Mrs. Tabitha Lancaster, age 90, of Buford, GA, passed away March 14, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*
Mrs. Margie E. Leak, age 71, of Buford, GA passed away on March 13, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Leak. Surviving are: Son and Daughter-in-Law: Ted and Brenda Leak, Tarpon Springs, FL; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Cindy and Kenny Karr, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Brandi Leak, Trevor Leak, Amanda Barrett, Holly Barrett, Andrew Leak, Ethan Leak; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Sarah and Gene Mullinax, Cumming, GA; Nephews: Todd and Tracy Mullinax, Tim and Leann Mullinax; Niece: Danielle Mullinax. Mrs. Leak was a native of Forsyth County, GA. She was a graduate of Forsyth County High School. She was a retired cashier from Burel's Grocery Store in Buford, GA. She was a member of West Buford Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Bennett officiating. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
J. Patrick Williams, age 35 of Duluth, GA, passed away March 13, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*
Mrs. Ruby Ellen Mahaffey Stamper, age 74, of Jacksonville, AL, and formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2006. Mrs. Stamper was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Harry Stamper; son, Richard Parker; her mother, Ruby Parr Mahaffey; parents, Jewell and Vera Mahaffey; sister, Evelyn Holte; and brothers, J. W. Mahaffey and Robert Mahaffey. She is survived by her: Daughter and Son-in-Law: Rosetta and Henry Polek, O'Hatchee, AL; Sons and Daughter-in-Law: Steve and Karen Parker, Cumming, GA, Julian Respress, Houston, TX; Daughter-in-Law: Irene Rodriquez, Houston, TX; Grandchildren: Luke Pathridge and Jennifer Comer, Houston, TX, Samuel Polek and Matthew Polek, O'Hatchee, AL, Nathan Parker and Matthew Parker, Cumming, GA, Janet Respress, Germany; Sisters and Brothers-in-Law: Kathryn and Willard Ethridge, Woodstock, GA, Betty Jo and James Reepe, Buford, GA, Becky and James Watson, Waco, GA, Liz and Kenneth Bagwell, Lawrenceville, GA; 4 Great Grandchildren; 16 Nieces and Nephews; many Cousins. Mrs. Stamper was a native of Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, GA. She attended Lawrenceville High School. She was a retired hospitality cashier in Metro Atlanta and also an in-home caregiver. She was an avid gardener. She was of the Baptist Faith. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Lawrenceville, GA with Rev. Tommy Ledbetter officiating. The family and friends will please assemble at the cemetery by 1:45 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
Berge Balian, age 81 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.*
Jeanne Skelton Johnson, age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 13, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*
Billie (Patterson) Wood, our beloved mother and friend, died peacefully March 12, 2006 at the age of 75. She is survived by: sons, Charles, Sherman and Phillip; daughter, Natalie; her sister, June; and eleven grandchildren. She loved reading, politics, and real estate, and volunteered for many years at Northside Hospital. Caring and cooking for those around her who were unable to do so proved that there are Angels here on earth. Everyone who was blessed to meet her loved her dearly. Private services will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at Applewood Towers #2 in Lawrenceville. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.
Evelyn G. Higgins, age 80 of Monroe, GA, formerly of Buford, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Rev. Radford Brownlee will officiate. Interment will follow in Level Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery, Suwanee, GA. The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. Higgins was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Thomas Higgins and son, Leon Higgins. Surviving are: Son and Daughter In-law, John and Jane Higgins, Monroe, GA; Daughters, Brenda Greeson, Buford, Barbara O'Rouke, Buford; 5 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren; Sisters and Brothers In-law, Kathrine and Robert Lay, Dallas, GA, Geraldine and Brentley McCoy, Dallas, GA; Sister, Helen Gower, Lawrenceville, GA; Sisters In-law, Evelyn Maddox, Buford, GA, Julia Higgins, Buford, GA; Sister In-law and Brother In-law, Marie and Doug Allen, Suwanee, GA; Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Higgins was a life long resident of Buford and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dacula, GA. She was formerly employed by Dolco Packing Corp. and retired from Scientific Atlanta. Mrs. Higgins was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She will forever be in our hearts. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.
Bill H. Nash, age 81 of Monroe, GA died March 13, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude E. and Mamie Holland Nash; brothers, Summie Nash, Ernest Nash, Guy Nash; and sisters, Runelle Griffeth and Gladys Nash; and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Alton McMillan of Dacula; son, Michael Nash of Monroe; step daughter, Cathy Edwards of Lawrenceville; sister, Hazel Cruce of Madison; brother and sisters-in-law, Dennis C. and Evelyn Nash of Lilburn; grandchildren, Diane and Dale Reynolds of Auburn, Dana McMillan of Lawrenceville; great grandchildren, Mason and Victoria Reynolds of Auburn; sisters in law, Annie Lou Nash, Dorothy Nash and Barbara Nash. Mr. Nash was a member of First Baptist Church of Monroe, a US Army Veteran of WWII and a former owner of Bill Nash Chevrolet in Monroe for 25 years. Mr. Nash was an avid golfer and was a member of Summit Chase Country Club and Monroe Country Club. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 15 at 2pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Franklin and Jeff Nash officiating. Interment Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 until 8pm at the funeral home and Wednesday until service time. Those desiring may make donations to the Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in memory of Bill Nash. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .
Karen Petty, age 38 of Oxford, died Monday, March 13, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.*
Mr. Robert E. (Bob) Pittman of Snellville, formerly of Doraville, died Monday morning, March 13, 2006. Bob, a member of Embry Hills United Methodist Church since 1966, was an Army veteran of WWII and was retired from the Equitable Society of the U.S. Memorial Services will be Sunday, 2:00 P.M. at the Embry Hills UMC. The family will receive friends Thursday 7-9 P.M. at Lowndes & McLane Funeral Home, Tucker, 770-491-3021.
Mrs. Gertrude Wells, age 86, of Winder, died March 13, 2006. Funeral plans will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.*