Donald S. Bickers was born on October 18, 1921 in Tennille, Georgia to John Laurence and Blanche Clack Bickers. He was their only child. His parents were lifelong public school teachers. After primary and secondary education in public schools of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, he entered Emory University at age sixteen. He received his bachelors and medical degrees here. After an internship at Emory University hospital, he served as a medical officer in the United States Army for two years with rank of captain. The next five years were spent in continuing postgraduate education on the Harvard neurological service in Boston City Hospital, for neurological residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York, a year as research associate at the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute, and a fellowship at the Montreal Institute was followed by his neurosurgical residency at Emory University Hospital. At the University of Illinois, he was admitted to Sigma Xi, an honorary research fraternity. He entered independent private practice of neurosurgery in Atlanta in 1952. With particular interest in seizure disorders, he established electroencephalographic laboratories at Emory University (its first), St. Joseph's Infirmary, and West Paces Ferry Hospital. This technique was essential to direct recording during brain surgery for epilepsy, which was first done here at St. Joseph's Infirmary. With cooperation of the State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Georgia Chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, a Surgical Control Clinic met monthly in his private office for many years to return patients to a self-supporting normal life. He served as a consultant to the Crippled Children's Division, Aidmore, and the Cerebral Palsy School. As a member of the Northwest Hospital Corporation, he was a founder of West Paces Ferry Hospital and served a term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. After retirement from private practice, he continued to service as a neurosurgical consultant for the Howell Industrial Clinic to full retirement in 1995. He was certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Specialty related memberships included the Georgia Neurosurgical Society (Past President), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Southern Neurosurgical Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Southern EEG Society (Past President), the American EEG Society, and the Atlanta Clinical Society. A lifelong interest in agriculture and conservation led to expansion of the family farm in Gwinnett County for registered cattle. It received several conservation awards and was named a Centennial Farm by Governor Zell Miller in 1996. After full retirement in 1995, his primary interest was in preservation of Southern heritage. A past Commander of Major William E. Simmons Camp 96 in Lawrenceville, he was Surgeon to the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He received the Meritorious and Distinguished Service Medals from the National Commander of the S.C.V. Recognizing the need for a wider approach, the Southern Cultural Foundation was founded in 2001, which he served as first President of the board of Trustees. He was a founding member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club and a member of the Phoenix Society. He is survived by Joyce Fraser Bickers, his wife of 54 years; one daughter, Helen Alice Bickers of Hanover, Germany; sons, Donald Sims Bickers, Jr. of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Robert Laurence Bickers of Sandpoint, Idaho; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at two o'clock at Peachtree Christian Church with interment following at Centennial Christ Church Cemetery in White Plains, GA in Hancock County. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5 until 7 PM at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 876-1022.
Mr. Harold Wesley Green, age 82, of Buford, Georgia passed away on Monday, May 29, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133. *
Mr. Paul Hamilton, age 92 of Buford, GA passed away Saturday May 27, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Alma May Hamilton and sons, Jimmy and David Hamilton. He is survived by his daughter in law: Sunya Peebles and husband, Wayne, of Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Jimmy and Sheryl Hamilton of Wetumpka, AL, Allyson and John Maxwell of Colb Bay, Alaska; Great Grandchildren: Sunya and John Maxwell and Macie Hamilton; Brother and Sister in law: Lewis and Doris Hamilton of Buford, GA; Sister: Mrs. Floyce Hamilton Bramblett of Kingsport, Tennessee; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Hamilton was native of Hall County, born on September 11, 1913 and grew up in Buford, GA. He was a retired supervisor from Scholtz Tannery Co in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was a mason and member of Buford Masonic Lodge No 292 F & A.M. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday May 31, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. G. Stephen Wood officiating. Interment Hill Crest Cemetery in Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at funeral home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, 4400 South Lee Street, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Helen Lou Dodd Hart age 78, of Buford, Georgia passed away on Monday, May 29, 2006. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133. *
