News for Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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Hunter commits to Notre Dame

BUFORD - A visit to South Bend, Ind., late last week sealed the deal for Buford defensive tackle Omar Hunter and turned a lifelong Michigan fan into a Notre Dame commitment.

Author of Corbin murders book postpones signings due to illness

LAWRENCEVILLE - The author of a book that details two murders committed by Barton Corbin has postponed her trip to Gwinnett County because of an illness.

OBITUARIES

DACULA

WEST, EVELYN

Mrs. Evelyn Hughes West, age 83, of the Hog Mountain Community, Dacula, GA, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Luke West and son, Phillip West. She is survived by her: Son and Daughter-in-Law: Brad and Linda West, Norcross, GA; Grandchildren: Tyler West, Dylan West, Sarah Shepherd, Amanda Shepherd, Mark Shepherd; Brother and Sister-in-Law: Mark and Betty Hughes, Lawrenceville, GA; Sisters-in-Law and Brothers-in-Law: Bobbie and Winford Gower, Dacula, GA, Claudine and Don Williams, Auburn, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Mrs. West was born October 15, 1923 in DeKalb County, GA. She and her late husband, Luke West, lived in the Hog Mountain Community, Dacula, GA for over 35 years. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Tucker, GA. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Tucker, GA with Rev. Farrell K. Presley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DULUTH

BENSON, CHARLOTTE

Charlotte Marie Benson, age 94, of Duluth, GA, died Monday, June 4, 2007. No services are planned. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

DUNCAN, HAZEL

Hazel Ruth Maddox Duncan, age 82, of Flowery Branch, died Saturday, June 2, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

JENNINGS, DEBORAH

Deborah Gail Jennings, age 52, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

GRAYSON

JOHNSON, R.L.

R.L. Johnson, age 70, of Grayson, GA, died June 2, 2007. He is survived by his Wife: Claudine Wade Johnson; Son and Daughter-in-law: Anthony (A.J.) and Tammy Johnson of Grayson; Daughter and Son-in-law: Susan and Derek Bell of Hartwell; Grandchildren: Laine and Alyssa Johnson of Grayson, Austin, Andrea and Andrew Bell of Hartwell; Sister and Brother-in-law: Louise and Johnny Fretwell of Snellville, GA. Preceded in death by his parents: George Willie and Claudia Wages Johnson, Sr. and Brother: George Willie Johnson, Jr. Mr. Johnson, a native of Gwinnett County, was a member of Sharon Baptist Church in Loganville and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Hughes and Rev. Mike Westbrook officiating. Interment will follow at Haynes Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

MOON, STEVEN

Steven Moon, age 49 of Grayson, GA, died June 3, 2007. He was preceded in death by his mother, Julia Moon and brother, Lamont Moon and is survived by his spouse, Gwen Moon; son, Steven Moon; father, B.J. Moon; sister and brother-in-law, Denise and Rick Cothran; sister, Melissa Johnson, all of Grayson; father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Bettye Britt of Loganville; brother-in-law, Jimmy Britt of Grayson; sister-in-law, Jan Preslo of Redondo Beach, CA; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 11am at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. J.B. Reese, Jr. and Rev. Robert Thompson officiating. Interment will be held at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 9am until 9pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the Grady Burn Unit, 50 Hurt Plaza, Ste. 803, Atlanta, GA 30303, in memory of Steven Moon. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

OWEN, BERTHA

March 8, 1924 - June 4, 2007

Bertha Owen, 83, of Grayson, GA, died Monday, June 4, 2007 at Bestcare Assisted Living following a period of declining health. Born in Union County, she lived most of her life in Atlanta before moving to Gwinnett County 20 years ago. Mrs. Owen was a retired textile worker and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt B. Owen. Survivors include: Daughter & Son In Law: Judy & Robert Chesser, Grayson, GA; Sisters & Brother In Law: Mildred & Billy Crane, Dawsonville, Sally Burt, Dawsonville, Mary Brookshire, Gainesville; Grandchildren: Michele Purl, Lori & Dereck Cassidy; Great Grandchildren: Ryan Thompson, Shelby Purl, Aven Cassidy. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 11 o'clock at Sawnee View Gardens. Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.

