Annette Williams Tucker went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2007 and be reunited with her beloved husband, Hubert Tucker. She was born August 24, 1919 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is preceded in death by her father, Dr. A. D. Williams; her mother, Anna Moore Williams; her husband, Hubert Tucker and her sister, Louise W. Tapp. She is survived by her son and his wife, Dr. Hubert Tucker, Jr. and Carol, granddaughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Mike Britt, and Carol Anne and Jeff Brinkley and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Anna Britt. Annette Tucker graduated valedictorian of her class at Lawrenceville High School. She attended Agnes Scott College, the University of Georgia and received a BS in Pharmacy from the Southern College of Pharmacy. She was the first female pharmacist hired by Rich's Department Store. She married Hubert Tucker in 1941 and after his service in the Army, she co-owned and operated Williams Drug Store for 20 years serving as the store pharmacist. She was very active in civic affairs in both Gwinnett County and Lawrenceville her entire life. She served as President of the Business and Professional Women's Club, President of the Lawrenceville Garden Club, a Charter Member and President of the Gwinnett Historical Society, Chairman of the Gwinnett County United Way, with 20 years involvement serving as a member of the Metropolitan United Way Board, and while serving as Chairman of the Gwinnett County Restoration and Preservation Board, she supervised the restoration of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and the Female Seminary Building on Perry Street. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville and a member of the TEL Sunday School Class. Members of the Gwinnett County Restoration and Preservation Board, The Female Seminary Staff, County Historian, Marvin Worthy and members of the Lawrenceville Garden Club are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville at 11:00 AM on March 23, 2007 with Dr. Ronny Spillers and Dr. Lamar Holley officiating with the interment at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Donations may be made to The First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville "Fulfilling Our Dreams" Building Program, P.O. Box 228, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The family will receive visitors Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 3-5:30 and 7:00-9:00 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.
Devin M. Moore, age 3 of Buford, GA, died Sunday, March 18, 2007 in a swimming accident. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 23, 2007 at 4:00 P.M. at North Gwinnett Baptist Church, Suwanee, GA. Pastor Carey Hudson will officiate. The Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. The Family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to the North Gwinnett Baptist Church, designated Devin's Memorial Fund. Devin is survived by his parents, Michael and Karen Moore, Buford; Sister, Sierra Moore, Buford; Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Devin was born in Hall Co. on July 24, 2003 and attended the North Gwinnett Baptist Preschool. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com
Mr. John W. Gladkowski, age 53, of Dacula, GA, passed away March 20, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*
Helen Kinney Strong, 93, of Decatur, GA, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*
Richard Martin Hidding, Sr., passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20, 2007. A retired executive of Coca-Cola, USA, Mr. Hidding was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1930 and was a graduate of Notre Dame University. After working for the Sears Roebuck and Kimberly Clark Corporations and living in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin, he settled in Atlanta where he rose through the ranks of marketers for Coca-Cola, making contributions to the advertising, brand management, and promotional sectors in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Colette Sinnen Hidding; six children: Kathleen H. Gerkin, Richard M. Hidding, Jr., David J. Hidding, Mark J. Hidding, Andrea H. Hyatt, and Jennifer H. McGee; and nine grandchildren: Patrick, Andrew, Cole, and Bryce Hidding, Stephen Gerkin, Grace Hyatt, Benjamin and Anna Kate McGee, and Daniel Luke. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 22, 2007, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at The Catholic Church of St. Monica, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA. A funeral mass will be held at 1100am Friday, March 23, 2007, also at The Catholic Church of St. Monica. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Our Lady of Perpetual Health Cancer Center, 760 Pollard Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30315, 404-688-9515. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.
Louise Jones Harris, 96, of Lawrenceville, GA (formerly of Stony Point, NC), passed away Sunday, March 18, 2007 after an extended illness with breast cancer. Mrs. Harris moved to Lawrenceville 3 years ago. She was born April 22, 1910 in Iredell County, North Carolina. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred, and her only son, Bill Henderson. She is survived by two daughters, Jan Overton of Lawrenceville, GA and Lou and Charlie Lane of Metairie, LA, 4 grandchildren, Ray Overton, III, Rick and Jan Overton, Robyn and Tim Roberts and Betsy Henderson, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Before moving to Georgia, Mrs. Harris was a very devoted and involved member of the Stony Point United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Funeral services will be held at the Stony Point United Methodist Church, Stony Point, North Carolina, on Sunday, March 25th at 3 PM. Those desiring may make donations to: Crossroad Hospice Charitable Foundation, 1957 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.
BORN: April 28, 1907
DIED: March 20, 2007
Omie Jackson was a native of Gwinnett County. One of twenty one children, she was raised on a farm between Lawrenceville and Duluth. Her father, Cary Pennell Jackson was a farmer who sharecropped with other tenants. He also ran a sawmill and cotton gin on the farm. Mr. Jackson was a strong believer in education and this was reflected in Miss Omie's educational background. She first attended school in a one room school house, Jackson's Academy, built by her father and located on the family farm. Miss Omie graduated from Lawrenceville High School in 1925. She then attended Atlanta Normal Training School, graduating in 1928. This entitled her to begin teaching. Her teaching career began at age 20. On her first day as a teacher, teaching at Jackson's Academy, her dad walked her to school. She was so afraid that he would go inside the classroom that she asked him if he was going to do that. He said, no but gave her this advice "Don't ever take a switch in there. You can get their respect without having to do that." This began the wonderful career in the classroom that lasted 41 years. Miss Omie was not through with her education though receiving a Bachelors Degree in Arts from Oglethorpe University in 1944. Miss Omie inspired and motivated over 4000 students in her career. She taught Biology, Spanish and General Science to three generations of students. The "Omie Jackson Science Award" at Central Gwinnett High School is given in her honor. She retired in 1969 but still remained in contact with many of the students until her death. A quote by William Arthur Conrad states: "The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, The superior teacher demonstrates, The great teacher, inspires." Through her words, her actions, and her kind unselfish attitude, Miss Omie touched the lives of thousands in her life. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a Charter member of the Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association, and an active member of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. Miss Omie never married, her fiancee was killed in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was preceded in death by her parents and twenty brothers and sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families who loved her very much, her sister-in-law, Sara Jackson, Lawrenceville. She is also survived by her "Angel" Doris Patillo who watched over her and her family for fifty four years. Flowers accepted or memorials to The Omie Jackson Scholarship Fund at any Brand Banking Company. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, March 23, 2007 at McKendree United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville. Rev. Davis Chappell, Dr. J. Douglas Gibson, Rev. Charles Farr and Rev. Bill Childers will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, Thursday, March 22, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .
Dorothy Meeks, age 78 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.*
Lucille Boyd, age 93, of Winder, GA, passed away March 20, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*