Mrs. Sarah Grissom, age 65, of Buford, GA passed away on December 29, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joil "Gene" Grissom, grandson, Craig Burel, granddaughter, Brittany Burel, and great granddaughter, Cassidy Hughes. Surviving are: Daughter and Son-in-Law: Marie and Stanley Burel, Buford, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Wayne and Dianne Grissom, Winder, GA, Jeff and Laverne Grissom, Hoschton, GA; Grandchildren: Scott Morris, Keith and Susan Hardy, Jonathan Hughes; Great Grandchildren: Taylor and Georgie Hardy, Taylor Hughes; Father: James Sweat, Winder, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: J. T. and Marilyn Sweat, Winder, GA, John and Jean Sweat, Winder, GA, Howard and Bonnie Sweat, Winder, GA; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Grissom was born in Barrow County, GA. She was a retired bus driver for the Gwinnett County School System after 40 years of service. She was a member of the Gravel Springs Baptist Church, Buford, GA. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Winfred Martin officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12:00 Noon - 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
Harold L. Barrett, age 81 of Demorest, GA, passed away on December 28, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Loraine Barrett, and is survived by: Daughters & Son-in-Law: Linda Gail Cumbie, Clearwater, FL, Kathie & Henry Waters, Buford; Son: Bobby Barrett, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Sister: Shirley Noe, Suwanee; 7 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren. Mr. Barrett retired from General Motors, Doraville after 33 years. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran of WWII, a member of the disabled American Veterans, a life-time member of the American Legion, and a charter member and life-time member since 1947 of the Lawrenceville VFW Post #5255, where he served as State Commander in 1973-1974. Mr. Barrett was a past member of Lawrenceville Lodge #131 F.&A.M. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 31 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment to follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.
Myrtice Thelma Williams of Duluth, died December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.
Ruth Ruark Griffeth, age 75 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, December 29, 2005. Survivors include: Children: Gloria & Randall Dixon, Dacula, Emmett & Jean Griffeth, Loganville; Grandchildren: Joe & Kim Dixon; Great Grandchildren: Kaitlyn & Zack Dixon; Several Nieces & Nephews. A native of Walton County, Mrs. Griffeth was a member of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church and Phoebe Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewitt Griffeth. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2005 at the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church with remains placed instate at 1:30 PM. Dr. Lamar Holley and Rev. Lamar Casper will officiate. Interment Hill Haven Cemetery, Monroe. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM, Friday, December 30, 2005 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.
Albert Ray Thomas, age 92 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2005. Mr. Thomas was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 40+ years. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Albert was a U.S. Army veteran and a theater projectionist in motion picture theater. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Mullins Thomas and his daughter, Susan Claunch. He is survived by his sisters: Betty Shepherd of Shelbyville, TN, Barbara White of Lakeland, GA; 2 grandchildren: Barry P. (Chip) Denson of Hoschton, GA, Jeff Denson of Crawfordville, FL; 4 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Deacon David Palmer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Georgia Chapter, Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd., NE, Ste. 10, Atlanta, GA 30345-3315. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.
Harry "Buck" Franklin Moore, age 90 of Norcross, passed away December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.
Mrs. Helen Williams Fitzpatrick, age 81, of Snellville, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at the Emory Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia. Arrangements by Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Toccoa, GA, 706-886-3106.
Vivian Ruth Wyatt, age 87, of Statham, GA, passed away December 27, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.
Stephen "Morris" Payne, age 49, of Winder, passed away December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.