News for Tuesday, January 31, 2006


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Gemrow Hall

Gemrow “Jimmy” Hall, age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 30, 2006. He was preceded in death by son, Perry Hall. He is survived by his spouse ...

Bennie Gillespie

Bennie L. Gillespie, age 70 of Lilburn, GA died January 29, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, (770)979-3200

Karen Mueller

Karen Lynn Mueller of Suwanee, Georgia, peacefully embraced God's Kingdom on January 28, 2006. Originally from Colorado, Karen moved to Suwanee in 1994. Her husband of 30 years, Michael, and ...

Walter Sheffield

Mr. Walter Ralph Sheffield age 46, of Decatur, GA passed away January 30, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Mollie Sharpton

Mollie Kidd Sharpton, age 91 of Auburn, died Monday, January 30, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 2, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Maebell Moon

Maebell Ethridge Moon, age 84 of Lawrenceville died Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 2, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Dale White

Mr. Dale White, 82, of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away on January 31, 2006. Dale was the devoted husband of Elaine White for 56 years and a loving and kind father ...

Deborah Marler

Deborah Marler, age 50, of Loganville, Georgia passed away January 29, 2006. A memorial service will be held at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, Ga ...

Cops Briefs

Inmate who escaped work detail

in December recaptured in Lilburn

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A county inmate who escaped from a work detail in December was arrested Saturday after a deputy spotted him driving in Lilburn.

Gladiators' Schell makes big impact after return from Chicago

The Gwinnett Gladiators were happy to get Brad Schell back from the AHL's Chicago Wolves last week, and with good reason.

War on Christmas to end in Georgia

During this past Christmas season, parents and students from school systems throughout metro Atlanta approached me with a tragic concern.

Sports calendar


Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 4, 5: Baseball registration for boys age 3 to 14 at Buford City Park is Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5. The fee is $85. Registration is also available at Call Wayne Lancaster at 770-560-5376 for more information.




Mr. John H. Tidwell, age 88, of Buford, GA passed away on January 30, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Martin Tidwell. John Herbert Tidwell was born on June 16, 1917 in Cumming, GA where at the age of five his parents moved John, his two brothers and three sisters to Buford, GA. Because of the depression, John was forced to leave school after the 7th grade to help support his family. John married his hometown sweetheart, Grace Martin in 1940. Grace had been dating another young man when they had a falling out. After that, the old boyfriend bet John a dollar he couldn't get a date with her - well, he did and the rest is history. The happy couple were honored with the birth of their son, David as time went on. As our country got caught up in the throes of World War II, John joined the Army and was in training in California. Just before his unit was to be shipped out for overseas duty in 1943, he received an honorable discharge for medical reasons. He then returned to Georgia residing in East Point where he and Grace raised David. David married his wife, Sherry, blessing John and Grace with their grandson, John Brandon. After 58 years of marriage, sadly Grace passed away in 1998. During John's working years, he was very successfully employed as a food broker for J. A. Campbell, distributors for various large food manufacturers such as Chicken of the Sea and Chiffon margarine. He retired in 1982 and moved into Plantation South in 2003. In years since retirement, John was an active participant at the Buford Senior Center and was elected President of the Center for two consecutive years. He was an avid sports fan - favorite teams include the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Braves. Surviving are: Son and Daughter-in-Law: David Lee and Sherry Tidwell, Alpharetta, GA; Grandson: John Brandon Tidwell, Atlanta, GA; Sister-in-Law: Martha Tidwell, Marietta, GA. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 11:00 at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of John H. Tidwell. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,


Joseph M. Tinger, age 73 of Buford, GA, passed away on January 29, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*




Christine A. Thompson, age 88 of Dacula, GA, passed away January 29, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ralph Thompson. Other survivors include: Daughters & Son-in-Law: Penny Williams, Choctaw, OK, Leannah & Steve Langston, Dacula; Grandchildren: Robin, Cory & Deryl Williams, Amanda, Hannah & Kyle Langston; Great Grandchildren: Ashley & Erin Hurt, Lacey & Jeri Williams. Mrs. Thompson was a graduate of Tucker High School, a beautician in the Bethesda area for 39 years and a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Throughout their 66 year marriage, they loved and cared for several foster children. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, February 1 at 2:00 P.M. at Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jim Bocian officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411,



David Lynn Borders, age 52, of Duluth, GA died Thursday, January 26, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*



Judith Ford Butler, age 61 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*


