News for Saturday, January 13, 2007


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Luther Michael Baker

Luther Michael Baker, age 61, of Jefferson, GA, formerly of Grayson, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2007. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to his son: Michael ...

Rev. Riley F. Faires

Rev. Riley F. Faires, age 101, of Lawrenceville, GA, died January 12, 2007. He is survived by: Daughter, Jannetta Faires Johnson and her Husband, Don Butler of Lawrenceville; Son, Boyce ...

Robert L. Everett

Robert L. “Louie” Everett of Lawrenceville, age 81, passed away January 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Veryln Ethridge Everett. Other survivors include ...

Wynelle Martin Payne

Mrs. Wynelle Martin Payne, age 85 of Buford, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2007. Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 15, 2007 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of ...

David Albert Hayes

David Albert Hayes, age 55 of Winder, went home Friday, January 12, 2007. He fought a good and brave battle for eight years. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM ...

Albert Phillips

Albert Phillips, age 75 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, January 11, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Walter Arnold Gaston

Mr. Walter Arnold “Wally” Gaston, age 65, of Winder, GA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, after an extended illness at home ...

Christopher Parrilli

Mr. Christopher Parrilli, age 87, of Gainesville, GA, passed away Friday, January 13, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Man indicted in fatal restaurant shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - A suspect in the slaying of a 25-year-old Norcross man last October was indicted by a grand jury in Gwinnett this week.

Pilot knew he was missing runway

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pilot who died with two of his family members in a Christmas Day plane crash knew that he was not on top of the runway before he crashed into nearby trees, a preliminary report said.

Fire damages Norcross apartments

NORCROSS - Firefighters believe an early morning fire that damaged multiple units at the Bristol Pointe Apartment complex Friday started in a hot water heater closet on the second floor.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, said the fire began inside the closet on the balcony of the apartment, extending to a third-floor unit and attic above.

Prep roundup: Mill Creek's Porter scores 1,000th point

HOSCHTON - Talented junior guard Porsha Porter scored 16 points, including the 1,000 point for her career, as she helped Mill Creek defeat Peachtree Ridge 69-41 on Friday.

Engineer promoted to oversee I-85 work

LAWRENCEVILLE - A transportation engineer has been promoted to supervise the $150 million reconstruction of Interstate 85 at Ga. Highway 316 interchange.

Collins Hill girls, Norcross boys lead Tipoff Club honors

Gwinnett County's two nationally ranked basketball teams and defending Class AAAAA state champions - the Collins Hill girls and Norcross boys - received the top honors from the Gwinnett Tipoff Club for December.

Police reports

Woman robbed getting into car

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A woman was robbed while getting in her car outside her Camden at Sweetwater apartment, she told police Tuesday.

Sports calendar


Jan. 20: Walk up registration for Collins Hill Athletic Association baseball will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Collins Hill High School. For questions, or to register online, go to Late registration will be Jan. 26 at an increased price.

Time again for some grandfatherly advice

To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough, Zachary and Nicholas Wansley:

In case you are counting, this makes the eighth straight year I have written you with a little grandfatherly advice at the beginning of the new year.

You might be interested to know that this is far and away the most popular column of the year with readers. Many share it with their children and grandchildren, and in some cases, file the column away for future use. I have never asked you what you do with the advice. Maybe it is best I not know.

Gladiators beat Inferno 3-1

The Gwinnett Gladiators used goals from Jon Awe, Chad Painchaud and Colton Fretter to power past the Columbia Inferno 3-1 on Friday night at the Carolina Coliseum.

The win was the Gladiators' fourth-straight and helped Gwinnett improve to 21-11-4 on the season.

Lucky pair win lottery games

AUBURN - David Wayne Sharpton had planned to retire a few years early at age 62. After his third lottery win in two years, the Auburn man is now looking at a June retirement at age 55.

Norcross' Maloof gets region coaching honor

Norcross head football coach Keith Maloof was named Coach of the Year in Region 7-AAAAA in voting by his fellow coaches.


