DICKSON, HESTER

Hester Dickson, age 94 of Gwinnett County, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

DULUTH

PATEL, GOKALBHAI

Gokalbhai Patel, age 74 of Duluth, GA, passed away July 5, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

HUNTSVILLE

PARKER, DONALD

Donald "Don" Richard Parker, age 57 of Huntsville, passed away July 5, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

JEFFERSON

FITE, NANCY

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Miss Nancy Kate Fite, age 84, of Jefferson, Georgia passed away on June 15, 2006 following a brief illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

FIELDS, SAM

Sam R. Fields, of 220 Forest Lake Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia, ended his earthly journey on July 6, 2006, at the age of 93 and is present with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During his fifty-four year membership, Mr. Fields served as Deacon and Elder and held other offices at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church. He was believed to be the oldest church member at his passing. Mr. Fields was the elder son of Jesse and Margaret Fields of Carrollton, Georgia and there attended Carrollton High School and Carrollton A & M (the present State University of West Georgia) where he graduated in 1933. He excelled in basketball, baseball, football, track and field, swimming and boxing. He enjoyed tennis and golf and played as long as he could and then continued his athletic pursuits into his 93rd year through regular exercise and limited participation in tennis and golf. Mr. Fields used "gadgets" he designed which were constructed at his direction to allow him to stand in order to hit golf balls and tennis balls in his basement. He used an apparatus constructed from the frame of an old lawn recliner to allow him to stand and take a shower. He enjoyed fishing at the lake behind his house where friends would join him to try their luck. He often visited the Lawrenceville Senior Center where he shot pool, enjoyed music therapy and the company and fellowship of the clients and staff who held a special place in his heart. He was a member of and received support from the "Parkinson's Support Group." He was a member of the Lawrenceville Lions Club when they helped begin the annual Peach Bowl in Atlanta. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Lawrenceville. Before the "new" Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church facility was built at its present location on U.S. Highway 29, a youth Sunday school class met on Sunday mornings at his house on Clayton Street just off the "Square" in Lawrenceville. Mr. Fields moved to Lawrenceville in 1936 first working as a surveyor for the State Highway Department where one of his projects was the new road between Lawrenceville and Snellville (Scenic Highway). After three years with the Highway Department, he began work as an engineer with AT & T. In 1939 he met his future wife, Ruth Melton of Lawrenceville, while playing tennis at the court on the grounds of the historic Female Seminary on Perry Street in Lawrenceville. Sam and Ruth were married in 1941. After WWII broke out, he served from 1943 to 1945, with the 87th Battalion of the United States Navy Seabees in the South Pacific where he "island hopped" for three years building air strips and camps on the Treasury Islands, Saipan, and Okinawa. Mr. Fields was on Okinawa when Japan formally surrendered aboard the U. S. S. Missouri in September 1945 formally ending WWII in the Pacific. Sam and Ruth started their family after the war and had two sons: Sammy Fields of Alpharetta, Georgia and Jimmy Fields of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon returning from service, he rejoined AT & T where he worked until he was appointed, by Governor Herman E. Talmadge, to succeed G. L. Veal as Gwinnett County Surveyor. Mr. Fields served for thirty-five years in that office. It was common for other surveyors to "reference" his work as they compiled new surveys for property previously surveyed by Mr. Fields. Plat records from the work of G. L. Veal and Sam R. Fields and other Gwinnett area surveyors were compiled to form the original tax plat records of Gwinnett County. He is survived by his sons Sammy and Jimmy Fields and by Sammy's wife Deborah Robinson Fields and their son Todd and his wife Carrie and their sons Chandler, Carter, Connor, and Collin and by Sammy and Deborah's son Brad and his wife Gretchen and their daughter Reagan and by his sister-in-law Elizabeth Melton Cofer and her husband Floyd Cofer and by his sister-in-law Gippie Melton McCormack, and by a niece Ann Cofer Connell and nephews Craig Bowman, Allen Cofer and David Bowman. Sam's wife, Ruth Melton Fields, preceded him in December of 2000. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment to follow at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 800 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 in the memory of Sam R. Fields. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., 120 Scenic Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770/963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

MONROE

MYERS, LOIS

Lois Myers, age 57 of Monroe, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

NORCROSS

BLAKE, ROBERT

Robert Rayfield "Bob" Blake, of Norcross, Georgia, passed away into the arms of the Lord after a valiant fight with cancer on Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*