Irma A. Mitchell, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2006. Irma touched the lives of countless people. She was the Registrar at Jackson Elementary School where she was very active with their Relay for Life Team. Irma was the Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society "Classie Lassies" group and enjoyed square dancing for over 35 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wesley E. Albright and her sister, Betty Johnson. She is survived by her husband: Daniel T. Mitchell; daughter & son-in-law: Christy & Brannon Chappell of Lawrenceville, GA; brother: Jim Johnson of Houston, TX; sister: Joan Wheeler of Center, TX. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 2:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Pastor Cy Mallard officiating. Burial will be at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 from 6:00p.m. til 9:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



Charles Olin Gresham, Sr., age 90, of Loganville, went home to be with the Lord on January 29, 2006 after a short illness. At a young age, Olin received a ruler with the Golden Rule printed on it and from that day on, strived to live his life according to those words. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He retired from Marta in 1978 after 35 years of service, and was a member of Amalgamated Transit Union 732. Olin was preceded in death by his son, Charles Olin Gresham, Jr. He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Winnie Evelyn Watts Gresham and by daughters, Nancy Wilson of Phenix City, AL, Susan Pierson of Lilburn, Sparkle McFarland of Winder, Jill Frost of Madison, Ginger Stancil of Loganville, Melanie Fain of Loganville; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 sister, Runelle Crawford of Thomaston. A memorial service will be held at Haynes Creek Primitive Baptist Church on Feb. 4 at 2:00 PM. The body was cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Snellville Inpatient Unit of Embracing Care Hospice, 3180 Presidential Dr., Suite E, Atlanta, GA 30340. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

Former Snellville police station demolished to erect 36 office buildings

LAWRENCEVILLE - Quicker than a cop to a donut, a developer who bought Snellville's old police station has torn it down and is ready to put up offices.

Blaze damages art shop

BUFORD - The owners of a wholesale art studio in Buford say the weekend fire which has temporarily driven them out of their building will not drive them out of the city.

Bill aims to fight jail crowding

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett legislators are addressing a new way to combat jail overcrowding - don't arrest those charged with minor offenses. Instead, give them a ticket.

Parkview swimmers back on top

The Collins Hill boys came up big.

Sports briefs


Parkview's Parker to sign with Berry baseball

Parkview senior Gator Parker will sign a baseball scholarship with Berry College at a ceremony today in the Parkview cafeteria. Also a standout defensive end in football, Parker started three seasons on the Panthers' varsity baseball and football teams. He was an All-County selection as a third baseman last year.

Former state champs guide young wrestlers

Dustin Kawa sat in a classroom at N.C. State in the spring of 2004 pondering what he wanted to do after graduation.

Kids learn responsibility in new bookstore at Duncan Creek

HOSCHTON - Most people don't get their first jobs until they are in high school. But 10-year-old Jack Fleming is getting a head start on the road to responsibility. He is the new assistant manager of a student-run bookstore at Duncan Creek Elementary School.

Business In Brief

Greenspan to raise

interest rates one last time

•WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan, the nation's economic guardian for 181⁄2 years, and his colleagues are poised to raise borrowing costs yet again at his final Federal Reserve meeting today.

Clearing starts on three-year project to revamp I-85/316 interchange

DULUTH - With only two days left in the month, things were too busy at Atlanta Classic Cars for employees to take too much notice of the backhoes down the highway.

Terrorists win: Why the surprise?

The biggest surprise about the big win by the terrorist organization Hamas in last week's Palestinian legislative elections is that so many people were surprised.

What others are saying

Alito confirmation hearings show off some bad politics

The Indianapolis Star:

His legal qualifications have never been seriously questioned.

His judicial temperament is sound. His ethics, after thorough investigation by political enemies and supporters alike, are admirable.

Health care, taxes on minds of delegation

LAWRENCEVILLE - The top priorities of 2006 in Congress are different for Republicans and Democrats, at least in Gwinnett's delegation to Washington.

Dacula's Sherwood picks Air Force

In the end, Blake Sherwood made sure he would remain a Falcon.

The Dacula defensive end recently chose to continue his football career at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

And though the nickname was a nice bonus, there was a long list of other reasons why Sherwood committed to play football for the Air Force


"The coaching staff out there was really good," Sherwood said, "they have great facilities - the best I've ever seen. They have a great caliber of guys out there, and it's not just about athletics, but academics, too.

"It's just a great group of guys. Plus, you've got the Rocky Mountains, too. That's pretty nice."

'For the most part it's been pretty low key here'

DETROIT - It's crazy here and I probably haven't seen the half of it yet.

Billinger commitment looks to be up in the air

One of the Georgia Bulldogs' longest-standing commitments may not be wearing the Red and Black after all.

I-85/316 construction