A subdivision was incorrectly identified in the story titled "Location, Location" regarding where Atlanta Thrashers make their homes in Friday's Gwinnett Daily Post. The locations should have been referred to as Sugarloaf Country Club and Stonebrier at Sugarloaf.

Letters to the Editor

Bush seems to have learned some lessons from Iraq

It was a rare thing to see, I will admit, but the president did not exude his usual confident and sometimes smug attitude when he outlined his new course in Iraq.

Regardless of who opposed to the war and how it's been handled, no one wants to see the mission fail. Almost since the occupation of the country there have been calls for additional troops, but the president stubbornly refused to listen as did his close advisers.

Well that's water over the dam now, and there's no need to harp on it. The question is will there still be time to reverse the course, or will it be too little too late?

All we can do is hope for the best. Monday morning quarterbacking, aside, if we can at least salvage some important lessons from this venture, it will not have been all in vain. For the sake of those who go in harm's way, let it be, let it be.

South Gwinnett sweeps past Brookwood

SNELLVILLE - During a time when McNaught, the brightest comet to pass the earth in decades, is sweeping by, the South Gwinnett Comets basketball program shone a little bit brighter Friday night.





Mr. Anthony T. DeSanctis, age 90, of Buford, GA passed away on January 7, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell DeSanctis. Surviving are: Daughters and Son-in-Law: Maria and Alan Turk, Buford, GA; Sylvia Birmingham, Dorothy Toner; Sons: Michael DeSanctis, John DeSanctis; 10 Grandchildren; Several Great Grandchildren; Step-Children: George Wilson, Covington, GA, Elizabeth David, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Mr. DeSanctis was born on March 24, 1916 in New York, NY. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 12:00 Noon at his residence., Huntington Court Apartments, Buford, GA. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Barbara Jean Steadman, 69, of Elijay, Ga. formerly of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed Thursday January 11th, 2007. She was a member of the Prospect United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville for over 30 years, a Graduate of Mercer University with degree in nursing, a retired Registered Nurse with over 40 yrs. of service. Mrs. Steadman is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law: Kay and Herb Sharp of Elijay, Ga., Gloria and Bob Lange of Guyton, Ga., and brother-in-law Bruce Stephens of Greenville, South Carolina, with several loving nieces and nephews also surviving. Graveside Interment Services will be conducted at 2 PM, Saturday, January 13th, 2007 at the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Ga, with Rev. Grady Mosley officiating. Logan Funeral Home and Chapel, Elijay, GA. sign the register book. Logan Funeral Home, 888-541-3911 or 706-635-4554.



John Charles Murrow, Sr., 88, of Iowa/Snellville GA, died "peacefully" Thursday, December 8, 2006. John was preceded in death by his son, John Jr. by 2 days and is survived by his daughter, Pam Murrow Stiltjes of Nevada; grandaughters, Amy Dasko & Robin Stiltjes; sister, Hazel Payne, MI; and several nieces and nephews. John joined the navy in 1942 and served in most theaters of war including Italy, Africa, Normandy, etc. He was a WWII vet and loved the American Legion and VFW. He retired from Martin Oil company as their auditor after over 50 years. John was well respected and loved by so many people. He had a heart of gold and a very bright smile that will truly be missed.