JEFFERSON

HARRIS, ANNA

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Anna Lou Allison Harris, age 91, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2007 following a brief illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

BRAITSCH, GEORGE

George Braitsch, age 36, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

MARTIN, JACK

Jack A. Martin, age 62 of Lawrenceville, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Sue Martin; Son: Jesse Martin; Step-Son: Brian Stoops; Step-Daughter: Jennifer Stoops; Grandchildren: Billy & Kendra Triplett; Brothers: Jim Martin & Joe Martin; Sister-in-law: Sylvia Martin; Aunt: Blanche Mathis; Several Nephews & Cousins. The Family will receive friends from 4 - 7 PM Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

LOGANVILLE

MCKINZEY, MILDRED

Mildred McKinzey, age 91, of Loganville, died Sunday, June 3, 2007. 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.*

WILSON, GARY

Gary Stephen Wilson, age 24, of Loganville, passed away Friday, June 1, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. John Baker will officiate. Burial North Atlanta Memorial Park, Doraville, GA. Mr. Wilson was employed with Stealth Concrete and attended Grace Fellowship Church. He is survived by: Parents: Steve & Barbara Wilson, Loganville; Sister & Brother-in-law: Lisa & Raymond Klimek, Loganville; Paternal Grandfather: Wayne Fortner, Brunswick, GA; Maternal Grandparents: Dr. & Mrs. Lyman Smith, Sandy Springs, GA; Several other family members also survive. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

SNELLVILLE

ATKINSON, JAMES

James "Marcus" Atkinson, Jr., age 37 of Snellville, passed away on May 30, 2007. The memorial service will be held today at 11:00 am in the Eternal Hills Chapel with Rev. Brenda Westmoreland & Rev. Owen Skinner officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672648, Marietta, GA 30006. Arrangements by Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-972-3155.

SUWANEE

JERZEWSKI,

GERALDINE

Geraldine Jane Jerzewski, age 62, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

TUCKER

BLACK, CORINNE

Corinne Black of Tucker, GA, died Sunday, June 3, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

Boys golfer of the year: Seay sweeps county, region golf titles

Brookwood's Steve Thompson isn't like many high school golf coaches, who are more supervisors than golf gurus.

Director's Cup goes to GAC

With four teams winning state titles and three others finishing second, Greater Atlanta Christian was able to win its second Georgia Athletic Director's Association Director's Cup in three years.

How did we get by before lists?

We love lists. It seems to be one of our unalienable rights as Americans, that we're entitled to baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and a list telling us in what order we like them.

Forecast calls for dry days

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's drought worsened over the weekend, with conditions downgraded Monday from severe to extreme.

Fire briefs

Car hits house

•GRAYSON - A car crashed through the window of a neighboring home Monday.

Boys Golfer of the Year

Park drowning victim identified

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials have closed an investigation into a drowning victim found at the lake at Stone Mountain Park on Memorial Day.

girls golfer of the year: Yang leads North back to state

She holds every scoring record at her high school, has led that school's team to the only three state tournament appearances in its history and has never finished worse than second individually at state.

24 miles of Barrow roads to be restriped

ATLANTA - More than 24 miles of Barrow County roads will be restriped this summer, according to Georgia Department of Transportation officials.

Workers will use a paint similar to that used on interstate highways.

The paint is more visible in the dark and during wet weather.

Man pleads guilty to injuring daughter

Francis Tape of Norcross, who was set to go to trial on an aggravated battery charge after being accused of breaking his 4-month-old daughter's leg and elbow, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree cruelty, said Gwinnett Assistant District Attorney Rich Vandever.

