Rosemary C. Tanner, age 85 of Auburn died March 16, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*
Mr. Bert Benson passed away peacefully at his home in Buford, Georgia on March 17, 2007. A loving husband for 59 years, a guiding father of five, a grandfather of six, and a great-grandfather of one, he is preceded in death by a son, John Charles Benson (1983) and a daughter, Louise Benson Jacobs (2005). He is survived by his wife, Mary Ella Everett Benson, daughter and son-in-law Lois and Harry Puzey of Cumming, sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Helen Benson of Cumming, Dave and Theresa Benson of Dunwoody, and son-in-law Bill Jacobs of Cumming; grandchildren, Emilie Jacobs, Amanda Jacobs Turner, David Puzey, Kate Puzey, Chris Benson, and Anna Benson; and a great-grandson, Luke Turner. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 20, 2007 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming, GA. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 11:00 am at New Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, 2018 Buford Dam Road, Buford, GA and a celebration of his life will follow at 3:00 pm at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 5015 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, GA. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Atlanta. Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia in charge of arrangements.
Samuel Elkin Couch went home to be with his Lord on March 15, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen Garmon Couch. He is also survived by his loving daughter and son-in-law, Rena and Craig Hanson, Lawrenceville, Georgia; granddaughter and her husband, Alyson and David Clifford, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; and a precious great-grandson, Logan Clifford, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Sisters and brothers-in-law, Venelle and John Stanley, Valdosta, Georgia, W. T. and Edith Kemp, Lawrenceville, Georgia; sister, Mary Ann Simonton, Lawrenceville, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Lynette Couch, Snellville, Georgia; sister-in-law, O'Reese Couch, Lawrenceville, Georgia, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Jimmie Bell Garner Couch and Isham Nesbit Couch; sisters, Evelene Greeson Burton and Margie Williams; brothers, Neal Couch, M. G. Couch, Marlyn Couch, and Edgar Couch. A lifelong resident of Gwinnett County, he was born May 22, 1926. He was a devoted member of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church for 58 years. He worked for General Motors in Doraville for 30 years before retiring in 1978. After his retirement he began working at Sosebee Auto Parts in Lawrenceville where he worked repairing small engines/lawnmowers for 28 years until January 2007. Elkin was a World War II veteran where he served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and proudly served his country in the Philippines. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his church, his family, his friends and his country. Funeral services will be Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church with Dr. Lamar Holley officiating. Interment will be at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Those desiring may make donations to the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 228, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 or to the American Cancer Society. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550.
Louise M. Cox, age 93 of Lilburn, GA, died March 16, 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Dean Jennings; sons and daughters-in-law, Marvin and Barby Cox, Terrell and Lillian Cox, all of Lilburn; brothers and sister-in-law, Leon and Wilma Moore of Mableton and Donald Moore of Richmond, VA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, W. W. Cox and daughters, Josie Helen Chick and Betty Jean Cox. Mrs. Cox was a member of Snellville Church of Christ and worked for the Wayne Watson Company for several years. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19, 2007 at 1:30 pm, at Wages Snellville Chapel with Minister Harold Savage officiating. Interment Peachtree Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Jeff Larry Raughton, age 24, of Sugar Hill passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007. Jeff was one of the greatest friends anyone could ask for. He was a joy to be around and willing to do anything for those he cared about. An affinity for and talent in photography was something he took great pride in. His passion for photography was bettered only by his love of the outdoors. Camping and fishing with friends and family made him truly happy. He is survived by father and mother, Larry and Cathy Raughton of Sugar Hill; grandmother, Bettie Deal of Cumming; aunts and uncles, Susan and Alan Settlemyre of Hickory, NC, Herb and Margaret Law of Birmingham, AL, David and Leslie Deal of Sugar Hill, Rip and Lyn Jones of Augusta; cousins, Nikki Deal, Amy Deal, Jason Jones, Bobbie Jo Parkhurst, Richie Parkhurst, Lesley Graham, Tammy Carpenter, Robert Law, and Suzanne Bruner. Memorial services will be held Monday, March 19, 2007, at 11:00 am at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Hughes officiating. Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia in charge of arrangements.