squad as well.

Prep roundup: Mooney scores 16 for unbeaten Dacula girls

JEFFERSON - Jenna Mooney had 16 points and four assists to lead Dacula to a 66-43 win over Jackson County at the Mountain Dew Jingle Jam tournament in Jefferson on Monday.

Wrestling roundup: Parkview wins McCallie Invitational

The Class AAAAA No. 1 Parkview wrestling team traveled up to Tennessee over the weekend and won the McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Chattanooga.

Year of maturation primed UGA's Toney for rigors of SEC

Channing Toney was the man at Brookwood, but his freshman season with the Georgia men's basketball team was a major change.

'Feeling like my old self'

Parkview volleyball coach has cutting edge spinal surgery

LAWRENCEVILLE - After undergoing a spinal surgery so cutting edge insurance companies deemed it "experimental," Melodie Clecker can finally sleep all the way through the night.

Letters to the Editor

Dependency on foreign oil not good for America

As a consumer, there is a concern about America's dependency on foreign oil; but there has to be a better solution to the problem other than drilling on American soil.

To start, America could change its energy consumption habits. Instead of consuming on average 21 million barrels of oil a day, we could decrease that number significantly.

Limiting our driving with better public transportation in the city of Atlanta could be done in a number of ways: tearing down MARTA and rebuilding a more efficient and useful transportation system or getting rid of MARTA altogether and creating an underground train system like the ones in New York or London.

A more feasible option for decreasing our driving time could be better incentives to carpool or work at home.






Rebecca (Joni) Coker, age 56, of Athens, passed away December 18, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.



Margaret L. Hooks (Peggy), 74, of Conyers, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2005 after a short battle with cancer. She was a graduate of Bass High School where she was a cheerleader. Peggy retired from DeKalb School System 12 years ago as an internal auditor. Her tender and kind heart was admired by all. She loved gardening, crafts, and the outdoors. She was preceded in death by her mother, Katie Little, her father, Milton Little, 5 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Terry Moncrief of Stone Mountain; son and daughter-in-law, Rick Hooks and Martha Wright of Conyers; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Michelle Hooks of Kansas; brothers, Emerson & sister-in-law, Virginia Little of Gainesville, GA, C. J. and sister-in-law, Elizabeth of Gainesville, GA; brother, Jack Little of Boyce, La., Victor and sister-in-law, Bertha Little of Oakwood, GA; sister-in-law, Annie Mae Little of McDonough, GA; sister-in-law, Lucy Little of Decatur, GA; numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by grandchildren, Jeff and Lisa Moncrief, Scott Moncrief, Kacey, and Kristi Hooks, Jonathon Hooks; great grandchildren, Morgan and Jacob Moncrief. She will always be remembered by her great sense of humor. Funeral Services will be held at 1pm Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Terre and Jerry Haas officiating (great nephews). Burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain, GA. The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm, Monday at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Portsbridge Hospice Center, 1374 Manchester Drive, Conyers, GA 30013, in memory of Margaret L. Hooks. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



Katie Lou Davis, age 89 of Dacula, died Sunday, December 18, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 21, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Wynn and Rev. Richard Wright will officiate. Burial Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery, Dacula. Born in Gwinnett County, Mrs. Davis, was a charter member of the Dacula Rainbow Club and a member of Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband William "Little Will" Brown Davis, Children, Marvin Douglas Davis and Margaret Carolyn Davis. Survivors include: Children: Kaye Winnell Aikens, Merle & Thomas Stephens, all of Dacula, Linda & Larry Cox, Royston, Judy & Jim Day, Norcross, Barry & Patsy Davis, Jerry & Candace Davis, all of Dacula; Sisters-in-law: Joyce Reed, Rebecca, Betty Reed, Warner Robins, Tommie Reed, Macon, Charlotte Reed, Ashburn, Frances Reed, Lawrenceville; Grandchildren: Tracy Drake, Jason Cox, Scott Stephens, Jad Davis, Jessica Day, Hope Davis, Johnathan Day, Joshua "Frankie" Davis, Kenny Davis; Great Grandchildren: Taylor Drake, Robbie Drake, and twins, Justin & Jared Cox; Several Nieces and Nephews. Family will receive friends from 11AM-9PM, Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.



Betty Knox, 62, of Decatur, GA, died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.



Mr. Raymond Wayne Graham, age 44 of Jefferson, Georgia died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.