Mr. William H. "Bill" Johnston, age 64, of Buford, GA passed away on May 25, 2006. Surviving are: Wife: Mrs. Suzanne May Johnston, Buford, GA; Daughter: Ms. Barbara Johnston, Buford, GA; Son: William H. Johnston, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Anabell Lee Wood, William Joseph Johnston Hannan; Sister: Judith Johnston Wexler, Glenside, PA; Step-Sons: Andrew May, Christopher H. May; Nephews: Bruce Wexler and Aaron Wexler; Beloved Dog: Black Standard Poodle "McGee." Mr. Johnston was born on June 11, 1941 in Bucks County, PA. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired Executive Director of Productions for Georgia Public Television in Atlanta, GA. He was a 1964 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1959 graduate of Admiral Farragut Naval Academy in New Jersey. He was one of the founders of the Stone Mountain Highland Games, the Scottish Festival as well as the Atlanta Pipe and Drum Corps. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He was Captain of the Georgia Coast Guard Auxiliary and former President of the Southern Bicycle League. He won several Emmy Awards for achievement in television productions. He was an avid boater at Holiday Marina at Lake Lanier. He was bestowed by the Queen of England with the prestigious honor of Member of the British Empire. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Howard Conine officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 am. - 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in memory of William H. "Bill" Johnston. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com
Ezekiel C. (Buff) Buffington, age 79 of Lawrenceville, GA, died Monday, May 29, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550. *
Devoted wife of 63 years, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Dorothy Clifton, age 83 of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, May 28, 2006. Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, Rev. Earl Bland and Chaplain Howard Tisdale will officiate. She is survived by: Husband: Eldridge H. Clifton, Lawrenceville; Daughters: Jan Watford, Lilburn; Kay Woods, Suwanee; Jill DeCusati, Alpharetta; Brother: Max Westmoreland, Powder Springs; Grandchildren: Matt and Tara Watford, David and Stacy Jackson, Justin, Tania and Leira DeCusati; Great Grandchildren: Alex Watford, Calliope Watford-Edelson. In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorials may be made to Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church Building Fund 800 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045 in memory of Dorothy Clifton. Tim Stewart Funeral Home 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. Please sign online guest register at www.stewartfh.com, 770-962-3100.
Robert K. Hoyle, age 55, born March 16, 1951 of Lawrenceville was welcomed into his place in Heaven on Saturday, May 27 at 6:45 a.m. He fought a very courageous fight and held strong until the battle was won. He is survived by his loyal and loving wife of 30 years, Gail Hoyle. Two daughters and sons-in-laws, Kimberly and Kevin Friedel of Sugar Hill, Christina and Jason McDonald of Auburn; four grandchildren: Ashley Gail McDonald, Jaycee McDonald, Zachary Friedel and Mason Robert Friedel. He is also survived by his parents; Walter and Doris Hoyle of Lilburn; a sister and brother-in-law: Jeannie and Ken Mercier of Buford; two nephews: Jeremiah and Joshua Mercier along with numerous brothers and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. Robert was a cherished and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved nothing more than to see his wife, children and grandchildren experiencing joy. He was a loyal employee with 37 years of service for the Kroger Company, where he cherished the friendships that he had with many. He had an avid love for his family, friends, golf, travel, cars and history. He also was noted nationally for his volunteer efforts for many charities, including Egleston Children's Hospital and local schools. Robert had an amazing sense of humor. If he was able to bring laughter and the love of life into your life, his day was counted as successful. He will be truly missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to know him. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Mike Day officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society for Lung Cancer Research @ www.cancer.org (mosaic of memories - donate to a memorial) or by calling 1-800-ACS-2345 and/or to Hospice Atlanta 404-368-8716 www.hospice-atlanta.org. Tom M Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770/963/2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com
Sarah Still Sikes, age 75 of Loganville, died Sunday, May 28, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA. 30052, 770-466-1544. *
Kenneth Blum age 55, of Sugar Hill died Saturday, May 27, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345, www.stewartfh.com *
Betty J. McGehee 73, of Tucker died May 29, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726. *