Longtime Hall County resident Gibson Dean, II, prominent Buford attorney, known to his family and friends as "Gib", died at home Friday, November 3, of natural causes. He was 73 years old. A successful lawyer with the serious demeanor of Atticus Finch in his office and the courtroom, but the comedic wit and timing of Jack Benny in the other walks of his life, Gib was well known and beloved by many as a snappy dresser, nimble dancer, self-deprecating humorist and all around charmer. He was the consummated southern gentleman. Always greeting others with a firm handshake or warm hug and call out, "Hello, darlin'" to the ladies, Gib filled the room with love and laughter. A stranger to no one, he liked everyone he met and all who encountered him quickly became another of his admiring fans. Gib will be forever remembered by his devoted wife, Ann Newton Dean, and his loving children, Laura Burton Dean, Gibson Dean, III, Jim Newton and Rick Newton. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Eugenia and Legare Platt of Edgewater, FL; sister-in-law, Sara Ann Dean of Walterboro, SC, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. As a husband, Gib adored Ann and showered her with unfailing affection, and as a father, he firmly raised his children with grace and character and playfully nurtured their individual spirits. Born in Ridgeland, South Carolina in 1933, Gib attended the University of South Carolina where he obtained a business degree in 1955, and the University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, where he obtained a law degree in 1956. Upon completing his studies he entered the United States Air Force where he served with distinction until 1967. He practiced law in both South Carolina and Georgia, and served on the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1965. A generous contributor to his community and profession, Gib served as President of the American Legion of Buford and the 550 Development Association, President, Gwinnett County Bar Association (1970 - 1971), Member, Georgia House of Representatives (1971 - 1975), Member, Board of Governors, State Bar Association of Georgia (1972 - 1976), Deputy Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia (1973 - 1984), County Attorney, Gwinnett County (1983 - 1987), Chief Litigation Counsel, Gwinnett County (1987 - 1991), and most recently, President, Old Warhorse Lawyers Club. Among many other accomplishments, Gib was the proud recipient of the Albert M. Kuhfeld Award for Outstanding Young Judge Advocate, United States Air Force (1964) and the Outstanding Service Award, Federal Bar Association (1965). Gib liked to repeat the motto of the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club, "I aim for nothing and seldom miss," however, his distinguished record, crisp pocket-handkerchief, robust laugh and always well placed joke, would tell you otherwise. A funeral service for Gibson Dean, II, will be held Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 at Flanigan Funeral Home, 4400 South Lee Street, Buford. If not flowers, contributions may be made in Gib's honor to Eagle Ranch, Chestnut Mountain, or the Boys and Girls Club of Gwinnett County. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Mr. Ricky Lee Patterson, age 25, of Buford, GA, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2006. Surviving are: Wife of 2-1/2 Years: April Patterson, Buford, GA; Parents: Ricky and Anita Patterson, Buford, GA; Grandmother: Nina Adams, Toccoa, GA; Grandfather: Charlie Adams, Toccoa, GA; Grandmother: Jane Brownlee, Buford, GA; Several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. Ricky was a native of Buford, GA, born on October 7, 1981. He was a 2000 graduate of Buford High School, and a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia where he received his Business Degree. He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, GA. He was employed as a salesman with Robert Bowden, Inc., Suwanee, GA. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Dr. Billy Britt officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Chris B. Frank, age 80, of Conyers, GA, passed away November 3, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*



Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA, announces the death of Mr. John Hoyt Cooper, age 82, of Jefferson, GA who passed away on Friday, November 3, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*



Samuel Bankole, age 58 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away October 26, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*


Elsie W. Kronenfeld, age 85, of Lawrenceville, GA, died November 3, 2006 at Life Care of Lawrenceville. She is survived by: Four Sons: David & Judy Kronenfeld of Riverside, CA, Jerrold & Nancy Kronenfeld of Melbourne, FL, Dennis & JoAnn Kronenfeld of Lawrenceville, GA, Michael & Jenny Kronenfeld of Phoenix, AZ; Daughter: Kathy & David Beratan of Durham, NC, Brother: Harold Weinkle of Atlanta, GA; 7 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, and Several Nieces & Nephews. Mrs. Kronenfeld was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 21, 1921 to Jack Weinkle and Rebecca Saul Weinkle. She attended Temple Beth David in Snellville, GA and was related to the Saul Family that operated the Saul Department Store in old downtown Lawrenceville many years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. John Kronenfeld. Mrs. Kronenfeld will be carried to the Shepherd & Son Funeral Home, Hendersonville, NC for funeral services and interment. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, P.O. Box 1416, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-1416 in Memory of Mrs. Elsie W. Kronenfeld. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411 in charge of local arrangements,


Mayor Bobby J. Sikes, Sr., age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA, died November 4, 2006 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He is survived by: Daughter and Son-in-Law: Mr. & Mrs. Greg (Susan Sikes) Davis of Lawrenceville; Son: Mr. Bobby J. Sikes, Jr. of Atlanta; Grandson: Mr. Garrett Davis; Granddaughters: Mr. & Mrs. Michael (Meredith) Brown, Miss Mallory Davis. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 11:00AM at the Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, GA with Rev. John Colbaugh officiating. Interment Gwinnett Memorial Park. Family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00PM until 4:00PM and Monday from 6:00PM until 9:00PM. Other survivors and information provided by the family will be announced later by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, .



Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Protsman, age 88 of Loganville, GA, formerly of Stone Mountain, died November 3, 2006. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles Robert (Bobby and Ruthie) Protsman of Conyers; grandchildren, Michael and Elizabeth Protsman of Lilburn, Melinda and Vaughan Brown of Conyers, David Protsman of Cleveland; great grandchildren, Alexa, Evan, Rebecca, Erica, Madison, Marshall, Joshua, Mason, Kobe, and Matthew; brother-in-law, Larry and Ann Bradley of Jersey, GA; several nieces & nephews. A homemaker most of her life, Mrs. Protsman was born in Monroe, GA on September 28, 1918 to Joseph Perington Mitchell and Annie Lee Cox Mitchell. She was married on October 4, 1936 to Charles Thomas "Tommy" Protsman. They were married for 63 years until his death on April 7, 2000. She encouraged her husband's hobbies of antique cars, Coca-Cola memorabilia, baseball cards and other items that filled the Stone Mountain Car and Treasure Museum at Stone Mountain Park. Mrs. Protsman was loved by everyone that met her and enjoyed so much her story tales of her past. She was a member of Snellville Church of Christ. She loved sewing, gardening and her greatest love were her family members. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Carrie Bradley. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 6, at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Minister Harold Savage officiating. Interment at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 until 7pm and Sunday from 3 until 6pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .



John Hubert "Hugh" Crim, age 68 of Monroe, GA, passed away November 3, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*



Lora Frances Carter, age 85 of Oakwood, GA, died Saturday, November 4, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,*



Andrew Ray Wells, age 33, of Snellville, GA, passed away November 2, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*



Mrs. Cindy Chandler, age 49, of Winder, GA, passed away November 4, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*