John M. Archer, age 80 of Buford, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, December 18, 2005. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Dr. Lamar Holley and Rev. W. C. Corley will officiate. Burial will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Mr. Archer was a life time resident of Gwinnett County, a member of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church, served in active duty in the U. S. Army World War II, retired from DuPont Co., Tucker, and had worked several years at Triple-D-Tooling, Lawrenceville after retiring from DuPont Co. Mr. Archer is survived by his wife: Jackie Archer, Buford; Children: Janice & Tim Puckett, Buford, Jeffrey Archer, Savannah, Joe Archer, Lawrenceville; Grandson: Brian Puckett, Canton; Granddaughter: Jana Puckett, Buford; Brother & Sister-in-law: Mr. & Mrs. Billy (Rose) Archer, Dacula; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Mr. & Mrs. Claude (Dorothy Dean) Bradberry, Dacula, Mr. & Mrs. Richard (Jean) Sikes & Miss Hazel Archer of Lawrenceville; Sisters-in-laws: Mrs. Emma Jean Archer, Dacula, Mrs. Annie Bob Archer, Alpharetta; Many Nieces & Nephews. Flowers accepted or in lieu of flowers, memorials to Lawrenceville First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 228, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.


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19 December, 2005

Daisie Pearl Freeman Duncan born in Monroe County, Georgia, Mrs. Duncan was well-loved by her large family and an eminent member of the Gwinnett Community for more than 60 years. She is pre-deceased by her parents, Gordon Lee Freeman and Mary Pearl Smith Freeman, her husband of almost 62 years, Mr. Robert F. Duncan, her son, Gordon Robert Duncan, and her six sisters, Mae Webb, Frances Butler, Louise Speir, Georgilee Pettigrew, Ruby Butler and Nancy Wiley. She is survived by her daughter Pearla D. Wall Kennedy, her son-in-law William D. (Bill) Kennedy, her daughter-in-law, Marcia Duncan, her five grandchildren, Chris Duncan, Eddie Duncan, Amy Hager, Mike Duncan, and Alysa Wall, her 4 great-grandchildren, Eric Duncan, Whitney Duncan, Marlena Hager, and Ava Hager, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Mrs. Duncan was an active member of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church since 1934, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and a Bible School Teacher, was a member of the Board of Stewards and served for five years as president of the Missionary Society, as well as being an active Circle Leader and member of the Loyal Laborers Sunday School class. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 60 years, where she served as Worthy Matron and District Grand Deputy. She was a skilled cook and worthy bridge player, Her many hobbies included travel, china painting, sewing and crafting; she was a member of the Georgia Shell Club for many years and won more than one hundred ribbons for her shell art and collections. Among her many charitable activities, she is well loved and remembered for the caps she crocheted for newborns in area hospitals. Mrs. Duncan's life-long passion was genealogy. She began collecting information about her family at age 13, and was a long-time member of the Gwinnett County Historical Society. She researched and established documentation necessary to become a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Eighteen Twelve, Daughters of the American Colonists, The National Society Magna Charta Dames, Dame of the Court of Honor, First Families of Georgia, Daughters of Colonial Wars, Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, Georgia Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Sovereign Colonial Society - Americans of Royal Descent, The Jamestowne Society, and The Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Among her many famous ancestors, she was able to document her descent from fourteen signers of the Magna Charta and the Emperor Charlemagne, among other royalty. The family will receive visitors at the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 20-, 2005 from 4:00 until 6 o'clock in the afternoon. Service will be held at 11 a.m. at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Honorariums in the name of Mrs. Duncan may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville.


Christine Ann Dzialo, age 54, of Lawrenceville, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.



Robert B. Harrington, age 78, of Lawrenceville, GA died December 17, 2005. He is survived by his Wife of 54 years: Betty I. Harrington; Daughters and Sons-in-law: Venus and David Stone of Lawrenceville, Sarah and John Scott of McMinnville, TN; Grandchildren: Eric Benjamin Marks of Lawrenceville, Katy Scott of McMinnville, TN; Sisters and Brother-in-Law: Olive Entrekin of Smyrna, Jean and Hubert Brooks of Marietta; Brother-in-Law: Amos Lowery of Smyrna; Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Strahan and Geneva Ivie of Athens, Paul and Marnell Ivie of Clarksville, Doug and Donna Ivie of Clarksville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 19, 2005 at 2:00 at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 until service time at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,



Richard Cronan, age 60 of Social Circle, died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Drive, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.