Barbara Wanda Gebo, cherished wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother passed on to Heaven on January 9, 2007. According to her wishes, Barbara died in her home surrounded by family. Embracing Hospice and their "angels of mercy", cared for her during her final days. Barbara was born to Polish immigrant parents, Paul and Helen Gemborys, on September 29, 1933, in the small furniture manufacturing city of Gardner, Massachusetts. She was the fourteenth child of fifteen children. She was a devout Catholic, and a member of St. John Neumann Church in Lilburn, Georgia, where she was a member of Hilltoppers Club. During her 73 years on this earth, Barbara lived her life to the fullest. She was an avid reader, involved in politics, loved to garden, and was a talented seamstress. Barbara is survived by her husband of 55 years Joseph Francis Gebo of Lawrenceville, Georgia; three children, Mrs. Deborah Fulbright of Toccoa, Georgia, Michael Patrick Gebo of Lilburn, Georgia and John Paul Gebo of Winder, Georgia. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Kim Black Gebo of Winder, Georgia and son-in-law, Tony E. Fulbright of Toccoa, Georgia; also, two sisters and six brothers. She was a loving grandmother and great grandmother to her seven grandchildren, Rory Winsor, Meghan Gebo, Crystal Fulbright, Sade Windsor, Maureen Gebo, Joseph Francis Gebo, II; Abigail Gebo and one great granddaughter, Ava Moseley. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, January 15, 2007 at 12:00p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, Georgia. Memorial donations may be made to Embracing Hospice, 3180 Presidential Drive, Suite G, Atlanta, GA 30340. Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, GA 770-277-4550.


Bernice Gibbs, 73, of Lawrenceville died on January 10, 2007. She was born on November 8, 1933 in Walton Co. to the late Levi Duncan and the late Idell Stinchcomb Duncan. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Billy L. Gibbs. Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law: Randy and Joyce Gibbs of Dacula and Mike and Sandra Gibbs of Lawrenceville; sister: Juanita Bullock of Monroe; grandchildren: Tasha Haney, Daniel Gibbs, and Alisha Thomas; great grandchildren: Natalie Haney, Nicole Haney, Chastity Thomas, and Aura Gibbs. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 13th at the chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Crocker and the Rev. Tim Bradley officiating. Interment will follow at Social Circle City Cemetery. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. Monroe.



Mr. Walter Arnold "Wally" Gaston, age 65, of Winder, GA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, after an extended illness at home. He was born on September 25, 1941 in Stephens County, GA, a son to the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Mary Andrews Gaston. Mr. Gaston was a wonderful father and grandfather, a successful businessman, a man of dignity, pride and a man of his word and he lived his life with integrity and loyalty. He loved spending time and having meals with family and friends and shared many laughs and precious moments in his final days. He loved his farmland, cabin, his two donkeys and all the simple pleasures of life shared with his family and friends. He will be missed by all. He is survived by son and daughter in law, Kip and Alison Gaston of Winder; daughters and sons in law, Terri and Craig Hanson, of Anderson, SC and Jerri and Mike Sims of Dacula; 6 Grandchildren, Seth and Ansley Gaston, Whitney and Zach Hanson, Adam Fisk and Drake Stanifer; his beloved sister and brother in law, Betty and Charles Lowe and family of Pendergrass, as well as many other family members, siblings, nieces and nephews. His cremated remains will lie in state at Statham Baptist Church on Sunday, January 14, 2007 from 1:30pm until 2pm, with a Memorial Service to follow at 2pm with Rev. Gordon Thornton officiating. Flowers may be sent to the Statham First Baptist Church for his memorial service or donations may be made to the Statham Baptist Youth Building Fund at his request. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.


Mrs. Annie Ruth "Pat" Hardy, age 78, of Winder, Georgia died January 11, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*

Board names principals for new schools

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education has named the principals who will lead three elementary schools scheduled to open in August.

Students hurt when someone hurls rocks at bus

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Central Gwinnett High School students were slightly injured while riding on a school bus Friday morning after an object thrown at the bus broke one window and cracked another, said Jorge Quintana, the school system's spokesman.

Gwinnett grads: Holt shining for No. 21 MTSU women

Her signing with Georgia fell through last summer, but Amber Holt has fared pretty well in her new home.

Call-girl scandal captures lots of attention

OK. I have a multiple choice test for you today, and there are only two choices. Fifty-fifty. It ought to easy. Right?

Second man surrenders to deputies

LAWRENCEVILLE - The second man accused of being a customer of an alleged high-end Lawrenceville call girl surrendered to Gwinnett County deputies Friday afternoon.

Animal rights groups target Penney over canine fur from China

DALLAS - J.C. Penney Co. removed some fur-trimmed coats from its racks around Christmas after animal rights activists objected that the fur came from wild dogs in China.

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