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Daniel Barrett

Mr. Daniel Barrett, age 67, of Buford, GA, passed away December 24, 2005. He is survived by his: former Wife: Deborah (Debbie) Barrett of Suwanee, GA; first Wife: Mrs. Barbara ...

James Doran

James T. Doran, Lt. Col. Retired, 77, of Norcross, GA, died December 26, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Ricky Whitlock

Mr. Ricky Joe Whitlock, age 50, of Hoschton, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2005, after an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Marsha Hitchcock

Marsha Hitchcock (Nana) of Snellville, Georgia, died on December 26, 2005 after a long battle with cancer. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Pablo Medrano

Pablo Medrano, age 9, of Lawrenceville, GA, died December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.

Robbie Holbrook

Robbie Mae Holbrook, age 82 of Lawrenceville died Monday, December 26, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 29, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

W. Hursey Moulder

W. Hursey Moulder, age 89 of Buford, GA died Monday, December 26, 2005 after a brief illness. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. at ...

James Beachem

James W. “Jack” Beachem, age 84 of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Raymond Allen

Mr. Raymond James Allen, II, age 64 of Lawrenceville, GA, died December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Ernest Born

Ernest “Wes” Born, age 70 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, December 23, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

Loyd Winchester

Loyd Winchester, age 81, of Snellville, passed away December 26, 2005. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 PM at Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive ...

Robert Mullins

Robert C. (Bob) Mullins, 71, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

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STONE MOUNTAIN

SUGAR HILL

BUFORD

BARRETT, DANIEL

Mr. Daniel Barrett, age 67, of Buford, Georgia passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133.

COOK, CHARLES

Charles Cook, age 68 of Buford, died Sunday, December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-945-9345.

LEONARD, MOLLY

Infant Molly Leonard of Buford, GA, passed away December 25, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133.

MOULDER, HURSEY

W. Hursey Moulder, age 89 of Buford, GA died Monday, December 26, 2005. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

DULUTH

LAHR, FRANCES

Frances O. Lahr, age 98, of Duluth, GA died Friday December 23, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

FLOWERY BRANCH

TARRATS, EDWARD

Mr. Edward Tarrats age 62, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away December 21, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133.

GRAYSON

ZEGALIA, MARCO

Marco John Carl Zegalia, age 69 of Grayson, GA, died December 24, 2005 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Brenda Zegalia; Son: Justin Zegalia of Peachtree City, GA; Sister and Brother-in-law: Sheree and Lee Wren of Snellville, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Zegalia retired from A T & T after 36 years of service. At the time of his death, he was employed with Danella Engineering Company as a general manager. He was a member of Barkers Creek Baptist Church in Honea Path, SC, and he cared deeply for his family. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Ben Lehmann officiating. The family will reassemble at 3 PM at Barkers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Honea Path, SC for the Committal Service. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 - 9 pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097 in memory of Marco John Carl Zegalia. Tome M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

HOSCHTON

HENDRIX, RALPH

Mr. Ralph F. Hendrix, age 82, of Hoschton, GA died 12/25/05. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-1361.

LAWRENCEVILLE

MCARTHUR, JESSIE

Jessie McArthur, age 110, passed away on Dec. 14, 2005, and has gone on to join a long list of family and friends including her husband Lisle McArthur, her son Paul McArthur, grandson Mark Arthur Crippin, sisters Bessie DeCroker and Ethel Whitworth, brothers Ernest and Archie Matteson and many more who loved her. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Dale Crippin of Lawrenceville, Ga., granddaughter Deborah Crippin DiPaolo of Lawrenceville, Ga., grandsons Jeffrey Lynn Crippin of Conyers, Ga., and David Wayne Crippin of Frisco, Tx., and 3 great-grandchildren Jeffrey Dale Crippin, Caitlyn Marie Crippin, And Jeremy Jon DiPaolo. Born Jessie Ilene Matteson Aug. 9. 1895, she has lived in 3 centuries and was much loved by all who knew her. Her warm smile and upbeat personality could brighten any room. Her remains will be taken to the Kalamazoo, Michigan area where she lived her first 107 years of her life before moving to Lawrenceville to be closer to family. Her secret to life - "I was just always happy!" Wages & Sons, Inc. Funeral Homes & Crematories, Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

MULLINS, ROBERT

Robert C. (Bob) Mullins, 71, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday December 25, 2005. The funeral will be at 11 A.M. Thursday December 29, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Lilburn, with Rev. Sid Hopkins officiating. The remains will be placed in state at 10:30 A.M. A graveside service will be held at 2 P.M. at Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta. A native of Atlanta, Mr. Mullins was retired as a chemical salesman. He had worked for SE Chem, Omni Solvent and Chemical, and Environmental Treatment Services. He was a member of the Buckhead Boys Club and the First Baptist Church of Lilburn. Mr. Mullins was active in the Ham Radio community where he was known by his call sign, N4EET. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors include wife, Jeannie Mullins of Lawrenceville; daughters, Michelle Ball of Stone Mountain and Brittany Demmitt of Villa Rica; grandchildren: Brondalyn Ball, Chandler Ball, Gresion Ball, Graham Ball, Coleman Demmitt, and Ella Demmitt; cousin, Earl Spraggins and lifelong friend, Ivan White. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-8 P.M. at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

LILBURN

CUTINI, CAELESTE

Caeleste Frances Cutini, 89, of Lilburn, GA died on Thursday December 22, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726.

LOGANVILLE

AINSWORTH, RICK

Rick Ainsworth, age 30 of Loganville, GA, died December 23, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

MONROE

ADKINS, CLYDE

Clyde E. Adkins, age 82 of Monroe, died Friday, December 23, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 770-466-1544.