Col. Joseph Robert Henry, USAF Ret., age 79, of Stone Mountain, died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2005, at 10:00 AM at Mountain Park UMC Chapel in Stone Mountain with Dr. Gary Whetstone and Rev. E. Gail Thompson officiating. Interment will follow on Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Clearfield, PA. A native of Pennsylvania, Col. Henry was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and had a distinguished career in the military where at age 17 he enlisted in the Aircorps and began his service during WWII. Some of the highlights of his life were that he attended and graduated from The United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1949 where in 1948 he was an All American walk-on football player. He served as a pilot in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action under fire in 1968. In 1957 he attended the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Naval War College in 1962. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1963 and was Chief of Launch Operations, Air Force Gemini Program 1963-1966 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. A distinguished graduate of the Air War College in 1970, Col. Henry became the Head of R.O.T.C. at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and retired in 1976 to start a second successful career as a rancher in South Alabama for 15 years before settling in Stone Mountain in 1990. Col. Henry was preceded in death by his brothers, John Austin and Eugene Lynn Henry, and his parents, Mary Catherine and Eugene Matthew Henry, as well as his fourth child, Matthew Robert Henry. Survivors include: Wife: Sue Henry, Stone Mountain; Children: Mary Jo (Dan) Brooks, Christine Henry, Dr. John Michael (Barbara Leasure) Henry, Cynthia (Pierce) Hodnette, Mark (Robin) Henry; 12 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren. Col. Henry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, December 19, 2005, from 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite veterans charity. Horis A. Ward, Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-381-5722.



Ms. Lucy Lawana Crawley, age 77, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2005. She is survived by her: Daughters and Sons-In-Law: Donna Crawley, Sugar Hill, GA, Debra and George Andrews, Dallas, GA, Crystal and Dave O'Connell, Roswell, GA; Sons and Daughter-In-Law: Mike and Dolly Crawley, Buford, GA, John Bagwell, Douglasville, GA; 9 Grandchildren: Chad Crawley, Heather Crawley, Casey Crawley, Claire Bagwell, Shawn O'Connell, Alex O'Connell, Brady O'Connell, Shannon Greeson, and Marcie Tinsley; 4 Great Grandchildren; Sisters and Brother-In-Law: Martha Dubois, Sylvania, GA, Mary and J. W. Anderson, Savannah, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Ms. Crawley was born in Pembroke, GA. She was a homemaker and also worked for Pineapple Interior Designs in Norcross, GA. She was a member of Shadowbrook Baptist Church in Suwanee, GA where she was also a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Shadowbrook Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Linkous officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Mr. Lewis F. Perry, age 81, of Suwanee, GA passed away on December 19, 2005. Surviving are: Wife of 56 Years: Mrs. Dovie Samples Perry, Suwanee, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Patricia and Hoyt Fox, Suwanee, GA, Jessie and Greg Hannah, Buford, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Charles and Judy Perry, Suwanee, GA, Barry Perry, Suwanee, GA, John and Pennie Perry, Suwanee, GA; 12 Grandchildren: Frankie Perry, Suwanee, GA, Bucky and Amber Perry, Suwanee, GA, Randy and Katie Perry, Buford, GA, Chris and Mia Fox, Macon, GA, Kim and Keith Franks, Braselton, GA, Joey and Dawn Perry, Suwanee, GA, Monica Perry, Suwanee, GA, Iris and Adam Keith, Lee, MA, Philip Hannah and Luke Hannah, Buford, GA, Melissa Calvert, Suwanee, GA, Cliff and Jodi Calvert, Auburn, GA; 7 Great Grandchildren; Sister: Mrs. Ruby Daniel, Cumming, GA; Brothers and Sister-in-Law: Claude and Lurline Perry, Atlanta, GA, Bill Perry, Cumming, GA, Paul Perry, Atlanta, GA; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Perry was a native of Forsyth County, GA. He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army. He was retired from General Motors Assembly Plant after 25 years of service and was a member of U.A.W. Local 10. He was a member of Shadowbrook Baptist Church in Suwanee, GA. He was an avid gardener. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Linkous officiating. Interment in Level Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery, Suwanee, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 12:00 Noon - 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Roy B. Scarbrough, age 86, of Tucker, GA, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.



Helen Marie Cobb, age 78, of Winder, passed away December 18, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.


Joe Allen Helton, age 79, of Winder, passed away December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.


W.M. "Dub" McDougal, age 70, of Winder, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Deas resigns as Wesleyan football coach

Less than a year after hiring only the second head football coach in school history, the Wesleyan Wolves are now searching for No. 3.

9 local kids receive personalized gifts from Festival of Trees


Nine previously hospitalized kids and young adults had Christmas trees highlighting their "favorite thing" created for them this holiday season.

Whether they were 2 months old or 20 years old, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta decorated and delivered nine Gwinnettians a themed Christmas tree sponsored by a company or individual during their biggest fundraiser, The Festival of Trees.

Brittany Harrington, a 19-year-old Collins Hill High School graduate, was given a "ballet" tree. Harrington liked to dance before a January car accident left her in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. Now almost a year later, she can speak and is learning to stand again, said her mother, Kim Harrington.

Parkview's Palmer commits to Clemson football

Parkview tight end Michael Palmer liked the direction of Clemson's offense, so he gave the Tigers' football program a commitment on Monday.

Swimming roundup: Eagles win division at county Challenge

Collins Hill posted a combined score of 1,168 points to win Division I of this past weekend's Cobb/Gwinnett Challenge, a swimming and diving competition between the two counties.