Catherine Anderson Lebkuecher, died Friday, December 22, 2006, from complications arising after a 13 year battle with multiple myeloma. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Andrew, daughters Jeanmarie and Heidi and son Drew. Cathy leaves one grandchild, Ethan. Cathy dedicated the last 10 years of her life to educating myeloma patients on survival. Her ability to learn quickly and challenge her doctors allowed her to "beat the odds" and laugh in the face of her initial prognosis. Always an advocate of "education is your most powerful tool in this fight", Cathy brought strength to countless patients in their fight against this aggressive and debilitating form of cancer. She and her husband, Andy, formed the Atlanta Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group (AAMMSG) where Cathy used her talent as a speaker and knowledge of her disease to spread information on treatment options and the like. She was constantly broadening her knowledge by attending numerous educational seminars receiving awards for her involvement. Cathy was an angel to many and it was clear that her "chess match" with myeloma was not to slow her down as god had a plan for her. She enhanced every life she touched and will be missed by all who knew her. The world has lost a uniquely gifted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Cathy also leaves sisters Jane, Judith, and Margaret and brothers Johnny, Peter, and Michael. Funeral Services will be held at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA at 1 P.M. on Wednesday, December 27. The family will receive friends from 11:00 until 1:00p.m. at Holy Cross Anglican Church , where Cathy and Andy are founding members. In lieu of flowers, Cathy has requested that donations be made to the AAMMSG and the International Myeloma Foundation. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.
Larry Quakenbush, age 68, of Buford, GA, a loving husband and father, passed away at home with loved ones on December 25, 2006 after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harper Wade and Ida Bray Quakenbush and sister, Linda Wade (Polly) Quakenbush, Graham, NC. He is survived by: His loving wife: Mildred Spain Quakenbush, Buford, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Pam and Bon Adams, Buford, GA; Dee and Jay Holman, Braselton, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Darrell and Melanie Quakenbush, Commerce, GA; Grandchildren: Casey Adams, Royston, GA; Kelly Adams, Buford, GA; Peyton and Jake Holman, Braselton, GA; Shelby and Darby Quakenbush, Commerce, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Aubrey and Sally Quakenbush, Charlotte, NC; Wendell and Arlene Quakenbush, Lexington, SC; Benny and Elizabeth Quakenbush, Graham, NC; Sisters: Doris Q. Foster, Graham, NC; Wilda Q. Owens, Greenville, SC; Nancy Q. Scarlett, Graham, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Quakenbush was born in Graham, NC on November 3, 1938. He was a retired machinist from Lucent Technologies. He was of the Baptist faith. Larry liked to fish, hunt, watch sports and eat Bar-b-que. He was a very loving father and Paw-Paw with his grandchildren, who enjoyed life to the fullest. A family memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the Quakenbush residence. Rev. Jerry Bennett will officiate. The body will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
Lois Mercier, age 79, of Covington, formerly of Webster, FL, died Sunday, December 24, 2006. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 28 at 3:30pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with the interment to follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive Wednesday from 5 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com
Clyde Norton Hilliard, age 92, of Gainesville, GA passed away December 26, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.*
Derell Lamar Lord, 47, of Lilburn died December 25, 2006. Memorial services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday December 27, 2006 in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel with Rev. Billy Lord officiating. Derell was a native of Fulton County and graduated from Berkmar High School in 1978, he was a truck driver having drove for Allied Concrete Co. and R.W. Davis Oil Co. He is survived by his mother, Betty Lord, Lilburn; sisters and brothers in law, Sonya and James Myers, Hoschton; Sherri and Jimmy Darling, Lilburn; nephews, Terrence and John Darling, Tyler and Jay Brown; special friends, Leon and Elaine McClure, Lilburn. The family will receive friends Wednesday 12:00 Noon till 1:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.
Mr. Daniel J. Maguire, age 65, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away Friday, December 22, 2006 at his residence. Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Bohane. A native of Boston, MA, he is survived by his wife of 10 years, Diane Crowley Maguire; Daughters, Kathy Marie Maguire, of Canton, MA, Kristen and Suzanne Guest, of Sugar Hill; Sons and Daughter-in-Law, John Richard and Joanne Maguire, Michael and Stephen Guest, of Plymouth, MA; Sister, Mary Cain, of Canton, MA; Seven Grandchildren; One Great Grandchild; Several nieces and nephews. Mr. Maguire, known by most as "Joe", was born on December 16, 1941 in Brookline, MA. He was a man of many talents, and worked odd jobs throughout his life. From 1995-2001 he worked for the school system in Franklin, MA. In 2001 he moved to Sugar Hill, GA, where he was employed, as a custodian, with Riverside Elementary School in Suwanee, GA. He was a member of the Catholic Church of Saint Monica, Duluth, GA. His passions included sports, music, and spending time with family and friends. With a positive, faithful outlook until the very end, Joe was an inspiration to many, and will be missed by all. Funeral service will be held at Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Duluth at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 28th. Wake hours will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and again from 6-8 at Flanigan's Funeral Home, 4400 South Lee Street, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for Mrs. Henrietta Sharpton, age 71, of Winder will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday from the Chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, 770-867-1361.*