J.D. Emerson, age 78 of Bethlehem, Ga passed away June 21, 2005. He retired after 30 years from General Motors, Doraville in 1982. He was a member of Rock Springs Methodist church of Buford. He was preceded in death by his parents J.O. and Letha Emerson, a sister, Daphnie Vanderford and a brother Rodney Emerson. He is survived by: Wife: Barbara Emerson; Children: Gene & Betty Emerson; Ricky and Connie Emerson; Pam Emerson & Marty Vanel; Carol & Joey Smith; Ronnie & Terri Emerson; Synthia & Ben Dale; Brothers: Roy & Sue Emerson; Ray and Blanche Emerson; J.O. & Katherine Emerson, Jr.; Sister-in-Law: Lois Emerson; 12 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Dr. Billy Britt officiating. Interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel. 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com.