John Wilkes Gideon age 68 of Snellville passed away, Tuesday, December 11, 2012. A funeral mass will be held 11:00 AM Friday, December 21, 2012 at St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church, Snellville, with Father John Welch, M.S. serving as Celebrant, Rev. Julie Schendel will also be officiating. Burial will follow at Snellville Historical Cemetery. Mr. Gideon was a member of Snellville United Methodist Church, Tennessee Air National Guard, and was a Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas & Eleanor Gideon and brother, Jimmy Gideon. He is survived by Wife: Esther Palmer Gideon, Snellville; Daughter & Son-in-law: Cindy & Wayne Johnson, Loganville; Son: Johnny Gideon, Houston, TX; Brother & Sister-in-law: Harry & Louise Gideon, Kingsport, TN; Granddaughters: Christina Johnson & Katie Johnson; Nieces: Shawn Kirk, Lisa Kirk, and Suzanne Davis; Nephew: Harry Gideon, Jr. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, 901-495-3000, The family will receive friends 4-7 PM, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. 770-979-5010. Please sign the online guest book at