Residents give neighborhood bar thumbs-up

TUCKER - Neighbors who first worried that a pool hall in their backyards would bring crime to the area are now embracing the business and lauding its owner's efforts to make it a place where they can gather.

Men arrested, charged with trafficking cocaine

BRASELTON - A traffic stop for window tint violations Wednesday led to the arrest of two men on charges of trafficking cocaine.

Millage rate, Lilburn Middle troubles discussed

SUWANEE - During the first of three public hearings on the proposed school property tax rate, two residents of the Meadowcreek cluster told members of the Gwinnett Board of Education to lower taxes or improve the "sublevel education" provided by Lilburn Middle School.

Man sought in two shootings

NORCROSS - Norcross police are searching for a man involved in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Sunday afternoon.

United bank completes acquisition

United Community Banks Inc. has completed its acquisition of the Gwinnett Commercial Group Inc. and its subsidiary, First Bank of the South.

Police Reports

Police officer tasers man who attempted to escape traffic stop on motorcycle

•NORCROSS - A Gwinnett County police officer recently tasered a man who attempted to flee from a traffic stop on a motorcycle that was malfunctioning and shooting flames out of the exhaust pipe, according to a police report.

Immigration promises not to be trusted

Former senator and probable Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson brought Virginia Republicans to their feet last Saturday night in Richmond when he said the public no longer believes in politicians who promise to secure the U.S. border as part of a bipartisan immigration bill.

Ex-TV newsman jumps into Senate race

COLLEGE PARK - A former longtime TV newsman announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss next year.

sports calendar

Baseball

June 4-8, June 11-15,June 18-22: The Hardball Warehouse is having baseball camps at Bunten Road Park in Duluth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 7-14. Cost $249.00 and includes lunch. For more information or to register visit www.hardballwarehouse.com or call 678-957-885 ext. 221.

R.l. Johnson

R.L. Johnson, age 70, of Grayson, GA, died June 2, 2007. He is survived by his Wife: Claudine Wade Johnson; Son and Daughter-in-law: Anthony (A.J.) and Tammy Johnson ...

James Atkinson, Jr.

James “Marcus” Atkinson, Jr., age 37 of Snellville, passed away on May 30, 2007. The memorial service will be held today at 11:00 am in the Eternal Hills ...

Evelyn Hughes West

Mrs. Evelyn Hughes West, age 83, of the Hog Mountain Community, Dacula, GA, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Luke ...

Geraldine Jane Jerzewski

Geraldine Jane Jerzewski, age 62, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Gary Stephen Wilson

Gary Stephen Wilson, age 24, of Loganville, passed away Friday, June 1, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Jack A. Martin

Jack A. Martin, age 62 of Lawrenceville, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Sue Martin; Son: Jesse Martin; Step-Son: Brian Stoops; Step-Daughter ...

Deborah Gail Jennings

Deborah Gail Jennings, age 52, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Corinne Black

Corinne Black of Tucker, GA, died Sunday, June 3, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Hazel Ruth Maddox Duncan

Hazel Ruth Maddox Duncan, age 82, of Flowery Branch, died Saturday, June 2, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345 ...

Bertha Owen

March 8, 1924 - June 4, 2007 Bertha Owen, 83, of Grayson, GA, died Monday, June 4, 2007 at Bestcare Assisted Living following a period of declining health. Born in Union ...

Mildred Mckinzey

Mildred McKinzey, age 91, of Loganville, died Sunday, June 3, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry ...

Anna Lou Allison Harris

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Anna Lou Allison Harris, age 91, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2007 following a brief ...

Steven Moon

Steven Moon, age 49 of Grayson, GA, died June 3, 2007. He was preceded in death by his mother, Julia Moon and brother, Lamont Moon and is survived by his ...

Charlotte Marie Benson

Charlotte Marie Benson, age 94, of Duluth, GA, died Monday, June 4, 2007. No services are planned. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

George Braitsch

George Braitsch, age 36, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.