MORRIS, BILLY

Billy Joe Morris, age 55, of Monroe, Georgia, died December 22, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rose Morris; Daughters: Mandy Morris, Atlanta, GA, Jonna Morris, Bethlehem, GA; Son: Skeets Morris of Monroe, GA; Mother: Mary Morris, Lacon, IL; Sister and Brother-in-law: Patty Ann and Darrell Bestold, Lacon, IL; Sister: Carol Jean Morris, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Morris was employed by American Roller Company as a Regional Sales Manager for 18 years. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was a loving and caring husband, father, son, brother, coach and a friend to many. He will be missed. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 - 9 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Billy Joe Morris. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

SNELLVILLE

HAMBRICK, WAYNE

Mr. Wayne Hambrick, passed away on Dec. 25, 2005. Arrangements will be announced later by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

STONE MOUNTAIN

VANDIVER, MERK

Merk Eula (Merksie) Vandiver, 97, of Stone Mountain joined the Heavenly Choir on Christmas Day 2005. She is survived by husband John Milton Vandiver, daughters: Frances (Norris) Puckett of Penney Farms, FL and Carolyn (James) Gray of Athens, TN. Sisters: Jimmie Lou Franklin of Macon, Georgia and Mary Rosine of La Crescenta, CA. Grandchildren Jon Puckett, Kathy Smith, Susan Morrison and Glenn Morrison. Great Grandchildren Jeni and Alyssa Smith and Nicholas, Michelle and Lillie Ann Ramos, also nieces and nephews. Mrs. Vandiver was an honor graduate at Wesleyan College in Macon. Graveside service will be held Wednesday December 28th at 1:00pm at Macon Memorial Park in the Chapel Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 until 5 at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel 770-469-9811.

SUGAR HILL

ELLIS, BEATRICE

Beatrice B. Ellis, age 88 of Sugar Hill, died Sunday, December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-945-9345.

WAGES, DOROTHY

Dorothy "Dot" Wages, age 81 of Sugar Hill, died Sunday, December 25, 2005. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 28 at the Buford First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Wages was a homemaker and a member of Buford First United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bradley Wages of Sugar Hill; children, Pamela Greene, Snellville; Chuck Wages, Sugar Hill; grandchildren, Ashleigh & Derrick Mullins; great-grandchildren Makenzie, Presleigh, & Hudson Mullins; sister, Carolyn Case, Atlanta; 2 nieces and 1 nephew. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4-9 PM at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, 770-945-9345.

Post-Christmas bargain hunters flock to stores

DULUTH - Malls and shopping centers across Gwinnett County teemed with day-after-Christmas bargain hunters and gift exchangers Monday.

Shelters, with ads, going up at bus stops

LAWRENCEVILLE - Relief is on the way for local transit riders who must brave the elements to catch one of Gwinnett County's maroon buses.

Gwinnett crimes grab national headlines in '05

LAWRENCEVILLE - The national spotlight never shined so brightly on Gwinnett County as it did in 2005, when people everywhere were intrigued by local police investigations, arrests and the bizarre acts of a few colorful residents.

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Gwinnett burns Inferno 3-2

Guillaume Desbiens posted a goal and an assist to help the Gladiators to a 3-2 win over the Columbia Inferno on Monday night at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, S.C.

South boys face early test in Deep South

In the 14-year history of the Deep South Classic, only two teams have repeated as champions of the tough high school basketball tournament.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Monday-Friday: Renz Baseball Christmas camp runs this Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 770-271-4554 or go to renzbaseball.com for discounts.

Reviews mixed for Medicare drug plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia seniors are in the midst of wading through various prescription drug benefit programs newly presented by Medicare and have until May 15 to find the plan that's right for them.

Just pick the 12th day, and you'll be fine

We were sitting in the parlor Friday night, the lights on the Christmas tree winking at us as we jockeyed for position. Somebody had to sing the seven geese a-laying part, and there seemed to be confusion as to who had called for the four calling birds.

WIC clinic will open in Lilburn in February

LAWRENCEVILLE - The first free-standing specialty clinic for women, infants and children in Georgia will open its doors in late February in Lilburn. East Metro Health District officials expect to more than double their client base after the clinic's opening.

The women, infants, children program is a federal health care program under Medicaid that was designed in 1972 to meet special nutritional needs of low-income, pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women, infants and children up to age 5.

Campaign gives trees second life

LAWRENCEVILLE - Even after Christmas you can still give a gift - your tree.

Clippings from recycled trees will be donated to beautify landscapes at local schools, playgrounds and parks, courtesy of the "bring one for the chipper" recycling program.

Safety workers to get awards for bravery

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's not easy being a public safety worker, working odd hours for low pay in often hazardous conditions. While most people run away from danger, these brave folks run toward it.

It was high time somebody gave law enforcement, firefighters and investigators a pat on the back, thus the concept of hosting a countywide awards program was hatched, said Lt. David Dusik of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Volunteers keep Deep South Classic running smoothly

The volunteers at this week's Deep South Classic emphasize being friendly and getting close to the visiting players and coaches. Sometimes they get very close.

Student headed to Taiwan after winning physics competition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Kelsey Duncan got an early Christmas present this year: an all-expense-paid trip to

Taiwan.

The 11-year-old J.P. McConnell Middle School student will be headed to the Far East this week after winning a prestigious physics award.

Signs show U.S. is leaving Iraq, but there's no hurry

WASHINGTON

At every stop on his three-day tour of Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent a similar message: the U.S. military is not rushing to get out, but it is getting out, nevertheless.

Atlanta not a new attraction for Georgia football players

Bowl trips are supposed to be rewards for college football players.